Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

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Under Dhs100

Bravo
Add a Spanish flavour to the festivities and let the romantic melodies of a live flamenco guitar wash over you while you sample an array of authentic dishes available from Dhs40.
Dec 24, 6pm-midnight. From Dhs40. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

El Sombrero
Have a merry Mexican Christmas at this colourful venue. Try out traditional Mexican dishes of the season – with prices starting at Dhs50 – while being serenaded by El Sombrero’s musical trio, Latin Groove.
Dec 24, 6pm-midnight. From Dhs50 per dish. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

La Mamma
An Italian-inspired Christmas at this cosy eatery. The chef will on hand to recommend the best festive dishes from his homeland. À la carte dishes start from Dhs50.
Dec 24, 6pm-10pm. From Dhs50 per dish. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

Dhs100-199

Al Wahda All Day Dining
Everything from turkey with all the trimmings to traditional desserts served buffet-style in this international restaurant.
Dec 24 (call for timings)Dhs180 (soft drinks). Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).

c.taste
Tick down the hours until Christmas in fine style with c.taste’s kitchen team, who will be crafting a special seasonal menu at live cooking stations, including a traditional turkey, pasta and a wide variety of delicious festive desserts.
Dec 24, 6pm-10.30pm. Dhs175 (soft beverages), Dhs220 (house beverages). Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 409 6512).

Corniche

Festive-themed cuisine from all over Europe will be on the menu for an indulgent buffet, while guests will also be welcomed with a festive beverage and Santa will be popping along to hand out gifts. The venue will also have a lunch on Christmas Eve.
Dec 24, 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-11pm. Dhs215 (soft drinks and welcome beverage). Dhs325 (house beverages). Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Capital Plaza Complex, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Cho Gao
The festivities are being served with an Asian twist at Cho Gao, with delicacies such as five spice duck and wok seared salmon all part of a four-course menu.
Dec 24, 6pm-11pm. Dhs160 (soft beverages), Dhs220 (house beverages). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

Filini Garden
The recently-launched outdoor spot will not only be suitably decked out for Christmas but will be serving up a stylish three-course dinner, with diners able to choose from four starter, main course and dessert options, including crostini with butter, smoked salmon shallots and capers, langoustine tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, white truffle oil, chili flakes, fresh cherry tomatoes and pecorino cheese and desserts include brioche-stuffed ice cream and warm chocolate soufflé.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs150 (soft beverages), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs350 (premium beverages). Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Flavours

Go on a culinary journey around the world at a bumper Christmas Eve buffet boasting a host of live cooking and grilling stations, fresh seafood, meat carvings including beef and traditional turkey and seasonal sweet treats such as yule log, plume cake and festive beverages.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

Ginger

Go on a culinary voyage at this welcoming all-day dining spot in the Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, with everything from seafood, Far East favourites and, of course, the traditional Christmas turkey on offer at a variety of live cooking and buffet stations.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (selected house beverages) Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).

Heroes
The popular pub will be hosting a Brit-style Christmas, with a carvery filled with live cooking stations serving a host of classic dishes.
Dec 24, noon-11pm. Dhs150 (unlimited carvery food only), Dhs75 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under seven). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

Latest Recipe
Sink your teeth into an extensive seasonal spread, complete with turkey, a range of other roasted meats and sweet treats, while the little ones roam around the scenic Village garden or bounce away on inflatable castles. A Christmas movie and festive goodies will also keep the kids well entertained while you chill out and eat.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs350 (bubbly), Dhs75 (kids aged six-12). The Village, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 644 6666).

Mijana
Head down to one of the city’s most lavish hotels for a festive Christmas Eve celebration at this stylish Lebanese eatery. Dining here will be a great way to get the festivities started.
Dec 24, 7pm-midnight. Dhs150. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Parmigiana
The contemporary Italian restaurant will be serving up a tailored four-course dinner on Christmas Eve, to go alongside great views of the Corniche from the cosy and charming dining room.
Dec 24, 7pm-10.30pm. Dhs165 (set menu). Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Capital Plaza Complex, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Pepper
The all-day dining venue, which specialises in authentic Arabian, South Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, is getting in the spirit of the season by serving up a Christmas Eve meal fit for all of the family.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs178 (house beverages), Dhs65 (kids aged six-12), free (kids aged under six). Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 016 086).

Porters English Pub
The traditional English-style watering-hole will be getting in the spirit of the season by offering up a three-course set menu along with classic Christmas tunes by a live band and DJ.
Dec24, call for timings. Dhs140 (set menu with one soft beverage). Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).

Silk Route Café
Book before December 15 and you’ll get a fifteen percent discount on the family-friendly festive meal at this international Holiday Inn eatery, while kids aged under six can tuck in for free.A good value option.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs199, Dhs98.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids aged under six). Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafeer Street (02 657 4856).

Spaccanapoli

The Italian restaurant will be cooking up a four-course menu feature festive-themed dishes inspired by the country’s cuisine, including pan seared foie gras with sweet balsamic reduction and slow roasted herb crusted turkey breast with rustic potato mash.
Dec 24, 6pm-11pm. Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs220 (house beverages), Dhs80 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under seven). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

Tamarind
Enjoy a family get-together on Christmas Eve as a very special guest pays a flying visit for brunch before doing the rounds. As well as a Christmas Eve set menu, there will be a designated kids’ play area along with surprise gifts from Santa.
Dec 24, 6pm-10.30pm. Dhs185 (set menu including unlimited soft drinks). Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 495 4444).

The Garden
A diverse international buffet will be laid on for Christmas Eve, featuring festive-themed dishes and a wide range of seafood options.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs240 (mixed drinks), Dhs70 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under seven). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6124).

The Sportsman’s Arms
The Boston-style pub will be offering two- and three-course menus, with various drink packages available throughout the day to compliment them.
Dec 24, Noon-11pm. Dhs145 (two-course menu), Dhs185 (three-course menu), Dhs85 (unlimited drinks for one hour), Dhs125 (unlimited drinks for two hours), Dhs195 (unlimited drinks for three hours). International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

Todd English’s Olives
The sophisticated Mediterranean restaurant will be bringing fine dining to the festive season with a set menu packed with classic dishes. For an extra Christmas bonus, prepaid reservations made before December 15 will bag a 25 percent discount.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs195 (set menu), Dhs320 (grape pairings), Dhs97 (kids aged 7-12), free (kids aged six and under). The Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Kor Al Maqta (02 404 1941).

Victor’s Pub
See in Christmas Day with a seasonal sing-song as this buzzing pub serves up karaoke from 5pm until 3am, along with a three-course dinner, complete with turkey and all the trimmings and three beverages. It’s bound to be a fun day here.
Dec 24, 5pm-3am (5pm-10pm for dinner). Dhs140 (three-course meal and three beverages). Hilton Capital Grand, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 666 5508).

Dhs200-299

Afyä
Make the holiday season sizzle with a beachside barbeque at Traders Hotel venue, Afyä. Diners can soak up the sun during an afternoon or evening meal.
Dec 24, Noon-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs238 (soft drinks), Dhs267 (house beverages). Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Barfly by Buddha-Bar
The cool Venetian Village venue will be rolling out a warm welcome on Christmas Eve, with a special sushi social buffet on the menu. Take a break from traditional tastes and countdown to Christmas Day in style at the swish canal-side spot.
Dec 24, 8pm-midnight. Dhs265 (selected house beverages). Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 408 7201).

BiCE
The sophisticated Italian restaurant will be cooking up a festive feast with an extra continental touch on the eve of Christmas Day.
Dec 24, 7pm-11.30pm. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (bubbly). Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche
(02 811 5666).

Bu!
Gather your family and friends for a festive spread, featuring a full turkey for parties of eight or more and slices of turkey for smaller groups. Bookings must be confirmed 72 hours in advance.
Dec 24, Open noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). The Hub at World Trade Center, Al Markiziya (02 666 8066).

Byblos Sur Mer
Sample a Christmas set menu packed with authentic Lebanese cuisine, with live entertainment setting the scene for a celebration.
Dec 24 (call for timings)Dhs210 (set menu). 8.30pm onwards. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Café Palmier
Enjoy a lavish family feast on the eve of Christmas at this all-day dining spot. A Christmas buffet will be laid on for kids and adults during the evening meal.
Dec 24 (call for timings) Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages and grape), Dhs125 (kids). Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

Circo 
Get yourself in the festive mood with a five-course set menu featuring an array of seasonal classics at this classy Italian restaurant.
Dec 24, 7pm-11.30pm. Dhs295 (food only). InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Giornotte
Savour a wealth of Mediterranean flavours at this vibrant all-day dining restaurant on Christmas Eve, with an extensive spread of dishes on offer. You’ll not go hungry here.
Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs140 (kids aged six-11). 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Grills@Chill’o Restaurant and Terrace
Celebrate the festive season under the stars as you sample a seafood platter or choose from the à la carte.
Dhs245 (seafood platter with bottle of grape), Dhs345 (for two with bottle of grape). 8pm onwards. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Capital Plaza Complex, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Hoi An
The Vietnamese eatery is celebrating Christmas with an Asian twist in its four-course menu packed with delicacies such as a trio of crab starter, grilled seabass and five-spice braised duck and the popular Vietnamese dessert of grilled sticky rice banana served in coconut milk.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs258 (four-course set menu), Dh60 (additional soft drinks package), Dhs120 (additional house beverage package). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Inakaya
Continue the countdown to Christmas at this stylish Japanese eatery in the heart of the Venetian Village foodie hub. Savour a festive feast for Dhs250, with the option of enjoying a two-hour house beverages package for an additional Dhs100.
Dec 24, 6pm-11pm. Dhs250 (food only), Dhs350 (with house beverages for two hours). Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1921).

Ingredients
Tuck into an extensive Christmas Eve buffet, featuring roast turkey with all the trimmings, freshly shucked oysters, foie gras at this five star hotel, overlooking the plush Eastern Mangroves.
Dec 24 (call for timings. Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs140 (kids aged five-12). Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).

Khayal
The Marriott Hotel Al Forsan’s lively all-day dining venue is swinging open its doors for a family-friendly festive feast, with a range of packages available during the evening.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs450 (sparkling), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs100 (kids), free (kids under five). Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City (02 201 4000).

McGettigan’s
The Irish watering-hole will be getting in the Christmas spirit by entertaining revellers with favourite festive tunes and traditional yuletide dishes such as McGettigan’s famous roast turkey dinner, available for Dhs109.
Prices vary (call for timings) Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street, Al Raha (02 652 4333).

Pachaylen
The Thai-inspired restaurant will be crafting a special four-course menu on Christmas Eve, complete with selected grape pairings and a brunch package for the kids, too.
Dec 24 (call for timings) Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs140 (kids aged five-12). Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).

Market Kitchen
The classy eatery, which serves up global dishes inspired by the cuisine of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be offering a crafted Christmas Eve buffet.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages and grape), Dhs125 (kids). Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

Rosewater
Rosewater, based inside the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, will be cooking up a lavish buffet fit for the occasion.
Dec 24, 7pm-11.30pm. Dhs200. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 115 666).

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Take in beautiful views while you tuck into a festive menu.
Dec 24, from 8pm. Dhs295 (soft beverages), Dhs325 (house beverages). Sheikh Khalifa Highway, Saadiyat Island (02 499 8100).

Shang Palace
A five-course feast, including dim sum, soup, main courses and traditional desserts.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11.30pm. hs295 (five-course menu), Dhs120 (additional house beverage package). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Sofra BLD
The Jingle Bell Buffet Dinner will feature the classic roast turkey and delicious desserts.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11pm. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs335 (house beverages). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

SushiSan

Enjoy a taste of the orient by tucking in at this laid-back Japanese eatery. Book before December 15 and you‘ll get a 15 percent discount, too.
Dec 24, 7pm-10pm. Dhs299, Dhs99 (kids aged six-12), fee (kids under six). Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi,
Al Dhafeer Street (800 78744726).

Sontaya
Add some spice to your celebrations at this lovely waterside restaurant.
Dec 24, 1pm-4pm. Dhs295 (food only). The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 498 8443).

Stratos
The skyline views at the revolving restaurant will fill you with all the joys of the season.
Dhs250 (including one house beverage). 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

The Terrace on the Corniche
Ease your way towards Christmas Day with a traditional festive dinner.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (mixed drinks, grape and hops), Dhs500 (bubbly). 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, the Corniche (02 694 4553).

Villa Toscana
Add a touch of Italian glamour with a traditional afternoon brunch or classy evening dinner at this lovely dining room in one of the capital’s most swish and stylish hotels.
Brunch: Dec 24, Noon-4pm. Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (grapes and hops). Dinner: Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (hops, grapes and mixed drinks). The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers (02 694 4553).

Dhs300-399

Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Members and non-members welcome to join the festive fun. A formal dress code will be in place.
Dec 24. from 8pm. Dhs340 (members), Dhs399 (guests), Dhs80 (kids). Sas Al Nakhl (02 885 355).

Chamas
Indulge in an extensive buffet with 16 different cuts of meat, complemented by traditional festive beverages and band.
Dec 24, 7pm onwards. Dhs329 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages). InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Cho Gao Marina Walk
Go on a culinary voyage through Asia with a specially-crafted set menu. À la carte will also be available.
Dhs315 (house beverages), Dhs410 (bubbly package). 8.30pm onwards. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

JW Steakhouse
Spend the night before Christmas in the sleek surroundings of one of the city’s top steakhouses. There’s a special menu for kids tonight, too.
Dec 24, call for timings. Dhs365 (food only), Dhs499 (grape pairings), Dhs150 (kids under 12). Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Olea

Festive fare spanning the globe will be on the menu at this all-day dining eatery in idyllic Saadiyat Island.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11pm. Dhs315 (soft drinks), Dhs410 (mixed drinks), Dhs590 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443).

Roberto’s
The classy Italian restaurant at The Galleria will be serving up a Christmas event inspired by its culinary roots, with plenty of authentic dishes from the home country on the special menu.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs350. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).

The Grill
The sleek steakhouse will be serving up a yuletide treat for meat lovers on Christmas Eve.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs350 (food only). Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City (02 201 4000).

Dhs400+

55&5th, The Grill
The stylish steakhouse (named our best in 2016), based at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, will be cooking up an extensive Christmas Eve spread, with a separate kids’ menu.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs550. The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443).

Al Waha
Kick off the Christmas celebrations in fine style with an evening buffet crammed with seasonal favourites such as foie gras, freshly shucked oysters, roast turkey and goose as well as Christmas pudding and homemade sweets while you are serenaded by a live performance from to band Swing Deluxe.
Dec 24, 6pm-10.30pm. Dhs478 (soft beverages), Dhs678 (house beverages and a welcome glass of bubbly), Dhs198 (kids aged five-11). Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Qasr Al Sarab Road (02 886 2088).

Bord Eau
Make a French connection at this classy fine dining venue which is delivering a lavish five-course set menu on Christmas Eve, including oven-baked organic turkey breast alongside a number of authentic French recipes and an array of desserts. There is also the option of a four-course duck menu, featuring foie gras, oven-roasted duck breast and loads more treats.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs450 (five-course set menu), Dhs390 (four-course menu), Dhs300 (additional grape pairing). Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Ghadeer
Celebrate the festive season al fresco style with a specially-crafted four course menu at this poolside restaurant.
Dec 24, 7pm-10.30pm. Dhs540 (soft beverages), Dhs780 (house beverages), Dhs240 (kids five-11). Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Qasr Al Sarab Road (02 886 2088).

Hakkasan
Savour a taste of Asia at this stylish eatery at one of the capital’s most luxurious addresses, Emirates Palace. A range of brunch packages will be available to help you while away the last few hours until Christmas Day in style.
Dec 24, 7pm-12.30am. Dhs588 (soft drinks), Dhs688 (house beverages and grape), Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7739).

Li Jiang
Enjoy a seasonal spread with a Southeast Asian twist at this open-kitchen restaurant boasting fine views of the city from its outside terrace.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs200 (kids aged six-11), free (kids under five). The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Mezzaluna
Experience an Italian-style Christmas spread in the grand surroundings of Emirates Palace.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs600 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (grape). Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7999).

Sayad
Immerse yourself in the splendour of Emirates Palace while enjoying a five-course seafood feast, complete with a choice of drinks packages.
Dec 24, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Dhs600 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (grape). Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7999).

The Forge
Enjoy a classy Christmas Eve celebration at this traditional steakhouse, offering a bumper spread.
Dec 24, 7pm-11pm. Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (house beverages), Dhs325 (kids aged six-11). The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 818 8282).


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