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“The best fish in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Finz

Finz
Ranked #28 of 2,040 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: When you enter our seaside setting, where music, scenery and style mix effortlessly. Take a journey with our chefs through the freshest seafood from coastal waters prepared Mediterranean Style, using flavors from the Moorish influences of North Africa. Sit back, enjoy the smooth musical ambiance, imbibe one of our signature beverages, and let this new style of dining and unwinding become a lifestyle.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The best fish in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Everything just works, the maitre de, the food, the atmosphere. The only bad thing is that I did not find it sooner - had lunch there everyday unit I left.
If you ever go to Abu Dhabi, this restaurant is a must!

Visited March 2013
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Thank Corit
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Graeme U, Manager at Finz, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear Corit,

Thank you for the posting on Trip advisor following your dining experience at finz

I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your meals and foudnt he service and food to be top notch.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Regards

Graeme Ure
Executive Assistant Manager I/C Food and Beverage
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200
Abu Dhabi
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Le Pradet
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good restaurant, spoilt by dodgey Rewards Card deal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our daughter took us here last week and as she entertains a lot, signed up for the Rotana Rewards Exclusive card offering rather pompously, "Privileges of Life", but more importantly "50% off the food bill when accompanied by at least one guest". It also offers "20% discount on beverages". We were 3 persons including our daughter, the holder of the card, which they assured us would be valid immediately.The card costs 900 Dirham per year.

When we received the bill they only applied 30% discount to the food and 20% to wine only. Very expensive European water and coffees were not covered, although in our book they are also "beverages" (drinks to you and I).

When we pointed this out to the waiter he said that the 50% discount only applies to 2 persons in total, not 3. His English was not up to understanding that "accompanied by at least one guest" covers 3 persons. A duty manager was called who repeated this line, saying that there must be a misprint in the brochure. He then phoned someone more senior, who did not appear, but authorised him to charge us in accordance with what in said in the brochure that our daughter had signed and paid over 900 Dirham for the privilege. Great stuff.

Note that the discount is applied BEFORE they add a 10% service charge PLUS a massive Abu Dhabi tourist tax of 6%! We shall not be back in Abu Dhabi as they clearly do not welcome tourist if they penalise them in this way. Hey, the town is not even finished yet! There are building sites everywhere. This problem took over 30 minutes to sort out, by well meaning but hopeless staff whose English is poor and messed up the rest ouf our schedule.

We would say however, that the food was good apart from the batter on the calamar that was soggy and not crisp (probably because they lost all power in the kitchen for a while just after we had ordered our meal). We were eating outside, in a slight breeze and the plates were cold.Towards the end of a copious seafood mixed grill the fish was stone cold. Our advice is to ask for hot plates or eat fast and sit in the blazing sun.

This place is expensive, so check out that the staff understand their card rules before you sign up. We shall not be back, as we do not like to be fined 6% for being tourists.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank RosyetJohn
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Graeme U, Manager at Finz, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear RosyetJohn,

Thank you for yoru recent comments following your dining experience in Finz.

I apologize for the mis communciation on the Rotana rewards and have highligthed the same to the Rotana Rewards office for their future updates.

To clarify on the card, i have extracted the key text underneath for your reference.

Be rewarded each time you bring a guest to dine in one of our restaurants by simply presenting your membership card. You will receive a 50% discount when you are two diners, 33% discount when three, 25% discount when four and so forth. When dining alone, you will receive a 20% discount.
Discounts on beverages
Be treated to a 20% discount on beverages.

On this occasion having cross checked your invoice I do notice that a special 50% was granted towards your daughters food bill as a special gesture of goodwill.

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback in order that we continue to improve upon our services.

regards,

Graeme Ure
Executive Assistant Manager I/C Food and Beverage
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200
Abu Dhabi
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Adelaide, Australia
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Exquisite quality and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

We visited Finz during a three night stopover in Abu Dhabi and after reading various reviews about the restaurant in different tourist giudes we decided to treat ourselves to a special dinner that would have normally been out of our budget. The Finz is renown for for its quality and amazingly fresh seafood dishes and I cannot fault our experience in any way. We spent AED 715 for two starters, two mains, dessert and drinks. The service was wonderful, the atmosphere even better. Definitely reccommended!

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Graeme U, Manager at Finz, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Maria_Luc,

Thank you for the posting on Trip advisor following your dining experience at finz

I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your meal.

This month we are proud to host Michel Sarran from the 06th -09th February and Michel Rostang from the 16th-19th February, as part of the Abu Dhabi Gourmet festival.

We hope to welcome you back for these special promotions.

Regards

Graeme Ure
Executive Assistant Manager I/C Food and Beverage
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200
Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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169 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great place, good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

I have visited Finz on a number of occasions, always enjoying the experience. Best choice is the seabass in a salt crust but barramundi too is very interesting. Pleasant decor inside and pleasant al fresco dining ( bearing in mind it is close to Sowah island which is under construction, so I tend to dine inside)

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Vigorish93
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Graeme U, Manager at Finz, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Vigorish93,

Thank you for recent comment on Trip advisor following your visit to Finz restaurant.

The team and I look forward to your continued patronage.

regards,

Graeme Ure
Executive Assistant Manager I/C Food and Beverage
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200 Abu Dhabi
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great seafood by international standards”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Superb seafood judging from my one visit. Competitive with the best seafood restaurants in New York and Boston. Better than Legal Seafood in Boston and Cambridge. Pleasant, quiet atmosphere. Not glitzy in the manner of other parts of the Rotana Beach hotel. Right on the channel between the mainland and the island that houses the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank de_re
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Graeme U, Manager at Finz, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Dear de_re,

Thank you for the posting on Trip advisor following your dining experience at finz

I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your meal.

In February 2013 we will have some exciting Michelin starred chefs visiting to Finz as part of the Abu Dhabi Gourmet festival.

We hope to welcome you back for these special promotions.

Regards

Graeme Ure
Executive Assistant Manager I/C Food and Beverage
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200
Abu Dhabi
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