3 Newest Yas Bay Restaurants to Add to Your Gastronomic Adventure

3 Newest Yas Bay Restaurants to Add to Your Gastronomic Adventure

Where you enjoy your meal matters more than you might think. Restaurants with stunning views not only give you more great places to snap photos of and post on social media; their unique backdrop can also enhance your dining experience and the pleasant ambience can make savoury dishes taste richer and desserts sweeter.

If you're dining at a beachfront restaurant, a touch of sea breeze can elevate every bite you take. If you're on Yas Island, you can enjoy delectable meals in a relaxed setting when you dine at the Yas Bay Waterfront.

Yas Bay restaurants offer incredible views of the Arabian Gulf and nearby attractions while serving up a variety of culinary delights that will surely add to your enjoyment.

Must-Try New Restaurants on Yas Bay

Yas Bay Waterfront is home to over 20 restaurants, cafes, and bars with al fresco dining areas. Below is a list of the recently opened, highly sought-after restaurants here you have to try:

1. Central

As one of the most vibrant restaurants in Yas Bay, Central combines the best of waterfront dining with the dynamic vibe of New York. Central is known for its burgers, fries, shakes, and other mouthwatering savoury and sweet offerings.

Aside from indulging in their great food, you can let your hair down and have fun at their neon-lit bowling alley and arcade. Whether you're dining outdoors or indoors, you'll definitely get into the vibe of the Big Apple with the fresh beats and lively ambience at the Central.

2. Drop Coffee

If you're craving for a caffeine fix while taking in the soothing views of the Arabian Gulf, head to Drop Coffee. This speciality cafe aims to give customers an unforgettable coffee experience. They source only the finest imported beans to ensure even the most discriminating of coffee aficionados are satisfied with their offerings.

The café roasts and brews coffee beans daily. They also use nine different brewing techniques to delight the taste buds of even the fussiest coffee lovers. As one of Abu Dhabi's new restaurants, the cafe offers a variety of delicious savoury and sweet offerings you can pair with your cup of joe.

3. La Carnita

La Carnita is one of the liveliest, most popular Yas Bay Waterfront restaurants featuring happy hours, brunches, ladies' nights and more. Known for its delectable Mexican fare, including tacos, fajitas, grills, and churros, La Carnita's mixed drinks menu will surely quench your thirst as well.

Aside from the delicious assortment of food and beverages and amazing coastal views, the restaurant is a hub of art and music. As such, it's the perfect spot for foodies and culture and art enthusiasts.

Other Restaurants in Yas Bay Waterfront Worth Checking Out

There are more Yas Bay Waterfront restaurants that can satisfy your craving for any cuisine and dining experience. Below are some of the ones to include on your must-visit list:

1. Akiba Dori

If you're in the mood for Japanese cuisine, Akiba Dori is the place for you. This restaurant is inspired by Akihabara, the go-to place for fans of anime, manga, and video games in Tokyo. Because of this, expect a fascinating and non-traditional Japanese dining experience when you visit this place.

Akiba Dori offers a modern twist on Japanese street food, including baked goods and unique Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzas. They also have an interesting array of coffee drinks, cocktails, and mocktails. The restaurant's in-house arcade is another great place to head to if you want to test your gaming skills while waiting for your orders or after enjoying your meal.

2. Asia Asia Abu Dhabi

Be inspired by the early merchants' journeys through the Spice Route by dining at Asia Asia Abu Dhabi. Asia Asia Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular Yas Bay Abu Dhabi restaurants. Its menu features a variety of Pan Asian delicacies and Middle Eastern delights, all designed to tickle your taste buds.

The restaurant's most sought-after menu offerings include sushi, dim sum, skewers, and stir-fry noodles and rice. They have an extensive array of desserts and beverages as well. While enjoying your meal, you'll surely get lost in the beautiful panoramic view the restaurant offers.

3. Bushra by Buddha-Bar

Bushra is part of The Trilogy by Buddha-Bar on Yas Island, which also comprises Siddharta Lounge and Zeera. Bushra by Buddha-Bar is one of the most happening spots on Yas Island since it perfectly fuses the latest trends in literature, visual arts, and music in its décor and ambiance.

The restaurant offers Middle Eastern cuisine, with a menu created with the help of celebrity chef Greg Malouf. The variety of cold and hot mezze platters, manakesh, mains, and desserts ensure you'll find something appetising and filling. Bushra's cocktail offerings are also interesting since they are inspired by Levantine traditions and feature only carefully selected spirits, spices, and other top-grade ingredients.

4. Hunter & Barrel

If you're looking for a high-end casual dining experience on Yas Bay, Hunter & Barrel is one of your best options. This award-winning Australian restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants on Yas Island, features a spacious dining room with a full-service bar, lounge, and open kitchen. Its indoor and outdoor patios feature magnificent waterfront views.

Hunter & Barrel follows the hunt, gather and fire concept, making them a highly sought-after steakhouse specializing in signature charcoal grilled meats and vegetables. The restaurant successfully combines casual with high-end dining since they serve their signature grills and meat cuts on communal boards, making it easy for diners to share dishes. Their variety of barrel-aged craft beverages ensures you have a drink that pairs well with your meal.

5. Paradiso

Bask in the incredible views of Yas Bay while enjoying delectable French and Italian fare at Paradiso. Paradiso is one of Yas Island's exceptional culinary destinations. Crafted by Nicole Rubi and Chef Pierre Gagnaire, the restaurant pays homage to Mediterranean culture and classic cinema apparent in the restaurant's vibrant décor and spacious terrace.

The variety of their dishes will take you on a culinary journey to Italy and France as you enjoy the spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. There's no doubt about it: Yas Bay Waterfront is home to some of the best new restaurants in Abu Dhabi. Be on the lookout for the other dining spots set to open here by visiting our Dine page regularly.

Getting To Yas island


Yas Express is our complimentary shuttle bus service that can get you to any of the major island attractions. For more information, timetable and map, download the pocket guide or call +971 (0) 600 511115.

To Yas Island:
Boarding spots are available at the Deira City Center entrance (beside Aloft Hotel) and Ibn Battuta Mall, Parking 7 stop (right in front of the China Court section).
Within Yas Island:
The shuttle service bus can take guests to any of the major island attractions.
Air travel to Yas Island
If you're coming from outside the UAE, aim to land in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), as it is located just 10 minutes away from Yas Island.
Rental car to Yas Island
From Abu Dhabi International Airport, you can rent a car. All car rental offices operate 24/7


Connect to the Wi-Fi at Abu Dhabi International Airport and book an Uber or Careem via their apps.
Taxis to Yas Island
You can take a taxi to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi International Airport (10 minutes), Abu Dhabi (25 minutes), and Dubai (45 minutes). To get a taxi, you can flag them down at the roadside, call the TransAD hotline 600 535353 to book, or use the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable.
From Abu Dhabi:
Board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island at the Abu Dhabi Bus Station next to Al Wahda Mall.
From Dubai:
Travel to the Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to ride to the Abu Dhabi Bus Station, then board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island.