Searching for the best restaurants for a birthday in Dubai? You’ll no doubt have found that the city has more great restaurants than you can keep up with, so finding the perfect spot for your big bash isn’t as straight-forward as you might think.
Do you want an intimate chef’s table experience for your closest friends and family? Or perhaps you have something larger and more casual in mind - a rooftop drinks party with incredible canapes and finger food. That’s where we come in - we’ve been up and down every part of Dubai hunting out the city’s most special restaurants for private dining in Dubai to help mark birthday celebration meals in style, and we’ve come up with a list of birthday spots that have it all.
Dubai really has something for everyone when it comes to restaurants, but if there’s something you can count on in this city it’s a good view. A good chunk of the restaurants we’ve picked out offer glorious private terraces and rooftops that boast jaw-dropping vistas over the city and out towards the Arabian Gulf. Honestly, what better way to celebrate turning a year older than raising a glass and watching the sunset over the skyline from one of Dubai's best restaurants with a view?
Still, views aren’t always everything, and if the only gift you really want for your birthday is a great meal, we’ve got that covered too, with some of the best-rated, most highly regarded restaurants in the city. If all else fails, you really can’t go wrong with a restaurant where divers will wish you happy birthday from inside a giant aquarium. Yes, that's a thing.
Read on for our pick of the best birthday restaurants in Dubai.
What: If you’re going to go for it, you might as well go for it at the top of the Burj Khalifa. At.Mosphere might just have some of the best views of any restaurant in the world, and serves up luxury cuisine, from Dubai’s only Kobe Beef experience to a quality afternoon tea. The 16-seater private dining room is the space to book if you're feeling particularly flush.
Where: Burj Khalifa, 122nd Floor, Downtown Dubai
Book now: At.Mosphere
Brass Monkey Social
What: This neon party palace is perfect for birthdays where you just want to let loose and have a bit of fun. Brass Monkey takes its social moniker very seriously, offering a huge range of fun activities from retro arcade games to bowling alleys, and you can chow down on easy-going snack-food like tacos and gyozas whilst you compete head to head with your mates.
Where: Bluewaters Island
Book now: Brass Monkey Social
SoBe Rooftop Bar
What: You can’t go wrong with a rooftop bar if you’re celebrating a big birthday, and SoBe has gorgeous unobstructed views in all directions from the fabulous Palm Jumeirah. Fairy lights add to the fantastical atmosphere, and the Chino-Latino menu is pretty good too, as are the many innovative house cocktails.
Where: W Dubai - The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: SoBe Rooftop Bar
What: This bright and beautiful Greek restaurant has been a smash hit in Dubai, thanks to its modern styling but also the excellent Aegean menu that focuses on traditional Greek cooking and quality seasonal ingredients. For an extra special occasion, head to the 12-seater chef’s table for a specially-curated menu of fresh fish and seafood, salads and gorgeous wines.
Where: Gate Village Number 4, DIFC
Book now: Gaia
What: Even in a city that boasts more than its fair share of glitzy restaurants, Chic Nonna comes with something extra to separate it from the crowd. Glamorous interiors, huge olive trees, chandeliers and flamboyant food make this a brilliant birthday choice, not to mention the largest wine cellar in the Middle East to get stuck into.
Where: Gate Avenue Mall Zone D, DIFC
Book now: Chic Nonna
What: Dubai Marina is pretty high on our list of ideal birthday locations, and STK JBR sums up the vibe rather nicely - sleek, chic and ready to party. Tuck into steaks and lux dishes like Thai red curry risotto and scallop ceviche, then get ready to dance the night away in the main restaurant, with tracks laid down by a live DJ.
Where: Rixos Premium Dubai, B1, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Book now: STK JBR
What: This lively Jamaican diner doubles up as a rum bar, making it a flexible option for groups that aren’t sure if they just want to celebrate with drinks or with a proper meal. If you choose the latter, prepare for oxtail stew, jerk chicken and scotch bonnet lamb rack, and save a bit of space for the dark and stormy rum cake with ginger ice cream. Then it’s onto a few Rum Pum Punches as the sun sets.
Where: 5th Floor, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Trade Centre
Book now: Miss Lily’s
What: Amazonico is very well-known globally, but those immersive tropical interiors never cease to amaze. The Dubai outpost’s three-storey rainforest of lush foliage and kaleidoscopic colours makes a stunning birthday location, and there are various areas available to hire including a view-tastic roof terrace where you can sip on house cocktails.
Where: DIFC Pavilion, Al Satwa
Book now: Amazonico
What: SUSHISAMBA’s Japanese, Brazilian, Peruvian fusion has been a smash hit in locations all over the world, and the Dubai location is just as loud and flamboyant as you’d expect, sitting on the 51st floor of the St Regis Hotel. Incredible views of the Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah meet unique fusion sushi and a stunning private dining room that you can have all to yourself.
Where: Level 51 – The Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: SUSHISAMBA Dubai
Ossiano at Atlantis Dubai
What: This award-winning Michelin-starred seafood restaurant in the Atlantis hotel isn’t a cheap-and-cheerful option, but where else can you have a diver deliver a message to your table from a giant aquarium? Ossiano’s aquariums house 200 species of fish, sharks and other sea creatures, and also the odd diver with a sign that says, ‘happy birthday!’ The food and drink more than matches up to the magnificence of the space, making this an unforgettable birthday spot.
Where: Atlantis Dubai, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Ossiano at Atlantis Dubai
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