As restaurants across Abu Dhabi gradually reopen, a number of brunches are relaunching on the capital’s weekend dining scene.
Here are the restaurants serving brunch in Abu Dhabi right now.
Enjoy an à la carte brunch at this cosy café, featuring dishes ranging from pancakes to steaks, as well as a selection of drinks to choose from. The package includes two house beverages.
From Dhs135 per person. Fri-Sat 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda (02 443 9999).
Missed 99 Sushi over the past few months? Welcome to the club. But good news – the Friday Zeitaku Brunch is back, featuring an 11-course menu of brilliant dishes, such as spicy tuna tartar with wakame, salmon flambé nigiri with lime, grilled foie gras nigiri with raspberry and tare sauce and more.
From Dh299. Fri 1pm-5.30pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).
There’s loads to love about this super-cool spot, from its eclectic interior décor (including a giant headless statue and huge paintings) to the spread of Asian bites and meals, great mixed drinks and that picture-perfect setting on the water. On Fridays, enjoy a set menu of appetisers, salads, mains and desserts, plus free-flowing drinks.
From Dhs198. Fri 4pm-7pm. The Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal (056 177 7557).
Brunch in the Clouds at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Brunch in The Clouds, held at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi https://www.timeoutdubai.com/hotels/419944-the-st-regis-abu-dhabi, in its sprawling Abu Dhabi suite, normally sees its rooms host gourmet buffet selections of everything from cheese and desserts to oysters and caviar. For now, however, the brunch will transform to offer diners the chance to book a private brunch experience in one of its palatial rooms, which include bedrooms, the study and the library. Throughout your Friday feast, starting from noon onwards, expect to tuck into dishes including lobster, oysters, sushi and more, as well as dainty desserts and chocolates, all served to the table.
Brunch in the Clouds Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages). Fri July 17, August 7 and August 21, from noon. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, email@example.com (02 694 4553).
One of the city’s best-known brunches has returned, bringing with it live international cooking stations serving up roasts and grills, plus cold selections of salads, sushi and oysters, and a dessert station piled high with cakes, sweets and house-made chocolates. There are also a variety of drinks stations.
From Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs125 (kids six-12. Fri 1pm-4pm (from July 17). Fairways, The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
There are two brunch settings on Fridays at this award-winning venue, with an afternoon session and an evening seating. Dishes include salads, sushi, nigiri and hot starters, before moving on to items from the robata, and main course options including Chilean Sea bass, beef tenderlon and chicken Kung Pao. Desserts include apple tart tatin, eclairs and crepe soufflé.
From Dhs325. Fri 1pm-4pm and 7pm-10pm. Buddha-Bar Beach, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
This great-value pub brunch is back, featuring an adjusted buffet setup, where all station will be protected, following the Rotana Safe Space Program, and manned by chefs wearing all the protective gear required. You'll find carvery, main courses and live stations outside at The Backyard area, as well as desserts. Meat-eaters are in luck with prime rib, braised brisket and shepherd's pie on the menu, alongside fish and chips and other pub classics. It runs until 4pm but you can extend until 7pm for Dhs95 for house drinks and Dhs125 for premium.
From Dhs195. Fri noon-4pm. Cooper's Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 657 3325).
This one’s an absolute bargain. Every Friday from noon until 3pm, head to the Al Ain Palace bar and get unlimited house drinks and unlimited starters, plus a choice of main course and dessert. Starters include onion bhaji burgers, chicken momos, spring rolls, Buffalo cheese fries, wings and even a tempura crabstick Jenga (now this we need to see), while main course options include baskets of fried chicken, burgers, foot-long hot dogs, fish and chips and even, erm, sheperd’s pie balls… Follow all that with a knickerbocker glory.
Dhs199. Fri noon-3pm. Al Ain Palace Hotel, Corniche Road (02 678 0522).
One of Abu Dhabi’s best brunches is back every Friday afternoon. Head along to The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal from 1pm to 4pm and you can get stuck into freshly prepared dishes many of which are made to order by the on-site chefs. The new brunch also features a range of vegan options for those following a plant-based diet.
From Dhs299. Fri 1pm-4pm. Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 818 8282).
This Rosewood Abu Dhabi spot as announced a new weekend food and drinks deal every Friday and Saturday and while they aren't calling is a brunch, it does include a set menu of food and unlimited drinks for three hours. Head along between noon and 9pm on either day and you can tuck into a set menu of top dishes alongside unlimited drinks for Dhs255. Start off with a host of small plates including artisanal cheese tart, cold cuts, sushi and sashimi, Thai salad, quinoa and more. For the main you’ll get a platter of chef specialities including smoked meat, peri peri chicken, home-rubbed ribs, grilled vegetables and roast potatoes.
Dhs255. Fri and Sat, noon-9pm. Hidden Bar, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
The popular buffet brunch is back, this time with live cooking stations and a special menu to order from, with dishes served to the table, as well as free-flowing drinks.
From Dhs119 (soft drinks), Dhs189 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333).
See out the weekend in style and feast on pan-Asian street food-inspired dishes at this late brunch taking place every Saturday. Dishes up for grabs include Korean barbecue, Peking duck, sushi, fried noodles and more.
From Dhs215. Sat 5pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 818 8282).
This Levantine eatery has launched a brand-new, family-style brunch serving up authentic Lebanese dishes. Priced at Dhs149 per person, for a set menu with soft drinks, the brunch is served on both Fridays and Saturday, from noon until 4pm. Served to the table to share, dishes include fattoush and tabbouleh, hummus, warak enab and shanklish, followed by a mixed grilled platter, and a selection of desserts including halawet el jeben and caramel mohalabya.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), Fri-Sat noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, (02 654 3238).
Marco’s New York Italian
Winner of the Best Newcomer award at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards 2019, Marco’s New York Italian is well worth checking out – and now, brunch has returned. Taking place every Friday from noon to 4pm, the set menu offers dishes including starters of calamari, quarter salad, heirloom tomato and burrata salad, crispy New York Buffalo wings and American hot pizza. For mains you can choose from risotto funghi e tartoufo, mac and cheese with mushrooms, grass-fed beef sirloin, oven-baked black cod and cannelloni al funghi with cheese sauce. Desserts include Mr. White’s tiramisu, warm chocolate brownie and a classic 1930’s New York knickerbocker glory.
Dhs199 (food), Dhs299 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (under sixes). Fri noon-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).
One of the most impressive destinations every Friday afternoon is Saadiyat Beach Club, so we're delighted to hear its brunch is back. Brunch is served to the table between 1pm and 4pm every week, and offers a set menu including starters, sushi, main courses and desserts.
From Dhs299. Fri 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 656 3536).
All the bases are covered at The Market Brunch at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas. Take a walk around the live cooking stations and you can try Asian, Indian and Japanese dishes, as well as fresh seafood, cheese, desserts, antipasti and more. This one is a real crowd pleaser.
Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs499 (house beverages), Dhs599 (bubbly), Dhs175 (kids from six to 11), free (kids under six). Fri 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).
This new brunch promises some of the restaurant’s “all-time favourites”. Diners can choose froma range of seafood, grilled meats and more at this a la carte brunch and enjoy a relaxing start to the weekend.
Dhs279 per person (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs459 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-4pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, firstname.lastname@example.org (02 509 8630).
The impressive restaurant launches a brand-new brunch in the form of “A Great British Nosh Up”. Expect a sharing-style experience with a selection of appetisers, mains and desserts served to the table.
From Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs525 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (02 811 5666).
Head along to the hip burger joint Stock Burger Co. and you can enjoy a meal and free-flowing drinks with packages starting from Dhs99 for ladies, Dhs199 for men and Dhs250 for couples.
From Dhs99. Fri noon-3pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 657 4888).
At SushiSan you can get your fill of unlimited sushi and free-flowing beverages with packages from Dhs150 for soft drinks and Dhs210 for house beverages.
From Dhs150. Fri noon-3pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 657 4888).
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi has launched The Carvery Unlimited. Served to the table, the carvery brunch features slow-roasted meats including Australian prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, herb-crusted rack of lamb with mint sauce and, perhaps most untraditionally (but by no means unwelcome) peri peri-marinated spring chicken – all of which come with roast potatoes, cauliflower gratin and seasonal veg. There’s also a range of salads to tuck into, including buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes, rocca and basil and Caesar salad, plus small plates such as crispy calamari served with a herby aioli.
Dhs189 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Urban Kitchen, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi (02 698 7137).
Offering a taste of different regions of Italy, La Dolce Vita brunch at Verso is back. You can tuck into a host of fresh seafood, antipasti, main dishes including whole grilled fish, slow-cooked lamb shank and more, before satisfying your sweet tooth with Italian desserts. Plus, those brunching can also enjoy free access to the hotel’s pool.
Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs440 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Peal, Corniche West (02 510 1234).
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