Abu Dhabi’s best new restaurants of 2023

Abu Dhabi’s best new restaurants of 2023



These were 2023's best new restaurants in the UAE capital.

Keeping track of all the new restaurants in Abu Dhabi is a full-time job. But if you love finding the latest hotspots for dinner and drinks before anyone else, then these are the culinary hotspots to see (and to be seen at) this month.


It’s not often that a restaurant is inspired by an artichoke but Alya in Abu Dhabi's Beach Rotana Residences has been influenced by the vegetable, and offers fine dining Lebanese food. The menu has Lebanese classics including hummus in a classic, meat and, of course, artichoke flavours. The beef brisket has been braised for seven hours and comes with peppers and pine nuts. Dishes also include Lebanese Ceviche, Kabab Halloumi and Mhalabiyeh Cigar. Plus, there is baklava desert with mint and chives. Plus, there is an open kitchen so you can watch the chef at work.

GO: Visit https://alyarestaurant.com for more information. 



Natural beauty meets urban luxury at Eastern Mangroves, a retail and lifestyle hub that’s now home to Amano. The Italian fine dining restaurant serves an array of classics made with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients in a setting that’s inviting in every direction — bright and cheery colours inside, rustic seating outside. In true Italian fashion, traditional recipes rule at Amano, with a menu that features the likes of Sicilian Arancini, Bresaola Rucola, Rigatoni Alla Nerano, Filetto Di Manzo and Passion Fruit Panna Cotta. A selection of pizzas is also on offer. The restaurant also serves a wide variety of wines from across Italy.

GO: Visit www.amanorestaurant.me for reservations and more information.


Antonia Trattoria

Antonia has finally opened its second branch in the capital. Located in Al Zeina, this restaurant offers pizza unlike any you’ve ever tasted. Antonia’s unique sourdough has a story of its own, starting in 1972 when Grandma Antonia created this magical starter. Passed down through the family, the sourdough has matured, gaining complexity and taste with each passing year. Crafted with love and care, the dough is fermented for 72 hours, making it light, crispy, and oh-so-digestible. Antonia’s is all about the Pizza Al Taglio experience, which means “by the slice”. Expect rectangular trays loaded with various toppings, all displayed over the counter, waiting for you to pick your favourites.

GO: Follow @antonia.uae on Instagram for more information.

Antonia Saadiyat Island

Ba:TE by Wawa Dining

Ba:TE by Wawa Dining brings a touch of Japan to Abu Dhabi. Located in Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, the new restaurant prides itself on creating food inspired by nature, which is served in a stylish, sophisticated setting. At the heart of Ba:TE’s menu are Far Eastern traditions that underline natural ingredients and authentic Japanese cuisine touched by Peruvian and Korean inspiration. The restaurant is also home to JUMAK Bar, a speakeasy hidden inside an antique wardrobe inspired by traditional Yangban social clubs.

GO: Visit https://bate.ae for reservations and more information.

Bate by Wawa Abu Dhabi

BB Social Dining

When it comes to new restaurants in Abu Dhabi, BB Social Dining has tongues wagging. Having already established itself as one to watch in Dubai and Riyadh, BB Social Dining is ready to open its doors in the capital. Tucked away inside Rosewood Abu Dhabi, the newest outpost for the homegrown brand includes indoor and outdoor seating with views of the Al Maryah waterfront. The restaurant may be casual, but the food is spectacular. Dig into modern Asian cuisine, which features bowls, baos and barbecue. Not sure what to order? The Insta-worthy habibti, a soft-shell crab poking out of a bao bun, is one of the most popular dishes.

GO: Follow @bbabudhabi on Instagram for more information.

BB Social Dining Abu Dhabi


Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental is home to critically acclaimed restaurants and several FACT Award winners. Now, it has launched a new concept, Broadway, that boasts old-school glamour and world-class entertainment. Indulge in American brasserie dishes from Beef Wellington, Escargots and Lobster Thermidor to divine chocolate tarts with peanut butter and jelly ice cream. At the heart of this social hub lies the main bar, where expert mixologists craft the finest cocktails and mocktails as guests enjoy live entertainment reminiscent of the roaring 1920s.

GO: Follow @broadway.uae on Instagram for more information.


Craft by Side Hustle

Here’s some news to raise a craft beer to – Craft by Side Hustle has become the first company to brew alcohol legally in the UAE. Craft by Side Husle’s microbrewery is located at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. and can make approximately 25,00 pints a month. The aim is to make 75 different brews, and five to 10 will be available at any given time. Accommodating up to 250 diners, the restaurant features several dining spaces, a view of the beer brewing equipment, and a well-stocked bar. Plus, diners can enjoy southern Louisiana food, such as Cajun Jambalaya, Craft Dog and Smoked and Grilled Corn Ribs.

GO: Visit www.sidehustlecraft.com for more information.

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Crafty Fox

The newly-opened Crafty Fox at Yas Links Abu Dhabi provides a relaxed dining atmosphere and 360-degree views of the golf course and mangroves. The menu offers pub grub favourites like cottage pie, fish and chips, a raw section, buns and rolls, salads, flatbreads, and a charcuterie corner. Bringing the signature dishes from Crafty Fox Dubai, we'd recommend the Padron Shrimp, Tacos, and Wagyu Croissant, followed by Bailey's Cheesecake, Churros and Eaton Mess. The extensive beverage list features over 100 new and old-world wine labels, 12 draft beers, and signature cocktails.

GO: Visit www.viyagolf.com/craftyfox for more information.

Crafty Fox Abu Dhabi

Éla Éla

Translating to 'come now' in Greek, Éla Éla embodies the inviting and hospitable nature of the Greek Islands. Inspired by the sun-kissed landscapes of Crete and its environs, Éla Éla's menu showcases delightful offerings such as herbed cheese spanakopita, succulent chargrilled octopus, baklava ice cream, and loukoumades. Complement your dining experience with Greek wines or savour a cocktail that captures the essence of a European summer. With its views of Yas Marina, the new restaurant has been created by restaurateur Hamdan Al Khafaji and musician Layla Kardan of the FACT Award-winning Penelope’s Brasserie & Jazz Bar Américain.

GO: Visit www.yasmarina.ae for more information.

Yas Marina

EL&N Abu Dhabi

Known as the world’s most Instagrammable cafe, EL&N has opened its doors in front of the Etihad Arena, offering a delightful sensory experience amidst hues of pink and floral enchantment. Stepping into EL&N Cafe you'll enter a visual wonderland designed specifically for all you Insta-lovers. We’re talking charming floral decor, throwback 90s TV screens and walls decked out in some groovy floral wallpaper. Craving a hearty breakfast to kickstart your day? How about some delectable sweet treats to satisfy that sugar rush? With classics like eggs Benedict and Lotus French toast, and their bestselling dulce de Leche milk cakes – each bite is a taste sensation.

GO: Visit https://ae.elnlondon.com for more information.



There are many reasons to visit Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi. Now, there’s one more reason to experience the grandeur of its golden halls, as it has opened a new luxurious café, Episodes. The venue oozes opulence, thanks to the gold pillars and marble floor. Plus, there are pink blossom trees, which make it an Insta-worthy spot. Episodes at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental serves the finest teas from around the world, pretty pastries and artisanal savoury sandwiches. The menus cover afternoon tea, tea apothecary, deli, breakfast and gelato, resulting in one of the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi.

GO: Follow @episodes.uae on Instagram for more information.

Episodes Emirates Palace


Dedicated to carrying forward the vibrant and generous spirit of Emirati hospitality, Erth is aptly located between Qasr Al Hosn (the oldest standing structure in Abu Dhabi) and the Cultural Foundation. Here, a warm and cosy space is intricately carved out of the raised floor, inspired by the look and feel of a traditional majlis to make diners feel more welcome. Proudly showcasing the region’s culinary diversity, Erth’s chefs expertly prepare everything from fresh salads to local specialties like deconstructed date cake and sweet luqaimat. International delicacies with an Emirati touch – such as Bzar-marinated beef short ribs, juicy Wagyu beef striploin, and fresh torched salmon crudo – also await.

GO: Follow @erth.alhosn on Instagram for more information.


Flamingo Room by tashas

After the incredible success of its Jumeirah Al Naseem branch, Flamingo Room by tashas has spread its wings to Abu Dhabi. Like its counterpart in Riyadh, Flamingo Room in the UAE capital is home to a restaurant, the accompanying African Lounge, and the Collective Africa retail store. Located in The Galleria Al Maryah Island, diners no longer have to travel to Dubai to get their fill of Calamari Mozambique, the Flamingo Room Baked Alaska or a taste of African glamour.

GO: Visit www.flamingoroombytashas.com for more information. 

Flamingo Room by tashas

José by Pizarro 

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is set to transport diners straight to the colourful streets of Seville with the opening of José by Pizarro. The new tapas bar is the brainchild of chef, restaurateur and author José Pizarro, fondly known as the “godfather of Spanish cuisine.” The restaurant serves spicy chicken croquetas, prawn fritters, red tuna tartare, traditional lamb meatballs and free-range chicken paella, all designed to be shared. And if you have room for more, chocolate pots with salt and olive oil, homemade Spanish almond tart with figs and custard and a spectacular cheese selection served with fruits and chutneys are available for dessert. Diners can also expect an array of paired wines and Spanish beer on tap. With culinary clout of this level, José by Pizarro is a sure-fire contender for the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi.

GO: Visit https://josepizarro.com for reservations and more information.

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Karaz is a Levantine-inspired restaurant that has recently taken up residence inside Yas Mall, offering a modern twist on beloved homemade recipes from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. Karaz, which translates to cherries, is a symbol of joy, love, and happiness in the Levant region. You can feel these sentiments woven seamlessly into the restaurant, showing up in its menu and design, which showcases Arabic typography to reinforce the sense of authenticity and cultural charm that permeates every corner of the restaurant.

GO: Follow @karazrestaurantuae on Instagram for more information.

Karaz Abu Dhabi

Lebanese Terrace

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi has some of the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi, from MICHELIN marvels to trendy afternoon teas. Lebanese Terrace is a sophisticated space with indoor and outdoor seating, and it can accommodate 90 and 130 people respectively. The décor features high ceilings, olive trees, stained-glass windows and, as the name suggests, a beautiful terrace by the Palace Gardens. The menu covers mezzeh, charcoal-grilled meats and seafood platters. The dishes include Ashta Bel Moukasarat, Cabbage rolled with Castaletta, Hummus Bel Habak and Kafta Bel Habak.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information. 

Lebanese Terrace

Les Dangereux

Les Dangereux at Mamsha Al Saadiyat is the latest culinary masterpiece by Chef James Kim. With views of the exquisite Soul Beach, this fine-dining French restaurant captivates guests with its exceptional dining experience, where locally sourced ingredients and innovative culinary experimentation take centre stage. With a passion for creating extraordinary flavours, Chef Kim crafts each dish meticulously, ensuring a symphony of taste and presentation that will leave diners in awe. If you're looking for one of the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi - look no further.

GO: Follow @dangereux.ae on Instagram for more information.

new restaurants in Abu Dhabi


Mika is a contemporary Mediterranean tavern with a delightful Middle Eastern twist in Yas Marina. With inventive cooking techniques and an inviting atmosphere, you’ll find yourself in a casual yet contemporary dining space for a foodie feast overlooking the waterfront. The menu from Chef Mario Loi celebrates bold flavours. Crafted using the finest produce and prepared by a highly skilled team of chefs, expect a mix of large plates and tapas-style dishes. Mika also offers a selection of seasonal cocktails and an extensive wine list that captures the essence of the Mediterranean.

GO: Visit https://mika.ae for more information.

Mika Abu Dhabi


MouzMari is a brand-new steakhouse on Reem Island that fuses Argentinian flavours with a delightful Emirati twist. The cosy dining room, adorned with traditional Emirati-style domed arches, creates an atmosphere that’s perfect for families. The menu features a delightful reinterpretation of the classic Emirati Machbous, Ensalada de Quinoa Y Remolacha, Papa Andina, Tomahawk and the Rack of Lamb.

GO: Follow @mouzmari on Instagram for more information.

new restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Mr Moto

Upon entering Mr Moto, you'll enter a contemporary Japanese cocktail bar and kitchen that seamlessly blends flavour and amusement. Mr Moto himself isn't merely a passive presence; he's intricately woven into the essence of the establishment from restaurateurs Hamdan Al Khafaji and Layla Kardan. The menu features an array of dishes, from the zesty udon carbonara to the crispy Jidori hot chicken sandwiches, offering an inventive twist on Japanese classics. Music isn't just an afterthought but an integral element of the dining journey that complements the meticulously crafted libations.

GO: Visit www.yasmarina.ae for more information.

Yas Marina

NURI Grill & Bar

Yas Island has welcomed a new Korean restaurant called NURI Grill & Bar. The Korean concept blends fine dining and a barbecue experience inside Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. The word nuri translates to “light” in Arabic and “world” in Korean, and describes itself as a place where the light meets the world. NURI Grill & Bar specialises in an omakase experience and the specialities include marbled steak and wet ageing meat, which allow the steak to be tender and rich. The set menus range from a Butcher’s Feast to Nuri Omakase, and the à la carte options range from USD Prime to Wagyu. 

GO: Visit https://nurigrillbar.com for more information. 

new restaurants in Abu Dhabi


Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi at Al Marabi Street in Souq Al Mina. “Ryba” is the Russian word for “fish,” so it’s safe to assume that seafood is going to be a star attraction on the menu. Expect platters of the freshest catch, from succulent shrimp and crab to flaky fish and buttery lobster. Whether you prefer it grilled, steamed, or lightly fried to crispy perfection, Ryba seems poised to cater to all your seafood cravings.

GO: Follow @ryba.ae on Instagram for more information.

new restaurants in Abu Dhabi

SLAW and More

Chef Ali Yazdi has opened SLAW and More in Al Qana. The premium burger boutique serves a menu of burgers, sandos, hot dogs, appetisers, sides and desserts. Highlight mains include Canoe Marrow Burger, Truffle Burger, Fish Sando, Maple Glazed Sando and the Blooming Onion. Limited-edition dishes will also be unveiled at the new Abu Dhabi outpost, including the Foie Gras Burger and Lobster Sando, both of which are set to launch later this year. Inside, the decor is enhanced with concrete finishes, neon lighting, fluted leather banquettes, and vintage chairs, imbuing the space with urban charm. A dry-aged meat cabinet proudly displays high-grade cuts of premium Wagyu beef. Elsewhere, a state-of-the-art DJ booth is in place to set the soundtrack for a laidback night of gourmet burgers.

GO: Follow @slawandmore on Instagram for more information.

Slaw and More


Homegrown ramen brand SLRP has taken up residence at Huna inside Yas Mall on Yas Island. Here, diners can anticipate every bowl to encapsulate the essence of Japanese ramen, each featuring freshly made noodles. Also on the menu? Kushiyaki, sushi and sashimi, Wagyu beef sandos, handmade gyozas and more. Led by Executive Chef Shun Shiroma, known for his exceptional skills and expertise in the art of ramen making, SLRP is set to take guests on an unforgettable culinary journey. SLRP is from the team behind Dubai's 3Fils.

GO: Follow @slrp.ramen on Instagram for more information.



After success in Dubai and Riyadh, Somewhere has set up shop in Marina Mall in the UAE capital. Inspired by travel, the Mediterranean restaurant takes diners somewhere unexpected and serves traditional dishes of the Arab world, such as hummus, fatteh, aromatic baklava, layered cakes and sweet treats. Somewhere isn’t your run-of-the-mill restaurant. It’s all about pushing the boundaries of flavour with innovative Mediterranean dishes.

GO: Follow @somewhere on Instagram for more information.

Somewhere Abu Dhabi

Sticky Rice Abu Dhabi

Sticky Rice is officially open on the first floor of Yas Mall. The restaurant is characterised by its industrial design. However, the space also has a playful side, with features like a plushy stuffed claw machine and artwork showcasing the beloved Kew character. Drawing inspiration from the Dubai location, Sticky Rice Abu Dhabi's menu offers popular dishes such as sticky tamarind chicken tenders, Thai papaya salad, Thai Green Curry and an array of seafood platters. Diners at the Abu Dhabi location can tuck into Thai roti stuffed with banana or Nutella and drizzled with condensed milk.

GO: Follow @stickyriceae on Instagram for more information.

Sticky Rice Abu Dhabi


Embark on an exhilarating culinary adventure at Terra Eatery in Al Qana. The homegrown eatery is bringing its signature Mediterranean flavours and rustic ambience to the marine-inspired destination of Al Qana, where breathtaking views of the canal will be the proverbial cherry on top. Its soon-to-launch location promises diners a reimagined experience, bringing Terra’s classic dishes and mocktails – including the watermelon feta salad, spicy prawns, sticky date pudding, and Ananas Passion Punch – to a beloved destination.

GO: Follow @terra.eatery on Instagram for more information.

Terra Abu Dhabi