Aswan and Lake Nasser Restaurants

Aswan’s independent eateries serve Egyptian food with a Nubian flair. Other cuisines are found in hotel restaurants. The variable city tax on restaurants, combined with service charges, can total as much as 26%. Check menus to verify how each restaurant operates. Unless you are in a major hotel, consider tipping even if a service charge is included in the bill: waiters are not well paid, and the courtesy will be appreciated. If service is not charged, 10%–15% is a reasonable tip. And one more thing: Bring cash; most local restaurants take nothing else. As a rule, most hotel restaurants are open to the general public. Reservations are recommended at all hotel restaurants.

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  • 1. 1902 Restaurant

    $$$$ | Aswan South

    Don your best outfit (casual wear isn't allowed) and have a seat in the red-and-white, keyhole-arched dining room, originally opened in 1902 for dignitaries to...Read More

  • 2. Abeer Restaurant

    $$ | Downtown

    Abeer does a roaring trade in barbecued meats, as evidenced by the inevitable (but fast-moving) line. Meals come with sides of rice, salad, and soup,...Read More

  • 3. Aswan Moon

    $ | Corniche

    The food at this part-café part-restaurant won't knock your socks off, but if you're in the area, the Nile-side view and the laid-back atmosphere are...Read More

  • 4. Chef Khalil Restaurant

    $$$$ | Downtown

    Step off the pedestrianized market street and into this small restaurant for fresh seafood. Take your pick of the catch, and the staff will tell...Read More

  • 5. El Masry Restaurant

    $$$ | Downtown

    Escape the Downtown bustle with a meal stop at this refuge from the rigors of the market. The menu is a parade of the usual...Read More

  • 6. Kato Dool Nubian House

    $$$$

    Dig your toes into the sand at this gorgeous restaurant that's painted in bright colors and dishes up Nubian delights. It specializes in tagine dishes,...Read More

  • 7. Lawanda Nubian House

    $$

    Overlooking a bend on Gharb Soheil's busy market street, this rooftop restaurant offers a bird's-eye view of the action while you enjoy your lunch. The...Read More

  • 8. Makka Restaurant

    $$$

    Makka serves such local fare as grilled meats and molokheya (a thick, green, often garlicky soup made with jute leaves). As usual, dishes are accompanied...Read More

  • 9. El-Dokka

    $$ | El-Dokka Island

    This Nubian-style restaurant sits on one of the small islands around the cataracts of the Nile, in front of the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel. Big...Read More

  • 10. Panorama

    $$ | Corniche

    One of the city's Nile-front pontoon eateries has, as you'd expect, superb views, especially at sunset. The menu is somewhat limited here, but you'll find...Read More

  • 11. The Trattoria

    $ | Corniche

    The pasta and main dishes on the basic Italian menu are appetizing alternatives to Aswan's ubiquitous kebabs and tagines. Tagliatelle served with a fresh tomato...Read More

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