Michelin Guide is coming to Abu Dhabi


The Michelin Guide will unveil its first-ever restaurant selection for Abu Dhabi in November.

This makes the city the 41st destination covered by the Guide globally.

The prestigious guide comes to the UAE capital, just five months after it was unveiled in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi is a melting pot of cuisines and cultures, and in recent years it has become a gastronomic hotspot known for its rich yet diverse culinary offers from local Emirati eateries to luxury dining rooms – and soon, for its Michelin Guide selected restaurants.

Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said their inspectors who have been working in Abu Dhabi for some time now have relished the diversity and quality of all that the gastronomy of the city has revealed, and they can’t wait to share their discoveries.

The Guide conveys its restaurant reviews through an extensive system of distinctions, the most revered of which are its globally renowned MICHELIN Stars.

One MICHELIN Star is awarded to restaurants for “high-quality cooking that is worth a stop,” Two MICHELIN Stars for “excellent cooking that is worth a detour,” and Three MICHELIN Stars for “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.” 

Besides the coveted star ratings, the selection will also include the popular Bib Gourmand category, a distinction awarded to establishments that provide value-for-money three-course meals.

The restaurants will be selected based on five criteria:

  • Quality of ingredients 
  • Mastery of cooking 
  • Harmony of flavours 
  • Personality of the chef through the cuisine
  • Consistency both over time and across the entire menu 

These are applied to all the selected restaurants in order to help gastronomes from around the world make an informed choice from among high-quality options.

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