14 Apr 2019
Straddling an archipelago on the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a city by the sea, filled with culture, history and monumental feats of architecture, from the French and Arabic design of the Louvre museum to the white marble façade of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Towers sprawl upwards. Berthed yachts rock on lukewarm waters. Formula One racers swing around the Yas Marina Circuit on screeching loops. There’s something for everyone – even bird-watchers will get their fill watching herons and flamingos strutting through the Mangrove National Park – and, all of this means extraordinary sights and vistas. Of course, the enterprising Emirate has taken advantage of this with a slew of panoramic restaurants with a view in Abu Dhabi.
Carried by the creative verve of its head chef, Roudy Peterson, Catch has a culinary character of its own. It’s here you’ll find immersive gourmet seafood, signature cocktails and panoramic vistas over the Arabian Gulf and along the sandy stretch of the Corniche. The unique décor, contemporary music, fresh seasonal ingredients and Asian and Middle Eastern flavours combine to create a dining experience you won’t soon forget.
The gorgeous low-lit ambiance and rich colours of Li Beirut will linger long in your memory. This vegan-friendly restaurant offers traditional Lebanese cuisine with a hint of European influence and an ideal location, overlooking the wave-tossed Gulf. Dine here for well-prepared classics, Middle-Eastern delicacies and tantalising inventions, from regional Arabic mixed grills to seasoned king fish fillets.
The Cipriani Abu Dhabi was designed by acclaimed Florentine architect Michele Bonan and reflects its staying power through four generations of the Cipriani family. The pristine terrace protrudes over Abu Dhabi, below which you’ll find the Yas Marina in its entirety, as well as an unbeatable view of the Formula One race track. They uphold a philosophy of simple perfection and the à la carte menu is bursting with gorgeous signature dishes like the carpaccio alla Cipriani – courtesy of Giuseppe Cipriani Sr., in 1950
The Italian word for sea (Mare Mare) is the perfect identifier for this waterside Italian restaurant on our Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. Enjoy a long lunch wrapped in the rural Italian décor, digging into classic dishes made with homegrown ingredients as well as off-the-boat seafood, stretched out on the open-air terrace watching turquoise waves sweeping over the white sands.
Do as nomads do and dine in laid-back Bedouin style at this high-end restaurant at the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. The décor pays homage to understated luxury, offering a majestic experience that might leave you feeling like royalty, or perhaps the head of a Bedouin tribe. Soak-up the roaming desert quiet with views that stretch to the horizon and in indulge in traditional Arabic cuisine. There’s also the added bonus of being close to Talise Spa where you’ll find manicured garden areas, a sauna, steam rooms and even a snow cave.
AQUARIUM, YAS MARINA
For a restaurant that’s elegant, relaxed and also riding a lively current, the Aquarium is the perfect choice. Inside you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with seafood dishes and sweeping views. Comb the menu to find delicious lobster, sushi and paella. Tuck into the freshest ocean catches and discover delights for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Then recline clutching a drink and shisha in the comfortable seating area, with views spilling out over the marina to the Gulf beyond.
OBSERVATION DECK AT 300
Finally, if you want a view that soars above all others, dine out in sky-high style, 300 metres above the twinkling city, in Jumeirah’s very own Observation Deck at 300. Savour the seemingly endless vista as you enjoy afternoon tea or a light lunch, but let’s face it the real star of the show are the Emirates unfurling beneath your feet stretching miles into the distance
Stay in one of our Jumeirah Abu Dhabi hotels to enjoy one of the city’s extraordinary panoramic restaurants.