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“Wow, what a setting!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sontaya

Sontaya
Saadiyat Island | c/o The St Regis Saadiyat Island, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 498 8888
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Canberra, Australia
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“Wow, what a setting!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The St Regis chain don't do anything by halves. The setting for this restaurant is something right in the top shelf, even for St Regis. Set amongst a detailed set of terrace pools. with fabulous mood lighting, you find yourself going wow as you walk into the Restaurant. Our table was on the patio area immediately above the largest pool with a great view of the Arabian Gulf and the beautiful gardens.

The food is very good, not outstanding but full of flavour and a lot of subtitles with the sauces. This is a high class establishment and the cost of their wines reflected this position. The house red at 60 AED a glass is a classic case and sadly the quality of the wine did not come close to the price. Meal sizes aren't huge but are adequate.

The staff are very attentive and conversational, not to the point of being over the top, but I certainly wouldn't haven't wanted any more attention.

Even if the food was only average which it isn't, you will enjoy Sontaya. The setting alone is one of the very best I have encountered anywhere in the world and will definitely be going back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stregis_Management, General Manager at Sontaya, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Phil

Thank you for your positive comments about Sontaya, winner of the Best Southeast Asian for two consecutive years with Time Out Abu Dhabi.

I am thrilled that you appreciated the setting so much as 'address' is a brand point of any St. Regis therefore i am glad that this went beyond your expectations.

Kind Regards,

J. Stewart Selbie
General Manager
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“Beautiful poolside setting, good Thai food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

A lovely restaurant with a fabulous outdoor terrace overlooking the pool at St Regis on Saadyat Island. The food is good, not outstanding, but decent Thai food. The pomelo salad came with soft shell crab and was yummy! Service is attentive, and drinks were good, we all tried different cocktails.

Anyone with kids should sit inside, as the seating outside is pretty much exposed to the pool. A perfect setting for couples or friends, quiet and beautiful! The bill also turned out quite reasonable, about AED 250 per head inclusive of drinks, starters(shared), mains and dessert(shared).

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stregis_Management, General Manager at Sontaya, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Aysha

I very much enjoyed reading your kind comments on Sontaya, our Southeast Asian venue here at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.

I have to agree that the pomelo salad is delectable. We will soon be launching our new menu in Sontaya therefore I hope to welcome you back again soon.

Kind Regards,

J. Stewart Selbie
General Manager
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“south east asian delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I went to sontaya a couple of weeks ago. The ambiance of the restaurant is really amazing, it feels cozy and warm. We were greeted with Crizzle's smile as she led us to our table. I must say the lights from the pool and the serenity of the water really calms us from a stressful day. The food was unique, from the starters all the way down to our dessert. I am satisfied, with the service and the mouth watering dishes we will surely return.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stregis_Management, General Manager at Sontaya, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Toni

Thank you for taking the time to pass on your kind comments on Sontaya.

I have to agree, the setting of the venue is magical. Address is one of the cornorstones of a St. Regis therefore I am glad we went beyond your expectations on this aspect.

Kind Regards,

J. Stewart Selbie
General Manager
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were very happy with our meal at Sontaya. The setting is really lovely, the decor great and we felt relaxed as soon as we sat down. The service was outstanding, wait staff were attentive but not intrusive and a great help in ordering food. The menu is pretty extensive, it took us a while to choose, but we were not disappointed as the quality and quantity of the food was great. We didn't have to wait long for our meals, which is always a good thing. The little touches such as the nibbles we were bought before our starter, the palate cleanser before our main course and the refreshing complimentary tea at the end of the meal were thoughtful additions. It's not the cheapest Thai/Asian fusion in the city but well worth every dirham. We would especially recommend it for special occasions. We will be back!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stregis_Management, General Manager at Sontaya, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Guest

I am thrilled to read such positive comments about Sontaya, our Southeast Asian venue at the resort. I will be sure to pass your comments on to the team and we all hope to see your back again soon.

Kind Regards,

J. Stewart Selbie
General Manager
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“Like home - feel welcome, superb food, enjoy every second”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We are stunned! It was the third time we went to Sontaya in a week! We just couldn't get enough of it! The food is excellent and the service is just superb! Lydia was our sunshine and made our stays unforgettable. But also the rest of the team was remarkable! We hope to come back soon! Anyone who looks for great Asian cuisine in Abu Dhabi must go there. But don't miss the sunset!
Christian & Laura

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stregis_Management, General Manager at Sontaya, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Christian and Laura

Thank you so much for your kind comments on Sontaya.

Service is a cornorstone of a St. Regis therefore I am glad to hear how much you enjoyed the expereince. I will be sure to pass your appreciation to Lydia and the whole team.

We hope to see you back at Sontaya again, perhaps for your new menu which will be launched soon.

Kind Regards,

J. Stewart Selbie
General Manager
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