While Dubai is no stranger to buzzy new openings on a global scale, Atlantis The Royal hotel – which opened in February 2023 – is certainly one of the biggest hospitality launches ever seen. Aside from the opening party which featured a set from that little-known artist Beyonce and the $1.5bn build cost, the complex is also home to no fewer than 17 restaurants, making it one of Dubai’s best foodie districts.
The cafes, bars and restaurants at Atlantis The Royal hotel are a complex of both fine dining establishments and more casual eateries, with eight of them headed up by celebrity names, including much decorated Michelin starred British chef Jason Atherton and world-renowned sushi master Nobu Matsuhisa. Whether you’re lucky enough to be staying at Atlantis The Royal hotel or just dipping in for the day, the food and beverage options are sure to far exceed your requirements (making it the perfect place to keep returning to with the valid excuse of trying them all).
Some of the glitziest places offer all the bells and whistles of high-end hospitality. Think multi-course tasting menus, impeccable service and stunning views of the largest city in the UAE. Aside from the main dining rooms, many of these top-tier spots offer up some of the best private dining rooms in Dubai too. Each one has its own USP, but for us the private dining room at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers a real showstopper, complete with a tailor-made table that seats up to twelve guests in utmost exclusivity. If you’re not booking group dining spaces or saving a place for yourself in one of the most luxurious options, there are also a whole host of casual eateries, bakeries, bars and even beach clubs to explore. These are great for family groups or lower-key meet ups with friends, with many outlets well-placed to allow you to unwind for a whole day in the sun beside one of the gorgeous swimming pools.
SKIP TO THE RIGHT SECTION
Below we breakdown all the restaurants at Atlantis The Royal hotel in Dubai so that you know where to visit and why, next time you’re in the area.
The best fine dining and celebrity chef restaurants at Atlantis The Royal hotel Dubai
If you’re looking for the cream of the crop, you’re in luck. At one of Dubai’s fanciest hotels the offering is nothing short of dazzling, with eight different world-renowned names having their own openings somewhere in the building. For special occasion dining you can’t beat Dinner by Heston, while the poolside setting of Estiartorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis is truly mesmerising. Here’s a guide to each and every one.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
A world-wide household name, Heston hardly needs any introduction at all. Here he has recreated the success of his two Michelin starred flagship London restaurant with an exquisite ode to the cookery of his homeland. You can expect a long and winding culinary journey where each course pays homage to a historic British dish, given a signature creative spin by Blumenthal. If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion, it might be worth noting that there's a very impressive private dining space here too.
Book now: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Nobu by the Beach
There’s nowhere quite like Nobu, and here the brand has extended beyond the expected pared-back neutral dining room and plates of black cod (although don’t be fooled, those are both present and correct too) to offer guests a tailor-made beach club complete with luxurious lounging furniture, a fun cocktail list, live music and a snacking menu of delicious Japanese bites. The best seats in the house are out front, with guests able to book private cabanas.
Book now: Nobu by the Beach
Estiartorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis
When you’re looking to seriously impress, Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis is one to have in your back pocket. We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be pleased by the site of such a pretty restaurant, where tables and chairs spill outside onto the terrace and beyond, floating on pontoons spread across the gorgeous pool. With its famous Greek owner, you can expect a Mediterranean menu that ticks off all the crowd pleasers.
Book now: Estiartorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
A world-leader on Peruvian food, chef Gaston Acurio’s foodie empire stretches across 11 countries, and includes over 45 restaurants. Here in Dubai you can find a menu packed with ceviches, potato causas and the requisite steaks. Adding a splash more colour to the already vibrant experience is the view of the Arabian Gulf stretched out below, which you get a full sweep of through the restaurant’s elegant, large-scale windows as well as from the relaxing outdoor terrace. Expertly mixed cocktail seal the deal for a night to remember in one of Dubai's best restaurants.
Book now: La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Ling Ling by Hakkasan
Purveyors of fine Chinese food, this isn’t Hakkasan’s first rodeo in the UAE. In fact, there are Hakkasan restaurants in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi that remain extremely popular with residents and tourists alike thanks to an upmarket menu of modern takes on Cantonese classics. Ling Ling plays on the brand’s existing experience while extending the kitchen’s reach even further, in a menu that covers Pan Asian dishes. Expect an indoor lounge and dining room as well as a bar for cocktails and snacks and a rooftop terrace which offers 180 degree views of the city from the restaurant’s home on the 23rd floor of the hotel.
Book now: Ling Ling by Hakkasan
Jaleo by Jose Andres
Jaleo benefits from bold, contemporary design that sees the dining room decked out in a pleasing palette of rich red tones and accents of warm gold. Here celebrity chef Jose Andres is keen to show off the flavours that helped shape his interest in cookery via his childhood in Spain. There are signature tapas dishes on offer for guests as well as paellas perfect for sharing, plus cheese boards that make a great accompaniment to jugs of sangria or a glass of red.
Book now: Jaleo by Jose Andres
Ariana’s Persian Kitchen
While this might be Ariana Bundy’s first restaurant, the celebrity comes to the pass with years of experience, being an award-winning chef and cookbook author in her own right. Her spot in Atlantis The Royal is female-led and plies guests with gutsy Persian flavours from family recipes she had handed down to her through the generations.
Book now: Ariana’s Persian Kitchen
Little Venice Cake Company by Mich Turner
Little Venice Cake Company started out life in London, where Mich Turner lived and made cakes for celebrities and royalty alike (she made cakes for The Queen herself and David Beckham, no less). Stop in here to indulge in some of the best baking in Dubai, or to catch a glimpse of the working show kitchen. If you fancy your very own bespoke bake, there’s also a consultation room where you can discuss all the details of your celebration cake in the luxurious surrounds of the private, appointment-only suite.
Book now: Little Venice Cake Company by Mich Turner
The best casual restaurants and bars at Atlantis The Royal Dubai
Sometimes all you want is delicious food in a relaxed setting. Maybe you want to treat the whole family or perhaps you’re looking to unwind with friends. No matter the occasion, the varying laid-back options at Atlantis The Royal are sure to offer up something to suit. Head to one of these for varied, international buffets, all-American burgers or even an impressive afternoon tea.
It wouldn’t be a Dubai hotel without a buffet or two, and flying the flag in that department at Atlantis The Royal is Gastronomy. Offering guests a truly international spread, here you’ll find dishes from across the world with several live cooking stations. These include a Latin American bar where you can find crowd-pleasers like sizzling fajitas. A live oyster bar and wine cellar are also on offer.
Book now: Gastronomy
The Royal Tearoom
Playing on the much-loved British pastime, The Royal Tearoom offers afternoon tea in all its regal glory. Afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without the essential three tiers of treats, which you’ll find all present and correct here: Finger sandwiches, warm scones (with cream and jam, of course), and dainty cakes handmade by the team of in-house pastry chefs headed up by renowned pâtissier Christophe Devoille. If you prefer something a little more locally skewed, plump for the Emirati afternoon tea, of if you prefer to keep things simple, there’s also the option to pick and choose cakes on an a la carte basis.
Book now: The Royal Tearoom
If you’re a group who all like different things, head to Food Marquet. The international street food menu is vibrant and fun – offering options for all kinds of flavours from around the world. Tables are spread out across the open air venue, with food options ranging from Mexican classics and gourmet burgers through to Chicago-style pizzas. This one is perfect for a quick lunch in the sun.
House of Desserts
Fulfilling literally every single food craving you could have, the hotel also houses a high-class ice cream shop. Here you’ll find artisan-style gelato in a myriad of flavours that run from classics through to contemporary combinations. Each serve is made with carefully sourced ingredients for the finest finish.
The name gives this one away, a restaurant centred around the cool West Coast of America. Here that translates as an all-star cast of burgers, hot dogs and pancakes through to chowders, lobster rolls and milkshakes. The décor has a retro 1950s vibe that offers a pleasingly pastel backdrop for any snaps you might plan on taking.
The best bars and beach clubs at Atlantis The Royal hotel Dubai
It wouldn’t be a holiday in Dubai without heading to the beach. Next time you’ve got a free weekend or find yourself in Dubai with time to spare, these incredible beach clubs and bars offer up true relaxation in that signature luxury style.
Resonance by Heston Blumenthal
Heston’s second opening at the Atlantis The Royal, Resonance is slightly more relaxed than his Dinner by Heston opening. That being said, this isn’t a casual affair. It’s a spirited bar that offers pure theatre across its food and drinks offering, as well as entertainment via live DJs as well as a 6.5-meter-high jellyfish aquarium. Interiors are suitably glitzy for the address, with golden walls and comfortable clusters of lounge furniture to relax on for the evening. Kick off with wine and nibbles before moving onto cocktails and straight serves of some of the world’s most premium spirits.
Book now: Resonance by Heston Blumenthal
Truly like nothing else in Dubai, Cloud 22 is a luxurious rooftop bar and pool club that gives guests a taste of the high life (quite literally, it’s found on the 22nd floor). Settle into one of the 15 private cabanas found around the infinity pool or go for the VVIP option which comes with its own private pool. Cocktails and snacking plates are on the menu, with a live DJ on hand to provide the soundtrack to the perfect sundowners.
If you want to soak up the impressive sights of the fire and water fountains at Atlantis The Royal, Elements is the perfect spot. Here you’ll find an expansive lounge terrace with direct views of the display, with a menu of cocktails and snacky nibbles.
FAQs: Answers to all your most asked questions about restaurants at Atlantis The Royal hotel Dubai
Q: How many restaurants are there at Atlantis The Royal?
A: There are a total of 17 restaurants, bars and cafes within the hotel, which includes openings from Nobu and Hakkasan.
Q: What’s the best restaurant?
A: That depends what you’re looking for really, but arguably the biggest name and most luxurious fine dining experience comes via Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. His restaurant of the same name holds two Michelin stars in London, and here in Dubai the offering is similarly as high end with tasting menus focused round historical British dishes given a modern makeover via the chef’s signature scientific approach to cookery.
Q: Are there group-friendly restaurants?
A: Yes, many of the spots in Atlantis The Royal are great restaurants for groups in Dubai, with some offering private dining spaces. You can discover and book all of the best private dining spaces in Dubai via our search function.
Q: How much does dinner cost at Atlantis The Royal?
A: Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant. You can expect a hefty spend at the headline acts, but downstairs the casual restaurants offer a more affordable way in.
Q: What is the dress code?
A: There isn’t a specific dress code, with each restaurant setting its own rules. Please refer to individual listings for the dress codes. We’d suggest dressing smart casual at all times while around the hotel – unless on the beach or at the pool – to fit in with the rest of the guests.
Q: Is there outdoor dining?
A: Yes, many of the restaurants on site offer outdoor dining. Head to Cloud 22 for a fun poolside experience or Elements with its wide terrace that looks onto the live fire and water fountains, for a side of entertainment with your meal.
Q: Is there a buffet?
A: Yes, Gastronomy offers an international buffet offering, including multiple live cooking stations.
Q: Are there any Indian restaurants?
No, there aren’t currently any Indian restaurants specifically at Atlantis The Royal. However, Gastronomy and Food Marquet offer menus of international dishes, which may include Indian plates.
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