Abu Dhabi restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Yas Island

Nolu's Café

California meets Afghanistan at this cafe charmer where almond butter and chia pancakes are offered alongside borani banjon (oven-baked aubergines with mint-flecked garlic yoghurt) and hearty fodder like lamb shank …
Top Choice Lebanese in Marina Breakwater

Li Beirut

A fine-dining Levantine feast awaits. Scoop up Lebanese mezze classics of moutabal (purée of aubergine mixed with tahini, yoghurt and olive oil) and muhammara (red chilli and walnut dip) before moving on to rack of …
Top Choice Syrian in Downtown

Cafeteria Al Liwan

This budget canteen will exceed your expectations every chance it gets. This is Middle Eastern flavours Syrian-style, with some of Abu Dhabi's best hummus and fuul (mashed fava beans), falafel fried to crispy perfec…
Top Choice Asian in Al Mina & Saadiyat Island

Sontaya

You can't beat the beachy atmosphere of this restaurant, surrounded by narrow water-feature canals and looking out towards the sand. The pan-Asian flavours, and twists on traditional dishes, are spot on, from its pr…
Top Choice Peruvian in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Coya

The contemporary Peruvian cuisine with its flavour-fusion of Latin American and Asian is a tastebud sensation. Dig into the menu of sharing plates featuring traditional ceviche, Peruvian sashimi and tacos (we recomm…
Top Choice Chinese in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Dai Pai Dong

All cosy alcoves surrounding an open kitchen, Dai Pai Dong's award-winning Chinese is where Asian foodies chase Cantonese roasted duck, spicy braised chicken and wok-fried beef tenderloin with green tea and kumquat …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

Café Arabia

Housed in a three-floor villa, this cafe is run by a Lebanese arts enthusiast, Aida Mansour. Vast breakfast choices from avocado toast to shakshuka (poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce) and a mains menu that waltze…
Top Choice Indian in Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

Ushna

Romantic and elegant, this place hums with appreciation for the complex cuisine of India, brought to the United Arab Emirates by a large expat community. There are many curry houses across town, but this restaurant …
Top Choice Lebanese in Downtown

Zahrat Lebnan

Amid a cluster of Middle Eastern snack and grill outlets, a short walk from the Qasr Al Hosn, the Lebanese Flower is a local legend, attracting a multinational clientele of city residents who come here for mezze fea…
Top Choice Emirati in Marina Breakwater

Mezlai

Meaning 'old door lock', Mezlai delivers a rare chance to enjoy traditional Emirati cuisine in an upmarket and airy Bedouin-tent-inspired atmosphere. The food is prepared from organic and locally sourced ingredients…