Dubai has so much to offer on the food front - this thoroughly international city sits at the crossroads (or perhaps, crosswinds) between east and west. If you’ve ever flown from one side of the world to the other, there’s a good chance you’ve stopped off in Dubai on the way, and people from nations the world over now call this cosmopolitan city home.
As a result, Dubai has restaurants for almost every style and cuisine you can think of, and that includes a growing pool of fantastic vegetarian restaurants. Vegetarian food in Dubai takes all sorts of different forms - there is of course a younger generation who want to eat healthy, colourful, nutritious dishes and have developed altogether more sustainable, plant-focused eating habits. Dubai has its fair share of healthy bistros and wellness cafes, and many of them serve nutritious food as well as hosting yoga classes, meditation sessions and the like. Many of these have serene outdoor areas too, where you can relax in peace and quiet and enjoy an acai bowl or a smoothie.
Not all vegetarian food is health-focused, though - many cuisines are already largely vegetable-based and you’ll find this in Dubai too, particularly in the range of outstanding Indian restaurants spread across the city. Vegans are well catered for as well - check out our round-up of the best vegan restaurants in Dubai if that’s what you’re looking for.
This list is mostly restricted to vegan and vegetarian restaurants, but we've also included a couple of restaurants that offer fantastic vegetarian menus alongside regular ones for mixed groups. Many of Dubai’s more upmarket restaurants run special plant-focused tasting menus, and these are perfect for more adventurous eaters looking for innovative vegetarian food. You can check out all the vegetarian restaurants in Dubai via our directory.
My Govinda’s, various locations
What: My Govinda’s isn’t just your average plant-based restaurant - this veggie Indian adheres to the tenets of Ayurvedic medicine, cutting out both onion and garlic in its menu. As a result, My Govinda’s dishes are suitable for a huge range of dietary conditions, as well as those on specific low-calorie or gluten-free diets. They’re no less delicious as a result - dive into the large menu and find out for yourself.
Where: Various locations
Book now: My Govinda’s JLT
Comptoir 102, Jumeirah 1
What: Easy-going veggie small plates, dairy-free smoothies and juices are the order of the day at this chic French organic cafe. Comptoir 102 also has a large boutique that sells designer clothing, homeware and more, so the cafe makes a perfect spot to refuel after some retail therapy.
Where: 102 Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
Book now: Comptoir 102
Saravanaa Bhavan, Barsha 1
What: Saravanaa Bhavan has come a long way from its humble Indian beginnings - originally a restaurant in Chennai, it's now one of the most recognisable vegetarian restaurant groups in the world. There are a number of Dubai branches, all serving no-nonsense South Indian fare - dosas, spicy curries and tangy pani puri are all must-orders.
Where: Shop No. 1, Summerland Building, Barsha 1
Book now: Saravanaa Bhavan
What: Clap Dubai is certainly striking thanks to organic wood and stone interiors and an assortment of toys hanging from the ceiling - 2100 in total, apparently. You could be forgiven for thinking it might be all flash and no substance but the plant-forward food is excellent, and guests can choose between the main dining room, a cosy lounge area and the al fresco terrace - a restaurant with stunning views of the Dubai skyline.
Where: Gate Village Building 11, DIFC
Book now: Clap
Avatara, Trade Centre
What: Avatara comes from the team behind the hugely successful Tresind and Tresind Studio, so it’s no surprise that this plant-based sister site is nothing short of outstanding. Chef Rahul Rana curates a unique veggie fine dining experience that delivers on flavour, but also educates diners on India’s vegetarian history and the place of these dishes and foods within Indian culture.
Where: Voco Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre
Book now: Avatara
Tum Tum Asia, Oud Metha
What: Oud Metha-based Tum Tum Asia is inspired by the delicious street foods of Asia, from China and Japan to South East Asia and India. The restaurant serves a broad pan-Asian menu that does surprising justice to lots of authentic national dishes, and all at very reasonable prices, so you can enjoy dim sum, satay skewers, kebabs and sushi side by side.
Where: #4, B-65 Sheikha Building, 13th Street, Oud Metha
Book now: Tum Tum Asia
Masti, Downtown Dubai
What: Masti has scooped awards for its unique, innovative take on Indian cooking. The menu is built on a foundation of Indian spices and flavour, but loves to cross borders at the same time - the saag paneer lasagne is a great example of that, made with compressed paneer, coconut lime sauce and smashed potatoes. It’s a beautiful restaurant too, and talented mixologists whip up brilliant cocktails that complete the whole experience.
Where: The Dubai Edition Hotel, Downtown Dubai
Book now: Masti
Bounty Beets, Dubai Marina
What: Colourful murals and a laid-back all-day menu that combines delicious brunch options, international plant-based mains and sweet treats - Bounty Beets is definitely one of Dubai’s trendier vegetarian restaurants. We love how easy it is to drop in at any time of day and enjoy a plate of something tasty and a smoothie.
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark, Dubai Marina
Book now: Bounty Beets
Folia, Jumeirah 2
What: You’ll find Folia at the stunning Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach, where this innovative veggie spot shows off an impressively creative menu. Enjoy beetroot poke in ponzu lime broth, cacio e pepe kelp noodles or coconut cream pie under the dappled shade of green palms.
Where: 2 Jumeirah Street, Jumeirah 2
Book now: Folia
Rasoi Ghar, Al Karama
What: Everything about Rasoi Ghar feels homely, from the soft cushions you sit on to eat, to the rustic-but-delicious food that appears from the kitchen. Rasoi Ghar specialises in Gujarati and Rajasthani food (think puri, khichdi and pulao rice), but best of all, the restaurant offers you sample portions of everything, so you can find your perfect dishes and dine happily.
Where: Zainal Mohebi Plaza, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Al Karama
Book now: Rasoi Ghar
Menagerie, Al Khawaneej
What: One of Dubai’s best spots for the health-conscious among us, Menagerie’s food and drink menus are built around wholefoods, so you can order safe in the knowledge that everything here is pretty good for you. Alongside plant-forward salad bowls, flatbreads and comforting dishes, Menagerie also serves a host of immune-boosting shots and healthy smoothies.
Where: Mirdif 35 Mall, Ground Level, Al Khawaneej
Book now: Menagerie
Moby Sushi, Al Quoz
What: Launched by the team behind INKED and Inkognito Burger, Moby Sushi is a plant-based sushi restaurant that has sustainability at its heart. Not only is everything made at the restaurant vegetarian, it’s also delicious and the restaurant is almost zero-waste. A lot of testing and research has gone into making Moby just as good as normal sushi, and it shows in dishes like sweet potato with jalapeno, and confit miso aubergine with enoki.
Where: 10 17th Street, Al Quoz
Book now: Moby Sushi
Wabi Sabi, Mirdif
What: Wabi Sabi’s broad-spectrum international menu has something for everyone - tacos, burgers, wraps, as well as lots of sweet treats, like French toast and Japanese souffle pancakes. The restaurant itself is a little off the beaten track but it’s worth the trip out to Mirdif - that said, you can always order on Deliveroo.
Where: 27 78th Street, Mirdif
Book now: Wabi Sabi
Planet Terra, The Greens
What: Everything on the menu here is 100% organic, vegan and made fresh everyday, from the delicious burgers and shawarma wraps to summer rolls, tempeh souvlaki, lasagne and more. There’s something for everyone across the large menu and the location itself is a delight, with loads of tree-covered al fresco space on the pet-friendly terrace.
Where: Panorama Building, The Greens
Book now: Planet Terra
SEVA Table, Jumeirah 1
What: SEVA Table is a one-stop wellness paradise, mixing daily yoga classes and meditation sessions with a well-stocked wellness store and a gorgeous cafe, complete with a sprawling garden that whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. The food is excellent - health conscious but also delicious, and there’s something special about being able to enjoy it under SEVA Table’s tall trees.
Where: SEVA Experience Villa, 5 1/B Street 27B, Jumeirah 1
Book now: SEVA Table
Making the short trip to Abu Dhabi? Check out our list of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi, or if you're sticking to the veggies, make your own plan via our listings of all the vegetarian restaurants in Abu Dhabi.