The best restaurants in Dubai

Explore our collection of the best restaurants in Dubai - with everything from the most luxurious fine dining through to those hidden gems with an incredible menu

Updated on 07 June 2022

Dubai’s reputation as a playground for the rich and famous is globally renowned. For both visitors and locals alike, there’s nowhere quite like it in the world and alongside all the glitz and glamour of the shopping opportunities, the awe-inspiring architecture and the white sand beaches are some phenomenal restaurants. With so many spots to choose form, narrowing down the best restaurants in Dubai isn’t an easy task. If you’re searching for somewhere special for the trip of a lifetime, or fancy treating someone to a memorable evening of hospitality, allow us to help. With over thirty years’ experience in the restaurant industry across multiple countries, we know a thing or two about uncovering the top restaurants in cities across the world.

You could eat out every night for a year in Dubai and never, ever have to repeat a meal, so varied and vast is the culinary offering here. Sure, there are all your usual favourites, from Italian trattoria’s through to cosy Indian restaurants in Dubai, but there are also experiences that are one-of-a-kind, impossible to find elsewhere. Take the best restaurants in Dubai with a view, for instance, these magical looming dining rooms offer guests sweeping views of the city’s iconic skyline, or perhaps they might give you a beachside vista, a look at the famous fountains or even an underwater experience (yep, we’re talking about Ossiano of course). Throw into the mix a selection of the best Saturday brunches, ladies’ nights and incredible rooftop bars and the chances of you getting bored of eating out in Dubai are somewhere between zero and none.

But what if you don’t fancy a full-blown blow-out? We know that sometimes the best places to eat aren’t about starched white tablecloths and silver service (although there’s definitely a place for them too). In our round up of the best restaurants in Dubai we’ve tried to include a range of cuisines, price-points and vibes so that whatever you’re looking for you’ll find the perfect match. Scan our handy notes on cost, location and more below, then click through to read the restaurant’s full review and book a table.

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill, JBR, Dubai,

Impossibly glamorous, The MAINE is the kind of place people go to see and to be seen. Sure, the New England menu is tasty enough, but really you’re here for the interiors and the people watching.

TOMO

TOMO

TOMO, Dubai,

With a slew of awards to its name, Tomo is one of Dubai’s most in demand restaurants to bag a table at. With a rooftop terrace and an address within Raffles hotel, this Japanese spot is sure to impress.

AED250 - AED399
Japanese
Patiala

Patiala

Patiala, Dubai, P.O Box 123686

The open kitchen here allows diners a glimpse into the precision that goes into the Indian dishes the chefs turn out. The a la carte features mains like tender lamb raan while a three-course business lunch offers great value for money.

AED250 - AED399
Indian
Armani Ristorante

Armani Ristorante

Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 888333

True to the nature of the famous Italian fashion house, Armani Ristorante provides nothing but style and luxury at its marble and velvet adorned restaurant. The menu offers the finest Italian cuisine, including shrimp risotto, saffron sea bream, and braised veal cheek. 

Over AED400
Italian
One Michelin star
Masti Cocktails & Cuisine

Masti Cocktails & Cuisine

La Mer, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Indian sharing plates dreamt up by award winning chef Prashant Chipkar are the order of the day in this jewel-toned dining room. Vibrant dishes, creative cocktails and frequent live entertainment are all part of the package.

AED150 - AED249
Indian
Orfali Bros Bistro

Orfali Bros Bistro

Wasl 51 Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Farm-to-table dining is still an emerging concept in the UAE, but Orfali Bros Bistro was a frontrunner of the movement, embracing seasonality and heroing beautiful, local produce. The results are clean, crisp plates that span Emirati fare through to European favourites.

AED150 - AED249
Turkish
International
Aprons & Hammers The Beach

Aprons & Hammers The Beach

Aprons & Hammers The Beach, Dubai Marina, Dubai,

From burgers through to sushi, Aprons & Hammers knows how to write a please-all menu. Here you’ll find colourful cocktails and a relaxed beachy vibe, perfect for long weekend lunches or sunset dinners.

AED250 - AED399
Seafood
Basko

Basko

Ground Floor, Opus Tower, Business Bay, Dubai,

Relaxed and lowkey, this Mediterranean joint refuses to conform to the cuisine of just one country. The results are a menu that rolls from a raw bar through to Robata grill specials like lobster fregola.

AED150 - AED249
Mediterranean
Torno Subito

Torno Subito

W Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai,

This chic, elegant dining experience - created by world-famous Italian chef Massimo Bottura - pays homage to the Italian Riviera of the 1960s with elevated classic Italian dishes and an enviable beachside location. The menu also includes vegetarian options and range of signature cocktails.

Over AED400
Italian
One Michelin star
Hakkasan Dubai

Hakkasan Dubai

Atlantis, Dubai,

Set inside the iconic five-star Atlantis hotel, Hakkasan marries traditional Cantonese recipes and contemporary techniques. Carved wooden screens, soft candles and rich jewel tones provide a stylish and glamourous atmosphere.

Over AED400
Chinese
Dim Sum
One Michelin star
 Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai

Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel , Jumeirah, Dubai,

A gorgeous waterside terrace at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro makes this the ideal destination for a long, lazy lunch al fresco. The Tuscan-inspired menu is far-reaching and includes a whole vegan billing, so there should be something to suit all.

AED250 - AED399
Italian
Marina Social

Marina Social

InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 393080

Fancy being, well, fancy? Marina Social is the ultimate trump card. The menu is British leaning with the kitchen’s Wellington a perennial favourite of ex-pats hungry for a taste of home, while the service is top notch.

AED250 - AED399
Mediterranean
Pickl

Pickl

One JLT, Dubai,

Flying the flag for good old fashioned fast food, Pickl deals in some of the best burgers found anywhere in the UAE. Beef, chicken and plant-based patties are topped with all kinds of delicious things, while the loaded fries prove the perfect side.

Under AED150
Burgers
Teatro Restaurant

Teatro Restaurant

Park Rotana , Abu Dhabi,

Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Italian… all under one roof? It’s like the group dining gods were listening and came up with a restaurant that couldn’t possibly disappoint even the most disparate of dinner companions.

AED150 - AED249
Thai
Sushi
Japanese
Chinese
Italian
Indian
Sucre

Sucre

Gate Village 05, DIFC, Dubai,

It’s rarer than you might think to find top-quality restaurants outside of the five star hotels in Dubai, but Sucre bucks the trend. Live fire cooking and South American flavours collide in Chef Fernando Trocca’s kitchen for impactful, addictive plates.

AED150 - AED249
South American
International
Gaia

Gaia

Gaia, Dubai,

With a sibling site in Monte Carlo, Gaia’s pedigree is undeniable (so expect a price tag to match). Sure, it’s expensive, but you’ll be treated to world class service and a Greek menu stuffed with ingredient-led dishes.

AED250 - AED399
Mediterranean
Greek
Pierchic 

Pierchic 

Pierchic  , Jumeirah , Dubai, P.O. Box 75157

For something altogether novel, head to Pierchic to dine out over the ocean. The spectacular setting is home to a kitchen run by chef Beatrice Segoni who believes food should look as good as it tastes.

Over AED400
Mediterranean
Seafood
Tresind Studio

Tresind Studio

Nakheel Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Exclusivity is the name of the game at Tresind Studio. Seating only 20 guests, the restaurant serves the highest quality Indian cuisine made with ingredients locally sourced from organic and sustainable farmers.

Over AED400
Indian
One Michelin star
Hoseki

Hoseki

Bulgari Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai,

This Japanese eatery is one of Dubai’s true gems (literally - Hoseki is Japanese for ‘gemstone’). The intimate nine-seat setting allow the culinary team to tailor meals to guests' tastes, providing a truly unique omakase experience.

Over AED400
Sushi
Japanese
One Michelin star
Fi’lia

Fi’lia

SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, Dubai, Dubai, 124862

For a fun, family meal you can’t beat Italian, and Fi’lia’s iteration of this much-loved cuisine is both hearty and high-end thanks to the traditional recipes made with top-quality ingredients. Think handmade pastas, creamy risottos, and veal Milanese.

AED150 - AED249
Italian
11 Woodfire

11 Woodfire

Villa 11, Jumeirah, Dubai,

11 Woodfire approaches open-fire cooking with flare – giving everything from steak and fish through to vegetables the kitchen’s signature lick of smokiness. For added bonus points, this spot is committed to zero waste so is a sustainable choice.

AED250 - AED399
Steak
International
One Michelin star
Zheng He’s

Zheng He’s

Zheng He’s, Dubai,

Zheng He’s is all about contemporary takes on Chinese classics and the results are outstanding. Here you’ll find water views as well as a beautiful dining room that marries intricate wallpaper with stylised Chinese lanterns.

AED250 - AED399
Chinese
Café Isan at Armada Blue Bay

Café Isan at Armada Blue Bay

Level 1, Armada Blue Bay Hotel, Dubai,

While glitzy restaurants are archetypal of the area, Café Isan plays to its own tune. Beautiful Thai street food is delivered without a hint of pretention, in cool, pared back surrounds. It’s affordable too – with many dishes around AED25-30.

Under AED150
Thai
3 Fils

3 Fils

3 Fils , Jumierah, Dubai, Po Box 19913

Stunning interiors, a relaxed vibe and beautifully presented Asian plates seem like a magic formula given 3 Fils’ success. The key, it seems, is super fresh sushi, light salads and wagyu beef specials plus top-class cocktails.

AED150 - AED249
Pan-Asian
Zuma

Zuma

Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai,

Internationally recognised, Zuma brings modern Japanese food to the heart of the financial centre. We’d suggest skipping familiar sushi rolls in favour of the chef’s set Daikoku menu to give you a true taste of the skill here.

AED250 - AED399
Sushi
Japanese
Boca

Boca

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, DIFC, Dubai,

Hidden in the heart of the financial district, this Spanish leaning spot is anything other than corporate feeling. Hot and cold tapas classics are on the menu alongside a raw bar and a selection of topped flatbreads.

Tapas
Spanish
Italian
French
Tamoka

Tamoka

Al Mamsha Street, Dubai,

Undeniably impressive, the cool design of Tamoka make this a popular spot for sundown dinners, for those looking to pull out all the stops. Expect plates packed with the intense, colourful flavours of Latin America.

AED250 - AED399
Mexican
South American
Caribbean
Bagatelle Dubai

Bagatelle Dubai

The Fairmont, Dubai, P.O. Box 97555

You may have to dust off the high school French to decipher the Gallic menu at Bagatelle, but your hard work will be well rewarded with please-all plates such as roast dry-age duck breast and beef en croute.

Over AED400
French
SushiSamba

SushiSamba

St Regis Hotel, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai,

There’s some security in knowing a brand is a sibling site to an already established restaurant name. Here you’ll find the brand’s signature blend of Japanese and Southern American plates for a fun, fusion vibe.

AED150 - AED249
Peruvian
Japanese
Brazilian
Fusion
Al Muntaha

Al Muntaha

27th Floor, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Italian and French cuisine - name a more iconic duo. Al Muntaha combines the flavours of these two nations, offering refined and elegant dishes with contemporary twists accompanied by stunning views of the Dubai skyline.

Over AED400
Italian
French
One Michelin star
Al Nafoorah

Al Nafoorah

Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Found within the five-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, here you’ll find an ornate dining room filled with carved wood and heavy curtains. Perfect for groups, the menu centres around mezze and grills served to the background hum of Arabic music.

AED150 - AED249
Middle Eastern
Lebanese
Mimi Kakushi

Mimi Kakushi

Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Eclectic and exciting, the menu at Mimi Kakushi gives Japanese staples a twist. Think black cod gyoza with citrus miso or truffle miso with shiitake and wakame. There’s a good weekend brunch too, if that’s your thing.

AED250 - AED399
Sushi
Japanese
Deseo

Deseo

ME Dubai, The Opus by Omniyat, Dubai,

The flair of Latin American culture is alive and well here. With its poolside setting, the focus is as much on the drinks as the food - so if the mood takes you, an evening of tequila cocktails awaits.

AED150 - AED249
South American
Piatti by the Beach

Piatti by the Beach

Raffles The Palm Dubai, Dubai,

Found within the swanky Raffles hotel, this is a must-dine for any dutiful Dubai foodie. Here you’ll find yourself lounging al fresco with stunning sea views. Our advice? Don’t skip the dessert table.

AED150 - AED249
Mediterranean
Italian
Thiptara

Thiptara

Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 9770

Dealing in southern Thai flavours, expect classic flavour profiles of hot, sour, sweet and salty here. If you’re willing to trust the team, the set family-style menus are a fantastic introduction to the kitchen’s culinary skill.

AED250 - AED399
Thai
Tasca by José Avillez

Tasca by José Avillez

Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, 62092

Tasca (Portuguese for ‘tavern) is one of Dubai’s finest with views of both the skyline and the sea, along with a luxurious infinity pool. The menu is typical of chef Jose Avillez’s style, taking traditional Portuguese dishes and adding contemporary twists.

AED250 - AED399
Portuguese
One Michelin star
COYA Dubai

COYA Dubai

COYA Dubai, Dubai, PO Box 71384

COYA, of international fame, feels like a natural addition to Dubai’s glitzy restaurant scene. Stunning views, jewel-toned interiors and a menu of Latin American flavours keep this place packed every night of the week.

AED250 - AED399
Peruvian
STAY By Yannick Alleno

STAY By Yannick Alleno

One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 3371500

Chef Yannick Alleno elevates classic French dishes with his modern techniques and creative flair. Indulge yourself with some caviar and lobster bisque, or embark on a culinary voyage with STAY’s eight course tasting menu.

Over AED400
French
Two Michelin stars
Il Ristorante - Niko Romito

Il Ristorante - Niko Romito

Il Ristorante - Niko Romito, Jumeirah, Dubai,

Il Ristorante by Niko Romito is the definition of luxury dining. The Italian-inspired menu pays homage to the culinary traditions of the country, and the sleek, modern interior adds an extra element of elegance to the dining experience.

Over AED400
Italian
Two Michelin stars
Nobu

Nobu

Dubai,

Nobu is a classic for a reason, and here you can expect the kitchen’s signature plates as well as location-specific specials. It might be the obvious choice, but the black cod remains a must-order.

AED250 - AED399
Sushi
Japanese
Seafood
Ossiano

Ossiano

Atlantis The Palm Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai,

A spectacular giant fish tank is the centrepiece of this Mediterranean seafood restaurant. From the impressive setting to the beautifully plated food, Ossiano has an incomparable aesthetic and stunning food to match.

Over AED400
Mediterranean
Fish
One Michelin star

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