Dubai has its feet planted firmly in the business world - this city has become a hub for tourism, as well as finance and business. Everyday, deals are brokered and agreements are forged here between companies and countries alike. Making new business relationships and solidifying existing ones can be a tricky business itself, but we think it can be made a lot easier when you add one thing into the equation: good food.
Venture into Dubai International Finance Centre and Business Bay, and it's no surprise that Dubai is such a hub for business - these areas are home to a huge array of aspiring multinationals, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Geographically, Dubai also serves as a convenient meeting point between Europe, Asia and Oceania, with hundreds of flights a day stopping to layover in the city.
Such a wealth of business and activity in Dubai can make it difficult to stand out from the crowd and seal the deal with new clients. But don’t panic - that’s where a good business lunch comes in! Taking clients out for lunch allows you to carve out some time to discuss business in a slightly more relaxed setting, and good food and drink provides the perfect ice breaker to help you connect with your guests.
Frankly, the days of four hour lunch breaks are long gone, so we’ve scouted out restaurants in prominent spots, as well as places with set menus so you can have a quick business lunch in Dubai but still enjoy some proper food. Hopefully we've removed the stress of finding that perfect restaurant, so you can focus all your energy on prepping that all-important business pitch.
Simply scroll through our suggestions as we’ve got restaurants in Dubai with a huge range of cuisines, atmospheres and locations. Impress your clients with one of the best restaurants with a view in Dubai or go all out and treat them (and yourself) to experiencing one of the Michelin star restaurants Dubai has to offer.
What: A business lunch at Amazonico doesn’t just take your clients away from the office, it transports them to the rainforests of the Amazon. Surrounded by lush foliage and tribal sounds, opt for a three or four course set menu including raw dishes, starters of chicken, pumpkin or shrimp; and mains like slow-cooked beef cheek or sea bass with a garlic and ginger stew. Sweeten up the vibe with a dessert of caramel glazed pineapple or refreshing sorbets.
Where: DIFC Pavilion, DIFC
Book now: Amazonico
What: If you’re ready to pull out all the stops to impress, then there is no better place than one of the Michelin star restaurants Dubai has to offer. Treat your guests to the exciting omakase experience where chef Sugiyama will select and prepare bespoke dishes using the finest ingredients imported from Japan. You’ll also have the option of three set menus that include appetisers, sushi, miso soup and Japanese omelet to share.
Where: Bulgari Hotel, Jumeriah Bay Island, Jumeirah
Book now: Hoseki
BB Social Dining
What: BB Social Dining is a contemporary Asian restaurant with a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. At lunchtime, they offer a special menu of small plates, perfect for sharing while you discuss important business plans. Feast on crunchy, tempura fried cauliflower popcorn with a rich truffle tofu sauce or try the signature katsu sandwiches. Larger bowls include ramen, pho and a mushroom barley risotto.
Where: Gate Village 8, Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC
Book now: BB Social Dining
What: Featuring a sushi and robata counter, it is always an exciting dining experience at Zuma as you can watch the masterful team prepare contemporary Japanese dishes. Offering an ebisu lunch menu for AED 148 per person, you’ll get miso soup, followed by a choice of two dishes from the starter selection which include sushi, salads, skewers and gyozas. The ebisu express skips the starters and goes to main courses of donburi, grilled seafood and larger sushi platters.
Where: Gate Village 6, Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC
Book now: Zuma
Bella Restaurant & Lounge
What: Rooftop dining and views of the Burj Khalifa are sure to leave a lasting impression at a business lunch in Dubai. Bella’s is a hotspot for fine Italian dining with a 3-course lunch menu for AED 135 per person. Kick things off with creamy burrata or salad before moving onto authentic Italian pasta, pizza or meat dishes. The chef’s special dessert of the day rounds off the feast; all perfectly accompanied by a cocktail or mocktail.
Where: Grand Millennium Hotel, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay
Book now: Bella Restaurant & Lounge
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
What: Found inside the five-star Address hotel in Downtown Dubai, 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant is one of the hottest tickets for a business lunch in Dubai. Throughout the week, the restaurant offers an omakase business lunch where the masterful team prepare a 10-course menu, with tea or coffee into the bargain. Take a break from the office and experience plates of high-quality, haute Japanese cuisine.
Where: The Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai
Book now: 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
What: Celebrating the cuisines of the Mediterranean, BOCA presents a menu inspired by the flavours of France, Italy and Spain. For a business lunch in Dubai, the tasting menu is a great option. You’ll receive ten dishes from the menu to share with the table so you can experience a wider range of all BOCA has to offer. Plates include stuffed olives, sourdough, veal tartare, charred leek and sweet dishes of ice cream and strawberry tartare.
Where: Gate Village 6, DIFC
Book now: BOCA
Ce La Vi
What: Instagrammable, contemporary restaurant Ce La Vi boasts some incredible panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline and the Burj Khalifa. Their lunch offering makes the perfect business lunch in Dubai with starters of roasted cauliflower spiced with Calabrian chilli followed by main courses of yuzu marinated grilled chicken and black truffle sushi rice risotto. Add sides, cocktails, and finish off with one of the delicate desserts.
Where: Address Sky View Hotel, DIFC
Book now: Ce La Vi
What: Perching high up on the 70th floor of the SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, this is one of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai in our book, and a great place for a business lunch. Holding a Michelin Bib Gourmand award and the title of Dubai’s first female-led restaurant, there's plenty to be impressed by here, not least the wonderful, rustic Italian cooking. Indulge in classic tiramisu for dessert.
Where: Level 70 SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, Marasi Drive, Business Bay
Book now: Fi'lia
What: If you're after something a little more formal and impressive, Indochine delivers timeless classics in a stylish venue with tropical décor and contemporary art. The unique combination of French and Vietnamese flavours is bound to be a hit with any foodie clients, and the unique restaurant provides plenty to talk about. Main courses include the likes of Vietnamese curries as well as an elevated take on the simple sandwich with Wagyu steak, pickled carrots and pate. Try the honeycomb and chocolate ganache with five-spice ice cream to finish.
Where: Podium Level, Gate Precinct Building 3, DIFC
Book now: Indochine
What: OSH serves up traditional Uzbek cuisine with an exciting modern twist. If you’re looking for a business lunch in Dubai without a set menu, OSH is a great option as their menu boasts a range of salads, sashimi, ceviche and authentic breads as starters. For mains, you can delight in lamb cut shoulder, sea bass, or one of the robata grill plates like chicken or salmon shashlik. Make sure to treat your clients to the oreo double cheesecake for dessert as it’s a must!
Where: Unit 703, La Mer, North Beach Entrance, Jumeirah Street, Jumeirah 1
Book now: OSH
What: You’ll find innovation and exclusivity at CLAP which is sure to leave your clients wowed. For a business lunch in Dubai, CLAP serves miso soup, followed by your choice of two small plates such as a shrimp tempura roll, crispy rice with salmon, squid karaage. On to the main event, you’ll find options from the a la carte menu as well as street food dishes like duck ramen or seafood chirachi. Give your guests the sweet treatment by finishing up with matcha cheesecake.
Where: Gate Village Building 11, DIFC
Book now: CLAP
What: There’s no better place to escape the office than a beachside restaurant in Dubai. Tamoka's Central and South American offering of unlimited ceviche, entradas and ensaladas is the perfect accompaniment to the lapping sea waves, and you can add free-flowing wine for AED 225 per person. Across a 2-hour business lunch, your clients can feast on shredded chicken buns, tuna tacos, and spicy seafood dishes.
Where: Al Mamsha Street, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Book now: Tamoka
What: Hundreds of thousands of business lunches must have been conducted at ROKA restaurants all over the world, so this is a safe-as-houses pick! It's no wonder why - swanky interiors and top quality food mean you're in great hands at ROKA. On the premium menu, you’ll receive a range of authentic Japanese starters to share among the table before moving onto a main course of grilled meats and seafood flavoured with spices.
Where: Level 1, The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay
Book now: ROKA
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
What: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon brings an exciting offering of French cuisine to Dubai’s dining scene. Starting with a seasonal amuse bouche, the business lunch menu continues with hot and cold starters like tomato gazpacho with a mustard sorbet or crispy artichoke with Parmesan risotto. Confit chicken and grilled Atlantic salmon grace the main course selection while the dessert is left to the day’s special.
Where: Podium Level, Gate Village 11, Al Boursa Street, DIFC
Book now: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
What: Overlooking Dubai’s Museum of the Future, Hutong brings a striking, unique atmosphere to a business lunch in Dubai. In traditional Asian-style, the business lunch will begin with hot and sour soup with dumplings, baos and rolls to follow. Main courses boast authentic, bold flavours in dishes like the wok-tossed beef tenderloin and yu xiang tiger prawn. Hutong gives you the option to add wine, prosecco and dessert at an additional charge.
Where: Gate Building 6, DIFC
Book now: Hutong
What: Roberto’s shows off magnificent views of Dubai’s skyline from its stylish terrace. Get ready to wow your clients with this dining spot and its fresh Italian, contemporary cuisine. Starting with soups and salads, it is the main courses that bring the most excitement. Homemade pappardelle is tossed in a sauce of slow-cooked lamb, while baked seabass takes on the flavours of miso and citrus. Add special dishes, wine or cocktails to go the extra step.
Where: Gate Building 6, DIFC
Book now: Roberto's
What: Shanghai Me presents an authentic example of the rich heritage and cuisines of East Asia. While there is a regularly changing business lunch menu, you’ll receive a soup, appetiser and main course for AED 120. Dishes include chicken and sweetcorn soup, indulgent Wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings and Szechuan beef with vegetables and egg fried rice. Bring good fortune to your business lunch by ending with a giant, mousse-filled fortune cookie.
Where: Gate Village Building 11, DIFC
Book now: Shanghai Me
What: Fine dining, elegant plates and glamourous interiors are all ready to greet you and your clients for a luxurious business lunch in Dubai. Outline your business plan over creamy burrata and crunchy calamari, then delve into the details as the main course arrives. Rigatoni is taken to new heights by a Wagyu beef bolognese while spaghetti meets clams, calarmari and leeks in a spicy sauce. Seal the deal over refreshing scoops of the sorbet of the day.
Where: Gate Village Building 7, DIFC
Book now: Marea
What: Culinary mastermind Fernando Trocca dishes up a lunch in Dubai that is sure to get any client in a good mood. Split into small plates and large plates, this Latin-American inspired menu features beef tartare with crispy plantain as well as a sundried tomato empanada accompanied by a basil pesto. Horseradish cream gives a kick to the beef tenderloin while the Basque cheesecake will certainly keep your clients in a sweet spot.
Where: Podium Level, Gate Village 5, DIFC
Book now: Sucre
Fancy after-work drinks instead? Treat yourself and your group to a spectacular view from one of the best rooftop bars Dubai has to offer and unwind as the Dubai skyline comes to life.