Best Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
The city has a reputation as a cosmopolitan melting pot, and Abu
Dhabi''s restaurants are no exception to this rule. A wide variety
of choices is available to suit all palates, ranging from cheap and
cheerful curry and Chinese takeout to five-star French restaurants.
One great thing about the restaurants in Abu Dhabi is that diners
need not go out to enjoy them; nearly every establishment will
deliver, usually for free.
Dining out in Abu Dhabi becomes more complicated during the
month of Ramadan. As Muslims are fasting during daylight hours,
restaurants are obligated by law to close at this time. Fines are
given to anyone eating or drinking anything (even water) in public.
Some large hotels catering to Westerners will keep one restaurant
open for non-Muslim customers however, and it''s a good idea to
check with your hotel on arrival.
Many high-end restaurants in Abu Dhabi add a service charge of
around 10 percent to the bill, while hotel restaurants may also add
a tourism levy of 6 percent. These charges are sometimes included
in menu prices. Tips of 10 percent are customary for waiters.
Travellers to the UAE should keep in mind strict regulations
regarding the consumption of alcohol, meaning the only restaurants
that are licensed are in hotels and private clubs. Some restaurants
are segregated into ''family sections'' where men and women must sit
This elegant French patisserie is popular over lunch for its
excellent people-watching and relaxed environment. Linger over a
cup of coffee and a petit four, or indulge in a leisurely meal of
French fusion cuisine. Located in the Marin Mall, Hediard is open
daily from 9am to midnight.
Address: Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar
Considered the best place to eat Persian food in Abu Dhabi, Pars
Palace is tucked away in a small backstreet behind Corniche Towers,
near the marina. A wide selection of authentic Middle Eastern
dishes, including saffron chicken and spicy kebabs, is accompanied
by complementary fresh loaves of flat bread with sheeps-milk
cheese. One of the best-value restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Pars Palace
is busy for lunch and dinner. Open 11am to 3:30pm and 6pm to
Automatic and Lebanese Flower
These restaurant chains offer a good local variety of fast food
at a low price. They do shawarmas (roast meat rapped in pita
bread), hummus, falafels and roast chicken. The mouth-watering fare
and local cultural inspiration makes them a must try.
CUISINE: Middle Eastern
Address: Near the corner of Hamdan & 4th Streets, Al-Manhal,
Bam Bu! is a Chinese restaurant that overlooks the yachts of the
Marina Club. They offer great food and a fun atmosphere that is
popular with expats. Their Dhs 150 "All you can eat and drink"
special including house beer and wine gets a lot of support from
Beach Rotana Brunch City
Friday brunch is an institution in Abu Dhabi and this five star
hotel sets the bar very high with an epic brunch spread, combining
the food selection of a number of its restaurants to provide
customers with a dazzling array of culinary choice. Beach Rotana's
relatively high prices are offset by the exceptional food and
Al Mina is a relaxed restaurant on the harbour serving
traditional Iranian cuisine, with a special focus on local seafood
like lobster and squid. Try one of the starter platters,
overflowing with hummus, tabbouleh, and dolmades. The restaurant
has both an Arabian-style indoor section and an outdoor patio with
waterfront views. Open daily from 4-11pm.
Address: Al Dhafra, Dhow Harbor
This traditional Afghan restaurant is a newcomer to the
cosmopolitan Abu Dhabi restaurant scene, and features lush decor
with lots of pillows, curtains, and sheesha pipes. The menu
features Afghani staples like kebabs, pallaw, and korma. The
seating area is segregated into sections for VIPs, families, and
Address: Garhoud area, opposite Deira City Centre
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