We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
About
The highly-acclaimed ILA is a trendsetting landmark contemporary dining restaurant and cafe with a glamorous shisha bar. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Dubai Creek, one of the most sought after locations, ILA is the celebration of food. Our Restaurant is open from 10 am - 12 am on weekdays and from 10 am - 1:30 am on weekends.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
CUISINES
Lebanese, Moroccan, Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
Reviews (90)
Filter reviews
76 results
Traveller rating
43
19
3
3
8
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
43
19
3
3
8
Show reviews that mention
All reviews fruit cocktail hummus kunafa fattoush pizza mixed grill sandwich soups lamb ice cream al seef dubai creek arabic food outdoor indoor seating shisha lovers vegan options wonderful restaurant
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 10 November 2023 via mobile

Waiter was not professional at all. I've ordered 3 mezzes and 1 mix grill. Asked to have mezze first as apetiser.Everything was served at the same time. Mix grill became cold and I couldn't eat it. I told him, but he was not sales oriented....Will not go back there and I do not recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 March 2023 via mobile

Great Ambience and food and the customer service of Haysam was exceptional! Thank you! Will defo visit again soon this gem in Al Seef!

Date of visit: March 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

A nice place to visit overlooking Dubai Creek views. A good seating plan outdoors as well as indoors & upper level for Shisha lovers. As usual good Lebanese cuisine served to enjoy the evening.

Date of visit: February 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 30 January 2023 via mobile

One of the standout features of Ila Cafe is its menu, which offers a diverse selection of dishes that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. From healthy salads to delicious pasta dishes, there is something for everyone. The cafe also serves a...variety of specialty coffees and teas, as well as fresh juices and smoothies, which are perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up. Another highlight of Ila Cafe is its ambiance. The cafe's chic and modern decor creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, making it a great place to unwind after a long day. Additionally, the friendly and attentive staff adds to the overall experience, ensuring that visitors have a memorable time. Ila Cafe also offers a range of events and activities for visitors, including live music performances and art exhibitions. These events add to the cafe's unique atmosphere and make it a great place for visitors to enjoy a fun and engaging experience. Overall, Ila Cafe is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique and memorable dining experience in Dubai. With its diverse menu, relaxing atmosphere, and engaging events, it's no wonder that Ila Cafe has become one of the city's most popular cafes. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious meal or just a cup of coffee, Ila Cafe is the perfect place to relax and enjoy.More

Date of visit: January 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 9 January 2023 via mobile

Located on the contemporary side of Al seef, ILA is an ideal place to dine in while spectating the beautiful waterfront 😍🌃 There is also enough seating on the rooftop for shisha lovers and to enjoy a game on a projector screen 👌🏻 Special thanks...for Mr. Haitham, very nice Manager, thanks for accommodating me and my friend 🫶 food are amazing and all the staff are polite. I frequently visit and enjoy my time with my friends so i highly recommend to visit there.More

Date of visit: January 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 December 2022 via mobile

It was a wonderful experience to dine in ILA Restaurant & Cafe.I really enjoyed the delicious food along with Al Seef street view. Services are really good. Presentation style is really impressive. Food is super tasty. They have a set menu & shisha too.So must...visit ILA Restaurant & Cafe to grab the delicious food along with beautiful view.More

Date of visit: December 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

Good food and a nice ambiance! Service was also amazing. Thanks to our server - the tall guy (forgot his name) 😅 will definitely come back!

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 17 November 2022 via mobile

The food is nice fresh and the service is perfect special thank to othman for the service and helping to choose I take breakfast very delicious. He recommended cappuccino really I like

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 10 November 2022 via mobile

📍Al Seef Dubai ♦️ILA is a contemporary-chic space ideal to stop by for fresh Arabic food. Enjoy breakfast or soups, salads and grills for lunch or dinner. ♦️ Enjoy Dinner with Beautiful View ♦️ Delicious and Fresh Food ♦️ Customer Friendly Staff

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 8 October 2022 via mobile

A nice surprise to find this restaurant. We were wandering through Al Seef looking for somewhere open & we found this place which had a sandwich board outside advertising a set menu for 39 AED which included 4 courses. We began with the lentil soup...which was very tasty, then had a choice of a fatoush or Arabic salad. The mains had about 6 options of which we both chose the moussaka. It was delicious & a large portion! Followed by a choice of flavours of ice cream, & water. We walked out of there stuffed & happy. This restaurant also caters to vegans & it’s subtitle is Just Vegans. There is an a la carte menu as well.More

Date of visit: October 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Ila Cafe and Restaurant. Overlooking the Al Seef this restaurant encapsulates Arabic food at its finest. Place. The restaurant has different types of seating area you preferred which is convenient for the guest. Service. Great with reservations, attending to their guest very well. Helpful with...the Groupon process as we used it during our visit. Food. Value for money! Around $40-50. Mixed Grill. Served in a small grill (so the food will still be hot). You have every type meat that they offer. I think it’s one of their best seller. The taste is good too, good for 2-3 people. 5/5 Lemon with Mint. Refreshing partner with the mixed grill. You can taste the overpowering mint based on my preference. 5/5 Kunafa with Ice Cream. It’s my first time to try with ice cream and it compliments the cheese that is still sizzling on the plate making the Kunafa more tasty. 5/5 Hummus. Just a normal hummus, nothing special. Great appetizer 4/5More

Date of visit: August 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 3 July 2022 via mobile

The food was amazing and delicious I preferably enjoyed the shish tawooks and the pasta . Overall I recommend you to try this cafe . As it’s affordable and also sells shisha!

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Just Vegan, Marketing at ILA Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation Nadia, we look forward to serving you again! Best regards, Team ILA Restaurant & Cafe

Reviewed 3 June 2022

They have spacious indoor & outdoor seating arrangement with beautiful views of Dubai Creek. For Sheesha lovers they also have a special separate lounge at the top floor. I tried number of items on my visit & my favourites were 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐬, 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧 & 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐩,...𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐓𝐚𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐤 & 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐚. All food items were well cooked & the portion size was descent enough to be shared between 2-3 people. Fresh 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐞 was super refreshing and complemented my meal. Absolutely loved having their 𝐊𝐮𝐧𝐚𝐟𝐚 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐈𝐜𝐞 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 at the end.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Just Vegan, Marketing at ILA Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2022

Thank you so much for the detailed review of our restaurant. We hope to see you again! Best regards, Team ILA 😊

Reviewed 23 May 2022 via mobile

We had a nice dinner by the creek this evening. We were lucky to have a table at the nearest spot to the waterfront. The atmosphere was amazing and the staff were so kind. Restaurant is a middle-eastern cuisine and it is best to be...visited during winter to enjoy outdoor experience. Special thanks goes to Mr. Deep for his amazing hospitality and the extra mile he did when he changed the music to suite the ambiance of this cosy lovely place.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Just Vegan, Marketing at ILA Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2022

Thank you for the review, we are super glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We will let Mr. Deep know of your appreciation too! Looking forward to serving you again😊 Regards, Team ILA

Reviewed 17 May 2022 via mobile

they are located at al seef and have maintained the authentic traditional vibe by adding an amazing turkish chandelier at the entrance they have outdoor and indoor sitting amd the food and sheesha are amazing for sheesha they have a seperate space at the forst...floor so people who dont do sheesha are not bothered by it they have vegan dishes as well on the menu apart from their huge variety of arabic food if you ate here you need to try their hummus fattoush sheesh tawook pizzas and kunafa for sure i highly recommend this place for a blissful experienceMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Just Vegan, Owner at ILA Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2022

Hello thefood_paradise, Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation and recommendations! We are glad to know your compliments for our Food and Restaurant. We hope to serve you again soon! Best Regards, Team ILA😊

View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Canopy By Hilton Dubai Al Seef
794 reviews
.39 km away
Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Seef
500 reviews
.39 km away
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
4,402 reviews
.43 km away
Holiday International Hotel Embassy District
1,100 reviews
.61 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Doors Freestyle Grill - Steakhouse
2,382 reviews
.32 km away
Skafos
528 reviews
.36 km away
Vivaldi Restaurant & Lounge
790 reviews
.40 km away
Mogiya Authentic Japanese Restaurant
104 reviews
.38 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Al Seef
529 reviews
.17 km away
JA Bateaux Dubai
1,767 reviews
.30 km away
Creek Cruises
9 reviews
.54 km away
Al Nahdi Travel and Tourism
258 reviews
.54 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from ILA Cafe staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

ILA CAFE, Dubai - Umm Hurair 1 - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about ILA Cafe

Yes, ILA Cafe offers takeaway services.

Yes, ILA Cafe offers delivery services.

Yes, ILA Cafe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

ILA Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4