Where to Eat in Cairo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 22, 2018 Milan Banda

Cairo’s an ancient city that also happens to be a modern metropolis—it’s one of the biggest cities in the Middle East and has the traffic and noise issues to prove it. But as long as you’re not looking for solitude, Cairo—the City of the Thousand Minarets—is a splendid place to explore Egyptian history and culture. (Editor's note: Our list was compiled before political unrest prompted many countries to issue travel warnings for Egypt. If you're currently planning a trip to Egypt, please consider the risks and monitor your government's travel alerts.)
Things to do in Cairo

1. Birdcage

Corniche El Nil | Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$235 - HK$785 +20 2 27988000
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 748 reviews

Birdcage

Everything about the Birdcage is pure Thailand, from the exotic water feature at the door to the authentic etiquette displayed throughout your meal. What will really transport you across the continent; however, are the sizzling sounds and enticing aromas from the open kitchen, where Chef Narong creates Thai specialties such as Garlic Pepper Shrimp, Cashew Chicken and Crispy Rice with Peanut Sauce.Location: In the Semiramis InterContinental Hotel - 2nd level Services: Lunch | Dinner

Reviewed By Bobdaboo

Brilliant food , great service , one of the best Thai food I had in my life , highly recommended ! It’s located in very nice hotel by the river nile , everything here just perfect , and really good prices !Dear Mr Bobdaboo. Thank you for your review and for choosing our Bird Cage restaurant. I'm happy that you enjoyed your dining and I'm looking forward to having you again in our restaurant.

2. Sabaya

Corniche El Nil | Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$196 - HK$785 +20 2 27988000
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 486 reviews

Sabaya

Sabaya may be rooted in Lebanese tradition, but Chef Nasser Makhoul is willing to branch out with contemporary flair. Mezzas are the magic of the menu, with hot and cold options including Kebbe Nayye, Stuffed Vine Leaves, Hommow Bil Awarma, Makanik and Cheese Manaqish. In accordance with Lebanese custom, you’ll be brought to the lounge for after-dinner tea, sweets and conversation.Location: In the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel - 2nd level Services: Lunch | Dinner

Reviewed By reppi - Hinterzarten, Germany

As a Lover of lebanese Food I tried Sabaya. There was a warm welcome, seats are a little bit unconfy and lights are not very good - (I like to read whjen dining alone) I orderes dthe menu with hot and cold mezze, served with a plate of greens and herbs and the plate was quite big for one. Main course was a mixed grill, diferent meats, sauces nice pita bread . Unfortunately the main course came to fast, then the whole meal got cold. Portions are too big. It's enough for two people. Pepermint tea was lovely. Service was good all the time

3. Shogun Japanese Restaurant

Omar Ibn EL Khattab St. Heliopolis | InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Cairo 11511, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +20 2 24800100
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 397 reviews

Shogun Japanese Restaurant

A cozy Japanese restaurant serving the best of sushi and teppanyaki cuisine. Enjoy true Japanese atmosphere with a fish tank in the center of the restaurant. Enjoy the tasty food at either the sushi bar or one of the Japanese live cooking tables. Pick your favorite dish from our menus that are created by our Japanese chef Komatsu using top-quality fresh ingredients.Available Services: Credit card accepted, parking or valet services, alcohol, wireless Internet

Reviewed By Peter H

Always amazing.
the food is amazing, the atmosphere is amazing, the staff are amazing, the food is amazing, the music is amazing.... did i mention that the food is amazing?
dont miss out on this amazing experience and do your self a favor and come here.

4. Windows Restaurant

Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars | Aly Rashed St. Off Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Buffet, Parking Available, Television Mediterranean, European, Egyptian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +20 2 24803000
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Windows Restaurant

Reviewed By jamica25 - Cairo, Egypt

Great restaurant The food is good.
Nice atmosphere
Friendly staff and good prices jazz band is amazing ....

5. Maestro Italian Restaurant

InterContinental Cairo Citystars | Omar Ibn El Khattab St. Heliopolis, Cairo 11511, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +20 2 24800100
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 296 reviews

Maestro Italian Restaurant

Home style Italian cooking is given a gourmet twist at this popular restaurant where traditional recipes take on a refined new flavour.

Reviewed By Ayten U

We have stayed in Cairo Citystars Intercontinental hotel for 3 nights and We had our lunch every night in Maestro. Although there are other restaurants in the hotel, we preferred this one due to the quality of food and first class service that have provided. All the employees were so polite and professional. We like to specially thank to manager Mr Khalid, Chef Wael, Hostess Doaa, Omar and assistant manager Hany.

6. Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant

InterContinental Cairo Citystars | Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511, Egypt Valet Parking, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +20 2 24800009
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 544 reviews

Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant

Guests familiar with the flavours and spices of Lebanese cuisine will find them blended to perfection at Fayruz. for newcomers, let the famously friendly staff introduce you over lunch on the outdoor Terrace or an exotic dinner show with live belly dancing. The interior is delightfully authentic and evocative.

Reviewed By sheinakiyarag

I visited this place on my second night in Cairo along with our belly dancing group from South Africa! The belly dance Soraia takes the ambience to an entirely different level. Matched by awesome food and brilliant service, this place is a MUST SEE for all tourists.

7. Left Bank

53 Abou El Feda Street | Zamalek, Cairo 11511, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +20 2 27350014
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 782 reviews

Left Bank

Left Bank Bistro offers a sensational experience along the Nile. Left Bank serves authentic homemade French pastry, breakfast, gourmet salads and main courses, pizzas, in addition to an elaborate beverage menu. Additional features include a retail outlet selling fresh bakery and pastries.

Reviewed By pesc92 - Paris, France

We took 3 salads and a pizza to share! Very good amazing and innovative fly trap. Good wall with plants and book. Thank you !Thank you for your lovely review.

8. Esplanade Cafe Restaurant

InterContinental Cairo Citystars | Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Cairo 11511, Egypt Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +20 2 24800100
Excellent
89%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 167 reviews

Esplanade Cafe Restaurant

From tasty snacks to a la carte meals to full buffet dinners with live cooking by top chefs, the Esplanade offers 24 hours variety without compromising on quality.

Reviewed By Apexman - Knutsford, United Kingdom

I chose this restaurant which is located in the Intercontinental Citystars Hotel on a business trip. The buffet is vast with great quality food. It is definitely worth a visit. My only complaint is hat the staff are trying too hard. They offered to carry my plate around for me whilst serving myself st the buffet which at 54 and healthy I can do myself. The food is great and I would recommend it.

9. The Grill Restaurant & Lounge

InterContinental Cairo Semiramis | Corniche El Nile Downtown, Cairo 11511, Egypt Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards French, Steakhouse, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$275 - HK$706 +20 2 27988000
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 122 reviews

The Grill Restaurant & Lounge

The Grill presents the unique flavors of contemporary, traditional & brasserie French cuisine in an elegant ambience overlooking the Nile. Discover every Friday the Grill’s kitchen secrets for dinner at a great price.

Reviewed By Lucas R

If you're one of those who love meat as much as I do, then you'll fall in love with The Grill, at the Intercon Semiramis.
I recommend the Wagyu servings, it melts in your mouth like butter and honey.
It's good value for money. You'll most probably spend less than 1K Egyptian pounds for 2 people, with a glass of wine each.
The King Salmon on bone is a must for those who love fish. They got you covered! From the sauces to the way they make their fries. It's a meat lovers paradise! Certified as one of Cairo's best kept secrets.

Only the best,
Lucas Raven

10. Al Khal Egyptian Restaurant

InterContinental Cairo Citystars | Omar Bin Khattab Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Arabic, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +20 2 24800009
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Al Khal Egyptian Restaurant

Throughout the centuries, Egyptian cuisine has been part of the country’s heritage, history and romantic past. At Al Khal, the finest authentic Egyptian dishes and delights are brought to you in a classic setting with a modern twist and traditionally perfect service. Enjoy the tastes and flavours of the ages created for you.

Reviewed By Maysa S

Really every time I go there I will be surprised. Good setting and excellent service tasty food we had this time hamam mahshI and koNaga w cream it was Wow so thank you

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