September is here and you’ve probably starting to think about brunch. We round up the newest brunches to try, classic brunches to check off your bucket list, family brunches for the little ones, chilled out brunches for when you just want to chill and unique brunches to put in your social calendar.
Crust, the modern market inspired neighborhood restaurant located at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, welcomes friends and families to dress in their ‘Friday Best’ as Brunch launches 2nd September. Crust presents a vibrant atmosphere, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Chefs’ finest seafood and roast culinary delights are set to impress, complimented by a variety of delectable global cuisine, all displayed buffet style with live cooking stations. Brunch is served to the table by the interactive Crust team. For those with a sweet tooth, a selection of exquisite desserts are ready to savor. Little ones will be thrilled with a display of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory inspired sweet treats as part of a ‘Mini Bruncher’ kid’s menu. Mini Brunchers’ can discover a series of creative activities and surprises hosted by favorite characters, fun cinema screenings with popcorn and candy floss, as well as engaging educational activities that draw on the landscape, history and culture of Abu Dhabi.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 275* soft beverages, AED 375* mixers and house beverages, AED 75* children 6-12years old, children 0-5 dine complimentary.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, 02 333 2222
Friday Fiesta del Sol
With the summer holidays coming to a close, keep little gastronome’s busy at BU!’s Friday Fiesta del Sol brunch. The kids have a dedicated kids’ play area, a range of exciting and entertaining activities as well as their own delicious kids menu. The kids get all this while the adults enjoy a tantalizing set menu, innovative mixers, eclectic Pan-Latin beats from BU!’s live band and a bevy of exquisite desserts.
Every Friday from 12.30pm – 4.30pm AED 250 includes soft drinks, AED 350 includes house beverages, AED 450 includes bubbly. Kids under 5 years of age eat for free, AED 100 for kids 6 to 12.
BU!, 4th Floor, The Hub, World Trade Center Mall, 02 666 8066
Villa Toscana Saturday Tuscan Brunch
Let Villa Toscana take you back to Italy’s good old days, where perfection was as simple as good company and honest food. Enjoy a Saturday brunch with authentic handcrafted Italian cuisine, presented at the table as well as from live stations. With an antipasti buffet and live music guests will delight in the Italian atmosphere. Say hi to Chef Stefano as he visits and interacts with each table to customize a menu of simple but flavorful dishes.
Every Saturday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 160* includes soft drinks, AED 260* includes grape, hops and mixers, AED 370* includes Italian sparkling, grape, hops and mixers.
Villa Toscana, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553
Recreate your weekend indulgences from home with PJ O’Reilly’s new Carvery Brunch. Carnivores rejoice. Forget vegetables and dive into succulent roasted delights, paired with perfect trimmings and limitless drinks. All set to the tones of Sweet Chilli Jam, DJ Fast Hands Oaky.
Every Friday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 172*, Kids under 5 are free.
PJ O’Reillys, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101
The capital’s top gastropub brings Boston to Abu Dhabi with its fabulous new Boston Brunch. The menu includes sharing platters of mixed starters and desserts for two, with a choice of one main course per person. Starter platters include pulled beef croquettes, pastrami cured salmon and smoked haddock fishcakes. For the main course, enjoy popular dishes like the Murphy’s beef Irish stew, fish and chips, spring pea risotto or a choice of gourmet pizzas. Guests can then finish the big weekend meal with a sharing platter of desserts including sticky toffee pudding and chocolate brownie.
Every Friday from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, AED 195 includes soft drinks, AED 275 includes house beverages.
The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City, 02 403 4235
Market Kitchen’s Thursday Evening Brunch
There is perhaps no better end to the working week than saying cheers with friends and indulging in a tapas style-sharing menu with free flowing drinks. The Market Kitchen opens its doors to weary suits, ready to unwind from a long workweek with comfort food and jazzy music.
Thursdays from 8.30pm – 11.00pm, AED 200*.
Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101
Brussels Breakfast at Belgian Café Yas Island
Belgian Café Yas Island is launching “Brussels Breakfast” on 23rd September. Rise and shine to the delicious smell of soft, buttery breads, pastries and home made Belgian waffles topped with Chantilly cream, maple syrup and berries. If that’s not enough, head over to the grill corner and fill your plates with decadent barbecued ribs, burgers and street corn. They’ll also set the perfect wake up soundtrack as a jazzy duo performs soulful tunes.
Every Friday from 10.00am – 2.00pm. AED 120* includes soft drinks, AED 180* includes house beverages, AED 60* for children 6-12.
Belgian Café Yas Island, Radisson Blu Yas Island, 02 656 2407
The St. Regis Saadiyat Friday Brunch
Widely recognized as the best brunch in town by seasoned expats and locals alike, the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort gives a whole new meaning to Friday brunch. Brunch goers will take an epicurean journey around the world, sampling an array of unique cuisine from the hotel’s signature outlets: 55&5th The Grill, Sontaya and Turquoiz, all that fine fare will be paired with exclusive beverages.
Be sure to book in advance as this brunch is usually full.
Every Friday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 300* includes soft drinks, AED 395* includes house beverages, AED 495* includes bubbly, AED 150* for kids ages 6-12 and kids under 5 years eats for free.
Olea, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8443
Giornotte Friday Brunch
This season Giornotte launches with a new bubbly package. Giornotte’s award-winning brunch shines with its masterfully presented live cooking stations, serving everything from freshly shucked oysters to wagyu beef. Children will delight in the sweet wonders of candy floss, popcorn, waffles and chocolate fountains. Adults can indulge in the expansive cheese room and beverage stations. Live music perfectly completes the experience.
Every Friday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 295* includes soft drinks package AED 395* includes house beverages, AED 495* includes bubbly, AED 65* children below 12 years, AED 206* children aged 13 to 16 years, Kids under four are free.
Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 02 818 8282
Brunch at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Jumeirah at Etihad Tower’s brunch is more than a brunch; it’s an institution. No one thought it possible, but they made it even better. They have added a live ceviche station, cheese and grape pairing, an unrivalled selection of oysters from all over the world, live table-to-table shucking, Peking duck, dim sum, dumpling stations and so much more. And now the fun can carry on into the evening with the new band and a new after party at Ray’s Bar.
Every Friday from 12.30pm-3.30pm, AED 285* includes soft drinks, AED 385* includes hops and grapes, AED 495* includes bubbly.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, 02 811 5666
Enter the magic of Market Kitchen’s brunch. Take a break from your usual routine and feast on a twist of classic brunch items, all served to your table. It’s all about the fresh, seasonal produce straight from the market, combined with exciting flavors that Market Kitchen is renowned for.
Every Friday 12:30pm – 4.00pm, AED 199* includes mocktails, AED 299* includes house beverages, AED 399* includes bubbly.
Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101
The Best of Beach Brunch
Depart on a journey through seven, award-winning dining destinations, along with exciting beverage stations. Diners will be treated to an over-abundance of culinary extremes; so whether you’ve always wanted to try Rodeo Grill’s steaks, the German fare of Brauhaus, Prego’s pasta, Benihana’s sushi, Trader Vic’s Peking duck, or Finz’s fresh seafood market, you can now indulge all in one place.
Every Friday from 12.30 pm – 3.30pm, AED 270* soft drinks, AED 380* house beverages, AED 480* sparkling, AED 135* for kids ages 6-12 and kids under age 11 are free.
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, 02 697 9011
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Friday Brunch
Starting at 12:30pm, guests are invited for pre-brunch mixers in The St. Regis Bar before being led to The Terrace for the main event. The Terrace comes to life with live stations preparing delectable dishes, from foie gras, sushi, prime-beef cuts to the vegetarian counter. For seafood lovers, this brunch features fresh scallops, lobster, Alaskan king crab, prawns, mussels and more. The world famous St. Regis Library converts into a dessert room with more than 40 different desserts and a special children’s area. And for cheese lovers, over 25 French cheeses await you.
Every Friday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 275*includes soft drinks, AED 385* includes house beverages, AED 525* includes bubbly.
The Terrace, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553
Indulge in the best of the award winning restaurants at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a myriad of cuisine from Belgium to Italy as you relax and take in the endless views. Live cooking stations, special cuts of meat, fresh mussels, pasta and much more.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 285* including soft drinks, AED 335* including soft drinks, mixers and bubbly, AED 475* including French sparkling, mixers, bubbly and soft drinks, AED 160* per child.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, 800 423 463
Byblos Sur Mer Souk Brunch
Set over two floors with a spacious terraces, this contemporary restaurant overlooks the spectacular marina. The award-winning Byblos Sur Mer offers authentic Lebanese flavors served at interactive live cooking stations, setting the scene for a ‘market-style’ dining experience. Delight in generous offerings including succulent grilled meats as well as delicious desserts, complemented by live entertainment.
Every Friday from 12.30pm – 5.30pm, AED 190* includes unlimited soft beverages and
AED 225* includes unlimited open bar.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, 800 423 463
The Foundry Friday Brunch
Famed for its flame-licked steaks, the Foundry offers five tender cuts of beef that melt at the sight of your knife. Peruse the appetizing food stations that include beef carpaccio, antipasti, beef tartare and more. You’ll also be treated to live stations that prepare food upon request, including the oyster bar with delicacies coming straight from France.
Fridays, 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 229* soft drinks, AED 299* house beverages, AED 369* bubbly.
The Foundry, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, 02 818 4888
Best For Families
Back to School
Book a brunch for the whole brood that won’t break the bank. Families can enjoy Jing Asia’s favorite family brunch with a special “Back to School” offer. Mum, dad and two children are invited throughout the month of September to Jing Asia’s Friday Brunch all for the price of AED 300 net!! Busy kids who prefer jumping around to sitting still may also enjoy complimentary entry to the Kid’s Club. Please remember to make a reservation because this is a great deal and advance booking is required.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm. AED 300 for 2 adults and 2 kids up to the age of 12 years old.
Jing Asia, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, 02 656 3000
Fizz Factory Brunch
A delightful fairy-tale landscape awaits your kids when you visit the Fizz Factory Brunch. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi offers this unique ‘brunching’ adventure because kids deserve some fun too. While the parents chat with friends, kids will be whisked away to a land of kid-friendly food with fun entertainment. Parents can expect the fabulous food for which Le Royal Méridien is well known.
Every Friday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 190* includes soft drinks, AED 299* includes house beverages, AED 95* kids from 6 to 12.
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101
Back by popular demand is The Sportsman’s Arms’ popular Family Brunch with sharing platters, a dedicated kids’ menu and a unique dining concept that sets it apart from the standard buffet. While the parents enjoy brunch with friends, the children can go out and play on the family terrace, which has a soft play zone and climbing frame. The kids will be thrilled by the popcorn machine and ice cream vending bikes on the terrace.
Every Friday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 275 unlimited house beverages.
The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City, 02 403 4235
Fun, friendly and fabulous, this Friday brunch is a must try. Book this brunch and dig into fresh seafood, traditional Sunday roast and a selection of Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Arabian and Asian delicacies. Meat lovers will be spoilt for choice at the grill station. For diners with a sweet tooth the pastry chef presents a dessert extravaganza. Live music from several bands guarantee a fantastic atmosphere.
Every Friday from 12.30pm – 3.30pm, AED 172*.
Flavours, Sheraton Abu Dhabi, 02 677 3333
Family Brunch Fiesta
Experience this fabulous family-friendly Friday brunch that, despite being so kid-friendly, won’t disappoint the adults. For adults, there’s a vast international buffet featuring a decadent seafood station, mouth-watering dessert tray and detox station. For the kids, there’s pool access, a kid’s corner and plenty of kid’s entertainment.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 150* includes soft drinks, AED 190* includes house beverages, AED 230* includes premium beverages and bubbly. Children from 0 to 6 years eat for free and kids from 6 to 12 years get 50% off.
Ginger, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, 02 657 3333
Latest Recipe Brunch
Grab a friend this Friday and head to The Latest Recipe to enjoy a laid-back Friday brunch featuring an array of classic and modern cuisine from East to West. Signature dishes include seafood and meats, a live pizza station, a live grill station, a mind-blowing cheese selection and elegant dessert display. You get beach access included, so spend the day eating with friends and family, swimming in the pool or lying on one of the best city beaches.
Every Friday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 320 for two includes soft drinks, AED 510 for two person includes house beverages, AED 590 for two including bubbly.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, 02 644 6666
Chilled Out Brunches
Beachside brunch at Zaya Nurai Island
Grab your sunglasses and sail to a scrumptious brunch overlooking the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf. Lap up the infinity pool or stroll along the pristine white sands and enjoy a wide range of water activities. Authentic food, fun beverages and a perfect location are key for a great weekend!
From AED 550* soft drinks, AED 650* house beverages, AED 750* bubbly. Children under 4 eat free. Children from 4 to 12yrs old are 50% off.
Zaya Nurai Island, 02 506 6274
Families and friends are invited to experience a four-course brunch menu. Dishes include the signature Peking duck and wild prawn in a homemade chilli sauce followed by a dessert station, offering a selection of tempting patisserie created by Hakkasan’s talented team.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 245* for soft drinks and jasmine green tea, AED 495* for bubbly.
Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, 02 690 7739
Aqua Friday Brunch
This team of seasoned chefs invites you on a gourmet journey, with not to miss new additions like raclette, artisan sandwiches and Mexican stations.
Every Friday 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 250 includes soft drinks, AED 350 for grapes, hops and mixology, AED 500 for hops, mixology and bubbly, AED 125 for Kids 6 – 12 Rose Buds Brunch.
AQUA, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5552
The Jazzy Brunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress
Nosh on unlimited Italian selection of dishes, including pizza and pasta, from the new à la carte menu, served elegantly at the table as you chill to live performances from the Johanna Sandell Duo and Uptown.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 229 with house beverages and bubbly. Jazz@PizzaExpress, 5th floor, The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall, 02 444 7752
Friday Carvery Brunch
Enjoy a succulent Friday Carvery Brunch featuring your favorite comfort foods, such as roast turkey and all the accompanying trimmings. Do not miss the carving station with its diverse gourmet meat selection and their spectacular Wagyu beef brisket.
Every Friday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm (standard), 4.00pm – 7.00pm (extended), AED 125* includes soft drinks, AED 160* includes house beverages, AED 190* includes premium house beverages and bubbly. Extend your brunch from 4.00pm-7.00pm and enjoy unlimited house drinks for just AED 120*. Children from under 6 eat free and kids from 6 to 12 years get 50% off. Children will not be allowed in Cooper’s after 6.00pm.
Cooper’s Bar and Restaurant, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, 02 657 3333
Pit Stop Brunch
This brunch offers a delicious international buffet with free-flowing drinks stations and live entertainment! Cruise through amazing live cooking stations reflecting cuisines from the most famous racecourses in the world. From Monaco, Abu Dhabi to Shanghai enjoy a diverse spread, including seafood, Asian, Arabic and international delicacies, all whilst overlooking Yas Marina Circuit.
Every Friday from 12.30pm -4.00pm, AED 225* includes soft drinks, AED 375* per person including house beverages, AED 480* per person including premium beverages and bubbly, AED 120* per child aged 5 to 12, Children 4 years and under are complimentary.
Origins, Yas Viceroy, 02 656 0600
Discover culinary masterpieces as you enjoy a mouth-watering selection from the Robatayaki grill. Venture to the dedicated sushi and sashimi bar or choose from a wide variety of tempura. Tuck into the traditional handmade soba, followed by sizzling Teppanyaki dishes served directly from the live cooking station.
Every Saturday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 225* including soft beverages and mocktails, AED 375* including adult beverages.
Kazu, Yas Viceroy, 02 656 0600
Yum Cha Brunch
Enjoy a decidedly different Saturday with the “Yum Cha” Dim Sum Brunch at Dai Pai Dong. Guests can choose from a selection of delectable dim sum, roasted meats and desserts.
Every Saturday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm, AED 149 includes jasmine tea, AED 199 lemongrass ice tea, Fu Xi and Lai Cha, AED 249 hops, grapes and bubbly.
Dai Pai Dong, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5552
Asian Fusion Saturday Brunch
Visit Sontaya on Saturdays and take an enthralling culinary journey. Experience the exciting flavor explosion that is Southeast Asian food with its traditional flavors, aromas and ancient dishes. Enhance your weekend with a complimentary pool and beach pass included in the brunch package.
Every Saturday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 229* includes soft drinks. AED 299* includes grapes and house mixers. Children from 6-12 get 50% off AED 229* package. Kids under 5 years eat for free.
Sontaya, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8443
Mark your calendars! Here are three brunches you have to wait until October to try!
Brunch at the Palace
The Palace’s celebrated brunch returns! Enjoy a variety of international and local appetizers. Then marvel at the array of live stations, BBQ grill, pasta counter, traditional tandoori and shawarma stations and the vast selection of sweets and other delights. The choices are endless. There’s even a candy bar, ice-cream wagon and popcorn cart that the kids will love. Brunch at the Palace is an unforgettable experience, the perfect opportunity to chill out, enjoy the music and soak up the sun with family and friends. Every Friday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 290* includes soft drinks, AED 350* includes hops and grapes, AED 480* includes bubbles. AED 145* for kids 6-12 years. Kids under six dine free.
Las Brisas, Emirates Palace, 02 690 7999
Acapulco Fridays at Amerigos
Fridays at Amerigos have become the place to brunch off island for those who enjoy a brunch that is a little bit different. Mark your calendars because it relaunches 21st October. Brunchers will feel like they are walking through the streets of Mexico with lively street food stalls and colorful cabanas filled with Mexican delights. The guacamole and ceviche are made to order with just the right amount of spice while the Acapulco Grill corner offers smoking hot beef, chicken, lamb and prawns. This brunch comes with pool access so bring your swimsuit and prepare to chill.
Every Friday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm, AED 145* includes soft drinks, AED 225* includes house beverages, AED 70* for kids 6-12.
Amerigos Mexican Bar and Restaurant, Park Inn by Radisson, Yas Island, 02 656 2000
Beirut Market Brunch
Relaunching 21st October, for those who love Middle Eastern fare, this date couldn’t come any sooner. Every Friday, Sambusek brings alive a market-feel brunch where delicious creations, incorporating the best and freshest seasonal produce are accented with local organic ingredients, traditional spices, unusual delights and surprises.
Every Friday from 1.00pm–4.00pm, AED 199* soft drinks, AED 349* hops, grapes and sparkling.
Sambusek, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5552
*Price is subject to a 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality charge. All prices were correct at time of printing however we always recommend you call the restaurant in advance to confirm and make a booking.