The Best Restaurants to try Emirati Cuisine in Abu Dhabi

The Best Restaurants to try Emirati Cuisine in Abu Dhabi

Hospitality is a strong part of the Emirati culture and you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and a full plate at all of the Emirati restaurants and cafés across Abu Dhabi.

Take advantage of the opportunity to sample Emirati food – UAE visitors can expect an Arabian inspired dinner using the freshest local produce and an assortment of regional spices.

The Best Restaurants to try Emirati Cuisine in Abu Dhabi:

Al Arish:

One of the UAE’s first restaurants to serve authentic Emirati cuisine, this is located in the Al Dhafra Tourist Village near Mina Zayed Fish Market. It serves an array of salads, starters and traditional regional favourites.

Location: Al Mina Area, Near Fish Market

Tel: +971 2 673 2266

Al Dhafra Dinner Cruise:

A restaurant on a traditional dhow where the cruise offers great Corniche views. Upper deck seating is majlis-style with the lower deck seating around 50 people in air-conditioned comfort.

Location: Al Mina Area, Near Fish Market

Tel: +971 2 673 2266

Al Fanar Restaurant and Café:

This Emirati themed restaurant and café serves up distinctive traditional flavours and provides authentic Emirati food. With branches in the Venetian Village at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Yas Mall and in the heart of Al Ain, each restaurant serves up unique flavours of the emirates with authentic Emirati cuisine with the freshest of salads, fish, seafood and meats.

Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi,

Grand Canal

Tel: +971 2 448 1144

Yas Mall

Tel: +971 2 877 2272

Souq Al Zafarana, Al Ain

Tel: +971 3 766 5200

Website: Click here.

Al Maqam

Dine in true Emirati style at this Barasti-themed dining hall or on the palm-thatch covered terrace that runs along the restaurant at Arabian Nights Village – a heritage destination in the desert near Al Ain which gives visitors a chance to experience the mythical and timeless beauty of the desert and traditional Emirati life. Choose from dining tables, low sofas, or traditional cushion floor seating.

Location: Arabian Nights Village

Tel: +971 2 677 9988

Website: Click here.

 Al Mrzab:

Serving Emirati cuisine for lunch and dinner, this restaurant’s authentic-themed interior radiates a traditional kitchen atmosphere, with a variety of freshly prepared, local dishes.

Location: Airport Road, Al Mushrif

Tel: +971 2 666 2333


In the heart of the Al Muneera beachside lifestyle destination at Al Raha Beach, Meylas offers traditional Emirati hospitality, culture and food in a setting adorned with historical artefacts and an amazing terrace facing the sea.

Location: Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach

Tel: +971 2 444 8884

Website: Click here.


This Emirates Palace favourite is Abu Dhabi’s first fine dining Emirati restaurant. The restaurant serves authentic Emirati food with the kitchen being run by an Emirati chef. Mezlai, has two floors, a private majlis and an interior design reflecting UAE traditions.

Location: Emirates Palace

Tel: +971 2 690 7999

Website: Click here.

 Seven Spices:

Inspired by the heritage from across the seven Emirates, 7 Spices offers authentic local dining incorporating dishes found across the emirate. Creating traditional Emirati dishes with a contemporary twist.

Location: Salam Street, Near Bridgestone Al Masaood

Tel: +971 2 633 3308

Website: Click here.

Yadoos House:

Literally meaning “Grandmother’s House” the restaurant is inspired by the traditions of traditional family hospitality, with a packed menu of dishes prepared as if it were being cooked for family, friends and neighbours.

Location: Muroor Street, Nr Holiday Inn Hotel

Tel: +971 2 441 1311

Website: Click here.

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