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The Best Budget-Friendly MICHELIN Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

7 Restaurants
Dining out and enjoying a high-quality meal doesn't always mean you have to pay a pretty penny. The MICHELIN inspectors have rounded up their top picks of the least expensive restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
Updated on 22 September 2023
Galleria Mall Level 1, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Lebanese

Located in Abu Dhabi’s Galleria Mall, Almayass is a Bib Gourmand restaurant where Armenian and Lebanese cuisine come together in soul-comforting dishes. Both cuisines are all about feasting, and the eatery offers large portions of food for diners to enjoy over a leisurely meal. Dishes here can easily be shared between two to three people and the midweek business lunch is great value for money.

Grand Beirut
Unit 12100-1201 (FB), Level 2, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Adgm Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
$ · Lebanese

Offering the best of Lebanese cuisine, Grand Beirut serves up delicious plates of iconic mezzes, grills and of course, delectable desserts. The perfect pitstop to refuel after a long day of shopping at Galleria Mall, diners can enjoy incredibly generous portions for a great price and the delicious kunafa is enough to share between three people.

Silk & Spice
Sofitel Hotel, East Corniche Road, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Thai

Enjoy timeless Thai classics and flavours stemming from sophisticated palette of chef Navaphon Peansing. Located within the Sofitel Hotel, this spacious eatery offers authentic and comforting dishes with a modern edge that both diners and their wallets will enjoy. Try the two-course Thai lunch and a pint for AED 99 per person or upgrade to three courses for just AED 125.

Al Qana Marina South, Al Maqta' Street, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Originating from the brilliant mind of consultant-chef Akmal Anuar, this contemporary Japanese hotspot serves up high-quality dishes at reasonable prices. Diners can enjoy delicious plates starting from AED 38, ranging from starters to sushi, kushiyaki to main courses. Located in Al Qana Marina, the chic space is dominated by an open kitchen, its interior referencing minimal Japanese design with a modern twist.

Al Qana Marina South, Al Maqta' Street, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Mediterranean Cuisine

Experience flavours inspired by European and Arabic influences in one. From their zaatar sea bream to the crème brûlée kunafa, these innovative and tasty dishes come together for a great price. Enjoy the ambiance of this fashionable and relaxed eatery packed with original plates that won’t break the bank.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Grand Canal, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Lebanese

Located in the elegantly luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Mijana is another Lebanese establishment that serves diners traditional flavours across their hot and cold mezzes, as well as their satisfying grill platters. Don’t be fooled by the glamorous surroundings – the restaurant offers great value across its expansive menu. Give the mashawi mshakaleh (mixed grill), Kebdeh dajaj (chicken livers) and baklava a try.

Al Raha Beach, Al Muneera, Abu Dhabi
$ · Emirati Cuisine

Taste the rich and bold flavours of Emirati cuisine at this hidden gem eatery that started out as a food truck. Diners can enjoy all-day dishes, including breakfast, salads and mains, some traditionally Emirati and some with new twists. Its menu offers ample wallet-friendly choices – don’t miss the Tahta Rubyan, marinated prawns cooked with traditional spices and seasoned rice and Batheetha with dates.