New Season Restaurant
A selection of tasty appetisers kick things off at this pocket-friendly deal, before a main and range of desserts round off the festive meal. And you better be on your best behaviour because Santa Claus will be dropping by.
Dhs80, Dhs40 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-3.30pm. City Seasons Al Hamra (02 417 6505).
Get into the festive spirit at this British pub on Christmas Day. Live music and a glass of mulled grape welcome guests on arrival. Diners can enjoy a mouth-watering feast including a traditional roast with all its trimmings, too.
Dhs95. Noon-5pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort (02 677 3333).
Looking for a little Xmas road trip? Drive over to Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter to enjoy a lavish spread at this all-day dining venue. Boasting traditional festive flavours, international treats and live carving stations, it quite literally is a Christmas brunch in the desert. Talk about a unique experience in the Middle East.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs125 (children aged four-12 years). Noon-3pm. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (02 886 2088).
Barfly by Buddha Bar
This hip pan-Asian venue has got a few surprise tricks up its sleeve for this big occasion. Expect creative dishes, a sleigh full of fun and catchy tunes courtesy of the DJ.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Venetian Village (02 404 1951).
A golden roast turkey with cranberry sauce, Yorkshire puddings and a range of vegetables sits proudly next to a wok-fried roast duck at this Christmas Day brunch. Make sure you try both the birds.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs79 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center (02 698 2222).
Save yourself the task of queueing at the buffet and pull up a chair at this restaurant for a four-course Italian meal that won’t ruin your bank balance, or your waistline.
Dhs229. Noon-3.30pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi (02 692 4247).
A three-course set menu awaits you at this swanky French restaurant. Diners also have the option of choosing something from the à la carte options.
Dhs275, Dhs550 (bubbly). Noon-3.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
You will find all the traditional favourites here, to truly fill you with festive cheer. And the entertainment promises to be just as cheerful, with carol singers and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi (02 674 2020).
Enjoy an Asian-style brunch packed full of festive favourites with a twist. The more traditional pickings like roast turkey and Christmas puddings will also be served.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (02 616 6801).
This all-day dining location at the Four Seasons does a great Friday brunch – a delicious spread of food in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. And you can expect nothing less at its Christmas Day do. Oh, except for the addition of carol singers and a visit from Santa Claus.
Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs400 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). 12.30pm-5pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi (02 333 222).
Expect all the favourites – roast beef and turkey, Christmas puddings and pies – at this international buffet set within the über-cool Aloft hotel.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs265 (house beverages). Noon-3pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi (02 654 5000).
Seven of the Beach Rotana’s restaurants come together for this mega-brunch. There’s also a children’s play area to keep the young ones occupied while the parents have a jolly good time.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs145 (children aged six-12). 12.30-3.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 697 9011).
If you love seafood and a wide variety of meat, you will enjoy what this brunch at the Sheraton has to offer. There will be grill stations and seafood counters galore, brimming with oysters, lobsters, venison, lamb, goose and turkey.
Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs100 (children under 12). Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort (02 697 0257).
Expect a traditional meal the Jazz way. A roasted turkey breast with sage and onion stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mozzarella, brie and red onion served on a béchamel base and topped with cranberry sauce and fresh sage. You might want to read that back again – this time, try not to drool.
Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs229 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 44 7752).
This new all-day dining spot downtown is pulling out all the stops to set up its party. In addition to the usual stations and, of course, a plump roast turkey and its trimmings, the spread will also include a couple of specially prepared dishes from the hotel’s signature JW Steakhouse. There will also be a host of kiddie activities and an appearance from Santa.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs280 (house beverages), Dhs70 (kids aged six-11). 12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi (02 304 7777).
Royal Rose Abu Dhabi
Want to break away from the usual festive brunch set-up? Try this one on for size. You can bask in the winter sun at this laidback poolside, barbecue brunch as the attentive staff keep everyone’s spirits up.
Dhs180 (soft drinks), Dhs90 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under six). Dhs12.30pm-4pm. Royal Rose Abu Dhabi (02 672 4000).
The fresh seafood bar and barbecue station at this gorgeous venue will attempt to lure guests away from the more traditional dishes, although we know it will be tough to resist the Christmas pudding and yule log.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (sparkling), Dhs475 (French bubbly), Dhs99 (children). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Beach Club (02 656 3500).
A choir of carol singers welcomes guests into this restaurant that hopes to impress with a feast fit for the occasion. There’s also plenty for the kids to get up to in the relaxed setting, including a little visit from Santa Claus.
Dhs220, Dhs370 (house beverages and two glasses of bubbly). 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel (02 508 0555).
This restaurant’s team of top-notch chefs are set to tantalise your taste buds with live stations featuring wonderfully creative dishes specially concocted with yuletide in mind. We also have reason to believe a certain Lapland resident will be dropping by for a meet and greet (and, if his busy schedule permits, maybe a biscuit or two as well).
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs319 (house beverages), Dhs389 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (02 818 4888).
The staple brunch at the Crowne Plaza gets a seasonal makeover especially for you. Live entertainment and fabulous feasting are on the cards at The Garden, with Santa set to drop by, too.
Dhs155 (soft drinks) Dhs215 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (02 616 6801).
The Sportsman’s Arms
The American-Irish gastropub is all set to host its guests for an extravagant three-course meal that includes more uncommon dishes such as New England clam chowder and wild mushroom terrine, as well as a traditional line-up of roast turkey with all its trimmings. Vegetarians have no fear, the hearty roast butternut squash risotto promises to keep you merry throughout.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs345 (sparkling). Noon-3pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 403 4235).
Todd English’s Olives
A four-course set menu, served on sharing platters, is the main event at this family-friendly brunch, and truly celebrates the spirit of the season. Kids’ activities include face painting and pizza making, plus a visit from that rather rotund, cheery man in red.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs400 (bubbly), Dhs100 (kids aged 11-14), Dhs65 (kids aged five-10), free (kids under four). 12.30pm-4pm. Venetian Village (02 408 7201).
Do you believe that less is in fact more and don’t fancy being too stuffed at the end of the day? If so, ditch the lavish brunches for a three-course meal here. Don’t worry, though, you’ll get your turkey in all its finery, along with a cracking appetiser and dessert.
Dhs220. Noon-3.30pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi (02 692 4247).
The family-friendly brunch at Aqua includes seasonal recipes, traditional desserts and all the much-loved trimmings, crafted by chef Francisco Sanabria and his team.
Dhs380 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs190 (kids aged six-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi (02 813 5552).
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The hotel’s top culinary spots – Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill and CuiScene – will come together and serve up a feast for this grand occasion. Meanwhile, the groovy DJ will roll out festive tunes to set spirits to joyful.
Dhs399 (buffet), Dhs599 (soft drinks), Dhs649 (bubbly), Dhs199 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (02 654 3238).
A family-friendly brunch serving cuisines from around the world that include a variety of hearty salads, roast turkey and decadent desserts. The Westin Choir will be present to bid you good tidings and spread some cheer.
Dhs420 (soft drinks), Dhs520 (house beverages), Dhs620 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa (02 616 9999).
InterContinental Abu Dhabi
It’s a global feast over at this five-star venue with Chamas, Circo and Belgian Café all coming together. Guests can enjoy Asian, Italian, Belgian and Brazilian delicacies. And let’s not forget the turkey.
Dhs335 (soft drinks), Dhs385 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs195 (children). Noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi (02 666 6888).
Expect a big production at the Palace come Christmas Day. Work your way through the palatial buffet but make sure you leave room for dessert. The hotel’s also organising a number of games and activities for the kids, including a visit from Santa and his merry troop of elves.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs700 (bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Emirates Palace (02 690 9000).
This seafood restaurant is known for its fine grub, so you can be sure its festive brunch is going to please all palates. Succulent seafood, generous carving stations and a cheese room filled with 40 varieties.
Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs700 (bubbly), Dhs250 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids below six). 1pm-4pm. St. Regis Saadiyat Island (02 498 8888).
An afternoon of festive food and fun is on the cards at this Yas Marina restaurant, with Santa flying in especially for it. A smörgåsbord of international dishes will be served up alongside a traditional roast turkey. A live band, face painting and desserts galore will make sure everyone is having a good time.
Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs650 (French bubbly), Dhs195 (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four). 12.30pm-4pm. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi (02 656 0000).
Santa has apparently already RSVP’d to this brunch after hearing just a few mentions of what’s on offer. Delicious cuts of meat, fresh seafood and decadent desserts are all being planned and prepped for you as you read this.
Dhs375. Dhs550 (bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Tower, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
Step inside for an Italian feast inspired by food from the city of Florence. Antipasti, pastas, pizzas, mains and desserts (of course) are all yours for the taking.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs510 (French bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa (02 616 9999).
Terrace on the Corniche
The family-friendly brunch features carving stations, mouth-watering seafood, homemade pâtés, rows of desserts and a room full of cheese – 25 varieties to be exact. Sticklers for tradition will be more than pleased with the classic feast on offer.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly), Dhs175 (kids aged six-12), free (children under 6). The St Regis Abu Dhabi (02 694 4444).
If you think Christmas should be more of a party affair you will want to make a note of this one. A barbecue brunch is the order of the day as the resident DJ spins the party tunes.
Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (house beverages), Dhs600 (bubbly), Dhs200 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under 5). 1pm-4pm. The St Regis Saadiyat (02 498 8888).
Dhs501 and above
There’s no holding back at this brunch that promises feasters more than 30 live cooking stations including a slow-roasted wagyu beef carving station. Make sure you pop into the Dolce dessert room that will be filled with panettone, fondue, minced pies and lots more.
Dhs600 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (house beverages), Dhs900 (bubbly), Dhs450 (children aged 13 to 16), Dhs160 (children aged four-12 years), free (kids under four). 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi (02 818 82820).
Get into the spirit with Christmas markets, tree lighting ceremonies and more festive meals
Festive Afternoon Tea
Treat yourself to a spot of afternoon tea – the city’s favourite culinary pastime (only after brunch, of course). Expect almond stollen, spiced gingerbread loaf, yule logs and more.
Dhs160, Dhs200 (one glass of sparkling). Dec 4-Jan 7, 2pm-6pm. The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Saadiyat (02 498 8996).
It’s time to deck the tree. Join the team at Beach Rotana for this occasion that includes entertainment by two different choirs, a pack of storytellers, a gingerbread choo-choo train and lots of sweets and gifts. And let’s not forget a visit by dear old Santa himself.
Dec 6, 5pm onwards. Beach Rotana (02 697 9000).
Dusit Thani’s team of pastry chefs get creative whilst carefully constructing and decorating rows of gingerbread houses. The finished treats will be available at the hotel’s patisserie shop.
Price varies. Dec 10 onwards, 10am-10pm. Dusit Gourmet at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi (02 698 8888).
Leave the cooking up to the helpful team over at jones the grocer as you sit back and focus on the eating. Order now for your feast of roast turkey with stuffing, paired with five sides and a cranberry gravy. The best part? You get to prance around in your reindeer pjs all day.
From Dhs775. Dec 24-26. Various outlets including Khalidiya (02 639 5883).
Christmas Eve Dinner
Start celebrations the night before with a buffet brimming with classic and modern-day favourites.
Dhs245 (food), Dhs269 (soft drinks), Dhs319 (bubbly). Dhs122 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Dec 24, 7pm-11.30pm. CuiScene, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (02 654 3238).
Grab your brood and head on over to Carluccio’s Festive Market for some Christmas cheer. Visitors can refuel with mince pies and mulled grape as they shop for presents. There are also lots of prizes and giveaways to be won.
Every Fri and Sat in December. Carluccio’s, Eastern Mangroves Promenade (02 4413814).
Boxing Day Lunch
Unwind over a relaxing meal with friends. Turkey sandwiches aren’t compulsory.
From Dhs125 (food only). Dec 26, 1pm-4pm. Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien (02 674 2020).