With so many different cuisines and food options to choose from, we understand that picking where and what to dine on in Dubai is no easy feat. With seafood restaurants, Japanese eateries and enough vegan restaurants to keep even the fussiest of eaters happy, there is definitely no shortage of great restaurants to pick from. But sometimes, only a steak will do.
It is almost impossible nowadays to visit a country without at least one steakhouse to its name. A classic British dish and one that signifies expensive luxury, it may come as no surprise that Dubai, a city based on excess and decadence has more than a few steakhouse to choose from.
All popular among locals, ex-pats and tourists alike, you’ll find restaurants endorsed by British celebrity chefs, traditional American style steakhouses and of course the glitzy and glamourous places where heels aren’t optional (see: STK). The one thing they all have in common is that quality cuts of meat are of the upmost importance. With beef flown in from all over the world, expect to find Wagyu, Aberdeen Angus and so much more.
So next time you are Dubai and just can’t kick that red meat craving, head down to one of these popular steak houses for your fix and enjoy the luxurious surroundings that come with steakhouses in Dubai.
Why: Filled with plush leather booths, the most Instagrammable art pieces and blossom trees dotted around the restaurant, you’ll struggle to find anyone not dressed to impress at STK. We’re talking every kind of body con dress imaginable and dress shirts with more than a few buttons undone. Onto the food and all the steaks found on this menu come from the North America and Argentina. You can order a host of other dishes too, including passionfruit miso black cod and cornfed chicken, for days when you don’t feel like munching on red meat.
Where: Rixos Premium Dubai The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Why: Headed up by late British Chef Gary Rhodes, Rhodes Twenty10 brings traditional steak dinners to the UAE. Décor wise its follows the stereotypical formula of most restaurants in Dubai - opulent chandeliers, dark colours and plush seating can all be found here. Menu-wise USDA cuts are the most popular with the occasional Australian cut thrown in for good measure. Sides include your classic chips and mash pairing as well as foie gras and welsh rarebit.
Where: Al Mamsha Street, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
The City Grill
Why: This huge, dimly-lit South African steakhouse is a great place for group dining in the city. With a buzzy vibe, smell of sizzling meat and great wine to accompany all your meals, its no wonder The City Grill is so popular. Its classic rump cut is of course South African, however you can also get American and Australian cuts as well as braised oxtail and a good old surf and turf.
Where: The Atrium, Habtoor City
Why: Specialising in both seafood and steak, ordering here is an interactive experience. From picking your meat to choosing the knife that it is cut with, before seeing it grilled in front of you, a meal at Seafire will be unforgettable. You can guarantee great cuts of meat here too as the restaurant focus o a special breed of cattle in Australia called Black Onyx. To accompany your meat keep things simple with French fries or push the boat out with cauliflower potato gratin.
Where: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
The 86 Steakhouse
Why: Serving up only the finest quality cuts of meat including Wagyu, filet and striploin, the 86 Steakhouse is just one of the restaurants which are a part of The Address Hotel in Dubai Marina. Since it’s located so close to the marina, we suggest ordering some sort of fish dish to accompany your meat too. Go for the signature surf and turf, or try the lobster thermidor. Décor-wise everything is modern and elegant with a number of themed private dining rooms to choose from.
Where: Al Marsa Street, 66, The Address Hotel
Why: Designed to look like a New York loft, and modelling itself after a classic New York Steakhouse, despite the menu at West 14th focusing mainly on steak, you can still find lots of other American classics to get stuck into. All the beef is USDA approved and of the best quality. If a robust piece of meat isn’t quite what you happen to be craving that day, the Wagyu burgers, salads and beach boxes are great too.
Where: Dukes The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Why: From the star of the now-infamous Salt Bae vine that went viral, Nusr-Et is becoming a worldwide chain and has become a hit in Dubai. Serving up every meaty dish you could ever ask for, from beef carpaccio and steak tartar to asado beef ribs and Nusr-Et Kobe, this is carnivore heaven. You don’t have to worry about things being under seasoned either.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Dubai Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort
Why: With views so incredible it looks like you’re sat in front of a green screen, admire the Burj Khalifa and Dubai fountain while eating quality cuts of meat at Asado. As if you weren’t already entertained by the view enough, the restaurant has live tango performances and an Argentinian inspired menu including roasted baby goat, and Argentinian cuts of meat.
Where: Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
Why: Inspired by South American and Latin culture, this lively steak restaurant has an open kitchen so you can be fully immersed in the cooking experience before you tuck into your perfectly cooked (depending on your preference) steak. Australian lamb chops, brisket toro burgers and ceviche are all on the menu to enjoy too. Don’t forget to check out what live DJ Toro Toro have playing either.
Where: Al Emreef Street, Grosvenor House Dubai
Why: Inspired by an all American steakhouse, if it’s a more casual dining experience you are after, Texas Roadhouse, located in the Dubai mall is for you. As an already popular chain in America, you can of course expect all of its cuts to be from the USA. Try the classic Dallas filet or sirloin. Or try something a little different with the Road Kill steak smothered in cheese and onions. Everything is reasonably priced too.
Where: Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road
Why: With décor reminiscent of an all American steakhouse, think exposed brick, leather booths and simple table settings, The Hide focuses on three different types of meat. From 21 day dry aged and American prime, to the slightly more special Wagyu beef this place doesn’t skimp on portion sizes - it is US inspired after all.
Where: Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Why: Although not strictly just a steak restaurant, Marina Social, which is headed up by celebrity chef Jason Atherton, has some great steak offerings. Décor is reminiscent of lots of restaurants you would see all over the UK with light wood floors and quirky art pieces on the wall. On the menu you’ll find BBQ beef short-ribs with cauliflower cheese and a wagyu steak tartare alongside other great dishes including pizza, beef Wellington and ravioli.
Where: InterContinental Dubai Marina, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, 393080
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