12 PLACES TO GET GREAT STEAK
THE ABU DHABI EDITION
With Michelin starred Chef Tom Aikens at the helm and a talented team on the ground, Oak Room cements its place firmly in the top 3 steakhouses in Abu Dhabi. The menu is eclectic, offering something to please even the fussiest of diners, perfect for those women whose husbands don't like steak! But it really is the steak that elevates it from good to rock star. The menu offers grades 8 and 9 quality steak and it's hard to choose between the Shanchoku wagyu ribeye and the especially amazing Stone Axe full blood wagyu ribeye but equally, the USDA prime tenderloin is well-priced and superb - get it with the blue cheese sauce! If the whole table is into it, there's a great beef tasting menu that will take you from a beautiful beef carpaccio, through short ribs and tenderloin and onto a strong-finish Eton mess. We think it will take you a few visits before you can truly say you know what your favourite is ... and that is definitely no hardship!
Time: Closed Mondays, 6PM - 11.30PM
Price: Steaks start at AED190, finish at AED680
Contact: 02 208 0000
PARK HYATT ABU DHABI
Maté opened with a flourish a few months ago and has since proven itself to be the most interactive, most exciting steak restaurant in Abu Dhabi. The Argentinian-with-a-hint-of-Lebanese steakhouse has cool, moody vibes and although steak is a serious business, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Sit up at the bar and watch the chefs work or enjoy the ambiance and have some great drinks prepared by the very talented Valentino. If you'd like a taster, head there on a Wednesday for the La Barra menu - amazing food and an incredible bargain too!
Time: 5PM - 11PM
Price: For 2, on average AED250
Contact: 054 581 2576
CONRAD ETIHAD TOWERS
Ray's Grill has it all views for miles, cosy couples corners, impress-your-guests vibes and above all, some of the best steak in Abu Dhabi.
We loved our 225g, USDA approved tenderloin, cooked to perfection with a cheeky piece of foie gras gracing the top and the superbly cooked short rib, full of flavour and juicy. We teamed these with creamed spinach and the most delectable steak fries and finished with a very good cheesecake from the dessert trolley.
Time: Daily except Sunday 6.30PM-11PM
Pricing: Appetisers start at AED85, steaks at AED170.
Booking: 02 811 5666
RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI
One of Abu Dhabi's strongest fine dining steak outlets, The Forge has excellent cuts of meat, exquisitely prepared. Choose your knives and settle in for an outstanding steak meal. A great introduction to The Forge is the Meat Flights experience which gives you the opportunity to try a beautiful selection of meats at the sophisticated steakhouse. Indulge in Brazilian tenderloin, New Zealand sirloin, Australian Wagyu and loads more prime cuts, cooked to perfection. This is a fine dining steak experience you don't want to miss.
Time: 7PM - 11PM
Price: Meat Flights:
AED 189 Silver Boarding Pass
AED 289 Gold Boarding Pass
AED 450 Platinum Boarding Surf and Turf Pass
Contact: 02 818 8203
FOUR SEASONS ABU DHABI
Chicago-esque steakhouse Butcher & Still is nothing short of iconic. This is the place to bring your visitors to town, the place to treat your colleagues or even enjoy date night. With its 1920s prohibition era interior, you could be forgiven for waiting for an entrance from Al Capone - take special note of the 'wallpaper' in the bathrooms! The menu sticks to the theme of the era with such gloriousness as the 21 day dry-aged tomahawk chop - an absolute beast of a cut and perfect for the true meat-lover. Make sure you order the thick cut, twice baked, most amazing fries and an exceptional cherry pie or share the Tribune Tower cake, all 34 layers of it!
Time: 1PM - 12AM
Price: Saturday brunch from AED285, Prime Rib night from AED295
Contact: 02 333 2444
LE MERIDIEN ABU DHABI
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The fact that 49ers serves some of the best steak in Abu Dhabi may come as a surprise to some, given that the bar side of the venue has a strong party vibe, but this really is a case of 'if you know, you know'! The cuts are good and the taste and sides that accompany each slab of whatever you've ordered are completely on point it's the best value-for-money steak in Abu Dhabi. Also, the Wild West theme of the bar just makes you feel like you totally should be eating steak and if this is your thing, try the cowboy steak which comes complete with BBQ sauce and crispy onion rings! This is almost a steak-lover's hidden gem, pricing is crazy-reasonable (made even better with a 20% BB+ discount) and that means that everyone in town can at some point, eat great steak!
Time: 12PM - 2AM
Price: Tenderloin AED62, Sirloin AED44, Cowboy steak AED126
Contact: 02 645 8000
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If great steak in a casual environment is what you need in your life, Steakers Original is the place for you. The 300 grams of dry-aged beef is perfectly seasoned, cooked to order, sliced served on a tray with coleslaw and sauce. Steakers is a very unassuming restaurant but the quality of food and the pricing attached is something we need more of in Abu Dhabi.
Time: 11AM - 12AM
Price: AED149 for 300g dry-aged rib-eye
Contact: 02 645 9379
MARRIOTT AL FORSAN
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The Grill is a KCA institution, perfect for a date night, a work dinner or a get-together with friends. The menu features American prime rib, Argentinian Hereford beef (super tasty!) and Australian wagyu and prices start from as little as AED255 and everything is paired with the best of local produce and good wine. For a great dining deal check out the 505, which gets you a 600g Argentinian Rib Eye or mouthwateringly-tender 500g Argentinian Chateaubriand, accompanied by two sides, two sauces and a bottle of Casarena Malbec. It's a great bargain and a superb way to get introduced to the excellence of The Grill.
Time: Closed Monday. AED6.30PM - 11.30PM
Price: Steak from AED255
Contact: 02 201 4131
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If you live off-island and have a hankering for a great steak, Blue Grill is a good place to go. It's a cross between casual and fine dining and all the steak is prepared absolutely perfectly. Share a 1KG tomahawk for AED580 or a tender Blackmore wagyu for AED420. Our go-to is the New Zealand tenderloin for just AED200 - the perfect steak for a smaller appetite. Blue Grill is so good, you'll return again and again - trust us!
Time: 6PM - 12AM
Price: 1KG tomahawk AED580, Blackmore wagyu for AED420, New Zealand tenderloin for AED200
Contact: 02 656 4171
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Bentley Kitchen is a rare breed in Abu Dhabi: it's somewhere that always has a vibe and is great for both after work drinks or dinner out with friends on the weekend. While it doesn't serve steak exclusively, you can't talk about steak without talking about Bentley's because the quality is consistently good and the steak is always served with sides that pair so well. Enjoy cuts like Silver Fern NZ Angus and Rangers Valley striploin and wagyu - the latter with renowed Cafe de Paris butter - undeniably good! Bentley's is a must-try if you're looking for good steak in Abu Dhabi.
Time: 12PM - 12 AM
Price: AED230 200g, AED260 300g
Contact: 02 626 2131
NOVOTEL AL BUSTAN
Swiss Butter is your AED78 new best friend! The beef filet steak comes already sliced on a tray with fries, baguette slices and salad. It lies in the skillet in the secret butter sauce and is unbelievably tender and delicious. It's definitely your go-to for a well-priced steak fix.
Time: 11AM - 11PM
Contact: 02 622 0047
Nusr-Et is the home of 'salt bae' and it's all about the meat. Try a luscious beef carpaccio, the very popular burger or a smoked rib-eye and be transported into a meat lover's dream state. If you're feeling flush, try the only-in-Abu-Dhabi gold steak, surely the most beautiful looking steak on the planet and also the most expensive steak in Abu Dhabi. This is not the place to go if you're concerned about your spend, but it's great for a good, 'see and be seen' meaty meal.
Time: 12PM - 2AM
Price: Gold steak AED1200, sirloin 300g AED540, tenderloin with mustard from AED840
Contact: 02 679 9949
A discussion about steak wouldn't be complete without mentioning Entrecote Cafe de Paris. The concept is very simple: 200 grams of Entrecôte steak with “Café de Paris” sauce and homemade French fries. Many have tried to replicate this sauce over the years and none have quite succeeded - it's glorious and definitely one of the best steak experiences you'll have in Abu Dhabi. You can choose your steak: New Zealand Entrecote can be found both the in the Souq at Qaryat al Beri, where you can enjoy your steak with a glass of red wine or a beer, and in Yas Mall.
Time: Souq: 12PM -12AM, Yas Mall 10AM - 10PM
Price: New Zealand beef AED195, Australian Angus beef AED300, wagyu AED420
Contact: Souq 02 557 6508, Yas Mall 056 303 3808