Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to a wide range of international cuisine, top notch restaurants and delivery options.
Abu Dhabi offers expats many different types of cuisine
  • As a general rule, the best (and most expensive) restaurants in Abu Dhabi are in hotels. They're also the only restaurants allowed to serve alcohol.
  • As Islam frowns upon the consumption of pork, very few restaurants serve the “other white meat”.
  • Women aren't required to cover up when in a restaurant.
  • Local cuisine largely consists of rice and lamb dishes accompanied by salads, hummus and bread on the side.
  • Ramadan is a good time to try local food as come Iftar (breaking of the fast) big hearty meals are often the norm. Lots of restaurants re-open after sunset during Ramadan, and the family-oriented vibe can make this a great month to eat out.

Recommended restaurants in Abu Dhabi


Beach Rotana Brunch City
Every Friday this five star hotel does a fantastic brunch, combining the food selection of a number of its restaurants to provide customers with a dazzling array of culinary choice. Although slightly pricey, the food is lovely and there’s complimentary champagne.
Address: Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyah

Café Arabia

A converted villa that features its fair share of charm and a light, healthy menu. Perfect for a relaxed lunch in an airy atmosphere.
Address: Villa No. 37, 15th Street, Airport Road

Located within the Intercontinental Hotel, the Fishmarket is famous for its fantastic seafood dishes made with the freshest ingredients. The formal ambient atmosphere makes it a perfect place for either a date or a business dinner.
Address: InterContinental Hotel, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Al Khubeirah

Hoi An
Contemporary Vietnamese cuisine served in an equally delightful dining room inside the Shagri-La Hotel.
Address: Level 1, Shangri la Hotel, Khor Al Maqta

The Indian Palace

The Indian palace is a lovely restaurant on Salam street offering fantastic Indian dishes for excellent prices. They also have a delivery service available.
Address: Opposite ADNOC Petrol Station, Salam Street, Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyah

For those that prefer something more upmarket, Vasco’s is a good option with an ocean view. The restaurant caters to all tastes with a menu that offers both European and Asian dishes.
Address: Corniche Road West