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“Almost the real deal...”
Review of Frankie's

Frankie's
Ranked #111 of 2,111 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: One of the best Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, opened in October 2009.
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Located in the Fairmont Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Frankie's is difficult to spot as an Italian restaurant were it not for the name and the menu. The interior is not here nor there and a throwback to '80's disco. The menu is elaborate and the wine list for wine by the glass all Italian. Try the coteletta Milanese or the Risotto with mushrooms.

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Reviewed June 24, 2012

We had the featured 'all you can eat pasta and pizza buffet' as advertised on Timeout AbuDhabi WhatsOn guide. The meals are taken in a cordoned-off bar/lounge area, separated from the main restaurant floor area, although both appear so dark that it was hard to see clearly (I tripped over buffet table leg ) but probably to disguise the bland food and limited choice available on the self service buffet. Price of 130++ Dhs included 2 small glasses of wine. However the overall choice of 3 different pizzas - only replenished when down to last 2 slices of each left, and a very small anti pasti selection with basic salad items, a plate of cold pasta and some smoked salmon or sausage was abysmal, Pizza Hut offers more choice (and although largely of the same bland quality, I have experienced better service whenever I use the chain -for a far cheaper price). The service was very slow in clearing our plates and despite asking twice for water (which never arrived) was subsequently charged on our initial bill. Two adjacent tables also appeared to have issues with their bills. Basically this place is grossly over-rated (although we didn't eat in the main, separate restaurant) and for better service, value and quality of food served I would recommend 'Certu' in the Souk adjacent to the Shangri-la hotel complex next door

Thank MickandAl
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

I always drop in for dinner at Frankie's while in Abu Dhabi. They have a great piano player for live entertainment and the bar area is nice as well. I like the overall setup rather than the one on JBR in Dubai. The Veal was amazing (but pizza and calzone's are great if you want something less formal! Never had an issue- would suggest reservations on the weekends, especially Thursday as it's always busy.

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Thank James F
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Nice food but expensive for basic meals such as pizza pasta.

Thank shelly S
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

If the weather's nice sit outside, otherwise, sit at the bar next to the pizza ovens - they have a lovely menu, including lifestyle / healthy choices and are fab with kids too

Thank bakingcakes
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