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These must-try restaurants in Abu Dhabi are the perfect place to dine with friends

MAZI at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Looking for the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi? We’ve got them all and then some!

Considered yourself an adventurous gastronome on the hunt for the best hidden gem restaurants in Abu Dhabi?

Well stop walking and take a few minutes to read our fantastic line-up of eateries that you won’t find in any tour guide book.

Hungry?

Here are the best restaurants you must try while in Abu Dhabi.

BEST GREEK RESTAURANTS

 

Ergon Deli & Café

 

Ergon Cafe Erth Abu Dhabi

Ergon Deli & Café, at the heart of Erth resort in Abu Dhabi, offers a tasteful dining experience by the waterfront, providing stunning views of the sea sunset. Tailored for those who appreciate quality, the venue goes beyond dining, creating a sophisticated retreat that complements the serene environment. It’s the ideal spot to unwind and relax, harmonising exquisite cuisine with breathtaking vistas.

For bookings, call 02 441 5900 or visit ergonfoods.com

 

MAZI

 

Presenting contemporary Greek cuisine, MAZI invites guests and visitors to experience superb flavours of traditional Greek dishes with a modern twist, world-class beverages and a great selection of Greek grapes. One of the finest restaurants in the capital, this stunning venue will live long in the memory.

 For bookings, call 02 498 8955 or visit maziabudhabi.com

 

BEST SPANISH RESTAURANTS

 

José by Pizarro

 

Jose by Pizzaro

For those familiar with award-winning, celebrity chef José Pizarro’s acclaimed José Tapas Bar Bermondsey in London, you’ll already know what to expect at José by Pizarro which recently flung open its doors Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers.

And for those searching for authentic Spanish cuisine created with local ingredients, this is definitely going to be the place for you, where you get to say Ola to most probably the best Spanish fare in own.

For bookings, call 02 811 5555 or visit Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

 

The Warehouse

 

The Warehouse Wine and Tapas at Centro Capital Center Abu Dhabi

Intimate booths, low-slung Chesterfields and an assortment of different size dining tables are filled with those looking for a good time, great bites and a wide-range drink offering – nobody is disappointed at The Warehouse. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

BEST SOUTH AMERICAN RESTAURANTS

 

Pachamama

 

Pachamama at Conrad Abu Dhabi

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is thrilled to unveil a limited-time gastronomic delight, Pachamama by Eber Villalobos, a celebration of Peruvian culinary finesse. Running until March 9 , the pop-up echoes the essence of ‘Pachamama,’ honoring Mother Earth through a commitment to sustainable, seasonal, and responsibly sourced ingredients. Join us on an exclusive journey, where each dish is a tribute to nature’s bounty, meticulously crafted by Chef Eber Villalobos for an unparalleled dining experience.

For bookings, call 02 811 5555 or visit Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

 

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS

 

Catch at St. Regis

 

Catch at The St. Regis

If seafood is what you crave, prepare yourself for this incredibly unique and delightful tasting journey celebrating one of the most flavourful seafood you can find at Catch St. Regis in Abu Dhabi.

The sophisticated seafood and fine-dining restaurant will enhance your magnificent evening, adding the charming ambiance and the breathtaking view of the Arabian Gulf to mesmerise and immerse you further into this exceptional culinary experience.

For bookings, call 02 694 4553 or email restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com

 

Chamas Churrascaria

 

If you are looking for a restaurant that showcasing the very essence of South American culinary style, then Chamas Churrascaria at the Intercontinental Abu Dhabi is just the place for you. The well-known eatery not only boasts riveting marina views but reveals an enriched meat journey illustrating a selection of cuts reared on Pampas grasslands of South America, Argentina, Australia, USA, Canada & Europe, best enjoyed Churrasco style.

The restaurant with its “espetocorrido” serving style by Gaucho trained passadores lends an eclectic energy and flamboyance.  Try this restaurant is you want to add a dash of South American flair into your life.

For bookings, call 056 680 2161

 

BEST STEAKHOUSE RESTAURANTS

 

Ray’s Grill

 

Journey to the 63rd floor of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers to find Ray’s Grill, an American steakhouse offering premium cuts of meat and fresh seafood. Accompanied by an extensive grape collection, their menu showcases the art of grilling with balanced flavours and textures.

You can elevate your weekends even further as the Michelin Selected introduced a sensational experience with the launch of its ‘Steak-it-Easy Saturday Brunch’ in the capital. Commencing on 24 February, this gastronomic journey will unfold every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, offering a unique blend of culinary excellence and breathtaking views.

For bookings, call 02 811 5666 or email Etihadtowers.FBreservations@conradhotels.com or online at https://sevn.ly/x47rL01L

 

The Forge

 

The Forge

Inspired by the meticulous artistry of crafting a steak knife, this luxurious steakhouse is a celebration of excellence, presenting diners with an exquisite array of premium meat cuts sourced from throughout the world.

The restaurant is famous for its ‘Tomahawak Experience’ where can share 1.2 kg of Australian Tomahawk with friends every Wednesday. The majestic meat is served with garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables for a balanced evening on all counts.

For bookings, call 02 818 8203 or visit ritzcarlton.com

 

FLAVORS GRILL ABU DHABI – MINA ZAYED

 

Great dining attacks all of the senses and is much more than just what you taste and Flavours Grill takes you back in time, serving up steaks using cooking techniques from the 18th century – truly a meal fit for a king. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANTS

 

Benjarong

 

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Benjarong Abu Dhabi, the distinguished Thai restaurant brand under the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi umbrella, boasts culinary odyssey promises and lead guests on an exploration through the regions of Thailand. A celebration of the nation’s rich geography, the menu reflects the country’s culture and traditions, focusing on exquisite flavours brought by ingredients native to the country.

Drawing inspiration from its roots and the culinary brilliance of its talented team, the restaurant’s menu provides each guest a taste of the bountiful country.

For bookings, call 02 698 8137 or email reservation.table@dusit.com

 

Sontaya

 

Sontaya Abu Dhabi St. Regis Saadiyat

Located by the pristine private beach of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and blessed with spectacular views over the shimmering Arabian Gulf, Sontaya’s menu elevates the luxurious venue’s romantic and atmospheric dining experience to even greater heights.

Guaranteed to delight food connoisseurs and those with a taste for spicy, flavoursome and exotic Southeast Asian cuisine, their menu is inspired by the ingredients and delicacies of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and beyond.

For bookings, call 02 498 8443 or email restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com

 

Li Jiang

 

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Located at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Capital Gand, Li Jiang Restaurant is a culinary gem that stands out in the realm of Asian cuisine. This dining experience effortlessly weaves together the rich tapestry of flavours from across the continent, offering a gastronomic journey that will tantalise your taste buds.

Renowned for its commitment to authenticity, Li Jiang sources the finest and freshest ingredients to create a menu that reflects the diverse and intricate tastes of Asia.

For bookings, call 02 818 8203 or visit ritzcarlton.com

 

Hakkasan

 

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Located at the amazing Emirates Palace Mardarin, Hakkasan celebrates Chinese cuisine through traditional techniques, the finest ingredients and contemporary flair, making it unsurprising that they were recently awarded with a Michilen star.

The restaurant chain was established in 2001 and boasts locations in some of the finest cities throughout the world. Each kitchen is led by a talented chef whose passion lies in creating uniquely rooted yet modern dishes.

Hakkasan’s menu is a culinary balance of signature dishes available at any Hakkasan location and dishes curated with local tastes and traditions in mind.

For bookings, call 02 690 7739

 

Benihana

 

Snuggled into the rather charming Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, you can experience the culinary magic at Benihana, a modern American-Japanese haven where live Teppanyaki cooking meets an irresistible menu of sushi, sashimi, steaks, seafood, and more.

Their skilled chefs create a captivating spectacle in the ‘in-the-round’ seating, offering an immersive dining experience. Benihana guarantees entertainment and delight for all ages and a theatrical ambiance that elevates your dining experience to new heights.

For bookings, call 02 697 9000

 

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS

 

SOLE Ristorante

 

Sole at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

If it’s the finest of Italian fare you are looking for then SOLE Ristorante at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is the perfect venue for you and your friends.

Boasting an ambience like no other, prepare yourself to indulge in an array of dishes tailored to satisfy all palates. The charming venue welcomes you to savour a delightful dining experience with impeccable service and a stunning view.

From classic pasta dishes to wood-fired pizzas and indulgent desserts, SOLE captures the essence of Italian gastronomy.

For bookings, call 02 8115666 or visit etihadtowers.FBreservations@conradhotels.com

 

Verso

 

Verso Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi

 

This is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the city and nested in the stunning Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, a visit here oozes style and sophistication throughout. Donning yellow and brown hues, the Verso trattoria boasts a magnificent grape cellar, the freshest ingredients sourced from Italy, stunning pizzas, and more.

The menu at Verso is curated to be enjoyed slowly and socially, savoured more than anything else. It’s a gateway to the Italian way of life at Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, where a good meal is about a great experience.

For bookings, call 02 510 1234

 

Antonia Restaurant

 

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Outlined in red neon, attracting diners like moths to a flame, bijou Italian eatery, Antonia, is decked out in fresh vintage design and dishes up Italian fare just like nonna used to make. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

Pizza di Rocco, Etihad Plaza Abu Dhabi

 

Peter Samaha of Pizza Di Rocco

Any gastronome in Abu Dhabi worth their dough will know that one of best purveyors of the art in the city, or dare we say the entire UAE, is Pizza Di Rocco and with techniques learned in the cradle of pizza, Naples, you won’t be disappointed with your slice of pie. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

Marco’s Italian

 

Indulge in a fusion of authentic Italian and timeless American flavours at Marco’s New York Italian by Chef Marco Pierre White in Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi. From Italian home-style delights to succulent steaks and gourmet burgers, the menu offers a symphony of comfort food. Marco’s is the go-to destination in the UAE capital for those seeking a contemporary and vibrant dining experience.

For bookings, call 02 654 3333 or visit fairmont.com

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS

 

Sim Sim

 

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You can embark on a culinary journey at Sim Sim, the charming restaurant located at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas Abu Dhabi where an extensive international buffet dazzles with a host of global flavours.

Delight in Middle Eastern specialties offering insight into regional tastes or savour perfectly cooked Asian dishes. Witness their skilled chefs in action at live cooking stations, crafting fresh themed or seasonal plates that promise a delectable treat for your palate.

For bookings, call 02 697 0000 or visit rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts

 

BEST ARABIC RESTAURANTS

 

Al Rimal Restaurant

 

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Your eyes will be fixed on the culinary action where chefs man the frontline, cooking up a storm in the show kitchens and numerous live cooking stations at the beautiful Al Rimal, which offers up panoramic views across Al Fayy (The Shade) and large al fresco for those gentle winter evenings. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

Mazaj Bab Al Bahr

 

Fairmont Mazaj Bab Al Bahr Ramadan

Team Yalla believes the sign of a successful restaurant follows the rule of three – outstanding dishes, tangible mood or ambience and stunning location – Mazaj Bab Al Bahr at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr effortlessly ticks all three boxes. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS

 

India Palace

 

This award-winning Indian restaurant serves Indian dishes directly ‘from the palaces of India.  Dishes include a wide variety of distinguished Indian specialities that promise to tease and tantalise the most experienced gourmand’s tastebuds. The interiors of this authentic Indian restaurant tell stories of yore  trough its distinctive heritage.

For bookings, call 02 553 2259

 

Angar, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

 

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This one’s for those looking to experiment with their idea of Indian food. From sauce-laden syringes to liquid nitrogen, the food is definitely out there and comes with a heaping serving of flash. It’s all backed by fantastic flavours though, evident in their rendition of lamb vindaloo, colourful chaat, and lots more.

For reservations, please call 02 656 0688

 

Namak, Dusit Thani

 

Namak at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Few restaurants are able to recreate the authentic spirit and mood of India down to the ambience, colours, and feeling of community. Namak does it well, with a menu inspired by the traditional and regional recipes of India. You’re welcomed with an ornately carved wooden door to a bold colour scheme that will transport you right away to the vibrant and cultural feel of India.

For reservations, please call 02 698 8137

 

MYNT

 

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Having won several awards, MYNT aspires to serve food that is authentic and traditional at heart, whilst representing the many culturally diverse regions of India. And of course, the vibes of 21st-century. Located at the Heart of Abu Dhabi, MYNT aims to consistently create and reinvent new dishes adding modern twists to conventional Indian recipes.

For reservations, please call 02 666 6400

 

Indigo, Beach Rotana

 

Indigo at Beach Rotana

Traditional tastes and modern palates pretty much sum up the mood at Indigo. The doors open to a world of aromatic modern Indian cuisine, where expert chefs have perfected the art of twisting classic dishes. While contemporary favourites such as biryani, kebabs and chaat are definitely unmissable, their signature dish is a sight to behold.

For reservations, please call 02 697 9334

 

Rangoli, Yas Island Rotana

 

Style meets flavours at Rangoli, a stylish dining venue serving North and South Indian cuisine. The food is also complemented by an extensive grape and beverage menu. With its modern décor, chic tableware, freshly-cooked dishes from the Tandoor and aromas from the show kitchen, Rangoli transports you to a faraway land.

For reservations, please call 02 656 4000

 

BEST TURKISH RESTAURANTS

 

Cafè Otantik

 

With several locations across Abu Dhabi, Team Yalla is partial to the branch in the Tourist Club Area. with its ample indoor seating and a rather delightful and popular outdoor terrace. Serving a mix of Turkish, Arabi and Lebanese cuisine, not to mention delightful pastries, it is the perfect spot to while away the time while people watching.

Price a la carte. For bookings, call 02 681 2294

 

BEST BALKANS RESTAURANTS

 

Bosnian Hut Restaurant

 

Five tables, a private family dining room, two Bosnia waiters in traditional dress, Bosnian interior design rules, with Bosnian motifs adorning the walls and the best kebabs you will taste in the whole of Abu Dhabi at Bosnian Hut. Read Team Yalla’s full review here

 

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS

 

Barbossa

 

 

If you wanted to be transported right onto the streets of Mexico, then look no further than Barbossa at Yas Bay. Close your eyes and picture some of the best street style art, delicious tacos and a handful of churros and wash it all down with a fresh licensed. Connecting with the local community is the ethos of the venue and due to this they provide a dynamic menu and project their love of art and music.

Make sure to add this new venue to your list of places to visit!

For bookings, call ‎050 185 8068 or visit yasbay.ae

 

BEST AFRICAN RESTAURANTS

 

African Lounge

 

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One of the most authentic and original venues in Abu Dhabi has to be the African Lounge at The Galleria Mall in the city. In this beautifully designed backdrop the heart of Africa screams at you with tradition and culture. Its welcoming ambience creates a relaxed but elegant experience for discreet business meetings, post-work drinks, sundowners, tea parties, celebrations, cosy date nights, and sociable get-togethers with family and friends.

For bookings, call 02 675 9302 or almaryah@african-lounge.com

 

Flamingo Room

 

This is a restaurant that marries style and sophistication with a coulourful personality, evident by way of bronze meerkats and monkeys throughout, Flamingo Room by tashas is a representation of Africa’s more refined side. In this stunning venue the notion of African glamour is brought to life as the Flamingo Room provides a chic, yet relaxed dining experience — from lunch into the evening for dinners and mixed fruit drinks.

For bookings, call 02 675 9301 or email info@flamingoroombytashas.com

 

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