The ten best restaurant bars in Abu Dhabi

The winners and nominees from our Music & Nightlife Awards 2019

The ten best restaurant bars in Abu Dhabi

Winner

Zuma
This Japanese bar and restaurant is where the classy and good-looking crowd in Abu Dhabi hang out, but they wouldn’t be drawn here if it wasn’t for the amazing food and exceptional collection of drinks. If you’re yet to experience the phenomenon that is Zuma, well you should prepare to have your mind blown. A night here is always exciting from start to finish.
Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900).

Highly Commended

Butcher & Still
Prohibition-themed steakhouse Butcher & Still is the very definition of the word cool. The 1930s theme is carried out to brilliant effect, making it glamourous, sophisticated and very hipster-friendly all at the same time. The bar offers a brilliant daily happy hour where you can get two drinks for the price of one, and each beverage is expertly prepared by the dapper bar staff. The terrace is also one of the most picturesque places to be during the cooler months.
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).

Tamba
With dark, muted lighting and striking copper bells hanging from the ceiling, this cool Indian restaurant is in a class of its own. Whether you’re here for a spot of lunch on the terrace, or an evening meal and a few drinks, you’ll leave totally impressed. The cuisine is Indian-inspired with a contemporary twist, while the Thursday ladies’ night and Friday ‘Lazy Lunch’ is always super popular.
The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 672 8888).

Nominees

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
This Japanese bar and restaurant originated in Spain, and the super-stylish outlet adds an extra touch of glamour to the already-glistening Al Maryah Island dining scene. From the atmospheric bar area as you enter to the immaculate plates of impossibly fresh sushi, it oozes class from every corner. Every detail, down to the sensor-controlled bathroom doors and seafood decorated with gold flakes, is super impressive.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

Attic Bar
Up a flight of stairs from the light and airy dining room at Market Kitchen, Attic Bar has a late-night vibe which is complemented by moody lighting and a funky patterned ceiling. The walls are lined with bottles of grape, and the well-stocked bar includes an impressive 23 different varieties of juniper beverages from around the world.
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street (80 010 1101).

Circo
This venue is well established as one of the great Italian restaurants in the capital, but it’s also a great place for a drink. With funky circus-inspired decorations, and a menu of traditional cuisine served with fantastically theatrical twist, a night out here is always extra-special. The outdoor terrace also offers unbeatable views over the marina and the staff provide Italian hospitality at its best.
Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Cho Gao Marina Walk
Even if you’re don’t fancy indulging in some awesome pan-Asian dishes, a night out here has plenty to offer. The Asian-inspired mixed drinks are creative and beautifully presented, and the bar area is as cool and moody as they come. The terrace is huge and the Tuesday ladies’ night always attracts a lively crowd.
Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).



Dino’s Bistro Italiano
With a vintage bicycle filled with flowers by the door, an American diner-style ‘Dino’s’ sign up on the wall and kitsch red-and-white checked tableclothes, Dino’s has a cool and casual vibe which comes as a refreshing surprise in a place as fancy as Abu Dhabi. Guests are even encouraged to scribble on the table with chunky crayons (which is loads of fun no-matter how old you are).
Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).



Li Jiang
This Chinese bar and restaurant is found in one of the fanciest hotels in the capital: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. With views over to the Grand Mosque, the staff here are experts when it comes to making super delicious dim sum and other tasty nibbles, but the drinks are also lovely too. If you’re heading here for the Tuesday ladies’ night make sure you wear you best red outfit, as every girl in scarlet gets free-flowing bubbly from 8pm to 10pm. A brilliant place.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal , Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Stratos
Abu Dhabi has a knack for making everything that bit more fancy and flashy, and Stratos is probably one of the best examples of this. The classy restaurant actually rotates, so if you’re here for a few beverages, the view of downtown Abu Dhabi’s twinkling night-time skyline will be constantly refreshed as the night goes on. The revolving is slow so there’s no chance of dizziness, just soak up the panoramic views and try the excellent food.
Open daily 5pm-1am. Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

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