Ramadan 2017 – The Best Iftar Venues in Abu Dhabi

In Dining to Tell 

Abu Dhabi has a lot to offer food-wise, and Ramadan Iftar is no exception. Break the fast at one of these delicious options!

Abu Dhabi’s dining scene is a bit more conservative and intimate than Dubai’s, which is why going for an Iftar in Abu Dhabi is a nice way to experience Ramadan in a slightly more authentic way. On the other hand, the dining scene also has some contemporary options, with fusion twists that will surprise your palate. We’ve listed our favourites!

Coya  (AED 270 per person) 

Coya knows fusion, and for Ramadan they have come up with a menu that effortlessly mixes Peruvian cooking with some Middle Eastern influences for an amazing Iftar. It’s a set menu that includes soups, starters, mains and desserts.

Bab al Qasr (AED 270 per person) 

For a royal Iftar, fit for a King, head to the Bab al Qasr. A huge Ramadan tent is set up on the beachfront, and the extensive buffet will include local favourites, live cooking stations and carvery stations.

Khayal at Marriott Al Forsan (AED 170 per person)

This will be the first Ramadan for this new property, and Iftar will be at the Khayal buffet restaurant. If you need to keep the kids (or yourself!) happy with some non Arabic options, this buffet might not be a bad idea. Expect more international options and choices.


Emirates Palace (AED 265 per person) 

Possibly one of the most lavish buffets in the Emirates, the large Ramadan Pavilion tent hosts a sumptuous buffet with the food quality that you are used to from this wonderful resort. Emirates Palace is especially known for their meats, so don’t skip the shish tawook!

St. Regis (AED 180 per person) 

The Terrace at St. Regis is hosting a traditional Arabic buffet for Iftar this year. The more spectacular option is to do Iftar In The Clouds on the 48th and 49th floors, in one of the suites on weekends, with spectacular views over Abu Dhabi (AED 250 per person).

Giornotte at Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal (AED 185 per person)

Set amidst a beautiful Oriental décor, Giornotte is sure to host a decadent and delicious Iftar buffet this year. It will also include a few more exotic dishes such as camel ouzi, as well as some international options in case you’re getting tired of hummus.

Ingredients at Eastern Mangroves by Anantara (AED 185 per person)

Looking for a romantic venue to break the fast with your loved one? The mangroves are a nice backdrop to the buffet with Arabic and Asian options.

Lemongrass at The Galleria (AED 149 per person) 

For something a little different, head to Lemongrass at Galleria and try one of the specially designed, Thai-inspired Ramadan menus, with vegetarian options available as well.

Origins at Yas Viceroy (AED 165 per person)

Watch the sunset as you wait to bite into the first date of the day at Yas Viceroy. Expect regional favourites, freshly grilled meats and seafood options as well as some Emirati dishes.

Sambusek at Rosewood (AED 195 per person) 

Sambusek’s buffet is set up in the tent, overlooking the ocean and with live music playing softly in the background. Expect amazing Lebanese dishes at this hotel known for its excellent cuisine.


Butcher & Still at Four Seasons (AED 250 per person)

Think steak, of course, and international desserts, at Butcher & Still, where a 3 course Iftar menu will lead you to an intercontinental food coma.

Byblos Sur Mer (AED 225 per person) 

This long-standing local favourite is doing Iftar the sharing-way this year. Hot and cold mezze will be served to your table, followed by different mains while enjoying views of the marina. End the feast with your favourite choices from the dessert buffet.

Sofra bld. at Shangri-La (AED 205 per person)

Do you love ouzi as much as I do? Then Sofra bld is the place to be this Ramadan. In addition to a huge decadent spread, prepared under the guidance of a Michelin starred chef, there will be a dedicated ouzi station to eat your heart out.

Tilal Liwa (AED 149 per person)

Head out on a roadtrip into the desert over the weekend and break fast at this secluded desert resort.  The Al Badiya restaurant will be putting up a traditional buffet, and the hotel is offering great deals for a staycation as well, so why not spend the night and watch the stars come out?

*Prices correct at the time of publication

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