In a city that is constantly blessed with gorgeous weather, it’s no surprise that restaurants and bars look to take business outdoors. There’s no better place to relax than on the beach, with the sea breeze and incredible views, where you can also indulge in both delicious food and incredible cocktails. We’ve put together a list of all the best beach clubs in Dubai that can take you from day through to night, where you can soak up the sun and then stay on for a night cap.
If you’re looking for something with a real wow factor to get pictures for the ‘gram and enjoy with friends, you’ll find plenty of options like infinity pools and palm tree laden lagoon areas, or if you’re after something a little more relaxed like a rustic restaurant by the water, there are lots of tavernas and low-key cafes too.
Nowhere in the world does luxury beach clubs quite like Dubai, with sunbeds, huge pools, and live entertainment, this is the place to be and be seen. More than just drinks in the sun, there is also an impressive selection of beachside restaurants available. Whether you’re after a taste of Hellanic paradise with white stone walls and traditional Greek dishes such as vine leaves and octopus, or a Mexican inspired eatery with plenty of tacos, nibbles and slow cooked meats, you’re bound to find most cuisines along the waterfront of this city.
If you’re planning a day out with the whole gang, then we’ve also found the best beach clubs for families, where children can splash around in the pool and tuck into a kid friendly menu.
So take a look through our list, and choose between all inclusive beach clubs in Dubai, or laid back pool side spots with a view. Whatever you do, it’s sure to be memorable.
The best beach restaurants in Dubai
What: Tasha, the group behind Cafe Nikki and Soul Lounge, has brought Dubai another hit with Bungalo34, offering a glamorous, nostalgic space to wine, dine and recline in the sun. Set on Jumeirah Pearl island, you’re spoilt with views over The Gulf and across the extensive beach adorned with palm trees. This menu brings a variety of Mediterranean cuisines, including Greek, French and Italian - expect fresh seafood, wood fired pizzas and delicious salads.
Where: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira
Book now: Bungalo 34
Fish Beach Taverna
What: Bringing a taste of Hellanic paradise to Dubai, you can expect to see olive trees dotted across the terrace, whitewashed sofas, white stone walls and splashes of blue throughout. Then once the sun goes down, the fairy lights come on and you’re transported to a place even more magical than the last. As far as the menu is concerned, think classics like Greek salad, tzatziki, vine leaves and marinated octopus served with lemon olive oil dressing and dill.
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark
Book now: Fish Beach Taverna
Jones the Grocer
What: Jones the Grocer brings a more casual affair to the beach restaurant scene (for Dubai standards, anyway). This is a well-loved Australian born cafe, that’s been perfectly situated on Palm West Beach on Palm Jumeirah. The menu is extensive with everything from pizzas from the wood fired oven to salt beef toasties and larger dishes like truffle mushroom risotto. After dinner, there’s the opportunity for drinks on the beach whilst the DJ sees you through to the end of the day.
Where: PWB B5 FB1, West Palm Beach
Book now: Jones The Grocer
What: Located on Palm West Beach on Palm Jumeirah, Lucky Fish is an effortlessly cool Mediterranean restaurant considered as one of the top seafood restaurants in the city. Working with local fishermen, fresh fish is presented daily over ice, showcasing the best local and seasonal varieties. This sustainable attitude is consistent throughout the restaurant, including local salads and vegetables being served, as well as a zero waste policy being in place. Here you can spend time basking in the evening sun with family and admiring the Dubai skyline as the sun sets.
Where: The Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Lucky Fish
What: This Mexican inspired restaurant sits on Palm Jumeirah, serving up a selection of small plates using authentic flavours. You can expect everything from lamb pastor, which is tender lamb shoulder layered with onions and marinated for 48 hours, to pico chicken which is a vertical rotisserie chicken with adobo, cumin, coriander and lime juice. However, the signature dish is the crispy cheese-crusted quesadilla with a special blend of oxaca, Monterey Jack and white cheddar, with the restaurant’s signature cotija crust served with roasted poblano chile salsa on corn tortilla. Situated on the Palm West Beach, this is the perfect spot to spend your day soaking up the sun and enjoying the view of Dubai across the water.
Where: Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Señor Pico
What: You’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere more beautiful than Tamoka, with rows of seating looking out onto the Dubai skyline, and canopy areas for those looking for shade. But this beach restaurant is Instagram-friendly for more than just the setting, as the Caribbean and Latin American menu is equally as impressive. Here you can expect dishes like prawn, octopus, and mussels ceviche with spicy tomato juice, and spatchcock corn-fed baby chicken with jerk sauce and burnt lemon. This is the place to be and be seen - plus, if you go between 12-4 on a weekday it’s an absolute steal!
Where: Al Mamsha Street, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Book now: Tamoka
What: Torno Subito is the brainchild of Three Michelin starred chef Massimo Bottura, so it’s no huge surprise that this restaurant has been given its own Michelin accolade. Focusing on classic Italian dishes, food here delivers on both flavour and finesse. Think tagliatelle with hand chopped Wagyu ragu and ‘Tiramisubito’, described as 'tradition in evolution'. The restaurant comes with a large terrace overlooking the beach and the Dubai skyline, and makes for a laid back, and colourful, setting.
Where: W Dubai the Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Torno Subito
The best beach clubs in Dubai
What: With its signature white decor, and the sound of the sea in the background, it’s just as easy to relax into your sunbed at Café Nikki as it is to have a lively afternoon with the gang. Soak up the laid-back vibes at this resort's pool, or go for something a little more upbeat just a short stroll up the sand at the popular beach club. Overlooking the coastline of Pearl Jumeira, you can enjoy good food, flowing drinks, and hard to beat live entertainment like resident DJs and the in-house saxophonist. If you’re after something really special, then stay until sunset for undisrupted views over the harbour.
Where: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah
Book now: Café Nikki
What: DRIFT Beach is one of the best places to spend a day in Dubai, offering views of Dubai’s Marina, sunbeds and a pool, and even an impressive Mediterranean restaurant. It's the perfect spot to a spot for both whetting your appetite and relaxing under one of the cabanas. From the pool bar you can expect pizza, sandwiches and healthy bowls like a Nicoise salad, then the main restaurant sees dishes like a wagyu bavette with red wine sauce. It’s chic, fun, and has ample space for getting all the friends together.
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh
Book now: DRIFT Beach
SAN Beach Club
What: No matter how hectic your week has been, SAN Beach Club will be able to relax you with its serene energy and neutral tones. The name comes from Africa’s first people, the SAN, who were indigenous people known for living in harmony with nature. Enjoy the loungers and feel the sand beneath your feet as you soak up this tranquil space, that’s a delight for your mind, soul AND your stomach. Expect internationally inspired food, using plenty of seafood, plus light salads, and small bites.
Where: The Club, West Palm, Jumeirah
Book now: SAN Beach Club
Verde Beach Club
What: Verde Beach Club has gone from one luxurious location in St Tropez to another in Dubai, bringing with it elements of the French Riviera through Mediterranean flavours and glamorous decor. To eat, you can expect dishes like roasted snails with garlic and parsley butter, as well as a delicious lobster linguine. With some of Dubai’s finest scenery surrounding the beach club, you’re spoiled to unrivalled views of The Burj Al Arab Hotel whilst you dine.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim 3
Book now: Verde Beach Club
What: Bla Bla is home to 20 bars, three restaurants and a beach club, making it one of the largest venues Dubai has to offer. Within the 100,000 square ft spot, you’ll find a Bali-style beach bar and dedicated pool area within the Beach Club. This is a day to night venue that boasts impressive culinary credentials from Executive Chef Mohammad Islam, who cut his teeth in prestigious restaurants such as The Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Expect everything from pizza to bento boxes and BBQ classics.
Where: 5101 Messer Street, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Book now: Bla Bla
What: Cove Beach offers luxurious day beds, single beds and cabanas, as well as a jacuzzi and a pool. You can choose to relax by the pool that’s set back from the beach, or head a little closer to the shore to feel the sand beneath your feet as you unwind in the Arabian sunshine. The menu is light, and very swimsuit friendly - think seabass carpaccio, oysters, and king crab salad. Plus there’s even a rosé lounge, which is the ideal place to enjoy a meal and shisha by the beach.
Where: Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Island
Book now: Cove Beach
What: Set within The Atlantis, WHITE Beach is one of Dubai’s hottest beach clubs, and is a regular on visitors' and locals' Instagrams alike. The most picture perfect feature is the infinity pool that overlooks Dubai’s skyline, with loungers resting on the edge for prime tanning opportunities. When you’re looking to refuel from a hard day of relaxing, the restaurant offers a variety of poolside bites like tacos, poke bowls and fresh sushi. This may well make it as one of the most glamorous beach clubs on the list.
Where: Atlantis Hotel, Meydan Road
Book now: WHITE Beach
What: A brand that started its life in Beirut, is now one of Dubai’s most luxurious beach clubs, with its infamous red and white striped umbrellas, a large bar in the centre of the beach, and a delicious Japanese restaurant. With Uramaki rolls, poke bowls (seafood, meat and vegan options available) and cold tacos, February 30 is the perfect spot to stop by for a light bite and a chilled day in the sun whilst out with friends.
Where: West beach Palm, Jumeirah
Book now: February 30
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