15 Best Indian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi for Mouth Watering Meals!
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Indian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Are you looking for the best Indian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi that can take your taste buds into a fervour of Indian flavours? Abu Dhabi is flooded with some of the most upbeat and classy restaurants serving multi cuisines masterpieces from across the world.

And if you’re desi at heart then there are the most highly reckoned Indian restaurants too sprawled over here that will remind you of the secret spices, flavorful aromas and the rich gravies that are a part of the Indian food.

The culinary scene of Abu Dhabi boasts of some of the true gems like Angar, Indigo and Rangoli that have held a special part in the hearts of the people who love Indian food. So let’s together explore some of these best Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi that serve intensely flavoured Indian food.

Here are some of the best Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi:

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Punjab Grill Abu Dhabi

Eclectic dishes, top-notch service and a soothing welcome you the moment you step inside the doors of one of the classiest Indian Restaurant in Abu Dhabi, The Punjab Grill. Nestled amidst azure-coloured waters and Renaissance styled structures, the magnificent setting of this restaurant will remind you of the early European era.

Be it the dazzling interior setting, or the romantic outdoor ambience; the restaurant is suited for both family get-togethers and intimate candlelight dinners. The menu has been specially designed to satisfy the taste buds of all Indian foodies.

From Salmon Tikka and Karavali Lobster to Paneer Multani, all the dishes are equally relishing and filled with surprises. Vegans also have gluten-free options to choose from. The panoramic scenery outside the restaurant and the vibrant atmosphere will make you want to come over and over again.

Timings: 12:30 pm till midnight every day

Cuisine Type: Traditional North Indian and Punjabi

Location: Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, near Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Average Price for Two: AED 210

02

Angar

For those craving spicy and tangy tastes of Indian dishes, Angar is a must stop. Beautifully located in Yas Island, this Indian Restaurant in Abu Dhabi serves one of the finest Tandoori dishes and traditional appetizers, along with refreshing lassis and countless other beverages.

Non-vegetarians and seafood lovers are in for a treat. The interior of this restaurant has been explicitly designed for a lively atmosphere, or you can sit under the stars while dedicated waiters serve you your relishing meal. Angar is a place where you can always get authentic Indian bread, and you will surely find it all value for money.

Timings: 7:00 pm-11:00 pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 2:00 pm-11:00 pm (Fridays)

Cuisine Type: Indian

Location: Yas Hotel, Yas Island

Average Price for Two: AED 200-350

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Asha’s

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Named after the melodious singer Asha Bhonsle, this Indian restaurant in Abu Dhabi also aims to win the hearts of many with its meticulous culinary skills. Located in the premise of Yas Island's renowned shopping destination, this place is perfect for grabbing a quick bite while shopping or host a festive dinner party.

The bustling crowd and bright interiors promise a happy dining experience. The menu is filled with exquisite dishes from Northern and Western India, each having a unique flavour of its own. Cocktail lovers get special choices.

Vegetarians will get fascinated by the modern touch given to even contemporary dishes like Dal Makhani, while chicken lovers won't stop licking their fingers after tasting Murgh Malai Kebabs.

Timings: 12:30 pm-3:30 pm and 7:00 pm-12:00 am

Cuisine Type: North-West Indian

Location: First Floor, Yas Mall, Town Square, Yas Island

Average Price for Two: AED 275

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Indigo

Amongst all the Indian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi city, the most charmingly located one is the Indian Fusion restaurant of Indigo. Overlooking the turquoise waters of the bay, this restaurant is situated on Beach Rotana and is in close proximity to the Abu Dhabi Mall also.

The menu is full of tastes from all over India, starting from the street chaat to their special Sikandari Raan (roasted baby lamb's leg). Massive brown ceramic vases lined at the entrance lobby and soft curtains draped on the walls give a royal aura to the resort. The bustling crowds of the city make it a jolly place to dine.

Timings: 12.30 pm - 03.30 pm and 06.30 pm - 11.30 pm

Cuisine Type: North Indian

Location: Ground floor, Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area (Al Zahiyah)

Average Price for Two: AED 300

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Rangoli

Vibrant decorations and tangy aromas welcome you as you walk through the doors of Rangoli, a modest yet classic restaurant serving authentic Indian gourmet. Resting on the enchanting Yas Island of Abu Dhabi, one can get scenic vistas of the clear skies from the windows as they dine in the serene atmosphere of the restaurant.

The menu is filled with appetizing starters, incredible vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, and refreshing beverages. There are so many options that you'll crave for trying them all. A fine wine collection is available for those seeking a romantic date, while tandoor lovers can gorge on the mouthwatering kebabs and tikkas.

Timings: 6:00 pm-12:00 am every day, 12:30 pm-4:00 pm brunch on Fridays

Cuisine Type: North and South Indian

Location: Yas Island Rotana, Yas Marina

Average Price for Two: AED 295

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Via Delhi

Standing true to its name is the petite Indian restaurant named “Via Delhi”. Despite being compact in size, the wooden interior of this restaurant has been beautifully designed to give a homely feel.

With an amiable staff catering to your needs and melodies playing in the background, you'll find your nerves getting relaxed. The menu is a complete package, starting from tantalizing starters to savoury dishes and heavenly drinks. Vegans will be delighted by the choices offered at this restaurant.

Timings: 9:00 am-11:00 pm

Cuisine Type: North Indian and Chinese

Location: Zayed the First Street, Behind Chappan Bhog

Average Price for Two: AED 100

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Peppermill

Amiably integrating the savoury tastes of timeless Indian dishes with colonial ingredients is the art of this renowned Indian Restaurant of Abu Dhabi called Peppermill. Named after the master spice "pepper", this restaurants aims at bringing the best elements of Indian and Colonial cuisines to invent novel recipes.

Special arrangements are made for hosting parties and festivities in its gorgeous interiors on many occasions. From shorbas and tikkas to heavenly desserts and mocktails, all recipes are inspired by those specially prepared for the royal members of the Indian society. The extravagant decoration combines modern and contemporary styles amazingly.

Timings: 11:00 am-11:00 pm (Friday to Wednesday), 11:00 am-11:30 pm on Thursdays

Cuisine Type: Indian and Mughlai

Location: 2nd extension, Al Wahda Mall, Al Wahda

Average Price for Two: AED 250

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Lazeez Restaurant

Nestling in the busy lane of Hamdan Street is the alluring food destination Lazeez. Proud of its Mughlai cuisine, this restaurant has a myriad of options which make you take plenty of minutes to decide what you want.

Vibrant-hued walls decked with modest paintings paint the scene of the interiors. Delicate chandeliers will make you stare in awe. With chefs that never fail to surprise and prompt service, you will surely please your appetite without the need to loosen your purse strings.

Timings: 12:00 pm-12:00 am (Saturday to Thursday), 1:00 pm-12:30 am (Fridays)

Cuisine Type: Indian, Mughlai and Chinese

Location: Behind E-Max, Near National Cinema, Hamdan Street, Al Markaziya

Average Price for Two: AED 120

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Flavours of India

Flavours of India has literally a wide-ranging list of dishes trying to accommodate all the unique flavours from Indian gourmet. The tranquil ambience of this restaurant is quite different from the hustle and bustle of the city surrounding it.

Orange coloured interior with tiled walls and heavy curtains look right out of a Rajasthani scene. And oh, there is a cute little aquarium in the middle. The Mutton Amritsari and Paneer Tikka Masala will surely leave your mouth watering. You can also try Chinese and continental dishes for a little variety in your meal.

Timings: 10:00 am-12:00 am everyday

Cuisine Type: Indian, Chinese and Continental

Location: M1 Golden Curtain Building, Near New Etisalat-Darat Al Miah, Khaldiya-Zayed The First St

Average Price for Two: AED 100

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Namak by Kunal Kapur

"Namak" restaurant by famous Chef Kunal Kapur is the ambassador of Indian cuisine. As it is evident from the name of Chef that the food served here is one of Indian masterpiece.

Dine at Namak and have an exclusive Indian dining experience with flavours of Indian dishes with bold plating and unique gourmet combinations and cooking techniques. In short, it can be labelled as "Worth Visiting Indian Dine."

Timings: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm (Lunch: Saturday to Thursday), 7:00 pm-11:30 pm every day

Cuisine Type: Indian

Location: 925 Sultan Bin Zayed the First St

Average Price for Two: AED 400

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India Palace Restaurant

True to its name, this Restaurant justifies its name of being a Palace. As soon as you enter this Restaurant, its ambience will give you a sense of Royalty. The interior is perfect; the lighting is perfect and so is the cuisine “Just Perfect”.

The Restaurant serves a variety of dishes from Indian to Asian and also vegetarian-friendly. Non-vegetarians will love this place. And if you are a chai fan then don’t miss out their ‘Karak Chai’. If you are a foodie then this is the best place for you to serve your taste buds with some good quality Indian food without worrying about your wallet.

Timings: 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm every day

Cuisine Type: Indian and Asian

Location: Near GGICO Metro Station, Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Garhoud

Average Price for Two: AED 180
12

Calicut Notebook Restaurant

Specializing in the tempting delicacies from Kerala, Calicut Notebook restaurant is the ideal spot for those seeking authentic Malabari cuisine. Appam, Fish Mango Curry, Chicken Fry, Fish Fillet Kanthari Tawa.

You name the dish, and they have it here. And the cherry on the top is the way they serve is aesthetically on large banana leaves with little bowls filled with sambar and coconut chutney on the side. The simplistic interior is good for hosting family get-togethers.

Timings: 11:00 am-11:00 pm every day

Cuisine Type: South Indian

Location: Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, Madinat Zayed

Average Price for Two: AED 90

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Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant

A leading name in South Indian gourmet, dosa and idli lovers can head straight to Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant. Being situated in a popular shopping centre as Madinat Zayed sees heavy crowds during meal hours, but the spacious interior accommodates them all.

Piquant delicacies from all corners of India are prepared with extreme love and served along with a refreshing cup of tea or filter coffee to make a splendid meal. And as you wait for your dish to arrive, sweet aroma of ghee and masalas working their magic in the kitchen will attract you like a magnet towards them. When at Saravanaa Bhavan, a dosa is a must.

Timings: 8:00 am-11:30 pm every day

Cuisine Type: Indian and Chinese

Location: Shop No.18, II floor Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre

Average Price for Two: AED 60

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Ushna

Earthen lamps hang upside down from designer fall ceilings and glow up the insides of Ushna restaurant. The aroma of fresh spices fills your nostrils while you order from a menu filled with eclectic recipes.

And while you sip your cocktail, you can look outside and enjoy the view of the city lights. Situated in Souk Madinat next to the magnificent architecture of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the location of this Indian restaurant offers alluring vistas of the city life.

The ingenious dishes have won this restaurant the Time Out Award for "Best Indian Restaurant" four times in a row, and many other accolades. If you pay a visit to this place, don't forget to try out Butter Chicken and Biryani.

Timings: 12:00 pm-12:00 am

Cuisine Type: Indian and Mughlai 

Location: Ground Floor, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Al Maqtaa

Average Price for Two: AED 350
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Moti Mahal Delux Restaurant

Established in Delhi during British Rule in India, this Restaurant serves its purpose of catering Indian cookery incessantly since 1920 without British sway in its cuisine. Sprawled across the globe, it has one of its franchises located in the suburban area of Abu Dhabi.

The ambience here is excessively detailed and decorated. Hospitable staff members are serving you food with a smile on their face that never fades away. Now talking about food, Restaurant is famous for its non-vegetarian food as they are specialists in Mughlai dishes.

Vegetarians don’t need to be hesitant in opting this Restaurant as they do provide with lots of appetizing veg foods. Some of the highlights of the vegetarian meal are Paneer do Pyaaza, Paneer Tikka, Khasta Roti etc.

Timings: 11:30 am-11:30 pm

Cuisine Type: Indian, Asian, Halal

Location: Madinat Zayed, Behind Salam Street

Average Price for Two: AED 100

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  1. What are the best Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi for families?

    1. Tamba: Located at the World Trade Center, Tamba is understandably one of the most famous eateries specialising in Indian cuisines in Abu Dhabi. The food is prepared with a characteristic touch of the restaurant, without compromising on the flavours or processes that make the customers long for the cuisine.

    2. Pepper Mill: The Pepper Mill is a jolt of nostalgia and fond memories disguised as a restaurant. The food and ambience are thoughtfully curated to prioritise the tastes of the Indian diaspora, and the exhaustive menu contains items ranging from the banality of papri chaats to the regality of dishes from various Indian ethnicities.

    3. By The Biryani: As the name proudly suggests, this restaurant should be the first choice when one is hit with cravings for a good old-fashioned Biryani fest. Gluttony is certainly no sin when visiting this restaurant with your friends or family, which exclusively specialises in its titular dish, with recipes from all across the subcontinent.

    4. Via Delhi: Via Delhi is another one banking on the familiar nostalgia of Indian diaspora. At relatively economic rates, this restaurant has it all, even the street delicacies and the familiar sizzles of home cooked Maggi-noodles. When seeking the characteristic flavours of North India, this restaurant is an ideal choice for casual dining with friends or family.
  2. What are the famous Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi for couples?

    1. Mynt: For couples looking to try the best of Indian delicacies, both in curation and preparation, Mynt ranks high amongst the popular choices. With the place bustling with a characteristically Indian vibe, Mynt has a wide range of dishes to choose from, but is definitely renowned primarily for its Mughal and seafood dishes.

    2. Pakwaan Foods: When looking for an Indian restaurant in Abu Dhabi to gorge at without having to worry about splurging one’s bucks, Pakwaan Foods is an ideal option. At affordable rates, the restaurant specialises exclusively in the Hyderabadi cuisine, with its range spanning far beyond the infamously coveted Hyderabadi Biryani.

    3. Angar:
    For couples being comfortable with splurging while dining the flavours of India in Abu Dhabi, Angar provides the quintessential experience of the union of the two nations. Set in the urbanity of the Yas island, the restaurant provides an eclectic collection of Indian dishes for its customers with an opulence that is characteristic of its location.

    4. Barbecue Nation: Ah yes, a list of Indian eateries is never complete without the quintessential chain of the cuisine. The Barbecue Nation outlet in Abu Dhabi retains the authentically Indian touch in the plethora of food items they offer. Add to that its all-you-can-eat USP, and a gluttonous night out is sorted.

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