When it comes to the best restaurants for groups in Dubai, there's truly a wealth of options. You see, Dubai’s restaurant scene keeps getting better and better. As the city becomes more international and grows into its position as a global hub for tourism, trade and leisure, restaurants in Dubai become more diverse, attracting talented chefs with fresh, exciting ideas, as well as some of the world’s most renowned restaurant groups.
The result of that is, there are more choices than ever before if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Dubai. Whether you’re looking for great restaurants in downtown Dubai, Michelin-approved fine dining spots or places to eat in Dubai Marina, there’s a wealth of choice at the tip of your fork.
Good food isn’t just about the food, though - one of the most important parts of a meal is the people you share it with. Often it’s the company that makes a meal special, but if you want to dine out with a large group of friends or family, it’s not always easy to find a restaurant that can accommodate you. So, we’ve done the rounds finding a few great Dubai restaurants that are perfect for groups, both in terms of size but also in terms of what they offer. Some, such as giant buffet Saffron, offer a huge range of international choice and live, theatrical cookery to entertain the group. Others simply offer big menus that are best experienced with a sizeable group, when you can order lots of different plates and share them amongst yourselves. At Brass Monkey Social, the food is only a precursor to a host of games and activities, including pool, retro arcade games and a virtual reality driving sim!
We've picked out a range of different styles and cuisines for our best group restaurants in Dubai - just scroll down, take a look, and hit the book now link to book a table.
ROKA, Business Bay
What: ROKA sophisticated Japanese vibes have allured diners all over the world, so it's no surprise that ROKA Dubai is a glitzy, glamorous and consistently excellent place to go for a group dinner. The chic Akai Room is ROKA's private dining area, and is suitably set away from the rest of the restaurant, giving you and your group a secluded, private spot to enjoy ROKA's delicious Japanese dishes and clever cocktails.
Where: The Opus by Omniyat, Level 1, Business Bay
Book now: ROKA
Saffron Atlantis, The Palm
What: Where better to take a big group of friends than Dubai’s largest buffet? Treat your pals to a choice of 220 dishes from 20 live cooking stations, where chefs whip up dishes fresh from scratch. Saffron is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and shines a light on all sorts of different world cuisines, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Where: Atlantis Dubai, Crescent Road, The Palm
Book now: Saffron Atlantis
Wakame, Downtown Dubai
What: This family-run spot remixes Asian and Japanese plates - a great option for groups who want to share lots of different things. There's a 22-seater private dining room in the restaurant with cosy low lighting and plush furniture, and the team can lay on extra activities too like dim-sum crafting, cocktail making and dessert masterclasses.
Where: 3rd Floor – Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai
Book now: Wakame
Arcadia, Palm Jumeirah
What: Dubai's first farm-to-table dining experience, Arcadia is nestled inside the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel on the Palm, and the stunning oak dining table and beautiful surroundings make this a perfect place to celebrate with friends. As well as delicious sustainable menus and a private dining space under the open sky, Arcadia also offers interactive cooking classes for you and your guests.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, West Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Arcadia
Jun’s, Downtown Dubai
What: Beautiful Asian-inspired plates in a photogenic dining room with views of the Burj Khalifa - it’s no wonder that Jun’s is so popular. The menu offers a huge range of different sharing plates with influence taken from all over Asia, so visit with a group, order lots of different options and enjoy.
Where: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Book now: Jun’s
SUSHISAMBA Dubai, Jumeirah
What: 51 storeys up at the top of the St Regis hotel, SUSHISAMBA's stunning views and colourful fusion plates make it a great choice for big groups looking for somewhere to celebrate. The open kitchen at the heart of the space provides plenty of entertainment during your meal, if the unobstructed Dubai vistas weren’t enough already.
Where: St Regis Hotel, The Palm, Level 51, Jumeirah
Book now: SUSHISAMBA
Zuma Dubai, DIFC
What: Zuma has carved out a niche for itself all over the world thanks to a mix of consistent, delicious Japanese cooking and sleek surroundings. Zuma Dubai adds to the mix with DJs spinning tunes late into the night, making this a great spot for groups who want good food and a good time. It remains a tough place to get a reservation so you might need to book ahead.
Where: Al Mustaqbal Street, Gate Village 06, DIFC
Book now: Zuma Dubai
STK, Jumeirah Beach Residence
What: The sleek international steakhouse group fits Dubai’s glitzy dining scene perfectly, and it makes a glamorous night out for a big celebration with DJs spinning tunes into the early hours. STK Dubai hosts all sorts of events, as well as a lively brunch should you fancy it, as well as steaks and cocktails galore. You might even catch some breakdancing waiters if you’re lucky.
Where: Rixos Premium Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Book now: STK Jumeirah Beach Residence
Brass Monkey Social, The Wharf
What: Brass Monkey Social hosts a dizzying array of different themed nights, from ‘Wing It Mondays’ to ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ and the food offering is easy going - tacos, sliders, pizzas, old school desserts and more. The food is just part of the fun though - once you’ve eaten, get stuck into retro arcade games, billiards, bowling, and even a VR driving simulator, as well as cocktails and beers.
Where: Bluewaters Island, The Wharf
Book now: Brass Monkey Social
Sobe Rooftop Bar, Palm Jumeirah
What: The only rooftop bar on the Palm Jumeirah with unobstructed, 360 degree views of Dubai, Sobe is the place to be if you want to chill al fresco with your mates and enjoy some easy going sharing plates. The Latin menu includes chorizo croquetas, tacos, tropical ceviche, and Cuban sandwiches, all washed down with summery cocktails.
Where: W Dubai - The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah
Book now: Sobe Rooftop Bar
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