Where to Eat in Abu Dhabi: The Best Restaurants and Bars

Atmospheric backstreets paint a very different picture to first impressions of Abu Dhabi. The often slick and modern capital of the U.A.E. presents a fascinating mixture of tradition and progression. Tracing its rich history back to around 3000 B.C., Abu Dhabi maintains a more distinctly Arabian ambiance than glitzy Dubai. Taxis are a safe, reliable way to get around sites such as The Corniche Park, the White Fort, the Heritage Village, which offers glimpses into Bedouin life, and the Women's Craft Centre.

1. Cabana Bar & Grill

Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi 60476 United Arab Emirates +971 2 694 4553 http://www.nationrivierabeachclub.com/en/cabana Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercar Bar, European, Contemporary, Healthy
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5 based on 431 reviews

Cabana Bar & Grill

A picturesque beachfront bar and restaurant, Cabana Bar & Grill is the new hotspot on Abu Dhabi's Corniche. Savour a delectable menu of crisp salads, hearty burgers and fresh paninis throughout the day with classic entrées and decadent desserts, while sip

Reviewed By jclaude255 - Zillisheim, France

THE PLACE TO BE...

What a fantastic stay at the St Régis Hotel. The staff is really amazing and impressive. They cannot doing more for us and we truly enjoyed our stay. A special focus to HARSHAN at the pool bar who is a very positive person and at our sense the best...My wife and myself always enjoy to talk to him while he is preparing us his gorgeous cocktails...We highly recommend the cabana pool bar and its beach!!!Dear jclaude255,Thank you for sharing your experience. We are delighted to hear that you have had a fantastic stay with us and were well taken care of by Harshan and our friendly team. We appreciate your recommendation to others and definitely look forward to welcoming you back again soon.Warm Regards,Cabana Bar & GrillNation Riviera Beach Club

2. The Terrace on the Corniche

Corniche Road Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates +971 2 694 4553 http://www.theterraceonthecorniche.com/ Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service Contemporary, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Asian, British, International
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5 based on 1064 reviews

The Terrace on the Corniche

The Terrace on the Corniche is The St. Regis Abu Dhabi's signature day to night restaurant. Delight in a vast array of culinary stations, savour the finest flavours from the region and experience a fresh perspective on international cuisine.

Reviewed By jeaaanyy

Iftar

Exquisite as usual. Wonderful restaurant. I'm glad I brought my mom here for Iftar, and thanks to Justine, our waiter for the warm welcome and for sharing some attractions in Abu Dhabi that we must visit. Will definitely recommend this to my friends! Thank you Justin, hope to see you again!

3. Crystal Lounge

Corniche West Road The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates +971 2 694 4553 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/details/auhrx-the-st-regis-abu-dhabi/6476400/ Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations Bar, International
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5 based on 151 reviews

Crystal Lounge

Combining sophistication with a lighthearted atmosphere, the Crystal Lounge offers a superb range of cocktails, drinks, caviars and intriguing light snacks either at the bar or table. The St. Regis Champagne Trolley circulates featuring the finest champag

Reviewed By KarenTTawil

Amazing Experience - Afternoon Tea and Birthday

My appreciation and thanks to Mylene, Kingkarn, Shiela, Catherine, Panutda and Michelle and the Crystal Lounge team for making our afternoon teas and the birthday of my daughter a special and memorable events. We were very touched by the birthday greetings, the beautiful and elegant table settings, the delicious afternoon tea and food, and the great service. The professionalism, dedication, and caring service of the whole team is very appreciated. Thank you.Dear KarenTTawil, Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed the Afternoon Tea experience at Crystal Lounge. We will forward your kind compliments to the team.We definitely look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Crystal Lounge

4. Desert Lotus Thai Bistro & Sushi

Salam Street Level 2, cluster 14 at One To One hotel the village, Abu Dhabi 00000 United Arab Emirates +971 56 583 5591 http://www.facebook.com/desertlotusUAE/ Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Delivery, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Table Service Sushi, Asian, Thai
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5 based on 136 reviews

Desert Lotus Thai Bistro & Sushi

The Desert Lotus, conceptualized as a delicate blooming flower amid an arid desert, is a premier dining experience of authentic Thai and custom sushi cuisine and delicacies. In the heart of Abu Dhabi, Desert Lotus was created to provide family-style socia

Reviewed By JME1970 - London, United Kingdom

A delightful surprise

We ate dinner here for the first time yesterday evening having seen reviews of the restaurant on TripAdvisor and also having heard about the restaurant from our property management team.The restaurant is based in a hotel complex and you take a lift up to the second floor from a pedestrianised area, it seems a little unlikely at first.We were greeted warmly when we arrived. We hadn't booked but a table was available. I think if you go later in the evening booking would be recommended because the restaurant did fill up while we were there.We ordered two starters, a salad and two main courses which turned out to be quite a lot of food for two of us but it was so good we finished it all. All the food was absolutely delicious, I can recommend the fish cakes (quite spicy), the fresh rolls, the Som Tum salad, the deep fried sea bream and the prawn pad thai. We also had cocktails, the lime mojito and the passion fruit mojito, both of those were really good too.We will definitely be going back to eat again soon. The sushi looked excellent too.

5. Sofra BLD

Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates +971 2 509 8555 http://www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi/shangrila/dining/restaurants/sofra-bld Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet International, Mediterranean
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4 based on 497 reviews

Sofra BLD

Reviewed By SedSara - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Worst Experience

Me & my family used to go there many times for dinner but this time was the worst and last time for us.Two incidents happened that showed the lack of hospitality and communication skills of the staff there. The first one was escalated to the manager who was talking in an unhelpful way but eventually it was sorted out because we just wanted to have a nice time as a family. Then one of the staff who was cleaning the tables talked to my father in the most impolite rude way and kept removing our chairs and stuff saying we need to leave as they are preparing for dinner, unbelievable!! I have always recommended this restaurant until this time when the staff was absolutely unprofessional with us, the food is not worth it if the treatment is going to be in that awful way. Never have we faced such incidents anywhere in a hotel restaurant!Dear SedSara,Thank you very much for your comments and I would like to find an opportunity to reach out to learn more regarding your experience; kindly contact me under [email protected] I would also like to sincerely thank you for having chosen our hotel and Abu Dhabi as your choice of destination. Yours sincerely,Ahmed Issa General Manager Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

6. Nahaam

Jumeirah At Etihad Towers Corniche Rd, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates +971 2 811 5666 http://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/abu-dhabi/jumeirah-etihad-towers/restaurants-and-bars-at-jumeirah-at-etihad-towers/nahaam/ Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service European, International
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4 based on 808 reviews

Nahaam

This casual yet chic poolside restaurant offers indoor and al fresco seating options where guests can enjoy a variety of relaxed favourites including steaks, pizzas, light bites, juices and smoothies. Relax on the terrace and enjoy a delicious meal while

Reviewed By mdl429

Awesome Friday Brunch.

We had Friday Brunch in Nahaam restaurant. We are group of 10 with blue ribbon package. Everything was great. Lots and lots of food and drinks to enjoy. Our server Rajesj was great. Everytime topping off our glass with Italian bubbly. He was also dancing and having fun with us. Overall we had a great time and hope to be back again. Thank-you once again Rajesh and your team. You guys were great.

7. Punjab Grill

Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates +971 2 449 9839 http://www.venetianvillage.ae/punjab-grill/ Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service Indian, Asian
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5 based on 407 reviews

Punjab Grill

Reviewed By Shelagh C - Derby, United Kingdom

Delicious meal

This restaurant is in part of the Ritz Carlton.Wonderful menu superb service with little surprises of a complimentary Amuse Bouche & poppadoms in the shape of a cone!Lovely setting & although not cheap it is certainly worth a visit.

8. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes - Yas Mall

Yas Mall, Ground Level, adjacent to Ferrari World Entrance, Abu Dhabi 51133 United Arab Emirates +971 2 446 5128 http://www.blacktapme.com Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi American
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5 based on 195 reviews

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes - Yas Mall

Creatively-crafted, Black Tap’s flavors are simple, pure and uncomplicated, with each burger made from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection. Carefully-constructed works of art, the towering shake creations are stacked sky-

Reviewed By 1QualityTraveller - Southern England

Fab burger just outside Ferrari World

Great value and superb quality business lunch - you can exit Ferrari World for lunch which is better value than staying in. This place is just adjacent to the main entrance and the chicken burger in the business lunch was superb.Hello 1QualityTraveller, We are so glad to hear you had such a nice dining experience. See you next time!Regards, Black Tap team

9. The St. Regis Bar

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Hotel, Al Khubeirah Nation Tower, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates +971 2 694 4553 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/details/auhrx-the-st-regis-abu-dhabi/6083646/ Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Ta Bar, Wine Bar
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4 based on 168 reviews

The St. Regis Bar

The three rooms of The St. Regis Bar offer a lively ambience perfect for socializing and celebrating after a busy day. Adhering to the tradition of classic bars dating back to New York's Gilded Age, The St. Regis Bar is an intimate space finished in rich

Reviewed By Guptametworldnaveen - Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Awesomeness lunch with Metworld DMCC group

Amazing place to enjoy with Metworld dmcc group.Excellent and elegant british style bar. Everybody was very nice, smiley and helpful, Food was good. I would definitely visit it again and will highly recommend to allDear Guptametworldnaveen, Thank you for being our guest and for this great review you have shared with us. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed our food offerings and the service provided by the team. Once again, thank you for recommending us and we do look forward to welcoming you back again. Sincerely yours, The St. Regis Bar

10. Barfly By Buddha Bar Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, Al Maqta Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal., Abu Dhabi 45365 United Arab Emirates +971 56 177 7557 http://www.barfly.ae Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service Japanese, Bar, International, Sushi, Asian
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4 based on 353 reviews

Barfly By Buddha Bar Abu Dhabi

Barfly by Buddha Bar is an original restaurant, bar and lounge by George V Eatertainment. The concept features, a creative food menu and an extensive beverage offering and a DJ who spins trendy and uplifting tunes. The two-story Barfly Abu Dhabi at Veneti

Reviewed By MarkoK1729

Ladies night

We had amazing time in Barfly Buddha bar. Hasan was serving us, amazing person with great hospitality skills. We had a dinner and drinks from 10pm until closure. DJ Mountana music was fantastic,aswell. Definitely soon we r coming again.Hello MarkoK1729!Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Its great to read that you enjoyed our our food, music and drinks. I will make sure to share your comment with Hassan. Looking forward to welcome you back soon.Regards,RodrigoBarfly by Buddha Bar Manager

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