5 Most Popular Seafood Restaurants in Yas Island Abu Dhabi
What if you’re on a quest to find the best seafood restaurant in Abu Dhabi? You have plenty of options, but your search can start in Yas Island Abu Dhabi. Many Yas Island restaurants serve excellent seafood, including the following popular seafood restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
1. Fish & Co.
When craving a fish dish in Abu Dhabi, head to Fish & Co. Yas Island. Think sashimi-grade salmon, filleted, seared, and then dressed with cajun or furikake seasoning. Want a kick of spice? Get some grilled white fish in peri-peri or sambal sauce.
If it’s fish and chips you want, this fish restaurant in Abu Dhabi offers different types, including the New York (parmesan cheese, lemon butter sauce), Danish (mozzarella cheese with chilli, lemon butter sauce) and London (classic cod fillet) variants.
Looking for an Indian seafood restaurant in Abu Dhabi? Fish & Co. is not exactly it, but the restaurant's Bombay fish and chips seasoned with Indian herbs and spices and served with a curry mayo dip should do in a pinch if you’re in the mood for Indian cuisine.
Your seafood choices here go beyond fish. The seafood platters are overflowing with other favourites: grilled prawns, prawn fritters, grilled fish fillet, grilled calamari, fried calamari, mussels, and scallops. How about some grilled lobster tail with lemon butter sauce or grilled Atlantic cod with black pepper sauce?
You can find Fish & Co. at The Fountains, Yas Mall. It’s open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. until midnight from Friday to Saturday.
2. Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe
Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe Abu Dhabi takes the best fish to eat in the UAE (like shari, hammour, salmon, sea bass, and sea bream) and cooks and serves it in many different ways, making it Yas Island’s go-to restaurant for the best Arabic fish dishes.
Selections include slow-cooked biryani rice with sautéed salmon, kingfish steaks and salted yellowfin tuna, or fried emperor white fish on top of machboos. There’s char-grilled sea bream, char-grilled sea bass and pan-fried sea bass served with white rice, too.
Your seafood options at Al Fanar are not limited to fish. There’s shrimp, mussels, crabs, and prawns, charcoal-grilled, fried, barbecued, or sauced and served with white rice, biryani or machboos. You can even build your own seafood tray — choose your fish, rice and seafood additions.
You can find Al Fanar Restaurant & Café at The Fountains, Yas Mall. It’s open every day, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. (Sat-Wed) or until 11:00 p.m. (Thu-Fri).
3. The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse Abu Dhabi, with its mid-century modern aesthetic, is an Insta-worthy spot that has a restaurant, a concept store for gifting, a bar, and a waterfront terrace for al fresco dining. However, people don’t come to The Lighthouse only for its super-chic and upbeat vibe but also for its outstanding seafood dishes.
Their tuna tartare, with avocado, nori flakes, dried apricots, and sesame seeds on sourdough bread, is top-notch. You’ll have a hard time deciding between that and their garlic-and-rosemary-marinated grilled prawns.
You’ve had spaghetti, sure, but have you had lobster spaghetti? Lobster on perfectly cooked and seasoned spaghetti in cherry tomato sauce — divine! There’s seafood risotto, too, with prawns, calamari, basil-infused tomato sauce, and pistachio garnish. If you want something light, go for the grilled sea bass à la polita or salmon fillet.
The Lighthouse is located on the Yas Bay Waterfront. It’s open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight during weekdays, and until 1:00 a.m. during weekends.
Cipriani Yas Island is an Italian fine dining restaurant from the same family that owns the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice. If you want simple Italian fare perfectly prepped and cooked, come to Cipriani.
The best seafood options at Cipriani include the following:
Appetisers: king crab with olive oil and lemon and tuna tartare with tonnato sauce
Daily specials: spaghetti with seafood and datterino tomatoes and dover alla mugnaia with rice pilaf
Mains: grilled salmon with peperonata, Chilean sea bass alla carlina with rice pilaf and wild sea bass with cherry tomatoes, olives and potatoes
A Yotto Japanese menu, which includes tempura and the finest selection of sashimi, maki and sushi nigiri, is also available at Cipriani.
You can find Cipriani at Building 1, Yas Marina. It’s open daily from 6:00 p.m. until midnight.
5. Jing Asia
If you’re looking for an excellent seafood buffet in Abu Dhabi, it’s highly likely you’ll hear about Jing Asia Yas Island. This all-day dining buffet restaurant is famous for its tom yum goong seafood soup which is a definite must-try.
Other popular menu items here include mee goreng with prawns noodle dish, sweet and spicy baked grouper fish, fresh spring rolls with crab, and their sushi selection featuring uramaki, maki and nigiri.
Jing Asia is located on the ground floor of Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. It’s open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Visit Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s Finest Seafood Places
Abu Dhabi has an excellent selection of seafood restaurants, including Fish & Co., Al Fanar Restaurant & Café, The Lighthouse, Cipriani, and Jing Asia. No search for the best Abu Dhabi seafood restaurant is complete without trying the five restaurants on our list.
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