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El Sombrero

#163 of 1,866 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Corniche Road | Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi 640, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 697 0238
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18:00 - 00:30
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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100 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was one of my favorite Mexican restaurants when it initially open a decade ago. Thought I'd pay it a visit with family. Sadly the place has truly lost its flair. The service was just terrible, 45 minutes for our drinks and appetizers to arrive followed by another hour for main course. They forgot to give us cutlery including plates so... More 

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Thank nmayen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good restaurant in Abu Dhabi city center. Perfect for a night out with friends Well balanced menu with a good service!! Margaritas also very recommendable :)

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Thank Peixet16
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I very am pleased to receive such a lovely review from you. Our Mexican restaurant is famous for its delicious food, drinks and fun atmosphere. It is wonderful that you and your friends had a great night out and were well looked after by our friendly team. Our Latin band playing lively rhythms certainly adds a great deal... More 

Milan, Italy
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Are you looking at how you can ruin your New Year's celebrations? If so, I strongly advise to spend your night at El Sombrero. Together with some friends, I went to this restaurant for the Sheraton's New Year's Party. The total was 495 AED ( about 125 EUR/130 USD) per person, including food, drinks, and access to the beach party.... More 

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Thank Luca C
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Luca, Thank you for posting your feedback on TripAdvisor. New Year’s Eve is such a special time of the year, I am truly sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience while dining with us. I must admit that I was very surprised about your feedback regarding food quality and freshness of products. Our Mexican restaurant is a... More 

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We had a very tasty meal of a mixed sharing starter , 2 x fajita mains and 2 beers and the cost was £73 . I thought this very expensive for something that back home would have cost half that. The food was good and the staff great. Would I recommend this place for the food, yes ! Would I... More 

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1 Thank PnA63
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review about El Sombrero restaurant. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food as well as the service. I appreciate your comments about the prices, however I can assure you that the restaurant is very competitively priced on the 5-star Abu Dhabi restaurant market. Not only our competition checks support this, but... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

I went recently and found the food lukewarm and the service poor. When I commented to the duty manager, he was clearly not bothered. This is a shame as the band is good and the menu very appealing.

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1 Thank mgb1232016
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I am sorry to read about your disappointing experience at El Sombrero. It is surprising that you found the service substandard as the restaurant’s staff are usually praised for their friendliness and efficiency. I would love to hear more about details of your experience – in order to make any... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I was at El Sombrero restaurant in Sheraton Abu Dhabi with my family for dinner. its amazing Mexican food you can eat with nice environment. I love fajitas, tacos and enchiladas..

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Thank Ahmed1957
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Ahmed, I would like to thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that you and your family enjoyed the dinner at El Sombrero. No doubt, this restaurant is a must-try for all Mexican food lovers in the UAE. A wide variety of authentic dishes is prepared under thorough supervision of our Mexican specialty... More 

surbiton
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

How can we have such different experiences in such a short time. My husband lives round the corner from the Sheraton and we went over for a meal on a Thursday evening, we had great food and great service. We popped in a few days later and decided we would have the mixed Tacos with a bottle of Sol set... More 

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ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor. I am sorry to hear that your experience at El Sombrero did not live up to the standard of your previous meal. I was surprised to read your comments as this is a very popular venue, appreciated by many residents, yet we seem to have failed to deliver on that... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Have been going to this restaurant since it opened over 20 years ago and sooooo sad to see it going downhill. Just feels like its now all about maximising profit rather than the dining experience - noticeably smaller and simpler dinner portions, arguably poorer quality ingredients and preparation skills, smaller jugs for the Margheritas... its all noticeable if you've been... More 

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1 Thank NeillH60
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I very much appreciate your feedback about El Sombrero restaurant. First hand customer comments are very important and allows us to improve on our offering. Of course, I am disappointed that you do not enjoy coming to El Sombrero as much as you used to. It is one of our most popular venue, praised regularly by both Abu... More 

Arnhem, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Food and service are perfect. Atmosphere also is perfect, partly due to life band. Overall, the amounts and quality of the food is the same as in Texas, California or Florida, too much to finish.

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Thank cyril17
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review El Sombrero, our Mexican restaurant. I am very happy that you spent a memorable night here enjoying Chef Lara’s Mexican specialties. Our live Latin trio is indeed the heart & soul of the restaurant – they create a lively atmosphere night after night. We hope that you will return to... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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130 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We were here for a Saturday afternoon cooking class which is held every fortnight. We had a fun time whilst cooking some delicious food. A great experience and value for money. The chef was patient and helpful. We'll definitely return 🌮👍

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Thank Adelaidian2014
ManagerSheratonAUH, General Manager at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for visiting our cooking class. I am very happy to hear that you had such a great time! As we have just launched this new initiative, it is very helpful to receive feedback. Hosted by our native Italian & Mexican chefs, our cookery sessions will teach guests how to prepare authentic dishes. The classes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$70
Cuisine
Mexican, Spanish
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 00:30
Monday
18:00 - 00:30
Tuesday
18:00 - 00:30
Wednesday
18:00 - 00:30
Thursday
18:00 - 00:30
Friday
18:00 - 00:30
Saturday
18:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corniche Road | Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi 640, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: +971 2 697 0238
Description
Spice up your nights with great Mexican food and lively South American music. Serving the authentic flavours of Mexico such as fajitas, chimichangas, tacos and enchiladas, El Sombrero is a firm favourite amongst Abu Dhabi's residents. Live entertainment: Sun - Fri. Happy hour: 6pm - 8pm, Mon - Wed.

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