Dubai’s beachside dining scene ranges from riviera glamour to calm and casual. Top Spots Dubai has rounded up 10 of the best beach-side dining destinations in Dubai to suit every taste.
1. La Plage by French Riviera, Al Qasr
La Plage is the newly opened beach deck that is part of the French Riviera restaurant in the Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel. It’s an ideal spot for long lazy lunches next to the water. The venue offers the relaxed glamour of the Côte D’Azure with a menu that takes its influence from the Mediterranean. During the weekend La Plage’s resident DJs keep the atmosphere energised with ambient beats. Sit back in a deck chair and enjoy Instagrammable views of the Burj Al Arab here.
2. Sal, Burj Al Arab
Sal translates to “salt” in both Portuguese and Spanish and makes reference to the salt of the sea. This exclusive club is part of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel which offers the ultimate Instagram backdrop. The 100m infinity pool gazes out towards the sea. Sal’s airy white interiors contribute to a setting that is relaxed and sophisticated. Take in striking Burj Al Arab and sea views from the alfresco terrace as you dine from a casual Southern European menu. Stay until sunset, the views are worth it!
3. San Beach, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
The newly opened San restaurant and beach club is part of Nakheel’s project, The Club, which will eventually comprise nine beach clubs. The venue takes its name from the San, Africa’s first indigenous tribal group. Guests can pick between the sandy beach, infinity pool, or alfresco seating area that features a swim-up pool bar as well as the indoor restaurant. San serves food throughout the day starting with breakfast, the menu draws from the Mediterranean with extensive options to suit every taste. Interior design has been inspired by the elements while thoughtful art and sculptural works add to the ambiance throughout. During the weekends the atmosphere is kept lively with live musicians and the in-house DJ. San overlooks Bluewaters, Dubai Marina, and the JBR skyline – perfect for those Insta shots!
4. Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
Head to Summersalt for that all-important Burj Al Arab Instagram backdrop. The restaurant’s menu spans international favourites including sushi and ceviche as well as more filling dishes such as Linguini Lobster. When you’ve finished dining, spend your day on the private beach or head to the pool. Chilled out beats play out from the resident DJs creating a peaceful. atmosphere that goes on into the evening.
5. Shimmers on the Beach, Madinat Jumeirah
Shimmers is a Dubai classic and remains popular with tourists and residents alike. The menu comprises traditional Greek cuisine. There’s the option to dine at the on-site restaurant under a white canopy or for a more relaxed vibe head to the bean bags on the beach. Shimmers’ DJ is known for keeping the atmosphere electric. Shimmers offers a sense of pared-back luxury it overlooks the glamourous Burj Al Arab offering some of the most impressive views of this iconic hotel. We recommend booking ahead as Shimmers gets full during the weekend.
6. Nammos, Four Seasons, Jumeirah
A Mykonos-favourite among celebrities and jet setters, Nammos Dubai is the second outpost of the Greek restaurant and beach club. It’s one for party-goers that like to see and be seen. The restaurant, fitted out with light natural materials, serves up Greek favourites with a fine dining accent. The private beach is a go-to for relaxation on sun loungers, sundowners and shisha. Live performers and the in-house DJ week the atmosphere elevated. We recommend booking ahead for this popular spot especially during the weekends.
7. Sea Fu, Four Seasons, Jumeirah
At Sea Fu guests can pick between the bar and lounge area, indoor dining or the outdoor terrace adjacent to the sea and the peaceful Jumeirah beach. The menu is focused on Asian seafood dishes. Guests can select from the fresh seafood trolly or indulge in the tasting menu. Tuesday is ladies’ night so female guests can enjoy special offers on food and beverages.
8. Lucky Fish, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
Lucky Fish restaurant and its adjoining Lucky Beach are best for conscious dining with a relaxing atmosphere. Shabby chic interiors offer a coastal vibe with surprising adornments such as a 19th-century French chandelier. The thoughtful menu is designed in collaboration with local fishermen. Diners can select from the daily display of fresh seafood or lighter dishes that comprise seasonal ingredients such as salads, burgers and meat-based mains. Signature cocktails focus on fresh and light seasonal fruits. Sunday sunsets are famous here! The in-house DJ entertains guests with pulsing beats. Head to Lucky Beach to soak up the sun and Dubai Marina skyline views from cabanas, sunloungers or sofas.
9. The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco, One and Only Royal Mirage
The Beach Bar & Grill is your spot to enjoy long al fresco lunches which often transition into atmospheric evenings. The private beach setting offers up views of Palm Island Bay. Guests dine on timber decks next to the sea. The venue serves up a Latin American-inspired menu that’s ideal for sharing crafted by Argentinian Chef Mauro Colagreco. During the weekend the venue’s resident DJ lifts the mood with mixed beats.
10. Bussola, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
This upscale Italian eatery features a family-friendly pizza terrace on the rooftop. Bussola has something for everyone. The restaurant downstairs focuses on Italian fine dining while the roof terrace is where guests go to relax on cosy wooden tables and tuck into the best pizzas in town. Before you dine, enjoy a sundowner on the terrace outside which offers excellent sea views. Bussola offers its visitors a feeling of vacation relaxation.