There are many restaurants lining the bay offering inexpensive meals, such as pizza, pasta, Indian curry, Chinese food, sandwiches or Egyptian foul and falafel. Bottled water is cheap and readily available everywhere. Alcohol is sold in all the large hotels and some restaurants with the imports being significantly more expensive then the local Egyptian brands.
Here are a few of the favourite restaurants of the staff at Poseidon, these are only personal recommendations and not endorsements, there are many equally good restaurants not listed and new establishments are opening frequently.
This very popular and lively bar is situated at the Blue Beach Hotel at the Northern end of the bay between Lighthouse and Eel Garden. Run by Chris an Australian with a distinctive haircut and a dress sense that can only be matched by his taste in music, Blue Beach is usually where you will find the Instructors and Divemasters relaxing at the end of a very hard day!! Its always busy especially when there is a sporting event showing, such as rugby or football. Films are also shown during the day, and if you fancy really chilling out, try one of the very comfortable couches with your head resting on a zebra striped furry cushion!! The conservatory is a lovely place to sit and relax in the gentle cooling breeze blowing in off the gulf of Ababa whilst eating food chosen from their bar menu – the steaks here are highly recommended!
Situated on the sea front, right next door to the dive centre, you will recognise this cool cocktail bar by the relaxing music and colourful cushions - on the first floor and the roof, the door in is in the alley to Poseidon. It is one of the few bars in Dahab with tons of seating indoors, and on the upper deck with a great view. Very welcoming and a new era in Dahab - you can relax on cushions enjoying a cold beer, and in summer there is no better place to be than on the upper deck watching the sunset.
This popular restaurant is located at the Seven Heaven Hotel and makes a lovely setting for a special night for two or a sociable meal for a group of friends; they will also cater for large groups if you book ahead. The interior is small, but the food, which you watch being cooked is amazing - always busy these days, you are higly recommended to book this - you will 100% not be dissapointed with it For those Thai cuisine experts, you will find all the favourites on the menu, and cooked by the Thai owber exactly the way it should be. This restaurant is not licensed.
El Dorado is situated at the Northern end of the bay at Eel garden. Owned and run by a very friendly Italian family the food here cannot be beaten. The menu is compiled of some on the best homemade pastas and pizzas outside of mainland Europe. The setting is unique, positioned in the courtyard of Eldorado Camp the gaudiesque open sided building adds to the whole al fresco dining experience. Situated on the beach front the cooling breeze is a relief in the summer months but a jumper is recommended when dining there between November and March. The service is friendly and attentive and this place is especially popular with locals and can get very busy at times, however the service is quick and you never have to wait too long for a table. Big groups are recommended to book ahead.
Can be found at the North end of the bay. This unusual restaurant is without tables and chairs and the seating is on floor cushions. The upstairs open air area has a lovely view of the bay. The menu is extensive and the fresh fish specials are worth asking about, and be sure to try the THICK SHAKES - they are to die for! Make sure you order the small portioned meal or you might find yourself eating for two as the portions are large. The unique thing about Sharks is the fact that no bill is produced at the end of the meal they relay on your honesty when paying at the till. This restaurant does not sell alcohol.
Situated in the north end of the bay Carm Inn is unique in its own way for both its style of decoration and its menu. The menu boasts are real mix of Asian and Middle Eastern food. The restaurant gets busy and it is recommended you go early. The service whilst good is slow and expect to spend an enjoyable evening here. They do not sell alcohol.
Positioned on the beach at the southern end of the bay area, this restaurant is owned and run by an Italian woman who has styled this restaurant to be something quite different, even for Dahab. The indoor restaurant boasts and eclectic mix of objects hanging form the roof and the beach dining area is large and affords the benefit of the sea breezes in summer. The salad bar as a starter is recommended. The menu is large and extensive and it can be guaranteed that there is something for everyone. This restaurant does not serve alcohol.