Dubai Restaurants

After some time mimicking dining scenes in other cities, importing chef names and restaurant chains, Dubai has developed quite a complex and singular dining culture with more and more regional influences. Expats, trade, and tourism has brought all corners of the world to Dubai's doorstep, and there is something for any budget in almost every conceivable cuisine.

There is no Michelin guide in Dubai, but dine on the upper-end and you'll find establishments of the highest quality. Restaurants here get worldwide recognition, and the greatest chefs on the planet often pop up for unexpected residencies.

Middle-of-the-road dining will take you beach-side for gourmet burgers, into gastropubs and speakeasies, out to the desert for pizza on a rooftop, or sampling some very fine regional cuisine within particularly decadent spaces.

Some may argue that the most exciting element of Dubai’s cuisine culture is the budget sector, which provides a tantalizing and authentic array of cultural choices, sometimes just for loose change. Examples can be found at the rising number of food trucks around the city, but the originals will tend to be holes-in-the wall around the older parts of Dubai.

Even though Dubai is a Muslim country, pork products and alcohol are still available. Licences for both are restricted to restaurants and bars in large hotels and clubs. The prices at licensed premises tend to hover a little higher than elsewhere, and the venues sometimes suffer from blandness that can come with hotel restaurants, so it might be worth considering if you really need that drink; some of the greatest cuisine in the region is found in simple roadside ethnic eateries.

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  • 1. Ruya

    $$$$ | Dubai Marina | Turkish

    Local chef Colin Clague (previously of Zuma and Qbara) has again opened up a seamless venue that captures just the right amount of culture,...Read More

  • 2. Bussola

    $$$ | Dubai Marina | Italian

    There are two parts to Bussola, and both are well worth a visit. The first is the casual pizzeria, which rests on the rooftop capturing views...Read More

  • 3. Fumé

    $$$ | Dubai Marina | Eclectic

    The original Fumés (there are now two in the city), this location is in Pier 7, a swanky tower overlooking the Dubai Marina, with seven restaurants...Read More

  • 4. Marina Social

    $$$$ | Dubai Marina | Modern British

    Million-dollar views and fine dining without pretension, it's no surprise chef Jason Atherton's Marina Social is quickly becoming one of the...Read More

  • 5. Milkcow

    $ | Dubai Marina | Café

    We couldn't talk about the beach without mentioning ice cream, and Milkcow has the best available along the JBR stretch. This South Korean chain...Read More

  • 6. Seven Sands

    $$ | Dubai Marina | Middle Eastern

    Emirati food is surprisingly difficult to find in restaurants. It's generally home-cooked comfort food, and not the kind of thing that looks...Read More

  • 7. The Beach Bar and Grill

    $$$$ | Dubai Marina | International

    For classy, casual, and long alfresco lunches, it doesn't get better than the front terrace here. Children can play in the wooden fort and playground...Read More

  • 8. The Hot Dog Stand

    $ | Dubai Marina | Hot Dog

    This hole-in-the-wall mainly offers take-out and home delivery, but it's possible to snag a seat, whether inside or at benches around a grassy...Read More

  • 9. Toro Toro

    $$$$ | Dubai Marina | Latin American

    This place combines mood lighting, a gorgeous crowd dressed to the nines sipping Cachaça-based cocktails, and tunes that make you want to move...Read More

  • 10. Mezzanine

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes extends his empire to Dubai with this temple to gastronomy at Grosvenor House. Chef Paul Lupton wowed diners at Rhodes...Read More

  • 11. Tang

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Although the name sounds Chinese, this European fusion restaurant has some of the most adventurous taste mixtures in Dubai. Dishes come in two...Read More

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