Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Arab Emirates
  3. Dubai
  4. Abu Dhabi
  5. Abu Dhabi
Mezlai, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

Mezlai

4.4
4.4
47 Reviews
$50 and over
Middle Eastern
The restaurant is designed to recall an airy Bedouin tent, offering a delectable array of Middle Eastern favourites and stunning views of the Palace grounds.

Mezlai creates dishes with ingredients derived from the sea, mountains, oases and desert that evoke the region. The menu features decadent updates on staples of the Arabian diet accenting expected ingredients, such as za’atar, camel and dates, and introducing the unexpected flavours of saffron, rosewater and hand-picked wild oregano.

A meal in Mezlai is a window into Arabic culture, a warm welcome to the long history of Arabian hospitality and a journey into flavours as old as the sands of time, which taste as fresh and inspired as this city of tomorrow. No stopover in Abu Dhabi is complete without sampling the local flavours and dining as the locals do.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

What 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseQuiet

Sort by

Filters

  1. r

    riccardob

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Food and value for money is awesome, however the service is not in line with a 5 star restaurant. Poor attention and very quick to kick you out.
  2. GK

    GlennKo

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful restaurant with good service and excellent food. A little pricey, but to be expected in light of the location in Emirates Palace.
  3. PB

    PeteBranko

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A wonderful place to dine! Special request for celiac guest that was attending. They made fresh gluten free bread and altered the falafel. You can’t beat the service and get what you pay for. Hope to visit again in the future. Thanks for everything, much appreciated, from your Canadian friends!
  4. ED

    ElDoctorMancini

    Atlanta

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere amazing service and delicious food. Definitely a must go to place when you are in Abu Dhabi.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, fantastic service and delicious food!
  6. FB

    FernB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place Lovely service Food was perfect
  7. T

    Trevisani

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place to visit, excellent service, very good food and pricey.
  8. NC

    NinaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Serving at first the woman would be appreciated. Food and location are great.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    High quality food in the emirates palace. Excellent service.
  10. HB

    HarshButFair

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Ordered the halloumi & tomato with pomegranate & basil. When it arrived without the pomegranate and basil, the waiter tried to tell us that it wasn't on the menu. After we looked at the menu together (and it showed the dish per above), he went away and delivered us a pomegranate drizzle which wasn't included at the start because "other customers didn't like it". Still no sign of the basil, or an apology for that matter.
  11. NK

    NerinaK

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Go definitely for the outdoors seating. Portions are huge, better share. Drinks are very expensive as almost everywhere in Abu Dhabi. Make clear you want the firsts first. They brought us first and seconds all together. Bread is exquisite. Leave plenty of time for a walk around the palace (indoors and outdoors).
  12. JR

    JosephR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best dining experience we had in Abu Dhabi. The hotel is incredible.
  13. JB

    JoseBlas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Good place into a beautiful hotel, good service, but the food is not at the level of that.
  14. NN

    NoreenN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The service was very bad. The waiters were rude and not hospitable. The place is very dirty and deserves more attention.
  15. MZ

    MarcoZ

    Dubai

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very interesting place, good characterization of interns, good choice of food, nice service, good money value.
  16. RT

    RTsujioka

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was incredible! The view on outside table, the food and the reception was awesome! Thanks to all Mezlai team that welcomed us so well!
  17. BL

    BillL

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    You booked us in when the resturant was closed. Made us drive all the way there for nothing
  18. J

    Juliana

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    beautiful setting, excellent food and personable service
  19. LC

    LaviniaC

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Emirati food, ambiance and service. Superior food quality!!! So glad we chose to come here. Highly recommend.
  20. LU

    LUIZP

    Key West

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The ambience and the food are great but the service is terrible. They Betinho the food and forget is. I need to left my table 3 times for asked for salt server the wine and asked for the check
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The Emirates palace is one of a kind, a place where you can actually experience the middle east at its finest. Service was very good as well. A bit pricey.
  22. G

    Gisella

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere and food, which we enjoyed in what looked like a private dining area. We were pampered by our waiter, Noel, who was really kind and knowledgeable. A unique experience you don’t want to miss!
  23. WV

    WilliamV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good choice for those who are looking for some authentic Emirati dishes. Music was aa little loud, but service was very friendly and food absolutely delicious. But those things do not come cheap generally.
  24. KS

    KateS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot recommend Mezlai enough. The atmosphere is beautiful, relaxing and comfortable. The staff are extremely welcoming and attentive. The food was delicious - and reasonable portions. We spent about three hours enjoying our meal and never felt rushed. In addition to the restaurant, they have a shisha lounge upstairs.
  25. AN

    AhceneNasri

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    One of the worst restaurant experiences ever, the chicken was expired and get sick after dinner, the rice was terrible. Avoid this restaurant definitely not worst it!
  26. A

    Andi

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Mezlai's food was very nice and I would definitely recommend going for an early dinner. We made a later reservation and our order was rushed and the check was dropped before we were finished eating. We were told we couldn't order Shisha as we were a later reservation and the music was completely turned off. The server told us everyone had left for the night except for him and he removed a plate from my guest who was still eating.
  27. NS

    NasirS

    Dubai

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    To be located in a hotel like the Emirates Palace, to charge the amount that they charge, it is a shame the food was so disappointing. Ordered a starter, main course and a dessert. Couldnt finish half of any of those things.
  28. A

    Astrid

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service and food. We couldn't ask for more. The manager even made time to show us around. We walked to the waterfront for pictures.
  29. GG

    GuillermoG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food very dry, a lot of noise due to wedding in the garden
  30. NG

    NicolasG

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Nice atmosphere! Decent food but nothing amazing! Reasonable prices.
  31. TN

    ThomasN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Excellent Diner but a bit expensive and the place is not much cosy.
  32. HC

    HollyC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best meal I had in Abu Dhabi. The emirate experience was amazing and every bite was spectacular. Our server Noel was a gem too helping us pick the best tastes and flavors. I will go back again if I ever find myself in Abu Dhabi again.
  33. PM

    PierreM

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Un contexte magnifique, ce sont les mille et une nuits. Côte repas, le choix est difficile car on ne comprend rien dans les propositions sur les spécialités emirates mais c'est tellement féerique que l'on pardonne . A faire ou à refaire .
  34. AL

    ALM913

    West Palm Beach

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was truly a special restaurants. If you want to visit the Emirates Palace Hotel, you need a reservation somewhere. This totally fit the bill for me as I was looking for authentic cuisine. The waiter advised me to get the special lamb cooked in the old fashioned way. It was totally amazing!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastisches Ambiente und essen ! Service top und dem Preis entsprechend gehoben!
  36. SI

    SahrishI

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Outstanding ambiance, good food (def not worth the price) but pretty slow service. You’re mainly paying for the experience of dining in such an opulent setting if that’s what you’re looking for.
  37. H

    Hussain

    Dubai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The restaurant was a fair representation of Emirati cusine, the food description was not precise !
  38. l

    lunchinglady

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food but service was very slow. Also, some dismantling of equipment was happening on an adjacent terrace whilst we were there, and this negatively impacted the ambience.
  39. GS

    GSJR

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful location in the Emirates palace, Abu Dhabi, with access to the gardens. Outdoor and Indoor seating. Food a little pricey, but good venue for a special occasion.
  40. BK

    BenK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Pretty disappointed to be honest - the palace itself is amazing. The staff were great but my meal was very very dry as was my wife’s . Very expensive which I’m happy to pay but I couldn’t eat all my meal because it had no sauce at all - couldn’t swallow it due to the dryness . Was expecting amazing - got a dud

FAQs

Mezlai is rated 4.4 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Mezlai

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi West Corniche Road Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi PO BOX 39999

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Abu Dhabi

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 1:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo