Where to Eat in Dahab: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 6, 2018 Marlin Saiz

This former Bedouin fishing village is now a popular tourist destination—especially for serious windsurfers, who'll find some of the best conditions in the world off Dahab's beaches. Long known as a laid-back, backpacker-friendly town, Dahab is becoming more developed, yet retains a casual vibe. Finally, Dahab is also home to the Blue Hole, the world's most dangerous dive site. Only very experienced technical divers should attempt passage through "The Arch" here; if you're a novice diver, stay close to the surface. (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.)

1. Shams Restaurant

El Madaris Street | Shams Hotel & Dive Centre, Dahab 46617, Egypt Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi Egyptian, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +20 100 816 2070
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Shams Restaurant

Reviewed By alar240 - Harju County, Estonia

Breakfast was good, many different versions to choose from. We stayed there with a larger group, so they cooked a really good steak for us in a couple of evenings. Restaurant is a cosy place to sit, eat and smoke some shisha in the evenings.We are so delighted by your lovely words. It's really nice to hear words like yours from our beloved guests. Thank you for reviewing us. It was our pleasure to have you here. Best wishes.

2. Ali Baba Restaurant

Masbat Bay, Dahab, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Buffet Seafood, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Middle Eastern, Soups, Egyptian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 0020101929170
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 861 reviews

Ali Baba Restaurant

Ali Baba Restaurant is set on Dahab’s sea front, overlooking the Red Sea and Masbat Bay. The restaurant offers a range of local fresh seafood, barbeque and steakhouse as well as lighter bites and breakfast. Steaming hot homemade pita bread and mezze comes with every meal. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol; the bottle opener and ice are provided. Ali Baba Restaurant works in compliance with international food and health safety standards as set out by the UK based hygiene management company 'Cristal International'. Ali Baba Restaurant has achieved the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for exceptionally high standards.

Reviewed By Lil-miss-sunshine_83

Myself an my husband came here for dinner one evening on a recent trip to dahab.
The place as a lovely feel an setting and the menu as much variety.
The staff were pleasant and attentive and the food and prices really good value.
We enjoyed our meals and our time here the only negative was the cats, there was many and when eating its not nice to have them jumping up around you. I will note the staff did everything they could to help with the situation though hence why we gave them full marks still.
Mr and Mrs Sharf Eldin

3. Yalla Bar

Light House Area | Masbat, Dahab, Egypt Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations Bar, Egyptian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +20 69 3642166
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 439 reviews

Yalla Bar

Reviewed By Denise254 - London, United Kingdom

Lovely seafront view and delicious lemon juice! A good place for a snack! There was a ‘minimum charge’ sign but they didn’t seem to mind us not eating.

4. Blue House Thai Restaurant

Entrance of Seven Heaven Hotel | Masbat, Dahab, Egypt Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations Thai, Asian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$63 +20 106 717 7846
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

Blue House Thai Restaurant

Reviewed By YaraSallam

I used to eat at the blue house when it had the nice place on the beach, and when they moved to Asala I also ate there and it was fine, the place is of course worst but the food was still good. Last night I ate there and I had a really bad night, stomach cramps and pain, I feel very sick. I will never go there again.

5. Shark Restaurant

Beachside Promenade | Masbat Bay, Dahab 46617, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Buffet Seafood, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Soups, Egyptian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +20 101 313 3348
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Shark Restaurant

Shark Restaurant Dahab. Cooking with Love. Serving with a Smile!

Reviewed By Danielle W - Newcastle, Australia

Really cool option to go and pick exactly the seafood that you wanted from their selection. Prices were fairly expensive by Egypt standards but compared to Western prices, absolutely bargain!! The service was great, as was the atmosphere and the quality of the food.

6. Meya Meya

Dahab, Egypt Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Reservations Middle Eastern, Egyptian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 436 reviews

Meya Meya

Reviewed By zhenizz - Antwerp, Belgium

During our passed vacation at Dahab, Egypt, we automatically passed several restaurants near the beach. We'll never forget the enthousiast approach and wave of positive energy of 'Smiley', who invited us at "Meya Meya". We accepted his kind offer and entered a hyper cosy Egyptian restaurant, a handmade paradise that breaths a colourful and ultra pleasant athmosphere full of exotic touches and Bedouin accents, a place that makes you directly feeling at home. The central ground fire gives visitors a cosy warmth, cooled down by the waves of the sea and its breeze, and yes! they have a fine taste of music!!! Eating at Meya Meya means returning home with a satisfied stomach and inner human body, a variety of tastes and dishes, all kindly and uniquely served, cooked and created by Smiley and his great team. Don't forget to taste the 'special tea' of local fruits and herbs, that makes the tired body glowing and healing inside! We've visited Meya Meya few times, for their great specialties, and for the gentle and warm connection and we felt with these fantastic people! Don't miss visiting Meya Meya!!! Many Thanks for Smiley and five stars for Meya Meya! Regards, Dennis and Arianne from Belgium

7. Friends

Masbath, Dahab, Dahab, Egypt Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Egyptian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 563 reviews

Friends

Friends restaurant in Dahab is one of the most famous places with chilly atmosphere and nice food http://friends.dahab.me

Reviewed By Fiona1110 - Newcastle, Australia

We went there, chose our fish (you choose by weight and type) and sat at a nice waterside table waiting for it to arrive. All the soup, salads, etc. are included in this price.
Two of us are vegetarian and we ha lots to chose from, so this was not a problem at all. The fish eaters said their fish was great, as was our meal.

8. Athanor Cafe-Pizzeria

3 El Melil Street | Light House Area, Dahab 46617, Egypt Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$16 - HK$47 +20 106 950 3541
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Athanor Cafe-Pizzeria

Cozy, welcoming, beautiful coffee shop and restaurant, that roasts its own coffee beans and makes the best coffees ever, serves delicious milkshakes, bakes its pizzas in an Italian stove oven, offers generous servings of pasta dishes, and serves a super tasty homemade banana cake and tantalizing chocolate-banana pancakes - all this in a gorgeous backyard garden-terrace intimate atmosphere where you will really feel at home. (Take away and Delivery also available).

Reviewed By Nadine A

The pizza wasn't late, friendly staff. However, the pizza wasn't that good. It was recommended by a friend but I personally didn't like it that much. The pizza was a bit crusty, it was fine though but I've had better.

9. Ralph's German Bakery

El Fanar, Lighthouse | Lighthouse & Assalah Square, Dahab 0020, Egypt Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi German, Cafe, International, European, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks +20 69 3642479
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 340 reviews

Ralph's German Bakery

Bakes fresh bread and pastry every day, european style.

Reviewed By Ranam3 - Cairo, Egypt

Seriously the best breakfast I've ever tried in my entire life.
Excellent cappuccino. Excellent Omelettes. Excellent croissants. Excellent variety of bread. Very freshly made.
Definitely very crowded, but that's understandable.
A bit overpriced, but well worth it.
The place closes by 8 PM, so take care.

10. King Chicken

Al-Mashraba, Dahab, Egypt Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Barbecue, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

King Chicken

Reviewed By Westar o

Great place, close to the shopping walkway, full with local people. Mostly chicken dishes, but they have also pigeon, which is super tasty. It's hard to find free table at dinnertime. Simple place, cheap food in no-frills surroundings.

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