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.
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.
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.
Located at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Aquarium Restaurant is known for its flavorful menu of seafood dishes. The dining room has an elegant, yet inviting atmosphere complete with wood floors, plush seating, stylish chandeliers, and small votive candles on the tables.
Located inside the Al Qasr Hotel in the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Al Hambra serves traditional Spanish fare, including tapas. The dining room reflects a blend of Arab and Spanish culture with an ornate domed ceiling, stained glass lanterns, and gossamer curtains.
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.
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
The trendy sushi restaurant and nightclub is located in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa.
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.
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 Moroccan restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel features live music.
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.