United Arab Emirates

Restaurants in United Arab Emirates

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.

The superb Italian food is served in a relaxed atmosphere and coupled with a notable wine selection.

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.

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.

The restaurant serves Lebanese cooking—and the best hummus in Dubai. During the colder (read: still insanely hot) months, it is possible to dine outdoors beneath the lit-up palms. The air is infused with scent.

Owned by Siti Fatimah Osman, a transplant from Singapore, City Moon Café is a gathering spot for the Singaporean population in Dubai.

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.

This classic Middle Eastern restaurant is located in Bur Dubai, one of the older parts of the city.

The Lime Tree Café has garnered a following among the expatriate community in the city with its relaxed atmosphere and fresh menu items.

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.

This Lebanese restaurant has outdoor tables overlooking a waterfront resort.

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.

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.