Dine in style at Dubai’s top restaurants that offer traditional and modern experiences.
Dubai does fine dining like nowhere else, be it international cuisine or traditional Arabic food.
You can enjoy a traditional Arabic band as you dine in a tent in a desert oasis. Or feel like you’re floating on water while you sip cocktails at sunset. Or catch views from the world’s tallest building over lunch.
In Dubai dining isn’t just about the food, it’s also the experience.
Let us tempt you with Dubai’s best restaurants, and must-try traditional foods.
Must-try Dubai restaurants
Located at the end of a pier from the Al Qasr Hotel, Pierchic delivers captivating views across the Arabian Gulf while you dine over the water.
The restaurant serves some of Dubai’s best seafood and its in-house mixologists whip up the perfect cocktail to pair with the sunset.
Al Sufouh Rd, Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah
Eauzone is a casual hangout by day and a sleek and sophisticated spot by night. A winding path leads to tables placed over the water that gives the impression that they’re floating.
Modern Asian dishes are served in intimate "Majilis," shaded wooden and floating decks.
Cnr Al Sufouh Road and Jumeirah Road, Arabia Courts, Opp Media City
COYA brings the tastes of Latin America to Dubai with contemporary Peruvian cuisine. The langosta iron pot steals the show, featuring cooked lobster, rice and pea pods.
The large, modern venue is inviting and colourful with friendly staff ready to help with your food choice.
Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road
Al Iwan, “The Royal Hall” in Arabic, has views of the sea during the day and a romantic candlelit feel at night.
The chic setting pairs well with Arabic cuisine that has a strong Moroccan influence. Al Iwan is popular with visitors for an authentic Dubai dining experience.
Cnr Al Sufouh Rd and Jumeirah Rd, Arabia Courts, Opp Media City
Al Hadheerah is as much about entertainment as it is traditional Arabic cuisine. Dine in an air-conditioned tent with dishes made from ancient recipes.
While you savour your meal at this resort oasis, you can watch a camel and horse show, and listen to an Arabic band.
Al Qudra Road, near Endurance City
Well deserving of the hype, Nusr-Et is a haven for meat lovers looking for one of the best steaks of their lives.
Burger, salad, seafood and mezze dishes are also on the menu. Food comes with a price tag, but you’ll be dining at one of Dubai’s most sought-after restaurants.
Restaurant Village, Near Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah Road
Located on the 52nd floor of the Marriott hotel, this restaurant and bar serves up dishes with a view over the Palm and Marina.
It is a very popular spot for expats and tourists thanks to its happy hour where drinks can be enjoyed for prices that are hard to beat in Dubai.
King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina
With so many skyscrapers in Dubai, sky bars are popular and numerous. The best and highest is At.Mosphere, on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
It’s pricey and very smart, but you get to sip cocktails while you enjoy the ultimate view.
122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
A relaxing bar with stylish decor and scenic views from the 6th floor all contributed to Asia Asia being listed in Dubai’s Time Out magazine as “Bar of the Year 2016”.
An extensive menu of Asian-inspired cocktails, sakes and wine is served, in an intimate but suave environment.
6th Floor, Pier 7 Dubai Marina
5 must-try Dubai foods
One of the most traditional dishes in Dubai, Al Harees is a meat and wheat dish that has a consistency somewhere between oatmeal and a dumpling.
It is baked for hours and often has butter, cinnamon and sugar added. It’s most popular as a dish to enjoy during Ramadan.
Manousheh is the local version of pizza, and is traditionally served for breakfast.
Stretched sourdough is filled with a number of exotic toppings, the most common being herbs, akkawi cheese and olive oil.
You’ll also find versions that include lamb, eggs or sweet jam.
A refreshing dish in the Middle Eastern heat is tabbouleh.
It’s a simple salad made from tomatoes, green onion, cucumber, mint and lemon juice. It can also be served in stuffed grape leaves or flavoured with blueberry and corn.
Fatteh is a layered dish with a base of flatbread that is fresh, toasted or soaked in stock.
The middle layer is made of chickpeas and stuffed aubergines.
It is served with a yoghurt and tahini dressing, which can be spiced up by adding parsley, roasted pine nuts and paprika.
Typically served during Ramadan and for special occasions, khanfaroosh is for gourmands with a sweet tooth.
This small pastry-like treat is made from flour, egg, sugar, yeast, cardamom, saffron and rose water. It is served with coffee cake and tea.
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