10 Affordable Iftars In Abu Dhabi | Best Bites
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, followers of the Islamic faith fast during daylight hours. The breaking of the fast at iftar and sharing of food is a huge part of the Ramadan tradition. Even for those of us who aren't fasting, it's a time when to get together with friends and family to enjoy the spirit of Ramadan and engage with the food culture that surrounds it. For many, it's the only time of year we get to enjoy traditional Ramadan dishes such as lamb ouzi, shorba (lentil soup), haleem, sumptuous kebabs and exotic Ramadan sweets.
What customs should you observe when attending a public iftar meal? There aren't too many! The cannon will go off at locations around the city when the sun goes down and this will often be televised at venues or watched live. At this point, you may take your first sip of water or laban and start your meal with dates and dried fruit. Once the fast has been broken, you may see people leaving the venue to go to pray though many will do this afterwards, so be sure to let these people approach the buffet first. What to wear? Iftar isn't a dressy affair but you'll feel more comfortable if your knees and shoulders are covered.
Iftar is one of the best things about living in Abu Dhabi - we encourage you to embrace the tradition!
It doesn't get much better than this! India Palace is offering the Royal Indian buffet every day during Ramadan - and they don't stint on selection! It includes salads, five types of starters, six different excellent mains, two rice dishes, desserts and of course, fruit and soft drinks. This is a super pocket-friendly way to break your fast, but also enjoy the best Indian food in Abu Dhabi that India Palace is known for.
Time: Sunset - 10PM
Phone: Salam St: 02 644 8777
Jade's iftar is the wild card iftar, making it one of the best value-for-money iftars in Abu Dhabi this Ramadan. Choose from a huge range of top quality menu items for just AED135! Whether you're looking for a beautiful steak, succulent New Zealand lamb chops, butter chicken, pizza and pasta, lobster tail or Arabic mezzes, they've got the dish to fill your iftar cravings. Side note: don't go past the salted caramel kunafah for dessert! Everything is served to your table and you can order as many items and times as you like and your favourite Ramadan juices are included, along with water and soft drinks. This unlimited 5-star iftar is an excellent way to break your fast this Ramadan and is a steal too! You must choose Jade this Ramadan!
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Hours: Sunset - 8:30 PM
Price: AED135 including soft drinks, water and Ramadan drinks | 8 years and under AED45
Phone: 02 886 5277
AL MAHA ARJAAN BY ROTANA - 20% OFF WITH BB+
Enjoy a traditional Middle Eastern Iftar in the very cute and quirky Cafe 302. Try a variety of international dishes on an excellent iftar buffet which offers everything from healthy starters and salads, an ouzi station, mains and desserts to some very funky Ramadan-themed beverages. Cafe 302's strong vegan menu comes into play here too, with a lot of options for those who wish to continue to follow a plant-based diet during Ramadan.
Time: Sunset - 9PM
Price: AED149 | Kids 6-12 50% off (children under 6 dine for free)
Phone: 02 610 6688
STOUFF BEIRUT - OPEN FIRE KITCHEN
THE HUB AT WTC
Stouff Beirut entered the market with a bang and they're still on fire! their iftar offering is one of the best quality and best value iftars in Abu Dhabi. Not only will you enjoy high quality mezze, but their meat game is very strong and desserts delectable. Parents will love that it's a family-friendly iftar - there's a supervised, indoor soft play area for children so parents can break their fast in peace. At just AED109, this iftar is one you must try.
Read the full review here: https://www.bestbitesuae.com/dining/stouff-beirut
Hours: Sunset - 9PM
Price: AED109 pp | kids under 8 50% off
Phone: 056 688 4042
If you're looking to break your fast with some of the most outstanding Indian cuisine in Abu Dhabi, look no further than Namak. The food served suits diners who love everything from pani puri to great meat dishes and curries. Save room for desserts - these Indian desserts are an excellent way to end your iftar celebration.
Hours: Sunset - 8.30PM
Phone: 02 698 8137
RADISSON BLU YAS ISLAND - 20% OFF WITH BB+
This is a popular iftar option for off-islanders looking to break their fast with a traditional buffet. The buffet features Middle Eastern specialities including succulent grilled meats, the best lamb ouzi and a wide selection of Arabic desserts - rumour has it, this is the best kunafah off-island! For those who prefer more international cuisine, they've got you covered with pasta dishes and good salads and desserts. Wash it all down with refreshing Ramadan juices and your iftar will be one to remember.
Read the full review here: https://www.bestbitesuae.com/dining/assymetri-radisson-blu-yas
Hours: Sunset - 10PM
Phone: 02 656 2000
CENTRO AL MANHAL - 30% OFF WITH BEST BITES PLUS
This is the ultimate place to break your fast for you and your family! Enjoy a traditional iftar buffet featuring fabulous dates and soups to start, followed by specialties of hot and cold mezza and ouzi. Let the chefs prepare food for you while you watch at the live cooking stations - enjoy a hot-off-the-rack shawarma, mixed grills, and desserts and enjoy unlimited Ramadan juices too. This is absolutely an Abu Dhabi iftar bargain!
Hours: Sunset - 10:30PM
Price: AED139 / AED98 for Best Bites Plus members
Phone: 02 811 5000
SHERATON CORNICHE - 2 FOR 1 WITH BEST BITES PLUS!
The newly refurbed Sheraton is like a phoenix rising from the ashes and Flavours now has a truly contemporary flavour with an iftar that matches that, but with endless traditional touches. Enjoy all your Ramadan favourites, including an amazing selection of Ramadan juices and a great Umm Ali. We loved the excellent biryani and the succulent lamb ouzi as well as the beautiful vegetables and salads. It's 2 for 1 when you sign up for BB+ and that is a stone-cold Ramadan iftar bargain!
Hours: Sunset - 8PM
Price: AED185 pp / AED92.50 with BB+
AED92 for kids under 12
Phone: 02 677 3333
SILK AND SPICE
SOFITEL ABU DHABI - 25% OFF WITH BB+
Silk and Spice is arguably Abu Dhabi's best Thai restaurant and their iftar offering is excellent. Enjoy all your Thai favourites: tom yum gai, pad Thai, prawn, chicken and beef dishes as well as some super Thai desserts to finish - you must try the mango sticky rice which will transport you back to Koh Samui! The 25% BB+ discount makes this a bargain!
Time: Tuesday - Sunday | Sunset - 11PM
Price: AED196 / AED 147 after BB+ discount
Phone: 02 813 7777
BRICK ROOFTOP KITCHEN
ALOFT ABU DHABI - 20% OFF WITH BEST BITES PLUS!
Brick Rooftop Kitchen is an incredible place to break your fast, offering a flavorful set menu, including all your Arabic favourites. Be sure to catch the Ramadan specialty food, the spectacular lamb ouzi, which looks so beautiful when it comes to your table and the superb mixed grill. Brick also offers a solid selection for vegetarian iftar options including an excellent eggplant moussaka. Sweeping vistas over the sea seal Brick's reputation for offering an outstanding and different Ramadan experience - this truly is iftar with a view!
Read the full review here: https://www.bestbitesuae.com/dining/brick-rooftop-kitchen-bar-aloft-abu-dhabi
Time: Sunset - 8:30PM
Price: AED 185/148 with BB+
Phone: 02 654 5000