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The best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi

When it comes to culinary adventures, Abu Dhabi is a city that delivers! From contemporary local cuisine to modern European and Asian fusion, the city has plenty of options to satisfy any taste bud. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two, a lively evening with friends, or a family-friendly atmosphere, Abu Dhabi's culinary scene has something for everyone.

We've handpicked the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi that are sure to impress your taste buds and elevate your dining experience. Each restaurant offers a unique culinary experience that showcases the creativity and innovation of the city's top chefs. So, prepare to explore the best new dining destinations in Abu Dhabi and embark on the ultimate gastronomic journey.

Erth Restaurant

Feast your eyes and taste buds at Erth Restaurant near Qasr Al Hosn, where traditional majlis architecture and interiors set the scene for an unforgettable dining experience. Soak in the restaurant's Insta-worthy atmosphere and enjoy a menu tantalising your palate with a fusion of local delicacies and international flavours. Don't miss out on the deconstructed date cake, a local favourite with a contemporary twist that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Since opening its doors in January, Erth Restaurant has quickly become one of Abu Dhabi's hottest culinary destinations.

Open daily noon-11pm

José by Pizarro

Get ready to indulge in a fiery fiesta for your taste buds at José by Pizarro, Abu Dhabi's hottest new tapas bar! The restaurant offers a mouthwatering menu of authentic Spanish delights that will transport you straight to the streets of Madrid. Satisfy your cravings with their must-try dishes, including the succulent spicy chicken croquetas, crispy prawn fritters, and the savoury potato tortilla that will leave you wanting more. If you're after the ultimate Spanish culinary adventure, you now know where to go!

Open Tue-Sat 5pm - 11:30pm; Sun 3pm - 10:30pm


Prepare to be blown away by the sensational flavours of Ba:TE by Wawa Dining. The contemporary Japanese restaurant with Korean and Peruvian twists opened its doors back in February and has been wowing guests ever since. But that's not all - tucked away behind an antique green wardrobe lies the secret entrance to Jumak Bar, a hidden gem where you can sip on perfectly crafted cocktails while taking in the restaurant's buzzing atmosphere.

Open daily 5pm-midnight


Missing the City of Lights? Head to Penelope's, the French restaurant and jazz bar that will transport you straight to the heart of Paris! The passion project of Hamdan Al Khafaji and jazz artist Layla Kardan, Penelope's offers Art Deco-inspired décor, delicious brasserie dining, bespoke cocktails, and live jazz music, making it one of Abu Dhabi's top new restaurants. Whether you're a foodie, a music lover, or both, Penelope's is the ultimate destination for a night to remember.

Open daily 6:30pm-2:00am


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