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. Enigma

    $$$$ | The South Bank | Eclectic

    You know that saying about the mountain and Mohammad? Dubai's first pop-up only restaurant opened in January 2016, and brings the world's best...Read More

  • 4. Khan Murjan

    $$ | The South Bank | Middle Eastern

    It's hard to experience genuine Arabic food and ambience in the depths of the Dubai summer, but this sprawling air-conditioned and covered courtyard...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Bateaux Dubai

    $$$$ | The North Bank | International

    Although pleasant year-round, Bateaux Dubai comes into its own in summer. July and August can be sweltering in the city, but all looks rosy...Read More

  • 7. Elia

    $$$ | The South Bank | Greek

    This part of town is not known for romantic fine-dining restaurants, but Elia gets very close to the more sophisticated offerings in newer parts...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Traiteur

    $$$$ | The North Bank | French

    It's hard to decide what to love the most about Traiteur. The warm, geometrically bizarre interior, the terrace opening to millionaire views...Read More

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