Everyone loves the occasional pizzas and indulgent desserts, but most of us worry about the inches these food items add to our waistline. This is where restaurants in Abu Dhabi that offer healthier food options come in. Vegan, gluten-free and raw food diets are becoming popular and more mainstream in the UAE. Considering that the emirate of Abu Dhabi is so on-trend when it comes to lifestyle and food choices, you are bound to find several eateries offering healthy food menus near you. When do you start? Right now. Here are our top 10 picks for healthy restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
First up on our list of healthy places to eat in Abu Dhabi is EasyBites. Focusing solely on food delivery, this place promises to deliver items that stay fresh when they reach you. Popular selections here include ‘The Lentil’, a lentil salad made from roasted butternut squash and pickled red onions and ‘The Super Food’, a salad made from quinoa, mint, parsley, feta cheese, and an assortment of brain-boosting veggies. You can also add some poached salmon, grilled prawns, beef strips or a chicken breast to your order.
- Location: Salam Street, Hasan Jomma Building, behind Suzuki showroom
- Timings: 09:00 am to 10:00 pm| (Closed on Fridays)
- Average cost for two: AED 110
- Contact: 02-644-8440
Kcal is a healthy restaurant in Abu Dhabi that offers food with “no added nasties” or additives. In other words, they cook up healthier versions of popular dishes in the UAE. For example, there is their Pasta Free Lasagne —a dish made from layers of minced prime beef, parmesan, homemade tomato sauce and aubergine, but without the pasta. In addition to low calorie quesadillas, wraps, burgers, soups and salad bowls, Kcal Abu Dhabi also features a healthy breakfast menu. Start your day with a healthy serving of smashed avocado on toast, an egg and turkey burrito — or if eggs are not your thing, try some cottage cheese pancakes.
- Location: Unit 1 A, Al Mamoura Building, Tower-B Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi
- Timings: 08:00 am to 12:00 am|10:00 am to 12:00 am (Fridays)
- Average price for two: AED 150
- Contact: 600-5959-55
Leopold’s of London
Next up on our bucket list for healthy places to eat in Abu Dhabi is Leopold’s of London. Healthy items on the menu here include Sumac Rubbed Salmon as well as Pumpkin and Ricotta Rotolo made from roasted butternut squash, ricotta cheese, and wilted spinach. For diet-conscious diners, there is also an extensive salad menu. In addition to the traditional Caesar and Egg Avocado salad, we recommend trying the Pearl Barley and Eggplant variety. For a healthy start to your day, try the Homemade Granola or “Healthy Breakfast” — made from tomato and olive bruschetta, baby spinach, and grilled sourdough.
- Location: National Galleria, Nation Towers, Al Khubeira, West Corniche
- Timings: 07:00 am to 12:00 am
- Average price for two: AED 150
- Contact: 02-665-4776
An award-winning restaurant that specialises in California style cuisine with an Afghan twist, Nolu’s Café is a great place for healthy food in Abu Dhabi. Their lunch, dinner and breakfast items are made from the freshest ingredients. Low-calorie items from their Californian inspired cuisine include Healthy Bowls made from sautéed spinach and Arugula salad with mushrooms, parmesan, and cherry tomatoes. For an organic start to your diet, try any of Nolu’s Superfood Smoothies like Amazonian Hero or Energy Boost made from parsley, green apples, beets and celery.
- Location: The Galleria Mall, Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
- Timings: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
- Average price for two: AED 240
- Contact: 800- 66587
This eatery is exactly what it says it is — a place for chopped salads. With a fully vegan and gluten-free menu, Chop’t Salad claims to “seduce even the most hardened” meat lovers. It’s easy to see why — their menu is filled with tempting, colourful and irresistible mixed greens. If you still prefer some meat in your food, you can always opt for the Grilled Chicken Caesar or Chinese Chop’t Salad made from buffalo chicken, Chinese noodles, iceberg lettuce and other tasty veggies.
- Location: Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi
- Timings: 08:00 am to 12:00 am | 10:00 am to 12:00 am (Fridays and Saturdays)
- Average price for two: AED 130
- Contact: 02-641-1297
Healthyway should be your next stop for healthy eats in the city, especially if you also happen to be on a juice cleanse. Try any beverage from their “Liquid Meals” menu like Bulk Up, a smoothie made from banana, almond milk, oatmeal, blueberries and honey. Other drinks on this menu include Peanut Power, Vitality, and Surge — made from ingredients that pack quite a healthy punch. Although the place has a variety of calorie-free items to choose from like Fruit Bowls, their most popular is the Go Nuts Bowl from their Acai menu.
- Location: Al Muroor Road, Near Al Ahly Specialist Medical Centre
- Timings: 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm
- Average price for two: AED 150
- Contact: 02-667-9888
Are you on a health kick or workout regime? Plan your lunches, dinners or breakfasts at Muscle Fuel. One of the best nutritious food restaurants in Abu Dhabi, this place specialises in tailored meal plans to help customers follow a healthy lifestyle — whether it’s for losing weight, improving muscle mass or sticking to healthy eating. For example, a lunch meal package at Muscle Fuel Abu Dhabi allows you to choose one main protein, a salad with a side dish, a sandwich with a salad or 1 main special. The place is also great for cheap healthy food in Abu Dhabi.
- Location: Retail 13, Alfalahi Tower, Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi
- Timings: 08:30 am to 10:15 pm | 08:30 am to 08:00 pm (Thursdays) | Closed Fridays
- Average price for two: AED 65
- Contact: 02-666-240
Three S Nutrition Bistro
One of the best healthy restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Three S Nutrition Bistro features an impressive range of fat-free menu items. From the Shrimp Broccoli Bowl in their Protein Bowls to healthy wraps, tacos and salads this eatery is the place to be if you have specific dietary requirements. Craving something extra? For days when a salad or protein bowl won’t do, there is the “Cheat Day” menu with more wholesome choices like Artichoke Quesadilla and Homemade Chicken Taquitos.
- Location: Sultan Bin Syed the First Street, Opposite Lulu Express, Abu Dhabi
- Timings: 08:30 am to 11:45 pm | 04:30 pm to 11:45 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
- Average price for two: AED 100
- Contact: 02-455-0292
The Raw Place
Nutritionists will agree that healthy living should be accompanied by a diet of raw vegetables. Chefs at The Raw Place couldn’t agree more and offer a range of juice cleanse items. Their specialties are cold-pressed, plant-based and dairy-free beverages — packaged and sold to eager diet-conscious patrons throughout the city. Notable items include Celery Juice and a Slice of Green made from kale, spinach, parsley, celery and other greens. Additionally, the place also specialises in salad bowls, smoothies and superfoods.
- Location: World Trade Centre Souq, Khalifah Street, Al Markaziya
- Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm | 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (Fridays)
- Average price for two: AED 80
- Contact: 02-633-4677
Rounding up our choices for healthy restaurants in Abu Dhabi city is Qoot Wellness. In addition to regular items, this place also offers healthier options in its breakfast, appetizers, salads and main courses. Notable healthy breakfast items include Fasolia — scrumptious beans served in a tomato sauce with paleo naan bread. For your choice of salad, try their Tossed Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad. There is also the Cheat Meal Qoot Burger for days when you want to treat yourself. In all, Qoot Wellness is a go-to eatery for nutritious food in Abu Dhabi.
- Location: Rawdhat, Abu Dhabi, opposite Al Noor Hospital, Khalifa Park Area
- Timings: 07:30 am to 10:00 pm | 08:00 am to 10:00 pm (Saturdays) | Closed Fridays
- Average price for two: AED 260
- Contact: 02-448-4668
That’s a wrap of our top picks for healthy restaurants in Abu Dhabi. If you are on a health kick and live in Dubai, or are planning to visit soon, check out any eatery from our picks of the best healthy restaurants in Dubai. Prefer home delivery? Cut your search short with our top meal plan delivery options in Dubai. If you are looking to spice up your cheat days, here are our top 10 Friday brunches in Abu Dhabi to get you started.