The best restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi offers some of the most diverse dining options across the emirate. With everything from fine dining to casual eateries, there’s never been a better time to explore Abu Dhabi’s food scene

Updated on 22 August 2022

Beautiful Abu Dhabi is a unique city, packed full of things to do and see. With such rich culture, history and heritage, it's perhaps unsurprising that Abu Dhabi was made the permanent capital of the United Arab Emirates back in the early 1990s, and the city has becoming increasingly global since that point. In the last few decades, Abu Dhabi has transformed into a hotspot for great food, ranging from fine dining all the way down to affordable everyday spots. 

As Abu Dhabi becomes more global, the city attracts chefs and restaurateurs from all over the world, who are keen to show off their talents to a city of food-lovers. The capital may not have the same draw as Dubai, but the likes of legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire, British chef Tom Aikens and Jean-Georges Vongerichten have all made the move to Abu Dhabi, at Fouquet's, The Oak Room and Market Kitchen respectively. 

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Abu Dhabi offers up a dining scene full of different cuisines and flavours that will not disappoint. With hotspots and attractions like the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, the Etihad Towers, and the beaches lining the Arabian Gulf, the views from Abu Dhabi's dining scene never fail to impressive. Fancy a waterside brunch? Sorted. Want to dine with a view of the expansive desert? Abu Dhabi has got you covered. Need a romantic view of the city skyline? You’re spoilt for choice.

There’s so much choice that it makes it difficult to choose a spot, so we’ve put together this handy guide to going for dinner in Abu Dhabi to help you out. From traditional Lebanese restaurants like Li Beirut, to gorgeous beachfront dining spots like Mare Mare; we’re only bringing you the best of the best. 

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

1. Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Hakkasan Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi,

For a taste of luxury Cantonese cuisine, Hakkasan stands out as one of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi. Hakkasan is the global go-to for anyone in search of Cantonese fine dining in opulent surroundings, and the Abu Dhabi location lives up to the brand's famous high standards. Signature offerings include the supreme dim sum with gold leaf har gau and Wagyu beef black garlic dumplings, plus the intriguing jasmine tea smoked Wagyu beef ribs. Enjoy elegant dishes alongside creative cocktails in a traditional, elegant dining spot that brings a touch of contemporary flair.

Over AED400
Chinese
Thiptara

2. Thiptara

Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 9770

A jewel adorning the shores of Burj Lake, Thiptara evokes the mystery and intrigue of Thailand like never before. An elegant and intimate space, it serves traditional Royal Thai cuisine with an emphasis on Bangkok-style seafood.

AED250 - AED399
Thai
D’ Capital Steakhouse

3. D’ Capital Steakhouse

Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 52799

An award-winning lifestyle steakhouse inspired by unmatched quality and serves premium aged meat cuts from the farms of US, Australia and Ireland. The chic restaurant features an open plan show kitchen adjacent to a private lounge area for enjoying pre and post cocktails in a smoke-free setting. The restaurant has also unveiled a separate “Private Dining” section tastefully crafted for an exclusive dining experience where luxury, space and privacy comes second to none.

Under AED150
Steak
Fishmarket

4. Fishmarket

InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi,

The Fishmarket is a stunning little seafood restaurant, nestled by the sea, with a huge central counter that displays all the fresh seafood on ice. There's no menu here - let your server know what you want and you'll get dishes back tailored to your likes. Then sit back and relax on the water's edge. 

Over AED400
Thai
Seafood
Mijana

5. Mijana

Mijana The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, PO Box 91888

Named for the word that describes the poetic lyrics that begin Lebanese folk songs, Mijana embodies the theatrical side of contemporary Arabic cuisine. Here, you will discover a place where old meets new and tradition touches mondernity. Surrounded by frosted glass, it transforms chefs into silhouettes as they prepare Lebanese and regional dishes. Live music, shisha and traditional tea complete the experience.

AED150 - AED249
Lebanese
Finz Restaurant

6. Finz Restaurant

Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi,

For a sophisticated over-water dining experience where the seafood is incredibly fresh and the outlook memorably scenic, try our signature restaurant Finz, a venue where fashion meets finesse. You can stroll along the shores of the bay to this magical seaside restaurant where our chefs will take you on a culinary journey to the Mediterranean. Savour dishes made from local, freshly-caught seafood influenced by North African flavours and enjoy a unique ambiance of soothing music and stunning views.

AED150 - AED249
North African
Seafood
Indigo Restaurant

7. Indigo Restaurant

Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box 45200

Immerse yourself in a world of aromatic modern Indian cuisine at Indigo where expert chefs have perfected the art of twisting classic dishes, appealing to traditional tastes and the modern palette. From contemporary favorites such as biryani, kebabs and chaat to our delectable signature dish, the Sikhandari Raan – a sumptuous pot-roasted leg of baby lamb – you will experience exciting new flavours with a comforting familiarity. 

AED150 - AED249
Indian
Market at EDITION

8. Market at EDITION

The Abu Dhabi Edition, Al Bateen Marina, Abu Dhabi,

An imaginative, healthy lifestyle restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Market's relaxed and interactive style blurs the boundaries of traditional and al fresco dining with an appreciation of being health conscious, with new and delicious flavours, that offers very unique experiences.

Under AED150
International
Dai Pai Dong

9. Dai Pai Dong

Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi,

Another restaurant hitting our Cantonese cravings is Dai Pai Dong, with its modern take on traditional food. You'll find popular classics like kung pao chicken and Sichuan pork on the menu, but no dining spot could be classed as one of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi without a bit of excitement. Guests can feast on Cantonese-style barbecue meats or the lamb which adopts spices like coriander, chilli and cumin for that familar Cantonese warmth. Serving up all you can eat dim sum at lunch, hot pots on Friday nights and a weekend Cantonese brunch - Dai Pai Dong pulls out all the stops.

AED250 - AED399
Chinese
Dim Sum
Sontaya

10. Sontaya

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,

Meaning sunset in Thai, Sontaya, is the place to be if you like the sound of dinner with a waterfront view of the Arabian Gulf. The team serve up Thai food and dim sum plates including the likes of chicken money bags, wok fried calamari and the signature Sontaya spring roll stuffed with shrimp, crab and squid. For main courses, the Singaporean wok fried XO lobster is a must try. Meanwhile, the sunset glimmers off the still pools and the Arabian Sea, making Sontaya arguably the most romantic restaurant in the city.

AED250 - AED399
Thai
Dim Sum
Zuma Abu Dhabi

11. Zuma Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi,

Found in the heart of Abu Dhabi's luxurious new retail and commerce centre, Zuma showcases a twist on traditional Japanese cuisine with its robata grill, producing plates with authentic flavours but unique, exciting combinations. Guests can start off with freshly prepared nigri or sashimi, before trying out the maki rolls, and lots of signature dishes from the grill. Or, just leave it to the experts and plump for one of the many tasting menus.

Over AED400
Sushi
Japanese
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant Abu Dhabi

12. 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant Abu Dhabi

The Galleria Four Seasons, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, 54854

Are you a sushi-lover? If you are (and who isn't?) then 99 Sushi Bar is one of the best places to eat in Abu Dhabi to get your sushi fix. The restaurant oozes grandeur with its low-lighting, velvet seating and intricate tiling. The luxury of this spot is not just down to the interiors thanks to head chef Gerado Renart's ethos of fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. The crispy tiger prawn tempura is a must-try as it is paired with a secret, homemade spicy sauce, but to be honest, you can't go wrong anywhere on this menu. If the options are overwhelming, opt for the tasting menu.

AED250 - AED399
Sushi
Japanese
Buddha-Bar Beach

13. Buddha-Bar Beach

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,

This beachfront spot on Saadiyat Island makes a romantic, luxurious location for brunch, lunch or dinner. The concept behind Buddha-Bar Beach is one where the flavours of the east and the west combine for a gastronomic experience like no other. On the menu, guests will find signatures like crispy lobster dumplings, classic sea bass ceviche, and Wagyu striploin with a chalaquita salsa. While the robata grill showcases some great meat courses, you have to save room for dessert and indulge in the mille feuille - a chocolate cremeux, caramelised banana with peanut, a sesame crunch, all finished off with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream.

AED250 - AED399
Sushi
Japanese
Li Beirut

14. Li Beirut

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi,

What makes Li Beirut a fantastic choice if you're going out for dinner in Abu Dhabi is its combination of traditional and contemporary Lebanese cuisine and culture. It's outside terrace offers gorgeous views of the sea where you can relax and enjoy feasts of authentic cold and hot mezze to share among friends. Diners are then treated to classic grilled meats such as spicy minced lamb kebabs and the signature chargrilled seafood mixed grill, served on a sizzling hot plate. Tradition follows into the desserts with the pistachio milk pudding and the cheese and cream filled kunafa - sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

AED250 - AED399
Lebanese
tashas

15. tashas

Marsa, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi,

It's all about easy-going elegance at Tashas - the food is uncomplicated, but this is quality comfort food done well. Classic, full breakfasts, indulgent brioche french toast and all your eggy breakfast favourites are served until 6pm so you don't have to rush out of bed, and the evening menu switches to quesadillas, sandwiches, burgers, and even toasted croissants. With larger plates like fillet steak, salmon teriyaki and lemon chicken also available, Tashas ensures to meet every craving and every appetite.

Under AED150
North American
Tex Mex
Burgers
Italian
International
COYA Abu Dhabi

16. COYA Abu Dhabi

The Galleria , Al Maryah Islands, Abu Dhabi,

COYA brings an immersive dining experience to Abu Dhabi with Latin American art on the walls, tribal beats on the stereo, and a taste of colourful Peruvian cuisine. While executive chef Benjamin Wan showcases his talent with complex and bold flavours, each plate is kept simple in its execution and presentation. Indulge in classic Peruvian ceviche, tacos, or larger plates of grilled chicken, beef or lamb. For the full experience, try out the tasting menu of signature dishes ending with the purple corn colada - passion fruit, berries and a citrus orange shortbread.

AED250 - AED399
Peruvian
Mare Mare

17. Mare Mare

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,

Mare Mare on Saadiyat Island, delivers great, classic Italian cooking and stunning views of the Gulf; the open-air terrace is the perfect spot for enjoying the extensive wine list or one of the signature Italian-inspired cocktails. Start off with creamy burrata, before moving onto braised duck tagliatelle or freshly baked pizzas. Desserts are clever too, like the flourless chocolate sponge pizza, which combines a dark chocolate ganache, hazelnut mousse and chocolate sauce for an indulgent end to the meal.

AED250 - AED399
Pizza
Italian
Namak by Kunal Kapur

18. Namak by Kunal Kapur

Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 48578

Presenter of Masterchef India, Kunal Kapur, delivers his talents to Abu Dhabi with this fine Indian restaurant. Kapur isn't afraid to get creative with classic dishes, as shown by the likes of tandoori sea bass with strawberry chutney. A saag dish is served with Italian cheese, whilst chicken tikka is served with tacos for a Mexican twist. The menu is an incredible combination of classical Indian elements and exciting global flavours; respecting tradition rather than rendering them unrecognisable.

AED250 - AED399
Indian
Olea Abu Dhabi

19. Olea Abu Dhabi

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,

All-day dining at the St. Regis hotel will never be a disappointment thanks to this Mediterranean-inspired eatery. With panoramic views of the ocean, the indoor and outdoor dining areas are both peaceful and elegant. Burrata and tuna tartare make popular picks for the starters, while the likes of dukkah crusted lamb rack with smoked aubergine and a mint jus are sure to impress for your main course. The final showstopper is the carefully-crafted chocolate sphere, salted cocoa crumble, cake and cherry compote, all drizzled with a hot manjari chocolate sauce - the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.

AED250 - AED399
Modern European
Mediterranean

Still hungry for more amazing spots in Abu Dhabi? Check out our guide to the 10 restaurants with Michelin-approved chefs in Abu Dhabi to find more of the best kitchens across the city.