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The Best Restaurants in Abu Dhabi with Stunning Views

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Enjoy a wonderful meal with a great view at these nine restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
Updated on 20 November 2023

The Abu Dhabi skyline is unique and ever-changing. Buildings like the Burj Mohammed bin Rashid, ADNOC Headquarters and The Landmark stand tall, awaiting newcomers to join the high-rise club. Simply driving through the streets of downtown, you’ll take in plenty of amazing sights.

But to get a better picture of this charming city, the best views in Abu Dhabi are from up or out — whether outside on a terrace or atop a towering building. These are nine Abu Dhabi restaurants which will delight your palate while enjoying amazing views that our MICHELIN Inspectors highly recommend.

Beirut Sur Mer
Lilac 5, Jacques Chirac Street, Saadiyat Cultural District, Soul Beach, Al Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Lebanese

As the name says, this restaurant is all about enjoying Lebanese food by the sea. The large, colourful and contemporary dining room also boasts a beautiful beachfront terrace with glorious sea views – while you dine, you almost feel like you are on the sands of Soul Beach. Here you can expect all the classics, from mezze to mashawi, but don’t forget to save some room for the unmissable baklawa with mistika. This place is an ideal spot for post-cultural refuelling after a visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Punjab Grill
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Grand Canal, Venetian Village, 3rd Street, Al Rawdah, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Indian

Located in the Venetian Village, part of the sprawling acreage of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Punjab Grill is one of the area’s more established eateries, having opened in 2015. Ask for one of the booths and sit back and indulge in the Northern Indian delicacies, enjoying both the attentive service and the view of the attractive waterfront terrace.

Yas Bay Waterfront Pier 71, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Mediterranean Cuisine

This bright and colourful establishment is a beautiful marriage of the talents of celebrated French chef Pierre Gagnaire and Nicole Rubi of La Petite Maison in Cannes. It’s the perfect backdrop for their menu of Mediterranean cuisine – expect everything from snails and roast poussin to fritto misto, pizza and assorted pasta dishes. Looking for the best seat? The great terrace overlooking the water is one of the spots to enjoy al fresco dining.

Building 9, Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Enjoy watching chefs work their magic in the kitchen, prepping your dishes using top-notch ingredients over the robata grill at this contemporary Japanese restaurant. The gorgeous pared-back interior is on-trend and comes complete with a sakura tree. In the mood for people watching? The terrace is a great spot, where you can breathe in the fresh air and take in the stunning Mamsha Al Saadiyat sea views.

Café Milano
Four Seasons Hotel, The Galleria Level 1, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
$$$ · Italian

As a sister of Café Milano, a popular eatery in Washington DC, this restaurant at the Four Seasons is the perfect spot should you be looking for la dolce vita. We recommend beginning with an aperitivo at the bar, followed by authentic Italian creations by the Italian chef and his team – the homemade pastas are highly recommended. Snag a table on the terrace, which has fabulous views across the water to the Abu Dhabi city skyline.

Catch at St. Regis
Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
$$$ · Seafood

The super-luxurious hotel offers plenty of gorgeous views, including at this lovely dining spot on the beach. The ideal setting for a seafood restaurant, Catch at St. Regis provides a bright and spacious dining area and warm, quietly confident service. The menu is influenced by Japanese cuisine, offering up nigiri and sashimi and an array of sharing plates, and good use is made of the charcoal grill. The ‘Blow Torch Dynamite Roll’ is a must-try while enjoying the ocean view.

Li Beirut
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers Hotel, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi
$$$ · Lebanese

Located inside Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, this Lebanese restaurant is an excellent spot for enjoying the high-end hotel’s pool and harbour views. The contemporary styling, well-choreographed service and tasty food have made this spot a local favourite. The menu is classic Lebanese with a modern touch, and the service at this 2023 Welcome and Service award winner is on point.

Building 1, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
$$$$ · Italian

Chic, timeless and one of the places to be seen, this Abu Dhabi branch represents elegance and style, just like its sister Cipriani restaurants around the world. Its location overlooking Yas Island Marina provides the perfect position from which to make the most of the stunning terrace views. Their classic Italian dishes, from carpaccio to cannoli, are the way to go here.