Abu Dhabi's best Christmas day brunches 2018

Your one-stop guide to the capital's festive feasts grouped by price

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Slices of turkeys, balls of stuffing, lashings of gravy – Christmas dinner is the stuff foodie dreams are made of.

Whether you think there’s room for Yorkshire puddings on the menu (we absolutely do) or have a violent reaction to Brussels sprouts (we do, again),
we can all agree it’s a brilliant meal.

Here are the places to go in Abu Dhabi, listed by price.

Dhs100-199

Amerigo’s Mexican Bar & Restaurant
A Mexican Christmas celebration, done in the style of the Acapulco! Friday brunch. Featuring traditional Mexican dishes and complimentary pool access.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs320 (house beverages).  December 25, noon-4pm. Park Inn by Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Belgian Café Yas Island
Hefty portions of turkey, free-range chicken and slow-roast beef sirloin served with all the festive trimmings you could wish for.
Dhs125 (food), Dhs25 (hops), Dhs90 (kids aged four-11). December 25, 1pm-5pm. Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Cho Gao Crowne Plaza
A four-course set Asian menu featuring dishes such as wasabi-seared Gulf prawns and
wok-fried noodles with Cho Gao’s special festive sauce.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). December 25, 6pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamadan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6149).

Corniche All Day Dining
A seasonal buffet featuring traditional festive dishes from around the world, available for both lunch and dinner.
Lunch: Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs285 (house beverages). Dinner: Dhs220 (soft drinks), Dhs305 (house beverages). December 25, 1pm-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road (02 813 7777).

c.taste restaurant
An all-you-can-eat brunch including all the best festive delicacies and plenty of exciting Christmas activities for children.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Centro Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
(02 409 6512).

Dine
A huge choice of festive favourites for a reasonable price. Featuring everything from roast beef to turkey, and lots of helpings of Christmas pudding and Christmas cake.
Dhs199 net (soft drinks), Dhs220 (house beverages). December 25, noon-3pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5121).

Dino’s Bistro Italiano
An Italian-themed Christmas feast, featuring a three-course set lunch menu of authentic delicacies from the boot-shaped country.
Dhs170 (grapes). December 25, noon-3.30pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Filini Garden
A traditional Christmas dinner served on the pretty garden-themed Italian terrace with views over Yas Links.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs340 (house beverages), Dhs90 (kids aged six-11). December 25, noon-3pm. Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island
(02 656 2000).

Heroes
Celebrate Christmas with a good old British carvery featuring live stations, roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy and much more.
Dhs150 net. December 25 6pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamadan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6838).

Mr Miyagi’s
Five courses of Indonesian cuisine and three hours of unlimited drinks. Plus entertainment from Karaoke Superstars, glitter stations and a whole load of festive games.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs290 (premium beverages). December 25, 3pm-6pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island. eat@mrmiyagisauh.com.

New Season Restaurant
All you can eat festive favourites, including cold appetisers and a wide range of desserts. There’ll also be a visit from Santa.
Dhs79 (soft drinks). December 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. City Seasons Al Hamra Abu Dhabi, Electra Street, Al Markaziyah (02 417 6500).

Olive Tree Restaurant
A huge buffet of Christmas classics including turkey, roasted vegetables and lots of gravy. The halls will be decked with boughs of holly and the food served with a fine selection of hops, grapes and traditional desserts.
Dhs140 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Aloft Al Ain, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Ain (03 713 8888).

Printania Restaurant
A wide selection of Christmas favourites, plus festive photo opportunities with Santa who’ll be handing out gifts to the kids.
Dhs180 (soft drinks). December 25, 1pm-5pm. Royal Rose Hotel Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed the 1st Street, Al Markaziyah (02 672 4000).

Saffron
The Christmas-themed buffet includes roast turkey, international dishes, live cooking stations and plenty of activities to keep children entertained.
Dhs180 (soft drinks), Dhs220 (house beverages), Dhs250 (bubbly). December 25, 12.30-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Shang Palace
The Chinese restaurant has given a festive twist to its dim sum set menu. There are great views over the Grand Canal at this night-time feast as well. Dhs225. December 25, 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).

Silk Route Café
A traditional Christmas brunch complete with a visit from Santa Claus himself. There’ll also be a performance from a violinist, games, face painting and a special buffet area for kids.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (mixed drinks), Dhs349 (bubbly). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 657 4856).

Spaccanapoli
The Italian restaurant is serving up a three-course set menu featuring vine-ripened tomato tartar with fresh burrata and basil oil, and prime Angus grilled beef with tossed winter vegetables.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages). December 25, 6pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamadan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6261).

The Garden
The Christmas buffet is home to every festive favourite you can think of, and Santa will be flying in on his sleigh for both sittings.
Dhs145 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). December 25, noon-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamadan bin Mohammed Street
(02 616 6838).

The Sportsman’s Arms
A four-course sharing-style brunch served in the relaxed and friendly environment of the Zayed City sports bar.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverage), Dhs355 (sparkling), Dhs89 (kids aged five-14), free (kids under five). December 25, noon-3pm & 5pm-8pm. The International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar
A tapas-style Christmas brunch, featuring a spread of Mediterranean and international dishes, plenty of hops, bubbly and top tunes from the resident DJ.
Dhs150 (house beverages), Dhs200 (bubbly). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Dhs200-399

Abu Dhabi Golf Club
This Christmas Day brunch features a carvery buffet, live performances from entertainers and kids’ activities.
Dhs350 (guest), Dhs299 (member). Dhs120 (kids aged four-12). December 25, noon-3.30pm. Sas Al Nakhl, Khalifa City A (056 536 2230).

Afyä
A Christmas Day barbecue brunch and dinner featuring a huge range of delicious meats and beautiful vistas over the Grand Canal.
Brunch: Dhs240 (food only). Dinner: Dhs140 (food only). December 25, 1pm-4pm & 6.30pm-11.30pm. Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Al Thuraya Ballroom
A buffet spread featuring tasty dishes from across the Beach Rotana’s many restaurants and plenty of children’s entertainment.
Dhs310 (soft drinks), Dhs410 (house beverages), Dhs510 (premium beverages), Dhs150 (kids aged six-12). December 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 697 9011).

Aqua
A Christmas roast with all the trimmings, festive decorations and beverage packages including grape and sparkling.
Dhs235 (food), Dhs105 (house beverages), Dhs125 (sparkling). December 25, 7pm-10.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

BiCE
A Milanese-style lunch featuring Christmas classics and modern and traditional Italian specialities. Boasts a stylish dining area and outdoor terrace.
Dhs250. December 25, noon-3pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5555).
          
Byblos Sur Mer
A set Christmas menu of Lebanese specialities, plus a complimentary bottle of Lebanese drink for tables of six or more.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs425 (premium beverages). December 25, 1pm-5pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Cafe Milano
An Italian-style Christmas celebration with festive specials, à la carte mains and beautiful waterfront views from the terrace.
Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (house beverages), Dhs95 (children). December 25, noon-4pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).

Cho Gao Marina Walk
The Christmas Marina Brunch features pan-Asian dishes, authentic Italian specialities, Brazilian churrascaria, plus children’s activities and a treat from Santa.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs425 (bubbly). December 25, noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 4630).

Crust
The Christmas-themed buffet spread features live cooking stations, roast meats and all your festive favourites. Kids will be kept amused with a visit from Santa and some equally special entertainment.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs590 (bubbly) Dhs180 (kids aged six-12), Dhs70 (kids aged five or under). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).

Dai Pai Dong
The ‘Fortune and Prosperity’ eight-course festive menu includes a selection of the Cantonese restaurant’s specialities and one glass of sparkling grape.
Dhs250. December 25, 6pm-11pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).          

Essence
A buffet spread featuring tasty dishes from across the Beach Rotana’s many restaurants and plenty of children’s entertainment.
Dhs360 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (house beverages), Dhs560 (premium beverages), Dhs180 (kids aged six-12. December 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 697 9011).

Flavours
Delicious food such as fresh lobsters and oysters, and carving stations of turkey, lamb and beef. There’ll also be entertainment in the form of a live band, a kid’s play area and a visit from Mr Claus himself.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), free (kids below six). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Al Markaziyah (02 677 3333).

Hoi An
A four-course set menu featuring some of the finest Vietnamese dishes and authentic Asian flavours known to man. Available for both lunch and dinner.
Dhs310. December 25, noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain
(02 509 8555).

Horizon
A wide selection of festive dishes including roast meats, vegetable sides and desserts. They’ll be putting on loads of activities for the kids, too.
Dhs225 (soft drinks). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche Road
(02 657 0200).

Ingredients
The huge buffet features traditional dishes and live carving stations. There’ll also be a kid’s club for the younger ones to enjoy.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs160 (kids aged five-12). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara,
Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).

Khayal
A festive buffet hosted by Santa himself, who will also be bringing along gifts for the little ones. There’ll be live stations and roast meats.
Dhs375 (soft drinks) Dhs500 (house beverages), Dhs600 (sparkling), Dhs125 (kids), free (kids aged five and under). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Centre (02 201 4000).

Kuzbara
Christmas favourites for all the family, including roast turkey and all the trimmings. Father Christmas will be making an  appearance as well, we hear.
Dhs220 (food only), Dhs335 (house beverages), Dhs82 (kids aged six-11), free (kids aged five and under). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Latest Recipe
Featuring a live band, roast turkey and traditional trimmings, prime cuts of meat, a seafood corner and a visit from Santa.
Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs135 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).

Maison Beirut
Have a Lebanese Christmas with a set menu of Beiruty classics and live entertainment. Enjoy hot and cold mezzeh, grilled meats, chef specials and Middle Eastern desserts.
Dhs250 (food only), Dhs125 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Dec 25 1pm-5pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238). 

Nahaam
A DJ and saxophonist playing all the classic festive hits, a visit from Santa, numerous live cooking stations and a spacious terrace are what’s on offer at Nahaam.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs575 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged four-11), free (kids under four). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5555).

Oléa
Seafood specialities, carving and rotisserie stations and heaps of desserts. Plus
entertainment from Zero Funk and a visit from Santa Claus.
Dhs380 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), Dhs180 (kids aged six-12). December 25, 1pm-4pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 498 8888).

Origins
The festive version of Origins’ popular brunch features carving stations, free-flowing drinks, a visit from Santa and face painting and other fun activities in the kids’ zone.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages) Dhs525 (bubbly) Dhs195 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Hotel, Yas Marina (02 656 0600).

Rosewater
The luxurious buffet includes three hours of feasting on festive favourites from around the world. The terrace also offers beautiful sea views, if you can take your eyes off the food.
Dhs395 (food), Dhs150 (unlimited house beverages), Dhs140 (kids aged four-11). December 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5555).

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Four hours of Christmas treats, house beverages, guest performances and kids’ activities. All within metres of the beautiful Saadiyat Beach.
Dhs350 (guests, Dhs299 (members), Dhs120 (kids aged three and above). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Island (02 499 8100).

Sambusek
A festive-themed set menu of Chef Emad’s Levantine recipes, featuring fresh seafood and delicious meats.
Dhs350. December 25, 7pm-12.30am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).     

Sim Sim
The Christmas Day Market Brunch features festive dishes and sweet treats served from the expansive buffet and cooking stations.

Dhs335 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly), Dhs165 (kids aged six-11). Tuesday December 25 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

Sofra BLD
A huge Christmas buffet of international dishes, seasonal favourites such as roast meats and all sides you could wish for.
Brunch: Dhs345, Lunch: Dhs260. December 25, 1pm-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).

The Foundry
Featuring The Foundry’s fine cuts of meat, Christmas treats and a special visit from Santa, it’s a festive party for the whole family.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs385 (house beverages), Dhs485 (premium beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six-12). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street (02 818 4888).

The Scene
Five courses of Christmas classics, including brie and camembert, roast turkey and Christmas pudding and a visit from Santa at Simon Rimmer’s new Abu Dhabi venture.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (premium package), Dhs99 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under six). December 25, noon-10pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island. eat@thesceneauh.com.

The Terrace on the Corniche
A sophisticated festive celebration that combines high-quality cuisine with free-flowing beverages and live entertainment.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road (02 694 4553).

Villa Toscana
Pranzo di Natale is a Tuscan-inspired Christmas Day brunch full of authentic Italian cuisine, free-flowing beverages and plenty of festive spirit.
Dhs330 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (house beverages). December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road (02 694 4553).

Urban Kitchen
An international buffet at the Dusit Thani, including a huge range of festive treats, including fresh seafood and roast turkey, as well as festive desserts.
Dhs320. December 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The 1st Street (02 698 8137).

Verso
Family-friendly Italian dishes that can be enjoyed inside or outdoor. Expect plenty of live stations, seafood and roast meats, and loads more.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs175 (kids aged six-12). December 25, noon-4pm. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl, Corniche Road (02 510 1234).


Dhs400-599

Aqua
The Christmas Garden Brunch features a special guest appearance from Santa Claus, a huge buffet spread, interactive kitchens and a waterfront terrace so you can lap it all up al fresco-style.
Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs565 (bubbly), Dhs232 (kids ages six-12). December 25, 1pm-4pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

Bord Eau
A five-course Christmas dinner featuring classic French recipes prepared with a contemporary twist.
Dhs450. December 25, 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

InterContinental Abu Dhabi
The Marina Christmas Brunch will have an incredible array of food as well as plenty of festive cheer. The dishes include pan-Asian delights, Italian specialities, Brazilian meats and loads more. If that’s not enough, Santa will also be popping in to say hello the little ones and it’s two-for-one on the food and hosue beverage packages.
Dhs499 (food only), Dhs625 (house beverages), Dhs633 (bubbly). Dec 25, noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Feast on dishes from four of the hotel's restaurants, including Frankie's Italian Restaurant & Bar, Chamaeleon Terrace, Marco Pierre Whit Steakhouse & Grill and CuiScene. There's plenty for kids to enjoy and a DJ spinning some festive tunes. 
Dhs485 (soft drinks), Dhs665 (sparkling), Dhs785 (bubbly), Dhs240 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238). 

Le Vendôme
The Emirates Palace venue will be dressed up in all its Christmas finery and serving the most delicious festive dishes from around the world. 
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (grapes), Dhs700 (one bottle of bubbly per couple). December 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche
(02 690 7999).

The Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa
A festive feast boasting signature drink stations, a vast buffet, petting zoo, bouncy castle, delicious desserts and live entertainment. Early bird rates available before December 1.
Dhs429 (soft drinks), Dhs549 (house beverages), Dhs709 (house beverages & after-brunch party), Dhs699 (bubbly), Dhs899 (bubbly & after-brunch party), Dhs129 (kids), Dhs189 (after-brunch house beverages package). December 25, 12.30pm-5pm. Khalifa City
(02 616 9999).

Dhs400-599

Al Falaj
Dine under the stars surrounded by the golden dunes of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. There’ll be Arabic coffee and dates on arrival, a Bedouin dinner and live music.

Dhs540 (soft drinks), Dhs780 (house beverages) Dhs240 (kids aged five-12). December 25, 7pm-10.30pm. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa Desert, Al Gharbia (02 886 2088).

Al Waha
Traditional festive dishes and live carving stations in a venue decked out with festive decorations and surrounded by the vast beauty of the desert.
Dhs540 (soft drinks), Dhs780 (house beverages) Dhs240 (kids aged five-12). December 25, 6pm-10.30pm. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa Desert, Al Gharbia (02 886 2088).

Suhail
A lavish five-course dinner paired with premium grape, and accompanied by views of the majestic dunes. Even the camels will be wearing Santa hats, we hear.
Dhs780 (soft drinks), Dhs1,020 (house beverages, pairing grapes and a welcome glass of French sparkling) Dhs420 (kids aged five-12). December 25, 7pm-10.30pm. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa Desert, Al Gharbia (02 886 2088).

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