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Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 690 7999
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Dining options: Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very good and not as expensive as you might think!

My husband and I were taken here as a treat by my mother while she was visiting - and got to walk through the Emirates Palace to get there (it is quite a distance from where the taxi drops you off). The restaurant had about 3 other customers so as it has a lot of tables it was pretty echoing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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London
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were taken here as a treat by my mother while she was visiting - and got to walk through the Emirates Palace to get there (it is quite a distance from where the taxi drops you off). The restaurant had about 3 other customers so as it has a lot of tables it was pretty echoing... More 

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London
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52 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I ate here one evening while staying at the hotel. The restaurant itself is very nice with a terrace outside although not a view of anything particularly interesting. Service was very good. Alas, the food was really dull. It is an Emirati restaurant and I guess their traditional cuisine is very basic. However, a restaurant in a very expensive hotel... More 

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Brussels
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The Emirates Palace is a must see when you are in Abu Dhabi. It is very beautiful and very impressive. The Mezlai is romantic, good seating and has friendly service. Everything was fine till the main dishes arrived which were large but not tasty and dry. So we entered Mezlai with a positive feeling and left disappointed.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

One of the few restaurants in Abu Dhabi with a local flare and chef, Mezlai is a nice place to go and I've brought visitors here to see the food of the UAE. Definitely go for a food dish, as that is the local specialty. Beyond the food it's also a beautiful location - if you can get one of... More 

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Abu Dhabi
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27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I was not impressed with this EMIRATI restaurant. Nothing original that sets them apart from other arabic restaurants. The ambiance was great because of the weather, outside, breezy, great company. Food was not that much. My husband ordered the lamb, of course, being an emirati restaurant, but it was really small and COLD! All dishes that were brought to the... More 

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Denmark
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67 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We wanted to try true emirati cusine - so we booked lunch here. The food was not very bad - just bland - but for 500AED+ for 2 starter and 2 mains + 1 bottle of water I expect more. So not recommended - basically overpriced due to location.

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istanbul
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

You can enjoy in winter season the beauty of sitting outside.The decor of inside is very pretty to reflect Emirati culture.Service is perfect.Choice may not surprise you but the taste will.Great for a peaceful evening to have a conversation as well as great meal.There is no loud music to disturb .Not only good for kebabs but also great for seafood.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Make a reservation and ask for a table inside a Bedouin tent/booth. Maybe not the best comfort as you sit on sofas, but more genuine and fun to dine like this than to sit at a conventional table. The staff is dressed up in traditional Arabic clothing, the food is fantastic. The whole environment enforces the feeling of being part... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

dining in a tent,romantic,perfect service and food, oh and did I mention great wine. Just a wonderful place to just breath,relax, enjoy truly great food and the staff anticipates your wishes. We have enjoyed every meal at this hotel. The key is arriving in January, low season if you will, but the staff and kitchen is unhurried, this gives the... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The restaurant located in the emirates palace is very good for local emirati cuisine. Everything from the decor to the waiters dress were very well thought. We took the option of sitting in the tent which was an excellent choice. Mezlai also had a good choice for kids from international cuisine. The only disappointing bit was the manager or whoever... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: +971 2 690 7999

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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