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Mezlai

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Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 690 7999
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food

First time to try emirati cuisine and was surprised at how tasty and good the food was. Staff were really good and food was excellent. The fresh arabic bread they give you at the start was so good!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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  • Local cuisine
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

First time to try emirati cuisine and was surprised at how tasty and good the food was. Staff were really good and food was excellent. The fresh arabic bread they give you at the start was so good!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Delicious and refined food in a great location and hotel. Great service. Attentive staff. Fantastic atmosphere.

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Interlaken
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

As there are not so many options to eat Emirati food, we booked at the Mezlai. The restaurant was not very busy this evening, which I liked. The outside setting is beautiful, the service was spot on and doesn't get any better than that. I also believe that the prices were more than fair. Where I come from, an establishment... More 

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milpitasca
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307 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I wanted a restaurant that opened early and the only one available in the hotel to fill this need was Mezlai. I was perfectly happy after perusing the menus of the other hotel restaurants with their stratospheric price tags. I arrived at 5:30 PM and I was the sole diner for the entire time I was there! The quiet ambiance... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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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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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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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81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 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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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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