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Mezlai, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

Mezlai

4.4
4.4
49 Reviews
AED 185 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.

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What 49 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

49 Reviews
  1. MathewJ

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food tasted great, staff were great, setting was great and nice to get a Fans of MO gift at the end. A nice ending to a perfect stay at the Emirates Palace by Mandarin Oriental. Well done

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  2. KlaudiaH

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with outstanding food, very nice service

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  3. riccardob

    Dubai

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  4. GlennKo

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very beautiful restaurant with good service and excellent food. A little pricey, but to be expected in light of the location in Emirates Palace.

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  5. PeteBranko

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  6. ElDoctorMancini

    Atlanta Metro

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere amazing service and delicious food. Definitely a must go to place when you are in Abu Dhabi.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, fantastic service and delicious food!

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  8. FernB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place Lovely service Food was perfect

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  9. Trevisani

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to visit, excellent service, very good food and pricey.

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  10. NinaC

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Serving at first the woman would be appreciated. Food and location are great.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    High quality food in the emirates palace. Excellent service.

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  12. HarshButFair

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  13. NerinaK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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).

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  14. JosephR

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the best dining experience we had in Abu Dhabi. The hotel is incredible.

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  15. JoseBlas

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good place into a beautiful hotel, good service, but the food is not at the level of that.

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  16. NoreenN

    Dubai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was very bad. The waiters were rude and not hospitable. The place is very dirty and deserves more attention.

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  17. MarcoZ

    Dubai

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very interesting place, good characterization of interns, good choice of food, nice service, good money value.

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  18. RTsujioka

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  19. BillL

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    You booked us in when the resturant was closed. Made us drive all the way there for nothing

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  20. Juliana

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    beautiful setting, excellent food and personable service

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  21. LaviniaC

    Miami

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Emirati food, ambiance and service. Superior food quality!!! So glad we chose to come here. Highly recommend.

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  22. LUIZP

    Key West

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  24. Gisella

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  25. WilliamV

    Dubai

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  26. KateS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  27. AhceneNasri

    Dubai

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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!

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  28. Andi

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  29. NasirS

    Dubai

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  30. Astrid

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  31. GuillermoG

    Dubai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food very dry, a lot of noise due to wedding in the garden

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  32. NicolasG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice atmosphere! Decent food but nothing amazing! Reasonable prices.

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  33. ThomasN

    Dubai

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent Diner but a bit expensive and the place is not much cosy.

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  34. HollyC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  35. PierreM

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 .

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  36. ALM913

    West Palm Beach

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastisches Ambiente und essen ! Service top und dem Preis entsprechend gehoben!

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  38. SahrishI

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  39. Hussain

    Dubai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was a fair representation of Emirati cusine, the food description was not precise !

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  40. lunchinglady

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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Mezlai is rated 4.4 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Ras Al Akhdar
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 1:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    AED 185 and over
  • 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
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