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Discover award-winning restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Michelin-starred chefs. Critics choice. The best of the best. Abu Dhabi is packed with an enviable list of award-winning restaurants. But with so many choices, where do you start?

Let us inspire you. Explore champion Abu Dhabi restaurants for an award-winning dining experience.

The MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony takes place right here in Abu Dhabi. The city was chosen to host the awards because of its diverse food scene and global influence. The awards honour the Middle East and North Africa’s most prestigious eateries and three of Abu Dhabi’s restaurants made the coveted list.


Hakkasan of Emirates Palace ranks high on the list, with a glamorous atmosphere and contemporary Asian menu that's the talk of the city.


Also making the list is COYA at The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. This Latin American favourite is known for full-flavoured Peruvian dishes with Asian touches.

Butcher & Still

You can’t go wrong with a perfectly cooked steak, which is why Butcher & Still also ranks as one of the best in the Middle East and North Africa. Head chef Marshall Röth lovingly prepares mouthwatering prime cuts from the 1920s inspired restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, Al Maryah Island.

The real stars behind some of Abu Dhabi’s most-loved restaurants are the chefs and owners, some of which have Michelin stars to their name.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill

Marco Pierre is one of the world’s most famous recipients of the accolade. His restaurant, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, is referred to as one of the best steakhouses in the city.

The Oak Room

British chef and Michelin star winner, Tom Aikens, is the man behind The Oak Room at The Abu Dhabi EDITION. Expect sophisticated tasting menus and lavish meat feasts at this warm and inviting spot.


Find the world-renowned Fouquet’s brasserie at the Louvre on Saadiyat Island, serving a menu created by Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire. Signature Fouquet's favourites like sole meuniere and beef tartare are served up in a luxurious Parisian atmosphere.

Whether it's a local award or international recognition, Abu Dhabi's vibrant array of restaurants have something to shout about. The city is full of culinary masters at the top of their game, giving visitors an amazing opportunity to try something new.

If you still haven't decided where to eat, you can trust these top picks for a unique experience.


Fishmarket at InterContinental Abu Dhabi is a local favourite that has many awards to its name, and often claims the top prize in ‘Best Seafood’ categories. The relaxed restaurant brings Abu Dhabi’s love for the ocean to the table.

Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi

Hemant Oberoi is the first Indian chef to join the World Gourmet Club and is the master behind Martabaan at Emirates Palace. His menu of classic dishes are inspired by memories, sounds and aromas of traditional Indian kitchens. The chocolate shawarma is a must-try!

Black Tap

If you’re looking to devour delicious burgers and slurp some shakes then Black Tap at Mamsha Al Saddiyat is the place to go. The award-winning burger joint can be found in iconic spaces all around the world including Las Vegas, NYC, Singapore and now Abu Dhabi.


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