Eating out in Abu Dhabi is one of the highlights for most visitors. There are dining options suitable for all budgets and all tastes.

The local cuisine is not usually available in restaurants and in fact Indian food such as biryani is as much part of local culture as more Middle Eastern/Arabic (Lebanese/Egyptian) dishes such as mezze and mixed grill.

If you do not feel comfortable trying Arabic cuisine, you can find all sorts of food available, including nice international restaurants in the hotels. You don't have to stay at the hotels to eat there, but especially at weekends or at times of large conferences it is advisable to book ahead. 

Buffet restaurants

Most hotels have at least one international buffet restaurant. Hotels are licensed to sell alcoholic drinks so you can drink wine or beer with your meal if you eat at a restaurant in a hotel.

Fine dining

A few suggestions for fine dining (out of very many options) include:

  • Beach Rotana Hotel: Traders Vic's (Polynesian), Indigo (Indian), Finz (seafood) and Prego's (Italian).
  • Le Royal Meriden includes: Oceans (seafood restaurant), Al Fanar (revolving restaurant).
  • InterContinental restaurants include the Fishmarket (seafood), Chamas (Brazilian) and Boccaccio (Italian).
  • Emirates Palace has excellent seafood, Italian and Lebanese restaurants.
  • At the Fairmont restaurants include: Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse & Grill and Frankie's (Italian).

You are not restricted to hotels for fine dining, but be aware that alcohol is only served in the hotels. One fine dining restaurant not in a hotel is Tiara at Marina Mall Tower.

Fast and budget food

For a cheaper meal, you can find lots of internationally known names in the city. KFC, McDonalds, Burger King are for fast food lovers. There are lots fast food places with an acceptable pizza/pasta. Also there are several American steak houses. In the big malls one can eat at the foodcourts. Or outside the malls there are many cheap Indian, Pakistani, Filipino and Lebanese cafe restaurants.