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.
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.
This classic Middle Eastern restaurant is located in Bur Dubai, one of the older parts of the city.
The main restaurant in the concourse, Safar (which means “traveler” in Arabic) is divided into three sections: Pint 19 (the bar), a buffet area, and an à la carte restaurant with an open kitchen where you can watch Arabic, Western, and Asian dishes being prepared.
The Lime Tree Café has garnered a following among the expatriate community in the city with its relaxed atmosphere and fresh menu items.
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.
The Moroccan restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel features live music.
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.
Bastakiah Nights presents diners with an immersive, traditional Arabic dining experience. Housed inside a renovated mansion, the restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining and a decidedly Middle Eastern atmosphere, which proves to be the establishment’s main draw.
An offshoot of the Bikanervala company, which manufactures sweets, the Bikanervala restaurant is a family dining concept, where customers can find traditional Indian specialties. The menu contains a variety of Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, Chinese dishes, and continental fare.
This Lebanese restaurant has outdoor tables overlooking a waterfront resort.