The ultimate guide to Friday brunch in Abu Dhabi 2019

All of the weekend feasts from budget to blowout

The ultimate guide to Friday brunch in Abu Dhabi 2019

If there's one thing we know you, the good people of Abu Dhabi, like - it's a proper Friday brunch. 

From huge international buffets to high-end à la carte cuisine, there's something for everyone every weekend. 

Here is our updated list of brunches in the capital - from budget options right up to the very best of the best.

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 & CHEERFUL (Dhs100-199)

Al Naseem Pool Bar

Enjoy a Middle Eastern fusion barbecue at this laid-back 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. Noon-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson, Yas Island (02 656 2222).

Artisan Kitchen
Expect Italian pizzas and pastas, Peruvian specialties, Asian live stations and Middle Eastern favourites at this family-friendly feast.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs255 (house beverages), Dhs420 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Qasr Hotel, West Corniche (02 205 3026). 

The Friday Roast offers plenty of meats, as well as a seafood station, with fresh oysters and crab on offer.
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 and a good atmosphere.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs235 (house beverages), Dhs265 (premium beverages), Dhs95 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Noon-4pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 657 3325).

Cho Gao and Spaccanapoli
The Duplex Brunch features an incredible spread of European and Asian delicacies, there’s also music from a live band.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs265 (house beverages), Dhs349 (soft drinks for two), Dhs489 (house beverages for two). Noon-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6149). 

The Lebanese venue offers a four-course set menu of Middle Eastern specialties including hot and cold mezze, grilled meats and traditional desserts.
Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages). 1pm-5pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 667 4446).

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 brilliant assortment of desserts.
Dhs165 (mocktails), Dhs190 (mixed drinks), Dhs215 (bubbly). Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

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).

Authentic South African-style barbecued meats served out on the pretty rooftop terrace. You can even have a go at braaing the meats yourself in the fire pit.
Dhs169 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). 7pm-10:30pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

Iris Yas Island
This good-value brunch attracts the cool crowd and features barbecue meats, salads and a great spread of colourful sushi.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs240 (house beverages), Dhs290 (bubbly). Noon-5pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636). 

A value-for-money, family-friendly brunch. Expect a selection of starters, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts served to your table.
Dhs135(soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. The Hub, Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 444 7752).

PJ O’Reilly’s
This brunch lets you enjoy the heartiest selection of pub grub out in the sunshine on the terrace.
Dhs149 (drinks only), Dhs199 (food and house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

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.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (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 over the canal. The brunch is decent value, but not all dishes are quite as succesful as the sushi and sashimi.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

A set menu of brilliant Indian food with a twist is served here. Not only are the dishes absolutely fantastic, the whole thing is great value.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at The Mall, Word Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (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. This is a leisurely one.
Dhs165 (one dish and house beverages), Dhs240 (unlimited barbecue and house beverages). 1pm-4pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

The laid-back pub is offering unlimited starters, a main, dessert and unlimited beverages at its lively Friday brunch. Entertainment is provided by a a DJ and band, and there are bar games to play thoughout the afternoon.
Dhs199 (house beverages), free (kids). 12.30pm-4pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (056 201 8520).

Y bar
This New York-themed offering features à la carte dishes and entertainment from a guest DJ.
Dhs159 (soft drinks), Dhs259 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4.30pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).


99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant

An incredible set menu of fantastic Japanese dishes that come out one after another to the table. This is a classy way to enjoy an afternoon of fine food.
Dhs289 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (sparkling grape), Dhs589 (bubbly). 1pm-5.30pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

Alba Terrace
This chilled, Mediterranean restaurant serves up an exceptional three-course set menu during the Rose Brunch. The live band is awesome too.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs400 (house beverages), Dhs500 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen Marina (02 208 0000). 

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

Byblos Sur Mer
A set menu awaits at the Bazaar Brunch, which offers an impressive selection of Middle Eastern and Lebanese dishes done with a modern twist.
Dhs300 (soft beverages). 12.30pm-5.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Café Palmier
Based around the four elements of fire, water, earth and air, this buffet-style brunch also incorporates the indoor area at @District by Amalfi and the whEAT kid’s play zone.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

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

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 a well-stocked dessert counter.
Dhs208 (soft drinks), Dhs308 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).

Cho Gao Marina Walk & Chamas Churrascaria
Feast on Latin meat dishes and a selection of pan-Asian plates from two of the InterContinental’s restaurants at the Friday Marina Brunch. The soft and house packages are also two-for-one.
Dhs215 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages), Dhs525(bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

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 (sparkling grape). 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

A laid-back brunch serving up a diverse buffet, with Middle Eastern, Western and Asian specialities. 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, too.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs500 (premium beverages). 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 kids. 
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. There’s entertainment aas 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).

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The lovely outdoor garden area makes for a fantastic alfresco setting for a brunch with dishes from international food stations, barbecues, entertainment from a live band and kids’ zone. The price also includes pool and beach access.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs389 (bubbly). 1pm-4pm. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 495 2000).

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

Mr Miyagi’s 
This bright and colourful party brunch keeps you entertained with karaoke and dancers, while providing a five-course set menu of Thai specialties.
Dhs290 (house beverages). 3pm-6pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0742).

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 unpretentious pub grub, live music and a entertaining DJ.
Dhs200 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

Check out the live stations at this stunning venue on Saadiyat Island, which include a brilliant barbecue. There’s also a cheese bar and dessert section at the stylish beach club.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (French bubbly), 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 dessert section.
Dhs240 (soft drinks). 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 508 0555).

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International offerings, with a particularly good Asian section at this very family-friendly brunch. 
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 sports bar. Expect games, top tunes and plenty of US-style grub.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs300 (house drinks), Dhs198 (after-party package), Dhs385 (eight-hour package). Noon-4pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).

Stills Restaurant & Bar
The lively Stills Playroom Brunch features live music and a DJ, plus games and activities. The spread of high-quality pub grub includes barbecued meats and a wide selection of salads. All the packages have a two-for-one offer on at the time of writing, and there’s an after-party for Dhs100 until 7pm. 
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 3053).

The Foundry
A buffet that includes a poke bar and burrata station, as well as super meat and seafood.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs475 (bubbly), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12). 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

The Garden
Feast on a huge buffet before making the most of the complimentary access to the rooftop swimming pool. It’s buy one, get one free on all packages.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids aged six to 11). Noon-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street
(02 616 6838).

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

Venetian Village
The Brunch Town spread features French, Mediterranean, Japanese and Asian cuisine from the Village’s restaurants, live music and kids’ fun.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly) Dhs155 (after-brunch party 5pm-8pm). 12.30pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1931).

Yas Hotel
The monthly Best Of Blighty brunch features all your favourite classic British dishes such as fish and chips, scotch eggs and carved meats.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). 1pm-5pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).

JUST BEEN PAID (Dhs300-399)


Expect everything from roasts to curries at the relaxed Garden Brunch, which has top views over the Al Maryah waters. There’s also an after-brunch event if you can’t tear yourself away from the atmospheric Rosewood hotel.
Dhs365 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs565 (bubbly). Dhs165 (kids aged six-12). 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 seafood starters and excellent steak main course choices.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade (02 641 1500).

An international offering spanning the hotel’s dining outlets including Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Sports Café and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs459 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta
(02 654 3333).

Emirates Palace
Live cooking stations and buffet, themed on a European food market. Food includes grills, seafood, pastas and more.
Dhs370 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs680 (bubbly), Dhs780 (French bubbly), Dhs185 (kids between six and ten). 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.
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 and lots of mixed drinks stations. There’s entertainment, too.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (house beverages), Dhs520 (Italian sparkling), Dhs620 (bubbly), Dhs90 (soft drinks and a main course for kids aged six-11). 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282). 

A sophisticated brunch of dim sum, Peking duck, soup and lots more at this incredible culinary offering. This brunch is super value way to enjoy the award-winning venue.
Dhs318 (soft drinks), Dhs438 (house beverages), Dhs638 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999). 

KOI Abu Dhabi
Brilliant Japanese dishes are brought to the table in waves. It’s a great venue and the food is excellent.
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling), Dhs595 (French bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 678 3334).

You’ll find food from across Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ restaurants at this truly excellent brunch. The barbecue is excellent, and the live music is superb.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666). 

The Epicurean Brunch has live stations and a buffet, as a live band entertains. This will impress anyone. 
Dhs380 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), Dhs180 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Sim Sim
The Market Brunch offers a market-inspired spread featuring loads of fresh seafood, a smoker/barbecue truck and loads more excellent food.
Dhs335 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs595 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000). 

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

Urban Kitchen
Plenty of Asian dishes, roast meats, seafood, Indian food and more are on offer here.
Dhs320 (soft drinks and one house beverage), Dhs420 (house beverages), Dhs85 (kids aged seven-14), free (kids under seven). Noon-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (02 698 8137).

Fantastic sushi, sashimi main courses, desserts and more. You need to try this award-wimmer at least once.
Dhs362 (soft drinks), Dhs467 (sparkling), Dhs583 (bubbly), Dhs158 (kids aged four-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900).


Head to the pristine sands of Zaya Nurai Island to enjoy an international buffet, music from a live DJ and kids’ club facilities. Make sure you allow time to take hundreds of photos of the incredible scene around you too.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs750 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Zaya Nurai Island (02 506 6274).

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The exclusive Brunch in the Clouds lets 50 diners explore the lavish Abu Dhabi suite, where they’ll find live stations, a cinema and even massage therapists. It takes place once a month.
Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (sparkling), Dhs1150 (bubbly). 12.30pm-5pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).

Turquoise Restaurant
The Turkish Brunch at flashy hotel Rixos Saadiyat Island boasts an exciting mix of live stations and buffet spreads. You’ll find all your favourite Turkish delicacies like dolmas, mixed grills, kebabs, mezzes, homemade baklava and Turkish delight.
Dhs700 (house beverages, pool and beach access), Dhs375 (children, includes soft drinks and access to the pool, beach and aqua park). 1pm-4pm. Rixos Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island (02 492 2222).

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