Michelin star restaurants Dubai: 18 Michelin-approved restaurants in Dubai

Looking for Michelin star food in Dubai? Head to one of these top-rated restaurants...

Updated on 01 July 2022 • Written By Peter Dreyer

Michelin star restaurants Dubai: 18 Michelin-approved restaurants in Dubai

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.

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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.

2022 was the first year that the Michelin Guide handed out awards in the United Arab Emirates - a landmark moment for restaurants in Dubai, which is now recognised as one of the best food cities in the world, alongside the likes of London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and beyond. Some of those Michelin stars were awarded to restaurants run by chefs that have been well-recognised by the guide in the past - French chef Yannick Alleno can add two more stars to his extensive collection, as can legendary Italian chef Massimo Bottura for his work at Torno Subito.

We've rounded up all the restaurants below that were recognised in the inaugural Michelin Guide Dubai 2022, as well as a few notable restaurants run by famous chefs that hold Michelin stars elsewhere. Take a look and plan your next meal!

Two Michelin star restaurants Dubai

The biggest accolade any Michelin restaurant in Dubai has is two stars. Reserved for special occasions and blow-out dining, this culinary duo are where to head when you really want to impress.

Il Ristorante - Niko Romito

What: Niko Romito’s stunning restaurant at the Bulgari Resort in Dubai is a lesson in world-class fine dining, courtesy of a master. As you’d expect from a luxury resort like this, the restaurant is sleek and modern with opulent designer interiors. Diners sit on a raised banqueting area under a dramatic black ceiling that mimics the night sky, with stunning views out across the Arabian Gulf. The food is top-notch too, with a menu that spans quality antipasti, handmade pasta and mains like braised lamb with turnip tops and aged balsamic vinegar.
Where: Bulgari Hotel, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Il Ristorante - Niko Romito

STAY by Yannick Alléno

What: 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.
Where: One&Only The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: STAY by Yannick Alléno

One Michelin star restaurants Dubai

The best thing about Michelin starred restaurants in Dubai is the sheer range of cuisines on offer, with everything from meticulously crafted dim sum through to wonderful, aromatic plates of food cooked over live fire a possibility. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or fancy booking a business lunch sure to clinch the deal, these one Michelin star restaurants in Dubai are a great place to start. Be warned though, they book up fast, so try to get a reservation in early.

11 Woodfire

What: 11 Woodfire strips cooking back to basics, with dishes that celebrate the simplicity of cooking over wood fire. Using various techniques and a range of different woods, Akmal Anaur creates pared-back dishes that highlight the intense flavour that comes from primal cooking techniques. Highlights include Black Angus T-bone steak, jumbo prawns with brown butter leeks, and of course, the theatre of watching chefs cooking over live fire.
Where: Villa 11, 75B Street, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: 11 Woodfire

Al Muntaha

What: Located on the 27th floor of the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, Al Muntaha's high-rise panoramic views are certainly a big part of the attraction. The food is impressive too though - head chef Saverio Sbaragli trained under Alain Ducasse and worked at legendary three Michelin-starred L’Arpege in Paris before coming to Dubai. That shows in the menus here, which touch on authentic French and Italian flavours with dishes like roasted free-range poulet de Bresse with salsify, morel mushrooms and foie gras sauce, and sea bass with Jerusalem artichokes and aromatic herbs.
Where: Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Al Muntaha

Armani Ristorante

What: Part of the stunning Armani Hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay, Armani Ristorante sticks to its Italian roots by serving up luxurious, contemporary Italian fare. The menu features the likes of shrimp risotto with pesto and lemon; braised veal cheek with celeriac, caramelised onions and green peppers; and a stupendous tiramisu. Links with the world-famous Italian fashion house mean that this is a bit of a celeb-haunt too, and the interiors are pretty glamorous, even by Dubai's standards.
Where: Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Book now: Armani Ristorante

Hakkasan Dubai

What: At this point, there’s no denying that Hakkasan is the undisputed dim sum and cocktails champion. The Dubai outpost combines the signature, incredible food and drink offering with a striking, dramatic restaurant, tucked away in the beautiful Atlantis Resort. The menu reflects Dubai’s wide spectrum food heritage with dishes like Szechuan-style Wagyu beef cheek and sweet and sour chicken with pomegranate, with wood-heavy decor and greenery that feels right at home next to the nearby grounds of the Emirates Palace.
Where: Atlantis The Palm Hotel, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Hakkasan Dubai

Hoseki

What: Perched on the fourth floor of the Bulgari Hotel, Hoseki’s sleek, monochrome interiors are a perfect match for the one-of-a-kind sushi menu served by chef Masahiro Sugiyama - a sixth-generation sushi master. This omakase dining experience is as exclusive as they come, with just nine seats available for each service. Each seat is the best seat in the house, as you’ll get to watch Masahiro-sama’s exquisite preparation of each course, in this journey through seasonal Japanese cuisine.
Where: Bulgari Hotel, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Hoseki

Ossiano

What: One of Dubai’s most famous, and most striking restaurants, guests at Ossiano get to dine underwater, surrounded by a giant fish tank. Enticing dishes include the likes of oysters, Alaskan king crab, langoustine, poached blue lobster and black cod, while the gourmet caviar menu also features some of the best quality caviar options in the world. If you are visiting Ossiano for a special occasion, you can even arrange for one of the hotel's skilled divers to deliver a message through one of the restaurant's viewing windows.
Where: Atlantis The Palm Hotel, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Ossiano

Tasca by Jose Avillez

What: Tasca is renowned Portuguese chef José Avillez’s first international opening, following on from his lauded Michelin-starred restaurant Belcanto back home. The Tasca menu reinvents classic Portuguese dishes to great effect, and diners get spectacular views over Dubai on one side and the Arabian Gulf on the other. There’s even an infinity pool on the terrace that overlooks the glittering seas of the gulf.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeira 1, Dubai
Book now: Tasca by Jose Avillez

Torno Subito

What: Massimo Bottura remains perhaps the most influential chef in the world right now, so it was no surprise when his Dubai restaurant Torno Subito scooped a Michelin star at the first time of asking. Bottura’s first ever restaurant outside of his native Italy is on the beach at the Palm Jumeirah, and seeks to create the vibe of the 1960s Italian Riviera with classic dishes like calamari fritti, beef carpaccio with horseradish and artichoke crisps, and comforting pasta dishes like cacio e pepe and tagliatelle al ragu. There are spritzes and negronis galore too, and signature cocktails to cool down with.
Where: W Dubai, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Torno Subito

Tresind Studio

What: With only 20 guests for each dinner service, Tresind Studio is a remarkably intimate affair, where chefs curate a unique, immersive chef’s table experience. Head chef Himanshu Saini is a rising star of Indian cuisine, and his dishes transform traditional Indian dishes into captivating, modern plates.
Where: Nakheel Mall, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book now: Tresind Studio

Dubai Restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs

Aside from those restaurants that received stars in the Michelin Guide Dubai 2022, there are lots of other Michelin-starred chefs in the city, including the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton and Kim Joinie-Maurin. Check out the below for more Michelin-approved chef recommendations.

Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay 

What: 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 Caesar’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.
Where: Caesar's Palace, Bluewaters Island, Dubai
Book nowHell’s Kitchen Dubai

Marina Social, Jason Atherton

What: 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.
Where: InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Book nowMarina Social

Al Mahara, Kim Joinie-Maurin 

What: 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.
Where: First Floor, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book nowAl Mahara

Nobu, Nobu Matsuhisa 

What: 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.
Where: The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book nowNobu Dubai 

Social, Heinz Beck 

What: 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.
Where: Waldorf Astoria, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Book nowSocial by Heinz Beck

Indego, Vineet Bhatia 

What: 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.
Where: Grosvenor House, Al Emreef Street, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Book nowIndego by Vineet Bhatia

Bread Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay 

What: 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.
Where: Atlantis The Palm Hotel, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Book nowBread Street Kitchen

Michelin star restaurants Dubai FAQS

Does Dubai have Michelin star restaurants?

Yes, Dubai has Michelin star restaurants. In 2022, Michelin created the inaugural Michelin Guide Dubai, and awarded a number of Michelin stars as well as Bib Gourmand awards - given to restaurants that offer great food at affordable prices. 

How many Michelin star restaurants are in Dubai?

There are 11 Michelin star restaurants in Dubai in total. Nine restaurants were awarded one Michelin star and two restaurants - Il Ristorante Niko Romito and STAY by Yannick Alleno - were awarded two Michelin stars. 

The Michelin guide originated in France, so check out our pick of the best French restaurants in Dubai. Or jet on over to the nearby United Arab Emirates capital to take a look at the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi.