Abu Dhabi - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

You can pretty much get any American fast food and restaurants here... and most deliver through various apps (Deliveroo, Zomato, Uber Eats... etc). We found Texas Roadhouse, Texas De Brazil, CPK, IHOP, Olive Garden, Chilis, TGI Fridays, PF Chang... lots of choices. The Lebanese and Indian restaurants are top notch here. - Feb 2020

There are lots of hotels with great dining and buffet options. Eating out is not cheap here (but lower than DC prices) and I find the quality of food slightly better in Dubai, but you can find lots of American chains here like the Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, PF Chang’s, Black Tap, Krispy Kreme, and many more. You can also order most foods to your home. Zomato seems like a popular app, but we’ve personally never ordered any takeout food. You will not go hungry here! - Jun 2019

Everything is here from all over the world. If you look you can find it and just about everything can be delivered. There are apps for restaurant delivery. - Sep 2017

Everything and more. The only food that isn't widely available is pork and even that can be found in hotels. There are very cheap Indian restaurants, though you have to know here to look. Fast food is ubiquitous and about the same price as DC, and fancy foods of every ethnicity (though not good Mexican) is everywhere. If you aren't careful, you'll get chubby. - Jun 2015

There is a wide range of choices, but most places lack consistency. A meal can be great one time and disgusting the next week. And prices can be daunting. There is good cheap Middle Eastern and some okay reasonable Asian choices, but a dinner with a drink or two at a hotel can easily run to $125 a couple or more. Fast food is everywhere, both familiar Western brands and some local/regional ones. - May 2013

Every variety of Western fast food in the malls, lovely Lebanese and Vietnamese outlets for healthier fast foods. Restaurants offering every variety of cuisine from 30dhms meals in Indian or Iranian cafes to 100s in the five star hotels. - Jul 2012

Everything you can imagine and more, some more expensive than at home. Lebanese and Indian choices are especially strong, but there are lots of fast food chains (U.S. and international) and some great top-end choices. Restaurants with alcohol are almost all in hotels and trend toward the expensive; if there's a gap in the market, it's for casual, Western-style places where you can get a drink and not spend a fortune (no nice neighborhood corner joints, in short). - Aug 2011

Many good restaurants and fast food in malls; similar to the USA. - Jul 2011

ALL fast food is available here at prices comparable to the USA.Abu Dhabi has good restaurants with food very well prepared. The restaurants range in price with some being quite expensive. All hotels do elaborate brunches on Fridays... it's a local tradition. - Nov 2010

One will find your typical fast food restaurants here such as McD's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway etc...There are many high end restaurants located in the hotels, but can be a bit pricey. - Jan 2010

KFC, Fuddruckers, McDonald's, etc. Lots of fried chicken here, but no pork on pizzas. Pork is available only at 2 grocery stores and one restaurant. Nice restaurants are expensive and harder to get to. There are few places for just a casual meal at a reasonable cost. Going to dinner is an AFFAIR and will take a lot of time and will cost you. - Aug 2009

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