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Christmas Day Brunch in Abu Dhabi 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

30+ Ideas for keeping feed and entertained in Abu Dhabi on Christmas Day, 25 December 2024

This list offers a diverse range of Christmas Day brunch options in Abu Dhabi, featuring everything from traditional festive menus to contemporary and international cuisines.

Top Tip! Book early! Unfortunately, hotels in Abu Dhabi have a terrible reputation for not formally releasing their brunch information until late November, but frankly, if you’ve not started researching from about September and are prepared to pay upfront, you may not get your first choice venue. We do hope if you’re still making last-minute plans you can find the perfect place to suit your budget.

If you are seeking out more markets and festive events for the family, make sure you head over next to our guide to Christmas and the Festive Season in Abu Dhabi

Decoding Brunch Terminology in Abu Dhabi

Before we jump into our Abu Dhabi Christmas brunch guide, if you are unfamiliar with the brunching scene in Abu Dhabi, here’s what you need to know:

  • Brunch really means an extended long lunch – not the meal between breakfast and lunch!
  • “Soft” is a soft drinks package, which essentially means juices, sodas, and mocktails too – anything non-alcoholic. Usually, it will also include your tea and coffee to finish.
  • “House” – builds on top of your soft package, you’ll also get a limited choice of freeflow “house” alcoholic beverages” (yes, drinking alcohol is most definitely legal in Abu Dhabi) – your choices may be limited to a few different types of wine, basic tap or bottled beers and basic spirits.
  • “Bubbles/bubbly/sparkling” – this is a premium brunch package that extends on the house package to also include a higher range sparkling option, or even a completely open bar.
  • “Kids” – generally speaking, up to 5 years old is free, 6 to 12-year-olds will be charged a discounted price, and from 13 years old, full adult soft prices apply. (We have questioned restaurants for years on this immensely unfair family policy!)
  • “After Brunch” – an addition to your dining package where you stay for more drinks.
  • “Drunch” is a colloquialism for a drinking lunch, where the food is just a small sideshow to the drinking action, best for adult-only party brunches.
  • “Al fresco” means an outdoor dining option is available in winter.

Will you be in Dubai instead for Christmas Day? Head over here for the spectacular listing of Dubai brunches (always that little bit more $$ than Abu Dhbai – we definitely get more value for money in the capital when it comes to brunch!!

Abu Dhabi’s Most Extravagant Brunches for Christmas 2023

This guide still references 2023 events; With Abu Dhabi hotels being notoriously late to advertise their festive events, you still may find this guide really helpful for advance booking your Abu Dhabi Christmas 2024 event.

In a city renowned for its 5-star hotels and exceptional dining scene, here’s where you’ll find the best Christmas Day brunches.

Note when phoning to book use the international dialling code +971 if phoning from abroad, and don’t forget to drop the first 0 of the local area code.

Alba Terrace

If it’s an Al Fresco brunch you’re seeking for Christmas Day, Alba Terrace offers the perfect setting with a Mediterranean them – enjoy lamb shank, and a candy trolley will delight your youngest ones. Enjoy Amalfi coast-inspired mixers along with live music.

Balcon Terrace

The perfect Al fresco dining with classics like beef Wellington, roast turkey, and a variety of desserts from Christmas cake to chocolate log cake.

  • Price: AED 360 (soft), AED 520 (house) AED 690 (bubbly), AED 125 Kids) Add AED 150 for after-brunch drinks.
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya
  • Booking: Email abudhabi.dine@southernsun.com or call 056 515 3388​

Butcher & Still

A 1920s-themed Christmas brunch with slow-roasting meats, live barbecue stations, and sharing platters. Expect stuffed turkey roulade, homemade panettone, mince pies, and eggnog panna cotta.

  • Price: AED 495 (soft), AED 620 (wine), AED 750 (Champagne).
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Four Seasons, Al Maryah Island
  • Booking: Email dining.abudhabi@fourseasons.com or call 02 333 2444​​.

The Cafe

Gourmet delights and engaging kids’ activities with a selection of meats, seafood, salads, cheeses, and themed desserts. Highlights include the lie cooking station, oyster shucking and live entertainment.

  • Price: AED 450 (soft), AED 550 (sparking), AED 720 (champagne), AED 149 (children 6-12 years).
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Where to find it: Park Hyatt, Saadiyat Island
  • Booking: Email festiveseason.parkhyattabudhabi@hyatt.com or call 050 740 5323

Café Milano

Italian-style Christmas brunch with antipasti like veal and chicken tortellini, roasted octopus salad, and tuna tartare. Finish off with desserts, including tiramisu and panettone. from chef Delfino Chiarello.

Catch at St. Regis

Seaside brunch with contemporary seafood dishes, desserts, and live entertainment

  • Price: AED 450 (soft), AED 650 (selected French bubbly), AED 850 (Italian bubbly).
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: The St Regis Abu Dhabi (beach side)
  • Booking: Email restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com or call 02 694 4553​

Crust

Another from Four Seasons that’s perfect for a family group booking, not only a lavish buffet spread and bought-to-the-table specials, some awesome sweet treats aiwait and a dedicated kids play area and buffet is available.

  • Price: AED 410 (soft), AED510 (house), AED 690 (bubbly), AED 200 (kids_ under 6’s (50 AED)
  • Timing: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
  • Booking: visit fourseasons.com or call 02 333 2444

CuiScene

A long-standing stalwart of bug event brunches, Christmas is no expectation with a wide range of cuisine available across all of the Fairmont restaurants, including Italian, Japanese and Lebanese dishes with your expected festive treats such as Turkey with bread stuffing, beef wellington and all the trimmings. There will be live entertainment and a visit from Santa will be included.

  • Price: AED 335 (soft), AED 430 (house)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Fairmont Bab AL Bahr, Khor Al Maqta
  • Booking: Email dining.bab@fairmont.com or call 02 654 3333.

Garage

Festive brunch at Garage with DJ Firas, festive delights, and toast with favourite sips. DJ Firas is entertaining the crowd, and Santa will be coming along to cap off a fabulous afternoon of celebrations.

  • Price: AED 450 (soft), AED 600 (house)to AED 750 (sparkling).
  • Timing: 1:00 Pm to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
  • Booking: Visit wabudhabidining.com

Giornette

Chef’s Brunch at Giornotte with foie gras, seafood, pasta station, turkey, wagyu beef, and classic desserts.

  • Price: AED 699 (soft), AED 799 (house), AED 899 (premium bubbls), AED 344 (children 6-11 years).
  • Timing:
  • Where to find it: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
  • Booking: Email abudhabi.restaurants@ritzcarlton.com or call 02 818 8203

Grills@Chill’O

Family-friendly and traditional Christmas brunch at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche with turkey carvery, live BBQ, desserts, and Santa’s visit with gifts to every table. Live carvery station, Christmas cracked and live duo for entertainment

  • Price: AED 325 (soft), additional AED 149 for free-flow house beverages.
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Sofitel
  • Booking: Visit sofitelabudhabicorniche.com

Graphos Social Kitchen

Christmas feast at Graphos Social Kitchen with international dishes, live cooking stations, and festive drinks like mulled wine, and cranberry margaritas. Santa will also be visiting to hand out gifts to children.

  • Price: AED 355 (soft ), AED 445 (house), AED 95 (children 6-12 years).
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island
  • Booking: Email dineatgraphos@hilton.com or call 02 208 6900

Khayal

Offering six live cooking stations, live music, a visit from Santa and a joyous vibe, a Christmas Day brunch at Khayal is a sure hit. This large venue is a great choice for a group gatherin g of family and friends with the perfect festive atmosphere.

  • Price: AED 310 (soft), 450 (House), AED 550(Bubbly) AED 99 (Child)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City
  • Booking: Visit www.marriottalforsanlife.com or call 02 201 4131

LPM Restaurant & Bar

A fine dining top choice in the city, the Christmas celebration has a sharing menu involving a Seafood Tower, Beef Tournedos Rossini, Lobster Casserole, and festive desserts, including chestnut cake with chocolate mouse and apple tatin with ginger ice cream.

  • Price: AED 595 (sharing menu per person), AED 905 (bubbly)
  • Timing: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Where to find it: The Galleria Alk Maryah Island
  • Booking: Visit lpmrestaurants.com or call 02 692 9600

Maté

Argentinean specialties, premium grilled meats, and festive dishes make this one of the most sought-after Christmas Day brunches in Abu Dhabi for those looking for a hearty feast.

  • Price: AED 450 (soft), AED 550 (sparkling), AED 720 (Champagne).
  • Timing: 1:00 Pm to 4:30 PM
  • Where to find it: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas
  • Booking: Email festiveseason.parkhyattabudhabi@hyatt.com or call 050 740 5323

McCafferty’s

Offering one of the best party day brunches in Ab Dhabi, Irish Pub McCafferty’s will be laying on a 3-course meal for Christmas Day, including a choice of starters, roast turkey and Irish ham for your mains and topped off with Irish hops or sparkling grape with live music

  • Price: AED 289 (soft), AED 499 (sparkling), AED 99 (Kids 6 – 12 yers)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Hilton Yas Island
  • Booking: Visit mccaffertysyas.com or call 058 598 3623.

Nahaam And SOLE

An indulgent festive treat awaits when these two premium restaurants join forces for a Christmas spread and live music. Naham is always a great choice if you want to combine your afternoon with a pool pass for a chilled-out finish to your Christmas day.

  • Price: AED 535 (soft) AED 695 (house), to AED 895 (premium)
  • Timing: 1:00 pm to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Conrad Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: visit sevenrooms.com or call 02 811 5666

Sofra Bld

A festive feast with holiday favourites at the Shangri_las International restaurant., Christmas-inspired beverages, carols, Santa Claus visits, and live performances. Enjoy curated Christmas-inspired beverages and live entertainment to put you in the holiday spirit.

  • Price: AED 398 (soft) 598 (house), to AED 698 (bubbly)
  • Timing: 1:00 pm to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com or call 02 509 8555

Sim Sim

Frequently touted as one of the best brunches spreads in Abu Dhabi, Christmas Day will be no expectation with festive favourites including roast turkey, a dedicated play area for little ones and a chance to receive a gift from Santa.

  • Price: AED 495 (soft), AED 595 (house), AED 750 (premium), AED 250 (kids)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island
  • Booking: Email fbres.saadiyat@rotana.com or call 02 697 0000.

The Terrace on the Corniche

International delights, festive drinks, live entertainment, and the most incredible room for sweet treats. This is one of our favourite choices for foodies who love a sophisticated affair.

  • Price: AED 450 (soft), AED 650 (house), AED 850 (bubbles).
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Email restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com or call 02 694 4553​

White

Delivering a classic ‘only in Abu Dhabi’s surreal festive feeling, the brunch at White always impressed. From turkey carving stations to smoked meats and BBQ meats, loads of side options and vegetarians are always well catered for too. The debt part is always the desert through. Children will be entertained with games and face painters.

  • Price: AED 580 (soft), AED 680 (house) AED 850 (Bubbly)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Jumeirah Saadiyat Island
  • Booking: visit Jumeirah.com or call 02 811 4243

Good Value (Under AED 400) Christmas Brunches in Abu Dhabi 2023

Our listing aims to find those brunches that are under AED 400 a head for a house drinks package (some include bubbles that will exceed the AED 400 cap!)

Appreciating that not everyone is on a 5-star hotel budget, nor perhaps needs such an extravagant and lifely feed when a quiet catch up with family and friends is preferred, you will still get a sensational feed at these locations:

Antonia

Popular Pizza restaurant Anotnia is the perfect choice for a casual get-together with sharing-style lunch. An Italian four-course meal is offered only steps away from the gorgeous Soul Beach Saadiyat island, perfect to finish your day with a swim!

  • Price: AED 245 (soft), AED 295 (house)
  • Timing: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Antonias at Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat island
  • Booking: Call 02 667 2554

Choices

Choices can make a great choice for families with kids who love to file off to the kids club 30 seconds after downing their Christmas dinner. With plenty of relaxed al fresco dining spots as well as indoor, Choices delivers just that with a great international feast at a reasonable price.

  • Price: AED
  • Timing: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Rotana Yas Island
  • Booking: Visit Rotana.com or call 02 656 4000

Dinos Bistro Italiano

A great little family-friendly choice hidden in the exhibition centre area of the city. Expect a lively Italian Christmas brunch with favourites like turkey carvery, accompanied by live music.

  • Price: AED 285 (soft), AED 365 (house)
  • Timing: 100 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Dino’s Bistro Italiano, Pearl Capital Centre by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Email dinos.pearl@rotana.com or call 02 307 5551

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Always one of the best spots in town to find global Christmas cuisines with desserts, decorations, kids’ activities, and live entertainment.

  • Price: AED 245 (soft), AED 365 (house)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Email reservations.table@dusit.com or call 02 698 8137

Erth

Festive feast with live cooking stations, holiday favourites, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

  • Price: AED 299 (soft), AED 399 (house), AED 499 (bubbles), AED 149 (children 6-12 years).
  • Timing: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Erth Abu Dhabi, Officers Club, Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Email fandb@erth.ae or call 02 497 5208

Flavours

A buffet with holiday favourites, in-house band performance, and a dedicated area for children with festive decor and sweet treats.

  • Price: AED 249 (soft), AED 349 (house), AED 449 (sparkling), AED 125 (children 6-12 years).
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort 
  • Booking: email 00446Foodandbeverage@adnhmc.com or call 0 54 791 9022

Jing Asia

For a unique Christmas twist, try a pan-Asian theme with a live guitarist setting the mood.

  • Price: AED 195 (soft), AED 295 (house)
  • Timing: 12:30 – 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Crowne Plaza Yas Island
  • Booking: Call 02 656 3000

Latest Recipe

Christmas Brunch at Latest Recipe with traditional roasts, desserts, live DJ music, and Santa’s visit. A great Al Fresco dining space

  • Price: AED 199 (soft), AED 299 (house).
  • Timing: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah
  • Booking: Email 01899.FBReservations@adnhmc.com or call 056 688 5361.

La Piscine Restaurant & Pool Bar

Looking for the perfect pool and lunch family deal in Abu Dhabi? This could be just what you’re looking for with a very reasonably priced Christmas brunch, including roast turkey and roast lamb, live cooking stations and plenty of desserts. A Cuban band will keep you entertained, with carollers joining for some Christmas cheer before a visit from the big man handing out gifts.

  • Price: AED 274 (soft), AED 365 (house), AED 137.5 (children 6-12 years).
  • Timing: 1:00 Pm to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Al Rah Bach Hoel, Al Raha
  • Booking: fbsecretary.alraha@danathotels.com or call 056 545 0145.

La Terrazza

Traditional holiday dishes and international favourites, accompanied by joyful carols and Santa’s visit. There is some uncertainty whether this brunch includes soft drinks only.

  • Price: AED 149 (soft ), AED 269 (house), AED 75 (children 6-12 years).
  • Timing: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Booking: Visit bluexperienceabudhabi.com or call 02 692 4222

Sidekicks

The perfect venue for your younger ones with fabulous festive-themed character meet and greets from Warner Bros World like Tim & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Expect a wide array of international dishes to suit even the fussiest of pallets.

  • Price: AED 199(soft), AED 299 (house), AED 359 (premium), AED 90 (children 6-12 years)
  • Timing: 1:00 pm to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: The WB Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
  • Booking: Email dine.thewbabudhabi@hilton.com or call 02 815 0000​

Terra Secca

This is a great choice for Christmas Day Brunch in Abu Dhabi if you want something unique with a bit of wow factor. Head out into the desert just beyond the city outskirts for an Italian festive feast with cheese, cold cuts, foie gras, scallops, risotto, beef tenderloin, sea bass, and desserts.

  • Price: AED 255 (soft beverages), AED 395 House), AED 550 Italian grape) .
  • Timing: 12:30 Pm to 4:30 PM
  • Where to find it: Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Al Wathba South
  • Booking: Visit terraseccarestaurant.com or call 02 204 4444

The Directors Club

Traditional roast turkey and classics like duck fat potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. A choice of indoor and outdoor dining, this is a bit more of a grown-ups version compared to Sidekicks where the focus is on the younger guests.

  • Price: AED 170 (soft) AED 275 (house), AED 375 (premium), AED 90 (children 6-12 years)
  • Timing: 1:00 pm to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: The WB Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
  • Booking: Email dine.thewbabudhabi@hilton.com or call 02 815 0000​

Verso

La Famiglia Brunch with Italian cuisine, kids’ activities, balloon shaping, face painting, and Santa visit. Look out for their popcorn station, unlimited ice cram make this a family-friendly favourite

  • Price: AED 240 (soft), AED 340 (house)
  • Timing: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residence
  • Booking: Email festive.grandhyattabudhabi@hyatt.com or call 02 510 1234

Evening Brunch on Christmas Day 2023

With Christmas day falling on a Monday, there will be plenty for whom Monday is a normal work day, so to compensate for this, there are several evening choices.

Aqua

A great family choice with spectacular waterfront views in a classy but relaxed setting, families love the range of kids’ options here, plus you can spill out onto the pool deck for afters.

  • Price: AED 255 (soft), AED 355 (house), AED 455 (bubbles)
  • Timing: 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Rosewood Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Visit rosewoodhotels.com or call 02 813 5550

Fairways

A great evening Christmas Brunch with an international spread and live performance from Marvin Lee.

  • Price: AED 288 (soft), AED 399(house), AED 429 (bubbly)
  • Timing: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Where to find it: The Westin Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Call 026 169 999

Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi

For something fabulous and French, head to Foquets in the Louvre for a dazzling evening affair with a menu curated by Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Enjoy a set 5-course meal with luxury bits from Blue Lobster to smoked sea scallops, finished with an elevated selection of French cheeses.

  • Price: AED 450 (one glass bubbles)
  • Timing: from 6:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Louvre Abu Dhbai, Saadiyat Island
  • Booking:  Call 02 205 4200

The Grill

Offering both a lunch and dinner option on Christmas Day, The Grill steakhouse will be serving up a sharing menu, paired with house beverages. Santa will make an appearance, and live entertainment will be provided throughout.

  • Price: AED 295 (soft), AED 445 (house), AED 555 (bubbly), AED 99 (kids 6-12)
  • Timing: Dinner 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Where to find it: Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City
  • Booking:  Call 02 201 4131

Oak Room

A foodie favourite, this restaurant absolutely oozes sophistication. Enjoy a three-course British feast with Turkey and ll the trimmings, with nice long timing for a relaxed sitting away from the ultra-party crowd where good food and excellent conversation reign supreme for Christmas Day!

  • Price: AED 365 (soft), AED 495 House), 645 (premium)
  • Timing: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Abu Dhabi Edition
  • Booking: Call 02 208 0000

Adult-Only Christmas Day Brunch in Abu Dhabi

Understandably, if you are past the kiddy stage and don’t need Santa meet and greet to make your Christmas day, how about checking out some of these adult-only options or those more focused on the Drunch.

Star n Bars

Not strictly adults only for entry but would really suit your older crowd, Stars N Bars is keeping it casual with a Christmas Day Drunch following their usual Brunch.

  • Price: AED 299 (house), AED 99 (drunch only)
  • Timing: Brunch 12:00 PM to 4:0 PM, Drunch 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Yas Marina
  • Booking: Call 02 565 0101

VaKaVa TBC

The Pan Latin Grill and Lounge is the ultimate party spot with free-flowing signature beverages and decadent bites bringing you the flavours of Central America.

  • Price: AED 350 (soft), AED 650 (house)
  • Timing: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Where to find it: Conrad Hotel, Etihad Towers
  • Booking: Call 02 811 5666

WET Deck

How does an Xmas Day pool party sound for a unique way to celebrate Christmas Day in the capital? Stretching all the rules of traditional Christmas gatherings when you’re in the sunshine of the Middle East, the ‘SOAK IT UP’ pool party will have you celebrating in style with a resident DJ and 3 hours of free slowing beverages for a very merry day out!

  • Price: AED 200 (ladies), AED 250 (gents)
  • Timing: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Where to find it: W Abu Dhabi
  • Booking: Call 04 245 5800

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