What is it that makes everyone like Turkish cuisine so much? For one, it’s healthy and light. Most dishes use ingredients like yoghurt or olive oil as dressing. Secondly, compared to other cuisines, Turkish flavours are unique. A typical modern Turkish plate of food is a delectable blend of Ottoman flavours with a dab of Central Asian and Middle Eastern influences. In other words, it is fusion food at its best — and a popular choice of cuisine for residents in Abu Dhabi. Of course, garlicky hummus, rich tomato stews and kebabs are only a few Turkish staples that you will find in the emirate. Where can you find the best Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi? Let’s find out.
1 – Otantik Restaurant and Café
First up on our list of notable Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi is the Otantik Restaurant and Café. This place has a totally different take on traditional Shawarma and when you go there, you will see why. From meat Shawarma sandwiches to a Meat Iskender plate, the place is a haven for foodies who love traditional dishes. Of course, the main menu deserves mention too. Refreshing starters like Fattoush salad and the yummy Princess Kebab, made with Adana kebab and sirloin steak wrapped with fresh bread are some of the highlights at this restaurant. For mains, we recommend ordering one of the Chef Specialty dishes such as Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder or the Chef’s Special Beef Ribs.
- Price for two: AED 225
- Location: 10th Street, Opposite Abu Dhabi Mall
- Contact: +971-2-681-2294
- Opening hours: 09:00 am to 01:00 am (Sunday to Saturday)
2- Alafiya Turkish Village
Next up as our pick of the best Turkish restaurant in Abu Dhabi is the Alafiya Turkish Village. Our second pick also happens to be one the cheapest in the emirate. Start your day here with a helping of Shakshuka for just AED 15 or dine on healthy mains like the Arabian Shawarma, available for AED 21. For dessert, we recommend the Cheese Kunafa at this Abu Dhabi Turkish eatery, priced at AED 20 or the pistachio variety for AED 25.
- Price for two: AED 95
- Location: Behind Shining Towers, Near ADIB, Al Khalidiyah
- Contact: +971-2-666-0012
- Opening hours: 07:00 am to 02:00 am
3 – Sofra Instanbul
From cold appetizers like Garlic Dip and Cig Kofte to popular Turkish salads like Tabouli and mains like Adana Kebab — Sofra Istanbul is a favourite Turkish eatery in Abu Dhabi. For an authentic Turkish dining experience, order the Special Sofra Mix Grill — a platter filled with Sofra’s finest succulent meats. Of course, if you prefer to be specific, a serving of the Queen Kebab or Lamb Chops at this Abu Dhabi Turkish cafe is just as good. For a more wholesome meal, add a Doner Pide to your order as well; and to wash it all down, a cup of complimentary Turkish tea.
- Price for two: AED 160
- Location: Next to ADNOC Petrol Station, Muroor Road, Al Dhafrah – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-2-677-7767
- Opening hours: 09:00 am to 01:00 am
4 – Gunaydin Gourmet
One of many top Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi, this place earns props for an extensive breakfast menu. Consider the Gunaydin Breakfast for 1 Person — a healthy start to your day that consists of small servings of Turkish cheese, tomatoes, olives, butter, honey, jam, salami, boiled egg and other assorted choices. For dinner, try the Saj Kavurma Beef, a platter of fried pieces of beef with hot peppers, onion and fresh bread served in a pan. For diners with varying tastes, there is the Kofte Ekmek — a Turkish twist on the regular hamburger. And for those who prefer baked items, we recommend the Acma Zaatar which is a Turkish-style bagel with zaatar.
- Price for two: AED 185
- Location: Beside Blue Shadows Gents Saloon, Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyan
- Contact: +971-02-666-6399
- Opening hours: 09:00 am to 12:00 am — 09:00 am to 01:00 am (Thursday and Friday)e
5 – Nusr-Et Steakhouse
The brainchild of the Instagram star “Salt Bae” or Nusret Gokce, the Nusr-Et Steakhouse is another contender for best Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi. A fine dining restaurant recommended by many for quality steaks and amazing service, Nusr-Et Steakhouse is the ideal spot to take guests you want to impress. Start off with a palate cleanser of Arugula or Ottoman Salad before trying something from the Char-Grill section, like the Istanbul Strip Loin. We also applaud the Golden Ottoman Ribeye steak. Cooked to perfection, the food at this Turkish restaurant in Abu Dhabi is a haven for meat lovers.
- Price for two: AED 1040
- Location: The Galleria, Level 1, Four Seasons Hotel – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-26779-9949
- Opening hours: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm
6 – Chagh Steakhouse
Another place for meat enthusiasts, Chagh Steakhouse also offers some of the best Turkish food in Abu Dhabi and is beloved by many foodies in the emirate. Going for the first time? After a starter of Fattoush or Hummus Try their signature kebabs like the Urfa Kebab made with marinated lamb leg grilled to perfection. If you like to sample the eatery’s best meat dishes, try the Chagh Kebab Special Mix Grill — a mixed platter of Shish Taouk, Adana kebab, Izgara Kofta and Tikka Chagh Kebab. The place even has a section of meat sandwiches made from staple meats like a Shish Taouk Sandwich.
- Price for two: AED 160
- Location: Behind Corniche Towers, 3rd Street, Al Khalidiyah – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-02-681-8166
- Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 01:30 am
7 – Petek
A Turkish restaurant in Abu Dhabi also famed for sweets, Petek is a go-to eatery for locals and expats alike. For a unique start to your dinner, we recommend the Yaprak Sarma from the Mezzes section — vine leaves stuffed with a deliciously seasoned mix of dried grapes, rice, herbs and pine kernels. Next, go for a salad or if you can’t hold your excitement, straight to the mains. If you are feeling really fancy, and have guests to entertain, order the Butun Kuzu from Petek’s Special Orders category. Cooked in a stone oven, this dish is a whole marinated lamb served with onions, pine kernels, cashews, and a selection of the chef’s finest spices.
- Price for two: AED 270
- Location: Ground Floor, Rolex Tower, Near World Trade Center Souk, Airport Road, Al Markaziya – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-26-993-888
- Opening hours: 08:00 am to 12:00 am | 08:00 am to 01:00 am (Thursday to Friday)
8 – Layali Al Sham
From scrumptious Lentil Soup to hot appetizers like Halloumi cheese and an assortment of fresh salads, Layal Al Sham has it all. The place also has a daily menu. For example, available dishes for Sundays include Shakriya or Arabic meat in yoghurt sauce and Stuffed Lamb amongst a variety of other dishes. For a refreshing accompaniment to your meal, order a glass of seasonal fresh juice with your order. We find that Pomegranate goes great with meat dishes. All in all, the place deserves a top spot in our popular Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi list.
- Price for two: AED 110
- Location: Opposite Emirates Plaza Hotel, Firdous Street, Tourist Club Area
- Contact: (02-6741337, 02-67799934), +971-2-553-2060
- Opening hours: 08:00 am to 05:00 am
9 – Qaser Al Salateen
Qaser Al Salateen isn’t only famous for lamb dishes; selections for chicken mains deserve a special mention too. Amongst all, the Papyon Kebab stands out — juicy slices of chicken rolled into shape with a stuffing of mushroom and melted cheese. For a sweet end to your meal, order the Tek Kadayif or shredded pastry filled with sweet pistachio. Sip on a delicious Ayran or Turkish Laban, as you await your meal.
- Price for two: AED 140
- Location: Level 2, Dalma Mall, Mussafah, Sanaiya – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-02-550-3355
- Opening hours: 10:00 am to 12:00 am | 10:00 am to 01:00 am (Friday)
10 – Muallim Hasan
Rounding up our picks for best Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi is Muallim Hasan. From Meat Hummus to shawarmas and a range of mixed grill options, this eatery is an ideal place to make any new foodie fall in love with Turkish cuisine. If you are really feeling adventurous, try the Liver Sandwich. We also recommend the Falafel Special Sandwich and Breaded Lamb Meat at this Abu Dhabi Turkish restaurant.
- Price for two: AED 110
- Location: Besides Prime Medical Center, Al Falah Street, Madinat Zayed – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-02-418-2413
- Opening hours: 10:00 am to 01:00 am
That’s a wrap of our review of the best Turkish restaurants in Abu Dhabi. For a relatively similar experience, visit any of our choices for the best Lebanese restaurants in Abu Dhabi too. Looking for other options for your health kick? Our list of vegan restaurants in Abu Dhabi will tide you over. If you are headed to Dubai, plan a visit at any of our picks for notable Turkish restaurants in Dubai as well.