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. 101 Dining Lounge and Bar

    $$$$ | Jumeirah Beach | Modern European

    101 never fails to impress. You're bound to be surrounded by potential grooms popping the question, couples clinking champagne glasses, and...Read More

  • 2. Coya

    $$$$ | Jumeirah Beach | Peruvian

    Dubai didn't know it needed Peruvian dining until Coya opened. It's not the original, but you'd never know it; this place oozes soul. Decor...Read More

  • 3. Abshar

    $$ | Jumeirah Beach | Middle Eastern

    The Jumeirah Beach Road is lined with ethnic restaurants—Turkish, Saudi, Lebanese— all inside villas. Most are very good, and Abshar is a favorite...Read More

  • 4. Biryani Pot

    $ | Jumeirah Beach | Indian

    For a feast costing only around 35 dirhams, this is a great choice in the otherwise pricey Jumeirah district. As the name would suggest, the...Read More

  • 5. Café Ceramique

    $$ | Jumeirah Beach | Café

    This has been a favorite of expat families for many years. Not only is there a large terrace with Arabian gulf glimpses, but the kids (or young...Read More

  • 6. Farzi Cafe

    $$ | Jumeirah Beach | Indian

    New to Dubai's Indian molecular food scene, Farzi is all about image, and their interior and dishes are some of the most Instagrammed in the...Read More

  • 7. Lime Tree Cafe

    $ | Jumeirah Beach | Café

    The Lime Tree Cafe was probably the first modern Western café to open in Dubai (2001), and although its popularity paved the way for many other...Read More

  • 8. Pierchic

    $$$$ | Jumeirah Beach | Modern British

    Resting on a wooden pier on the Arabian Gulf, with views over two of Dubai's most stunning resorts and skyline, Pierchic is one of the most...Read More

  • 9. Senara

    $$$ | Jumeirah Beach | Modern British

    Senara is not flashy, trendy, or glamorous, but it's a lovely and quiet place to sit and watch the sun go down over million-dollar yachts at...Read More

  • 10. Social by Heinz Beck

    $$$$ | Jumeirah Beach | Italian

    With a German chef serving Italian cuisine at this American hotel in Dubai, Social has managed to seamlessly blend together elements of multiple...Read More

  • 11. Surf Cafe

    $$ | Eclectic

    Positioned a short walk from Umm Suqueim seashore, Surf Cafe is always packed with smiling patrons refueling after some serious beach activity...Read More

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