Our pick of the city’s resaurants, cafés and bars
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★★ 2017 Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards winner
★ 2017 highly commended in the Restaurant Awards
Barfly by Buddha-bar This stylish venue has a supercool interior and a delightful terrace overlooking the canal. From sushi to the stir-fries it is routinely excellent.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-wed 6pm-2am; Thu 6pm-3am;
Fri 4pm-3am; Sat 4pm-1am. Venetian Village, The Ritzcarlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
(02 404 1951). ★ Asian
Cho Gao Marina Walk
The Intercontinental’s branch of this pan-asian eatery has a lovely dining room and bar area as well as a top terrace outside. Expect flavours from across the continent all presented with style and packing plenty of flavour.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-wed 6pm-1am; Thu-fru 6pm-2am. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
(02 666 6888). ★ Newcomer.
Li Jiang Some of the best South-east Asian food in town, be sure to order a noodle dish to see some real culinary magic.
→ Licensed. Open daily 4pm1am. The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
Pachaylen A foray into
Thai food doesn’t get much better than at this Eastern Mangroves spot. Enjoy authentic dishes without emptying your wallet.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7pm11pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street
(02 656 1000). Sontaya Creative and well-executed Asian fare with a focus on Thai and Indonesian cuisine. A superb location and top service.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon2.45pm, 6.30pm-10.45pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443).
★★ Romantic, ★ Asian
BAR & PUB FOOD
3rd Avenue Authentic
British pub popular with expats. It’s smoky and suitably nostalgic.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon1am. Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel Abu Dhabi (02 666 6220).
Belgian Café Plenty of hops on tap and great European pub grub to accompany them. The fresh moules and chunky frites are excellent, as are the bar bites. → Licensed. Open Sat-tue 4pm-1am; Wed-fri 4pm-2am. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).
Captain’s Arms A favourite among Western expats and the place to go for the familiar buzz of a British pub. Arguably serves up the best fish ’n’ chips in the capital.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon12.30am.le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 644 6666).
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge Swanky bar food, with sliders, salads and exceptional starters all presented with style.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-wed 6pm-2am; Thu-fri 6pm-3am. The Collection within
St. Regis Saadiyat Island
(02 678 3344). Cooper’s Bar Gastropub with hearty grub and an electric atmosphere during the live sport. It’s a great place for watching the match. → Licensed. Open daily noon2.30am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park Area (02 657 3325).
★ Pub Food
Eclipse Terrace Lounge An outdoor lounge that turns into an urban dining venue in the evenings where diners can enjoy fresh seafood and a resident DJ.
→ Licensed. Open daily 8am8pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 333 2222).
Glo Overlooking the water at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, this outdoor lounge offers a surprisingly large and impressive menu. The food is fresh and the portions are generous, but nothing beats the atmosphere.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon– midnight. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 813 5565).
Heroes An unpretentious sports bar with decent food and a very loyal following. Burgers are definitely the pick of the menu.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon-4am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah
(02 616 6132). ★ Pub Food
Hickory’s Bustling sports bar that makes for a welcome change of pace from the golf course. The menu offers a mixed bag of tapas, burgers and meat.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6.30am-10.30pm. Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Island
(02 810 7710).
Hidden Bar Offering a limited, but high-quality selection of Mediterraneaninspired dishes.
→ Licensed. Open daily 4pm1am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 813 5574).
Iris Lovely bar bites served in style. The sushi is particularly good at this spot with stunning views of Yas Marina and Yas Hotel.
→ Licensed. Open Mon-sat 6pm-3am, Fri 4am-3am.
Yas Marina, Yas Island
(055 160 5636). ★ Bar Food.
Mcgettigan’s Whatever time you’re here, the full Irish breakfast, chicken wings, fish and chips and a wide variety of soups and salads will sort you out.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-wed 3pm-3am, Thu-sat noon-3am. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street, Al Raha (02 652 4333).
★★ Pub Food
PJ O’reilly’s Lively Irish pub with monster burgers and more classics such as fish and chips on the menu. Perfect for a casual catch-up with your friends over drinks. → Licensed. Open Sat-wed noon-1.30am, Thu-fri noon3am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi (02 674 2020).
Porters English Pub Tasty American-style food with the odd Brit classic thrown in for good measure. Be warned though: the portions are hefty to say the least.
→ Licensed. Open Mon-fri noon-3am, Sat-sun noon3am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).
A beach club and bar with its own wood-fired pizza oven? Sounds good to us. What’s that? The pizza oven is pineapple shaped? Even better. It takes just ten minutes to get there from Saadiyat Island.
→ Licensed. Open daily 10am10pm. Zaya Nurai Island
(02 506 6222). ★ Romantic.
Stars ’N’ Bars Burgers, Tex-mex, steaks and seafood are all good here.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-wed 11.30am-1.30am, Thu-sat 11.30am-2.30am. Yas Marina, Yas Island
(02 565 0101).
& Bar The gastropub menu is extensive and filled with lots of classy options.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-wed noon-1am; Thu-fri noon-late. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 3053).
★ Bar Food.
The Retreat At this neat little bar and eatery you’ll find many old friends on the menu from fajitas to sandwiches and fish and chips, alongside some more adventurous options for you to try.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon1am. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
The Sportsman’s Arms American-irish gastropub serving big, hearty portions of your favourite pub foods. A superb venue for having a filling meal and watching live sport. Delivers one of the best breakfasts in town, perfect for a morning refuel.
→ Licensed. Open daily 8am-11pm. The International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, (02 447 1066).
The Tavern One of the city’s proper pubs. Serves up all the classic dishes with plenty of sport and music on the side. Keep an eye out for the regular deals.
→ Licensed. Open Fri-wed noon-2am; Thu noon-2.30am. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East (02 677 3333).
Trader Vic’s The Polynesian theme is strong with this one. Good for after-work drinks and light plates, and welcoming to kids during the day.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6pmmidnight. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 697 9011).
Velocity More than your average sports bar, dine on a selection of gourmet burgers, lobster and speciality wings. → Licensed. Open Sun-wed 4pm-2am; Thu-fri noon-3am; Sat noon-2am. Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street
(02 304 7777). ★★ Bar Food
Y-bar The slick bar on Yas Island has an impressive menu includes wagyu burgers, cod and chips and shepherd’s pie amongst over pub grub favourites.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-wed noon-2am; Thu-fri noon-3am. Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island (02 656 4172).
Zsa Zsa Named after Zsa Zsa Gabor, this lounge bar is just as glamourous. Creative small plates pair perfectly with the drinks menu.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-wed 5pm-1am; Thu-fri 4pm-2am. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 333 2222).
Café 302 The quintessential modern coffee shop. Breakfast dishes are worth a look, salads are vibrant and filled with top ingredients and we seriously recommend the good-value steak.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 6am-10.30pm. Al Maha
Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street (02 610 6666).
Café Arabia A cosy book-lined coffee nook that doubles as a place to demolish Sultan of Arabia burgers, cakes and mezze.
→ Unlicensed. Open Sat-wed 8am-10.30pm; Thu-fri 8am-10pm. Villa no.37, 15th street, Airport Road
(02 643 9699). ★ Café.
Le Café Offers a huge afternoon tea package in the opulent surroundings of Emirates Palace. Expect sandwiches, mini-quiches and cakes or opt for the Arabian version, all of which is served with style.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 2pm-6pm. Emirates Palace, Corniche West (02 690 7999). ★★ Afternoon Tea
Nolu’s An Afghan-western fusion restaurant that does ridiculously good food prepared with such heart, you can almost taste the love. It offers fantastic breakfasts that rightly won a top gong at our Restaurant Awards.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 9am-11pm. Al Bandar
(02 557 9500).
Tawa Bakery The city’s first 100 percent gluten-free eatery serves very good food. There are plenty of breads, pastas and baked goods that come highly recommended. Check out the sandwiches and breakfasts.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-11pm. Al Muneera Beach Plaza. Al Raha Beach (02 556 6900). ★ Café.
WHEAT This fantastic artisan bakery oozes style. A great spot for a lazy weekend breakfast, or to grab some gourmet foodstuffs. Good coffee, too.
→ Unlicensed. Open Sun-thu 6am-10pm; Fri-sat 6.30am7.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).
Beijing Restaurant The setting here is basic — a few prints and a bubbling fish tank count as décor. But the food at Beijing is cheap and tasty.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 11am-midnight. Madinat Zayed (02 621 0708).
Chinoy Haven Good Chinese food in a playfully tacky setting. Keen prices but the quiet dining room can feel a little stiff.
→ Licensed. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-2am. Al Ain Palace Hotel, Al Markaziyah (02 599 6000).
Dai Pai Dong Top Cantonese street food done in fine-dining style. Great atmosphere and good value. Current holder of our Best Chinese gong.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-wed noon-11pm, Thu-fri 6pm11.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 813 5550). ★★ Chinese
Hakkasan The service is slick, the décor stylish and the food very, very good indeed. We’re big fans. Has won several of our Restaurant Awards over the years and with good reason.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6pmmidnight. Emirates Palace
(02 690 7999). ★ Chinese. Shang Palace Authentic Chinese cuisine presented with the flair of a fine-dining venue. Well worth a look if you are staying here or just visiting the area.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Shangri-la Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain
(02 509 8503). ★ Chinese.
Bonna Annee This friendly joint offers food that packs a spicy punch in a laid-back setting. If you haven’t tried Ethiopian food, this is your chance to give it a go.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 11am-midnight. Al Salaam Street (02 491 2128).
Bentley Kitchen A bustling atmosphere, excellent European dishes and some excellent cuts of meat.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon-1.30am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
(02 626 2131).
Brauhaus The only German joint in town, this place does an excellent line in Bavarian treats, from a selection of European meats to a wide range of hops.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon-1am. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 697 9011).
Bravo Tapas Bar and Restaurant Traditional Spanish tapas and drinks, served in a casual, warm and welcoming atmosphere.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6pm-12.30am. Sheraton
Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East
(02 677 3333).
Diablito A laid-back rooftop tapas bar with real character and flair. In spite of its name, there’s nothing diabolical here, just good times and chilled vibes.
→ Licensed. Open daily 8am2am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 1175).
Eat Greek Kouzina
A friendly, casual restaurant serving a tasty menu of classic Greek dishes.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 309 2323).
Sardinia Exciting cuisine served in dramatic style, but a dining room often lacking in atmosphere.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon- 3pm, 7pm-11pm. Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Mushrif
(02 657 7640).
The Warehouse A tapas bar that’s as cool as they come. Excellent dishes that work as bar bites or as a proper meal out. Keep an eye out for regular deals, too, and be sure to book in advance. → Licensed. Open daily 4pm1am. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).
Todd English’s Olives Excellent and hearty dishes, all served with style. Try the flatbreads, they’re some of the best in town.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1941).
La Brasserie Amazing French dishes served at good prices by outstanding staff in a slick venue.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1931).
★ European. La Petite Maison A quitebrilliant restaurant serving Niçoise cuisine. Expect super ingredients, presented simply but effectively. A more than welcome addition after starring in Dubai for so long. The lamb chops and tiger prawns are just amazing.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon3pm, 7pm-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
(02 692 9600). ★ Newcomer.
Le Beaujolais An unpretentious eatery with plenty of character and charm. You’ll find all your rustic French favourites here, along with great service.
→ Licensed. Open daily noonmidnight. Novel City Centre Hotel, Hamdan Street
(02 633 3555). ★ European.
INDIAN & PAKISTANI
Angar Creative and charming and rivalling the likes of Avasa and Tamba as one of the city’s best upscale, luxurious Indian restaurants. Worth checking out.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7pm11pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).
Asha’s An upscale mall restaurant, Asha’s offers decent Indian food after a spot of shopping, but not much more.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily noon-8.45pm. Yas Mall, Yas Island (02 492 6680).
Avasa The menu at this fantastic upmarket Indian is as creative as the décor. Don’t expect standard dishes here, as they’re done with a twist.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-thu noon-11pm; Fri-sat noonmidnight. The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
(02 674 2221). ★ Indian
Biryani Pot This good-value no-frills spot offers lots of authentic biryani dishes (obviously), but also healthier quinoa options.
→ Unlicensed. Open Sat-wed 10am-11pm; Thu-fri 10ammidnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 676 6555).
Indigo Excellent food in a lovely restaurant. Ask the staff for help with the big menu, there’s plenty to choose from and it can seem a bit daunting to start with.
→ Licensed. Dhs500-750. Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah. (02 697 9011)
Punjab Grill High-end, creative Indian dishes that look great and are packed
with plenty of flavour. Service is good, too, as you would expect for a restaurant in such a lovely location.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Venetian Village, The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 449 9839).
Rangoli A great-looking restaurant that serves the usual array of classic Indian dishes. Absolutely worth a visit to see how good it is for yourself. It’s good value, too and you should definitely check the Friday brunch out. → Licensed. Open daily Tuesun 7pm-midnight; Fri brunch 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana (02 656 4000).
Ruchi A backstreet gem with curries that put most of the upmarket Indian joints to shame. Try the banana leaf Keralan special for a real taste of the south of India.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 7am-midnight. Hamdan Street, Al Markaziyah
(02 679 5679).
Tamba An Indian restaurant, sure, but actually much more than that. Tamba not only does the basics that you’d expect from an Indian eatery very well, it also adds a touch of glamour, creativity and style in an extremely cool.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-wed noon-1am; Thu-sat noon-2am. The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
(02 672 8888). ★★ Indian
Ushna Excellent Indian cuisine in a busy setting with a fantastic view of canal.
→ Unlicensed. Open Sat-wed 12.30pm-11.15pm, Thu-fri 12.30pm-11.45pm. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1769).
Amici A concise menu of big-hitters. The food here is well presented and tastes as good as it looks. Not the cheapest place, mind.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm; 7pm-11pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).
BICE Superb Italian food with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat-lovers and a particularly impressive selection of pasta.
→ Licensed. Open daily, noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5555).
Bocca Simple Italian classics done very well indeed, with all the flavour you’d expect from such a classic cuisine.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon3pm, 7pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West
(02 681 1900).
Lovely staff and food that is very, very good make dining at this elegant restaurant a memorable experience.
Our current Best Italian.
→ Licensed. Open daily, noon-4pm, Sat-wed 7pmmidnight, Thu-fri 7pm-1am. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222). ★★ Italian
Cipriani The Yas Marina restaurant serves high-end classic Italian options in a beautiful setting. Fancy food and service.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6pm-midnight. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 657 5400).
Circo A thoroughly enjoyable experience awaits at this circus-themed restaurant. From the entertaining staff to the traditional dishes, you’ll find perfectly executed Italian hospitality.
→ Licensed. Open daily noonmidnight. Intercontinental
Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
(02 666 6888). ★ Italian.
Dino’s Bistro Italiano
An authentic Italian serving a modern take on the classic cuisine. Everything from pasta to meat and fish is on the menu, all made with top ingredients and served in unpretentious style.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon3.30pm, 6pm-11pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).
Filini An unassuming restaurant that serves great-value, really good
Italian dishes. Check the alfresco Filini Garden out as well for post-dinner drinks.
→ Licensed. Open Fri noon3pm, daily 6pm-11.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Mezzaluna Its take on traditional Italian fare borders on the lavish and this place is certainly glamourous.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).
Pappagallo A warm and welcoming place. Go for the pizzas, especially.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm11.30pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 644 6666).
Pizza Di Rocco Specialises in one dish, but that’s no bad thing when they’re this good. Great takes on the classics and some unusual pizzas thrown in.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 11am-midnight. Salam Street, between 9th and 11th Street (02 641 8300). ★★ Budget
Prego’s Perpetually busy, you’ll want to book ahead if you’re planning to eat here. The hearty mains hit the spot. → Licensed. Open daily noon11.30pm. Beach Rotana
Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 697 9000).
Roberto’s A stylish Italian restaurant. The presentation of dishes is brilliant and the quality of food is to be admired. Make sure you check out the bustling bar on a night, too.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-thu noon-2am, Fri-sat noon-3am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).
Sacci Antipastis and handmade pastas and pizzas. Try the Bistecca Florentina that is carved at the table.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-thu 7pm-11.30pm; Fri-sat noon3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Khalifa City
(02 616 9999).
Spaccanapoli Instead of attempting to blow your mind, Spaccanapoli just concentrates on getting the food exactly right. Simple and elegant decor sets the tone. → Licensed. Open daily noon11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah
(02 616 6166).
Villa Toscana Charmingly rustic décor and friendly service give this Italian all the charisma you could ask for. The food offers the perfect combination of simplicity and great flavours.
→ Licensed. Open noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers
(02 694 4553).
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant Watching the chefs work meticulously to prepare the stunning food is a joy, and as the dishes come out – one-by-one, each with its own explanation – you’ll be wowed.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon-3.30pm; Sun-wed 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-fri 7pm12.30pm. bar open Sat-wed noon-1am; Thu-fri noon-2am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).
Kaizen If you are a fan of Japanese robata, this scenic place should be on your list of restaurants to try. We think you’ll just love it.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-thu 3pm-11pm, Fri-sat 12.30pm 11pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
(02 404 1921). ★ Japanese.
Kazu The food is impressive and the staff are attentive and friendly. You can expect top Japanese cuisine and a thirst-quenching drinks menu. → Licensed. Open Mon-fri 7pm-11pm, Sat 12.30pm4pm and 7pm-11pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0000).
Sho Cho Stylish place with great views that specialises in sushi and stays open until 3am for post-dinner drinks if you have the room.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon3am (kitchen until midnight). Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).
Sushi Central Quality sushi and Japanese cuisine without many frills. Watch out for regualr deals, too.
→ Unlicensed. Open Sat-thu 11.30am-11.45pm; Fri noonmidnight. Commercial Bank of Dubai building, Khalidiya
(600 52 0007).
Teatro Serves a wide range of food, but the Japanese offerings are by far the most successful. The miso sea bass is a winner as are the sushi platters. Take a seat at the sushi bar and find out just how good it isfor yourself. → Licensed. Open daily 6pm-11pm. Park Rotana
Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park
(02 657 3333).
Toki This place is elegance defined, with minimalist rooms concealed behind spotless sliding doors. The menu is extensive with some unique dishes.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon3pm; 7pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah
(02 681 4951).
Tori No Su The open kitchen impresses here, and thankfully the food matches the ambience. Narrowly missed out on our Best Japanese award in 2017.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7pm11.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (02 811 5666). ★ Japanese.
Zuma High-end Japanese in a stunning setting. This hot spot serves up the best Japanese food in town. Bookings are essential as this place is always busy.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-sat noon-3.30pm, Sat-wed 7pmmidnight, Thu-fri 7pm-1am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900). ★★ Japanese
Asia de Cuba A quitebrilliant mix of Chinese and Cuban dishes. If that doesn’t sound immediately delicious to you, then know this: it really is.
→ Licensed. Open Thusat noon-3pm; Sun-sat 6pm-midnight. Fri brunch 1pm-4pm. Bar open Thu-fri noon-2am; Sat noon-midnight; Sun-wed 3pm-midnight. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road West (02 699 3333).
BU! The pan-latin eatery, with Japanese influence is a really fun venue that always has a great vibe. We love the bar area and big terrace, but it’s the food that really keeps us coming back. → Licensed. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Fri brunch 12.30pm-4.30pm. Bar 5pm3am. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066). ★ Americas.
Chamas All-you-can-eat meat and salads at this Brazilian churrascaria. Make sure you bring an insatiable appetite and you might be best served to leave the vegetarians at home.
→ Licensed. Open Sat-tue 6pm-11.30pm; Wed-fri 6pmmidnight. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
(02 666 6888).
COYA Fun and funky, with a super bar area, lovely terrace and vibrant dining room. The food is absolutely excellent hre. From ceviches to seafood, tacos to tomahawk steaks, we’re yet to find something that’s anything less than brilliant.
→ Licensed. Open Sun-thu and Sat 12.30pm-5.30pm; Sun-mon, Wed, Sat 7pmmidnight; Tue, Thu-fri 7pm-12.30am. Fri brunch 12.30pm-4pm. Lounge open daily 12.30pm-1.15am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
(02 306 7000).
★★ Restaurant of the Year, Americas ★ Brunch
Amerigos Perhaps not the most traditional Mexican you’ll find in the city, but it’s full of flavour, good value and great fun so we really don’t care.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon2am. Radisson Blu Hotel,
Abu Dhabi Yas Island
(02 656 2000).
El Sombrero Top-notch atmosphere and a cracking Latino band make the fantastic food all the better at this buzzing Mexican joint. Keep and eye out for specials. → Licensed. Open daily 7.15pm-11.30pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East
(02 677 3333).
Al Arish The setting and service are somewhat surreal in this Emirati restaurant, however there is an excellent selection of fresh fish to choose from.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 10am-4pm, 7pm-11pm. Al Meena (02 673 2266).
Al Dhafra As with any Emirati restaurant, there is a range of grilled meats, hot and cold appetisers, and salads to be had. We can’t help but feel this is one for the tourists getting off the boats at Meena Port, as there is better quality to be found elswehere in the city.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 10am-4pm, 7pm-11pm. Meena Street (02 673 2266).
Al Fanar Venture to Venetian Village to enjoy traditional local cuisine at this quirky Emirati restaurant. The menu offers plenty of meat and rice dishes and there’s a kind of diorama on the way in.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily noon-midnight. Venetian Village, Grand Canal, Al Maqta (02 448 1144).
Al Mayass Tucked away in the depths of the Sheraton, this restaurant offers a range of Armenian and Lebanese food, and we’re big fans of most of it. Worth checking out. → Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-1am. Sheraton
Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Al Markaziyah (02 677 3333).
Atayeb The pan-arabian dishes may not be cheap, but the food is inventive, tasty and worth the money. There are great views of the Formula 1 circuit, too. Definitely worth a visit if you like Middle Eastern food.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7pm1am. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi,
Yas Island (02 656 0600).
Byblos Sur Mer There’s a wide variety of traditional dishes from grills and creative mezze. There’s also authentic entertainment in the evening. → Licensed. Open Sun-thu noon-2am, Fri-sat noon-3am. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
(02 666 6888). ★★ MENA
Dolmabahçe An old favourite that offers a superb range of grills and traditional Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant pays close attention to its roots.
→ Unlicensed. Open Sun-thu noon-12.30am; Fri-sat 9am12.30am. Al Raha Boulevard, Al Zeina (02 552 5571).
Kahraman You will find sushi sitting alongside Arabic grills here. Service is quick and attentive and while the pairing might be unlikely, it’s all done well and the restaurant is nice.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7.30pm-midnight. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).
Li Beirut This fine-dining Lebanese restaurant offers something a little different. There is a set selection of mezze if you’re not sure of what to order, but the mains and starters are truly worth ordering and that’s where the kitchen team really seem to shine.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7pmmidnight. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West
(02 811 5893). ★ MENA.
Mezlai This fine eatery at Emirates Palace is suitably opulent and the exquisite food matches up to the attentive staff and elegant surroundings of the hotel.
→ Licensed. Open daily 1pm10.30pm. Emirates Palace, Corniche West
(02 690 7999).
Mijana Fine dining in a romantic setting. Opt for a table outside when the weather is cool. Some of the best mezze in town and the grills are exemplary, too.
→ Licensed. Open daily 4pm1am. The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
Phoenician An extensive menu of Lebanese and Armenian fare in a casual setting. It won’t set you back too much, either.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon2am. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 644 1121).
Sambusek Stylish restaurant with an excellent array of Lebanese dishes and super service that will keep you coming back to Al Maryah Island for more.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon12.30am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 813 5552).
Bu Tafish This age-old eatery was one of the first to find its feet in Abu Dhabi. The menu proudly boasts its history and association with the great Sheikh Zayed.
→ Unlicensed. Open daily 1pm-1am. Al Zahiyah. Hamdan Street
(02 677 7780).
Catch This Nation Riviera spot serves up a wide array of seafood, showcasing Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisine, all with a generous sprinkling of flair. Head upstairs to the roof top for a dance once you’re finished.
→ Licensed. Open daily noon1am. Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche Road West
(02 611 0909). ★★ Seafood
Finz One of the most romantic spots in the city also happens to be one of the finest seafood joints you’ll find.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 697 9011). ★ Seafood.
Fishmarket Choose your seafood and how you’d like it cooked. One of the best places around for fish lovers. → Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
Sayad With its turquoise colour theme, glass walls and bright lights, Sayad feels a world away from the city.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche
(02 690 7999). ★ Seafood
55&5th, The Grill
A stunning venue and everything it serves will wow you. From inventive starters to succulent main courses and decadent desserts, this should be on your list.
→ Licensed. Open daily 7pm11pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443). ★ Steakhouse.
BOA Steakhouse A trendy spot that dishes up great cuts of meat with mangrove views. → Licensed. Open Fri-wed 12.30pm-1am; Thu 12.30pm2am. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Salam Street (02 641 1500).
Butcher & Still This is a must-visit. The food is excellent and the staff are personable. One of many reasons it won our Best Steakhouse in 2017.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6pmmidnight. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 333 2444).
D’capital Steakhouse The steaks and sides are excellent but it’s not quite up there with the very best in the city.
→ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street
(02 698 8137).
JW Steakhouse A classic American-style steakhouse serving premium-quality cuts. Atmospheric décor and excellent presentation add to the brilliant meat.
→ Licensed. Open daily 6pm1am. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
The Foundry An intimate and stylish steak restaurant serving some of the finest cuts in the city. The South African steaks are a must-try. → Licensed. Open daily 6am-10.30am, noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (02 818 4888).
The Park Bar and Grill Upmarket grill with super cuts of meat and a good seafood menu too. → Licensed. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel, Saadiyat Island (02 407 1138).