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“Such a missed opportunity”

Cipriani Yas Island
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Ranked #141 of 2,073 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$70 - US$100
Cuisines: Italian, Japanese
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Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: A stylish, elegant restaurant designed by Florentine architect Michele Bonan with a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the beautiful marina. The menu features signature dishes from Harry’s Bar in Venice and classic Italian favorites. Whether you are a regular of other Cipriani locations around the world or a first time customer you will be welcome with warmth and care.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Such a missed opportunity”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

The setting, interior design and ambiance of the restaurant promise much: sophisticated, cool and comfortable. The waiting staff are friendly, efficient and authentically Italian speaking, which adds a great sense of authenticity to Cipriani's Italian origins. So our party of four sat down with enthusiasm and expectation. The menu provided the first jarred note - this is an Italian restaurant and yet half of the dishes offered were Japanese; thankfully no attempted fusion across the two cuisines, but a very odd twin offering... Each of us ordered from the Italian side of the menu and each of us were disappointed in some way - the Wagyu steaks were relatively well cooked, but were served in a mushroom sauce that managed to be both sickly sweet and over salted; heavy handed application of salt seemed to be a common to each of the served dishes. We were also all underwhelmed by the accompanying vegetables - wholly limited to a small bowl of something that might once have been white cabbage. I ordered Steak Tartar as a starter - it arrived as a slightly slimy pattie that simply looked like an uncooked quarterpounder burger accompanied by 4 very small squares of under-toasted and cold bread (the chef had simply refused my request for the dish to be served with a raw egg for reasons that were not clearly explained). The standard of cooking really isn't acceptable for a restaurant that aspires to be five star and which demands such outrageous prices for its dishes. Having set our expectations with the setting and staff, we felt suckered and swindled by a very poor meal. Stay away!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank deMerclesden
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Magnifico ”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Abu Dhabi has struggled to compete with Dubai for culinary excellence. It is about the congruence of fresh ingredients, quality drinks, atmosphere, decor and service. Quest at Etihad Towers has been well recognised for its innovation, service and environment and Cipriani is right up there.

Cocktails are incredibly good albeit served in magnum shot glasses. This works well for the signature Martini but less so for the Margharita. The wines by the glass are all good as is the wine list.

Food is fresh and delicious and looking around other diners the kitchen has mastered all of them. There wasn't a poor dish that we saw.

Best of all is the ambiance and service. From the professionalism of the welcome both downstairs and upstairs to the casual coolness of the bartender, the introduction is superb. A great first impression. Decor is sophisticated and understated with some wonderful portholes which can make one feel a little queasy. Best of all is the service at the table and it's a combination of professional, knowledgeable and courteous team members with a casual warmth which allows for a friendly discussion about choices.

In my view the number one restaurant in Abu Dhabi at the moment for a high end and relaxed meal.

1 Thank Mark B
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Amazing - a must visit!”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Three of us had the pleasure of dining at Cipriani's and it did not disappoint. The staff was impeccable and were very helpful with suggesting wine and food options. The menu is great - we did each sample a bit of everyone's food at the table and everything was great. Generally steamed broccoli isn't anything special - but it was great here - wish the chef were making me steamed broccoli like that because I'd eat it 3 times a day. As everyone said the vanilla ice cream for dessert is a must. The setting is beautiful and decor quite unique. Cipriani's is indeed a place for a special dinner that will leave everyone in your party speaking about it positively for the coming months.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank merestarks
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Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Exquisite, impeccable dining experience in Abu Dhabi”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This is a branch of famous Cipriani restaurants, that operates in NY, London, Venice, Istanbul. We were there as two couples. First of all the place is huge. I am not sure how efficient it's to maintain the restaurant especially in Abu Dhabi, but it's very elegant and spacious. We had a table in the terrace. The weather was amazing. Our waiter was very helpful in selecting dishes that is appropriate to our taste, also very knowledgeable about local traditions, and also Cipriani ways. It's a bit on the pricy side, but considering all things in UAE, it is an experience that cannot be missed. The bonus, after eating and drinking that much, we get to walk to our hotel that was just across in 15-20 minutes. Strongly recommended.

Visited April 2014
Thank AshleekaDubai
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

I have been to Cipriani in Abu Dhabi many times and it I will always recommend it to anyone, friends and family.
Cipriani is the only italian restaurant in Abu Dhabi where you can experience the true italian hospitality, the service is excellent, the staff very professional, the food is out of this world and the design of the restaurant itself very elegant.
I would recommend to book a table outside with amazing view of the Marina.
Edoardo the Manager is always very accommodating and charming.
Don't miss the vanilla ice cream.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Jacob2512
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