Mezlai

4.6
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29 reviews
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$50 and over
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Middle Eastern
Designed to recall an airy Bedouin tent, Emirates Palace’s award-winning Emirati restaurant, Mezlai, serves dishes with ingredients derived from the sea, mountains, oases and desert that evoke the region. A meal in Mezlai is a window into Emirati 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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vipLaviniaC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LUIZP
Key West
11 reviews
Dined on 6 January 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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 January 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.

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vipGisella
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 December 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!

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WilliamV
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 20 September 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.

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KateS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 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.

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AhceneNasri
1 review
Dined on 14 June 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!

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vipAndi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 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.

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NasirS
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 8 March 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.

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Astrid
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 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.

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GuillermoG
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food very dry, a lot of noise due to wedding in the garden

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NicolasG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice atmosphere!
Decent food but nothing amazing!
Reasonable prices.

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ThomasN
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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

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HollyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 January 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.

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PierreM
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 6 January 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 .

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vipALM913
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on 30 December 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastisches Ambiente und essen ! Service top und dem Preis entsprechend gehoben!

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vipSahrishI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 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.

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Hussain
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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

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lunchinglady
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 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.

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GSJR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 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.

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BenK
1 review
Dined on 11 October 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

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JoshN
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had our first authentic UAE honeymoon date here and we were extremely happy. The waitress (Evangeline) had excellent recommendations and catered to our every needs. The restaurant surprised us with a rose petals and candle lights at the table on arrival and gave us a special cake for our honeymoon.

Highly recommend for all Occassion.

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RitaM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mixed seafood grill was delicious and the bread they served was one of the best we’ve ever had.

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miguels
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservamos el restaurante y no nos indicaron que estaba cerrado! No sé de quién es la culpa, pero era mi luna de miel y viajamos desde Dubái para esa ocasión. Queríamos almorzar comida típica árabe y el único restaurante abierto solo tenía comida internacional. Todo un papelón con mi esposa. Pésimo!

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MichaelE
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in a fabulous hotel. They accommodated our party of about 15 in large room where we were the only people dining. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Awesome place.

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mlen
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The restaurant was nearly empty when we went at 6pm. The service was generally warm and helpful, and we sat beneath a canopy outside with a heat lamp to keep us warm. The appetizers were excellent -- a carrot-ginger soup which was simple and delicious and the fried spinach cakes which were very tasty when topped with various chutneys and sauces. The main courses - lamb chops, chicken, and a fish curry - were largely a disappointment. The portion sizes were enormous (the chicken dish had an entire chicken, a heap of mushrooms and chickpeas, and a mound of rice), and while the flavors were good, the food lost much of its appeal after the first few bites. Overstuffed, we were not able to finish some of our food and naturally did not order dessert, which is a bummer because the dessert options looked intriguing. Overall, the meal was not worth the very high cost.

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Pinkchicken
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was not worth the price, although they were large portions. You pay for dining in the grounds of the majestic Emirates Palace. I was expecting more flavours and more from the food for the price I paid, but it didn’t live up to expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El lugar fantástico, la comida excelente y el servicio muy bueno

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Mezlai is rated 4.6 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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