Dubai is known as an international dining destination with relaxed and fine dining options to suit every taste. Spread across the city, there are several key areas for foodies to focus on. Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 dining destinations in Dubai.
1. Souk Madinat, Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat is a tranquil setting, great for a relaxing stroll while taking in the 3km of waterways and greenery that surround it as well as Burj Al Arab views. Within the Souk Madinat, there are several impressive hotels, retail spaces and entertainment options such as the Theatre of Digital Art. Dining options are in abundance here. Taverna is famous for its Grecian flavours while Anar offers a taste of Persia. Head to folly by Nick & Scott for an excellent alfresco dining experience, we recommend heading to the rooftop for amazing Burj Al Arab views. For those that missed the ski season, chalet-themed Publique features a faux fire and lots of cheese! The Meat Co. is a famous steak spot while Maria Bonita is a Dubai icon and one of the city’s oldest Mexican eateries. Trader Vic’s, Noodle House and McGettigan’s offer fun, low key dining and a relaxed atmosphere.
2. Bluewaters Island
Bluewaters Island is home to several Dubai attractions including Ain Dubai and Madame Tussauds. The destination also includes The Wharf retail promenade and offers views of JBR beach and the surrounding seas. Dining options are conceptually-driven and range from fine dining to fun and casual spots. Alici specialises in seafood “done the Italian way” while Puerto 99 is a Mexican eatery known for its lively weekend brunches. Shi, is an upscale Chinese restaurant headed by chef Li Yuan Hui, who previously worked at Hakkasan. Brass Monkey is an increasingly popular entertainment venue that features a bowling alley, arcade games, a bar and a restaurant. TR88HOUSE is another spot for fun lovers. As well as its the restaurant TR88HOUSE features a trampoline park, soft play area, laser tag and mini-golf. There’s even a rooftop bar with good views for those that need a moment of tranquillity. Leen’s Casual to Gourmet offers dining without the fanfare – a casual culinary journey that’s driven by ingredients. Walk off your dinner by heading across the bridge to JBR beach.
3. La Mer, Jumeirah 1
La Mer features a sandy cove beach, shisha spots, retail offerings, kids’ activities, a waterpark and more than 130 dining options. As such family and friends can easily enjoy an entire day at La Mer. Alfresco dining is an option in most venues here making it attractive to families in the winter months. Start your day with breakfast at Lebanese/Turkish favourite, Zou Zou. Head to Amorino for their famous gelato. Bareburger offers visitors preservative-free organic burgers. Masti is an upscale Indian eatery that includes a bar, lounge and restaurant with a terrace. Monaco sports bar, Stars ‘N’ Bars offers up casual American dining while Sugar Factory caters to those with a sweet tooth. There are many international dining options to choose from here that span Greek, Japanese, Steak houses as well as fast-food favourites.
4. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
This waterfront shopping, entertainment and dining destination on Palm Jumeirah boasts more than 70 dining options. There’s everything from fast food to fine dining sourced from around the world at The Pointe. This waterfront location offers views of the Palm Fountain which is the world’s largest. International fast-food chains are ideal for shoppers on the go as well as locally famous concepts like %Arabica coffee roastery and Saya Brasserie. Brunch & Cake is a favoured brunch spot while for a fine dining feeling head to Chaun, an award-winning Chinese restaurant on the waterside or Rue Royale by Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Viannay, which serves French cuisine. Donna Carmela serves up traditional Italian favourites while Zor gives guests the chance to sample Uzbeki cuisine. Fun lovers flock to Russian social hub Chalet Berezka, famous for shisha and karaoke.
5. The Beach JBR
A family favourite with a beachside location, The Beach has everything you need for a day out. At the beach followed by dining. Head to the famous JBR beach by day where watersports and shisha are also available and then enjoy the surrounding amenities that include a kids’ play area and cinema. Dining options span fast food favourites such as Shake Shack and The Cheesecake Factory as well as charming breakfast spots such as indoors/outdoors Eggspectation, quirky Japanese street food concept Akiba Dori and the newly opened La Mezcaleria Mexican. Bla Bla Dubai has become Insta-famous with its 20 bars, Ibiza style beach club and restaurant serving international cuisine.
6. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
The Boulevard is home to a series of relaxed cafes and restaurants to suit different tastes. Walk along and take in key sights from the Burj Khalifa to Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountains and the downtown Dubai skyline. Leila and Papa Roti are quick and easy lunch choices. Several of the restaurants on the Boulevard serve shisha including The Courtyard in Manzil hotel. For those keen to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, Em Sherif, Mezza House, Beirut Khanum, Bab Al Mansour, Grand Cafe Boulevard, and Iran Zamin are celebrated for their menus.
7. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
This beachfront destination on Palm Jumeirah promises an alfresco culinary journey. Walk along the European-style promenade and take in the sea views. There are seven dining concepts dotted along this walkway for visitors to choose from. Breeze Beach Grill is the ultimate chill-out spot – perfect for catching up on sports matches and enjoying comfort food, while The Tap House offers guests a gastro-pub vibe. Ibn Al Bahr is known for its seafood. Rumba Cuban Bar and Kitchen offer an enticing Cuban menu while live entertainment keeps the atmosphere electric. On Tuesdays, Ladies can avail special offers on beverages.
8. Wasl 51, Jumeirah 1
Wasl 51, is a trendy new addition to the Jumeirah dining scene offering visitors the chance to experience a host of new cafes and restaurants. There’s everything here from grab-and-go coffee shops to Lana Lusa, a Portuguese favourite with alfresco seating, Brunch & Cake adored by the Insta crowd, as well as Mara Lounge that offers guests a globally inspired menu. La Fabbrica serves delicious pizzas while Orfali Bros is a test kitchen for the Syrian-born Orfali brothers, known for their delicious burgers.
9. Al Seef, Dubai Creek
Situated on Dubai Creek in old Dubai, Al Seef offers visitors a taste of Dubai’s history. It’s interesting to note the architecture in this development, some buildings carry a sandy, stone traditional Arabian style while others are highly contemporary. Creek-side dining offers views of the abras and water taxis. For something special visit Doors Freestyle Grill, a venue that found its following in China before arriving in Dubai. The freestyle grill concept was masterminded by Chef Kemal Çeylan and includes a VVIP Private Majlis, mixology lab, shisha lounge and an outdoor terrace. Head to Al Fanar Seafood Market for a taste of traditional Emirati seafood. The Starbucks here has become an internet sensation thanks to its rustic exterior design, in keeping with the region.
10. Time Out Market, Souk Al Bahar
If you want a taste of Dubai’s dining scene without moving from one spot, Time Out Market is the best option for you. The Dubai edition of Time Out Market is the seventh with other locations in hotspots including Lisbon, New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston and Montreal.
This all-encompassing space features 18 restaurants and three bars across a huge 43,000 sq ft area. A selection of Dubai’s favourite restaurants and homegrown brands have outposts here including Portuguese eatery Lana Lusa, The Lighthouse, SLAB Cocina test kitchen, Boon Coffee as well as new additions to try. Beyond the many dining options, Time Out Market offers guests impressive views of The Dubai Fountain with an alfresco terrace to soak it all up from.