10 Yas Island restaurants and bars you’ll love
Refuel between adventures or focus on fine dining with world-class food and drink at Yas Island
Yas Island food and drinks span the world, from Europe and the Americas to Asia and the Emirates, with fine and casual dining in every flavour. Here are some delicious highlights to whet your appetite.
Taste the nation at Al Fanar Restaurant Café
WHERE: Yas Mall
Legendary Emirati food chain Al Fanar offers a delicious introduction to the distinct flavours of the region in a Sixties-style Middle Eastern setting that recalls a time before the oil boom, far from the Mary Quant mini-skirts of London. Today the restaurant has branches as far and wide as Kensington and Dubai, and its breakfasts are legendary. Try the sweet ‘balalit’, thin noodles spiced with cardamom and saffron, topped with an omelette.
Meet amigos on Yas Island at Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant
WHERE: Park Inn by Radisson Yas Island
Take a table indoors to enjoy the ambient amber glow of Amerigos or pull up a seat by the pool outside and savour striking views of the Yas Links golf course and the Arabian Gulf whilst samplingvibrant Mexican dishes. From Taco Tuesdays to Frida Nights, the weekly schedule is as lively as the dishes and the crackle of sizzling fajitas is a tempting soundtrack.http://https//www.yasisland.com/en/restaurants/amerigos
Get a brimful of Asha’s
WHERE: Yas Mall
Asha’s authentic mix of Indian herbs and spices are enjoyed all across the Gulf and the UK. Taste what all the fuss is about at famous singer-turned-restaurateur Asha Bhosle’s Abu Dhabi outpost, enjoying a first-floor location in Yas Island’s deluxe shopping centre. Among the beloved biryani and curry dishes, discover ‘kadai gosht’, an aromatic masterpiece made with succulent mutton.
Fill your belly at Barouk
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
Entertain your stomach while also being enthralled by belly dancing to mesmerising live music at this Middle Eastern-themed Yas Island restaurant with a menu of Lebanese favourites. Relish mouth-watering hot and cold mezze, juicy marinated grills with garlic cream and vivid bowls of parsley-laced tabbouleh. Added romance comes courtesy of the shimmering Arabian Gulf views.
See and be seen at Cipriani
WHERE: Yas Marina
Observing important culinary events such as International Ice Cream Day, Cipriani offers exceptional fun in a fine-dining parcel. Salmon tartare with roe and creamy wasabi; Wagyu beef; artfully rolled sushi and sashimi; and classic tiramisu (minus alcohol) are among the hits on the Italian-meets-Japanese fusion menu. The winning concept was created by Giuseppe Cipriani Senior, who originally opened the world-famous Harry’s Bar in Venice in 1931.
Make a dash for Dish Dash
WHERE: Cascade Dining
Say ‘shukran’ – or thanks – for this Emirati gem that mixes Middle Eastern signatures with Uncle Sam’s classics in its bid to please all of the taste buds all of the time. Choose between flat breads with zaatar, cheese and more, often referred to as ‘the pizza of the region’ – or opt for traditional US-style pizza. Tuck into the Dish Dash mixed grill with pillows of Arabian bread or grab an American Philly cheese steak sandwich. Finish with Arabian ice cream or take a Stateside sundae. The food, in this Yas Island restaurant, is fast and fabulous, and the choice is yours.
Find the sweet life in Filini Garden
WHERE: Radisson Blu Hotel Yas Island
Unpretentious Italian food in an al fresco setting is the order of the day at Filini Garden. Like the menu, the restaurant is modern and uncluttered with an elegant terrace overlooking the sparkling Arabian Gulf and the vast greenery of Yas Links golf course. Friday brunch is a big deal with seductive antipasti, pizza, pastas and ever-changing classic Italian main courses and deserts vying for diners’ attentions. The ‘frutti di mare’ seafood platter is an excellent starter to share on romantic dates.
WHERE: Yas Island Rotana
Delivering a culinary education in the differences between northern and southern Indian cuisine, Rangoli sets the scene with warm, earthy colours, alluring aromas and authentic artwork. Order freshly grilled meats from the traditional tandoor and be transported to the streets of Delhi and Chennai, while enjoying the one-of-a-kind luxury of Yas Island.
Sip and mingle at Stills Restaurant & Bar
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
Eventually, everyone ends up in Euro gastropub Stills, thanks to its roster of popular party nights and crowd-pleasing Friday brunch packages. Decked out in wood floors, exposed brickwork and leather sofas, it benefits from a sunny terrace with sea views, beyond the championship charms of the Yas Links golf course. Beefy comfort food includes Stills cheeseburger; the Wagyu puff pastry pie; prime carpaccio and classic grilled cuts, while vegetarians can tuck into quinoa sliders, burrata with heirloom tomatoes and halloumi and spinach salad. Save room for the sticky toffee pudding!
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.