Best restaurants in Egypt

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Alexandria

    Greek Club

    The Greek Club's wide terrace is just the ticket for catching the evening breeze and watching the lights along Alexandria's legendary bay. The moussaka and the souvlaki are both easy menu winners, and the seafood selection (priced by weight) is excellent too. Order your fish Greek-style – oven-baked with lemon, olive oil and oregano. Alcohol is served. This is one of the best places in the city for a sundowner beer or cocktail. Minimum charge in the restaurant is LE75. Check out the recently opened lounge club on the roof called Olive Island.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Luxor

    Wenkie's German Ice Cream & Iced Coffee Parlour

    For people who only opened up shop in 2014, Ernst and Babette Wenk have quickly become legends, serving the finest, most delicious ice cream in Luxor. Using organic buffalo milk and fresh fruit, they make and sell ices and sorbets with distinctly local flavours (think hibiscus, mango and doum palm). The secret to their success is the quality of the product and the price. Wenkie's also serves iced coffee, milkshakes and waffles. It tends to close on holidays and for a couple of months in the summer. Their ices are also available at the Crepe Cafe near Luxor Station.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Alexandria

    Kadoura

    Pronounced ‘Adora’, this is one of Alexandria’s most authentic fish restaurants, with food served at simple tables in a narrow street. Pick your fish (priced per kilo) from a huge ice-packed selection, usually including sea bass, red and grey mullet, bluefish, sole, squid, crab and prawns. A selection of mezze is served with all orders (don’t hope for a menu). Most fish costs LE70 to LE190 per kg, prawns LE400 per kg. Kadoura has an air-conditioned (though less atmospheric) branch along the Corniche.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Luxor

    Sofra Restaurant & Café

    Sofra remains our favourite restaurant in downtown Luxor. Both the intimate salons and the spacious rooftop terrace are stylishly decorated, sprinkled with antique furniture, chandeliers and original tilework. The menu features excellent mezze and well-executed traditional Egyptian classics such as stuffed pigeon and excellent duck. With friendly staff and shisha to finish, the place is a treat. The rooftop terrace is also a cafe, where you can come just for a fresh juice or coffee (alcohol is not available) and shisha.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sharm El Sheikh

    Rangoli

    If you're a fan of the flavours of the subcontinent, don't miss Rangoli: romantically perched within the cliffside tumble of the Mövenpick Resort with the sweep of Na'ama Bay laid out below. Thanks to the Mumbai-born chef, all the dishes here burst with authentically spicy Indian flavour from the punchy black lentil dhal to the clay tandoori specialities. Service here is sublime. Reservations are recommended; book a balcony table for the best sunset view across the bay in town.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cairo

    Abu Tarek

    ‘We have no other branches!’ proclaims this temple of kushari (mix of noodles, rice, black lentils, fried onions and tomato sauce). No, the place has just expanded, decade by decade, into the upper storeys of its building, and continues to hold on to Cairo's unofficial 'best kushari ' title. Eat in, rather than takeaway, to check out the elaborate decor upstairs. Order the 'special' for the all-important extra chickpeas and fried onions.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Alexandria

    Abou El Sid

    This swish Egyptian restaurant has kept much of the old setting of Pastroudis Cafe, the famous literary haunt, adding the wonderful art of Chant Avenissian and an excellent menu of Egyptian classics. It includes mezze, stuffed pigeon, a seafood stew and a delicious molokhiyya (garlicky leaf soup) with rabbit or chicken. Alcohol is served. Book ahead.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mediterranean Coast

    Zephyrion

    This excellent fish taverna (the name is Greek for ‘sea breeze’) was founded in 1929 and serves first-class fish and seafood on a sweeping blue-and-white terrace overlooking the bay. There is no wine list, but you can bring your own bottle, and it will be uncorked for you without complaint. Beer is available. Everyone along the seafront knows this place.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Alexandria

    Teatro Eskandariya

    Popular with local artists and creatives, the Teatro has it all: a cafe, restaurant, cultural centre, theatre, music venue and art gallery. Set in an alley back from the main street there is a large outdoor terrace with traditional seating, and several colourful, cosy indoor rooms. Honest simple food and a lively atmosphere.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cairo

    O's Pasta

    A few years ago, Cairo was a-tizz with new sushi joints; now all the newbie restaurants are Italian and O's Pasta is our pick of the bunch. Squeeze – and we mean squeeze, there are only five tables – into the blue-and-green room to munch on Red Sea calamari pasta doused in spinach and cream sauce, or pecan-basil-pesto chicken pasta. The kitchen is right in front of you so you can watch the chefs at work, and service is friendly and efficient. The menu is nearly all pasta, with a few salads thrown in for good measure and with a rather delectable sweet-potato soup as a starter. There's no alcohol so sup on a tart lemon-and-mint juice instead. It's just off Sharia 26th July, on the alleyway between Diwan bookshop and Maison Thomas; look for the blue door.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cairo

    Zööba

    Egyptian street food gets a modern makeover. Zööba has taken the country's classic cheap eats and given them contemporary twists. Whole-grain kushari (mix of noodles, rice, black lentils, fried onions and tomato sauce), beetroot baladi bread, pickled lemon and spicy pepper ta'amiyya sandwiches, and some seriously good salads and shawarma. Eat in at the zinc-clad table amid the most eclectic of decors, or take out – this is ideal picnic fodder. It's not just locals who are loving Zööba's take on Egyptian fast food either. The team won first place at London's 2016 Falafel Festival with its ta'amiyya.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Alexandria

    Mohammed Ahmed

    The perfect lunch stop to scoff fuul (fava bean paste) and falafel. Mohammed Ahmed is the undisputed king of spectacularly good and cheap Egyptian standards. Select your fuul (we recommend iskandarani, mashed up with lots of lime juice and spices), add some falafel, choose a few accompanying salads and let the feasting begin. There's an English menu to aid your selection. The tahini, banga (beetroot) and torshi (bright-pink pickled vegetables) are all good choices to add to your meal. Note that the street sign on the corner of Saad Zaghloul calls this Sharia Abdel Fattah El Hadary.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Red Sea Coast

    El Fardous

    A no-nonsense waterfront restaurant serving the best fish in Al Quseir, El Fardous has half a dozen tables, big windows onto the sea, a big cooler where you choose your fish, calamari or lobster, and some friendly waiters who will advise on what's best. No alcohol, but despite a 'no smoking' sign, the restaurant does serve shisha. There's air-con for hot days, a TV for cold nights and tables out on the waterside when weather permits eating with your feet in the sand. Locals and Egyptians from elsewhere in the country eat here. Located across the road from the Faran Mosque.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cairo

    At Tabei Ad Dumyati

    The takeaway section out front does a roaring trade in shawarma (meat sliced off a spit and stuffed in a bread roll with chopped tomatoes and garnish) and ta'amiyya (Egyptian variant of falafel), while out back is a sit-down canteen that bustles with families and offers some of Cairo's cheapest meals with a popular salad bar and friendly waiters. Pick your salads, eat some fuul (fava bean paste) and tuck into crisp-outside, fluffy-inside ta'amiyya. There are branches on Talaat Harb and in Mohandiseen.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cairo

    Sabaya

    Delicious Lebanese food in a sumptuous but relaxed atmosphere. There's plenty of grilled meat mains, but the mezze here is the real star of the show. Order old favourites hummus and sambousek (stuffed pastry triangles), some salads, chicken livers in pomegranate molasses, and bel kawarma (mashed potato doused in lamb's fat), and you've got yourself a real Levantine feast. Everything comes with fresh-baked pillows of pita, and sharing is the name of the game; all the better for sampling more mezze dishes. To top it off, service here is head and shoulders above most other places in town.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Aswan

    Panorama Restaurant & Bar

    The Panorama is one of the best restaurants in Aswan, even though it is in the Mövenpick's eyesore tower. The food is good, the room elegant and the service friendly and efficient. The real draw, however, is the 360-degree view of Aswan, the river and the desert – spectacular at sunset, glittering at night. The menu is mostly North African – mezze, tagines, kebabs, Red Sea fish – but also includes curries and some Italian dishes.The three-course set menu costs LE350. There's a long cocktail menu and a full wine list, too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in El Gouna

    Zia Amelia

    El Gouna's cutest restaurant is rustic done right with a charmingly intimate interior and, weather permitting, an outdoor-dining area shaded by a vine-covered trellis. The menu is home-style Italian with generous portions of lasagne, crisp pizza, homemade pasta and seafood. Leave room for dessert because the tiramisu is decidedly wicked. There's live music most Wednesdays. Booking essential. The pasta and pizza menus, and the delicious desserts, ensure that this place will be popular with the whole family.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Siwa Oasis

    Abdu’s Restaurant

    Before wi-fi and smartphones, there were places like this – a village hub where people gathered nightly to catch up and swap stories. The longest-running restaurant in town remains the best eating option thanks to its friendly on-the-ball staff and a huge menu of breakfast, pasta, traditional dishes, vegetable stews, couscous, roasted chickens and pizza. Abdu's is also prime territory for organising safaris and day trips with staff happy to dish out advice and information on all things 'Siwa'.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dahab

    Lakhbatita

    We adore Lakhbatita's eccentric decoration, friendly service and serene ambience, all of which bring a touch of Italian flair to Dahab. The small menu of homemade pasta dishes, many featuring seafood, is a cut above what's served up elsewhere. Try the mushroom ravioli or the garlic and chilli prawns. The entire place was getting a big spruce-up when we last pulled through town which will result in a new indoor dining room as well as a nicely remodelled outdoor area.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sharm El Sheikh

    Fares Seafood

    Always crowded with locals, Fares is a Sharm El Sheikh institution for good-value seafood. Order fish priced by weight or choose from one of the pasta or tagen (stew cooked in a deep clay pot) options on the menu. We're pretty partial to the mixed tagen of calamari and shrimp. There's another branch at Sharm Old Market.