The ultimate list of Abu Dhabi Friday brunches for 2018

Friday afternoon brunches listed by price

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We know you, Abu Dhabi, and we know you love brunch. 

Whether it's a gigantic buffet spread resplendent with cheese rooms and dessert trolleys, or high-end à la carte cuisine, the city really comes alive every Friday afternoon.

So here is our list of brunches available every week, ranging from budget options right up to the very best of the best.

Find out where you can feast for less than Dhs150 and which places offer the finest fare for upwards of Dhs500 and everything inbetween. 

Whatever you're looking for, you should be able to find it here.

Happy brunching!

Cheap and cheerful (Dhs100-199)
Dust off the wallet (Dhs200-299)
Just been paid (Dhs300-399)
Splashing out (Dhs400+)

Cheap and cheerful (Dhs100-199) 

Al Naseem Pool Bar
Enjoy a Middle Eastern fusion barbecue at this laidback poolside venue.
Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). 2pm-5pm. Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, Khor Al Maqta (02 508 9999).

Amerigos Mexican Bar and Restaurant
A fun Mexican brunch with live stations, access to the pool and tunes from a DJ. 
Dhs190 (soft drinks) Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs440 (premium beverages), Dhs100 (kids aged six-12. Fri noon-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson, Yas Island (02 656 2222).

Artisan Kitchen
iddle Eastern food and entertainment.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs210 (house beverages), Dhs350 (bubbly). 1PM-4PM. Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, West Corniche (02 205 3000).

The Friday Roast offers plenty of meats, as well as a seafood station, with fresh oysters and crabs on offer. Most people seem content with the soft drinks package.
Dhs130 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs65 (kids six-12), free (kids under five). 12.30pm-4pm. Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 698 2222).

Cooper's Bar & Restaurant
A carvery brunch with roast meats and all the trimmings. There’s also a pleasant terrace.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs255 (premium beverages), Dhs82.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Noon-4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3325).

A funky international brunch in a pleasant setting with free-flowing drinks.
Dhs159 (soft drinks), Dhs160 (house beverages) Noon-3pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5193).

Dino’s Bistro Italiano
The family-style feast starts with signature bread, followed up with pizza and freshly-made pasta. Make sure you save room for the assorted desserts.
Dhs165 (mocktails), Dhs190 (mixed drinks), Dhs215 (bubbly). Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Feast on a hearty eats such as roast chicken and lamb, braised beef brisket and more.
Dhs125 (soft drinks), Dhs165 (house beverages), Dhs195 (premium beverages). Noon-4pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).

A family-friendly option serving Middle Eastern and international food. There are live stations, a buffet and a kids’ play area.
Dhs199 (soft drinks). 12.30pm- 4pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West (02 657 0000).

A value-for-money, family-friendly brunch. Expect a selection of starters, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts served to your table.
Dhs135(soft drinks), Dhs210 (sparkling). Noon-4pm. The Hub, Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya (02 444 7752).

A theatrically served six-course menu filled with traditional Japanese cuisine. Sit outside next to the canal or in the pretty dining room.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1921).

Live cooking stations include fresh sushi, mezze, Chinese favourites, Indian offerings and desserts.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs399 (sparkling), Dhs499 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort (02 201 4000).

Porters English Pub
Enjoy an extensive buffet packed with plenty of hearty pub grub that will fill you up without emptying your wallet. There is also live entertainment every week from a fun resident band and house DJ.
Dhs132 (soft drinks), Dhs194 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).

Sho Cho
This Japanese seafood and sushi restaurant has great views and some good raw choices.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

Stills Restaurant & Bar
Live music and DJs provide the soundtrack to this fun brunch packed with games, barbecue desserts and more.
Dhs185 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs185 (after-party package), Dhs350 (brunch and after-party).  12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 4pm-7pm (after-party). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island (050 667 5815).

Brilliant Indian food with a twist and great value.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at The Mall, Word Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya (02 672 8888).

The Sportsman’s Arms
At the barbecue brunch you can choose from either one course, or unlimited dishes plus a drinks package.
Dhs165 (one dish and house beverages), Dhs240 (unlimited barbecue and house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

A fun and relaxed international Friday brunch at this resort venue.
Dhs120 (soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, Ruwais.

Dust off the wallet (Dhs200-299) 

18 degrees
A buffet of Mediterranean favourites including salads, meats and more. Main courses are served directly to the table.
Dhs232 (soft drinks), Dhs333 (house beverages), Dhs416 (French bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Hyatt Capital Gate, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 596 1234).

Beach Rotana
Seven restaurants – Rodeo Grill, Indigo, Brauhaus, Prego, Benihana, Trader Vic’s and Finz – come together for this lively brunch at Essence.
Dhs399 (soft drinks), Dhs478 (house beverages), Dhs604 (bubbly), Dhs170 (kids aged six-12). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Byblos Sur Mer
Aset menu awaits at the Bazaar Brunch, which offers an impressive selection of Middle Eastern and Lebanese dishes done with a modern, stylish twist.
Dhs210 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). 12.30pm-5.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

A 15-course, sharing-style menu including ceviche, tacos, sushi and mains such as salmon, jumbo prawns and baby chicken.
Dhs255 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages), Dhs419 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road (02 611 0909).

Cho Gao Marina Walk & Chamas Churrascaria
The Friday Marina Brunch features food from two of the InterContinental’s restaurants. Feast on Latin meat dishes and pan-Asian fare.
Dhs423 (soft drinks), Dhs544 (house beverages), Dhs573 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Choices & Rangoli
A family brunch with a great range of Indian, Middle Eastern and international dishes. You can take your pick from a number of live cooking stations, the salad bar and dessert counter.
Dhs208 (soft drinks), Dhs308 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).

There’s a selection of tacos, ceviches and marinated skewers. Be sure to try the arroz Nikkei and leave room for the dessert platter.
Dhs238 (soft drinks), Dhs378 (house beverages), Dhs498 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

This laidback brunch serving up a diverse buffet, with Middle Eastern, Western and Asian specialties. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained, too.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs560 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. (02 333 2222)

Filini Garden
Antipasti is served to the table along with pizzas and pastas to share. There’s also a buffet of salads, breads and more, if that’s not enough. Stick around for the lively after-party.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs500 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

This international restaurant hosts brunch with live cooking stations and a mixed beverage bar. There’s live music and plenty for kid to enjoy, too.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs390 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

Ginger All Day
Dining The Family Brunch Fiesta features international cuisine, pool access and a kids’ corner.
Dhs219 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs319 (bubbly), Dhs110 (kids six-12), free (under sixes). 12.30pm-4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).

Excellent international dishes from five open kitchens and live stations at the all-day-dining restaurant. There's entertainment and a great view as well.
Dhs276 (soft drinks), Dhs389 (house beverages), Dhs489 (sparkling), Dhs602 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).

La Brasserie
Top French food in what was Brasserie Flo (it won Highly Commended European restaurant in our 2017 Restaurant Awards).
Dhs270 (soft drinks), Dhs390 (house beverages), Dhs515 (bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1931).

The five-hour brunch serves DIY tacos, burritos, fajitas, mouth-watering ribs and lots more. There’s live music, too.
Dhs285 (house beverages). Noon-5pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

Market Kitchen
The menu at this classy venue rotates seasonally, but look out for black truffle pizza, crispy sushi and salmon tartare.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 674 2020).

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi
A fun international brunch for grown-ups. There’ll be games, a DJ and a magician to go along with the food.
Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs415 (sparkling). 12.30pm-4pm. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

This is a super-classy brunch with a stunning array of seafood, sushi and Indian food. The drinks stations are great and the music is smooth.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).

PJ O’Reilly’s
The Friday Picnic Brunch is a top option for a casual afternoon out with pub grub and a lively atmosphere.
Dhs200 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

A four-course menu, starting with antipasti to share and mushroom risotto. Guests then have the option of a seafood, meat or pasta main. There’s a fruity dessert buffet to cap things off.
Dhs295 (mocktails), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (Italian bubbly), Dhs575 (French bubbly). Noon-4pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).

Live stations including a barbecue. There’s also a cheese bar, and dessert section.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (soft drinks and day pass), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs590 (house beverages and day pass), Dhs475 (French bubbly), Dhs690 (French bubbly and day pass), Dhs99 (kids seven-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 656 3500).

The Fish Market brunch offers a buffet of fresh fish, as well as roast meats, sushi and sashimi, cheese and a massive dessert section. There's also a kids' buffet. If, for some reason, you're still hungry at the end of tall that you can stay on for a barbecue dinner for Dhs145.
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs145 (barbecue dinner add-on). Fri 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street (02 508 0555).

Sofra bld
International offerings, with a particularly good Asian section at this family-friendly brunch. There’s live music, too.
Dhs279 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs459 (bubbly), Dhs139.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 418 2513).

Stars ’N’ Bars
The award-winning Funch brunch now finds a home in this sportsbar. Expect loads of games, top tunes and plenty of US-style grub. There’s an after-party with live music and you can choose to go for an eight-hour drinks deal.
Dhs275 (house drinks), Dhs198 (after-party package), Dhs385 (eight-hour package). Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).

The Grill
The steakhouse is offering a set menu, with drinks to go with it, and live music every Friday.
Dhs220 (house beverages), Dhs199 (members). Noon-3pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl (056 536 2230).

The Village
The lovely outdoor garden area makes for a fantastic alfresco setting for a brunch with a tastes from the likes of Greek favourite Acropolis, Italian restaurant Pappagallo and British-style pub, The Captain’s Arms. Entertainment is also provided by a live band and there is a dedicated kids’ zone.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs389 (bubbly), Fri 1pm-4pm. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 495 2000).

Urban Kitchen
The Wok With Me brunch has plenty of Asian dishes, roast meats, seafood Indian dishes and more.
Dhs230 (soft drinks and one house beverage), Dhs330 (house beverages), Dhs85 (kids aged seven-14), free (kids under seven). Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (02 698 8137).

Just been paid (Dhs300-399) 

Food from carvery stations to curries at this relaxed brunch with views over the city. There’s an area for kids, too
Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs410 (house beverages), Dhs475 (bubbly), Dhs135 (kids aged six-12) free (kids under six). 1pm-4.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi,
Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

BOA Steakhouse
Dishes are brought to your table at this waterside venue, including excellent steak main course choices.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs595 (French bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade (02 641 1500).

The Friday brunch is an international offering spanning the hotel’s dining outlets including Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Sports Café and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. There’s also a play area for kids.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs459 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).

Emirates Palace
From an array of live cooking stations that includes sizzling barbecue grills, to an exclusive caviar-tasting happy hour, to live entertainment and a kids’ zone, there’s plenty of fun when you brunch at the Palace.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages), Dhs545 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).

The Beach Rotana’s seven restaurants – Rodeo Grill, Indigo, Brauhaus, Prego, Benihana, Trader Vic’s and Finz – come together for this lively brunch, soundtracked by DJ Miki Love.
Dhs339 (soft drinks), Dhs478 (house beverages), Dhs604 (bubbly), Dhs170 (kids aged six-12). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

A brilliant international selection with a huge array of cuisines, all done superbly. Top entertainment, too.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (house beverages), Dhs520 (Italian sparkling), Dhs620 (bubbly). À la carte menu available for kids aged six-11. 1pm-4pm.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta.  Brunch. (02 818 8282)

A sophisticated brunch of dim sum, Peking duck, soups, live stations and more at this impeccable Chinese restaurant. The desserts are special, too.
Dhs318 (soft drinks), Dhs438 (house beverages), Dhs678 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Emirates Palace Hotel, West Corniche. (02 690 7999)

KOI Abu Dhabi
Brilliant Japanese dishes are brought to the table at this stylish venue.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs455 (house beverages), Dhs515 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly), Dhs175 (kids six-12). 12.30pm-4pm. The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 678 3334).

Food from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ impressive restaurants. There are also live barbecue stations and an after-brunch party at the Pool Bar.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche. (02 811 5666)

The Epicurean Brunch at Olea takes diners on a culinary journey around the world with live stations and a buffet, as a live band provides the entertainment.
Dhs315 (soft drinks), Dhs410 (house beverages), Dhs590 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8888).

Sim Sim
This family-friendly brunch boasts countless stations including seafood, roast meats, cheeses, antipasti and mountains of desserts, all against the beautiful backdrop of Saadiyat’s coastline.
Dhs335 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs595 (sparkling) Dhs165 (kids six-11), free (kids under six). Fri 1pm- 4pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

The Foundry
The Raising the Steaks brunch has a buffet that includes a poke raw bar, a make-your-own burrata station and lots more, as well as super meat and seafood dishes.
Dhs310 (soft drinks), Dhs410 (house beverages), Dhs470 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

The Terrace on the Corniche
Fresh seafood, sushi, grilled meats, foie gras and more at this classy brunch. Also, rooms dedicated to dessert and cheese.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Bubbalicious has live stations, music and plenty for kids. It’s one of the most popular around.
Dhs348 (soft drinks), Dhs426 (house beverages), Dhs618 (French bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Fantastically fresh sushi, sashimi and more as well as main courses and desserts. This brunch is a stunner and rightly took home the gong at our Restaurant Awards.
Dhs362 (soft drinks), Dhs467 (sparkling), Dhs583 (bubbly), Dhs158 (kids aged four-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900).  Brunch.

Splashing out (Dhs400+) 

Frangipani Restaurant
There’s some super food at this stunning laid-back island destination that you can explore once you’ve finished eating.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs750 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm, Zaya Nurai Island (02 5066 222).

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