23 Waterside Restaurants near Abu Dhabi

We found 23 Waterside restaurants within 24 kms 24 kms of Abu Dhabi

While its bigger sister might be the big name when it comes to UAE cities, Abu Dhabi isn’t going to be overshadowed by its neighbouring town. Perhaps a slightly less obvious destination to next-door Dubai, Abu Dhabi serves as a spot for in-the-know locals and tourists looking for something slightly less mainstream.

The results are a dynamic city with an incredible dining scene that spans everything from casual restaurants to fine dining. Abu Dhabi has a vast number of restaurants to choose from and offers some of the most diverse cuisine choice across the emirate. The vibrant and varied restaurant scene means you have the opportunity to sample dishes that take influence from around the world. With big names such as Hakasaan, Frankie’s and Marco Pierre White all rapidly expanding in Abu Dhabi, there has never been a better time to dine out in Abu Dhabi.

Waterside Restaurants near Abu Dhabi
Waterside Restaurants near Abu Dhabi
Waterside Restaurants near Abu Dhabi
Waterside Restaurants near Abu Dhabi
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Al Meylas

Al Meylas

Al Maryah Island, 3838
5.5 kms
Referring to itself as the ‘living room of Abu Dhabi’, with a great al-fresco dining area, comfy seating and incredible views of the city it is ... Find out more
Sayad

Sayad

Abu Dhabi, 39999
6.1 kms
Sayad means ‘fisherman’ in Arabic – a befitting name for this award-winning seafood restaurant situated within the lavish, five-star ... Find out more
Cipriani Abu Dhabi

Cipriani Abu Dhabi

Yas Island, 145188
23.5 kms
Cipriani Yas Island is an Abu Dhabi restaurant that is built around the concept of simple and tasty Italian food that is made to perfection. The restaurant& ... Find out more
Sontaya

Sontaya

Saadiyat Island
10.6 kms
Turtle Bay Bar & Grill

Turtle Bay Bar & Grill

Saadiyat Island, 48578
11.2 kms
Located on the Saadiyat Island, just south of Dubai in Abu Dhabi, Turtle Bay Bar & Grill is a casual daytime eatery that transforms into a formal restau ... Find out more
Roberto's

Roberto's

Al Maryah Island
5.2 kms
Enjoy an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of Abu Dhabi at modern Italian restaurant, Roberto’s. The restaurant is presided over by 2 Michelin sta ... Find out more
Cafe Milano

Cafe Milano

Al Maryah Island, 3838
5.5 kms
Whether you’re staying at this ultra-modern luxury hotel on the edge of the Arabian Gulf or just heading there to dine at one of the six restaurants, ... Find out more
Le Vendome

Le Vendome

Abu Dhabi, PO BOX 39999
6.2 kms
Hotel buffets are often at risk of being predictable and uninspiring, but this couldn’t be further from the case at Le Vendôme Brasserie situate ... Find out more
Frangipani at Zaya Nurai

Frangipani at Zaya Nurai

Abu Dhabi
20.9 kms
If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday Abu Dhabi life, then a meal at Frangipani is for you. This isn’t just a restaurant; housed on ... Find out more
Fishmarket

Fishmarket

Abu Dhabi
4.9 kms
The Fishmarket is one of the most exciting gastronomic experiences in the capital. This Abu Dhabi restaurant started its journey in 1989 and still to this d ... Find out more
BBQ Al Qasr

BBQ Al Qasr

Al Ras Al Akhdar, PO BOX 39999
6.1 kms
Visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi looking for a romantic seaside restaurant in which to enjoy great food and drinks, along with beautiful views, ought to ... Find out more
Boa Steakhouse Abu Dhabi

Boa Steakhouse Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi
6.2 kms
A celeb favourite in L.A, it comes as no surprise that the arrival of Boa steakhouse to the glamorous Eastern Mangroves Promenade in Abu Dhabi was welcomed ... Find out more
Cho Gao Marina Walk - InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Cho Gao Marina Walk - InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, 4171
4.9 kms
It’s well known that Abu Dhabi is a destination in which you can sample the cuisines of the world, whether you want to enjoy Mexican nachos and tacos ... Find out more
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Part of the allure of dining in some of the most interesting Abu Dhabi restaurants is their gorgeous interiors, stunning views and far-reaching menus. For breakfasts and brunches, our favourite picks have to be spots overlooking the waterfront. Here you’ll be able to bask in the warm glow of that Emirati sunshine while enjoying plates of breakfast favourites (and a round or two of cocktails too, should the notion take your fancy). When it comes to dinner, there’s no denying that booking a restaurant with a view is a sure-fire way to guarantee impressing your guests. Plump for a table in one of the city’s many skyscrapers and you’ll be sure to enjoy a dazzling twinkle of lights from the buildings below – there’s truly no better way to soak up the skyline of the city.

From traditional Emirati cuisine through to Italian, Japanese and American food – this little corner of the UAE has it all when it comes to dining out. 

Looking for something special? You might like our round-up of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi, perfect for occasion dining.