I’ve done a couple of posts like this and they are always well received. Eating, if you hadn’t guessed it by now, is one of my favourite things to do. And Dubai has an abundance of restaurants to try and is always one thing people reach out to for when asking for suggestions on Dubai. A while back I wrote up on some of my favourite cafes which you can check out here. So I’m going to try and summarise a few must visit restaurants in Dubai for their food, ambience, setting or ones that I just always find myself returning to.
Asia Asia | Pier 7, Dubai Marina
One of my all time go to’s that I always take every guest that comes to visit me in Dubai and that I suggest to everybody is Asia Asia. Located in Pier 7 in Dubai Marina, Pier 7 is comprised of seven restaurants situated across the seven levels. Serving up an abundance of Pan Asian cuisine, this restaurant uses an Asian style concept where food is brought to the table when ready. With beautiful views showcasing the impressive marina, it’s a great place for brunch, lunch, drinks and dinner at all times of day and night. The sushi and sweet potato dim sum is to die for, and I always find myself craving a visit to this restaurant if I haven’t been in over a month.
Prime 68 | JW Marriott Marquis, Downtown Dubai
A recent find for myself and one that I’m so glad I was introduced to by my boyfriend Alex on one of our date nights is Prime 68 located in the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown. Serving up a whole range of different steaks, this is a restaurant all meat lovers must visit when in Dubai. Located on the 68th floor of the JW, the majority of tables are in front of the floor to ceiling windows which give off incredibly impressive views across Dubai. You can really see the scale and sheer size of the city and is a beautiful place to watch the sunset. With a huge wine cellar, wide selection of meats and the option to chose your own knife, they have perfected the serving up of steaks and rival the best steak I’ve ever eaten which was in Argentina.
Tortuga | Mina A’Salaam, Madinat Jumeriah
I love Mexican food so much, and Tortuga is a great Mexican restaurant located inside the Madinat. The Madinat is what I would call an Arabian Venice. It is three hotels surrounded by waters where you can ride abras (traditional Arabic boats made of wood) around the resort. With a modernised indoor and outdoor souk and an abundance of restaurants and bars to choose from, its a perfect spot to visit when you’re in Dubai. Tortuga has a brilliant outdoor seating area with wonderful views and a large menu boasting a wide selection of vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes. If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s child friendly too get this added to the top of your list, as there is something for everyone here. Make sure to try their profusion of different flavoured margaritas that come both frozen and on the rocks.
Thiptara | The Palace, Downtown Dubai
If you keep up with my blog, you’ll know I’m a massive lover of Thai food and one great place to visit is Thiptara. With a beautiful outdoor setting out on the water, you feel completely immersed in the dancing fountains, a must see when visiting Dubai. The food is as good as when you’re in Thailand and what’s even better is they serve mango sticky rice for desert, an absolute favourite of mine.
The Observatory | Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a wide menu and a panoramic view of the marina with Palm Jumeriah views, this is the place for you. Located on the 52nd floor it gives that all impressive view and whilst the sun is still up you can see the palm, which is something everyone always tells me they want to see. Serving up international cuisines there is something for everyone here and food is always cooked to perfection. Make sure to book a table reservation if you’re wanting a seat by the window as this restaurant is loved by both residents and tourists alike.
Il Faro Trattoria And Lounge | Azure Residences, Palm Jumeriah
If you’re looking for Italian, then look no further that Il Faro Trattoria and Lounge. A recent new favourite of mine and when you visit you will see why. Located at the edge of Palm Jumeriah this restaurant is covered in twinkly lights against a gorgeous white wooden backdrop. Set along the waters edge with both indoor and outdoor seating options its a picturesque place for dinner, perfect for date nights and nights out with friends. One thing I love about Il Faro is their ladies and gents night they have on a Tuesday, its rare for places to do an offer for both ladies and gents so for 165 AED ladies can indulge on unlimited pizza and Prosecco for 165 and the same for gents at 245 AED. The atmosphere is the perfect setting for a night out where you still want to be able to chat too!
Claw BBQ | Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Something way more casual but with a wonderful outdoor eating area is Claw BBQ located in Souk Al Bahar right by the Burj Khalifa. Serving up a whole host of barbecue dishes along side an abundance of seafood. The seafood buckets here exceptional served up with barbecued corn on the cob, potatoes and lashings of garlic butter. Put on your bib and tuck in to some delicious food with the wonderful margaritas they also serve up here. Perfect if you’ve been checking out to Dubai Mall or Burj Khalifa and you’re wanting a licensed and casual dinner venue nearby.
Foguiera Restaurant and Lounge | Delta Hotels by Marriott, Dubai Marina
A little on the pricier side and maybe not to everyones cup of tea is Foguiera a relaxed all you can eat Brazillian meats. This is a huge thing in Brazil and I loved it when I went for the first time in Rio de Janeiro. You grab the accompanying side dishes you would like from a buffet and then different cuts of meat are brought round to your table. You’re given a small sign which is green on one side and red on the other. If it’s green they’ll continue to bring round food, if its red they’ll give you a break. It’s an absolute feast and you really do get a lot of food, so make sure to go with an empty stomach, and leave room for the flame grilled cinnamon pineapple at the end, so delicious! This isn’t everyones style of dining, but the views here are phenomenal of the marina with an outdoor seating area. You really do feel like you’re on top of the world.
Hell’s Kitchen | Caesars Palace, Bluewaters
Owned by world famous multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay, Hells Kitchen is a beautifully modern restaurant serving up impeccable cuisines. Only the second Hell’s Kitchen after the original outpost in Las Vegas it hones in on the celebrity chef’s reality TV show, but with the Red and Blue teams working closely together this time. Renowned for the cooked to perfection beef wellington and the British classic sticky toffee pudding, Hell’s Kitchen should be a must visit on everyone’s list, especially the outstanding Friday brunch.
Nobu | The Atlantis, Palm Jumeriah
World famous restaurant Nobu which is part owned by Robert De Niro (a fun fact I found out today) is located at the Atlantis hotel on The Palm. If you’re looking for fresh sushi, sashimi and sake, Nobu is the place to try. This is probably the priciest restaurant on this list, but a must visit at some point in your life at one of the forty six locations worldwide. Make sure to try out the black cod miso or the yellowtail jalapeño maki, and to walk by the ginormous aquarium as you enter and exit the restaurant! The perfect backdrop for pictures!
And that wraps up a few of my favourite places to head to for dinner in Dubai! I hope it gives you some inspiration and recommendations when you visit or if you live here like myself. Writing up this post is definitely making me miss Dubai so much, I’m hoping the UAE opens up the border for residents soon for me to return home.
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