The Best Restaurants in Dubai
The luxury dining scene changes pretty quickly in most cities, however not many as quickly as the ever evolving emirate of Dubai. Dubai’s restaurants are of an extremely high standard, both culinary and aesthetics wise, many boasting incredible sea or city views. Here we have put together a collection of our favourite haunts by cuisine to make your planning just that little bit easier.
Dining in the Middle East is typically a late affair, don’t expect lunch spots to start to fill up until 2pm and dinner restaurants won’t see many customers coming through their doors until 9:30pm.
ADDRESS: Gate Village 06, Podium Level – Al Mustaqbal St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 4pm, 7pm – 12am daily
A Dubai institution that has outlasted most of Dubai restaurants due to its consistent quality of dishes, service and buzzing atmosphere. The sleek and modern Japanese restaurant’s bar is always a fun place to start the night.
ADDRESS: Level 1, The Opus by Omniyat – Al A’amal St – Business Bay – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 4pm, 6:30pm – 12am daily
Roka may be the new kid on the block in Dubai, however it has a high reputation in London where it has four outlets in high end locations. The fact that is the little sister restaurant to Zuma should assure even the toughest of critics that food is superb. This sleek restaurant calls the contemporary Opus building home, which was designed by legendary British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. We are slightly obsessed with their black and king crab dumplings and beef and ginger dumplings!
ADDRESS: Gate Building 6, Ground Floor DIFC Al Sukook Street – DIFC – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 2:30 pm, 6pm – 2am Saturday – Thursday, 12:30pm – 4pm, 6pm – 2am Friday
The acclaimed Northern Chinese collection already has fancy restaurants in Hong Kong, London and New York. Star dishes include the Hutong prawn roll – a light and crispy roll with prawns and scallops, spiced beef xiao long bao, roasted Peking duck with pancakes and the Red Lantern – deep fried spiced soft-shell crab on a bed of dried whole chillies.
ADDRESS: Podium Level, Gate Village 11 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 2am daily
Here you will find old world glamour in abundance, with its dramatic red carpet entrance, luxurious deep red velvet indoor seating, immaculate white linen tables and a terrace full of bamboo and bougainvillea. Unlike the name suggests, the food is Far East Asian and not exclusively Chinese but the concise easy to navigate menu is a winner, with a must order nostalgic giant fortune cookie dessert on the menu.
ADDRESS: DIFC Gate Precinct Building 3, Level 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 1am Saturday – Tuesday, 12pm – 2am Wednesday, 12pm – 3am Thursday & Friday
The New York classic that has seen the likes of Andy Warhol and Madonna as regulars has opened its doors in Dubai to great applause. The French-Vietnamese is a welcome addition to Dubai’s cosmopolitan dining scene, with its French colonial interiors of fresh whites, rattan and palm leaf greens to match. Be sure to try the Vietnamese ravioli made with rice noodles, chicken, shrimp and shiitake mushroom and the Dubai branch exclusive of Lamb Char Siu, a slow cooked lamb neck in a honey glaze.
ADDRESS: Ground Level, Palace Downtown 9770 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 6pm – 11:30pm Saturday – Thursday, 12:30pm – 4pm, 6pm – 11:30pm Friday
There really isn’t a better location to watch the Dubai fountains than this incredibly romantic Thai restaurant. Perfectly executed Thai classics, ambience, effortless service and breathtaking views are what you can expect from Thiptara.
ADDRESS: No 1 Palm – Jumeirah Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 11:30pm Sunday & Monday
A modern take on Chinese classics is on the menu at this lively restaurant and bar based in one of Dubai’s party hotels. The restaurant’s views of the Palm are also quite something! If you fancy a nightcap or continuing the party then head upstairs to the hotel’s rooftop bar & club named ‘The Penthouse’ which features not one but two glass lined swimming pools. More is more.
ADDRESS: Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour – 1 Al Urouba St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 11:30pm daily
This tiny restaurant is always buzzing and busy due to its terrific fresh food, personable staff and charming picturesque fishing harbour terrace views. Despite its no booking policy, it has a solid loyal fan base. The restaurant is the brainchild of Singaporean-
born chef Akmal Anuar who previously worked at his parents hawker stall for a decade. Reminiscent of Singaporean restaurants, the place is compact, unfussy with incredible food. The fish quality here is so good that no soy sauce is served with its sushi, the staff maintain that it definitely doesn’t need it. Expect Asian-inspired tapas dishes such as spicy beef tartare on toast, scallop carpaccio with mandarin orange and sumac and spiced barbeque marinated lamb ribs.
ADDRESS: IDFC – 4th St – Trade CentreDIFC – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–4pm, 7–11:30pm Saturday – Wednesday, 12–4pm, 7pm–12am Thursday & Friday
Hotspot Gaia is local hero Chef Izu’s ode to Greece. The man can do no wrong, all of his restaurants in Dubai are an absolute treat and Gaia is no exception. The restaurant has been a winner of many awards including Esquire Middle East’s ‘restaurant of the year in 2019’. Try their orzo seafood pasta, you won’t be disappointed.
ADDRESS: Unit C-01, Ground Floor, Gate Village Building 9 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm–12:30am daily
Another successful post from local hero Tasha’s, that boasts of celebrating modern Athenian culture and cuisine. Soulful Greek food and modern Mediterranean interiors have made this restaurant extremely popular. We recommend you arrive hungry as the food is hearty and the terrific menu means you’ll surely over order.
ADDRESS: Beach, Four Seasons Resort – Jumeirah 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12:30pm–1am Sunday – Wednesday, 12:30pm–2am Thursday – Saturday
Hailing from Mykonos, famed restaurant and beach venue, Nammos is a much welcomed addition to Dubai’s beach club scene. The venue has a Mediterranean meets Asian menu including exciting dishes such as their calamari with hummus, ginger and lemon olive oil and their spicy king crab tartar with yuzu truffle. Their burrata with four kinds of tomatoes, avocado, grilled asparagus and olive oil is a great way to start. The music transcends from chilled house tunes to party classics. Nammos is your go to for a glamorous, fun and leisurely lunch.
ADDRESS: Fish Beach Taverna, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–4pm, 6–11pm daily
You will feel like you are in Greece, as the water’s edge dances with the idea of touching your table, evoking memories of balmy Mediterranean summers.
ADDRESS: Emirates Golf Club – Emirates Hills 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–3pm, 7–10:30pm Sunday – Wednesday, 12–3pm, 7–11:30pm Thursday, 9am–3pm, 7–11:30pm Friday – Saturday
The original solo venture for Chef Izu is a Mediterranean inspired gem. Their classics like their seafood ravioli are always perfectly executed and their daily specials are always welcome additions. The real star of the show however is their tarte tatin dessert, suitable for four or even two big dessert fans! Make sure you order it at the start of your meal as this labour of love takes 45 minutes to prepare.
ADDRESS: Gate Village No, 8, Dubai International Financial Center – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm–12am Sunday – Thursday, 12:30pm–1am Friday, 12:30pm–12am Saturday
A Dubai staple, LPM is loved by locals and tourists alike. This impeccably refined restaurant is consistent, a trait that is often overlooked. Your experience starts with a variety of warm freshly baked bread, accompanied by a juicy lemon, tomato, and delicious, high quality olive oil – a simplistic wholesome touch that is a sure sign of good things to come. Gorgeous French classics such as decadent escargots de Bourgogne, juicy grilled tiger prawns and rich yet light as air french toast with spice ice cream.
ADDRESS: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 7am–2am Tuesday – Sunday, 7am–1am Monday
This light and chic boulangerie never fails to disappoint. We recommend you come here for their weekend champagne breakfast, and yes – it is as decadent as it sounds! You will be served an exquisitely baked basket of pastries, fresh fruit platter, Greek yoghurt, a choice of hot egg dishes, and two glasses of Champagne. The indulgent dishes include oeufs brouillés à la truffe noir (organic scrambled eggs with black truffle) and l’avocat Benedicte de “La Serre”.
ADDRESS: First Floor, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 8pm–2am Saturday – Wednesday, 8pm–3am Thursday & Friday
Bagatelle is exactly where you come for a delicious late night dinner and copious amounts of dancing. The restaurant is always buzzing, forever fun and entertainingly elaborate with its signature napping swinging and 80’s and 90’s tunes pumping. Although most come here for the atmosphere, the French Riviera inspired food doesn’t suffer as a result and is terrific and of course decadent.
ADDRESS: Renaissance Downtown Hotel – Marasi Dr – Business Bay – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 6pm – 1am Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 4pm, 7pm – 1am Friday, closed Sunday – Monday
The vibe here is understated French countryside, with interiors resembling that of an idyllic Provençal farmhouse. Rustic fire roasted dishes warm the soul, whilst cosy candle lit tables create an intimate ambience. The restaurant’s terrace overlooks the Dubai Canal, making for quite a romantic spot. Last year, for four nights only Bleu Blanc crafted a fashion-inspired menu reminiscent of Jacquemus’ infamous lavender fields fashion show – so we are expecting more chic concepts from this gem of a restaurant.
ADDRESS: 906 Jumeirah St – Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–3:30pm, 7pm–1am daily
The bistro is the first venture outside of Italy for the Ferragamo family, owners of the blissful historic Tuscan estate Il Borro. The restaurant sits prettily on the side of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s turtle rehabilitation lagoon. The food here is superb and one of our favourite spots in Dubai. Our favourite dishes include the Burrata cheese with organic tomatoes, basil and Il Borro organic extra virgin olive oil, the simple yet satisfying handmade Tuscan spaghetti with organic garlic tomato sauce and basil and the melt in your mouth branzino for two. Don’t forget to order a glass of wine or two from the Il Borro Tuscan estate, it’s delicious! The service is seamless and the live evening pianist is a real treat. Il Borro satisfies all of the senses.
Sister restaurant to Il Borro, Alici is a waterside gem of a bistro. The staff are attentive and thoughtful, the food is well prepared and the atmosphere is light and pleasant.
Legendary chef Massimo Bottura has recently launched this new venture, much to Dubai’s delight. The setting is playful with pops of bright colours, creating a 1960’s seaside feel.
ADDRESS: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort – Jumeirah Beach Road – Jumeirah 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm–12am daily
There won’t be many people who haven’t seen Nusr-et’s founder ‘Salt Bae’s videos on social media, he has become a global sensation. Nusr-et’s Dubai restaurant brings all of that fun and innovation with the most amazing steak you’ll ever have. We don’t want to spoil it for you but don’t miss their steak “sushi” to start, the “Nusr-et special’” to share for main and do not leave without trying their baklava!
ADDRESS: Ground Floor, The DoubleTree by Hilton – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm–12am daily
Scrumptious seafood is the catch of the day here. The decor is industrial and the atmosphere is constantly buzzing, especially on a Wednesday night when their ‘ladies night’ takes place – where women receive complimentary drinks.
ADDRESS: Unit 27, Souk Madinat Jumeriah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 5pm–12am daily
Two of Dubai’s favourite chefs, Nick Alvis and Scott Price have excelled with the concept for Folly by Nick & Scott. The restaurant includes an intimate dining room, chef’s table, a dedicated grape and cheese area, a rooftop bar, and a superb outdoor terrace with incredible Madinat waterways, Burj Al Arab and sea views. The menu celebrates quality produce, with a focus on exquisite bite sized mouthfuls that are given a contemporary twist. Their signature crispy hen’s egg with pancetta and maple syrup is a must.
ADDRESS: Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah Road, 75157 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–4pm, 6pm–12am daily
Another success story from Tasha’s, Flamingo Room by Tasha’s is fun, bright and fancy – most definitely one of Dubai’s highest ranking Instagrammable spots. Their classic dishes include Calamari Mozambique – calamari and squid heads in a lemon butter, tarragon and peri peri sauce, with heaps of Morris’s. shoestrings fries on top, and their indulgent lobster pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, crème fraîche, garlic, chilli, red onion and fresh tagliatelle.
MIDDLE EASTERN & NORTH AFRICAN
ADDRESS: Emirates Towers Hotel – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 5pm–1am daily
This restaurant and outdoor lounge is named after the ancient city of what is now Iraq, the creators of Nineve wanted to create a space that is authentic to Arabic culture and promotes socialisation, a space that would evolve over time and create its own stories. It is an urban majlis with magical skyline views. The purpose of each dish is to take you on a middle eastern adventure.The menu is composed of Iranian, Iraqi, Egyptian, Turkish, and Saudi favourites like the Iraqi dish of ‘Tashreeb‘ which braised lamb cooked in spices for seven hours.
ADDRESS: Sheikh Zayed Road, Ground Level, The Boulevard, Emirates Towers – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–11:30pm daily
An authentic taste of Lebanese cuisine, with classic grilled and mezze dishes on the menu. The relaxed vibe makes it the ideal spot for lazy grazing.
ADDRESS: Unit 403, S30, 2A St, La Mer South – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 5pm–12am Sunday – Thursday, 12pm–1am Friday & Saturday
Beloved Beirut export has set up shop at the beachside La Mer project, a fresh space for restaurants, retail and entertainment. The food is cooked to perfection and the portions are generous. Babel also holds an alcohol license which many non-hotel based restaurants in Dubai do not.
This cool and colourful seaside restaurant is a breath of fresh air. Classics are given a playful twist, such as the pulled tandoori bao. Masti is also licensed to serve alcohol.
ADDRESS: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa – Al Mamsha St – Dubai Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 6pm–12am daily
Indya by Vineet is the vibrant and fun new restaurant by well known Chef Vineet Bhatia. The emphasis is only putting a youthful spin on beloved Indian classics.
ADDRESS: voco Hotel, Level – 2 Sheikh Zayed Rd – Trade Centre – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12–11:30pm daily
Tresind nails the dining experience, with its knowledgeable staff, cosy interiors and modern Indian food presented beautifully. The dishes are bold and pack a punch, with many prepared live at the table. The best time to visit is on a Thursday or Friday night when the restaurant is at its busiest and most vibrant.
ADDRESS: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12:30pm–1:30am Saturday – Thursday, 12:30–4pm, 5pm–2am Friday,
Another Dubai institution, this Peruvian gem never lets us down. It is terribly fun and the food is always outstanding. Don’t miss their guacamole theatrically prepared at your table. The restaurant’s popularity means that it is wise to book a week or two in advance. Their free flow brunch on a Friday brings all of their classics together with the one of the best atmospheres in town.
This cool inside jungle is the hottest new restaurant in town with one of the most impressive and eclectic menus we’ve seen in a long time. Think bites such as guacamole & sea urchin with green plantain crisps, clay oven chicken rolls with mint and
yoghurt sauce and tuna tartar with coconut and vintage caviar. Drool. However hard it may be, save room for some dessert, their deconstructed baklava is a dream.
ADDRESS: Palace Downtown 9770 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 6–11:30pm daily
A traditional Argentinian steakhouse with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai fountains. Steaks are cooked beautifully and served with a trio of sauces (béarnaise, chimichurri, and peppercorn) and salt variations. Be sure to ask for a table on the terrace.
ADDRESS: 122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 12pm-4pm daily
Afternoon tea at the Burj Khalifa is admittedly a real opulent treat however if the occasion permits, a very special experience and ensures you make the effort to visit one of Dubai’s most beloved attractions. There is something incredibly luxurious about having afternoon tea, however, At.mosphere takes you to new heights. A talented violinist and pianist duo serenades you with old school love songs whilst you sip champagne (or tea!) and tuck into the most delectable and elegant array of sandwiches and desserts. It truly makes for a memorable experience.
ADDRESS: Palace Downtown Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 9770 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 2pm–6pm daily
An Arabian Afternoon Tea promises to take guests on a ‘unique journey through Arabian culture’. Items such as chicken shawarma, camel milk pistachio crème Brule and ataif velvet pancakes make this afternoon tea a unique Middle Eastern culinary experience. The extensive tea menu is also very impressive, with a tea sommelier on hand to guide you.
ADDRESS: Madinat Jumeirah King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street Umm Suqeim – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
OPENING HOURS: 4pm-6pm daily
CONTACT: +971 4 432 3232
A unique afternoon tea that has been inspired by the traditions and cuisines of the Middle East. Enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury Arabic treats with a modern twist, onboard your private abra as you cruise leisurely along the canal.
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