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

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  • 64
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  • 39
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 4
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Searching for Authentic Emirati Food

I was in Abu Dhabi for work and my colleagues and I wanted to try some authentic Emirati food. We were recommended Mezlai by the concierge at our hotel so we tried it out. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, even though none of us are experts on Emirati food. We all tried a variety of dishes and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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toluca lake
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I lived in Lebanon 4 hrs and this was the worst Lebanese restaurant I have been too. Nothing was fresh .The only decent food was the tabouleh.The fish they claimed was red mullet it must have been one month old.Do yourself favor and pass on this one

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Thank Hagopyouredjian
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Abu Dhabi for work and my colleagues and I wanted to try some authentic Emirati food. We were recommended Mezlai by the concierge at our hotel so we tried it out. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, even though none of us are experts on Emirati food. We all tried a variety of dishes and everything tasted... More 

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Thank SouthMS_Traveller
Paris, France
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good, really, but we already had even better food in another Arab restaurant in the city, so I would say that as we mostly came for the place and really enjoyed our evening.

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Thank Véronique J
Gurgaon, India
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch reservation because after looking at the menu for all restaurants and cafe in palace, this made sense for us. They have seating inside as well as outside. The weather was pleasant so we preferred outside. We ordered one veg pasta, one seafood biryani and veg soup and a seafood soup. The food tasted great and the soup... More 

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1 Thank neha b
Cannock, United Kingdom
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181 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This is an Emirati style restaurant situated within the Emirates Palace and is suitable for couples and families. Dining is outside in the main. We found the service here very slow, far too slow we waited over an hour for our main course. Also the food is very dry so a typical dish would be slow cooked lamb with a... More 

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1 Thank shirleylyn
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Where else can you try authentic dishes created by the Bedoiun? Try the Emirati bread; more pancake than loaf. We went with our kids aged 11 and 8 and the staff were very welcoming and accomodating to them. Better value than Li Beirut across the road at Jumeriah. They have some great outside tables. Only complaint is lack of any... More 

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1 Thank Welshwizardcambs
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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534 reviews
350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We are regular customers of this restaurant, even though we live in Dubai. However, every time someone comes for a visit in the UAE, whether a relative or friends, we always go to this place after the visit to the Grand Mosque. The result is always the same: they all love it and great us afterwards. It is a must... More 

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1 Thank TheEmptyQuarter
London
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129 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We'd heard a lot about this restaurant, so maybe our expectations were unreasonable? The surroundings are lovely, although it would be nice not to have a wobbly table and given that we'd booked in advance to have it set properly. Service was amateur, with attempts to upsell which is irritating. Food was perfectly pleasant but nothing special. However, it is... More 

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1 Thank DH76
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We had an interesting meal where we tried many local dishes, what I enjoyed the most where the selection of emirati desserts.

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1 Thank Dianancona
Barcelona, Spain
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

The Beautiful decorations of this place make it a nice setting. Service is attentive and will take care of you without being too intrusive. Appetisers and poultry dishes are very tasteful, with a lot of Arab spices. Prices are in the high level but at least the portions are quite generous so you won't leave the place hungry.

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?