23 Iftars to try in Abu Dhabi

23 Iftars to try in Abu Dhabi

All the best places to break your fast in Abu Dhabi this holy month of Ramadan 2017

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It's time to start planning your Iftar evenings in Abu Dhabi. Read our guide to learn about all the places in the capital, where you can break your fast this Ramadan.  

Under Dh100

Genghis Grill

The pan Asian restaurant chain will host a hearty Iftar this holy month at sundown. Break your fast in a healthy way with dates, an assortment of dried fruits and nuts alongside a fresh drink of choice. Soup lovers can then indulge in a lemon coriander soup and enjoy a vast selection of starters such as chicken gyoza, vegetable and glass noodle spring rolls and minced beef and corn satay with rich peanut sauce. And of course, starters are not complete without a good portion of refreshing and healthy salad with fresh vegetables and home-made sesame honey dressing. Your main course options will include kung pao chicken and coconut lemongrass fish curry accompanied with assorted vegetable in black bean sauce and much more.

Location Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh85 per person Timings Daily from sunset onwards Contact 02 5824449


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The colonial Indian dining restaurant, welcomes the holy month Ramadan with a special set menu and buffet menu of culinary discoveries inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing. Peppermill’s featured menus offer guests a rich spread of contemporary yet traditional Indian specialties promising a journey of fond food memories when breaking their fast at any of Peppermill’s branches with its two distinctive options. For the set Ramadan menu, selection of traditional hot and cold starters in addition to small plates as appetizers such as aloo tikki, balai ka jhinga and karare palak chaat are offered. Mains include paneer makhanwala, kadahi vegetables, nalli roganjosh and chicken biryani and a selection of peppermill desserts that are good for sharing and keep one satisfied till Suhoor. You also have the option of trying the buffet menu is more elaborate with soups and salads, a variety of entrees like seekh kebab and chicken cutlet with vegetarian options of aloo gobhi samosa and tandoori paneer tikka. The main courses are offered through a wide choice of six delectable options, each perfect for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Non-vegetarian options range from prawn makhani, kadhai gosht and nizam’s murgh korma, while the vegetarians can devour paneer makhanwala, aloo gobhi and pindi channa. This is not all; diners can end their meal with sweet varieties of Indian desserts like rasmalai and gulab jamun.

Location Set menu at Eastern Mangrove branch and buffet menu at Al Wahda Mall and Bawabat Asharq Mall Cost Dh99 per person for set menu and buffet menu Timings Daily from sunset onwards

Under Dh200


Dessert Options

Against the backdrop of the setting sun, Origins gives its guests an opportunity to enjoy some Arabian delicacies as part of their Iftar meal, including mezze platters, seafood selections, traditional Arabic grills and Emirati dishes. For dessert, enjoy pastries and desserts by the Arabic chef.

Location Yas Viceroy Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh165 per person Timings Daily from sunset to 9pm Contact 02 6560600

Al Raha Beach

Enjoy an array of native Middle Eastern dishes and international flavours in a buffet setting and also get discounts for groups or families. After a sumptuous meal, you could bond with friends over sports at Wanasah lounge. Choose from a selection of hors d’oeuvres and warm beverages at a 25 per cent discount until 10pm.

Location Channel St, Near Al Raha Mall, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh180 per person Timings Daily from sunset to 10pm

Famous Dave’s

Break your fast with authentic pit barbecue platters featuring generous portions of beef ribs, famously fried Dave’s chicken, home smoked salmon spread, buffalo shrimp and enjoy daily fresh carvings with the pit master slicing through slow-smoked brisket, ribeye, a leg of lamb or racks of lamb. smoked tomato and lentil soup, Dave’s sassy salad, down home banana pudding and free-flow home-made southern sweet tea or BBQ lemonade are served with your choice of platter, which include generous helpings of beef ribs, Dave’s fried chicken, smoked salmon spread & buffalo shrimp; creamy coleslaw, grilled vegetable skewers, sweet corn and cornbread muffins

Location Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall  Cost Dh399 for the Iftar Family Feast (Served family-style for 5-6 people) Dh299 for the Iftar Friends Feast (Served friend-style for 3-4 people), Dh129 for the Pitmaster’s 2-meat Combo Choice of any 2 meats and served with your choice of two sides

Khayal, Marriott Al Forsan (Kids eat free)

Hotel dining, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

Start with appetisers and savour a selection of traditional hot and cold Arabic mezze platers including hummus, moutabal, fattoush and more, as well as fresh salads and soups. For main course, choose from a range of dishes from the live cooking stations including oriental mixed grill, penne arrabiata, lamb biryani and roasted chicken. Also sample traditional Arabic desserts such as Umm Ali, as well as a selection of fresh fruit, pastries and sweet treats. The Iftar buffet also includes still and sparkling water, chilled Ramadan juices such as Tamrhindi, Laban and Kamar el dein, as well as Arabic tea and coffee served in traditional cups

Location Marriott Al Forsan, Khalifa city, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh180 per person, Children between 11 and six at Dh90 while children younger than six eat free Timings Daily from sunset to 9pm

Le Meridien Abu Dhabi (Kids eat free)

The venue will be decorated with traditional artistic elements, giving guests the opportunity to break their fast with a wide choice of dishes while enjoying a beautiful traditional surrounding. Expect a selection of soup, hot and cold mezze, followed by mains of seafood, grilled meats and chicken such as hammour harrah, lamb ouzi and Moroccan chicken tajine, while a range of traditional arabic desserts like ‘kunafeh’ and ‘Umm Ali’ will satisfy your sweet cravings.

Location Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh155 inclusive of Ramadan juices and water; Dh75 for kids aged 5 to 12 years; Kids under 5 dine free Timings Daily from sunset onwards Contact 02 6446666


Enjoy the holy month of Ramadan with their buffet featuring international dishes, along with traditional Arabic delicacies like Lamb Ouzi and Jordanian Meat Mansaf. Traditional juices of the occasion like Ayran and Tamarhindi will also be available.

Location Al khaleej Al Arabi Street, Centro Capital Centre Cost Dh125 per person Timings Daily from sunset to 9.30pm Contact 02 4096512

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort

You can break your fast in their all day dining restaurant Flavours and enjoy authentic Arabian cuisine for Dh145 per person.  When you book for 10 adults or more, you can avail of 15 per cent discount.  Prayer rooms are conveniently located close to the restaurant. Choose from a variety of traditional and international delicacies, taste a selection of hot and cold mezze, soups, mixed grills, fish specialties, succulent ouzi, dawood basha or shakriya as well as delicious desserts such asknafeh, qatayef and znoud el sit.

Location Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh145 per person; Dh72.50 for children up to 12 years Timings Daily from sunset until 9pm Contact 02 6773333

Sho Cho 

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Japanese Restaurant Sho Cho will be putting their own original spin on Ramadan at Abu Dhabi's Qarayat al Beri overlooking the gulf coast and the souk’s private yacht marina. Those looking for a different take on the usual Iftar buffet feasts can enjoy a beautifully presented bento box from a choice of two set menu options. Choices include miso soup, Sho Cho salads, signature appetizers, tempura, sushi, sashimi, and array of pan Asian inspired main dishes and ice cream or sorbet to end on a sweet note.    

Location Qarayat al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost from Dh105 to Dh125 per Bento Box Timings Daily from sunset to 1am Contact 02 5581117


The all-day dining restaurant will be offering an Arabian-inspired buffet during the month of Ramadan.

Location Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh185 per person Timings Daily from sunset to 10pm Contact 02 6561000

Latest Recipe (Kids eat free)

The all-day dining restaurant will be offering a traditional Iftar buffet during the month of Ramadan.  With a middle-eastern cuisine to go with their Arabic-like surroundings, it offers dishes like hot and cold mezzes, followed by mains of seafood and grilled meats like Lamb Ouzi and Moroccan Chicken Tajine. You can end your meal with a range of traditional Arabic desserts like Kunafeh and Umm Ali. Keeping with the theme of generosity, the restaurant will be giving away 1 free Iftar buffet for every 2 purchased and guests will also enter their weekly raffle draw to win 1 return ticket to any destination of their choice, with Gulf Air.

Location Le Meridien, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh155 per person, Dh75 for children from 5-12 years, children under 5 years eat for free Timings Daily from sunset onwards Contact 02 6974441


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Combining the freshest seafood and stunning views over Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Mangroves, Flooka is a great place to share Iftar with your family and friends. Changing weekly, the feast will include everything from hot and cold mezzes to king prawns fresh off the grill - plus unlimited soft beverages and shisha.

Location Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Abu Dhabi and  Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa Cost Dh150 per person including Iftar buffet, soft beverages, shisha and local water Timings Daily from Sunset to 12am Contact 02 4418244

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Layali El Hilmiya will be serving an Iftar buffet featuring traditional Iftar favourites alongside international cuisine. Children are well catered for with an attractive children’s buffet.

Location Layali El Hilmiya, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi Cost Dh160 Timings Daily from sunset to 8pm Contact 02 6742020

Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara

Ingredients, the restaurants all day dining restaurant will be serving a variety of favourites from the Arabian inspired buffet during Ramadan.

Location Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh185 per person Timings Daily from sunset to 10pm Contact 02 6561000 

Tilal Liwa Hotel

The Tilal Liwa Hotel will be hosting Iftars coupled with stay packages this Ramadan.

The secluded desert hideaway in Abu Dhabi, offers room packages from Dh249 which includes a Suhoor or buffet breakfast for two adults. Iftars can be added for Dh149 to the package.

The hotel’s Suhoor set menu at Al Badiya Restaurant runs from 12midnight to 4am and Costs Dh99 per person. The traditional Iftar buffet runs between sunset and 10.30pm at Al Badiya Restaurant and Costs Dh149 per person.  Guests will also receive discount of 25 per cent on food and beverage during their stay.

Location Tilal Liwa Hotel, Liwa, Abu Dhabi Cost Iftar Dh149, Suhoor Dh99 Timings Daily from sunset to 10.30pm Contact 800 8546835

Giornotte (Kids eat free)

Light-filled corridor and dining space bordered by cooking stations featuring ice sculptures and diverse dishes

The Iftar buffet at Giornotte features Lebanese, Egyptian and Emirati cuisines. The menu changes daily, giving guests a chance to try new flavours throughout the month. The restaurant will also have live stations so that guests can interact with the chef. Costs include water, juices, tea, coffee and an assortment of desserts. Reservations made before May 26 for a minimum of six adults are entitled to one additional meal.

Location The Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Cost Dh185 per person, Dh90 for children from 6 to 12 years, children below 6 years eat for free Timings Daily from sunset onwards Contact 02 8188888

Under Dh300

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

This year, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi celebrates Ramadan with a Iftar buffet at its popular all-day dining restaurant, Sofra bld. The offering includes authentic Middle Eastern delicacies from across the region, prepared under the guidance of 2 Michelin star Executive Chef Mansour Memarian. The highlight of the Iftar is a large Ouzi station spread

Location Khor Al Maqta,Qaryat al Beri , Abu Dhabi Cost Dh205 per person, including a selection of teas, coffees and juices Timings Daily from sunset to 9pm Contact 02 5098555

Asia de Cuba

This isn’t your typical Iftar, it's a Chino-Latino fusion set-menu offering a selection of small plates, entrees and dessert. Dishes served include sweet potato hummus, lamb picadillo empanadas and stir fry mojo duck noodles.

Location Corniche Road, St Regis Hotel, Nation Riviera Beach Club, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh200 per person Timings Daily from 7pm onwards Contact 02 6993333 

Coya Abu Dhabi

Starters include corn gazpacho, medjool dates, edamame and the famed guacamole. You will also be served a selection of maki and salads served followed by a signature Coya main such as the Pollo al Josper or Lomo de Res (spicy beef).

Location Four Seasons Hotel, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh270 Timings Daily from 7pm onwards Contact 02 3067000 

Olea (Kids eat free)

Until the end of Ramadan, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant offers an Iftar buffet with a spread of dishes from the Arabic and continental cuisine. The ocean-view dining venue also offers fresh juices as part of the buffet.

Location St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh220 per person, Dh110 per child for children between the ages of six and twelve Timings Daily from sunset to 9pm

Emirates Palace (Tent)

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Emirates Palace has custom built a Ramadan pavilion, perfect for Iftar and Suhoor in the city. This year, the pavilion will sit in a new Location to provide stunning views of the beach. The large and open dining area will have an Iftar buffet will featuring live cooking stations, signature dishes and traditional delicacies. Live cooking and carving stations will provide grilled meats with traditional accompaniments and Emirati favourites.

Location Emirates Palace, Ramadan Pavilion, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh265 per person Timings Daily from sunset to 9.30pm Contact 02 6907999


Hakkasan Abu Dhabi will be offering a new menu during Ramadan, which includes a four-course set menu. Starting with traditional Laban and dates, followed by an array of signature dishes including Chinese wild mushroom soup, Hakka steamed dim sum platter, steamed grouper with spicy homemade yellow bean chilli sauce and Wok-fried silver cod. To finish, enjoy Um Ali or date ice cream.

Location Emirates Palace Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh248 per person Timings Daily from 7pm to 1.30am Contact 02 6907739 

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