Cipriani

Review: High-end Italian with great views of Yas Marina 19 Reviews

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A global chain with a history going back some 86 years, Cipriani is about as reliable an Italian restaurant as you’ll find. It is much more than that, too, of course. Cipriani is a swanky, high-end restaurant, that serves top-class mixed drinks to well-dressed ladies and gents. The food, as traditional as it is, will set you back at least Dhs500 for two, and that’s if you’re being conservative with your orders. But you know what? We think it’s worth it.

On our latest visit, the dining room, bar area and terrace outside are almost empty. In fact, the entrance to the venue, from Yas Marina is eerily quiet. No matter, as the ebullient welcome from the friendly floor manager helps warm the atmosphere instantly. Between the staff, we’re kept company throughout the meal (some might find it a little overbearing, but on this occasion we find it just the right side of attentive).

The menu is split between Japanese and Italian dishes. We’ve never felt like going for any of the Japanese choices, instead focusing on what the brand is known for.

What we love about the food here is how simple and traditional is it. There are few twists and extras, this is good, honest Italian cooking using top ingredients and letting them shine.

A fennel and avocado salad uses the contrasting textures of the two main ingredients well. Crisp shavings of fennel are whipped among creamy avocado and it’s perfect. A steak tartar is more finely chopped then you’re likely to find elsewhere, but it makes for rich, satisfying mouthfuls every time. Stick it on the crispy bread and the textures work brilliantly.

An aubergine parmigiana and pink beetroot and ricotta gnocchi are as homely and moreish as it gets. They’re
both wonderfully comforting.

If the dining room had more of buzz, Cipriani would be perfect.

The bill (for two)
1x fennel salad Dhs79
1x steak tartar Dhs125
1x parmigiana Dhs115
1x gnocchi Dhs111
1x large water Dhs30
Total (incl. service charge) Dhs506

The bottom line
Top food that deserves a better vibe.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 657 5400
  • Travel: Yas Marina & Yacht Club

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Business lunch

User reviews:

Posted by: Rob on 30 Oct ' 11 at 12:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Rob on 30 Oct ' 11 at 12:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Rob on 30 Oct ' 11 at 12:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Rob on 30 Oct ' 11 at 12:41
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Posted by: Rob on 30 Oct ' 11 at 12:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Rob on 30 Oct ' 11 at 12:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Posted by: Tom on 29 Jul ' 11 at 20:47
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: andrea on 26 Jun ' 11 at 06:36
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I felt like I was in Italyfor a while.... the food was simple, but well cooked and served, the service was perfect and professional,this is the ONLY Italian Restaurant in Abu Dhabi where You will find Italian Waiters.

Posted by: Mike on 26 Jun ' 11 at 06:21
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Luigi on 02 Apr ' 11 at 11:05
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Dinner in UAE!
Best Food!
Best Service!

Posted by: Tricia on 02 Apr ' 11 at 07:18
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Too much for too ordinary food.

Posted by: steve james on 27 Mar ' 11 at 13:27
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: steve james on 27 Mar ' 11 at 13:27
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Rob on 10 Feb ' 11 at 09:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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100% Italian Style for happy people!!! I was Italy for two hours

Posted by: Sun on 24 Jan ' 11 at 23:20
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

OMG!
This place was for party people!
And those waiters( Italians or Moroccans) were stupid! Just like club staff. They were enjoying talking to us(sexy girls) during our dinner. LOL

Posted by: Vettel Iskanovich on 24 Jan ' 11 at 05:58
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Cipriani I've been to..

Posted by: Marco on 23 Jan ' 11 at 21:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Absolutely too expensive.
Do not reccomend as the food and the service don't mutch the price you spend.

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