This time of year is all about celebrating with family, friends and good food, and we’ve got you covered with a round up of the best festive happenings in Abu Dhabi. Have a read, take your pick, make the plans and reserve a table now!
♥ON CHRISTMAS DAY♥
On Christmas Day, they’re hosting a brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm, with a selection of
the finest delicacies from the seafood buffet station, and for the main event, dine on the
finest cuts of meat from the live carving stations including traditional golden roasted turkey with all the trimmings, as well as the flavoursome, 40 Day Dry Aged New York Strip.
Price is AED345 per person including brunch with soft beverages, AED495 with selected house beverages and AED595 per person with selected house beverages plus
unlimited French bubbles.
Call (0)2 641 1500 for reservations and more information.
•Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
On Christmas Day, go over for brunch at Cho Gao and continue treating your taste buds to Asian delicacies and a selection of ice tea for just AED136++. Top up AED89++ for unlimited house beverage package. Moreover, continue the Christmas Brunch feast with a 2 for 1 offer on house beverages and mixers during happy hours from 4pm to 7pm. A Festive food feast continues with the Christmas Bonanza at Spaccanapoli, where you can enjoy as much Italian delicacies as you can for three hours for AED125++. Top up AED89++ for unlimited house beverage package. Semplicemente irresistible! On a Christmas Day, as Santa Claus drops by to pay a visit to the children, tuck into the delicious international buffet, which will be stocked full of all the most loved traditional treats you just can’t be bothered to cook yourself this year.
Pile your plate high with roast turkey, roast potatoes and mince pies, as well as fresh salads and a selection of desserts, including the traditional Christmas pudding for AED240++. Moreover, the live entertainment will keep the Christmas spirit moving while you sip on free-flowing house beverages. Christmas Day promises to be even more FAB at Heroes for a festive brunch buffet with Yorkshire pudding, Christmas sandwiches, roast turkey and house beverages served from 12pm to 4pm for AED130++.
Continue the party into the evening with Friday After Brunch and The International Playboys from 5pm until late.
Call (0)2 616 6251 for reservations and more information.
•Courtyard by Marriot
At the Bistro Christmas Day brunch dine on golden roasted Christmas turkey with cranberry sauce or the tender US prime rib with herb jus, along with a host of classic sides including golden roast potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and honey roasted root vegetables. Alternatively, dine on an eclectic selection of dishes from around the world such as wok fried roast duck or chicken moulikya. Price is AED199 per person with soft drinks, AED299 with house beverages, AED99 for children aged 6 to 12, children under six years of age eat free.
At Fifth Street Café, savour in the three course set menu and start with the delicate flavour of caramelised scallops paired with roasted beets and spiced walnut, before tucking into golden, oven roasted turkey roulade complete with parsnips, carrot mash, Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce. Price is AED135 per person for a three-course set menu.
Call (0)2 698 2222 for reservations and more information.
•Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
At Urban Kitchen, get in the festive spirit with their Grand Lunch Buffet encompassing the finest selection of traditional Christmas dishes such as roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, an extensive seafood selection, Asian favourites and French raclette. Finish off with a special treat from the live crepe station and Christmas pudding with custard. Enjoy upbeat live music throughout the day, while kids will enjoy dedicated activities at the play area in the company of Santa Claus who will hand out presents. The buffet opens from 12.30pm to 4pm. Price is AED199 net per person including soft beverages.
Call (0)2 698 8137 for reservations and more information.
Enjoy a spectacular Christmas Day Brunch in Abu Dhabi’s most iconic hotel, with an extensive five-star festive buffet, taking place from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at Le Vendôme, starting from AED450 per person. There is also a Festive Christmas Day Lunch taking place from 12.30pm to 3pm at the hotel’s award-winning Italian eatery Mezzaluna, with prices starting from AED600 per person.
Call (0)2 690 9000 for reservations and more information.
•Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The Fairmont Monumental Brunch spans four signature restaurants, making it one of the biggest Christmas Day brunches in the City. Savour dishes from Frankie’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, visit live stations from Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill and revel in international dishes from CuiScene restaurant. The little ones will also be catered for with a visit from Santa as well as their own kid’s buffet in the children’s area. The brunch is from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at AED399 (soft drinks), AED599 free flowing sparkling, grapes, hops and mixed beverages) and AED649 (free flow bubbly package). AED199 for children aged between 6-12 and children under 6 dine for free. Later on, CuiScene will also be offering Christmas Dinner buffet from 7pm– 11.30pm, with a vast array of fresh seafood as well as traditional festive treats including a turkey carving station and festive desserts, from 7.00pm until 11.30pm priced at AED245 (Buffet only), AED269 (soft drinks) and AED319 (selected beverages). Children between 6-12 years are AED122 and children under six-years-old go free.
Call (0)2 654 3238 for reservations and more information.
Fanr Restaurant are firing up the grill this Christmas Day from 6pm to 10pm with a spectacular evening BBQ. Start with a delicious selection of cold appetisers such as Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Broccoli and Walnuts, Couscous Salad and German Potato Salad. For mains, try the sizzling cuisine straight off the BBQ including Spiced Beef Steaks, Chilli Garlic Prawns and BBQ Mackerel. A delectable Christmas Roast counter is also available with Herb and Spice marinated topside of Beef, with horseradish sauce, onion gravy and Brussels Sprouts. Desserts include Mince Pies, Rocky Road Brownies and Warm Date Pudding with Vanilla Sauce. Price is AED145 per person with soft beverages, AED195 with unlimited selected house beverages and AED425 inclusive of a bottle of French bubbly.
Call (0)2 657 5888 for reservations and more information.
The Holiday Inn is hosting a truly special Christmas Brunch on the 25th of December from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at the Silk Route Café. Celebrate with an extensive festive cold buffet, roast turkey, traditional Christmas puddings and more. The Brunch is priced at AED149 including soft drinks, and AED189 including house beverages. Kids below 12 years old eat for free! There will also be a Kidz Zone with a face painter, building blocks, colouring kits, festive cartoons and more.
Call (0)2 657 4856 for reservations and more information.
•InterContinental Abu Dhabi
At Circo, Chef Matteo has put together a special Tuscan family sharing menu for AED290 for the soft drink and juices package and AED350 inclusive of free flowing of selected house beverages, from 12pm to 4pm. At Chamas, indulge in a Brazilian Christmas brunch, delicious salad buffet and your favourite cuts of meat for AED325 including soft drinks, AED 375 including selected house beverages, and AED550 including French bubbly.
Special kids’ entertainment includes magic shows, face painting, clown and juggler while you enjoy the tunes of guest DJ and Samba Dancers, from 12pm to 4pm. At the Yacht Club, enjoy a Christmas brunch feast with a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes with the special Christmas buffet, for AED325 including soft drinks, AED375 including selected house beverages, and AED550 including French bubbly, from 12pm to 4pm.
Call (0)2 666 6888 for reservations and more information.
•Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Visit Rosewater on Christmas Day for a truly memorable Christmas buffet lunch. Bring the kids, as Santa will be bringing his gift bag! Prices are AED375, and AED595 with free flowing bubbly, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
In Nahaam, savour a brunch featuring sizzling live BBQ stations offering an abundance of premium meats, succulent seafood and all your favourites, but this time with a Christmas twist. There are chilled free flowing beverages including premium pink bubbly on offer, topped off with Jazz band and a complimentary beach and pool access. Timings are 12.30 to 3.30pm, and prices are AED425 with soft drinks, AED525 with hops and grapes, and AED625 with bubbly. Pearls by Michael Caines, Brasserie Angélique, and BiCE are all doing Christmas Day lunches with an English, French and Italian style twist respectively. Each runs from 12pm to 3.30pm, and each is priced at AED375, or AED550 with free flowing bubbly.
Call (0)2 811 5888 for reservations and more information.
•KOI Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
Celebrate the holiday season with a delectable Christmas Day Brunch at Koi Restaurant and Lounge, Saadiyat Island. Dine on favourites such as Yellow Tail Sashimi with Yuzu Koshyo Dressing, Softshell Crab Tempura and the all-time favourite, Miso Marinated Black Cod.
Indulge your sweet tooth and round of your exquisite feast with a tempting sweet treat, such as the classic Mini Mince Pies with Crème Anglaise and Chocolate Steam Cake with Saffron Sauce. Price is AED345 per person with soft beverages, AED445 with selected house beverages and AED545 with selected house beverages plus unlimited French bubbles.
Call (0)2 678 3334 for reservations and more information.
•Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
Le Meridien has pulled out all the stops for Christmas Day. Enjoy dishes from all of the hotel’s signature restaurants, seafood from Latest Recipe, Greek from Acropolis, and
Italian from Pappagallo, with prime quality steaks, BBQ, mezze and more, from 12pm
to 4pm. There will be a children’s buffet too, and Santa will be giving out gifts. Prices are
AED265 net for soft drinks, AED395 with hops and grapes, and AED485 with bubbly,
and AED135 net for kids. From 4pm, the party continues at Wakataua Terrace and Beach Lounge.
Call (0)2 644 6666 for reservations and more information
At Coopers Bar and Restaurant, feast on the traditional festive carvery roast brunch,
with mulled beverages for everyone, a Christmas Choir, and gifts from Santa.
Prices are AED125 with soft drinks, AED160 with selected beverages, and AED190 with beverages and bubbly. Teatro is offering up a brunch, from 12.30pm to 4pm, and a dinner from 6pm to 11pm on Christmas Day. The brunch features a unique sharing-style approach
with dishes aplenty, and the dinner comprises a delicate three-course set menu.
Both will be accompanied by a Christmas Choir, festive giveaways and gifts from Santa, all for AED250 per person for both. Ginger is also hosting a big Christmas Day Brunch, from 12.30pm to 4pm, with plenty of activities for kids including a magician, face painting, a jumping castle and gifts from Santa. Kids eat for AED115, adults for AED175 with soft drinks, AED210 for selected beverages, and AED260 for premium beverages.
Call (0)2 657 3333 for reservations and more information
•Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The Christmas Day brunch at Gironotte boasts over 30 live cooking stations including slow roasted Wagyu beef leg carving with cranberry sauce and Yorkshire pudding, seafood and oyster bar and Dolce dessert room offering panettone, chocolate fondue, Christmas cookies, minced pies, Yule logs and more. Brunch is followed by an after-party at Sorso Bar with a selection of handcrafted beverages and resident DJ on the decks Buffet with soft drinks is AED600, buffet with house beverages is AED750.
For the feasts in The Forge and Li Jiang, please refer to the Christmas Eve listings, as they are the same.
Call (0)2 818 8181 for reservations and more information.
•Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & resort
Christmas Day Brunch at Flavours matches festive flavours with seasonal melodies.
Enjoy fresh seafood including oysters, lobsters and mussels, while meat lovers will
be spoilt for choice at the grill station with venison, lamb, goose and turkey specialties.
Open from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, the price is AED265 with soft drinks, AED345 with
selected house beverages, and AED120 for kids under 12, whilst kids under six eat for
At The Tavern Pub, the festive cheer meets delicious food in this traditional British pub. Experience a feast of flavours with Christmas roast served with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding, for AED95.
Call (0)2 677 3333 for reservations and more information.
• Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
Exchange season’s greetings with friends and family over a lovely Christmas Brunch
at The Foundry Restaurant from 12:30pm to 4pm. Meanwhile, Santa has confirmed
that The Foundry is on his schedule and that a sack load of gifts will be delivered. From
AED215++ inclusive of soft beverages, AED300++ inclusive of selected beverages and AED385++ inclusive of bubbly.
Call (0)2 818 4888 for reservations and more information.
With Christmas lunch available at both Amici and Origins, there is plenty to choose from at Yas Viceroy on Christmas Day. At Amici, indulge in an Italian three course meal from AED300 including soft drinks and AED415 including house grapes and bubbly. Those looking for international festive fare can opt for Origins and feast on the impressive buffet for AED450 including grapes and sparkling or AED650 including French bubbly.
Call (0)2 656 0600 for reservations and more information.
Zuma signature brunch from 12.30 to 4pm, offering with the addition of special seasonal inspired dishes, a festive dessert display and welcome drinks for guests. Little ones are also welcomed to enjoy personalised gifts from Santa.vBrunch Packages available are the
Kitsu for AED345 (soft drinks and Zuma cleansers), Kowaku for AED445 (sparkling, sommelier’s selection of grape and hop beverages), Kyasha for AED555 (French bubbly, Japanese beverages, sake, sommelier’s selection of grape and hop beverages), and Kodomo for AED150, for children aged four to 12.
Call (0)2 401 5900 for reservations and more information.