United Arab Emirates

Restaurants in United Arab Emirates

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.

The small, all-black Seafood Bar has fewer than a dozen high barstools and is right in the middle of the concourse. Order smoked salmon, caviar, or sushi—or oysters flown in from Thailand at the raw bar—and one of the high-end champagnes or vodkas on the menu.

Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Chalet serves international cuisine, primarily focusing on Indian and Middle Eastern fare. The restaurant resembles a small house, and indoor and outdoor seating is available.

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.

The Moroccan restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel features live music.

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 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.

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.