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You may have noticed that it’s getting cooler now. That makes it a good time to visit Atayeb.

This is one of the Yas Viceroy’s restaurants that benefits from being trackside at Yas Marina Circuit. And that means you can sit outside and gawp at the hotel’s glowing, colour-changing Grid Shell, all the while scooping up hummus with fresh bread. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Atayeb is an Arabian-meets-Mediterranean restaurant, overseen by some of the friendliest staff you’ll find in the city. They’ll greet you like a long-lost family member as they get you seated.

If you fail to land a seat on the terrace, don’t be too disheartened. It’s a funky place, merging traditional Moroccan design with contemporary artistic touches.

Morocco features on the menu, too, through tagines and couscous. There’s an Emirati section as well, plus Lebanese mezze and grills. And what arrives at the table has been created with care. Don’t expect a fancy, fine-dining style of food, but rather a family, sharing-style selection of dishes.

But just remember to book an outdoor table. Your food will taste better with the lovely view.

The bottom line
A stunning setting, friendly staff and pleasing cuisine.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 656 0600
  • Travel: Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road
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User reviews:

Posted by: Memo on 26 Nov ' 11 at 15:38
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The most horrible restaurant i ever went . Waiters don't help you in what to choose . Many times they got the wrong order for us. Waiters doesn't not come to you , and the only thing u hear from the waiters for the customers is (sorry it won't happen again ) and they do the same mistake with other customers.
It really sucks. I will never go again to this restaurant.

But the shisha is pretty fine

Posted by: Sarah K on 18 Sep ' 11 at 12:21

The restaurant and food etc were fine- I certainly would not gush about it as the reviewer has done- and I found it pricey for what it was. The atmosphere certainly took away from the experience as everyone sat around looking slightly uncomfortable amidst the minimalist design where everyone's conversations could be overheard (hence a lot of bizarre whispering amongst groups).

Our bill did however come to a LOT more as we had drinks and water etc. which I see are not included in the approximate price above. Could we have some standardisation on this matter from TO please? Some reviews have every bottle of water and drink included, others only food, which gives a very incorrect assessment of price when comparing like for like.

Posted by: Vincent Garrigues on 19 May ' 11 at 21:34
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The worse Couscous ever on earth and beyond... A dull wheat purée with unsalted vegies (sad carots) and dry chicken. Not one spice in the plate. Side bowl of a green (!!) sauce from unknow origin. Defrozen bread. "Exotic" fruit platter with large cuts of melon, not even a sugar syrup or so. A "moroccan" tea tasting like the Yellow one. Atayeb on Thurs special cabaret night with minimum cover charge 300 pp equal a stupid crookery. The Yas shame experience for gogos...

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