The ultimate guide to iftars in Abu Dhabi during Ramadan 2023
Just the very best ways to break your fast in the capital…
During Ramadan, iftar is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means ‘break fast’). You’ll find a rich variety of iftar opportunities scattered across the city over the Holy Month, each with their own unique culinary offerings and ambience. To help you make sense and navigate this collection, we’ve put together a list of some of the best options for 2023.
And even if you’re not fasting, iftars are a great entry point for learning and sharing in how others experience this very special time of year. Ramadan Kareem Abu Dhabi…
99 Sushi Restaurant & Bar
The iftar menu features 12 glorious courses, a suite of the award-winning concept’s much-loved signatures. Highlights include wagyu gyozas, tiger prawn tempura and 99 foie and truffle nigiri.
Four Seasons Hotel, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, sunset to 9pm, Dhs235 per person. Tel: (0)2 672 3333. @99sushibaruae
The Abu Dhabi Edition
Arguably one of the capital’s most exciting iftar offerings this year, enjoy distinctive Ramadan dishes with special guest chef Sara Aqel within Market at Edition. Every Thursday and Friday, the celebrated Jordanian chef (previously of Fi’lia Dubai and Torno Subito in Dubai) personally serves a sumptuous cuisine, including fatoush, chicken shish tawook and lamb kofta before delving into mighty main courses such as aloo gobi, prawn harra and butter chicken. Plus kunafa, umm Ali, Turkish delight and black sesame mousse to finish.
The Abu Dhabi Edition, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs195 per person. Tel: (0)2 208 0000. @abudhabiedition
Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club
Enjoy a lavish Arabic buffet at Al Rikab restaurant while soothing sounds from a live lute player waft through the venue.
Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club, sunset to 8pm, Dhs89 per person, Dhs45 for children. Tel: (056) 580 1564. aesgc.com
Al Ain Zoo
Here’s a fast-breaking feast with a twist. Dine in the watchful gaze of lions and giraffes at Al Ain Zoo. It’s an eclusive Ramadan dinner with the best guests ever.
Al Ain Zoo, from sunset, Dhs3,360 for six guests. online.alainzoo.ae
Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Head to the 18th floor of Abu Dhabi’s famous leaning tower and make your way inside Franco-Arab signature restaurant Cyan Brasserie for an extravagant iftar buffet served alongside alluring Abu Dhabi cityscape views. Cyan is also offering the a la carte menu if you wish.
Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, from sunset to 10pm, Dhs195. Tel: (056) 544 8158. @andazabudhabi
Assymetri at Yas Plaza Hotels is offering a traditional Arabic iftar buffet with a choice of mezze, barbecue bites and desserts. Group discounts available.
Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Yas Plaza Hotels, from sunset, Dhs159 per person, half price for children aged six to 12 years. Under-sixes free. Tel: (0)2 656 2000. @radissonbluyas
Choices and Rangoli
Promising a grand iftar with a traditional buffet of Indian tandoor grills and Ramadan-inspired beverages, head to Choices and Rangoli for shawarma, ouzi, and samosa and chaat live stations, plus all the Arabic sweets you can eat.
Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, Yas Plaza Hotels, from sunset, Dhs179 per person. Tel: (0)2 656 4000. @rangoli_yasisland
Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental
Head for The Majlis by the Sea, a Ramadan tent with glittering views across the Abu Dhabi skyline. This Arabian-inspired contemporary tent offers luxury hospitality, serving world-class Arabic cuisine, via an international buffet, and live Arabic musical entertainment.
Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, 6pm to 9pm, Dhs325. Tel:(0)2 690 8888 @mo_emiratespalace
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Al Andalus Ramadan experience returns this year as CuiScene, Marco’s Italian, and Mazaj Bab Al Bahr join forces to host a sophisticated iftar buffet, created by culinary head chef Ayoub Makdissi and his team.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, sunset to 9pm, Dhs285 per person. Tel: (0)2 654 3333. @fairmontbabalbahr
Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi
At Louvre Abu Dhabi, Fouquet’s hosts a traditional iftar menu with French twists on firm favourites such as lentil soup with truffle foam and sharing-style mezze plates of roasted cauliflower, eggplant confit, pine nut burrata and cucumber salad and Cecina de León snails Provençal.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, throughout the day, Dhs390 per person. Tel: (0)2 205 4200. @fouquets.abudhabi
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi
The Four Seasons Abu Dhabi Liwa Tent promises a flavourful five-star iftar that can be enjoyed indoors or alfresco. Expect gourmet cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Christian Buenrostro, traditional entertainment with a wide selection of shisha and captivating live performances.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs310 per person. Tel: (0)2 333 2222. @fsabudhabi
Garage at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island hosts iftar with a wide selection of international cuisine, including Malaysian martabak with beef, chicken shawarma, Arabic spice salmon, butter chicken, lamb ouzi, and more. Look out for a particularly special collab taking place from April 12 to 16 when chef Ahmet Dede, the talented owner of Dede at The Customs House – a Michelin-starred Turkish restaurant in Ireland, prepares an exclusive iftar menu for Dhs295.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, sunset to 9pm, Dhs245 (regular iftar), Dhs295 (chef Ahmet Dede collab). Tel: (0)2 656 0000. @wabudhabi
A family-friendly iftar buffet of Middle Eastern and international cuisines with live cooking stations and a superb dessert display.
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs189 per person, Dhs99 for children seven to 12 years. Tel: (0)2 657 3317. rotana.com
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi
The lavish iftar at Sahha features a selection of hot and cold mezze, and a variety of cuisine including Arabic, Asian and Indian. Plus, all your usual beloved Ramadan juices.
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs220 per person. Tel: (0)2 510 1234. @grandhyattabudhabi
Grills @ Chill’O
An alfresco iftar ideal for families and friends with award-winning Levantine cuisine featuring live stations serving seafood and mixed grills. A live oud performance provides the mellow entertainment.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Dhs265 per person. Tel: (056) 9977408. @sofitelabudhabicorniche
For Dhs328 per person, sample the best of Hakkasan for iftar, including classic dim sum, roast duck wrap, and soft-shell crab, with wok fried prime rib beef, and crispy golden prawns, seasonal veg and char sui chicken fried rice. Fruit blend soft drinks are additional.
Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental Abu Dhabi, sunset to 8pm, Dhs328 per person (minimum of two people. Tel: (0)2 690 7939. @hakkasanabudhabi
Jebel Hafit Desert Park Pura Eco Retreat
A pretty special iftar takes place at the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site in Al Ain at Jebel Hafit Desert Park Pura Eco Retreat. Experience a delectable Arabic culinary spread, including lamb threed and chicken kabsa as you take in this magical mountain backdrop. Spend time exploring this archaeological wonder, all whilst dining under the stars.
Jebel Hafit Desert Park Pura Eco Retreat, Al Ain, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs129. Tel: (050) 774 1639. @jebelhafitdesertpark
The iftar buffet features Arabic dishes, including dates, soups, and salads as well as a variety of hearty main courses and decadent desserts, all served alongside an array of pan Asian cuisine.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Yas Island, Yas Plaza Hotels, from sunset, Dhs159 per person, half price for children aged six to 12. Under-sixes free. Tel: (0)2 656 3000. @jingasiayasisland
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
At beautiful restaurant Tean, guests can dive into a four-course Levantine menu fan favourites such as red lentil soup, beetroot hummus, kibbeh, mezze, cheese sambousek, shish kebab and more. The menu also includes traditional teas and juices, selection of succulent dates and dry fruits as well as a wide array of Arabic sweets.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, sunset to 8pm, Dhs198 per person. Tel: (811) 4342. @jumeirahsaadiyat
Take your seat in beautiful all-day dining restaurant Kuzbara and soak up the sounds of the live oud player before diving into a traditional iftar buffet with live cooking stations, Arabic dishes as well as a variety of international options.
Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs190, Dhs95 for children six to 11. Under-fives free. Tel: (0)2 304 7777. @marriottdowntownad
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
The Village transforms into the ideal setting this Ramadan, with iftar fit for a Sheikh. Break fast with traditional dates and sweets, hot soup, an assortment of breads and pastries, a selection of fresh salads, Arabic mezze and mixed grills and desserts. Group packages available.
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs189 per person. Tel: (056) 688 5361. @lemeridienabudhabi
LPM Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy a four-course meal, which includes soup, dates, a selection of four shared starters, one main course, one dessert, and additional side dishes. Favourites include burrata with cherry tomatoes and basil, warm prawns with olive oil, marinated lamb cutlets and the homemade rigatoni pasta. Dessert options include crème brulee, and the new apricot pistachio filo pie.
LPM Restaurant & Bar, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 6pm to 8pm, Dhs250 per person. Tel: (0)2 6929600. @lpmabudhabi
The National Aquarium
In partnership with Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, The National Aquarium is hosting an underwater iftar on April 10 and 11. Food is catered by the culinary team from the Shangi-La who showcase flavours from across the region.
The National Aquarium, Al Qana Rabdan, bookings to be made 48 hours in advance, Dhs600 per person. thenationalaquarium.ae
Niri Restaurant + Bar
The Modern Japanese concept serves a special three-course iftar menu curated by head chef and sushi master, Yasuyuki Takemoto. Highlight dishes include whole grilled sea bream, preserved lemon and mitsuba, sweet corn tempura, ponzu and shichimi, a sesame soya beef and a beautiful pistachio cheesecake.
Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Al Saadiyat Island, sunset to 10.30pm (weekdays), sunset to 11.30pm (weekends), Dhs200 per person (minimum of two people). Tel: (0)2 546 8886. @niriabudhabi
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Celebrate Ramadan with a sumptuous Arabian Nights-themed iftar under the stars. Expect a Bedouin-style feast that includes regional signatures such as lamb ouzi, veal harees and Moroccan tajine.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs320 per person. Tel: (0)2 407 1234. @parkhyattad
Pura Eco Retreat Jubail Island Abu Dhabi
Dine under a canopy of stars with the stunning mangroves beside you as you enjoy a gourmet selection from Iranian to Emirati, Indian and International favourites at the wonderful Pura Eco Retreat on Jubail Island.
Pura Eco Retreat Jubail Island Abu Dhabi, sunset to 9pm, Dhs175. Tel: (050) 383 7878. @staypura
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Al Ain
Flavours restaurant serves up a wide variety of cuisines such as Arabic, Indian, Western and Asian. Look out for the buy-one-iftar-get-one-free limited-time offer.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Al Ain, sunset to 10pm, Dhs149 per person. Tel: (050) 663 6498. @radissonblualain
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
For iftar, enjoy views over the sparkling waters of Al Maryah Island while tucking into a curated, gastronomic offering with international flavours at Aqua.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 9pm, Dhs275 (first week), Dhs295 thereafter. Tel: (0)2 813 5550. @rosewoodabudhabi
Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island
This Ramadan offers plenty at beach resort Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, including a delicious iftar buffet a Turquoise.
Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs299 per person. Tel: (02) 492 2222. @rixospremiumsaadiyat
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
The stunning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club presents a sharing-style iftar with Arabic and international dishes, including mezze, seafood mixed grill platter, Arabic desserts and selected juices.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, sunset to 10pm, Dhs130, Dhs65 children six to 12. Under-fives free. Tel:(056) 660 8780. viyagolf.com
Shangri-La Ramadan Village
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi hosts celebrated chef Greg Malouf from 23 to 30 March as part of its ongoing Culinary Master Series. Renowned across the globe for his love for Middle Eastern and North African cuisine, Chef Malouf will treat diners to a simply must-try menu combining age-old tradition with contemporary flair.
Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi, March 23 to 30, from sunset, Dhs275 for four courses. Tel: (0)2 509 8555. shangri-la.com/en/landing/celebrate-ramadan-in-abudhabi
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Enjoy a rich iftar buffet at Flavours with live stations offering Arabic and oriental cuisine from mezze, soup, salads, a selection of fresh breads and pastries and mains such as ouzi and shawarma.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, from sunset, Dhs185 per person. Tel: (050) 790 2353. @sheratonabudhabi
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
A traditional iftar with a wide variety of gourmet international dishes, including live station serving seafood and mixed grills.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Dhs225 per person. Tel: (056) 9977408. @sofitelabudhabicorniche
The sumptuous buffet at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi’s Sofra is made up of authentic flavours of the region and beyond. Plus, a selection of refreshing season-inspired beverages.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs268. Tel: (0)2 509 8555. shangri-la.com/en/landing/celebrate-ramadan-in-abudhabi
Talea by Antonio Guida
Where else to enjoy iftar this Ramadan than at the recently awarded What’s On Restaurant of The Year? With near-faultless Italian cooking, creative plates and regal design, Talea hosts a special set menu for iftar featuring starters to share, including pizza margherita and eggplant parmigiana, followed by red snapper, slow cooked lamb or roasted celeriac, with tiramisu to finish.
Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental Abu Dhabi, from sunset, Dhs380. Tel: (0)2 690 7999. @taleauae
The award-winning Teatro at Park Rotana showcases a unique iftar experience with a special set menu of its signature dishes, including vegetable spring rolls and prawn tempura, butter chicken and miso sea bass.
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, sunset to 11pm, Dhs199 per person. Tel: (0)2 657 3317. rotana.com
Vertigo provides iftar in exclusive cabanas by the beach. Guests can enjoy a delicious feast from Vertigo’s opulent menu, which includes sharing starters and family-style main meals.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche, from sunset. Tel: (0)2 6924888. radissonhotels.com
West Bay Lounge
Indulge in an a la carte iftar menu of Arabic mezze, fatoush, fatayer, sambousek, kibbeh, mixed grill, ouzi and Arabic sweets at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche’s perfect beachside spot.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche, from sunset, Dhs200 (minimum spend per person). Tel: (0)2 6924375. @westbayabudhabi
Yas Acres Golf & Country Club
Dine in or take away at Roots restaurant. Expect Ramadan favourites such as lentil soup and mixed grill alongside an international assortment. Bookings must be made in advance.
Yas Acres Golf & Country Club, sunset to 10pm, Dhs120 per person. Tel: (050) 757 4808. viyagolf.com
Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Celebrate Ramadan at Hickory’s and enjoy a decadent three-course sharing-style iftar menu with special Ramadan drinks. Corporate iftar packages available.
Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, sunset to 10pm, Dhs130 per person. Tel: (0)2 404 3077. viyagolf.com