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“Superb Meal”
Review of Filini

Filini
Ranked #150 of 2,150 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Went to Filini's on our last night what a meal Startr was big enough for two and the main course Bef was so tender and juicy it was almost like a steak Brilliant end to a vacation 5 stars

Thank Tony J
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

It has been a long time since I ate at Filini. It is in the Entertainer book and we decided to eat here since we were at Yas Island and wanted to eat locally.
We 3 friends had vegetarian thin crust pizzas. One had dessert while I had a coffee. All very nice Italian food. There is outdoor seating (with views over the golf course) but on the evening we were there it was too hot to eat outside.
The service was fairly good, only slowing when we wanted the bill. The restaurant was fairly quiet for a Tuesday evening. The buffet restaurant next to Filini was more popular.
Prices were typical for restaurants in similar hotels in Abu Dhabi. There are a lot of dining options in Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi and I think this is very good overall.

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Thank Alex_Devonian
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Buzzy atmosphere, food was fine, service was friendly but not snappy enough. Whilst Filini is 'fine' as a nod to italian cuisine within the UAE I would not visit regularly if it were situated in Europe.

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Thank CDL2264
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

The food is not bad, actually very well prepared, environment is great, people are friendly. As a resident of the UAE we are still charged a tourism tax of 6%, not to mention that 10% service charge being added on top of that. We had to almost fight for getting our Club Carlson discount, in the end we got the discount of 5%.

An example about a meal for two, plus the total costs:

1 pizza (AED 65.00)and
1 penne lamb pasta (AED 75.00)
1 bottle of natural water (AED 26.00),
-5% Gold Pnt Red Discount (AED -8.30)

Subtotal AED 157.70 (6&T.F10%Srv Chg)
+ 26.56.00 and
total amount AED 184.00.

Basically you are stuck on Yas Island, so pretty much every restaurant takes advantage of that.

The food is pretty good, but it is not worth heading to the "Filini" restaurant for lunch and to drive all way to Yas Island for paying 6% Tourism Fee and 10% service charge. There are better places than an Italian restaurant on an island. Without 10% service charges and 6% tourism fee, it would be fine. It is the first and last time we are visiting Yas Island.
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Conclusion: food is good, environment is great, just not the price for value. Even the Peugeot pepper or salt-mill will not increase the value for having dinner at there.

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Thank SQUALO85
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Staff was attentive when it was still quiet but lacked this after many more people came in. The food in general is not bad but misses the real Italian ingredients although I heard the cook speaking Italian (only had an interest in 1 couple) so he should know better. In my review of Frankie's restaurant you can tell the difference as there I had a far better Italian meal and pricewise there is not much difference.

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Thank jjalok
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