Restaurant terraces reopening for winter in Abu Dhabi, from Aqua to Hakkasan

It's that time of the year when dining out actually means eating outdoors

Abu Dhabi Golf Club is in Khalifa City A and is popular for its dining terraces. Photo: Abu Dhabi Golf Club
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Restaurants in Abu Dhabi have started reopening their outdoor seating areas as temperatures cool.

The move mirrors many in Dubai, where al fresco venues are embracing the outdoors again including Safari Park and Ripe Market, with Global Village due to follow suit on October 18.

Here are some to check out in the capital.


The waterfront restaurant at Rosewood Abu Dhabi is relaunching its outdoor garden brunch.

The brunch has different sections offering Asian, Mexican and Italian dishes. There are also stations for fresh salad, cheese and cold cuts, as well as some dishes from one of the hotel's flagship restaurants Dai Pai Dong. A saxophonist provides live entertainment.

The family-friendly affair includes pool access, as well as supervised access to the hotel's children's club.

Saturdays, 12.30pm-4.30pm; from Dh255 per person; Al Maryah Island; 02 813 5550

BB Social Dining

The restaurant's outdoor seating area, which has direct views of the water, at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has reopened.

The Asian restaurant, which also has branches in Dubai, serves a menu with culinary influences from Asia and the Middle East. Dishes include a selection of dim sums, rolls and baos.

A la carte aside, the restaurant has a Saturday brunch from noon to 4pm, from Dh249 per person. This includes sharing-style platters of shu mai, tuna crispy rice and honey and soy-glazed wings. Also on the menu are half-grilled sea bass, agyu teriyaki and mushroom barley risotto.

Sunday to Thursday, noon-midnight; Friday and Saturday, noon-1am; Al Maryah Island; 02 236 2600

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Falcon Terrace and The Championship Lounge, both within the golf club, have reopened their terraces.

Both venues serve dishes from around the world, spanning Europe to Asia, including a selection of pizzas, pastas, nasi goreng and bibimbap.

Diners can also watch people play golf from the outdoor seating, and the club recommends visiting during sunset hours for picturesque views.

Falcon Terrace is open daily, 5pm-2am. The Championship Lounge is open Monday to Friday, 3pm-11pm; Saturday to Sunday, noon-midnight; Khalifa City A; 02 885 3555


The Michelin-starred restaurant at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental has started welcoming guests to its outdoor terrace.

Expect dishes such as Peking duck with caviar and crispy duck salad, or opt for the dim sum lunch offer (Dh93 per basket) from noon every Saturday. There is also a Friday night brunch (from Dh488).

Sunday to Friday, 6pm-11.30pm; Saturday, noon-11.30pm; West Corniche Road; 02 690 7739

Talea by Antonio Guida

The second Michelin-starred restaurant at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental has also reopened its outdoor seating area.

Talea, which describes its culinary approach as “cucina di famiglia,” or family-style cuisine, serves classics such as salt-crusted seabass with cauliflower and asparagus, as well as lamb with pumpkin puree and spring onion. For desserts, diners can try a homemade tiramisu and almond chocolate cake.

Open daily, 1.30pm-3pm and 6.30pm-11pm; West Corniche Road; 02 690 7999

Lebanese Terrace

Al fresco seating at this newly opened Levantine restaurant, also at Emirates Palace, is now available. On the menu are classics including charcoal-grilled meats, seafood platters and a selection of hot and cold mezze.

Chef Gilber Sakr is leading the kitchen, where he prepares dishes such as white cabbage stuffed with rice and meat, as well as stuffed pita with filo lamb shank, oriental rice and nuts.

Open daily, 12.30pm-11pm; West Corniche Road; 02 690 9000

Hidden Bar

The intimate lounge at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has reopened its terrace, launching outdoor entertainment to welcome the winter season.

There's a saxophonist every Wednesday, a singer every Friday and a DJ every Saturday. The speakeasy serves bar bites such as burgers and sliders, fried chicken with togarashi flakes, Javanese lamb satay and a selection of pizzas and tacos.

Sunday to Thursday, 6pm-3am; Friday to Saturday, 6pm-4am; Al Maryah Island, Rosewood Hotel; 02 813 5550

Updated: October 06, 2023, 11:23 AM