Valentine's Day dinner ideas for all budgets
What’s On has details of the romantic restaurant deals for Valentine’s Day in Abu Dhabi, featuring meals and special menus for all budgets.
Under Dhs300 per couple
Leopold’s of London
This café has a selection of Valentine’s Day items on the menu this month. The special menu includes Teriyaki glazed tuna salad, chargrilled beef fillet with foie gras, a heart-shaped LOL pizza and rich moist chocolate cake filled with raspberry cream.
February 12 to 21
Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6655214. Taxi: Galleria on Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers
Spend an afternoon with your amore at this couples only afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. Sip a glass of Scavi & Ray Prosecco while a pianist sets the mood.
February 13 and 14
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs165. Tel: (02) 8115555. Taxi: Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
The Lemon Tree is celebrating love the Latin way. Featured in the price is unlimited Latino tropical spirits, while menu options include seafood asiette, foie grass two ways, basil ice cream and oven-roasted monkfish. In addition, DJ Mariano will be on the decks to provide musical entertainment on the night.
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Al Reehan, Abu Dhabi, Dhs290. Tel: (02) 6574858. Taxi: Holiday Inn. holidayinn.com
Dhs300 to Dhs500 per couple
Enjoy a four-course set menu in Barranca inclusive of a glass of bubbly or house grape.
Yas Links, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs399. Tel: (02) 8107710. Taxi: Yas Links, Yas Island. yaslinks.com
Head to the Collection at St. Regis Saadiyat Island to enjoy a four-course Indian meal featuring tomato basil soup, chicken tikka with mushroom and cheese, prawns in coconut curry and more.
Avasa, The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs499. Tel: (02) 6742221. Taxi: The Collection Saadiyat Island. facebook.com/avasatheindiankitchen
Emporio Armani Caffe
For an Italian twist on this celebration check out the three-course set dinner menu including bresaola or carpaccio caldo di spigola, ravioli con creama di parmiggiano or gamberoni in salsa picante and pannacotta.
Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs500. Tel: (02) 6766995. Taxi: Galleria on Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort
Head to Venice this Valentine’s Day, with a candlelit dinner inspired by the beautiful Italian city. Guests at La Mamma will be treated to a four-course tasting menu. For tiny bites, visit Bravo for a selection of Spanish tapas and sangrias. There will be a Latino guitarist on hand to serenade guests dining too.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, La Mamma Dhs320, Dhs520 with wine, Bravo Dhs320. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Grand Millennium Al Wahda
The Italian restaurant Porto Bello will be serving a special meal for two this Valentine’s Day. You can extend your celebrations with an overnight stay for an extra Dhs400.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, Dhs399. Tel: (02) 4953936. Taxi: Grand Millennium. millenniumhotels.ae
Mercure Centre Hotel
French stalwart Le Beaujolais is serving a five-course menu with a cocktail included in the price. On the menu is foie gras, lobster and sea scallop salad, duck breast with chocolate sauce or lamb medallions with blue cheese sauce.
Mercure Centre Hotel, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs420. Tel: (02) 6333555. Taxi: Mercure Centre Hotel, Hamdan Street. mercure.com
Caramel Restaurant and Lounge
This outlet in The Collection is serving a three-course meal featuring layered shrimp and avocado salad, pan seared sea bream with creamed leaks and fennel orange salad and certified angus beef tenderloin with parsnip puree and braised potatoes. Desert will include either a chocolate lava with raspberry centre or raspberry cheesecake.
February 8 to 14
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs399. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island. thecollection.ae
Dhs500 to Dhs750 per couple
Enjoy a four-course meal at the restaurant and receive a gift for the couple as well. Ladies will receive a voucher for a free body massage at La Riche Spa while men will receive a voucher for three experiences at Yas Marina Circuit with 50 per cent off for two people.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs700. Tel: (02) 6575400. Taxi: Yas Marina. cipriani.com
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Dine under the stars in Aqua’s alfresco terrace. The set menu includes Galway oysters, poached lobster and burratina, a classic duck duo, and chocolate temptation dessert with hazelnut praline and salted caramel.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs710 including glass of bubbly. Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood, Al Maryah Island. rosewoodhotels.com
Can’t decide between sushi or steak? Have both with this five-course set Benihana.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs590 for food only, Dhs790 with a glass of red and white. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Head to Hawksbill restaurant on Saadiyat Island to enjoy a five-course set menu with paired wine for every course.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm, Dhs590. Tel: (02) 5578000. sbgolfclub.ae
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi
The hotel has several deals on offer, including a Gourmet Valentine’s Dinner at its steakhouse The Forge, with a menu featuring foie gras parfait with strawberry jelly and wagyu tenderloin. There’s also a sharing menu at Asian outlet Li Jiang, featuring dumplings and pumpkin crab soup, crispy duck rolls and black cod. Finally, Middle Eastern eatery Mijana has an Arabic band performing on its terrace.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, The Forge Dhs750, Li Jiang Dhs650, Mijana Dhs500. Tel: (02) 8188888. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
The hotel’s new Italian restaurant Circo is serving a six-course menu. All ladies receive a Valentine’s Day gift and there will be live music on the night. Meanwhile, Brazilian churrascarria Chamas has a night of samba, plus live music from Latin Quartet. Ladies go home with a box of Bigadro chocolates. If you want to start the celebrations early, the hotel’s beach club Bayshore is holding a chill-out party from noon featuring a barbecue with food served by 2pm.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Circo Dhs590, Chamas Dhs599 with soft drinks, Dhs799 with open bar, Bayshore Dhs344. Tel: (02) 6666888. Taxi: InterContinental Abu Dhabi. ihg.com
Sofitel Abu Dhabi
Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Silk & Spice with a specially prepared menu featuring traditional Thai aphrodisiac ingredients.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche East Road, Abu Dhabi, Dhs590 with champagne. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel Abu Dhabi. sofitel.com
Al Raha Beach Hotel
This hotel is celebrating Valentine’s Day all month at its Mediterranean eatery Azur. Here, you can tuck into a four-course hot stone menu, in which the main dish will be grilled on a stone tablet. Or book a romantic dinner for two on the hotel’s beachfront through La Piscine Pool Bar & Restaurant and you’ll get a heart-shaped cake and two gift vouchers worth Dhs100 to be used in the spa centre.
February 1 to 28
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Azur Dhs580, beachside set-up Dhs500, food is charged separately a la carte. Tel: (02) 5080555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. alrahabeach.danathotels.com
Westin Golf Resort and Spa
The hotel’s newest outlet, Italian restaurant Sacci, will be offering a special four-course set menu to guests. The resident saxophonist will provide live musical entertainment.
Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, Dhs495. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin Abu Dhabi. westinabudhabigolfresort.com
Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
Meat lovers should check out Choice Cut’s Valentine’s Day special. Enjoy a three-course menu for two including seared scallops and shrimps, oven-roasted lamb fillet and strawberry pepper mousse. Diners who stay a night will get complementary breakfast the next day.
February 13 and 14
Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Al Aman, Abu Dhabi, Dhs550, stay package Dhs800. Tel: (02) 5016444. Taxi: Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, near Adnec. novotel.com
Dhs750 and above per couple
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Villa Toscana will prepare a five-course menu for an Italian take on Valentine’s Day.
February 12 to 14
St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs850. Tel: (02) 6944444. Taxi: St. Regis on the Corniche. stregisabudhabi.com
Enjoy a four-course dinner at Teatro inclusive of a glass of wine on arrival and a sweet giveaway for the ladies.
Park Rotana, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi, 6pm, Dhs800. Tel: (02) 6573333. rotana.com
The Japanese tasting menu on offer this Valentine’s Day includes lobster dumplings, a selection of fresh sushi including Aburi Toro Tataki, pan seared cod, Soy Braised Beef Short Rib and Pavolva with seasonal fruits.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, 6pm, Dhs900 with welcome drink, Dhs1,100 with house beverages, Dhs1,300 with bubbly. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island. thecollection.ae
Le Royal Méridien
Head to Stratos for a four-course set menu and enjoy revolving views of the city skyline. Items on offer include wagyu braised veal cheek, parmesan gnocchi, roasted whole dover sole and strawberry posset.
February 13 and 14
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs798 with glass of champagne on arrival. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Yas Island Rotana
If you find yourself on Yas Island this holiday, the hotel’s signature steakhouse Blue Grill will be providing guests with a five-course set menu inclusive of a glass of champagne. Spend another Dhs100 and get the bottle instead.
Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs798, Dhs899 including a bottle of champagne. Tel: (02) 6564000. Taxi: Yas Rotana. rotana.com
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri
For a completely private celebration why not opt for an enclosed beach cabana? Inclusive of a four-course set menu, bottle of champagne and shisha.
February 13 and 14
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, Dhs3,333. Tel: (02) 5098555. Taxi: Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri. shangri-la.com
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Try a five-course menu by Chef Michele Mueller at 18 Degrees. Enjoy a sharing menu of foie gras paté on toasted brioche and pan-fried sea bass on saffron risotto.
Hyatt Capital Gate, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, Dhs750. Tel: (02) 5961234. Taxi: Hyatt Capital Gate, next to Adnec. abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com
Qasr Al Sarab
Create a tailor-made dinner under the stars with the hotel’s Dining By Design option. Enjoy a romantic four-course set menu crafted by the culinary team in the rolling sand dunes of Liwa.
February 12 to 14
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort By Anantara, Liwa, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,200 with juices, Dhs1,650 with champagne. Tel: (02) 8862088. Taxi: Qasr Al Sarab, Liwa. qasralsarab.anantara.com
The Thai hotel’s steakhouse The Capital Grill is offering a five-course set menu paired with wine. The menu includes a cauliflower and raspberry panna cotta, a duo of Norwegian salmon and Atlantic black cod served with pea purée, four-cheese soufflé and strawberry cheesecake.
Dusit Thani, Al Ittihad, Abu Dhabi, Dhs798. Tel: (02) 6988137. Taxi: Dusit Thani. dusit.com
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
Pachaylen, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, will be serving a special degustation menu paired with beverages, while you can eat alfresco and admire the views of the mangroves at The Pool Deck, which is also serving a special menu.
February 12 to 14
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa By Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,200 with soft drinks, Dhs1,400 with house beverages. Tel: (02) 6561000. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Take your taste buds to Italy with a five-course set menu at Frankie’s Restaurant And Bar. The menu includes grilled red Mediterranean shrimps with passion fruit sauce, red beet and burrata stuffed ravioli with lobster medallions and the Millefoglie di Venezia, a strawberry, mascarpone cream and Limoncello sorbet dessert.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Dhs790, Dhs1,098 with wine. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. fairmont.com/abu-dhabi