About the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards

Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the 2011 Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards.

Time Out’s elite team of food critics and gluttons have eaten their way through the city – from every tiny back street to every high end hotel – to find the very best restaurants Abu Dhabi has to offer. And selecting them has been no easy task.

In the past 12 months alone, the number of quality restaurants in this city has increased dramatically, with big name chefs and our city's very own culinary stars adding to the wealth of top notch eateries.

These awards are the culmination of literally thousands of dishes, hundreds of reviews and countless hours of debate from the Time Out team. Time Out reviews restaurants independently and pays for all its own review meals. Our team of journalists are not influenced by advertising spend in the magazine or big reputations, so the opinions in our reviews are honest and practical.

The 2011 Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards will be held on October 24 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahar.

To see the restaurants nominated for each of the categories in the awards, check the shortlists below. Each category has been narrowed down to the finest the city has to offer. Another award, the most prestigious of them all, the Restaurant of the Year, will be announced on the night – for which there is no shortlist.

So, without further ado: drumroll please…

Best Bar and Pub food

Best Brunch
Best Budget Eats
Best Business Lunch
Best Café
Best Chinese
Best Contemporary European
Best Family Restaurant
Best Indian
Best International

Best Italian
Best Japanese
Best Middle Eastern
Best Newcomer
Best Romantic
Best Seafood
Best South East Asian
Best Steakhouse