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This restaurant is a victim of its own success. The cavernous space in The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is jam-packed with families, glammed up singles and couples jostling around the buffet stations. Due to Oléa’s popularity, service at this Mediterranean eatery can sometimes suffer. There’s no doubt the range of food is excellent, from poached prawns with wasabi panna cotta to stacks of artisan bread, cold mezze, oysters and squid. It’s the meat selection that is Oléa’s pièce de résistance, though. The desserts are good, too, packing lots of comfort food charm. The fact there is no music increases the “in and out” mood of what becomes a fuelling exercise rather than the elegant dining experience one might expect.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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  • Location: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 498 8443
  • Travel: Saadiyat Island
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Posted by: Jeff Greene on 13 Apr ' 13 at 13:15

We went to their Friday Brunch yesterday. One word for this is Amazing! From the stunning setting looking out to the blue ocean, the grand variety of food and the service staff who always attentive and very friendly complete our Brunch experience.

Sitting in the terrace was a little hot but the atmosphere is great and the drinks were never stop coming, so we enjoyed it a lot.

The only thing that could have been better if they have a live music or accoustic performance in the restaurant, to jazz up the ambience a little. Other than that was perfect.

Posted by: mohamed moheb on 22 Jan ' 13 at 14:14
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went there for dinner with some friends.
stuff are excellent ,friendly,happy to serve and attentive.
venue is excellent both business dinner or family
outdoor is exellent,for romantic sunset will be excellent.
this will be the best venue I went to in abu dhabi in last 8 years in relation to value,

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