Cafe Milano - Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sister restaurant to the award-winning Cafe Milano from Washington, DC, offering a blend of sophisticated style and fine Italian dining. Savour dishes including handmade pasta, fresh seafood and vibrant salads with daily specials. With stunning waterfront views from the terrace, this is without doubt elegant dining at its best.
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ML
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian dishes served in a relaxing yet elegant atmosphere. Good variety but most importantly top quality ingredients throughout the menu.
I highly recommend the Milano salad, the eggplant parmigiana, the penne o spaghetti alla Salernitana, the gnocchi's, the hammour fish cooked in salt, the focaccia with olive oil & rosemary.... Good choice of wines and aperitifs (Aperol spritz)

PC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch. Too much delicious food but that is what Brunch is all about. What is nice they bring the food to you.

EA
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

CS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The starters and pasta was lovely but the beef main was disgusting and very unappetizing. Apart from that it was great, drinks selection is perfect and the ambiance is just right!

Z
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is good, with correct lighting and nice "mise en place".
As italians we can say that the food is good and the wine offer too.
The service was outstanding, everyone kind and they made our anniversary very special.
We recommend Cafe Milano to everyone and, in particular, to italian people.

E
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent food as always, however strange service. Usually service levels are exceptional, consistent with what you would expect at the 4 seasons, however on this occasion the staff seemed almost irritated by our presence. Odd experience and not ideal when you are bringing guests.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service but wine is very over priced

AC
Dubai
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Expensive food with average quality. Service ranged from ecellent to terrible depending on who came to serve..

Whatever you do, don’t order the cheeseboard - bad cheese, no crackers/bread and the “homemade marmalade’s” turned out to be a small glass jar of bought breakfast orange marmalade!

FK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I got the wrong dish (I ordered spaghetti and got veal). The spaghetti eventually came after my guest finished his meal, and the dish was extremely poor in terms of taste and presentation - the spaghetti was overwhelmed with a mushy sauce, and was too salty.

OK
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is fresh and products of high quality
Charming and attentive service

t
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A lovely venue with great food and very attentive service. Somewhat on the pricey side (even by Abu Dhabi standards) - but that is my only criticism. The music was blasting when we went in but the staff happily obliged when I requested it be turned down.

RB
Dubai
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance in general was amazing, especially the tables directly on the balcony! The view is so romantic! Recommended for anniversaries and special occasions! The food was yummy and the staff were very helpful and friendly!
Big like !

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall2food3service5ambience3

I’d say that the staff were absolutely spectacular.. as is mostly the case in UAE. I won’t fault the restaurant for being fairly deserted at lunchtime at the beginning of a business week... however what I found very disappointing was that the menu did not really reflect reality. For example - a burrata tomatoes was basically (literally) a mousse of burrata that looked like a milky fluff with cherry tomatoes buried inside. I would not go back unfortunately.

CB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano is a rare find in Abu Dhabi. An authentic restaurant experience. Delicious food, savvy servers who understand the food they serve, exciting wines both by the glass and bottle, and a dining room which buzzes with activity. Wonderful, just wonderful. I will find occasions to keep coming back. Bravo to the chef and staff.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had great time with my family for my birthday! Cafe Milano is the place that you can always rely on

OT
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had been here for a business dinner a few months ago and had a really great meal. One of my colleagues had Tagliatelle Al Funghi Prcini E Tartufo serviti in una forma di granna padano, or simply house-made tagiatelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle served in a wheel of Granna Padano. It was made tableside, the warm pasta tossed in that enormous wheel of cheese. After everyone at our dinner saw that we all agreed we would have to come back to try it, we were so jealous.

So I took my wife last weekend and really talked up the tagliatelle. When we ordered the item on the menu, which clearly states "served in a wheel of Granna Padano" we were told that dish was no longer served tableside in a wheel of Granna Padano. This was our fist disappointment because that was specifically what we came for. We both eat low carb, we were particularly excited for our "cheat day". This was deflating news. We ordered the dishes anyway, thinking "well, the flavor will be the same, regardless" and we ordered starters.

My salad was terribly bland and my wife didn't love her starter either. The pasta arrived and it was fine, but I think with our expectations trounced it just wasn't what we had hoped.

Service was a little slow and inattentive, too. I don't know what happened between my last business meal and this most recent dinner, but it seems a lot has changed.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from start to finish. One of the best Italian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi!

LE
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first time at Cafe Milano was a great experience, from the attention we were given by the staff to the wonderful culinary concoctions.
It was for a special occasion and the recipient of that was made to feel extra special.
Will definitely be returning!

SC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Friendly, helpful and excellent staff. Food is exceptionally fresh and full of flavour. Atmosphere, decor and the view are all outstanding. Highly recommended for lunch or Saturday brunch.

Only frustration (and Cafe Milano is not alone on this) is now so many restaurants in Abu Dhabi connected to hotels have +++ which is an additional 25% on everything on the menu. However, Cafe Milano does offer a unique experience in Abu Dhabi.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In love with Cafe Milano. The first thing that catches your attention is the elegance of the decoration and the spectacular terrace that the views make it one of the must of Abu Dhabi.
Then the service comes, attentive and professional, and then you are surprised by the quality of the food.
Our Roasted Seabass is to remember, and the excellent appetizer focaccia. We enjoyed the evening and stay for along time quite and enjoying the experience, and from now on we recommend Cafe Milano as one of the best restaurants in the entire Emirates.

R
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano’s location on the water, offers excellent views of the city of Abu Dhabi illuminated at night. The food is outstanding and the menu offers an array of creativity and options. The cheese wheel pasta is one of my favorite dishes. The Veal Parmesan is served as a very generous portion and the wait staff offer excellent, attentive service.

SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed with our first visit to Cafe Milano. Ordered pizza and pasta to share. Pizza arrived with wrong topping and rather than take everything away, we were left to eat the pasta (which wasn’t very tasty) and the pizza followed 10-15 minutes later. We did provide this feedback to the restaurant but no gesture to amend the bill was made. Won’t be returning.

AA
Dubai
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! The beautiful view from the table made the meal memorable.

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just want to thank you all for your kindness and the great service
It was really nice experience there and the food was so delicious
Thank you

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always been treated special at Cafe Milano. They make you feel like they appreciate your being there.

D
Perth / WA
191 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came here during a Dubai business trip for dinner - food was delicious - pasta prepared in a large hollowed out parmesan cheese wheel - very rich - but fabulous. Caprese salad was good but not the best I’ve had - over all very nice but not cheap

OT
Brisbane / QLD
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Insanely loud for this type of restaurant. The ambient music made it very difficult to have conversation across the table. The music felt very out of place for this type of restaurant. Food was decent.

D
Dubai
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked for Saturday brunch but discovered upon arrival that it did not commence again until next week.
Manager noticed my disappointment and with the chef, organized for tasting plates similar to the brunch. The variety and choices were impeccable. Mains was skipped as the Antipasti and pasta satisfied our hunger. Superb variety of desserts to complete our outstanding experience.
My last few days before departing Abu Dhabi after 8 years was made perfect with good friends, amazing food and faultless service.
Sincere thanks and appreciation to all at Cafe Milano. Only regret is that I had not discovered this gem sooner.

A
Dubai
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service. Extensive wine list but most bottles were much higher than what I would normally pay so a few more lower priced bottles or even a house wine would be appreciated.

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very attentive and pleasant. Can recommend any of the risotto dishes, cooked to perfection. The table was very scenic. We didn't order a desert but the staff brought a free dessert selection from the chef for us to sample which was a lovely touch and delicious. We will definitely recommend and return.

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic setting and a great venue, food was very good and all the staff knew just what they were talking about. Will be back and look forward to it.

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff and more suitable for families .. The food was very good

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent business lunch at Café Milano in mid-Jan 2017.
The service was very good, with waiters readily available at all times.
The food came quickly, and was superb. I had the La Scala pizza and, being a massive fan of pizza, have to say that it was one of the best that I have had recently, and certainly the best in Abu Dhabi.
The venue itself is fantastic, with a wonderful open terrace looking out onto the Abu Dhabi skyline.
And to top it all off, I was fortunate enough to meet the owner, Franco Nuschese, who happened to be visiting the restaurant that day!

GM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food! Amazing Service! Amazing Ambiance!

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef special "braised veal" was perfect! They have maybe the best tiramisu in Abu Dhabi so far. I liked that all the food on the menu was prepared without alcohol.