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The 12 best restaurants and places to eat in Dubai

Dubai is a thriving metropolis in the heart of the desert. The city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates is a luxury getaway, a shopping destination, known for endless white sand beaches, fancy hotels and one more important thing: Food. It’s not easy to choose the best restaurants and places to eat in Dubai, because there are so many. We help you with the decision making, finding the best food, coolest restaurants and most unique dining options in one of the Middle East’s most luxurious cities.

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Tip #1: Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef in Dubai
Le Petit Chef in Dubai

A fantastic meal begins with great entertainment. Responsible for the show is the smallest chef in the world, Le Petit Chef. The tiny chef from France will show his skills using 3D Mapping Technology. La Coco Restaurant at Andaz Dubai The Palm hosts the 5 course menu by head chef Mauro Santarelli. Together with Le Petit Chef he invites the guests on a culinary journey with cinematic entertainment.

Le Petit Chef in Dubai
Le Petit Chef Dubai

Visit our extraordinary 3D dinner-show Le Petit Chef in La Coco Restaurant at Andaz Dubai The Palm.

By mapping the dining table and objects on it, a virtual story gets projected onto the tabletop. In between, guests enjoy their meals, either Grand, Classic or Vegetarian Le Petit Chef menu. Even for kids between 6 and 11 years of age, a special menu is available.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian menu options available.

Speciality:

3D theater surrounds a fun and exceptional dining experience.

Price:

Five-course menu.

Classic and Vegetarian: AED 600 per person,

Grand: AED 800 per person.

Le Petit Chef Junior (6 – 11 years): AED 300 per person

Hours:

Reservation is necessary, you can book online

Location:

Le Petit Chef

Andaz Dubai The Palm 

Palm Jumeirah

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 4 581 1234

E-mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://lepetitchef.com/Dubai

Tip #2: Ossiano

Image credit: Ossiano Dubai

If you are eager to dine in the underwater world, Ossiano might be the restaurant you are looking for. The one Michelin star awarded seafood restaurant is located in the famous Atlantis the Palm resort amidst an aquarium. Chef Grégoire Berger serves a tasting menu in waves (courses) and if you wanna get some romantic moments in, you can rent divers for underwater love messages or even proposals.

Local suppliers are important to Ossiano, for its very modern presented cuisine, prepared in a traditional way. Chef Berger makes sure every food item in the restaurant gets used and if not, it will get turned into stock. The no waste food preparation and the seafood sourcing from trustworthy suppliers is part of the sustainability program of the restaurant.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No vegetarian or vegan options available. 

Speciality :

One Michelin star awarded seafood restaurant amidst an aquarium

Price:

11 waves (courses) tasting menu AED 1,250.

Wine pairing AED 845 and AED 315 for non-alcoholic pairing. 

Hours:

Daily 6 pm – 1 am

Location:

Ossiano

Crescent Rd

The Palm Jumeirah

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 4 426 0770

Webpage: https://www.atlantis.com/dubai/dining/ossiano

Reservations through their webpage.

Tip #3: Arabian Tea House – Al Fahidi

Image credit: Arabian Tea House – Al Fahidi Dubai

You might not wanna eat Italian, European or Indian, when you visit Dubai. But you might wanna eat authentic food. The Arabian Tea House Restaurant is a journey into Dubai’s past. It’s the first authentic Arabic restaurant since 1997, located in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. The Emirati inspired food and the wide selection of teas, can be enjoyed in a charming outdoor garden area. 

Tourists meet here as well as locals, enjoying colorful trays for breakfast and authentic mains like Saloona Laham (fresh lamb cooked in a traditional way), but also vegetable dishes and traditional sweets. Ferni, date cakes and even Arabian Tea House Special Afternoon Tea (a tower of sweets served with tea) can be indulged in a cozy atmosphere. Kids love the Kids menu with animal shaped foods.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

Authentic Arabic food. Traditional dishes. Arabian Tea House Special. Fun Kid Plates.  

Price:

Breakfast trays starting AED 58 up to AED 85.

Mains starting AED 58 up to AED 75.

Arabian Tea House Special Afternoon Tea for AED 127 

Hours:

Daily: 7am – 11 pm 

Location:

Arabian Tea House – Al Fahidi

Al Fahidi Street

Bur Dubai

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 4 353 5071

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://arabianteahouse.com

Tip #4: Sonara Camp

Image credit: Sonara Camp Dubai

Sonara Camp Restaurant offers a unique dining experience in the heart of the Arabian desert. The eco-friendly camp with zero waste policy, using ethical products, material and solar power, invites not only to quad biking, dune driving or sand boarding, but also to a fine dining experience.

French chef Frank Sanna has created a 3 course fusion Mediterranean sharing menu with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. He also caters to vegetarians, vegans and Kids with special menus. A private chauffeur and a shuttle service, kids activities, overnight stays and entertainment making this dining experience remarkable.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

The restaurant caters to Vegans, Vegetarians and Kids.  

Speciality :

A unique dining experience in the heart of the Arabian desert. Mediterranean fusion food surrounded with entertainment. 

Price:

Dinner experience: 3 course sharing menu with live entertainment and fire show.

High Season October-May: From AED 690, Children from AED 290.

Low Season June – September: From AED 520, Children from AED 200.

Complementary for Toddlers up to 5 years. 

Hours:

Reservation only, see webpage. 

Daily: 4pm – 10.30 pm

Location:

Sonara Camp

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Al Ain Road, Margham Gate

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971)4 223 8011

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.nara.ae

Tip #5: Boardwalk Restaurant

Boardwalk Restaurant Dubai
Image credit: Boardwalk Restaurant Dubai

The iconic creek-side restaurant, part of the Dubai Creek Resort, has been operating for over 27 years, serving Mediterranean food as an inside and outside dining experience. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you can enjoy the wooden deck with breathtaking water view and the famous Boardwalk fish & chips

The Creek Resort restaurant offers Pizza Making for Kids, as an after school activity. Kids will be given a homemade pizza base and make their own creation, cooked by the chefs at Boardwalk in their wood fired oven. For an adult Italian experience, there is Aperitivo hour at the Boardwalk, Monday to Friday from 4 – 7pm. The Boardwalk is also famous for their Oysters and Bubbles.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. Kids menu available.  

Speciality:

The award winning Boardwalk restaurant at the Dubai Creek Yacht Club is famous for fish & chips, but also for Oysters and Bubbles, with excellent view 

Price:

Oysters and Bubbles (Daily 3pm – 8pm): 6 pcs/12 pcs/24pcs oyster platter AED 120/AED 220/AED 420. Free flow of sparkling wine for 2 hours starting from AED 100.

Pizza Making for Kids: AED 50.

Late Breakfast (Sat and Sun 11.30 am – 1 pm): AED 98 per person (one main dish, glass orange juice, special dessert plus coffee). Add free flowing mimosa for additional AED 98.

Aperitivo (Mon-Fri 4 – 7pm): AED 45 per spritz beverage with aperitivo bites ordered àla carte.

Hours:

Mo – Fri: 12 pm – 12 am 

Sat – Sun: 11.30 am – 12 am

Location:

Boardwalk Restaurant

Dubai Creek Resort

Port Saeed

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 4 205 4647

Webpage: https://dubaicreekresort.com/boardwalk/ 

Tip #6: At.Mosphere

At.Mosphere Dubai
Image credit: At.Mosphere Dubai

They call it “The peak of fine dining”. For a reason! Enjoying meals 442 meters above the ground, on Level 122 of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is definitely hard to top. At.Mosphere is the world’s highest restaurant from ground level and is overlooking Downtown Dubai and offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. 

One of the best restaurants in Dubai serves finest European cuisine in a newly renovated Art Deco elegance with fancy wallpapers and mosaic flooring. For more privacy for larger table seatings, there are curtains which can be closed off. Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner are available high above, with stunning views, beautiful sunsets and night lights.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

Have breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner in the world’s highest restaurant with a breathtaking view. 

Price:

2 course lunch menu AED 450,

3 course lunch menu AED 560.

Dinner mains starting from AED 240 to AED 565.

7 courses vegetarian set menu AED 725. 

Hours:

Daily: 7 am – 2 am 

Location:

At.Mosphere

Ground Level

Palace Downtown 

9770 Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 4 888 3828

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com/

Tip #7: Thiptara

Image credit: Thiptara Dubai

Thiptara is a unique Thai and Bangkok style seafood dining experience by the riverside. The Thai restaurant in the five star Palace Downtown hotel, is considered as one of Dubai’s most iconic dining destinations. Thiptara means “Magic at the water” and exactly this is what the restaurant offers, with spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain

The award winning Far Eastern culinary experience offers for example grilled prawns, roasted duck breast and different curry options. Traditional rice and noodle dishes like Pad Se Eiw or Pad Thai are on the menu as well. 

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. 

Speciality:

Unique Thai and Bangkok style seafood restaurant by the riverside. 

Price:

Mains starting from AED 165 up to AED 325.

Rice and Noodle dishes starting from AED 95 up to AED 135.

Saichol sharing style menu AED 325 per person.

Chalalai sharing style menu AED 550 per person.

Waree sharing style menu AED 395 per person. 

Hours:

Daily: 

6 pm  – 11.30 pm (for Dining) 

5 pm – 2 am (at the Lounge) 

Happy Hour at the Lounge: 11 pm – 1 am 

 

Saturday: 

Brunch: 12.30 pm – 4 pm

Location:

Thiptara

Palace Downtown

Lobby Level

9770 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd

Dubai

 

Contact:

Tip #8: La Farine

La Farine Dubai
Image credit: La Farine Dubai

Some folks say it’s the best baguette in Dubai. The bakery and cafe “La Farine” is located in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis Hotel and treats you with homemade pastries, European style freshly baked bread and crafted barista coffee. Tarts, eclairs, croissants, but also a good sized menu for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. 

Breakfast features fluffy Coconut Pancakes, Acai Bowls, or a fancy Crab Benedict. Lunch ranges from Gnocchi Primavera, slow cooked Australian Beef Brisket, over Grilled harissa spiced Jumbo Prawns to Corn-Fed Chicken. A kids menu, vegetarian and vegan options are available as well. For afternoon tea you can savor freshly baked scones, pistachio apricot profiteroles or vanilla caramel mousse. The menu almost reads like an Arabian tale.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

European style bakery with the best baguette in Dubai. 

Price:

Breakfast options on the menu starting from AED 20 up to AED 95. 

Hours:

Daily: 6 am to 12 am 

Location:

La Farine

Sheikh Zayed Rd

Business Bay

Dubai

Contact:

Tip #9: Jun’s

Jun’s Dubai
Image credit: Jun’s Dubai

Jun’s, the award winning restaurant by chef Kelvin Cheung and owner Nehan Anand presents North American comfort food, combined with far Eastern and Indian flavors. Local and seasonal ingredients are an important player in Cheungs kitchen. The Canadian chef, raised in Chicago and based in Dubai, spent most of his lifetime traveling the world and finding inspiration for his creations. 

Jun’s menu features a fusion kitchen, flavors and ideas Cheung picked up on his travels. Butter poached lobster, Hokkaido scallop with homemade yuzu kosho, rainbow heirloom carrots and wagyu beef potstickers, are part of the nine course tasting menu and chefs favorite dishes. Jun’s is also a good spot for people with a sweet tooth. This really nice restaurant in Dubai offers custom cakes, for vegan and gluten-free customers as well.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. 

Speciality:

Modern fine dining experience, North American comfort food combined with far Eastern and Indian flavors. Fusion Kitchen. Custom cakes, also vegan and gluten-free.

Price:

9 course tasting menu non-vegetarian AED 450, Vegetarian AED 375.

Lunch 2 courses AED 110, 3 courses AED 130.

Dinner mains starting AED 75 up to AED 375. 

Hours:

Daily: 

12 pm – 3.30 pm 

5.30 pm – 2 am

Location:

Jun’s

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd

Downtown Dubai

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 144 576 035

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.junsdubai.com/

Tip #10: Twiggy

Image credit: Twiggy Dubai

When you visit Twiggy, you will have fun eating and drinking, because Twiggy is not just a regular restaurant and bar, it’s a beach club. But still, elegant, relaxed and 60’s style. It includes a white sandy beach and a turquoise pool and don’t forget about the food on the Mediterranean inspired menu. 

For absolute relaxation make sure you book your Lagoon ahead of time. Sipping Watermelon Splash and Tropical Vibe makes the Twiggy visit extraordinary. This cool restaurant in Dubai offers hot and cold dishes, Caviar, a sushi bar and fusion rolls. If you go to Twiggy as a family, there is a dedicated kids playing area, a kids menu and a zero booz drinks menu with milkshakes, slushies and smoothies.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Kids menu available.

Speciality:

Beach club fun with Mediterranean food, sipping cocktails on the Lagoon. Family friendly. 

Price:

Seafood platter AED 1340, Caviar (30g/100g/Beluga 50g) AED 585/1900/2350.

Sushi bar chef’s selection of 3 Sashimi varieties AED 180 and premium selection AED 285.

Chef’s selection of 6 pieces sushi AED 150, 8 pieces AED 210 and premium 8 pieces AED 290.

Hours:

Twiggy by La Cantine Park Hyatt

Dubai Creek Club St Port Saeed

Dubai

Locations:

Twiggy by La Cantine Park Hyatt

Dubai Creek Club St Port Saeed

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 04 602 1105

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://twiggy.ae

Tip #11: Trèsind Studio

Trèsind Studio Dubai
Image credit: Trèsind Studio Dubai

It’s the only Indian two Michelin star restaurant in the United Arab Emirates and currently ranked as number 11 in the world’s 50 best restaurants. Known for its progressive Indian cuisine, the Trèsind team and chef Himanshu Saini operate with a seating capacity of 20 people. Modern cooking elements, but also traditional Indian techniques reflect the restaurant’s menu. 

“Rising India – The Great Continent” is the name of the menu, vegetarian and regular option. It reads like a long story of an Indian travel experience, from Coastal plains, over Deccan plateau, Northern plains and Himalayan mountain. The Papadom Botanic Bar holds signature cocktails, each with a story and lovely sounding names.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. 

Speciality:

Only Indian two Michelin star restaurant in the UAE. Modern cooking elements meet traditional Indian techniques.  

Price:

4 course menu vegetarian and regular AED 850

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue – Sun: 6 pm – 11 pm 

Location:

Trèsind Studio

St. Regis Gardens

The Palm

Jumeirah

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 58895 1272

Phone: (+971) 4242 1666

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://tresindstudio.com

Tip #12: Bull & Bear

Bull & Bear Dubai
Image credit: Bull & Bear Dubai

The award winning signature steakhouse of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel is inspired by the original New York concept. The NYC institution closed, whilst the Dubai location under manager Orsi Halasz and head chef Giovanni Pintore is blooming. The iron clad bull and bear sculpture greets the guests stepping in from the Financial District outside of the restaurant. 

The fancy Bull & Bear with lots of gold interior is meant for business lunches, celebrating special occasions, but also for romantic dinners. It’s for sure a restaurant for meat eaters and guests with knowledge of a well done steak. Australian Tenderloin, Rib Eye and Porterhouse Steak. But, believe it or not, in addition you can find Vegan Eggplant Parmigiana and a Vegan Bowl with crispy tofu and such on the menu.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

Fancy steak house in the traditional Waldorf Astoria Hotel. 

Price:

Business lunch 3 course menu AED 125 (includes your choice of dessert or tea/coffee).

The steaks starting from AED 95 and go up to AED 650

Hours:

Daily: 

7 am – 11 am 

12.30 pm – 4 pm 

6.30 pm – 12 am

Location:

Bull & Bear

Burj Daman

DIFC

Dubai

Contact:

Phone: (+971) 4 515 9888 Webpage: https://bullandbeardifc.com/

Our selection of restaurants is based, among other things, on the editorial team’s individual preferences and on reviews on the internet. Please contact the respective provider directly for information on reservations and prices. The pictures come from the restaurants listed. All Information is provided without guarantee!

Annabelle Schweineberg
Annabelle Schweineberg

As Assist. Marketing & Communications Manager Annabelle knows the concept of Le Petit Chef like no other. If you have any questions, she is the right person to contact.

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