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Abu Dhabi's greatest Mediterranean restaurants

Savour the flavours of the Med in the desert at these authentic French, Italian & Greek restaurants in the capital.

Abu Dhabi is a melting pot of food meccas, you could dine somewhere different every night for a year and not savour the same cuisines twice. As the city has grown so has its influx of French, Italian and Greek chefs - each bringing with them an amazing array of colours and flavours that blend seamlessly with the local delicacies and seafood. Here, we've selected the best-established haunts in Abu Dhabi to get a taste of the Med. 

Giornotte

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Giornotte Seafood Station

A meal at this beautiful Italian restaurant is a treat for the taste-buds day or night, but it is Giornotte’s Friday brunch that has the wow factor. With 23 food stations and maps handed out to diners to help navigate your epic culinary journey, indulge in all things Mediterranean and more with gastronomic delights including tapas, Arabic mezze, oysters, foie gras and wagyu beef. Don’t miss the dessert and cheese rooms. www.ritzcarlton.com

Bentley Bistro & Bar

Bentley-Terrace

Bentley Terrace

This French influenced fusion brasserie is a buzzing contemporary eatery that works as perfectly for breakfast as it does evening dinner, or just for drinks. The outdoor terrace is a fab spot with views over the sea and you can order everything from crab scrambled eggs for breakfast to bouillabaisse for lunch and duck confit for dinner. www.bentleybistro.com

Bord Eau

Bord-Eau

Bord Eau

You needn’t be in Paris to enjoy decadent and romantic French dining, as the award-winning Bord Eau offers some of the finest French cuisine in the world. Seasonal fresh produce is flown in from France and Chef Didier Quennouelle, who has worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants, uses his experience and unique talent to create contemporary French dishes with his very own ‘savoir flair’. www.shangri-la.com

Acropolis

Acropolis

Acropolis

Run by Greeks and with a chef boasting eight years experience in Greece, Acropolis really does offer the taste, ambience and hospitality of a traditional Greek taverna. The menu includes classic dishes such as moussaka and gyros and all ingredients are imported direct from Greece. A Greek band also plays live music every evening from Tuesday to Saturday. www.acropolisabudhabi.com

Sacci

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Sacci Caprese

If you enjoy your Italian cuisine refined and with a Tuscan influence, the menu at Sacci should please your palate. Gourmet ingredients are flown in weekly from Italy and as well as a scrumptious menu of authentic antipasti, salads, pastas, risottos, pizzas and ‘secondi’ dishes, the traditional Italian family brunch on a Friday, L’Abuffata, is not to be missed. www.sacciabudhabi.com

Flooka

Flook

Flooka Terrace

With its expansive patio overlooking Abu Dhabi’s mangroves, this is a great place for a long lazy Mediterranean-style lunch, with a Lebanese twist. Specialising in fresh fish cooked in the tannour with local spices, seafood and in particular seafood mezze, do as the locals do and order several dishes for the table to share. Enjoy house specialties such as ‘makanek’ (traditional Lebanese sausages made with fish) and fish taouk (kebabs). www.flooka.com

SPACCANAPOLI

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Spaccanapoli

There are pizza joints all over town, but at Italian restaurant Spaccanapoli in the Crowne Plaza, spoil yourself (and a few friends) with a metre-long pizza. The restaurant’s signature Spaccanapoli Pizza al Metro allows you to create your own metre-long pizza combining up to four pizzas of your choice. For those with a more modest appetite there are also half and three quarter metre options, as well as regular and gluten-free pizzas. www.ihg.com

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1 Giornotte
2 Bentley Bistro & Bar
3 Bord Eau
4 Acropolis
5 Sacci
6 Flooka
7 Spaccanapoli