Circo Abu Dhabi

Italian cuisine

Circo offers Italian flair built upon a foundation of signature Tuscan recipes from the kitchen of Maccioni matriarch Egidiana and prepared by Chef Matteo. The menu is served in a lively setting reminiscent of the old-style European circus tents which inspired the restaurant’s name. The menu features signature Tuscan dishes with authentic recipes passed down through the generations of the Maccioni family who founded the restaurant.

Circo’s dining room takes guests on a journey from the lively streets of Abu Dhabi to a playful European carnival tent through its imaginative and charming design. The radiant colour palette and cheerful decor create a vibrant, whimsical and dynamic ambiance that is enhanced by luxurious interior design.


Region of the month : Piemonte

Piemonte cuisine is rich and savory, matching its powerful, tannin-heavy Nebbiolo wines. During the month of October, Circo will be home to world renowned beef, the Slow Food movement and the famous Alba white truffle, Tartufo Bianco d’Alba.

Harvest Fest’

Monday 23th October,  from 19:00 – 22:00


Natural Resistance by Jonathan  Nossiter (Mondovino). Antipasti & Pizza with free flow of Organic Italian grapes.
Hosted by Luca Gagliardi, Brand Ambassador of Poderi dei Colli (Marches)

Movie Night

Every Monday from 19:00 – 23:00
Enjoy a fabulous culinary feast paired with a classic Italian movie. Embark on a journey through the lively Italian cinema as you enjoy a casual yet colourful experience.

A la carte menu

Business Lunch

Everyday, from 12:00 to 15:30

Add a touch of Italian flair to your lunch break at Circo. 

AED95* 2 courses menu
3 courses menu
Prices include unlimited water, soft drinks, and coffee or tea. 

Italian Aperitivo 

Everyday, from 12:00 to 23:30

Experience life like Italians, enjoy a fabuloso break from work and enjoy your aperitivo with us. Infused with all the energy and passion of Italy, you’re in for a spectacular moment.

AED100* 2 glasses of house grape and selected canapes for a minimum of 10 guests.

 *All prices are subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

Chef Matteo


Matteo Fontana’s experience started when he joined the Institute Carlo Porta in Milan. Once he finished his studies he moved to Ragusa Ibla in Sicilia to work with the 2 Michelin Stars Chef Ciccio Sultano at the Duomo Restaurant.
In 2010 he had contributed to organized, with Sultano the Abu Dhabi Gourmet in 2013, plus a number of VIP events in Italy. He joined Aimo e Nadia to work with the 2 Michelin Stars Chefs Negrini & Pisani who offered Matteo the position of Sous Chef.

In November 2014 Circo Abu Dhabi opened, and Matteo was asked to join the new team for the opening of this New York Restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

What people say

I spend one week during Easter vacation in Abu Dhabi with my family and this restaurant for me is the best italian in the city. I had a great experience. The food was amazing especially the tortelli with lobster recommended by the chef Matteo.
Camille L., Nice place and nice food
Thank to a welcoming and friendly as well as highly professional approach of the Manager Gianluca and of course thank to the great cuisine of Chef Matteo this is a Restaurant where you will keep coming. Whether for a lunch an aperitive evening or for your dinner, this is a true Italian experience that you will not forget.
drcool63, Un Ristorante dove bisogna tornare
The restaurant offers a lovely “Aperitivo” or Cocktail party for larger groups at a great price that includes two drinks and a good number of delicious, tasty bites throughout the evening. I had about 40 guests and everyone enjoyed themselves. Service, food & price were excellent! Thanks GianLuca & staff!
Lucia S., Cocktailparty for a large group