Where to Eat with Kids!

With all the fancy and expensive restaurants in Abu Dhabi you need to choose carefully where to take little ones to dine as they tend to be picky eaters, not sit still for the entire menu and need extra TLC from the waiters.

If your kids are like mine, certain foods are definitely preferable! Italian, Chinese and Burgers are always met with happy smiles!

These restaurants really do make it a great meal out for kids! From the special menu options to the special treatment they are welcomed with open arms and you don’t feel like you are interrupting everyone else’s meal if your child suddenly decides to blurt out a song at the top of their lungs!

Top Ten Family Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

1. Frankie’s – Fairmont Bab al Bahr
This is an Italian restaurant where you can watch the food being prepared, this is entertaining for the kids and they might even be able to try their hand at making a pizza. There are kiddie’s size portions and kids under 12 years old pay half price while kids under 5 year eat for free! Enjoy-you can enjoy a gourmet meal and night out while knowing your kids will be able to eat too!!

2. Fuddruckers – Marina Mall
A reasonably priced restaurant with fast-food style food like hamburgers and pizza. There is also a special kid’s menu.

3. Mirabel – Fotouh Al Khair Center, M&S Building
This is a restaurant serving western style cuisine including kid’s favorites like cheese burgers and hotdogs. There are also mouthwatering deserts like sundaes and banana splits. The décor is young and clean cut.

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4. Dine – Aloft Hotel
Kids will love the beanbag seating (you can have a chair) and the fast food menu in this hip and colorful restaurant. The menu also includes some healthier kid-friendly options and the prices are reasonable.

5. Noodle House – Souk, Qaryat Al Beri
This restaurant serves Asian food at very reasonable prices. The kid’s meals are served with cute kiddies’ chopsticks and from the menu of noodles and rice dishes the kids are sure to find something they like. Ask about special deals on the kid’s meals.

6. Stars n Bars – Yas Island 
This place is good for kids that can’t sit still although the fast food menu is not the healthiest. There is a games arcade on hand for those who’ve finished eating before everyone else and there are large screen T.V. and great views of the Marina.

7. Caravan – Al Markaziyah
Conveniently located downtown and with family-friendly prices this restaurant is always a cacophony of kids and parents. The menu includes cuisine from Asia and the Middle East and there is also a room that can be rented out for kid’s birthday parties. You can choose from a la carte or an all-you-can-eat buffet.

8. Foodlands – Madinat Zayed
Families will like the all-you-can-eat deal which includes Asian, Indian and Arabic food. The place is comfortable and clean with large portions which can be split between the kids.

9. Millennium Hotel – Khalifa Bin Zayed Street
Try the international Friday brunch which has “live” food stations, it is perfect for kids especially as kids eat for free!! Kids must be under 12 years old and a maximum of two kids in each family eat for free, the rest pay. There are activities for kids like WII, face painting, free use of the swimming pool and movies screened off in one corner. The brunch costs AED 175 per person and is in the hotel restaurant Sevilo’ from 12 noon to 4pm.

10. Boccaccio – Intercontinental Hotel
This Italian restaurant will please both the parents and kids with its pizzas and pastas as well as the stunning views across the Marina. There is a kid’s menu and the restaurant is well priced for families.

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