The city’s favourite weekend pastime
About these listings Outlets are listed alphabetically by category. Timings and prices may change after we go to press, so we advise you to call and book ahead.
How to get listed Listings must be sent at least two weeks in advance. Include the name of the event, a short description, timings, location and taxi landmark, website and contact number. Listings are free, but space is limited so inclusion is not guaranteed. Email information to harriet.shep[email protected]
★★ 2018 Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards winner
★ 2018 highly commended in the Restaurant Awards
CHEAP & CHEERFUL
Al Naseem Pool Bar
Enjoy a Middle Eastern fusion barbecue at this laid-back poolside venue.
→ Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). 2pm-5pm. Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, Khor Al Maqta
(02 508 9999).
Amerigos Mexican Bar and Restaurant A fun Mexican brunch with live stations, access to the pool and tunes from a DJ.
→ Dhs190 (soft drinks) Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs440 (premium beverages), Dhs100 (kids aged six-12.
Fri noon-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson, Yas Island
(02 656 2222).
Bistro The Friday Roast offers plenty of meats, as well as a seafood station, with fresh oysters and crabs on offer.
→ Dhs130 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs65 (kids six-12), free (kids under five). 12.30pm-4pm. Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
(02 698 2222).
Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant A carvery brunch with roast meats and all the trimmings. There’s also a pleasant terrace and a good atmosphere.
→ Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs255 (premium beverages), Dhs82.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Noon4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 657 3325).
Dine A funky international brunch in a pleasant setting with free-flowing drinks.
→ Dhs159 (soft drinks), Dhs160 (house beverages) Noon-3pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5193).
Dino’s Bistro Italiano
The family-style feast starts with signature bread, followed up with pizza and freshlymade pasta. Make sure you save room for the brilliant assortment of desserts.
→ Dhs165 (mocktails), Dhs190 (mixed drinks), Dhs215 (bubbly). Fri-sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).
Hemingway’s Feast on hearty eats such as roast chicken and lamb, braised beef brisket and more.
→ Dhs125 (soft drinks), Dhs165 (house beverages), Dhs195 (premium beverages). Noon-4pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Horizon A family-friendly option serving Middle Eastern and international food. There are live stations, a buffet and a kids’ play area.
→ Dhs199 (soft drinks). 12.30pm- 4pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West
(02 657 0000).
A value-for-money, familyfriendly brunch. Expect a selection of starters, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts served to your table.
→ Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs210 (sparkling). Noon4pm. The Hub, Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya
(02 444 7752).
Kaizen A theatrically served six-course menu filled with traditional Japanese cuisine. Sit outside next to the canal or in the pretty dining room for the best experiences. → Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1921). PJ O’reilly’s This brunch lets you enjoy the heartiest selection of pub grub out in the sunshine on the terrace. → Dhs149 (drinks only), Dhs199 (food and house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street
(80 010 1101).
Porters English Pub Enjoy an extensive buffet packed with plenty of hearty pub grub that will fill you up without emptying your wallet. There is also live entertainment every week from a fun resident band and house DJ.
→ Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).
Sho Cho This Japanese seafood and sushi restaurant has great views over the canal and some good raw choices on the set menu.
→ Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain
(02 558 1117).
Stills Restaurant & Bar The lively Stills Playroom Brunch features live music from Sweet Chilli Jam and DJ Richie, plus games and activities hosted by MC Josh Anderson. The spread of highquality pub grub includes barbecued meats and a wide selection of salads.
→ Dhs185 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 3053).
Tamba A set menu of brilliant Indian food with a twist and it’s great value.
→ Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at The Mall, Word Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya (02 672 8888).
The Sportsman’s Arms At the barbecue brunch you can choose from either one course, or unlimited dishes plus a drinks package.
→ Dhs165 (one dish and house beverages), Dhs240 (unlimited barbecue and house beverages). 1pm-4pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City
(02 447 1066).
DUST OFF THE WALLET
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant An incredible set menu of fantastic Japanese dishes that come out one after another to the table. This is a classy way to enjoy an afternoon.
→ Dhs399 (soft drinks), Dhs499 (sparkling grape), Dhs699 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-5.30pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).
Byblos Sur Mer A set menu awaits at the Bazaar Brunch, which offers an impressive selection of
Middle Eastern and Lebanese dishes done with a modern, stylish twist.
→ Dhs210 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). 12.30pm-5.30pm. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
(02 666 6888).
Café Palmier Based around the four elements of fire, water, earth and air, this buffet-style brunch also incorporates the indoor area at @District by Amalfi and the WHEAT kid’s play zone.
→ Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street
(08 001 01101).
Catch A 15-course, sharing style menu including ceviche, tacos, sushi and mains such as salmon, jumbo prawns and baby chicken.
→ Dhs255 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages), Dhs419 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road (02 611 0909).
Cho Gao Marina Walk & Chamas Churrascaria The Friday Marina Brunch features food from two of the Intercontinental’s restaurants. Feast on Latin meat dishes and pan-asian fare.
→ Dhs423 (soft drinks), Dhs544 (house beverages), Dhs573 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin
Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
(800 423 463).
Choices & Rangoli
A family brunch with a great range of Indian, Middle Eastern and international dishes. You can take your pick from a number of live cooking stations, the salad bar and dessert counter.
→ Dhs208 (soft drinks), Dhs308 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).
COYA There’s a selection of tacos, ceviches and marinated skewers. Be sure to try the arroz Nikkei and leave room for the dessert platter. Great fun to be had here.
→ Dhs238 (soft drinks), Dhs378 (house beverages),
Dhs498 (sparkling grape). 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
(02 306 7000).
Crust A laid-back brunch serving up a diverse buffet, with Middle Eastern, Western and Asian specialities. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained, too.
→ Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs560 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island.
(02 333 2222).
Filini Garden Antipasti is served to the table along with pizzas and pastas to share. There’s also a buffet of salads, breads and more, if that’s not enough. Stick around for the lively afterparty.
→ Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs500 (premium beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Flavours This international restaurant hosts brunch with live cooking stations and a mixed beverage bar. There’s live music and plenty for kids. → Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs390 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333). Ginger All Day Dining The Family Brunch Fiesta features international cuisine, pool access and a kids’ corner.
→ Dhs219 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs319 (bubbly), Dhs110 (kids six-12), free (under sixes). 12.30pm-4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).
Ingredients Excellent international dishes from five open kitchens and live stations. There’s entertainment and a great view as well.
→ Dhs276 (soft drinks), Dhs389 (house beverages), Dhs489 (sparkling), Dhs602 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).
Loca The five-hour brunch serves DIY tacos, burritos, fajitas, mouth-watering ribs and lots more. There’s live music, too.
→ Dhs285 (house beverages). Noon-5pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).
Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi A fun international brunch for grown-ups. There’ll be games, a DJ and a magician to go along with the food.
→ Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs415 (sparkling). 12.30pm-4pm. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
Origins This is a superclassy brunch with a stunning array of seafood, sushi and Indian food. The drinks stations are great and the music is smooth.
→ Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).
PJ O’reilly’s The Friday Picnic Brunch is a top option for a casual afternoon out with pub grub and a top vibe. → Dhs200 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).
Safina Check out the live stations including a barbecue. There’s also a cheese bar and dessert section at the beach club venue.
→ Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (soft drinks and day pass), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs590 (house beverages and day pass), Dhs475 (French bubbly), Dhs690 (French bubbly and day pass), Dhs99 (kids seven-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat
Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 656 3500).
Sevilla The Fish Market brunch offers a buffet of fresh fish, as well as roast meats, sushi and sashimi, cheese and a dessert section.
→ Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs145 (barbecue dinner add-on). 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street (02 508 0555).
Sofra bld International offerings, with a particularly good Asian section at this very family-friendly brunch that has its own petting zoo.
There’s live music, too.
→ Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs459 (bubbly), Dhs139.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Shangrila Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 418 2513).
Stars ’N’ Bars The awardwinning Funch brunch now finds a home in this sports bar. Expect loads of games, top tunes and plenty of Us-style grub. There’s an after-party with live music.
→ Dhs275 (house drinks), Dhs198 (after-party package), Dhs385 (eight-hour package). Noon-4pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).
The Foundry A buffet that includes a poke bar and burrata station, as well as super meat and seafood.
→ Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs475 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).
The Grill This steakhouse is offering a set menu, with drinks to go with it, and live music every Friday.
→ Dhs220 (house beverages), Dhs199 (members). Noon-3pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl (056 536 2230).
The Village The lovely outdoor garden area makes for a fantastic alfresco setting for a brunch with dishes from the likes of Acropolis, Pappagallo and The Captain’s Arms. There’s a live band and dedicated kids’ zone.
→ Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs389 (bubbly), Fri 1pm-4pm. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 495 2000).
Urban Kitchen Plenty of Asian dishes, roast meats, seafood, Indian food and more. → Dhs320 (soft drinks and one house beverage), Dhs330 (house beverages), Dhs85 (kids aged seven-14), free (kids under seven). Noon4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (02 698 8137). (Dhs300-399)
Aqua Expect everything from roasts to curries at the relaxed Garden Brunch with top views. There’s complimentary pool access thrown in too, and an after-brunch event if you can’t tear yourself away from the atmospheric Rosewood hotel. → Dhs365 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs565 (bubbly). Dhs165
(kids aged six-12). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Rosewood Abu
Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
(02 813 5550).
BOA Steakhouse Dishes are brought to your table at this waterside venue, including seafood starters and excellent steak main course choices. Take a seat on the terrace if you can.
→ Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs595 (French bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade
(02 641 1500).
Cuiscene An international offering spanning the hotel’s dining outlets including
Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Sports Café and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. There’s also a play area for kids. → Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs459 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly). Noon-4pm.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).
Emirates Palace Live cooking stations and buffet, themed on a European food market. Food includes sizzling barbecue grills, seafood, pastas and more.
→ Dhs370 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs680 (bubbly), Dhs780 (French bubbly), Dhs185
(kids between six and ten). 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche
(02 690 9000).
★ International Brunch
Essence The Beach Rotana’s seven restaurants – Rodeo Grill, Indigo, Brauhaus, Prego, Benihana, Trader Vic’s and Finz – come together.
→ Dhs339 (soft drinks), Dhs478 (house beverages), Dhs604 (bubbly), Dhs170 (kids aged six-12). 12.30pm3.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
(02 697 9011).
Giornotte A brilliant international selection with a huge array of cuisines.
→ Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (house beverages), Dhs520 (Italian sparkling), Dhs620 (bubbly), Dhs90 (soft drinks and a main course for kids aged six-11). 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
Hakkasan A sophisticated brunch of dim sum, Peking duck, soups, live stations and lots more at this incredible culinary offering.
→ Dhs318 (soft drinks), Dhs438 (house beverages), Dhs678 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Emirates Palace Hotel, West Corniche. (02 690 7999).
★ Fine Dining Brunch
KOI Abu Dhabi Brilliant Japanese dishes are brought to the table.
→ Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs455 (house beverages), Dhs515 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly), Dhs175 (kids six-12). 12.30pm-4pm.
The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
(02 678 3334).
Nahaam You’ll find food from across Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ impressive restaurants.
→ Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). 12.30pm4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
★ International Brunch
Olea The Epicurean Brunch has live stations and a buffet, as a live band entertains. This will impress anyone.
→ Dhs315 (soft drinks), Dhs410 (house beverages), Dhs590 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8888).
★★ International Brunch
The Terrace on the Corniche Fresh seafood, sushi, grilled meats, foie gras and loads more at this classy international buffet.
→ Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). 12.30pm4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).
Zuma Fantastic sushi, sashimi main courses, desserts and more are on offer at this amazing feast. → Dhs362 (soft drinks), Dhs467 (sparkling), Dhs583 (bubbly), Dhs158 (kids aged four-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Al Maryah Island
(02 401 5900).
★★ Fine Dining Brunch
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge
JUST BEEN PAID Market Kitchen