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 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 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 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,…
Top Choice Lebanese in Downtown

Zahrat Lebnan

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

Li Beirut

One of the UAE's best Lebanese restaurants, Li Beirut will wow you with its fine dining take on Levantine deliciousness, which pairs cosily with several motherland wines – including the excellent Château Musar – and…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

Café Arabia

This homey cafe, housed in a three-floor villa, is run by a Lebanese arts enthusiast, Aida Mansour. Tasty pastries, fantastic breakfasts (shakshuka to die for) and Turkish coffee shine, but many come for the Arabian…
Top Choice French in Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

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 Area

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 …