If you love seafood and are looking for the places that do it best in Cairo, these are three are definitely worth trying!
1. Estacoza (Haram Branch)
445 A Haram St., El Haram, Giza
One of the best ways to gauge the true quality of a restaurant is the consistency of their recipes. Being repeat customers at Estacoza, we can say the tastes of our favorite dishes are mostly consistent, and always great.
Prices are on the higher end if you’re paying with EGP, but if you’re foreign paying with western currency, a meal here won’t make too much of a dent in your wallet: 2 people can enjoy starters, dinner a la carte, and drinks for under $25. There isn’t much of a dessert menu here so be prepared to have something simple like plain ice cream once you’ve finished your meal.
The Pros and Cons @ Estacoza:
- Food is delicious; even if the recipes aren’t 100% consistent they always have a talented chef on staff
- Service is excellent with a very hospitable wait staff
- Restaurant is very clean
- Haram St. is not scenic; no outdoor dining at this location
- Don’t order delivery from here. Orders take 2 hours and they don’t even make a courtesy call to let you know. We’ve canceled two orders from them because of this
Must Try Items:
- Yellow Rice
- Seafood Chowder
2. Halaket El Samak, Nile City
Nile City is kind of awesome. Its city view is beautiful at night, and during the day it’s really relaxing to watch the sun shimmer off of the river. Prices are high if you’re paying in EGP; there are often foreigners from other Arab countries dining here because when paying in foreign currency, the prices can be considered low to moderate.
- The atmosphere
- Service is excellent, waitstaff is very friendly
- You pick your own fish at the fish counter and suggest how you want your food to be cooked
- If you go to Nile City and don’t want seafood you can also eat there at Chilis, Johnny Carino’s, and Studio Masr
- Restroom here needs to be better maintained throughout dinner service
- Not having a set menu means your order will be unpredictable. The chef will interpret your request into a dish from his imagination which you may not like; not because it’s poorly made, but because it may not fit your taste. It could also suit you just fine. You just never know.
Must Try Items:
- Creamy seafood soup
3. Bahary Fish, Nasr City 26 Makram Ebaid Street
In my opinion, some of the best food in Egypt is made here. This place has been open for 20 years, and it’s not obscure, but it’s also far from being a tourist trap.
Distanced from most famous attractions, it’s located in an interesting area of Cairo called Nasr City. The 2 story restaurant features a panoramic view of the city street below, ambient lighting, and TV screens placed throughout the restaurant. Bahary is dining for Egyptians by Egyptians ….but I know they’ll welcome anyone!
- Prices are very affordable
- If you like real Egyptian food, you’ll get it here
- They have an enormous, well-run wait staff, and an overall good atmosphere
- They have a timed system here where they clear the contents from guests’ tables onto nearby carts that sit until the given interval is over. It’s not long, but I personally don’t like sitting next to a cart full of dirty dishes for even 20 seconds. Be sure to be seated away from a cart station
Must Try Items:
- Brown Rice
- Fried Fish Fillet
- Butterfly Shrimp
Did we miss an awesome seafood restaurant in Egypt? Please post or comment any recommendations. Hope our suggestions on where to eat seafood in Cairo are helpful to you, and Bon Appetit!