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!
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Throughout December, up until the 23rd, BOA will be offering a Festive Season Menu with a host of traditional offerings. On Christmas Eve, they’re hosting a Supper Club from 9.30pm to 1am, where you can dine on an unlimited selection of mouth-watering BOA finger food as well as festive Roasted Turkey with Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Sauce, for AED349 per person with selected beverages, and AED599 with premium beverages.
Call (0)2 641 1500 for reservations and more information.
•Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Combine Christmas with great Asian cuisine at Cho Gao. On Christmas Evefill your sack with one of the capital’s most generous festive appetiser buffets, selected main courses and desserts for AED299++ inclusive of house beverages. Moreover, start your Christmas Eve early with a 2 for 1 offer on house beverages and mixers during happy hours from 4pm to 7pm. For a Christmas Eve with an Italian touch, come to Spaccanapoli and savour an antipasti buffet, soup, cheese and terrine, a special seasonal main course, a dessert buffet with panettone, pandoro and unlimited house beverages for AED240++.
On Christmas Eve, relish the fabulous moment with a delightful festive flare including live carving, unlimited red and white grape drinks selection for AED185++, at The Garden. If you are looking for a merry setting to put you in the Christmas mood, then go to Heroes for a Festive Roast and pudding for AED89, only. The International Playboys will set the tone for cheerful Christmas night out from 10.30pm. Entrance fee is AED125++ including three house beverages. AED240++ for Christmas Eve dinner.
Call (0)2 616 6251 for reservations and more information.
•Courtyard by Marriott
The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriot World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi is offering a mouth-watering buffet, with succulent roasted Christmas turkey from the live carving station served with a classic cranberry sauce and all the trimmings, or seafood delicacies such as Alaskan king crab legs, fresh mussels and razor shell clams, for AED199 per person with soft drinks, AED299 with house beverages, AED99 for children aged 6-12 and children under six eat for free.
At Fifth Street Café, from 12pm to 1am you can enjoy a three course festive feast. Choose between two delectable appetisers, the creamy celeriac and chestnut soup or sample the enticing flavours of caramelised scallops with roasted beets and spiced walnut. For the main course, enjoy traditional oven roasted turkey roulade with parsnip and carrot mash, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and lashings of gravy, or the grilled fillet mignon paired with wild mushroom, truffle potato puree and asparagus. Price is AED135 per person.
Call (0)2 698 2222 for reservations and more information.
•Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Relish in a sumptuous Festive buffet dinner for the entire family at the Urban Kitchen, offering a culinary repertoire of dishes such as roast turkey with herb stuffing, poached shrimps, lobsters, oysters, beef tenderloin, a live crepe station and Christmas pudding with custard, from 7pm till late. Price is AED260 net per person including soft beverages.
Call (0)2 698 8137 for reservations and more information.
The Emirates Palace Hotel is hosting a Festive Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet with a wide range of traditional and international culinary treats on offer from 6.30pm to 11.30pm at Le Vendôme, starting from AED450. The hotel is also hosting an elegant five-course dinner with only the very best festive dishes and desserts at Mezzaluna, from 7pm to 11.30pm, from AED600. For a more Middle-Eastern flavour, Sayad is also hosting a five-course dinner menu from 6.30pm to 11.30pm starting from AED600 per person.
Call (0)2 690 7999 for reservations and more information.
•Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The festive buffet at CuiScene Restaurant will be brimming with lots of favourites including a festive seafood BBQ, turkey carving stations, raw seafood bar and fresh oysters as well as traditional hand crafted Christmas desserts. It is available on Xmas eve from 7pm to 11.30pm and is priced at AED245 (buffet only), AED269 (soft drinks) and AED 319 (free flowing bubbly and selected beverages). AED122 for Children 6-12 years and Children under 6 years of age dine for free. The hotel is also running festive set menus from December 21 to 30.
In Marco Pierre White enjoy dishes such as Oxtail soup with wild forest mushrooms, or Foie Gras ravioli for AED325 per person. At Frankie’s, dishes on the festive set menu include Anatra al Arancia served with purple mashed potatoes and braised savoy cabbage. The three-course festive set menu is priced at AED245 per person.
Call (0)2 654 3238 for reservations and more information.
Enjoy a tempting three-course set menu at Fanr Restaurant on Saadiyat Island. For starters choose between hearty Asparagus Soup or fresh Home Cured Salmon. For the main course, enjoy exquisite Slow Braised Veal Cheeks served with Milanese Polenta, fresh Gremolata and Provencal Vegetables or Pan Seared Chicken Breast in a maple glaze served with Barley Risotto, Parisian Carrots, Oyster Mushrooms and Ginger Butter Sauce. For dessert, choose between heavenly Tuscan Orange Cake or Wild Berry Compote. The festive set menu is AED185 per person inclusive of soft beverages, AED325 per person inclusive of a bottle of selected grape and AED475 inclusive of a bottle of French bubbly.
Fanr is also offering a festive set menu from December 1 to 23 for AED185 per person including soft drinks, or AED475 including a bottle of bubbly.
Call (0)2 657 5888 for reservations and more information.
•Hakkasan Abu Dhabi
Hakkasan is offering an amazing festive set menu until December 30. The menu has been designed to be shared and features signature dishes that showcase the award-winning cuisine, including golden fried soft shell crab with red chilli and curry leaf, and jasmine tea, smoked Wagyu beef ribs followed by charcoal grilled black cod in spicy sauce, spicy prawn with curry lemon grass sauce and stir-fry lotus root and asparagus in black bean sauce. The three-course signature menu is AED588 per person, AED688 inclusive of grape beverages, and AED788 inclusive of a welcome drink, grapes and bubbly.
Call (0)2 690 7999 for reservations and more information.
•Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
On Christmas Eve at the Silk Route Café, join them for a home-style festive dinner with a delightful festive international buffet from 6.30pm to 10pm. Price is AED139 per person inclusive of soft drinks, and AED179 including selected beverages. At Lemon Tree, enjoy a three course dinner and free flowing grape beverages, with a Red and White festive dinner with live Spanish entertainment from 7.30pm to 11pm, for AED149.
Call (0)2 657 4856 for reservations and more information.
•InterContinental Abu Dhabi
At the famous Italian eatery Circo, enjoy a specially designed four-course set menu to celebrate Christmas for AED295, including soft drinks, juices, water coffee & tea. A welcome drink will be offered upon arrival. Pearly Classical Duo will entertain you throughout the evening. Christmas dinner will start at 7pm. Celebrate Christmas Eve Brazilian style and enjoy a delicious salad buffet and your favourite cuts of meat at Chamas, for AED345 including soft drinks and AED425 including free flowing selected house beverages. Los Hidalgos Latino Band will add to the Brazilian flavour from 7.30pm to 12:30am.
At the Yacht Club, enjoy the festive season with your friends at the Ladies Night. While you dance to the tunes of Go Go Dancers, DJ Rahib, DJ Maria and other guest DJs, feast on the a la carte menu.
Price is AED1750 (min spend per booth), AED100 (Entry fee with house beverages for two). Bubbly, White spirits and selected cocktails served during the night, from 5pm to 3am.
Call (0)2 666 6888 for reservations and more information.
•KOI Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
Award-winning Japanese eatery Koi Restaurant and Lounge, in the Collection at the St. Regis on Saadiyat Island, are doing a Christmas Eve four-course set menu with dishes like Wagyu Tataki and Nigiri to savour for AED395 per person, and AED545 including selected beverages, from 6.30pm to midnight. For the late owls, the Christmas Eve Supper Club runs from 9.30pm to 1am, with a delicious selection of unlimited bites such as King Crab and Avocado Tartar and Shiso Chimichurri, and selected beverages for AED350 per person.
Call (0)2 678 3334 for reservations and more information.
•Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
At Acropolis, enjoy a four-course set menu of family Greek-style dishes, with a selection of starters, main dishes and desserts, for AED350 net inclusive of selected beverages, and AED220 net with soft drinks, and AED110 for kids. At Pappagallo, savour the authentic Italian flavours of the four-course set menu for the same prices. Latest Recipe, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant, enjoy a Christmas Eve gala seafood buffet for AED222.
Call (0)2 644 6666 for reservations and more information.
At Coopers Bar and Restaurant, enjoy a two-course menu of traditional Christmas fare for AED95 with a soft beverages, and AED115 with a selected house beverage. At Ginger, get festive with a Christmas Eve dinner buffet with live entertainment, for AED200 with soft drinks, and AED240 with unlimited bubbly.
Call (0)2 657 3333 for reservations and more information.
•Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The classic bistro menu at Giornotte will feature a festive selection with highlights including a live duck confit station, prime ribs, whole baked salmon and sea bass in salt crust, Christmas éclairs, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, Yule logs, mince pies and more. Buffet and soft drinks is AED320, buffet and house beverages is AED420.
The Forge presents a delectable five course set menu featuring a deliciously decadent Manhattan clam chowder, black sea bass with wild mushrooms, succulent Wagyu tenderloin with butter poached Canadian lobster as well as Pavlova vacherin for dessert. AED650 with soft drinks, AED 900 with house beverages. At Li Jiang, let the conversation flow over a sharing style Chinese menu featuring a crispy duck starter and crab meat soup, followed by black pepper Wagyu beef, XO chicken fried rice, a selection of delectable dumplings and of course a decadent dessert with tropical fruit. AED 450 with soft drinks, AED 700 with house beverages.
Call (0)2 818 8181 for reservations and more information.
•Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
On Christmas Eve at La Mamma Italian Trattoria, tuck into beautiful, rustic Italian food. Taste traditional Christmas favourites from both land and sea such as lobster, prawns, scallops, pheasant and truffle, from 7pm to 11.30pm. Four courses for AED220, and AED320 with hops and grapes. Children under 12 eat for AED145, children under six for free. At Flavours International Restaurant, traditional festive fare meets signature Christmas flavours offering turkey, beef, rabbit and venison dishes, from 7pm to 11.30pm. Buffet and soft drinks is AED265, and 365 with house beverages, children under 12 eat for AED145, children under six eat for free.
Call (0)2 677 3333 for reservations and more information.
•Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
Head to the hotel’s award-winning evening steakhouse, The Foundry from 7pm to 11:30pm and rejoice in good times. The five-course set menu makes for a special culinary treat this Christmas. From AED237++ inclusive of soft beverages and AED323++ with wine pairing and a glass of bubbly on arrival.
Call (0)2 818 4888 for reservations and more information.
•Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Celebrate the season at Corniche Restaurant with a festive buffet filled with gourmet cuisines. Delight in a wide array of traditional Christmas dishes such as roast turkey with chestnut, sage stuffing and topped with delightful cranberry sauce. Tickle your taste buds with freshly baked festive treats straight from the pastry kitchen. AED185 per person with soft beverages, AED225 with house beverages.
At Silk & Spice. travel to the unique and sophisticated flavours of Thailand with a three-course set menu prepared by the expert culinary hands of Thai Chef Navaphon for AED245 per person with soft beverages, AED345 with selected house beverages. On Christmas Eve, Jazz & Fizz is hosting a festive Ladies Night, where the ladies will be pampered with complimentary festive drinks from 20:00 till midnight.
Call (0)2 813 7777 for reservations and more information.
•Venetian Village @ The Ritz-Carlton
This Christmas, Todd English’s Olives restaurant brings together the special ambience created by good Italian food infused with the American passion for the festive season. Guests are invited to indulge with a lavish Christmas Eve dinner or special lazy family brunch event on Christmas day. Prices range from AED170 to AED220 per person.
Scrumptious and memorable French cuisine made extra-special during the festive season is what diners can expect at Brasserie Flo. The festive menu is available throughout the day, from the December 22 to 30. Traditional foie gras terrine is served with pear flavours on the side; white coco beans cooked in a creamy lobster bisque with seared scallops on top; followed by the honey roasted duck breast served on a bed of parsnip puree. Menu price starts at AED350 per person.
For those who wish to celebrate Christmas the Japanese way, Inakaya offers a festive dinner menu that combines some of the restaurant’s best sellers at a very attractive price. Silky Yellowfin tuna carpaccio is complemented by a tasty shrimp tempura collection; robata grilled main dishes offer a choice between lamb chops and black cod. Menu price starts at AED175 per person.
Call (0)2 404 1921 for reservations and more information.
This festive season, Yas Marina will host its annual ‘Let it Snow’ celebration from Friday 11th December until Saturday 2nd January. Transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland’, Yas Marina will offer an array of holiday festivities.
Enjoy a snowball fight in Yas Marina’s Snowball Zone, watch festive movies at dusk at Kids Film Fridays or come and take a photo with Santa, who will be arriving by boat in true Yas Marina style. A tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday 11th December where Yas Marina’s little elves will host reindeer games on the promenade before Santa lights up Yas Marina’s festive tree at 7pm. The highly anticipated Winter Market is set to take place on Saturday 12th December from 1pm to 7pm, offering guests the chance to fill up their stockings with goodies from over 60 stalls selling unique gifts for all the family.
Both Café d’Alsace and Rozanah will host special Christmas brunches while Yas Marina’s beautiful yacht Azure Charter is a unique and memorable venue in which to celebrate the festive season.
Visit www.yasmarina.ae for more information.
Everyday until December 24, guests can tuck into a traditional Italian festive three course lunch at Amici from AED150 with a glass of house grapes. On December 11 to 18, get into the spirit with a festive brunch, with staff in fancy dress keeping the mood jolly well as the opportunity to win a Christmas Day brunch for two.
Christmas Eve will be smoking hot at Origins this year with a full on festive feast for all guests. Starting from AED195 for the soft drinks package and AED295 for the selected beverages.
Call (0)2 656 0600 for reservations and more information.