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.
Housed inside the Wafi shopping mall, Wafi Gourmet is part gourmet supermarket and part café. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and serves a Middle Eastern menu with a particular emphasis on Lebanese cuisine.
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.
Housed inside the Madinat Jumeirah, Zheng He’s blends traditional Chinese fare and cooking techniques with gourmet ingredients to create an innovative, yet authentic menu of Asian fare.
The cool, all-white décor of this little restaurant is a pristine showcase for the real star—a giant display of lobster, hammour (a Middle Eastern grouper), crab, scallops, and other seafood, prepared however you like.
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.
By far the most popular gathering spot in the terminal, the Irish Village Pub, with its wood-paneled walls, high bar, moody lighting, and Guinness paraphernalia everywhere, is a little bit “Disney Ireland.” No matter; its fish-and-chips and sausages are renowned, and it is perpetually crowded (it
Owned by Siti Fatimah Osman, a transplant from Singapore, City Moon Café is a gathering spot for the Singaporean population in Dubai.
One of the restaurants at the Madinat Jumeirah, Pierchic is known as one of the most romantic dining destinations in the city.
The trendy sushi restaurant and nightclub is located in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa.
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.
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.
Located in the Karama district, Simran’s Aappa Kadai is a burgeoning chain with three locations throughout the city. Founded in 2002, the restaurant serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian cuisine from its open kitchen.