The Sportsman's Arms

A proper family-friendly, Irish-American gastropub with a kids’ playground Discuss this article

Meal Deal
Evening brunch

There’s a barbecue brunch every Friday evening. Choose from either one course, or unlimited dishes plus a drinks package. Dhs150 (one dish and house beverages), Dhs225 (unlimited barbecue and house beverages). Fri 5pm-8pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066). Timings: 5pm-8pm (Friday)

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If you’re looking for a more casual hang-out for Mother’s Day, then we suggest heading for a fun family day out at Irish-American gastropub Sportsman’s Arms, which is the worthy recipient of the Time Out Abu Dhabi Best Family Restaurant in 2016.

Firstly, it has a kids’ playground, which is few and far between at dining outlets around the city. While mum and dad relax in the spacious pub atmosphere, or outside on the barbecue terrace, the sprogs can entertain themselves and work up an appetite.

Secondly, it has some great, kid-friendly grub that will make even the fussiest of little eaters happy. From breakfast through to dinnertime, there’s the likes of pancake stacks, hearty sandwiches, mac ‘n’ cheese, even grilled items and a weekend roast.

We’re here during a weekday lunchtime, when the venue is relatively quiet. On the terrace, however, there’s still some atmosphere – and the tempting smells of the barbecue.

The lunch menu offers a selection of dishes, from the lighter superfood salad to the USDA black angus burger for the really hungry. We opt for the fish and chips and a “cheeky” grilled cheese sandwich.

While we’ve eaten plenty to impress us at Sportsman’s Arms over the years, these dishes aren’t exactly up to the usual standards.

The fish, while juicy and flaky within, has oily and almost-chewy batter, which is unpleasant to eat. Having said that, the proper chunky chips doused in salt and vinegar are excellent.

Meanwhile, the sandwich comes with chipotle shredded beef cheeks, roasted peppers and Monterey Jack cheese. It’s decent, but could have packed in more flavour.

The service, on the other hand, can’t be faulted, as the staff are attentive and helpful. There’s plenty to like here, but we’ll order differently next time.

The bill (for two)
1x fish and chips
1x cheeky grilled cheese Dhs60
Total (excluding taxes) Dhs130

The bottom line
It’s a great spot for families to relax.

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: Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 447 1066
  • Travel: International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City
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