Restaurants

Top Choice Jordanian in Downtown

Bait El Khetyar

This can't-miss, mostly Jordanian hotspot makes Abu Dhabi's best shawarma, carved from two massive spits (one chicken, one beef) and served sandwiched, sliced or plated to legions of connoisseurs in simple yet styli…
Top Choice Steak in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Butcher & Still

How good is this 1920s Chicago–inspired steakhouse at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi? We don't have enough space to tell you. American chef Marshall Roth sources his meat from the Temple Grandin–designed Creekstone Farms in…
Top Choice Asian in Jumeirah

3 Fils

Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar turns out innovative yet unpretentious Asian-influenced small plates at this tiny, unlicensed spot – a perfect foil to Dubai's expensive, overblown eateries. There are around 25 seats in…
Top Choice Seafood in Marina Breakwater

Vasco's

With a patio overlooking the Gulf, hospitable staff and a delicious seafood-focused, fine-dining blend of regional and international cuisine, it's not surprising reservations are recommended. The Vasco twist to the …
Top Choice Omani in Muscat

Bait Al Luban

You know you're somewhere unique when the complementary water is infused with frankincense. This delightful restaurant, housed in a renovated khan (guesthouse) that was built 140 years ago and which used to charge b…
Top Choice Cafe in Yas Island

Nolu's Café

With its starburst abstract panels, lime-green decor and a wholesome menu, this charmer feels more California than Abu Dhabi, but the secret recipes of the owner's Afghani mother add a delightfully regional spin. Tr…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Dubai

Zuma

Every dish speaks of refinement in this perennially popular bi-level restaurant that gives classic Japanese fare an up-to-the-minute workout. No matter if you go for the top-cut sushi morsels (the dynamite spider ro…
Top Choice Cafe in Bur Dubai

Arabian Tea House

A grand old tree, white wicker chairs, turquoise benches and billowing flowers create a sun-dappled refuge in the courtyard of an old pearl merchant's house. The menu includes lots of Emirati specialities, including…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Muscat

Kargeen Cafe

With a choice of open-air and majlis-style dining (on sedans in small rooms), this excellent restaurant has spilt into a courtyard of illuminated trees to create a thoroughly Arabian experience. Make sure you try Ka…
Top Choice Japanese in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Zuma

The summit of Japanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi. Book ahead to enjoy the superb sushi and sashimi, the signature miso-marinated black cod or a hunk of meat cooked to perfection on the robata grill. Alcohol served (sake,…