Food & Restaurants in Luxor
Luxor is a vegetarian's paradise with lots of fresh seasonal vegetables such as tomato and cucumber.
A meal often begins with pita-bread and mezze such as baba ganoush or taboulé.
Your main course may include meat or poultry, or regional dishes such as pigeon or rabbit. (To avoid an upset stomach, you may prefer to stick with the beef.) As with any heavily touristed area in Egypt, it's never hard to find reasonably well-executed Western food.
Dairy products, such as yoghurt or gibna bayda cheese (think feta but much creamier), might accompany your main meal.
Finally, many fine vegetarian desserts are available, though some might seem overly sweet to western tastes. (If you can, specify low or medium sweetness.)
While the evening meal is often filling, you may find this doesn't meet the energy requirements of a busy tourist. Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast, drink lots of water, and snack frequently during the day.
Luxor, East Bank
- Al-Sahaby Lane. The restaurant is located next door to Nefertiti Hotel, in the souk, the colorful Egyptian market of Luxor, on Sahaby street.
- Casablanca, El-Rodah El-Sherefa Street (100 meters down the side street from Steigenberger Hotel in Khaled Ebn El Waleed Street), 0101725821.11AM to 12PM. Classy restaurant with an emphasis on fish and seafood along with classic Egyptian food. Tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean. The presentation of the food is lovely and the staff and owner are welcoming without being obnoxious.
- Jamboree Restaurant, 010-146 1712. Daily 10.30AM-2.30PM & 6.30-10.30PM. Inside the Souk., a spotlessly clean, air-conditioned establishment with roof terrace, serving a range of mid-priced Egyptian and international dishes of above average quality including Cajun chicken (LE 22.50), tasty jacket potatoes (LE 9-13) and a safe salad bar. Owned and run by two really friendly and handsome Egyptians, Mr. Hamdy and Mr. Amer.
- El Kebabgy, Daily 12.00AM-12.00PM. Below the Corniche, near the Winter Palace Hotel, it offers great views of the Nile & West Bank and inexpensive, decent quality food including pasta, grills (Kofte, kebab, pigeon), mousaka etc.; by candle light at night.
- El Zaeem, Main road bordering the market, bright lights, two levels (sitting upstairs), 'chain' feel, red uniforms. Offers fresh simple and very cheap food such as shwarma and hawashi for 5 LE or less. Note that they have an Arabic menu with the 'correct' prices, and an English menu (or no menu at all) with made up prices for foreigners (anywhere between 10-25 LE for shwarma!). Therefore, reading Arabic is a necessity for the local price!
- The Lantern, Al Roda Al Sharifa Street, . 12am - 11pm.Excellent English run restaurant serving both English and Egyptian food to a very high standard, at a very reasonable price.
- McDonalds, Behind Luxor Temple, provides cheeseburgers and a safe haven from the nearby souk.
- Sofra, 90 Mohamed Farid St, . 11-midnight. Specialises in Egyptian food with a groovy decor of Egyptian antiques (and antique-like furnishing). Gives you a Western-style experience with Egyptian food. Very friendly service that can be a little slow at times. It's expensive for Egypt with starters around 10-25 LE, mains around 30-60 and juices 10-20. Because it's the top pick of a very well known guidebook series, you really do need to book here otherwise you'll be turned away at the door.
- A Taste Of India, St Joseph Hotel Street (100 Meters down the side street next to the St Joseph Hotel), 0193732727. Noon to 11PM. A Fully Licensed Indian Tandoori Restaurant with a good selection of international dishes including steaks. Good selection of vegetarian dishes. Very popular restaurant owned by English Ex Pat who has operated Indian restaurants in Egypt for several years. Also look for The Fortune Cookie Chinese restaurant from the same guy. 18LE to 90LE.
- The Fortune Cookie + The King And Thai, St Joseph Hotel Street & Medina Street (150 Meters down side street next to the St Joseph Hotel). noon til 11pm. A new fully Licensed Chinese & Thai Restaurant also serving a selection of international Dishes. A new restaurant from the owner of the popular A Taste Of India restaurant and the new Regal Lounge Bar & Grill which is on the floor above. from 20 le.
Luxor, West Bank
- the Tutankhamun Restaurant, 200 m south of the ferry landing - considered by many to be the best restaurant on the West Bank. "The food is absolutely incredible - Chef Mahmoud has an incredible touch with the spices - curry chicken with apples and bananas is pure delight". Fixed menu, with a choice of mains that varies with what is in season. Prices not the cheapest around, but still hugely inexpensive compared to what you would pay in a hotel.