Here’s why dining out for the holidays in Abu Dhabi is the best

If you want to leave the cooking to the experts and eat out for the holiday, then you’re spoilt for choice with everything from italian classics to international buffets.

24th December

Get into the spirit early at Dine and enjoy all your seasonal favourites before the big day including roast turkey and Christmas pudding. AED 190 with soft drinks, AED 210 with house beverages. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 6pm 10.30pm. Contact: 02 654 5000,

For a traditional Italian celebration, head to Roberto’s where you can enjoy dishes like calamarata pasta with shrimp, Josper oven-grilled fish and more across four courses. AED 350. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 627 9009,

For something less traditional, head to 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant to indulge in a nine course menu of contemporary Japanese cuisine with sashimi, sushi and more. AED 499 with soft drinks, AED 599 with house beverages, AED 799 with bubbly. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 7.30pm-midnight. Contact: 02 672 3333,

Select your favourite antipasti with the family at Parmigiana and take your pick from a special set menu full of Italian seasonal classics. AED 195 with soft drinks, AED 245 with house beverages. Sofitel Abu Dhabi, Corniche East. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 813 7777,

Enjoy an early Christmas feast at The Terrace on the Corniche with a roast turkey and all the trimmings. AED 300 with soft drinks, AED 450 with house beverages, AED 600 with bubbly. St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 6pm-11pm. Contact: 02 694 4553,

Choose from fresh seafood, turkey, roast meats and delicious sweets at Latest Recipe for a relaxing evening dinner. Listen to carollers and let the little ones run around the village garden where a special appearance from a jolly man in a red suit is rumoured. AED 199, AED 99 for children aged six to 12, free for kids under six. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Contact: 02 644 6666,

Help yourself to a spread of traditional fare at Bistro with roasted meats, vegetables and tempting sweets. AED 175 with soft drinks, AED 275 with house beverages, AED 85 for kids aged six to 12. Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. 7pm midnight. Contact: 02 698 2222,

Tuck into a traditional Italian pre-Christmas feast at Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar where you can choose from an array of fine cheeses, cured meats, antipasti, olives and more for a different start to festive proceedings. AED 295 with soft drinks, AED 455 with house drinks, AED 595 with bubbly. Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, Saadiyat Island. 7pm 11pm. Contact: 02 697 0000,

Gather your friends at Kuzbara where you can take your pick from seasonal favourites and sweet treats before the big day. AED 163 with soft drinks, AED 272 with house beverages, AED 82 for children aged six to 11, free for kids under six. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Wahda. 6.30pm-11pm. Contact: 02 304 7777,

Savour authentic Thai cuisine at Pachaylen where you can enjoy a vibrant four-course festive menu specially designed for the festive season by chef Sakhpon. AED 320 with soft drinks, AED 450 with house beverages, AED 160 for children. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara. 7pm-10pm. Contact: 02 656 1000,

25th December

Spoil yourself and your loved ones at Le Vendôme on the big day where you can get dressed up in your best garbs before enjoying festive food from around the world plus a range of decadent desserts. AED 450 with soft drinks, AED 600 with house beverages, AED 700 with bubbly. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 690 7999,

Embrace the Italian spirit of the season at Verso where you can sample dishes including eggplant parmigiana, lamb shank ragout on creamy polenta and homemade gelato as you celebrate the big day with family and friends. AED 350 with soft drinks, AED 550 with bubbly, AED 175 for children aged six to 12, free for children under six. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl, Corniche West. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 510 1234,

Tuck into the Santalicious Christmas Brunch at Fairways where families can get their fill from the buffet packed with seasonal dishes and traditional fare, desserts and live cooking stations. Plus, entertainment will be on offer for little ones including a bouncy castle and petting zoo. AED 429 with soft drinks, AED 549 with house beverages, AED 709 with bubbly, AED 129 for children. Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Sas Al Nakhl. 12.30pm-5pm. Contact: 02 616 9999,

It’s an international affair at Corniche All Day Dining where you can select dishes from the extensive buffet stocked with classic dishes from across the globe. AED 195 with soft drinks, AED 285 with house beverages. Sofitel Abu Dhabi, Corniche East. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 813 7777,

Relax with the family to the sounds of a guest violinist and keep the children busy with games and face painting at Silk Route Café where you can enjoy a Christmas brunch stocked with festive favourites. AED 199 with soft drinks, AED 299 with house beverages, AED 349 with bubbly. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 657 4856,

Go all out with a luxurious five-course festive dinner at Suhail where the family can fill up on traditional dishes while overlooking the stunning dunes that surround the Qasr Al Sarab desert retreat. AED 780 with soft drinks, AED 1,020 with house beverages, AED 420 for children aged five to 11. Off E90, Rub Al Khali. 7pm-10.30pm. Contact: 02 886 2088,

At Flavours guests can choose from fresh lobster, oysters, roast turkey and all the trimmings for a festive feast soundtracked by the house band. AED 350 with soft drinks, AED 450 with house beverages, AED 175 for kids aged six to 12, free for kids under six. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche East. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 677 3333,

The team at Essence in Beach Rotana is ready to serve up an international buffet with dishes from the hotel’s restaurants to offer a festive feast that will leave you spoilt for choice. AED 360 with soft drinks, AED 460 with house beverages, AED 560 with premium drinks, AED 180 for children aged six to 12. Next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. 12.30pm 3.30pm. Contact: 02 697 9011,

Visit stylish Italian restaurant Café Milano and tuck in to a family-style brunch featuring a range of fresh antipasti, pasta, pan-fried sea bass, roasted lamb shank and a selection of pastries for dessert. AED 300 with soft drinks, AED 420 with house beverages, AED 95 for children. Al Maryah Island. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 333 2630,

Get your fill at Crust where you can take your pick from salad and seafood bars, live cooking stations, pizza from the wood fired oven and more. AED 390 with soft drinks, AED 490 with house beverages, AED 180 for children aged six to 12, AED 70 for children under five. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 333 2444,

Tired of traditional fare? Break free from turkey and fill up on a five-course Asian menu at Mr Miyagi’s packed with street food favourites from Thailand and Malaysia. AED 190 with soft drinks, AED 290 with house beverages. Yas Marina, Yas Island. 3pm-6pm. Contact: 050 797 0742,

Get your fill at the lunch buffet at Ingredients where families can visit live carving stations, try a selection of traditional dishes and enjoy all the trimmings while little ones burn off steam at the Kids Club. AED 320 with soft drinks, AED 450 with house beverages, AED 160 for children aged five to 12. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara. 12.30pm 4pm. Contact: 02 656 1000,

Gather the family at Olea and enjoy a range of seafood specialities, meat from carving and rotisserie stations and a host of tempting desserts, while live entertainment from house band Zero Funk provide the soundtrack to your day. AED 380 with soft drinks, AED 405 with house beverages, AED 695 with bubbly, AED 180 for children. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 498 8888,

Make some memories and celebrate the season at Ginger where guests can enjoy the spoils from the international buffet and live cooking stations while the live band and holiday choir provide some sing-along moments for the whole family. AED 249 with soft drinks, AED 375 with house beverages, AED 139 for kids aged six to 12, free for kids under six. Park Rotana, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street, near Khalifa Park. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 657 3333,

Take a trip to Bord Eau where guests can enjoy a special five-course meal featuring traditional French dishes like pan seared Wagyu tenderloin, poached lobster and grilled foie gras for a classic Christmas meal with a twist. AED 450. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, between the bridges. 7.30pm-11pm. Contact: 02 509 8888,

Head along for the BBQ and Hops evening brunch at Kuzbara for a special Christmas edition where you can enjoy grilled meats and some festive favourites. AED 266, AED 85 for children aged six to 11, free for kids under six. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Wahda. 6.30pm-11pm. Contact: 02 304 7777,

If you prefer to try something a little different then visit Villa Toscana where the Tuscan Christmas Day brunch will serve up some authentic Italian dishes. AED 330 with soft drinks, AED 460 with house beverages. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 694 4553,

At Le Royal Méridien, you can take your pick of dishes from the hotel’s restaurants including Café Palmier, District by Amalfi, whEAT and LRM Central at the Elements brunch. Families can get their fill of international cuisine from seafood to more traditional seasonal fare while the live band and DJ provide the soundtrack. AED 250 with soft drinks, AED 399 with house beverages, AED 100 for children aged seven to 12, free for children six and under. Fatima bint Mubarak Street. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 674 2020,

Spend your Christmas Day celebrations at Giornotte where you can get stuck in to fresh seafood, visit live cooking stations, enjoy traditional festive grub and seasonal treats such as Yule logs and mince pies, all while a roaming magician entertains kids before the arrival of the one and only Santa Claus. AED 395 with soft drinks, AED 495 with house beverages, AED 595 with bubbly, AED 198 for kids aged six to 11, free for kids under six. Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 818 8282,

It’s all about prime cuts of meat with a festive twist at steakhouse The Foundry. Just remember to leave room for all the seasonal treats on offer and keep an eye out for a visit from Santa himself. AED 285 with soft drinks, AED 385 with house beverages, AED 485 with premium drinks, AED 99 for kids aged six to 12, free for children under six. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 818 4888,

The newly opened The Scene welcomes guests for a home-away-from-home experience. Indulge in a festive five-course meal with three hours of unlimited beverages and beautiful views of the marina. AED 275 with soft drinks, AED 450 with house beverages, AED 550 with premium beverages, AED 99 for kids aged seven to 12, free for children six and under. Yas Marina, Yas Island. Noon-10pm. Contact:

For a fuss-free holiday meal, Café 302 is serving up a heart-warming buffet lunch in an intimate setting for just AED 85. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 610 6666,

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