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“A night wasted...”
Review of Frankie's

Frankie's
Ranked #123 of 2,241 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: One of the best Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, opened in October 2009.
Reviewed April 26, 2011

Arrived in shorts, our mistake & were put into the bar which was very kind of them. We should know better - not their fault. Boy were they glad of our business though as this place was not busy. The bar is a sad place to sit & watch couples dressedjup with nowhere to go.

The food was average - Frankie's in London is far superior, why is it that the raw ingredient in Abu Dhabi is so poor? Pizza was a 2/10 & pasta was good but such a small portion that we were left starving. Not a place to recommend.

Fairmont was very nice & well worth its 5* rating.

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Thank McAnnie1
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

Overall enjoyed the experience at Frankie's. Staff service was polite and attentive, with waiting staff frequently checking on our progress with ordering and also during the meal. Reasonable wine list with okay prices for Abu Dhabi. Food was tasty and reasonable sized servings, ,however would rate food at good to very good, rather than excellent and Italian themed. Would probably visit again, depending on other restaurants available. Recommend to others to try

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1  Thank brettnwau
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

Pleasant place yet unprofessional staff, one who tried to pull a fast one...!

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1  Thank Avi31
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

I've been here a few times now, and disregarding my grading as such, this is the best Italian in town! However, what is italian food in Abu Dhabi? In this city, it tend to be pretentious and overwhelming, lacking the latin flair, love and passion as you would expect elswhere....

If it wasn't for the food on my first time visit, this would have been another 'been there, done that' kind of thing. The waiters, obviously trained in upselling rather than customer satisfaction, trying to push vintage port when the house pour is 'unavailable'. Same for food, the typical american approach prevails. Lobster anyone?

However, the kitchen is solid yet bland (i call it the Abu Dhabi decesase, curiosly sneaking its way into 5* hotels...), and i do love another fact: they actually have a designated sommelier! Ok, he might be designated to their neighbour restaurant, but still, the boring wine printout comes to life the same second this guy approaches your table!

My scoreboard might not show justice to this restaurant, but sit down and understand why... its only upon exception this restaurant excells...

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1  Thank BTfF
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

Frankies is a great place to go whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, a meal with friends or a family meal with the kids.

The food is great, with a good selection of pizzas, and italian style dishes that will have something to suit 99% of people, though there are no pork products, salami on the pizzas is beef based. Prices are not the cheapest, anyone looking for a budget meal should look elsewhere, but the quality is top class, and presentation matches.

The staff are brilliant, and they treat you so well that it will make you feel special without being overbearing. They are also astoundingly good with children. Our two boys love going there because they sit at the serving bar where the pizzas are made, and the staff there let them make their own pizzas (they even give them 'personalised' chef's hats!).

The restaurant has a partitioned area, behind which is a well stocked bar and seating area with extremely friendy and helpful barstaff. In the corner a very enthusiastic piano player provides varied and entertaining music at the right volume - no need to shout to be heard over the music. He also is very happy to take requests, and if you are Pink Floyd fan you are in for a treat. Be aware that the live music stops at midnight, and is not on on Saturdays

There's an outside terrace, for those who want to sit outside, however this does not afford a view of anything, and to be frank we have never bothered.

The venue is lit sufficiently well to not feel gloomy, but doesn't feel uncomfortably bright, encouraging a relaxing and casual atmosphere. The manager and undermanagers amost always come over to say hello, and are interested in your comments, again reinforcing the feeling of good service. Dress code is casual, though this is one of those places where going a bit smarter suits, if you see our meaning!

The restaurant is in the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel, itself a very good place to be. Being in the 'Between the Bridges' area is some 23 KM from the Corniche, and the 'centre' of Abu Dhabi. However a 45 Dirham taxi ride taking 20 minutes will get you all the way from Marina Mall, which is about as far away as you can get, so it is easy to get to. It is also near the Shangri-La and Souk complex, though the state of the roads around that area mean that you will require a taxi to get to it from the Fairmont, even though it is 500m away.

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