Prego's

One of the many very respectable restaurants inside the Beach Rotana 21 Reviews

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Pregos is one of the many very respectable restaurants inside the Beach Rotana. But sadly, this particular restaurant looks like it could be serving almost any cuisine. There is little in the way of atmosphere here, at least little for anyone who has a passion for Italian food and its associated culture. And the Italians are very passionate people. Ambience aside, it is nevertheless an extremely comfortable restaurant and the staff were certainly very attentive, but it just has no sense of place. Even the music was non-descript.

While we mused over the menu, we were served some complementary rustic loaf, with chunks of parmesan and dish of tapenade and cannellini bean and garlic paste, which was nice. To start with we opted for the thinly sliced marinated swordfish with shrimps and avocado salad and the spinach salad with endives, artichokes, goat cheese and vine ripened plum tomatoes.

The swordfish was actually quite delicious and cut so thin that it practically melted in the mouth, and the avocado and sauce complemented it very well. The latter was a refreshing salad, made up mostly of raw baby spinach, lightly sprinkled with chopped endives and trimmed artichokes. For contrast, the tangy taste of goat cheese had been added.

Next came the real test: the main course. We believe the benchmark for any good Italian restaurant is the lasagne. It is not just a mouth-watering blend of mince meat, herbs, pasta and cheese sauce – this is art. Many have their own interpretation of this divine dish, indeed the recipe changes as one travels through Italy, from North the all the way down to Sicily. Prego’s offering was, on the whole, not bad. Not great, but not bad. The flavour was simple, but not outstanding. The thickness of each layer was reasonable and the béchamel sauce was pleasant. Personally, we prefer more tomato in the ragù and slightly stronger flavours from the marjoram, parsley and thyme.

In addition to the lasagne, we chose the homemade pasta, fresh herbs, cèpe mushrooms, smoked turkey, asparagus and black truffle oil. The combination of cèpe mushrooms and black truffle oil gave a nutty, earthy and meaty flavoured dish. It felt more like a dish you might order on a winter’s night.

To finish, before the inevitable espresso, we opted for two more so-called signature Italian dishes, panna cotta with fruit salad and white chocolate sauce, and traditional tiramisu. The former was not as creamy as one would expect, however, the flavouring of vanilla seeds was delicate and not overpowering. It was nicely accompanied with a fruit salad of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blue currents.

The latter was a light, frothy textured cream topping that tasted more of egg white than mascarpone or even double cream. There was some evidence of lady fingers dipped in espresso at the base, but not very much. Tiramisu means ‘pick me up’ and unfortunately there was nothing in this version that uplifted our spirits.

The bill (for two)
Marinated swordfish
Dhs69
Spinach salad Dhs53
Lasagne Dhs69
Pasta with mushrooms Dhs83
Panna cotta Dhs36
Tiramisu Dhs36
Total (excluding service) Dhs346

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9000
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: bless on 29 Sep ' 13 at 09:32
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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My partner and i dine here last weekend it was his second time while its my first. He told me that it was nice, so we decided to had our dinner @ Prego's. The moment we arrived in the reception area, they greet us and ask for our mobile number and assisted us with our table. The service is ok. The staff are good and friendly. The ambience is quite fine, but if you are expecting an Italian ambience definitely not. We order a bottle of white wine which we always do everytime we dine out. The salad (Pomodori Siciliani, mozzarella di bufala con olive e basilico) was poorly seasoned, and its tasteless. My partner order Prego’s Pizza, as we are inform that Chef Danilo Sangrigoli is in town and that he will be the one to prepare the pizza but fortunately quite dissapointing . Pizza is cold and boring (lack of presentation its just like a pizza in the fast food) and the crust is terrible. He didnt even bother to finish it. When i order Grigliata mista di pesce i was expecting something delicious thinking this way it makes me feel ravenous but too dissapointed. My partner and i are the type of person who loves to eat nice food in a nice place and weve been a lot. But our experience in Prego's is one of the worst experience we had at the moment. Its a waste of money and definitely would never go back.:(

Posted by: George carter on 18 Apr ' 12 at 04:08
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I had a very good dinner here...my wife is so happy because one of the waiter is so friendly this filipino guy named jose. Thanks man.

Posted by: DILJITH.R.P on 14 Jan ' 12 at 17:45
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

ONE OFF THE BEST RESTAURANTS I HAD EVER DINNED...... CHEF NAMED DEEPAK CHEF WAS SOOOOO FRIENDLY TO US................ I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO ENJOY OUR DINNING IN YOUR RESTAURANT ON MY NEXT VISIT IN ABU DHABI...... BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ALL......

Posted by: David on 02 Oct ' 11 at 06:53
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Had a very enjoyable experience. There were six of us and we all had something different, I had the Lasagne, one had the Salmon and another had steak. All the meals were fantastic and the service was perfect

Posted by: KB on 28 Sep ' 11 at 06:06
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Bad food - worst Italian food we've had in Abu Dhabi.
Pizza was terrible - dry and no flavor.
Ambiance was pleasant but it is not like an Italian restaurant at all.
Service was mediocre - we had 3 waiters hovering over us the whole time and it made us feel uncomfortable.
The only thing that was good was the bread with sliced parmesan, olive tapenade, olive oil and balsamic that they brought out before the meal.
Will not go back.

Posted by: KB on 25 Sep ' 11 at 11:42
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This was probably the worst Italian restaurant we’ve ever been to. And we’ve been to a lot. Don’t waste your money.
My husband and I have lived in Abu Dhabi for 2 ½ years and eat out a lot. We had never been to Prego’s and we tried it for the first time. Extremely disappointing. I never write reviews but this restaurant compelled me to. The ambience is pleasant but feels nothing like an Italian restaurant. It could be anything. And they play pop music! Very strange. The whole time we were there, we felt like the waiters were hovering over us (which often happens in Abu Dhabi). We had 3 different waiters ask us if we were ready to order within 10 minutes - even while we had our menus open and were looking at them!

We could have overlooked all of that if the food would have been good. But it was the worst part. I ordered a pizza with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, and basil. It was probably the worst pizza I’ve ever had. It had no flavor and the crust was terrible. The tomato sauce tasted like it was from a jar. I have had many, many pizzas with tomato sauce/buff mozz/ basil, and they have been wonderful. I’ve made pizzas much better than that. Another thing that got me was that instead of having buffalo mozzarella like the menu said it had, they put regular mozzarella on it. When I asked the waiter [one of the many hovering over us] about it, he said “that is buffalo mozzarella.” I’m very familiar with buffalo mozzarella. I eat it all the time and have had many pizzas with it on it. And that was not buffalo mozzarella. We ordered a Caprese salad for an appetizer which had buff mozz, and that was the real stuff. They just didn’t put it on the pizza – which is fine, just don’t put it on the menu!

The only thing I liked about the restaurant was that they brought out warm bread with a little bowl of sliced parmesan cheese, olive tapenade, and a sauce. The bread was not great but at least it was warm and there were things that came with it, and the olive oil was good.

Posted by: Alex on 03 Sep ' 11 at 17:48
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Prego's is good at any time, but it makes a great destination for a working lunch. It's rare to be there and not see some of Abu Dhabi's movers and shakers - businessmen, diplomats, sheikhs, and others of the Great and Good. The food is uniformly good, and the service is brisk and more focused than it can be at dinner, when many large groups can at times strain the staff's capacity to keep.

Also, in the cooler months, the terrace is a matchless place for a sundowner over a cheese platter and a little something to drink.

Posted by: Shara on 15 Jun ' 11 at 12:20
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love their pizza! i even tried the tiramisu it was freakin' tasty!

Posted by: GT on 16 Dec ' 10 at 14:58
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

love that place!
i dont mind to make a booking in advance and be sure that ladies in a front will keep a table for you. they are so busy all the time and it's saying a lot about that restaurant. everyone is so friendly there. this is the restaurant with a home atmosphere

Posted by: JW on 29 Nov ' 10 at 12:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Can´t believe that Frankies won aver Prego´s (and over other italian restaurants in town)... Maybe Prego´s is not the best, but it is truly high reccomended... food is just right, you always know what u get (not like frankies), not surprises, and despite the menu doesn´t change that much, they keep the best sellers ;) I can always trust them pizzas, risottos and fish and meat, and the desserts are trully the best in town!
But pls, think about changing frankies from winner cause is truly not the best in town.
PS: service in prego is always nice and friendly... and efficient!

Posted by: john on 23 Nov ' 10 at 12:34
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

they are a bunch of GEEKS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Gala Marseiile on 21 Nov ' 10 at 16:04
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Terrible... the italian word is CATTIVO (bad service worst food)

Posted by: trevor on 14 Nov ' 10 at 10:26
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

been here twice...

first time waited at host stand for close to 10 minutes as sever walked by ignoring us. we walked in and asked the bartender for a table, he said we should talk to the hostess... never actually seeing a hostess a server finally sat us on the patio which is the only food thing about that place. had a pizza, very average.

second time today the hostess was actually at the desk but refused to give me a table on the patio because she can't waste them on single diners. worst service I have ever seen. I walked out and will not be back.

Posted by: conor on 08 Nov ' 10 at 09:26
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Nothing good to say... bad food, bad service (pizza here is terrible)

Posted by: G.Williams on 05 Nov ' 10 at 20:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I have to disagree with Prego´s as one of the best italians... the bread and the olive tapenada (and the olive oil on table) are AMAZING... but nothing else on the menu... sorry... I deeply disagree with you saying that the desserts are not good... Bice and Prego´s have the BEST italian desserts on town, and the Prego´s Tiramisu is best I have tasted outside italya... LOVE PREGO¨S TIRAMISU (is the only tning to come back)

Posted by: 007 on 08 Mar ' 10 at 10:45
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

II am going to have to completely disagree with Prego's being one of the best Italian rests in Abu Dhabi. My dinner last night at that place with a friend was way unworthy of the prices on the menu. I agree with the review about the starter bread and tapenade, it was good and the olive oil on the table was outstanding. My Pizza was cold, dry and unpleasant. I have had Pizza at chain restaurants 10 times better than this and that is a shame considering you are at a 5 stars facility. Chicken on Pizza was awful. My friend complained that his soup was cold and his entree was at best ok, nothing to write home about. The atmosphere and place was really nice but that is not enough to make this a good place. I am there for the food after all. I am not going back to Prego's.

Posted by: Daghlas, Abu Dhabi on 25 Feb ' 10 at 11:18
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes



- We were welcomed and seated at a nice table.

- Served with friendly, experienced staff, and already knew with our special request.

- Amazing bread, Parmesan, and olive paste were served, with the best extra virgin olive oil, that was really good start for any meal.

- We ordered Pasta and Pizza:
Ricotta stuffed pasta with the original butter and sage sauce it is really one of the BEST PASTA dishes in the world, it was so delicious......

Chicken and spinach Pizza that was sadly below the standard, the taste of chicken was not good as it is not fresh, I had to remove the chicken from my pizza,left it taste less....!!!

- Finished our meal with the great Italian espresso that made our day.

The over all experience was perfect, except the Pizza ;( ..

Posted by: Tom on 03 Feb ' 10 at 16:10
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I joined some colleagues here for dinner one evening and left very underwhelmed. The service was kind of scattered and not particularly adept at English. I had a spinach salad and the parma prosciutto plate. Pre-meal bread was flavorless and kind of stale. The salad was sloppy, poorly seasoned and dressed, and the vegetables were not of good quality. Advertised as coming with figs and olives and melon, the parma plate arrived with a grant total of two olives and half a fig! Not what I expected. The meat portion was copious and the melon underneath was fresh. There's so much good food in Abu Dhabi, why would I go somewhere so mediocre?

Posted by: Peter Maas on 28 Jan ' 10 at 10:56
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

wwe have been there many times and never been disappointed
Service extremely friendly
very nice on the terrace

Posted by: BFantastic on 03 Sep ' 09 at 09:38
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Well, even with my daughter being ever so picky- the chef here did come up with the perfect small-size four cheese sauce pasta dish, which she rated very highly.
We are also a huge fan of parmesan and crusty freshly-baked bread and loved the way and amount served here.
Abu Dhabi could not do better- although Bice comes close!

No disappointments so far and now you will receive ROTANA vouchers for the value equivalent spent. Nice!

BX

Posted by: Ahmed on 04 Jun ' 09 at 13:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes


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