After the towering skyscrapers and enviable weather, Dubai is perhaps best known for its diverse and impressive restaurant scene. In fact, Dubai can be thought of as something of a playground for food lovers, with pretty much every cuisine under the sun being offered to diners here, from French and Italian to Japanese and Indian.
It should come as no surprise then, that Dubai has attracted some of the world’s best known chefs, with many legends of the culinary industry deciding to set up shop in this popular holiday destination. Many of these chefs are also the proud recipients of Michelin stars, awarded to them by the world famous Michelin restaurant guide. The highest number of Michelin stars that a chef can be awarded is three and Michelin describes these restaurants as serving food which is ‘worth taking a detour for’. So by our logic, that means planning a trip to Dubai solely around where you plan to eat out while you’re there is completely reasonable.
Dubai residents and visitors may be surprised to know however that Michelin does not currently offer an official guide to Dubai’s restaurants. Don’t be upset though, because there are still plenty of opportunities to sample Michelin-style food in Dubai, thanks to the number of Michelin chefs who have opened restaurants in the city - ranging from glamorous fine dining outfits, to more casual propositions that you can bring the kids along to.
Below, we have sought out every Michelin star restaurant in Dubai (they don’t officially have stars, but they are owned by Michelin approved chefs) and we encourage you to book a table at these awesome restaurants if you fancy a taste of the foodie high life. Our list of restaurants features a little something for everyone, so check out our pick of Dubai restaurants ran by Michelin star chefs below.
Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen
One of two Dubai outposts from Michelin darling Gordon Ramsay (he is one of few chefs in the world to hold three stars), Hell’s Kitchen is a fun and theatrical restaurant which takes its inspiration from Ramsay’s cult reality TV show of the same name. Found at Ceasar’s Palace, the stylish dining room is punctuated by an open kitchen in the center of the space, while the menu is full of signature Ramsay dishes, including his famous beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding.
British chef Jason Atherton has joined the impressive list of Michelin chefs operating restaurants in Dubai. His Marina Social serves a menu that is inspired by the Meditteranean and as the name suggests, boasts an atmosphere that encourages socialising - in fact, the chefs work in an open kitchen, so you can watch all the action unfold in front of your eyes. Top orders include corn-fed chicken breast with truffle potato puree and mango and yoghurt cheesecake for dessert.
Kim Joinie-Maurin’s Al Mahara
Famous for the floor-to-ceiling fish tanks that line the walls of the restaurant, Al Mahara was originally overseen by British chef Nathan Outlaw, but is now headed up by two Michelin star French-Korean chef Kim Joinie-Maurin. Al Mahara’s menu is seafood focused, with excellent dishes to try including grilled tiger prawns with asparagus and lemon butter, or salt-baked whole sea bass served with warm tartare sauce, rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Yannick Alleno’s Stay
One of only a handful of chefs worldwide to have achieved Michelin’s highest rating of three stars, chef Yannick Alleno continues to impress with his Dubai restaurant Stay. The impossibly glamorous dining room (all mirrored surfaces and monochromatic colour schemes) serves as the backdrop for an enchanting menu of classic French dishes which evolve with the seasons. On warm nights, dine on the romantic outdoor terrace, which overlooks manicured gardens.
Gary Rhodes’ Rhodes W1
Gary Rhodes was a well-respected British chef who sadly passed away in 2019, however his legacy lives on through this popular Dubai restaurant. Rhodes W1 is home to bright and colourful interiors, while the menu is a celebration of Anglo-French dishes - think the comforting likes of slow roasted pork belly or an upmarket take on a chicken kiev. Desserts also combine British and French tradition, featuring a raspberry souffle alongside a rich sticky toffee pudding.
Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu
Loved by celebrities and often referenced in songs and TV shows, it is no surprise that the famously glamorous Nobu decided to open an outpost in Dubai. Michelin-approved chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the man behind the menu, which features a roll call of Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian top hits such as its yellowtail sashimi, wagyu beef tacos and of course, the iconic black cod miso. A must-visit when dining in Dubai.
Heinz Beck’s Social
World-renowned chef Heinz Beck may be German, but he has made his name in the culinary world perfecting the art of Italian cuisine. At his Dubai outpost, Social by Heinz Beck, he oversees a menu of contemporary Italian fare. Begin with the likes of slow cooked egg with black truffle and potato cream, before moving on to a pasta course of duck tortellini and finishing up with a main course such as beef tenderloin with potato salad.
Massimo Bottura’s Torno Subito
Think Michelin food has to be fussy and boring? Think again, because the first restaurant outside of Italy from star chef Massimo Bottura is a lively and fun affair. The striking, colourful interiors at Torno Subito are matched by a menu that is equally as stimulating - tuck into the likes of a gourmet pizza topped with mozzarella and black truffle shavings, before finishing up with a dark cherry cheesecake topped with an orange crumble and served with a scoop of cherry sorbet.
Vineet Bhatia’s Indego
One of the first ever Indian chefs to be awarded a Michelin star, Indego by Vineet Bhatia (found at the Grosvenor Hotel) sets the bar for Indian fine dining in Dubai. The dining room follows a calming dark wood and cream colour scheme, with pops of colour provided by red chairs. Highlights from the menu meanwhile, include sea bass coated in a macadamia nut crust and lamb chops rubbed in Madras coffee and served on a bed of mushroom barley.
Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen
The second Dubai restaurant overseen by Ramsay is a sibling to the original Bread Street Kitchen site in London. Found in the world-famous Atlantis Hotel, this is a relaxed yet stylish proposition, boasting a trendy warehouse feel. The menu is full of contemporary British fare with global influences, such as roasted tomato soup with a cheese scone and beer battered fish and chips. Got some aspiring foodies in the family? Bring the kids along to the weekly Friday family brunch.
Giorgio Locatelli’s Ronda Locatelli
Michelin-starred Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is the brains behind Ronda Locatelli, a casual Italian joint serving up antipasti, stone-hearth pizzas and fresh pasta dishes. Vegetarians and vegans can often have a tough time finding decent food in Dubai, so plant-based diners will be thrilled to know that Ronda Locatelli offers an expansive vegan menu of more than 40 dishes. It’s also family-friendly too, with an outdoor kids playground for the little ones to enjoy.
Michelin star restaurants Dubai FAQS
Does Dubai have Michelin star restaurants?
Michelin does not currently offer a guide to Dubai restaurants. However, there are plenty of well-known chefs who have been awarded Michelin stars for restaurants in other countries, who have chosen to open restaurants in Dubai.
How many Michelin star restaurants are in Dubai?
Technically, there are no Michelin star restaurants in Dubai because Michelin does not currently offer a guide to the city. However, there are plenty of restaurants in Dubai which are owned by chefs who have been awarded Michelin stars for restaurants they operate in other countries.
Why are there no Michelin stars in Dubai?
The Michelin guide is famously tight-lipped about the way it works and the decisions it makes in regards to restaurants, so an official reason has never been given as to why Dubai does not have a Michelin guide yet.
The Michelin guide originated in France, so check out our pick of the best French restaurants in Dubai.