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9 Fantastic Family-Friendly Brunches In Abu Dhabi To Try In 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

In the UAE, the word ‘brunch‘ does not refer to a combination of breakfast and lunch as it does in many other places around the world – it is so much more than that! A brunch is a buffet-style dining experience usually served at the weekend. It includes unlimited food and drink and often some form of entertainment.

Most hotels across the capital have brunches in their restaurants at the weekend. Many are designed for adults with sumptuous seafood buffets and all-you-can-drink beverage packages.

Whilst you will always be able to find food suitable for younger guests, some hotels go the extra mile in providing food and entertainment that your children will love, giving you a chance to sit back and relax and enjoy your brunch experience.

Here is our pick of the best family-friendly brunches in Abu Dhabi for 2023-24 brunch season.

Don’t miss our Dubai family-friendly brunch selections over here!

Giornotte at The Ritz Carlton

This is surely one of the best family brunches in Abu Dhabi. Giornotte ‘Chef’s Brunch’ manages to get the balance between adult and family-friendly brunch just right. The spread is incredible. Whilst the focus is on Italian cuisine, there is a carvery, an extensive seafood selection, and a selection of South Asian and East Asian fayre.

Children are well catered for, and the chef is very adaptable should your little ones need a few tweaks to their food. There is also a wide selection of dishes suitable for vegetarians.

Live entertainment is provided, and there’s lots of space to run around outdoors. The staff are friendly and supportive of younger guests. Arts and crafts and face painting are sometimes available, but do check at the time of booking.

The Saturday Brunch package starts at 350 AED for food and soft drinks, rising to 650 AED for the Champagne package. Children under 6 are free, whereas 6 to 12-year-olds pay 200 AED.

Saturdays 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

The Ritz-Carlton, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi +971 818 8282

For more details and to book Giornotte, click here.

Khayal at the Marriott Al Forsan

The dessert table at Khayal is positively shimmering with all sorts of sugary treats. It’s sure to make your little one’s face light up! There’s a circus of kids’ activities with face-painting and a variety of arts and crafts to keep kids busy between courses. The package also includes entry to the swimming pool for the whole family.

Packages start at 275 AED for soft drinks rising to the 395 AED for house beverages. Children aged 6-11 are charged 95 AED.

Saturdays 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Marriott Al Forsan, Khalifa City Area, Abu Dhabi +971 2 201 4131

Find out more and book Khayal here.

Sim Sim Market Brunch at the Saadiyat Rotana

Not only is Saadiyat Rotana one of the best family hotels in Abu Dhabi, but their Saturday Brunch is to die for!

The Market Brunch at Sim Sim offers a vast array of food, including a wide selection of seafood and a dedicated kids’ table. The relaxed ambience and indoor and outdoor seating make this an excellent brunch for those cooler winter days.

Many live cooking stations and a farmer’s market vibe add a sense of spectacle to the occasion. There’s also live music and other entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Packages start at 390 AED for soft drinks, rising to 615 AED for the bubbles package. Kids under 6 eat for free, whereas children aged 6 to 11 pay 195 AED.

Saturdays 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Saadiyat Rotana Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi +971 2 697 0000

Click here to learn more and book your Sim Sim Market Brunch.

Sidekicks at the WB Hotel

One of the first places that always spring to mind when you say family brunch Abu Dhabi! Enjoy a playful, family-friendly brunch with Bugs Bunny and friends at Sidekicks at the WB Hotel. There are character meet and greets as well as a superb children’s buffet. This brunch is undoubtedly lots of fun!

Don’t be mistaken to think it’s only just about the kids, there are various live cooking stations for grown-ups, including a carvery. There’s a selection of Asian dishes, a variety of pasta, and a salad bar. The ambience is unique and will keep the whole family happy.

Brunch at Sidekicks costs 185 AED for the soft drinks package and 290 AED for house beverages. Children under 6 eat for free when accompanied by a paying adult (1 child per adult), and children aged 6 to 12 pay 93 AED.

Saturdays 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

The WB Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi +971 2 692 7742

For more details and to book your Sidekick brunch, click here.

Bubbalicious at The Westin

Known locally for its laid-back atmosphere yet high standard of food and service, The Westin’s Bubbalicious brunch at Fairways restaurant is perfect for all the family.

There’s a mouthwatering selection of indulgent international dishes, from fresh sushi and an array of international live cooking delicacies to roasts and grills. There’s also a wide range of cheese from all over the world. The whole thing is topped off by a spectacular selection of desserts, including homemade chocolates, sweets and cakes, made-to-order crepes, ice cream and sorbets.

There is a variety of entertainment on offer, with live music for the adults and arts and crafts and face painting for the kids. Occasionally, the Westin has been known to have a small petting zoo set up during brunches, but do check at the time of booking.

The soft drinks package costs 229 AED, with prices rising to 559 AED for bubbles. The house beverage package is a rather reasonable 395 AED. Kids under 6 are free, with 6 to 12-year-olds expected to pay 125 AED.

Saturdays 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm

The Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi +971 2 616 9999

For more details and to book Bubbalicious, click here.

Aqua at the Rosewood

Serving delicious delicacies from across the globe, Aqua’s brunch is second to none in terms of quality. Despite being called ‘The garden brunch’, there is indoor and outdoor seating with buffets inside and live cooking stations on the terrace.

Children can dine with mum and dad or choose to head to the children’s buffet by the kids club. Here they can find gourmet burgers, pizza, popcorn, and a chocolate fountain amongst the child-friendly fayre.

Access to the supervised kids’ club is included, and the staff go above and beyond to ensure that your little one is safe and happy. Pool access is also part of the package, so don’t forget your swimming kit for after! This is undoubtedly one of the most family-friendly brunches in Abu Dhabi.

Prices start at 255 AED for food only, rising to 455 AED for the Champagne package.

Saturdays 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

The Rosewood Hotel, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi +971 2 813 5550

For more details and to book brunch at Aqua, click here.

Dino’s Bistro Italiano at The Pearl Rotana

Heaps of spaghetti and oodles of ice cream are sure to impress mini-Italian food lovers as well as keep mum and dad satisfied. Whilst there are some buffet stations, most food is served directly to the table, which is great if you don’t want your little people running around with plates of food.

Packages start at 180 AED for soft drinks and rise to 250 AED for a house beverage package. Kids pay 90 AED.

Saturdays and Sundays 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm and Fridays 6pm onwards.

The Pearl Rotana, Capital Centre, Al Rawdah, Abu Dhabi +971 2 307 5551

Learn more about Dino’s Bistro Italiano Brunch here.

Frangipani at Nurai Island

Want something luxurious and special to enjoy with the family? How about setting sail for brunch on a lush desert island?

Frangipani restaurant on the luxurious Nurai Island offers a wonderful brunch, including access to the hotel’s fantastic kids club, adventure playground and mini water park. The island has several beaches and pathways through the trees, which are great for little (supervised) explorers.

This is a wonderful day out for all of the family, but does require full payment in advance. The only drinking water on the island is Voss, which comes with quite a high price tag if you need to buy it outside brunching hours.

The buffet was reinvented in 2023 and now includes a variety of seafood and sushi as well as lots of salads and mezze dishes, as well as a variety of Mediterranean and Mexican main course options.

The highlight of the brunch is the ample selection of high-quality cheeses as well as a beautiful French-inspired dessert stand. There are some options specifically for children, but not as many as you may find elsewhere. The approach here does seem to be quality over quantity.

Soft drinks packages are 600 AED, the mixed drink package is 700 AED, and the sparkling wines package is 900 AED. Children under 4 are free, whilst children aged 4-12 pay 250 AED. These prices include the 20-minute boat transfer and access to many of Nurai Island’s other facilities.

Saturdays 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Nurai Island Resort, Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi +971 2 506 6222

Click here to find out more about the Nurai Island Resort

Our Top Pick for Best Family Brunch Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Beach Club

Brunch by Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful beach at Safina restaurant at Saadiyat Beach Club. Choose to sit indoors or out on the shaded terrace as you enjoy a sumptuous buffet featuring a variety of live cooking stations as well as sushi, salads and cold cuts. There really is everything that you could imagine at this 5* location.

In addition to the exquisite selection of food, there is often live entertainment. Service is also of an exceptionally high standard, whether you’re sitting in the restaurant or ordering drinks from the poolside.

Access to the kids’ club makes the Safina brunch one of the most family-friendly brunches in Abu Dhabi. This comes at no extra cost and includes a supervised play area, arts and crafts, and much more.

This, in conjunction with the chance to upgrade your brunch package to a beach club day, pass to enjoy Saadiyat Beach and the relatively reasonable prices, make this the ultimate family-friendly Abu Dhabi brunch and one of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi with kids.

Prices start at 345 AED for the soft drink package, rising to 545 AED if you want to indulge in champagne throughout the afternoon. Both packages can be upgraded to include a beach/pool day pass for an additional 200 AED.

Children under 6 can eat free of charge, whilst children aged 7-12 need to pay 99 AED without beach and pool access or 199 AED with.

Saturdays 1.00 pm4.00 pm

Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi + 971 02656 3536

To find out more about Saadiyat Beach Club click here.

We hope that you have found our list of the best family-friendly brunches in Abu Dhabi helpful. Please note that all information was correct at the time of writing. Prices, food selections and entertainment are subject to change at short notice. All brunches should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Outdoor options may only be available October to April.

Not dining on a weekend? There are plenty more family-friendly restaurants in Abu Dhabi you can try at any time of the week – but we’ll let you in on a secret – other than a select few fine-dining and adult-only venues, almost every dining establishment in Abu Dhabi is pretty family-friendly!

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