Updated: The ultimate guide to Friday brunches in Abu Dhabi 2019

Where to kick off the weekend in style whatever your budget

Li Jiang
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Li Jiang

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 & CHEERFUL (Dhs100-199)

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
Pizzas and pastas, Peruvian specialties, Asian live stations and Middle Eastern favourites.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs255 (house beverages), Dhs420 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Qasr Hotel, West Corniche (02 205 3026).

Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
A carvery brunch with roast meats and all the trimmings and a good atmosphere.
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 (02 657 3325).

Cho Gao and Spaccanapoli
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).

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 unlimited starters, followed up with pizzas, pasta and other traditional Italian main courses.
Dhs165 (mocktails), Dhs200 (mixed drinks), Dhs215 (bubbly). Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5551).

A family-friendly option serving Middle Eastern and international food.
Dhs199 (soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West (02 657 0000).

Iris Yas Island
A cool brunch with barbecue meats, salads and sushi.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs240 (house beverages), Dhs290 (bubbly). Noon-5pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).

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).

This laid-back lunch features dishes from around the world. It can also be paired with two-hour drink packages.
Dhs157 (food), Dhs150 (two hours of house beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).

La Mamma
All the antipasti and Italian specialties you could ever want. There’s also live music.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs248 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, East Corniche (02 677 3333).

Pacifico TIKI
A family-friendly brunch with kids’ activities, face painting and a bouncy castle. Food includes a barbecue, salads and more.
Dhs155 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages), Dhs77.5 (kids over five), free (under fives). Noon-4pm. Al Bandar Marina, Al Raha Beach (050 696 9298).

The Al Ain restaurant offers a platter of bites and house beverages.
Dhs115 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Al Ain, Al Sarooj, Al Ain (03 768 6666).

PJ O’Reilly’s
Our Pub of the Year winner at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards 2019 has added some new mixed drinks and food to its brunch menu. There are loads of games and activities to enjoy while you eat, too.
Dhs149 (drinks only), Dhs199 (food and house beverages), Dhs299 (premium beverages). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

Porters English Pub
The Pub Brunch offers an extensive buffet packed with plenty of hearty pub grub and DIY drinks stations. There’s also live entertainment and post-brunch karaoke.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).

Rock Pool Café
The Flavor of Soul brunch offers creole specialties and Southern USA favourites including brisket, fried chicken, fried catfish, corn on the cob, Cajun mac‘n’cheese and more.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-5pm. TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Bin Zayed the First Street (02 202 3555).

Sho Cho
This sushi restaurant has great views over the canal and some good raw choices on the set menu.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). Noon-5pm. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

Stock Burger Co.
If you’ve ever wanted to create your own perfect burger then this is pretty much as good as it gets.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). Fri noon-5pm. Stock Burger Co., Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (800 78 625).

A set menu of brilliant Indian food with a twist. It’s great value, too.
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
Choose from one course, or unlimited barbecue dishes plus three-hours of drinks.
Dhs150 (house beverages), Dhs165 (one dish and house beverages), Dhs240 (unlimited barbecue and house beverages). 1pm-4pm & 7pm-10pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

The Big Beach Brunch includes Italian nibbles, fresh seafood, great tunes and pool access.
Dhs149 (soft drinks). Fri-Sat 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi, West Corniche (02 692 4247).

Funch Downtown offers all the same fun and silly shenanigans as the one on Yas Island, plus live music from band ONCE and tunes from DJ Sugarfed.
Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs149 (after party). Fri noon-4pm (brunch), 4pm-8pm (after party). Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi (055 329 3784).

Victor’s Bar & Restaurant
The laid-back pub is offering unlimited starters, a main, dessert, a live band and beverages.
Dhs199 (house beverages), free (kids). 12.30pm-4pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street Road (056 201 8520).

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


Alba Terrace

This chilled, Mediterranean restaurant serves up an exceptional three-course set menu with a live band.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs400 (house beverages), Dhs500 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen Marina (02 208 0000).

The BYOF brunch features sharing plates of pub grub, a live band, pool tables and hops pong.
Dhs222 (groups of ten or more), Dhs249 (individual). From Sep 6, Fri 1pm-5pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City (02 201 4131).

Barfly by Buddha-Bar
The Asian restaurant provides a buffet, live stations, plenty of tasty bites and cool tunes.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 404 1931).

Byblos Sur Mer
Mezze is served to your table, while the buffet includes chicken and potatoes, ouzi and more.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). 12.30pm-5.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Café Palmier
This buffet brunch incorporates the indoor area at @District by Amalfi, whEAT and the outdoor area at LRM Central and is great for kids.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs125 (kids aged six to 12). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (0800 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 offering a great range of Indian, Middle Eastern and international dishes.
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 (sparkling grape). 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

A laid-back brunch serving Middle Eastern, Western and Asian specialities. There’s plenty ofr kids, 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).

A four-course set menu of Middle Eastern specialties including hot and cold mezze, grilled meats and desserts.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs100 (kids aged five to 13). 1pm-5pm. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 667 4446).

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.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs390 (sparkling). 1pm-4pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

A brilliant selection with a huge array of cuisines, live stations, vegan options, kids’ buffet and signature mixed drinks. There’s entertainment, too.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs599 (bubbly), Dhs90 (kids aged six-11). 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8888).

The rooftop bar offers a South African-style braai night, with dishes from the USA and Australia thrown in, too.
Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house beverages). Fri 7pm-10pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

Excellent international dishes from five open kitchens and live stations.
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).

InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Live stations offering meats from Chamas, Asian dishes from Cho Gao Marina Walk, Italian  from Circo, pub grub from Belgian Cafe and seafood from Fishmarket.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

EAT.PLAY.LAUGH is a fun international brunch for grown-ups. There’s food and beverage stations, games, a DJ and even a magician.
Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs415 (sparkling), Dhs350 (house beverages 4pm-8pm), Dhs90 (kids aged six to 12). 12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Latest Recipe
The garden area makes for a fantastic alfresco setting . There are dishes from international food stations, barbecues, a live band and kids’ zone. It 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, ribs and lots more. There’s live music at this fun offering.
Dhs285 (house beverages). Noon-5pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

Market Kitchen
The De’vine’ Friday Brunch offers seafood, ceviches, sweet and savoury toasts and more dishes inspired by the Californian coast.
Dhs250 (mocktails), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

Mr Miyagi’s
This party brunch keeps you entertained with karaoke, dancers, games a five-course set menu.
Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs299 (bubbly). Fri 2pm-5pm & 7pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0742).

Loads of live stations including a 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 Road (02 656 3500).

The Fish Market brunch offers fresh seafood, plus activities for kids.
Dhs260 (soft drinks). 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 508 0555).

Sofra BLD
International offerings, live stations, kids’ activities such as face painting and free beach and pool access.
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 at this sports bar is a raucous affair. Expect games, top tunes and plenty of US-style grub.
Dhs279 (house drinks), Dhs99 (after-party package), Dhs349 (six-hour package). 1pm-5pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).

The Escape Pool Bar
The Big Beach Brunch includes Italian nibbles from Vasco’s, great tunes and pool access. Friday brunchers also get 50 percent off the Saturday Brunch the following day.
Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs339 (house beverages noon-4pm), Dhs449 (house beverages noon-9pm). Noon-4pm or 9pm. Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi, West Corniche (02 656 2000).

The Foundry
A buffet that includes a wellington station, vegan corner, poke bar and make-your-own burrata, as well as super meat and seafood.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), 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 buffet before heading to the rooftop pool. There’s a buy one, get one free offer on 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).

The Village
This family-friendly event provides dishes from around the world. 
Dhs259 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (house beverages), Dhs399 (premium beverages). 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).

Todd English’s Olives
A five-course set menu of Mediterranean dishes.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages. 4pm-7pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1941).

The  Italian offers live stations, fresh pizzas, lamb shank ragu and a huge dessert spread. You can also add on an after party at LEXX and pool access.
Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (grapes and mixed drinks), Dhs145 (kids aged six to 12), Dhs160 (after party), Dhs80 (pool access). Noon-4pm (brunch), 4pm-6pm (after party). Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl, West Corniche (02 510 1234).

JUST BEEN PAID (Dhs300-399)

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant

An incredible set menu of fantastic Japanese dishes.
Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs369 (sparkling), Dhs669 (bubbly). 1pm-5pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

A relaxed buffet brunch with top views. There’s also a dedicated children’s are, plus an after-brunch party.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly), Dhs625 (premium bubbly). Dhs165 (kids aged six-12), Dhs145 (after-brunch). Noon-5pm & 5pm-7pm (after brunch). Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

BOA Steakhouse
Dishes are brought to your table, 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).

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Asian dishes, roast meats, seafood, Indian food and more. There’s 50 percent off soft and house packages until November.
Dhs360 (soft drinks and one house beverage), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs90 (kids aged seven-14), free (kids under seven). 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (02 698 8137).

Emirates Palace
A brilliant brunch of live cooking stations and buffet.
Dhs370 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), Dhs185 (kids between six and 12), free (kids five and below). 12.30pm-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
An international offering providing more than 200 dishes with a carvery, live stations and a sushi counter. This is also a good one for kids.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs459 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).

Party brunch Bubbalicious includes drinks stations, a band, DJ and different cuisines from around the world.
Dhs336 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs624 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City A (02 616 9999).

Sim sum, Peking duck, miniature desserts and lots more at this incredible culinary offering.
Dhs318 (soft drinks), Dhs438 (house beverages), Dhs638 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

KOI Abu Dhabi
Japanese dishes such as  maki rolls, sashimi and meats.
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).

Superb food from across Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. 
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs575 (bubbly), Dhs185 (kids aged nine to 14). 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

Live stations, a buffet, live music and more. 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).

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
A spread featuring loads of fresh seafood, barbecued meats, fresh salads, themed mixed drinks and entertainment.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (sparkling), Dhs165 (kids aged six to 11). 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), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

The family-friendly monthly brunch has a different theme every time.
Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs575 (bubbly), Dhs95 (kids four to 11). Third Friday of the month, 1pm-6pm. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 4444).

Fantastic sushi, sashimi, main courses, desserts and more.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly), Dhs195 (kids aged four to 12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Galleria Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900).


Ginger Mermaid

Head to Zaya Nurai Island to enjoy an international buffet, music from a live DJ and kids’ club.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages), Dhs850 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Zaya Nurai Island (02 506 6274).

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Boardwalk Sunsets includes a selection of coastal-inspired dishes and beverages.
Dhs475 (house beverages). First Friday of the month, 5pm-sunset. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 811 4444).

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The Cristal Brunch in the Clouds lets 50 diners explore the lavish Abu Dhabi suite, where they’ll find live stations, a cinema stocked with popcorn and therapists to provide a post-brunch massage.
Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (sparkling), Dhs1150 (bubbly). 12.30pm-5pm. Last Friday of the month. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).

Turquoise Restaurant
The Turkish Brunch has live stations and buffet spreads including  Turkish delicacies.
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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