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. Aswan Moon

    $$ | Corniche | Middle Eastern

    The food here isn't going to blow your socks off, but the view and the ambiance are well worth pulling up a chair and tucking into pan-Middle...Read More

  • 2. Chef Khalil

    $$ | Downtown | Seafood

    You know you're in a special place when a steady stream of Egyptians—a breed who believe mightily in home cooking—breeze in here to place the...Read More

  • 3. El-Dokka

    $$ | El-Dokka Island | Middle Eastern

    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....Read More

  • 4. El-Masry

    $$ | Downtown | Middle Eastern

    Frequented by Egyptians and foreigners, the well-known El-Masry is a cool refuge from the rigors of the souk. The restaurant's been running...Read More

  • 5. Makka

    $$ | Downtown | Middle Eastern

    This upscale eatery is floored in green marble and flooded with welcome air-conditioning. The menu offers staples like grilled meats accompanied...Read More

  • 6. Panorama

    $$ | Corniche | Middle Eastern

    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...Read More

  • 7. The Trattoria

    $ | Corniche | Italian

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

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