Time Out Abu Dhabi’s 2019 Restaurant Awards nominees revealed

Here are the shortlists for this year’s prestigious food awards

Time Out Abu Dhabi’s 2019 Restaurant Awards nominees revealed

Abu Dhabi’s best restaurants are about to be revealed by Time Out Abu Dhabi.

Within the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards 2019 there are 21 categories covering a vast range of different cuisines and venues.

Over the past 12 months, our team of reviewers has eaten at hundreds of restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and brunches anonymously and paid for their meals.

This process means you can trust we are giving you an honest, independent review, without any outside influences.

The top ten chosen by our culinary experts are based on their real experiences. There have been no nominations and there is no public vote.

Once again this year we will be celebrating excellence and awarding the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi who excel in creating a great atmosphere and serve brilliant food.

All the bases are covered including a wide range of international cuisines, fine dining and international brunches, outdoor restaurants, romantic restaurants, the best breakfasts, afternoon teas, the best new restaurants and more.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at Rosewood Abu Dhabi on Tuesday November 26, plus our Restaurant of the Year winner, too.

For table bookings and enquiries, email Joanna.Farrer@itp.com.

Regional 

Americas

  • Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant, Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
  • Burro Blanco, Al Khalidiyah
  • Chamas, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • COYA, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Dusk, Zaya Nurai Island
  • El Sombrero Restaurant, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
  • Limo Restaurant, Bab Al Qasr Hotel
  • Loca Restaurant & Bar, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • Ola Brasil, Al Ghazal Golf Club

Asian

  • Barfly by Buddha-Bar, Venetian Village
  • Benjarong, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
  • Buddha-Bar Beach, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
  • Cho Gao Marina Walk, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri
  • Li Jiang, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
  • Mr Miyagi’s, Yas Marina
  • Pachaylen, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
  • Sontaya, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Chinese

  • Beijing Restaurant, Al Zahiyah
  • China Restaurant, Novel Hotel City Center
  • Dai Pai Dong, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
  • Dragon Bao Bao, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street
  • Hakkasan, Emirates Palace 
  • Noodle Bowl, Zayed Sports City
  • Oasis Chinese Restaurant, Al Zahiyah
  • Panda Bao Bao
  • Seven Hotpot, Hazza Bin Zayed Street
  • Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri

European

  • Alba Terrace, The Abu Dhabi EDITION
  • Bentley Kitchen, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
  • Brauhaus, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Eat Greek Kouzina, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • La Brasserie, Venetian Village
  • La Petite Maison, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Le Beaujolais, Novel Hotel City Center
  • The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Yas Marina
  • Todd English’s Olives, Venetian Village

Indian

  • Angar, Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi
  • Gazebo, Khalidiyah Mall
  • Indigo, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • MYNT Indian Cuisine, Salam Street 
  • Namak by Kunal Kapur, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
  • Punjab Grill, Venetian Village
  • Rangoli, Yas Island Rotana
  • Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Nation Towers
  • Tamba, The Hub at The Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
  • Ushna, Souk Qaryat Al Beri

Italian

  • Cafe Milano, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
  • Cipriani, Yas Marina
  • Circo, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • Dino’s Bistro Italiano, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre
  • Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
  • Mare Mare, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
  • Mezzaluna, Emirates Palace
  • Roberto’s, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
  • Villa Toscana, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Japanese

  • 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Benihana, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Café Sushi, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
  • Tokyo Grill, Venetian Village
  • KOI Abu Dhabi, The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Matsu, Yas Links Golf Club
  • SushiSan, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
  • Toki, Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Tori No Su, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Zuma, The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Middle Eastern & North African

  • Almayass, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
  • Byblos Sur Mer, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • Dahab Restaurant & Lounge, Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi
  • Hooked, Zaya Nurai Island
  • Kahraman, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi Hotel
  • Li Beirut, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Mezlai, Emirates Palace
  • Mijana, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
  • Sambusek, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
  • TEAN, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island

Themed 

Afternoon Tea 

  • Alba Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
  • Café 302, Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana
  • Crystal Lounge, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
  • Le Café, Emirates Palace
  • Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
  • Majlis Lobby Lounge, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
  • Majlis Saadiyat, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island
  • Observation Deck at 300, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • The Library, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villlas

Bar Food

  • Appaloosa, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
  • Blu Sky Lounge & Grill, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi Hotel
  • Hamilton’s Gastropub, Saadiyat Rotana Resorts & Villas
  • Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
  • Stars ‘N’ Bars, Yas Marina
  • Stills Restaurant & Bar, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
  • Stock Burger Co., Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
  • The Sportsmans Arms, Zayed Sports City
  • The Warehouse, Pearl Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Velocity, Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

Breakfast 

  • Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
  • Café 302, Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana
  • Café Arabia, Al Mushrif
  • Market by EDITION, The Abu Dhabi EDITION
  • No.Fiftyseven Boutique Café, Al Bateen
  • Nolu’s, Al Bandar
  • Raw by Nolu’s, Al Seef Village Mall
  • Sanderson’s, The Walk at Al Seef Resort & Spa
  • Shay Mahdboot, Muroor Road
  • tashas, Al Bateen

Budget

  • Bonna Annee, Al Zahiyah
  • Burro Blanco, Al Khalidiyah
  • Egg Shack Café, Al Mushrif
  • Hankook Korean, Al Nayhan
  • Lazeez, Al Markaziyah
  • Lebanese Flower, Al Muroor Road
  • Panda Bao Bao
  • Pizza Di Rocco, Al Dhafra
  • Salam Bombay, Al Muroor Road
  • Shay Madhboot, Al Muroor Road

Cafe

  • Art House Café, Etihad Modern Art Gallery
  • Café 302, Al Maha Arjan By Rotana
  • Café Arabia, Al Karamah
  • Joud Café, Al Bateen
  • No. FiftySeven Boutique Café, Al Bateen
  • Sanderson’s, The Walk at Al Seef Resort & Spa
  • tashas, Al Bateen
  • The Living Room Café, Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Street
  • The Third Place, Corniche Road
  • Waterlemon, Al Bateen

Fine Dining Brunch

  • 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Alba Terrace, The Abu Dhabi EDITION
  • Cafe Milano, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
  • Catch, Nation Riviera Beach Club
  • COYA, The Galleria Al Maryah Island
  • Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
  • Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • Tamba, The Hub at The Mall at The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
  • Verso, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
  • Zuma, The Galleria Al Maryah Island

International Brunch

  • Best of the Beach Brunch at Essence, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Brunch at the Palace at Las Brisas, Emirates Palace
  • Bubbalicious at Fairways, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
  • Elements at Café Palmier, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • Nahaam, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Raising the Steaks at The Foundry, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi Hotel
  • The Chef’s Brunch at Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
  • The Friday Marina Brunch, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • The Market Brunch at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
  • The Terrace on the Corniche, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Outdoor Restaurant

  • Alba Terrace, The Abu Dhabi EDITION
  • Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas
  • BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace
  • Buddha-Bar Beach, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
  • Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina
  • Mare Mare, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island
  • Pacifico TIKI, Al Bandar
  • Sho Cho, Souk Qaryat Al Beri
  • Sontaya, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Pub Food

  • Belgian Café, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • Captain’s Arms, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Fado Irish Pub, Oryx Hotel
  • Harvester’s, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
  • McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel
  • PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • Porter’s English Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda
  • Victor’s Bar & Restaurant, Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi

Romantic

  • BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace
  • Buddha-Bar Beach, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Finz, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • KOI Abu Dhabi, The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
  • Mare Mare, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island
  • Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Sontaya, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • Zuma, The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Seafood

  • Aquarium, Yas Marina
  • Bu Tafish, Hamdan Street
  • Catch, Nation Riviera Beach Club
  • Finz, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Fishmarket, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
  • Flooka, Eastern Mangroves Promenade
  • Hooked, Al Douj Street
  • Off The Hook, Al Karamah
  • Safina, Saadiyat Beach Club
  • Sayad, Emirates Palace

Steakhouse

  • Butcher & Still, Four Season Abu Dhabi
  • JW Steakhouse, Marriott Hotel Downtown
  • OAK Room, The Abu Dhabi EDITION
  • Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
  • The Forge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
  • The Foundry, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi Hotel
  • The Grill, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
  • The Park Bar & Grill, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel And Villas
  • Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villa

Grand Prix 

Best Newcomer 

  • Jones The Grocer, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Joud Café, Al Seef Village Mall
  • Kura Kura, Capital Tower near ADNEC
  • Lexx, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
  • Marco’s New York Italian, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
  • Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi, Emirates Palace
  • Mazi, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • Sweet Greens, Rihan Heights
  • VaKaVa, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Wild and the Moon, Qasr Al Hosn

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