From caves to space travel, the options are endless…
Al Qana in Abu Dhabi is a hub of food and entertainment, but with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. But that’s where we come in, with a basic guide to Al Qana. Whether you’re catching up with friends over coffee or looking for a higher-level dining experience, there are countless options to choose from.
Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Al Qana, Abu Dhabi.
cartel coffee roasters
Coffee is the name of the game at Cartel Coffee Roasters. So it goes without saying that coffee is bespoke, special and created with the idea that coffee is not just a singular experience, but a cultural experience. Cartel Coffee Roasters promises perfection and purity in every sip.
Cartel Coffee Roasters, Rabdan area – Al Maqta, 6.30am to 12am daily. Tel: (0)50 300 9955, @cartelcoffeeroasters
A recent addition to Al Qana’s restaurant scene is Cave Tapas, but the restaurant’s underground-inspired setting and bold, aesthetically pleasing menu have proven to be a powerful Graham magnet. The menu is refined and full of authentic European flavors, presented with gallery-quality gilding.To view Cave’s full review, click here.
Cave Tapas, Rabdan area – Al Maqta, 9am-12pm daily. Tel: (0)2 55 81112, @cave.tapas
You can find Graffiti Pizzeria near Cinemacity in Al Qana, Abu Dhabi’s largest cinema. The decor blends an industrial aesthetic with a vibrant Italian restaurant to create a modern, cool and colorful space. Authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is on the menu along with other classic and traditional pasta dishes, risottos, salads and desserts.
Graffiti Pizzeria, Rabdan District – Al Maqta, 12 noon to 12 am daily. Tel: (0)56 531 5316, Doodle Pizza.ae
Abu Dhabi undoubtedly takes coffee very seriously. Yet another specialty coffee roaster has set up shop in Al Qana, the name “Notorious” is essentially notorious. They promise spirited, fresh beers, and you can head to the café for breakfast eggs, pasta lunches and fresh salads. You can even order coffee beans online and have them delivered if you want a cafe experience at home.
Notorious, Rabdan area – Al Maqta, Al Qana, 7am to midnight daily. Tel: (0)2 886 7823, @notorious.ae
If Mediterranean style dining is your thing, Oii is the place for you. As soon as you step into this Al Qana restaurant, you feel as if you have entered a Mediterranean dream world. Expect sea bass carpaccio or feta. Pacheri pasta if you prefer, or paella. Whatever your needs, Oii offers immediate transportation to the Mediterranean Sea.
Oii, Al Qana, Rabdan areas – Al Maqta, 9.30am to 11pm daily. Tel: (0)2 628 2983, @oiiabudhabi
Otoro stands out from the competitive Japanese food scene in Abu Dhabi by serving simple Japanese dishes with first-class ingredients. The chef behind the menu is Akmal Anuar, known and loved throughout the UAE for his specialty cuisine. The interior is bright and neutral, with the walls largely left bare save for a few carefully placed plants. We love that all the tables and booths are neatly arranged around the impressive open kitchen, and those who want to sit in the front row and watch the cooking go by can even sit on stools at the counter.
Otoro, Al Qana, Rabdan area – Al Maqta, 12 noon to 11 pm daily. Phone: (02) 886 9995, otorabudhabi.com
Space is another bright and fun café in Al Qana. With its otherworldly theme, Space is chic and calm, reminding us of the house of a certain celebrity known for his double-K initials. Stylish is probably the best word to describe this gorgeous venue. Decadent desserts and savory treats await for any mealtime.
Space, Al Qana, Al Maqta Street, Sunday to Thursday 8am to 12am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 1am. Tel: (0)2 626 2287, @Space Branch
When Chef Ali creates Slaw and More, he has premium burgers using only the best ingredients in mind.winner what is there to do in dubai Favorite Burger, Salad is one of our favorite local burger joints, which is why we were so excited when the newest venture opened in the capital. Al Qana’s new Slaw and More restaurant is just as incredible and even better.
Slaw and More, Al Qana, Al Maqta Street, Sunday to Thursday 10am to 1am, Friday and Saturday 10am to 2am. Tel: (0)54 289 9323, @slawandmore
The blend of Arabic culture and global flavors that sums up Abu Dhabi is as striking as Tazar. At this Middle Eastern restaurant in Al Qana, you can enjoy a range of delightful breakfast options, perfect for your morning get-together with friends, before offering popular menu items throughout the day such as lava char siew, chicken roti and aubergine tahini .
Tazar, Al Qana, Rabdan area – Al Maqta, Sunday to Thursday 8am to 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 8am to 11.30pm. Tel: (0)2 886 9680, @tazaluae
Want to enjoy the fragrant taste of Thailand? Then head to Thai Gate, a restaurant that has been open since 2019. Their specialties are authentic Thai and Japanese flavors, especially seafood-based. Featuring indoor and outdoor dining areas, the restaurant is decorated in earthy greens with pops of neon, jewel tones and colorful artwork.
Thai Gate, Al Qana, Rabdan District – Al Maqta, 12 noon to 12 am daily. Tel: (0)2 882 2693, @thai_gate