Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi’s dining scene encompasses all budgets, cuisines, and tastes, from elegant restaurants in sumptuous surroundings serving luxurious ingredients, to dirt-cheap, street-side eateries where succulent spicy chicken turns on a rotisserie and lamb shwarmas (doner kebabs) are made in minutes.

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In winter, reserve a table outside to enjoy the balmy breezes and azure sea views as you dine on succulent seafood; in summer, take advantage of the air-conditioning and eat inside this upscale beach shack.

Beach Rotana Hotel, 011-971-2-644-3000, www.rotana.com
Tags: family | seafood | expensive


The palatial Marakesh interior (complete with mother-of-pearl inlaid wooden furniture and palm trees), exquisite Moroccan cuisine (the lamb and prune tajine is sublime), and Moroccan band and bellydancer, make this a memorable experience.

Millennium Hotel, Khalifa St., 011-971-2-626-2700, www.millenniumhotels.com
Tags: moderate | moroccan

Pars Palace

The welcome is warm and the Persian cuisine superb at this local eatery. Don’t miss the succulent kebabs with spicy aromatic sauces and the saffron rice with pomegranate seeds.

Al Araby St., behind Corniche Towers, 011-971-2-681-8600
Tags: family | budget | persian


When the weather drops below sweltering, locals love to soak up the sun from Prego’s al fresco, sea-view terrace as they dig into Italian cuisine, including wonderful wood-fired pizzas. Book ahead.

Beach Rotana Hotel, 011-971-2-644-3000, www.rotana.com
Tags: family | moderate | italian


Expect to be impressed by Sayad’s creative presentation, fresh and luxurious ingredients (lobsters, oysters, foie gras), and excellent service. People either love or hate the quirky (albeit elegant) décor and blue lighting.

Corniche West, Corniche West, 011-971-2-690-9000, www.emiratespalace.com
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge


This kitschy recreation of a typical Levantine garden restaurant has a vine-covered roof, birdcages, fountains . . . even an old lady making hot flat bread. Kids love the atmosphere; adults love the Middle Eastern cuisine.

Al Salam St., near Al Diar Regency Hotel, 011-971-2-671-2600
Tags: family | budget | great value | lebanese | syrian | middle eastern

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