Restaurants in Dubai
Chefs from around the world helm many of the city's glitzy chain restaurants, but don't dismiss the less expensive options that serve locals who work outside of the business world. Dinner tends to be served late, around 9 pm, and you should book in advance for Thursday and Friday evenings out at Dubai restaurants since the Dubai weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
Pierchic is one of the best restaurants in Dubai. Set on a pier that stretches into the Arabian Gulf, the views of the water in every direction are stunning. And the chef prepares excellent seafood to match. Be sure to order the freshly shucked oysters.
Of all the restaurants in Dubai, Margaux is another outstanding option. French-Mediterranean fare is served in the gleaming, wood-clad dining room, but guests may also request to sit outside for a view of the Dubai Fountain.
The Seafood Market Cadiz houses a giant display of lobster, crab, and other sea creatures, and will prepare them any way you like. One specialty: The mango shrimp.
The restaurant serves Lebanese cooking—and the best hummus in Dubai. During the colder (read: still insanely hot) months, it is possible to dine outdoors beneath the lit-up palms. The air is infused with scent.
Owned by Siti Fatimah Osman, a transplant from Singapore, City Moon Café is a gathering spot for the Singaporean population in Dubai.
The airport’s new tapas bar is all cozy and brick-walled, with leather sofas, an open kitchen, and wine cellar. Unusual for an airport restaurant (particularly in the Middle East) is its great selection of Spanish and South American wines.
This classic Middle Eastern restaurant is located in Bur Dubai, one of the older parts of the city.
The Lime Tree Café has garnered a following among the expatriate community in the city with its relaxed atmosphere and fresh menu items.
With belly dancers shimmying to Arabian rhythms, impressive falconry displays, and camel caravans, this open-air restaurant—modeled after a desert village—knows how to put on a spectacle. Though the setting is over the top, the menu is authentic Emerati.
This Lebanese restaurant has outdoor tables overlooking a waterfront resort.
Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Chalet serves international cuisine, primarily focusing on Indian and Middle Eastern fare. The restaurant resembles a small house, and indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Nineteen, located at Dubai’s Montgomerie Hotel, overlooks the 18th hole of the hotel’s golf course and serves diners an inventive Asian and European fusion menu. The restaurant has an open kitchen and a dining room filled with black tables and red and white upholstered chairs.
One of the restaurants at the Madinat Jumeirah, Pierchic is known as one of the most romantic dining destinations in the city.
One of the signature restaurants at the Grosvenor House Dubai, Rhodes Mezzanine serves the culinary creations of British chef Gary Rhodes, enhanced by the technique and vision of head chef Paul Lupton.
Certo at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai Media City serves updated takes on traditional Italian fare. The menu includes everything from classic wood-fired pizzas to cannellini bean soup with rosemary to jumbo prawns wrapped in lardo pork.