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

    Accessible by private boat or golf cart, it's all about views and tapas at this chic overwater lounge, which sits elegantly at the end of a jetty of the... Read More

  • Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

    Cheap, unassuming, and open 24 hours a day, Al Reef Bakery is best known for its sausage and cheese manakish (flatbread topped with spices, cheese, or... Read More

  • Aprons & Hammers

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

  • Baker & Spice

    Priding themselves on serving seasonal, organic foods, head to Baker & Spice to enjoy some freshly baked Shakshuka Matbukh'a, an egg and tomato... Read More

  • Bu Qtair

    From the messy fried-fish curry to the plastic chairs and paper plates, this first-come, first-served fish shack on Jumeirah Beach claims the title of... Read More

  • Comptoir 102

    Consider Comptoir 102 the city's own little slice of gluten-free, vegan, macrobiotic Parisian chic. Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, the menu ranges from... Read More

  • Coya

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

  • Creekside Dubai

    Located in a semi-secret location along the Dubai Creek, this gem serves up Emirati-inspired dishes such as Arabic coffee and custard French toast with... Read More

  • Em Sherif

    A luxury Levant restaurant in the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel, Em Sherif is designed to resemble an Oriental mansion. Classic dishes here include... Read More

  • Flooka

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

  • Frioul Bistro de Luxe

    Below Dubai's Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Frioul Bistro de Luxe's contemporary dishes include braised beef short rib with smoky glaze, guinea fowl in... Read More

  • Jones the Grocer

    Located off of Dubai's mega-highway Sheikh Zayed Road, Jones the Grocer is an Australian gourmet cafe offering generous dishes from harissa chicken on a... Read More

  • La Cantine du Faubourg

    Located in Emirates Towers this playground for Dubai's young, chic crowd is accented with red couches and billowing white curtains, as well as one-of-a... Read More

  • La Petite Maison, Dubai

    Teeming with a menu of Niçoise-inspired items including artichokes, lemons, and olives, La Petite Maison is a fixture for a posh night on the Dubai town. Read More

  • La Serre

    Located in an all-glass structure in the Vida Hotel, La Serreis an elegant French bistro boasting cream colored interiors with the smell of freshly... Read More

  • Maya

    Choose from 200 types of agave-based spirits, tacos, tempura snapper and zesty chicken at Maya, an upscale Mexican eatery at Le Royal Meridien Hotel in... Read More

  • Mythos

    Located in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers, Mythos is a Santorini-esque space, with whitewashed stone walls, hanging clay plates serving up Greek staples... Read More

  • No.57 Boutique Cafe and Restaurant

    This boutique cafe in Abu Dhabi specializes in 'sophisticated comfort food,' and features signature dishes such as lobster linguine and spicy tuna on... Read More

  • Omnia Gourmet

    Located in an Arabic-inspired souk in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, this gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly restaurant offers an impressive selection of... Read More

  • Pierchic

    Located at the end of a pier that juts out over the sea, Pierchic is of the most romantic dining destinations in the city. The setting only enhances the... Read More

  • Qbara

    From burrata with heirloom tomatoes and fresh zaatar and lobster kibbeh, the non-traditional Middle Eastern fare is Qbara's answer to a modern take on... Read More

  • Ravis

    This now infamous Pakistani canteen in Satwa is crammed with taxi drivers and expats, eager for Ravi's delicious dishes of mutton achar and flavorful... Read More

  • S'wich

    With a menu devised by chef Izu Anini, this innovative fast-food outlet offers a tempting selection of everything from veal to portobello mushroom... Read More

  • Salt Food Truck

    Parked at Dubai's popular Kite Beach, Salt's food truck relies on the power of social media to attract eaters to get their fix of Wagyu beef burgers,... Read More

  • Smiling BKK

    Despite two mainstream locations, this Thai seafood restaurant hasn't compromised on its hole-in-the-wall ambiance or quirk, which includes a cheeky... Read More

  • The Sum of Us

    Located in the Burj Al Salam building, this haunt features the same airy industrial vibe as its sister restaurant, with the addition of in-house... Read More

  • Tasha's

    This charming, cosmopolitan cafe manages to draw quite a crowd due to the sheer variety of dishes on it's 16 page menu which range from salads and... Read More

  • Toko

    This Sydney-born sushi restaurant, Toko is the latest upscale Japanese eatery to hit the city. With an al fresco dining area, make sure to try the... Read More

  • Tom & Serg

    Located in the industrial Al Quoz district, this warehouse-style cafe is the expats go-to for leisurely weekend lunches. Try a superfood salad, grilled... Read More

  • Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot

    Choose a spicy or non-spicy broth and prepare to cook your own meat, leafy greens, and tofu knots at this cheap, undiscerning hot pot restaurant in the... Read More

  • 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, wraps... Read More

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