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What to Eat in Cairo

Cairo's dining scene reflects the people who frequent the city's streets and sights. While many restaurants are influenced by Cairo's geographic location, there are also a variety of internationally inspired eateries for tourists. Some of Cairo's most popular restaurants include Birdcage for Thai dishes, Shogun Japanese Restaurant and Left Bank for European-focused fare. American fast food franchises like McDonald's, Burger King and Pizza Hut are available as well.

However, when you visit Cairo, expect to try Egyptian cuisine. Egyptian meals – like Middle Eastern ones – typically include bread, rice and vegetables like lentils and onions. Fish from the Nile River is also offered on many restaurant menus. To sample local dishes like aish baladi (Egyptian-style pita bread), hamam mahshi (rice- or wheat-stuffed pigeon) and mouloukhiya (rabbit or chicken stew with garlic and mallow – a leafy green vegetable), dine at restaurants like Abou El Sid and Felfela. For a more upscale atmosphere, try fine dining Middle Eastern and Egyptian restaurants like Sabaya and Sequoia.

Keep in mind that Egyptians eat later in the day: Lunch is typically served from 1 to 4 p.m., while dinner service is offered between 8 p.m. and midnight. If your stomach starts to grumble in between meals, snack on street food favorites like koshari (a dish with rice, pasta and lentils covered in a thick tomato sauce) or ful medammes (mashed fava beans with seasonings).

Find the Best Restaurants in Cairo

  • #1
    The Blue Restaurant & Grill
    #1 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 727 reviewsTripAdvisor (727)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #2
    Vivo Restaurant
    #2 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 428 reviewsTripAdvisor (428)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    1113 Corniche El Nil Street Second floor, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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  • #3
    Culina
    #3 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ - $$ | Egyptian, International, Mediterranean
    1113 Corniche El Nil Street The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Downtown, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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  • #4
    Noble House
    #4 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 270 reviewsTripAdvisor (270)
    $$ | Chinese, Japanese, Asian
    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Uruba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #5
    Scores Sports Bar & Restaurant
    #5 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 96 reviewsTripAdvisor (96)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International, Pub
    29 Corniche El Nil Holiday Inn Cairo, Maadi, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #6
    Raj
    #6 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $$ | Indian
    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Al Orouba Street ,, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #7
    Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant
    #7 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1199 reviewsTripAdvisor (1199)
    $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #8
    Osmanly Restaurant
    #8 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 443 reviewsTripAdvisor (443)
    $$ | Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #9
    Al Khal Egyptian Restaurant
    #9 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 548 reviewsTripAdvisor (548)
    $$ | Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Barbecue, Arabic
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Bin Khattab Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #10
    Sachi
    #10 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 705 reviewsTripAdvisor (705)
    $$ | Egyptian, European
    3 Cleopatra Street Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #11
    Bab Al Qasr
    #11 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 430 reviewsTripAdvisor (430)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
    Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Hotel, First Settlement, New Cairo First Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11477 Egypt
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  • #12
    Shogun Japanese Restaurant
    #12 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 720 reviewsTripAdvisor (720)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    Omar Ibn EL Khattab St. Heliopolis InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #13
    Kazoku
    #13 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 401 reviewsTripAdvisor (401)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    Swan Lake Compound club house Swan Lake Compound, 1st Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #14
    Pizza Bar
    #14 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 185 reviewsTripAdvisor (185)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Cafe
    El Saheed Sayed Zakaria Street Heliopolis Towers, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #15
    AL Dabke
    #15 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 220 reviewsTripAdvisor (220)
    $$ | Lebanese
    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Uruba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #16
    Nisantasi
    #16 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ - $$ | Turkish, Barbecue, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Grill, Healthy
    City Stars Mall Phase 1, Level 5, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #17
    Esplanade Cafe Restaurant
    #17 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 341 reviewsTripAdvisor (341)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, International
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #18
    Maestro Italian Restaurant
    #18 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 539 reviewsTripAdvisor (539)
    $$ | Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, European
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St. Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #19
    LEXIE'S
    #19 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 189 reviewsTripAdvisor (189)
    $$ | Italian, European
    El-Tessen Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #20
    Bab El-Sharq
    #20 of 4,420 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 340 reviewsTripAdvisor (340)
    $ - $$ | Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Arabic, Lebanese
    1113 Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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