FACT brings you the best Abu Dhabi restaurants to beat the heat this summer.


ALBA TERRACE: ABU DHABI EDITION

Transcending day and night, Alba Terrace offers light sharing plates to spark your tastebuds. The vibrancy of the bar area and outdoor lounge invites you in, while the informal sharing menu encourages you to indulge as the hours go by unnoticed. Alba Terrace is a relaxed space to share, enjoy and delight. In addition to the popular Alba Terrace dishes, the summer menu also includes favourites from Oak Room and Market at EDITION. The Sunny Side Up breakfast offer also shouldn’t be missed, where you can indulge in unlimited breakfast with a coffee, juice and water for AED 85.

GO: Email restaurantreservations.auh@editionhotels.com for bookings and more information.


BENJARONG: DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

Discover authentic Thai cuisine in a unique space that fuses contemporary style in an elegant setting with traditional Thai design motifs at Benjarong. The menu features recipes that have been passed down over generations, including the chicken satay, fish cakes and green curry. Benjarong brings the best flavours and tastes of Thailand to Abu Dhabi.

GO: Email reservation.table@dusit.com for bookings and more information.


BLU SKY LOUNGE & GRILL: SOUTHERN SUN ABU DHABI

The biggest of big-screen sports, daily promotions and lounge events, and a mouth-watering grill menu; Blu Sky Lounge and Grill is designed for that Friday-night-feeling every night of the week. A schedule of major sporting events from the Grand Prix to the Premier League fills the lounge with immersive sound on screens positioned for uninterrupted viewing. Beyond the impressive bar selection of draught and bottle, mixologist and soft-drink variety, the dining menu is much more than just bar-snacking. From cheesy fries to loaded nachos, fish and chips and Argentinian tenderloin with chimichurri, it’s all your grill favourites and then some.

GO: Email abudhabi.dine@tsogosun.com or call (0)2 818 4888 for bookings and more information.  


CABANA BEACH BAR AND GRILL: ST. REGIS ABU DHABI

Cabana Beach Bar and Grill restaurant is an inviting beachfront venue where you can enjoy the incredibly blue waters of the Arabian Gulf and the magnificent sunset views over Qasr Al Watan. Located next to the 200 meter stretch of sandy beach at the Nation Riviera Beach Club, Cabana Beach Bar welcomes everyone to experience and enjoy a variety of delectable snacks and BBQ options accompanied by creative and refreshing beverages. Escape the city life and relax by the seaside.

GO: Call (0)2 694 4553 for more information.


CAFE MILANO: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ABU DHABI AT AL MARYAH ISLAND

Savour handmade pasta, fresh seafood and beautifully crafted Italian specialities at this celebrated outpost of the acclaimed Washington DC restaurant, best enjoyed on the terrace alongside peaceful waterfront views. For special occasions or business dinners, gather at Cafe Milano in a room filled with natural daylight that opens directly onto a beautiful terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

GO: Call (0)2 333 2444 for bookings and more information.  


CAPTAIN’S ARMS: LE MÈRIDIEN ABU DHABI

Enjoy authentic English pub fare, a traditional atmosphere and a wide selection of draught hops at this lively eatery featuring outdoor seating overlooking the central garden.

GO: Call (0)2 644 6666 for bookings and more information.


COOPERS: PARK ROTANA ABU DHABI

Cooper’s, one of the most established traditional pubs in the city, has reopened its doors to patrons with strict adherence to the health and safety guidelines of the government. The famous Happy Hours are also back from 4pm until 8pm daily. Explore the food menu which showcases authentic pub grub and enjoy a wide selection of beverages using your smartphone to read QR coded menus. To those who are okay with the warm weather, The Backyard at Cooper’s is also open for alfresco dining.

GO: Call (0)2 657 3333 for bookings and more information.  


EL SOMBRERO: SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL AND RESORT

El Sombrero serves up authentic Mexican flavours at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi. Whether you’re craving fiery fajitas, tasty tacos, or a mountain of chilli-topped nachos, this lively Latin American restaurant serves Mexican and Tex-Mex favourites with a flourish – as well as some of the magnificent mixed beverages. With the menu’s main ingredients all imported straight from Mexico, guests can expect a fun and authentic dining experience at one of the longest standing spots in the city.

GO: Call (0)2 677 3333 for bookings and more information. 


FOUQUET’S ABU DHABI: LOUVRE ABU DHABI

Guests can access the classic Parisian brasserie from Gate 2 of Louvre Abu Dhabi and enjoy a walk under the beautiful Dome before enjoying the a la carte menu created in collaboration with French Michelin Star Chef, Pierre Gagnaire from 12pm until 9pm each day. A testament to his unparalleled creativity and flair, the imaginative menu features French classics injected with an inimitable Gagnaire twist. With spectacular flavours and flawless presentation, dishes remain faithful to the restaurant’s modern French heritage. The atmosphere of old-fashioned, understated elegance is given a contemporary twist with gallery-white walls, a nod to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s magnificent design.

GO: Call (0)2 205 4200 for bookings and more information.


LA SALLE: SAADIYAT BEACH CLUB

The newly-opened intimate restaurant set within Saadiyat Beach Club, La Salle accentuates a multi-sensory showcase of Provençal cuisine. The restaurant is now inviting diners for an exclusive Chef’s Table; a one of a kind experience. The exciting culinary journey happens on a hand-crafted wooden table and guests get the opportunity to savour a specially crafted menu covering the best that La Salle has to offer, tailor-made to the specific preferences and needs of each diner. A dedicated step by step service includes the presentation of each dish along with the best worldwide produce, from the Arbequina olive oil to the extremely fine 100-year-old balsamic vinegar from Modena and seasonal Alba white truffles. The crafted menu offers the very best of Provençal cuisine, full of vibrant colours and rich textures. Suitable for individuals or groups of connoisseurs, the chef’s table can host up to four diners to keep the experience unique and offers a theatrical voyage through Provençe and its coastal cities that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

GO: Call (0)2 656 3535 for bookings and more information.


LE VENDÔME: EMIRATES PALACE

Le Vendôme, the all-day dining restaurant at Emirates Palace, has reopened. The restaurant serves à la carte delicacies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, mixing traditional continental recipes with refined Middle Eastern preparations. Catering to both in-house and external guests for those in search of some palatial dining.

GO: Email restaurants@emiratespalace.ae or call (0)2 690 7999 for bookings and more information.  


MAJLIS: ROSEWOOD ABU DHABI

Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s grand living room, Majlis, is the perfect gathering place to greet old friends and make new ones. The airy lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the water, making it the ideal location for an early breakfast, a quick business lunch or an evening cup of tea. Serving delicious snacks, Italian coffees, sandwiches and the most beautiful afternoon tea, it is a pleasant spot to take in the stunning panoramic views of Abu Dhabi.

GO: Email abudhabi.dining@rosewoodhotels.com or call (0)2 813 5550 for bookings and more information.


PREGO’S: BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

For Italian cuisine just like mamma made and a warm and inviting family-friendly atmosphere that envelops you from the moment you walk in, Prego’s is an eatery with energy, surprising you with fresh flavours, hearty cuisine and genuine hospitality. The pasta is freshly made daily, the pizzas are baked in a traditional wood-fired oven and the chefs do their utmost to delight guests with a little touch of Italy in their selection of authentic dishes and ingredients. An appealing outdoor terrace is immensely popular with diners who enjoy inspiring views of the hotel’s beach and gardens.

GO: Call (0)2 697 9011 for bookings and more information.


SACCI: WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT AND SPA

Savour fresh, delicious Italian specialities carefully prepared at Sacci Abu Dhabi. Choose from classic favourites, antipasti, handmade pasta, pizza a la piedra, and signature dishes such as tagliata Florentine, which is carved tableside. For a traditional taste of Italy, you can experience ‘la vera pizza Napoletana’ featuring a traditionally made dough that is painstakingly prepared by Chef Stefano 48 hours in advance and baked in a wood oven, resulting in a deliciously airy crust.

GO: Call (0)2 616 9999 for bookings and more information.


THE BEACH HOUSE: PARK HYATT ABU DHABI HOTEL AND VILLAS

Discover the authentic charm of Saadiyat Island this weekend. Lounge leisurely with friends or family at the Beach House Terrace and indulge in a delightful pop-up concept that offers specially curated beverages coupled with remarkable views of the glorious sunset. Relax, let your hair down, enjoy the breeze on your face and let the team at The Beach House take care of you. Available every Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm.

GO: Email reservations.abuph@hyatt.com or call (0)2 407 1234 for more information.


THE GRILL: MARRIOTT AL FORSAN ABU DHABI

The Grill offers fine contemporary cuisine with an open kitchen, playful interiors and a choice of comfortable indoor seating or al fresco dining on the restaurant’s terrace. A sophisticated ambience combines with an exceptional menu of grilled favourites, creating a perfect setting for a steak dinner. The venue’s menu has been reduced to offer a selection of salads and starters, key mains including grass-fed rib eye, Fox River striploin and tenderloin, Australian rib eye and lamb, king prawns and a vast collection of sides and sauces. The restaurants grape list will also be available with pairings offered at the request of guests.

GO: Call (0)2 201 4131 for more information.


TRADER VIC’S: BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

Immerse yourself in island life where the cuisine is exotic, drinks are tropical, and the atmosphere is electric! Trader Vic’s is a French-Polynesian restaurant and bar that promises fun and flair. Sample a tantalising mix of French, Creole and Chinese flavours influenced by these beautiful islands while you listen to Cuban rhythms that will get you in the mood for some post-meal dancing.

GO: Call (0)2 697 9011 for bookings and more information.


VILLA TOSCANA: ST. REGIS ABU DHABI

The Italian fine dining restaurant in The St. Regis Abu Dhabi continues to offer their exceptional menu to all lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. The successful Business Lunch in the warm ambience of Villa Toscana is served directly on the table and includes a selection of antipasti, salads, hot starters, fresh focaccia and bread selection, coffee and dessert. Should guests wish to enhance their dining experience to explore Tuscan Italian cuisine further, Chef Rosario and his team will ensure to surprise their taste buds and execute in true excellence.

GO: Call (0)2 694 4553 for more information.


WAVES: NOVOTEL AL BUSTAN

If you’re looking for a perfect spot away from the city, then Waves Bar and Outdoor Lounge is the place for you. The menu features all of your comfort food favourites from nachos to baos, all of which are complemented by a varied beverage selection. If sipping drinks out of coconuts and lounging on the expansive terrace is your thing, then Waves is just the place for you.

GO: Call (0)2 501 6444 for more information.