The Top Chinese Restaurants In Abu Dhabi

Photo of Amanda Chain
9 February 2017

Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi and fancy a taste of Shanghai or Beijing? Look no further, as this glistening, affluent and sun-drenched gem of the UAE boasts some of the best international chefs in the Middle East, experts who who cook up first-rate Chinese cuisine all over the city. From quaint kitchens to luxurious food lounges, here’s our list of the best Chinese restaurants in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque I | © andrewhallpics/Flickr


Abu Dhabi is not lacking in innovative restaurants, and Quest proves this statement to be correct. With pan-Asian panache Quest combines Japanese, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine in a seamless fusion of spices and flavors. The ambience here is simply breathtaking; the open kitchen is spacious and airy, offering an interactive experience, and the elegantly dressed tables provide the perfect setting in which to enjoy delicious dishes presented exquisitely. Set on a 63rd floor, come here to enjoy dazzling views of bustling Abu Dhabi whilst you dine. The best way to enjoy the culinary wonders of Quest is to try the Tasting Menu, which includes a wine chosen by the house sommelier to accompany each dish. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation as this spot is always packed with local celebrities and adoring devoted customers.

Food at Quest I Courtesy of Quest

Cho Gao

Get lost in the flavors of East Asia whilst travelling in the Middle East with Cho Gao, a venue providing a 21st century interpretation of the classic Chinese culinary experience. Cho Gao is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the downtown area serving a bevy of pan-Asian cuisine, dishes which are inspired by the tastes of Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and China. Be sure to try the dim sum, arguably some of the best available in the city. Here you’ll also find some of the most fashionable customers in the area, and if you’re not on the A-List it may take a while to secure a table here, especially during high-profile events like the Grand Prix. Cho Gao boasts a strong following amongst the trendy city crowd and business types, and exudes a well-to-do, sociable atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the area.

Cho Gao interior I Courtesy of Cho Gao

Beijing Restaurant

Beijing Restaurant is one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants outside of Shanghai, and is an establishment which has made Abu Dhabi’s Top Ten International Cuisine List multiple years running. The dishes here are reasonably priced and include a tasty selection of steamed vegetables, noodles, rice plates and succulent dumplings. This inexpensive canteen is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Abu Dhabi, so reservations are highly recommended most nights of the week.

Beijing Restaurant food I Courtesy of Beijing Restaurant

Shang Palace

If you want to know what dining was like back in the Golden Age of Chinese Imperial power than this venue should be your top choice. Here at Shang Palace the chefs create not just dishes but culinary masterpieces, including their signature dim sum, an innovative rendition on an old classic. A majestic interior featuring towering pillars and chic, sleek furnishings add to the overall grandeur of this place.

Shang Palace interior I Courtesy of Shang Palace


Hakkasan has won many awards, and one visit to this exquisite establishment and you will not be left wondering why. Perfectly lit, and with custom-made wooden furnishings and stainless steel frames, Hakasan exudes a fresh and innovative ambience like no other in Abu Dhabi. Headed by award-winning chef Lee Kok Hua, you are guaranteed to have one the most memorable meals of your trip here. Delectable dishes here include peking duck with caviar, and grilled wagyu beef with king soy sauce, plates which update traditional Chinese classics with a more modern twist.

Hakkasan interior I Courtesy of Hakkasan

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