Restaurants

Top Choice Lebanese in Al Markaziyah

Lebanese Flower

Amid a cluster of Middle Eastern snack, grill and pastry outlets, a short walk from Al Husn Fort, this Lebanese restaurant is a local legend, attracting a multinational clientele of city residents. The generous plat…
Top Choice Seafood in Breakwater

Vasco's

This is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy lunch. With a patio overlooking the Arabian Sea, accommodating and hospitable staff and a delicious fine-dining menu offering an interesting blend of regional and internat…
Top Choice Emirati in Breakwater

Mezlai

Meaning ‘old door lock’, Mezlai at the sumptuous Emirates Palace delivers a rare chance to enjoy local flavours. The Emirati food is prepared from organic and locally sourced ingredients. Favourites include lamb med…
Top Choice Cafe in Breakwater

Living Room Café

This award-winning, family-run venue began as a coffee-and-cake experience and has grown by word of mouth into a beloved restaurant. The emphasis is on family-friendly fare (there's a VIP children's menu and kids' c…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Sheikh Zayed Mosque & Around

Café Arabia

This homely cafe, housed in a three-floor villa, is run by a Lebanese arts enthusiast, Aida Mansour. Tasty pastries, wholesome lunches and Turkish coffee are on offer, but many come for the Arabian ambience, photog…
Top Choice French in Sheikh Zayed Mosque & Around

Bord Eau

Bord Eau at the Shangri-La Hotel is le restaurant for French fine dining in Abu Dhabi. The classic French fare (onion soup, foie gras, chateaubriand) is flawlessly executed with a modern twist and the flavours are c…
Top Choice Lebanese in Sheikh Zayed Mosque & Around

Mijana

At the Ritz-Carlton, this swish venue offers contemporary Lebanese cuisine with interesting twists on favourite themes, such as beetroot moutabel (smoked-aubergine dip), six varieties of hummus and habra niyah (raw …
Top Choice Steak in Abu Dhabi

Suhail Restaurant

It might seem daft to recommend a restaurant 200km from the city centre, but arriving at the fairytale Qasr al Sarab is a great adventure that makes the two-hour drive through the auburn sand dunes worthwhile. Servi…
Top Choice Japanese in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Zuma

Zuma is quite possibly the summit of Japanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi. Book ahead to enjoy the superb sushi and sashimi selections, or indulge in the signature miso-marinated black cod or a hunk of meat cooked to perfe…
Top Choice Asian in Al Markaziyah

Cho Gao

This upbeat joint at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi is a favourite as much for the tasty fare as for its highly sociable ambience. The menu hopscotches from Japan to Singapore, China to Thailand and other Asian countrie…