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The best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi in 2023

Enjoy culinary adventures with the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi – if you can get a reservation…

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.


London’s AvoBar has debuted in the Middle East at Yas Mall. Offering avo-based dishes paired with speciality coffee in a chic and welcoming atmosphere, this restaurant offers a touch of local Emirati flavour. The menu is an all-day affair featuring signature toasts, bowls, salads, desserts, pastries, and Emirati specialities. The Avocado Toast takes centre stage, with extras like salmon and poached egg for a tempting twist. You can also opt for the AvoBar Cobb Salad if you’re feeling adventurous.

GO: Follow @avobar_ae on Instagram for more information.


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.


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.


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.

Grand Beirut

When it comes to the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi, look no further than Grand Beirut. Dive into the lively atmosphere that draws inspiration from the art and culture of Beirut, and relish in the exquisite Lebanese delicacies at Grand Beirut. The harmonious blend of oriental aesthetics and contemporary touches gives rise to a warm and dynamic environment, where diners are transported to the heart of the Levant as they savour mezzes, aromatic grilled meats and more.

GO: Follow @grandbeirutuae on Instagram for more information.

Sola Restaurant and Café

Sola Restaurant and Café prides itself on bringing together modernity and tradition. The venue in Marsa Al Bateen boasts a sleek white exterior with a gold logo. Plus, there are large floor-to-ceiling windows, which open up during the winter months, and even a drive-through option. Sola Restaurant and Café’s menu includes European and Middle Eastern influences across its Insta-ready desserts and drinks. Expect croissants, focaccia in different flavours, and a range of calzones, Apple Tatin, Caramel Cheesecake and Chocolate Cones.

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


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.

Thai Gate

Experience a true taste of Thailand at Thai Gate, an exquisite and genuine Thai dining establishment that has been enchanting palates in Ajman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Khorfakkan since 2019. Immerse yourself in a culinary journey that promises to captivate your senses with Thai Gate’s first Abu Dhabi outlets. Now open in Al Qana, diners can expect an array of delectable seafood treasures, authentic Thai classics, bold aromatics and tantalising flavours.

GO: Follow @thai_gate on Instagram for more information.

Casual Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi foodies, have you stumbled upon the latest – and coolest – Italian joint in the capital? Fret not, because FACT’s here to give you all the details. Casual Abu Dhabi is here – offering you an alluring blend of bombastic flavours and a laid-back atmosphere. This Italian gem offers an array of tempting dishes crafted with the finest ingredients. Casual Abu Dhabi has your cravings covered with their succulent Wagyu Beef Tenderloin and the juicy Jalapeno Relish Burger. And of course, no Italian cuisine is complete without an array of pasta which is why this place offers Penne Arrabiata, Black Truffle Spaghetti and Creamy Porcini Rigatoni. Casual Abu Dhabi also has a selection of mocktails and a variety of coffee options to complement your meal.

GO: Follow @casualabudhabi on Instagram for more information.

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.

Home Bakery Kitchen

Home Bakery Kitchen is a charming café, which oozes a relaxed yet stylish ambience. Located in Marina Mall, the décor includes black and white tiled floors, round and long tables, and leather as well as wooden features. Plus, there is a counter where you can eye up the food. The menu boasts a delightful mix of authentic local and international favourites, ensuring there’s something for everyone’s palate. The menu includes plenty of sweet treats, which include biscotti, brownies, doughnuts, ice cream and cakes. Plus, a range of bread, from flavoured loaves to sourdough. So whether you’re on the hunt for a sugary pick-me-up or a hearty dish, this is one of the new restaurants in Abu Dhabi that has got your back.

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

La Perle Café

La Perle Café is causing a stir. The coffee shop has opened in Reem Mall and is a sophisticated spot. Settle into the plush white seats and tables, and admire the decorations, from the carefully placed cakes to the fabulous floral arrangements. We spotted a chandelier made up of multiple lampshades, and gold-rimmed mirrors as well as shelves. The beverage includes coffees, hot and iced teas, and mojitos, while the food covers bun rolls, tartines, pastries and viennoiseries. The croissants include a Chocolate Croissant, Makdous Labneh Croissant, Margarita Croissant, Nutella Croissant, and Zaatar and Cheese Croissant. The pastries include Crème Brulée, Date Pudding, Mix Berry Cheesecake, and Raspberry Panna Cotta. The café also serves afternoon tea.

GO: Follow @laperlecafe for more information.

Simitci Dunyasi

Prepare yourself for a journey of flavours at Simitci Dunyasi, where an exceptional fusion of authentic Turkish bakery delights and exquisite breakfast options await. Enter into a serene and calm ambience, enveloped in the captivating fragrance of just-baked treats. From the embrace of soft, comforting simits to the indulgence of delectable pastries, this establishment caters to your every craving. Whether you seek a swift, satisfying nibble or a leisurely morning banquet, Simitci Dunyasi is ready to exceed your expectations.

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

House of Joud

With five cafés across Abu Dhabi, Joud is known for its distinctive design and fantastic coffee. House of Joud is the brand’s first restaurant concept. Paying homage to Abu Dhabi, the venue in Yas Mall caters to both communal dining and individual indulgence. The extensive menu showcases premium ingredients in dishes such as Crispy Cauliflower, Fig Salad, Chicken Milanese, Miso Salmon and a range of handcrafted pizzas.

GO: Follow @houseofjoud_ on Instagram for more information.

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. 

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.

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.


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.

ADRIFT Burger Bar

Experience the culinary triumph that is ADRIFT Burger Bar in Yas Mall. This casual concept from Chef David Myers invites diners to indulge in the selection of single, double, triple, or plant-based burgers. Among the menu highlights, you’ll find The DM Burger, or for a taste of the 1940s, try the Classic Burger. For those with a sweet tooth, the Insta-worthy shakes will surely delight. 

GO: Follow @adriftburgerbar.ad on Instagram for more information.

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.


The traditional Irish pub has made its way to Abu Dhabi, opening its doors in Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. This McCafferty’s menu serves up pub grub classics including fish and chips and an Irish breakfast. Elsewhere, diners can expect a Sunday carvery and a daily happy hour from 12pm to 8pm.

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

Love Vibe

The popular pink cafe that originated in Dubai has opened in Khalifa City, on the outskirts of the capital. Love Vibe boasts sleek and sophisticated interiors with a playful touch. Instagram enthusiasts will be drawn to the neon ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ sign. The restaurant’s signature dishes include the I Love You Shawarm’ch! (purple rice with sliced beef and creamy shawarma sauce), Balaleet Eggs (a flat chebab pancake with cheese omelette and sweet balaleet), Baby Don’t Herd Me (slow-cooked lamb shoulder served with pepper and feta hummus), Braise Yourself (slow-braised Wagyu beef with mushroom and pepper jus), and Grilled Chicken Tikka.

GO: Follow @lovevibecafe on Instagram for more information.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Episodes Café

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.

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie 

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie is aiming big, as it plans to open four new restaurants across Dubai, London, New York and Riyadh. If you want a sneak peek of what you can expect, head to its newly-opened restaurant in Yas Mall. Here you can enjoy French cuisine and Parisian chic all day long across a menu that ranges from crêpes and healthy salads to French onion soup, Rossini, French toast, pastries and viennoiseries. If you need a break from retail therapy, La Serre offers the perfect solution inside the biggest mall in the capital

GO: Visit www.laserre.com for reservations and more information.


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.

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