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“Non-smokers not welcome!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ornina - CLOSED

Ornina
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Ornina Restaurant & Lounge is a concept originated in Barcelona and inspired by the philosophy of harmony between cultures. We present a creative fusion of Modern European cuisine.The stunning purposely built wooden structure offers a 360 degrees open views of the marina and the sea, with a variety of mood options that include a relaxed lounge atmosphere, or a chilled experience with mesmerizing terrace views enhanced by amber torch flames.
Abu Dhabi
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Non-smokers not welcome!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

I tried to book for dinner only to be told that they have no non-smoking area! Bizarre considering the AD Municipality are now encouraging non-smoking areas particularly in places where food is served. I have no problem with smokers but the person said they only have a non-smoking area during lunchtime but not dinnertime! Why should there be a difference ? Clearly profits over health! I shall continue eating elsewhere.....

Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Rob B
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Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
romania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

After Formula 1 we were invited to eat at Ornina.First they told us that we are not allowed because we have sport pants but in the end they let us stay outside.The view is incredible and also the location.The staff was Ok also the food and the drinks.It is a nice location but nothing to impress.

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3 Thank anda26
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Breathtaking View and Location, Limited Menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

I have decided to celebrate my birthday at Ornina because of the very nice photo which I have seen few days before my bday. We were all thrilled when we arrived at the place, the view was incredible!
Had it not been for my empty stomach, I probably wouldn't have noticed its limited menu. Yes, do not expect a sumptuous meal at Ornina. Portions are small, specifically for their "Group Meals". The accommodating staff seemed to have underestimated my appetite when she offered us a package for six which included 3 mini burgers, some fries, small portions of appetizers and assortment of Arabic salads. We had to ask additional orders of paella, steak and lamb chops which were actually good.

The staff was very nice and friendly but she could understand very limited English. She didn't know what "bottomless" meant and was totally clueless when I asked if the iced teas were "bottomless".

Ornina is an ideal place for friends who want to hang out and relax. The setting is undeniably remarkable, it is definitely the place's best advantage.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank DyAngelina
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting + Disastrous Service = FAIL !!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Setting is very nice, especially in the evening.
Service is diabolical.
Made a reservation for dinner, had to explain this 3 times to get through. then had to "convince" them that it was for outside...finally get to our table.
wait 10 mins + ask 3 times for a menu. Ask 2 times to take an order. finally get drinks.
Order "tapas" - meant for sharing right......... remember that!
Miniscule portions arrive...food is reasonable - nothing mind blowing.
the 3 lamb cutlets arrive on 2 bones???? Bit hard to share between 4...... explain to "manager" in a conversation that goes round-and-round with ever-so-helpful asian logic.
Solution is to order another serving & "all will be solved".......silly us.
next round comes......thats right 3 cutlets on 2 bones!!!!
Ha Ha the joke is on us.
So 4 beers, 1 bottle of wine, enough nibbles that we all still felt hungry....= 1,200 AED = 325 USD.
Bottom line - go for the view - a drink - a sheesha, and expect 1 star service with 5 star prices.

P.S: All the 5 Star reviews on TA must be from the manager/staff/owner. ;-)

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank sandymancan
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“the place to be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Ornina is definitely the place to be...any night of the week will be packed with beautiful and well-dressed people (definitely call ahead to reserve). The food is amazing - every dish is filled with so many different flavours - all of the 'small dishes' are great, but I would highly recommend their chicken tights - delicious! Dishes are quite small, so you will have to order several in order to be satisfied - your bill will rise quickly, however, you will feel as if its worth it!.
Service is not so amazing with the waitress , but you almost dont notice, as you're enjoying yourself too much!
The bar team is fantastic the short bartender with the curly hair is amazing one of the best and pleasant staff you can meet around to change your mood he was so nice with us he spend time on our table checking back!!! if we were fine even there was a cocktail that we send back cause my friend did not like it he came personally to apologise and propose us to have Raspberry mojito instead which was so delicious
DO NOT make the mistake of sitting upstairs! downstairs (the lounge) is the place to be - you will not regret it!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank sandy e
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