Michelin star restaurants Abu Dhabi: 10 restaurants with Michelin-approved chefs

Where to find Michelin-quality grub in Abu Dhabi

Updated on 25 February 2022 • Written By Peter Dreyer

Michelin star restaurants Abu Dhabi: 10 restaurants with Michelin-approved chefs

Though strictly speaking there is no Michelin Guide in the United Arab Emirates, the concept of Michelin-quality food is alive and well, and in very high demand, especially in the twin cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, so it’s no surprise it has a food and hospitality scene to match - check out our list of Michelin-quality restaurants in Dubai for more on that.

Abu Dhabi may be the capital but at just 1.45 million people, it’s half the size of Dubai with a smaller tourist trade. Still, Abu Dhabi boasts a vibrant, exciting culinary scene that serves the eclectic tastes of locals and visitors alike with great food from all over the world.

Enticed by the clear blue waters of the Persian Gulf, a number of famous chefs have brought their talents to Abu Dhabi, opening restaurants in the capital or lending their services as executive chefs and consultants. Michelin doesn’t have a presence in the UAE currently, but many of these chefs hold Michelin stars in other parts of the world, and the food served in their Abu Dhabi restaurants maintains the same level of quality and attention to detail.

So, ready for the best of Abu Dhabi’s Michelin star-quality restaurants? Read on for our favourites.

Oak Room at EDITION

What: The sleek and sophisticated Oak Room at the EDITION hotel is overseen by Tom Aikens - once the youngest British chef to ever receive two Michelin stars, and the current holder of a Michelin star at Muse in London. The Oak Room’s wood panelled walls, high ceilings and cosy tub chairs make it one of the most comfortable, luxurious restaurants in Abu Dhabi, and the speciality steaks are really good. Grab a table with a view of the on-site butchery where you can glimpse the chefs at work.
Where: The Abu Dhabi Edition, Al Bateen Marina, Abu Dhabi, 127799
Book now: Oak Room at EDITION

Market at EDITION

What: The second of Tom Aikens’ EDITION Hotel outposts, Market is a more informal proposition than the stylish Oak Room, with a focus on healthy food - an area Tom is very passionate about. Head here for a wide range of salads, skinny pizzas and burgers, and all day breakfasts, all in a beautiful organic setting.
Where: The Abu Dhabi Edition, Al Bateen Marina, Abu Dhabi, 127799
Book now: Market at EDITION

Fouquet’s

What: There are few chefs as acclaimed in the world as Pierre Gagnaire - the legendary French chef holds 12 Michelin stars across multiple restaurants worldwide. Appropriately, Gagnaire has overseen the menu at Fouquet’s, in the Louvre Abu Dhabi, instilling the menu with his typical spin on French classical cookery with dishes like Burgundy snails with garlic butter, terrine of duck foie gras with pumpkin seeds and roast chicken breast with morel cream. 
Where: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Book now: Fouquet’s

Marco’s New York Italian

What: Marco Pierre White needs no introduction, and this Italian diner might not have quite the same vibe as two Michelin-starred Harvey’s once did, but it still does a solid line in Italian home cooking. Feast on cicchetti, pasta and sourdough pizza, washed down with classic Italian cocktails. There's also a fantastic brunch on a Sunday.
Where: Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 114304
Book now: Marco’s New York Italian

Market Kitchen

What: Another Abu Dhabi eatery with a Michelin heavy-hitter attached, the Market Kitchen menu features an array of Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who holds two Michelin stars elsewhere) classics, from soy-glazed beef short ribs with apple jalapeno puree and rosemary crumb, to black truffle pizza with Fontina cheese. The vibe here is informal, but food is first rate and the restaurant is beautiful, especially when it’s lit up at night.
Where: Sheikh Khalifa Street, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Book now: Market Kitchen

Hakkasan

What: One of Hakkasan’s 10 locations worldwide, Hakkasan Abu Dhabi more than matches up to the Michelin star-wielding locations in Mayfair and Hanway Place. Expect the usual line in exceptional dim sum and modern Chinese cooking, all amidst a sumptuous, palatial setting.
Where: Emirates Palace, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
Book now: Hakkasan

Alba Terrace

What: This leisurely Mediterranean bistro is the last of Tom Aikens’ EDITION Hotel trio, offering simple, traditional dishes from Spain, Italy and Provence. There’s a focus on fish and seafood, but lean grilled meats also feature alongside salads, pasta, risotto and antipasti plates. The Alba Terrace is a great place to lounge on a weekend, and catch the sunrise or sunset with a spritz in hand.
Where: The Abu Dhabi Edition, Al Bateen Marina, Abu Dhabi, 127799
Book now: Alba Terrace

Martabaan

What: Martabaan is the brainchild of chef Hemant Oberoi, who strictly speaking is not a Michelin star holder, but he is widely celebrated as one of the greatest chefs of his generation. Martabaan’s menu seeks to remind diners of long forgotten traditional Indian recipes, and it does so in extravagant, opulent surroundings.
Where: West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 39999
Book now: Martabaan

Namak by Kunal Kapur

What: Kunal Kapur hasn’t yet been recognised by Michelin but the Masterchef India presenter is a big deal in his native India. Namak presents a more modern, international side of Indian food with foams and gels galore, but he still respects the core flavours of each traditional dish. Meanwhile, the room is split into two distinct areas - one side bright and warm, the other cooler and more reserved, reflecting the duelling spirits of this intriguing restaurant.
Where: Dusit Thani Hotel, 925 Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street, Abu Dhabi
Book now: Namak by Kunal Kapur

COYA Abu Dhabi

What: Another international restaurant behemoth, COYA has a wonderful reputation worldwide. Executive chef Benjamin Wan has a long history in Michelin-starred restaurants and he brings that wealth of experience to COYA Abu Dhabi, where his complex, precise, perfectly balanced Peruvian menus ensure that the restaurant is packed on most evenings.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, The Galleria, Abu Dhabi
Book now: COYA Abu Dhabi

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