It is no secret that in the last decade or so, Dubai has become one of the top culinary cities in the world. The sheer variety and range of restaurants available here is astounding, from humble local joints to dazzling Michelin-starred locations. Alongside a wealth of exciting cuisines, from Japanese to Korean, French and so many more, Greek cuisine has seen a huge surge in popularity in Dubai, with new spots popping up constantly. With such a competitive dining scene and an almost overwhelming amount of choice, it can be difficult to discern where is actually worth a visit. So, to help you in your search, we’ve rounded up the best Greek restaurants in Dubai.
Following a Mediterranean diet seems to be all the rage nowadays, with key elements including high-quality meat, fresh fish, colourful vegetables and healthy fats like olive oil. You can find all of this and more in Greek cuisine, just one of the reasons why people love it so much. Of course, it's also hugely delicious, with classic favourites ranging from a hearty and comforting moussaka oozing layers of beef and bechamel, to a light and refreshing Greek salad, with dried mint and slabs of salty feta. Greek food is also great for sharing, and is equally suited to a light lunch on the beach, as it is with grilled meats and fresh fish for a satisfying dinner.
The restaurants below offer a variety of settings, from traditional taverna-inspired spots like Ammos, to a stunning waterfront setting at Shimmers. If you’d like a family evening of theatrical fun, head to Opa, or for a romantic refined dinner of Grecian delights, choose Gaia. Needless to say, this list is the ultimate guide to Greek dining in Dubai, so peruse at your leisure and find the restaurant that’s right for you.
What: If you're looking for a lively location to satisfy that Greek salad craving, head to Anasa. This highly rated restaurant has a stunning outdoor terrace perfect for classic Mediterranean al-fresco dining, and features live music throughout the week.
Where: Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 115143
Book now: Anasa
Taverna Greek Kitchen
What: Boasting white-washed walls, exposed wood and an unbeatable waterfront view, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into an eatery on one of Greece's stunning islands. The charcoal grill here churns out delicious smoky meats and scrumptious seafood for a family-friendly, authentic evening.
Where: Al Sufouh 1, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Book now: Taverna Greek Kitchen
Mythos Kouzina and Grill
What: The interiors at Mythos Kouzina and Grill are inspired by a traditional, but still very chic, Greek taverna - think white-washed walls and cave-like ceilings. It also serves some of the most authentic food in the area. Focusing on simple classics done well (the tzatziki here is raved about), it's a fantastic spot for really good Greek food.
Where: Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Book now: Mythos Kouzina and Grill
What: A true celebration of Greek culture, Ammos is one of the most highly-reviewed Greek restaurants in Dubai. Relax in its beachfront taverna-esque dining room, with polished stone floors and flower adorned columns, take in the live music and enjoy the seafood specialities.
Where: The Walk, Al Mamsha Street, JBR
Book now: Ammos
What: Boasting a prime beachside location with unbeatable views of white sand and blue sea, Shimmers is the perfect spot for a light lunch on a beach day, or for a satisfying dinner of sharing plates. Notably, Shimmers offer an award-winning drinks list and there are also plenty of vegetarian options to enjoy.
Where: Beach, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam
Book now: Shimmers
Myrra by Opa
What: Technically specialising in Greek-Spanish cuisine, Myrra offers a luxurious taste of the Mediterranean in an al-fresco setting on the Palm. It also boasts direct access to the beach, making it a relaxed spot for friends and family to congregate.
Where: Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Myrra by Opa
What: Named after the Greek Goddess, Gaia offers refined Greek dining in a relaxed yet elegant setting. Sourcing all the seafood from the Mediterranean Sea, this is a must visit for properly fresh Greek food. If you fancy a real treat, opt for the secluded 12-seat chef’s table for an extra-special dining experience.
Where: Gate village 4, DIFC
Book now: Gaia
What: A more casual Greek eatery, Philotimos serves an extensive menu of traditional Greek cuisine, offering hot and cold mezze, grilled meats and seafood, as well as a separate kid's menu. With ivy adorned walls, pastel blue shutters and vases of lavender on the white tables, this is perfect for an unpretentious taste of Greece.
Where: Dar Wasl, Al Wasl
Book now: Philotimos
What: Prepare for an evening of plate-throwing, live music, traditional dancing and Ouzo at Opa Dubai. Alongside plenty of exciting spectacle is, of course, a delicious Greek meal. And don’t worry, you can get involved too, with each guest being given a plate to smash!
Where: 1st Level, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Book now: Opa
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