9 of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi to taste the world
Abu Dhabi is at the centre of the world, meaning cultures and cuisines come together beautifully. Spend less time deciding where you'll eat tonight and be inspired by our list of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi to find worldly flavours. This tasty selection covers cuisines from all over the world and you're bound to find a memorable meal or a new favourite hangout.
Meylas means “a place that gathers people”. With its authentic Middle Eastern, 80s-style decor and its delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners made from mostly local ingredients, Meylas is certainly a special place to gather. On the menu, you’ll find a variety of traditional Emirati meals infused with the personal touch of chef Shaikha Al Kaabi.
The stunning Sontaya is set amid floating pavilions that overlook the shimmering pools of the St Regis on Saadiyat Island. The menu brings into the spotlight the unique flavours of Thailand. Top picks from the menu include the green papaya salad, chargrilled chicken satay, cream dory fish with tamarind sauce and Sontaya's signature red tofu curry.
The internationally renowned Nusr-Et, famously owned by the Turkish Salt Bae himself, promises to amaze all meat lovers and Abu Dhabi’s branch does not disappoint. Meat is the main agenda at Nusr-Et. Starters include steak tartare, beef carpaccio or smoked ribeye. For mains, take your pick from a selection of ribs, tenderloin beef, steaks, beef fillets, lamb, burgers, meatballs or sucuk (barbecued Turkish sausage), and don’t forget a salad or your choice of garnish (mashed croquet, mushroom, potato chips and more). Be sure to book your table on the outdoor terrace to enjoy sweeping views over the bay.
Indulge in Japanese food with a modern twist at Akiba Dori. Experience culinary delights, including Japanese street food, creative drinks and Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzas. Expect perfect, well-priced dishes in a cool casual setting at Akiba Dori, a must-visit for anyone visiting Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island.
99 Sushi Bar
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant at the Four Seasons Galleria will delight all your senses. Think gorgeous gold interiors, velvet Chesterfield couches and carefully crafted meals packed with freshness and flavour. Guests will relish in the perfectly presented dishes, each one its own masterpiece. Choose the roasted suckling pig toban jan (chilli bean sauce) with pistachio and bacon rashers, the Alaskan black cod au gratin with two layers of red miso, or tiger prawn tempura with spicy and creamy sauce.
Overlooking the stunning Yas Marina, Cipriani is an elegant destination for some of the finest Italian food in Abu Dhabi. The menu features signature dishes from Harry's Bar in Venice and classic Italian favourites. Whether you are a regular of other Cipriani locations around the world or a first-time customer you will be welcomed with warmth and care.
VaKaVa is a Pan Latin Grill and Lounge at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, where vibe and flavour come together to set your soul on fire. Immerse yourself in celebrity chef Richard Sandoval's creations and let yourself be greeted by a heartwarming 'hola' and a genuinely warm welcome that makes you feel like you've just arrived at a vibrant fiesta.
Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi
Relish in distinctive Indian classics at the exclusive Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi at Emirates Palace, considered one of the most luxurious restaurants in Abu Dhabi. At the helm of this contemporary Indian restaurant is chef Hemant Oberoi – a high-profile super chef and the first Indian chef to join the World Gourmet Club. Hemant has created a classic menu of delightful and innovative Indian cuisine that will tantalise all discerning palates. He says, “This menu is an ode to all my nostalgic musings and wonderful memories of the melange of sights, sounds, aromas and magic only to be found in the traditional kitchens of India.”
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse & Grill features classic English dishes and speciality grilled cuisine of award-winning British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. Its dramatic interior is highlighted by a back-lit ‘flame’ wall that sets the tone for an innovative and eclectic dining experience. Guests can choose to pair the restaurant's signature steaks, oysters and caviar with one of the 500 different grape selections from the restaurant's popular beverage list. Under the close supervision of its Chef de Cuisine, the restaurant delivers high-quality food and service and is consistently honoured as one of the best steakhouses in the city.