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“Great shisha!”
Review of Ornina - CLOSED

Ornina
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great shisha!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Location is lovely (right on the water), comfy seating, nice shisha (loving the disposable plastic pipes, hopefully they're recyling them!). Food was pricey but nice, tapas style soon adds up. Waitresses seemed a bit flustered at times but was very busy to be fair.

Visited December 2012
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Thank KLOH_ee
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OrninaLounge, Public Relations Manager at Ornina, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time and writing your feedback here on Tripadvisor. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Shisha and I hope to be able to welcome you back to Ornina in the future.

Kind Regards,

Caroline Jonsson
c.jonsson@orninalounge.com
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  • Arabic first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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  • Portuguese first
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Switzerland
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613 reviews
387 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Nice place for a drink”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

The location of Ornina is just by the seafront. On one side you see Al Banadar and on the other side you see Yas Marina Circuit. Really nice! Experience shows that the food and service in not up to standard but the drinks and the setting is. It is recommended to eat somewhere else and come and enjoy the atmosphere and the bar @ Ornina

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank johan6688
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OrninaLounge, Public Relations Manager at Ornina, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed our beautiful location. We are working very hard to improve our service and hopefully you will notice the improvement if we get the opportunity welcoming you back in the near future.


Sincerely,

Caroline Jonsson
c.jonsson@orninalounge.com
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Terribe service”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We went there with 15 friends, they forgot to schedule our booking. We had to wait more than one hour and a half prior of having food served only for 10 of us. Me, my wife and other guests went back home without eating. Worst treatment of ever! Stay away!

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank Andrea M
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OrninaLounge, Public Relations Manager at Ornina, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review here on Tripadvisor.
I regret to hear about the misunderstanding in regards to your booking and my sincere apologies that your visit to Ornina did not turn out as expected. If you would like to discuss this matter further please don't hesitate to contact me on: c.jonsson@orninalounge.com

Best Regards,

Caroline Jonsson
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the worst eat place in UAE, worst service, worst menu”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

They have more than 10 waiters but does not hv time to serve you, hardly have dishes for main menu. You drive down from abudhabi for better food nd service but all crap.

  • Visited November 2012
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3 Thank nammy_12
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Slight improvement but still no "soul"”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Slight improvement from my last time I've been to Ornina about 2 months back.
The service seemed a bit more organized and had a bit of structure I would say...we're greeted by a Hostess, welcome not very warm tho, kinda rushy and arrogant..."you can't sit here, those tables are all reserved"...okay, whatever...
Ornina is a magnet for the local clientele, smoking shisha and enjoying there drinks..nice crowd...
Menu presented without recommendation or explanation..please guys, at least take your time introducing yourself and mention some of your favorite food items on the menu, that breaks the ice and the whole experience starts good, right from the beginning, isn't that so difficult?!?!
Order taken, ordered for calamari, beef sausages, trio of beef burgers...

Food arrived together and in good time...calamari portion was generous(considering the tapas concept of Ornina) bit chewy tho, but we loved the spicy ayoli dip.
Beef Sausages a bit over spiced with pepper but good, as well as the burgers, not outstanding but tasty.

While enjoying our dinner non of the waiters came to inquire about our satisfaction(think they don't care), when our plates got cleared, no satisfaction check either...
What I already said..no personal touch, no interest in their guest, that means NO SOUL in such a beautiful environment...it's a pity, sad to say.

Forgot to mention : the prices are ridicouslly high. The most expensive beer bottle(330 ml) I ever had(39 aed which is equal to around almost 8 € or better : more than 10$) that's a joke!!!!

Usually I'm very generous when it comes to tipping service staff, coz I know that the salary in this job is very low, but for what should I tip ? I should tip the owner maybe because they've build a nice restaurant in beautiful environment but forgot the soul...

Will be back...

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank Tobi1985
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