Dubai restaurants for authentic and opulent meals

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.

Image: At.Mosphere

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

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

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


The Observatory

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


Asia Asia

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


Al Harees

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.

Food tours and cooking classes

Learn about traditional middle eastern food, and taste fine dining and street food, on a tour around the city’s best spots for sweet and savoury treats.

Food and drink deals in Dubai

Klook Klook

Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do

Valid on select dates including holidays like Christmas season, New Year's and more depending on the destination. Destinations are Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, New York and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Big Bus Tours Big Bus Tours

Up to 10% off Big Bus tours

Valid on select tours in Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Darwin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Miami, Muscat, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Vienna and Washington DC.

Last verified

Popular Tourist Attractions & Experiences coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
15 Oct 2019 $15 off sitewide EXT****
17 Oct 2019 Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase BRA****
9 Oct 2019 Extra 15% off with code FIN****
2 Sep 2019 Rugby sale: Extra $5 off Japan activities and experiences with code AUR****
5 Sep 2019 $10 off site-wide with code FIN****

It looks like we don't have any coupons at the moment. Take a look at our most recent deals

Follow us for all the latest deals and coupon codes

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site