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Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

There was a time when the discerning diners of the Abu Dhabi would head to nearby Dubai in search of fine dining, but thanks to an influx of international brands and world-class chefs, the capital is now more than capable of holding its own.

The Abu Dhabi restaurants below have been handpicked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Dhs350)
Moderate (Dhs150 to Dhs349)
Cheap (up to Dhs150)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one and include tax, service and half a bottle of house wine or equivalent.



Cuisine: Cantonese

Impeccably cooked dishes and first-class service are de rigueur at this high-end Cantonese restaurant in the Emirates Palace hotel. Order a few sharing plates, but be sure to splash out on extras of the jasmine tea-smoked wagyu beef ribs – you’ll want those all to yourself. The cocktails are excellent too.

Address: , Emirates Palace, Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 690 7999.
Website: http://hakkasan.com/locations/hakkasan-abu-dhabi/


Cuisine: Seafood

This is as good as seafood gets. With a terrace overlooking the marina, the views at this wonderful restaurant inside the Emirates Palace hotel are nearly as enjoyable as the meals. Sayad (Arabic for fisherman) dishes up modern fish dishes with finesse in a setting that swims with aquatic décor.

Address: , Emirates Palace, Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 690 7999.
Website: https://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/emirates-palace/dining/restaurants/sayad/


Cuisine: Japanese

This long-awaited Dubai export certainly lives up to its reputation by serving some of the tastiest sushi in the city. Everything is flawlessly presented within a luxury setting, and while the business lunch is great value, the brunch is the best way to sample all that the creative chefs have to offer.

Address: Al Maryah Island, Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 401 5900.
Website: http://www.zumarestaurant.com



Cuisine: Japanese

Enjoy open grilled, Japanese food while you sit at the teppanyaki bar (iron griddle bar) at Benihana. The chef cooks meat, eggs, fish, vegetable or whatever else you’re in the mood for, with Asian soy, lime and spices. The choice is vast, but the sashimi and steaks prepared in the American-Japanese style are best.

Address: , Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, 10th Street, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 697 9011.
Website: https://www.rotanatimes.com/beachrotana/dining/30

BiCE Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Widely recognised for its superb Italian cuisine, this restaurant in the Jumeirah is very popular with the locals so booking is recommended. The windows running from floor to ceiling ensure panoramic views of the Gulf outside as wonderfully presented pastas, carpaccios and risottos keep the crowds coming back.

Address: , Podium Level 1, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 811 5666.
Website: http://www.jumeirah.com

Bonna Annee

Cuisine: Ethiopian

For something different, try the excellent Ethiopian food at Bonna Annee. This no frills street restaurant specialises in spicy stews served with injera – a tasty traditional Ethiopian flatbread that you use to scoop up the sauce. There are plenty of tangy dips to choose from, and the food is great value for money.

Address: , Al Salam Street, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 491 2128.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/bonnaanne/


Sofra Istanbul

Cuisine: Turkish

This welcoming restaurant offers excellent Turkish cuisine of the highest standards. Low-hanging lanterns and cool, Alaçatı blue décor give this charming grill a sense of Istanbul mysticism, though it’s the wonderful grilled meats that are the most memorable. For something extra special, try the succulent sea bream in salt.

Address: , Muroor Rd, Al Dhafrah, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 677 7767.


Cuisine: Korean

Ignore all the nonsense of the pasta and burgers on the menu at this authentic Korean restaurant and plump straight for seafood pancakes, the chicken katsu (Japanese dish of breaded, deep-fried chicken) or the bulgogi (Korean dish of stir fried beef with vegetables). Sura translates to ‘a royal meal’, and you’ll need all your servants in tow as you take the mic in the onsite karaoke booths.

Address: , Al Salam Street, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 2 659 7666.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/SURA.abudhabi/

Zahrat Lebnan

Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern

Offering a wide selection of delicious mezze, Lebanese Flower is part of a popular chain of restaurants and is usually packed with hungry locals. The grilled meats are excellent and the hummus is a creamy as it comes, but it’s best to go all out with several dishes and share.

Address: , Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi,
Telephone: +971 600 500502.
Website: http://zahratlebnan.com/
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Featured Hotels


Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Recently renovated, this high-end hotel with 202 guest rooms and 74 luxury suites, offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wireless internet access, a fitness centre with sauna and steam room and a squash hall. Le Royal Méridien also has nine restaurants and bars and excellent facilities for business meetings and banquets.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort has 272 guest rooms and suites all luxuriously appointed and offering high-speed Internet access. The 5-star stay has excellent restaurants a business centre and state of the art banqueting and conference facilities. Ask for a room overlooking the sea for the best view.

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Located 15 minutes from the city centre, the magnificent Shangri-La boasts over 200 rooms and suites, plus some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. More palace than city hotel, be sure to ask for a room with a view of the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Hilton Abu Dhabi

As well as great city centre views, the Hilton has all the hallmarks of a classy chain hotel. It has a gym, one of the city's biggest indoor swimming pools and a sauna. The restaurant serves up a combination of international cuisine and local specialities. All guest rooms have high-speed Wi-FI access too.

One to One Hotels - The Village

One of Abu Dhabi's first truly boutique hotels, The Village was built to resemble a modern local street, complete with shops and restaurants. Located in a comparatively quiet part of the city, its 127 apartment-like rooms are separated into clusters of 18, each with its own rooftop pool. Facilities include LCD TVs, Internet access and a gym.

Emirates Palace

Allegedly one of the most expensive hotels ever built, this stunning palace boasts nearly 400 magnificent rooms and suites. Facilities include 10 on-site restaurants, a spa, a swimming pool and a private beach. Even if you can’t stay the night, book an unforgettable afternoon tea at Le Vendome.