Restaurants in Dubai

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New spots come and go as quickly as the blazing Middle Eastern sun in this city, which means there’s always a new and buzzed-about venue to try. From... Read More

New spots come and go as quickly as the blazing Middle Eastern sun in this city, which means there’s always a new and buzzed-about venue to try. From five-star dining courtesy of the world’s most beloved chefs to indie hole-in-the-walls, the globe’s cuisine is at your fingertips—and your fork—in this culinary dynamic emirate, and you’ve got serious choices when it comes to places to eat in Dubai.

Chefs from around the world helm many of the city's glitzy chains, but don't dismiss the less expensive options that serve locals who work outside of the business world. Dinner tends to start late, around 9 p.m., and you should book in advance for Thursday and Friday evenings (here, weekends are 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.

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  • 101 Dining Lounge and Bar Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of 101 Dining Lounge and Bar
    101

    It's all about views and tapas at this chic overwater lounge, which sits elegantly at the end of a jetty at the One&Only The Palm hotel. 101 can be... Read More

  • Al Reef Lebanese Bakery Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Al Reef Lebanese Bakery
    Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

    Al Reef Bakery is best known for its sausage and cheese manakish (an Arabic flatbread topped with spices, cheese, or ground meat), as well as its... Read More

  • Aprons & Hammers Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Aprons & Hammers
    Aprons & Hammers

    On a docked boat in the Dubai Marina floats Aprons & Hammers, a kitschy seafood restaurant that serves up buckets of freshly caught crab, mussels,... Read More

  • Baker & Spice Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Baker & Spice
    Baker & Spice

    Head to Baker & Spice—there are locations in both the Marina and Downtown Dubai—to enjoy a breakfast of Shakshuka Matbukh'a, eggs baked in spicy... Read More

  • Bu Qtair Restaurant in Dubai Pawan Singh/The National
    Bu Qtair

    This first-come, first-served run down fish shack on Jumeirah Beach claims the title of original Dubai hole-in-the-wall. From the messy fried-fish curry... Read More

  • Comptoir 102 Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Comptoir 102
    Comptoir 102

    Consider Comptoir 102 the city's own little slice of gluten-free, vegan, macrobiotic Parisian chic. Owned by Alexandra de Montaudouin and Emma Sawko,... Read More

  • Coya Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Coya
    Coya

    Situated in the Four Season's Restaurant Pavilion, Coya is a sexy, dimly-lit Peruvian restaurant with a deliberate air of exclusivity. An offshoot of... Read More

  • Creekside Dubai Restaurant Courtesy of Creekside Dubai
    Creekside Dubai

    The team behind Brownbook magazine dreamt up Creekside, which is one part cultural space and one part cafe. Located in a relatively semi-secret location... Read More

  • Em Sherif Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Em Sherif
    Em Sherif

    Devised by Lebanese entrepreneur and socialite Mireille Hayek, Em Sherif is a luxury Levant restaurant in the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel. Designed to... Read More

  • Flooka Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Flooka
    Flooka

    This pescatarian-approved seafood spot serves up fresh fish with a Lebanese twist, which means dishes of fresh hammour, sides of kibbeh and hummus, and... Read More

  • Frioul Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Frioul
    Frioul Bistro de Luxe

    Tucked below the chaos of Dubai's Souk Madinat Jumeirah is the French Mediterranean-inspired Frioul Bistro de Luxe. The restaurant's cream tones,... Read More

  • Jones the Grocer Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Jones the Grocer
    Jones the Grocer

    Despite being located in an undiscerning strip mall off of Dubai's mega-highway Sheikh Zayed Road, Jones the Grocer is perennially packed. The... Read More

  • La Cantine du Faubourg  Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of La Cantine du Faubourg
    La Cantine du Faubourg

    Originally hailing from Paris, this popular new French rendezvous in Emirates Towers is the playground for Dubai's young, chic crowd. Accented with red... Read More

  • LPM La Petite Maison Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of La Petite Maison
    La Petite Maison, Dubai

    La Petite Maison is a fixture for a posh night on the Dubai town. Teeming with a menu of Niçoise-inspired items, which include plenty of artichokes,... Read More

  • La Serre Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of La Serre
    La Serre

    Located in an all-glass structure at the back of Vida Hotel, a hop, skip, and a croissant away from the Burj Khalifa, is La Serre, an elegant French... Read More

  • Maya Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Maya
    Maya

    Choose from 200 types of agave-based spirits, and tacos of tempura snapper and zesty chicken at Maya, an upscale Mexican eatery located on the sprawling... Read More

  • Mythos Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Mythos
    Mythos

    Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers are slowly but surely gaining traction as a food and beverage haven, with Greek eatery Mythos as the latest spot to... Read More

  • No. Fifty Seven Boutique Cafe Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of No. Fifty Seven Boutique Cafe
    No.57 Boutique Cafe and Restaurant

    This boutique cafe in Abu Dhabi is run by the same Emirati duo responsible for the Dinner Club No. 57, the invite-only dining concept that takes guests... Read More

  • Omnia Gourmet Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Omnia Gourmet
    Omnia Gourmet

    Whispers of celebrity chef Silvena Rowe's health-conscious eatery had Dubai's ever-expanding crowd of health fanatics eagerly awaiting Omnia Gourmet.... Read More

  • Pierchic Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Pierchic
    Pierchic

    One of the restaurants at the Madinat Jumeirah, Pierchic is known as one of the most romantic dining destinations in the city. Located at the end of a... Read More

  • Qbara Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Qbara
    Qbara

    Authentic but not traditional Middle Eastern fare is Qbara's answer to a modern take on Arab authenticity, from the burrata with heirloom tomatoes and... Read More

  • Ravi Restaurant in Dubai Alamy
    Ravis

    This now infamous Pakistani canteen in Satwa is still crammed with taxi drivers and low-level staff, but it now also regularly hosts a fraternity of... Read More

  • S'wich Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of S'wich
    S'wich

    Discovering a go-to spot for epic shawarma in Dubai is a day one doesn't soon forget. Discovering a gourmet go-to spot for epic shawarma in Dubai is a... Read More

  • SALT Foodtruck Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of SALT
    Salt Food Truck

    A nearly permanently parked food truck in Dubai's popular Kite Beach, Salt has uniquely relied solely on the power of social media to attract eaters,... Read More

  • Smiling BKK Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Smiling BKK
    Smiling BKK

    The first Smiling BKK restaurant was tucked away in a secluded back alley of Dubai and could only be discovered by word of mouth. Today, there are two... Read More

  • Sum of Us Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of The Sum of Us
    The Sum of Us

    The same chef-restaurateur duo behind Tom & Serg have recently opened a second cafe location: The Sum of Us. Located in the Burj Al Salam building,... Read More

  • Tasha's Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Tasha's
    Tasha's

    Originally born out of South Africa, Tasha's is a charming, cosmopolitan cafe that manages to draw in both an expat and Emirati crowd. This is largely... Read More

  • Toko Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Toko
    Toko

    This high-sheen Sydney-born sushi restaurant is the latest upscale Japanese eatery to hit the city. It's hard not to be impressed by Toko's layout,... Read More

  • Tom & Serg Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Tom & Serg
    Tom & Serg

    Located in the industrial Al Quoz district, this warehouse-style cafe is the expat community's go-to for leisurely weekend lunches. Business partners... Read More

  • Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Lovin Dubai
    Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot

    If it wasn't for the mosh pit of customers spilling out from the front door of this cheap, undiscerning hot pot restaurant, it would be all too easy to... Read More

  • Zaroob Restaurant in Dubai Courtesy of Zaroob
    Zaroob

    Honoring street food style dining, Zaroob is a cheap and cheerful Middle Eastern fast-food haunt with an assortment of man'oushe, mixed grills, and... Read More

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