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 09 October 2019

Explore our selection of the best restaurants that Dubai has to offer. Renowned for its luxury and grandeur, it comes as no surprise that the Dubai restaurant scene is busy, vibrant and ever expanding. Whether it’s the perfect location for a business lunch, a restaurant with stunning views of the city, a friendly casual dining spot or a Michellin star restaurant, explore the best restaurants in Dubai featured in our list below.

Pierchic 

1. Pierchic 

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

With captivating views across the Arabian Gulf, the multi-award-winning Pierchic restaurant offers a ‘over-the-water’ dining experience. Offering fresh seafood delicacies, this restaurant is situated at the end of the pier at the Al Qasr Hotel.

The restaurant features al fresco dining and stylish rickshaws that transport guests from pier to door. The ‘Pierchic Lounge’ and ‘Pierchic Bar’ offer a standalone bar and a cocktail menu crafted by the in-house mixologists, perfect for pre-dinner drinks.

Over AED400
Mediterranean
Seafood
La Serre

2. La Serre

La Serre Vida Downtown, Dubai, 0000

Consisting of the Bistro & Boulangerie on the ground floor, a neighbourhood café which hums from morning to night. And the Restaurant on the first floor, which serves a French menu for lunch & dinner, alongside a chic cocktail bar. The Restaurant has two spaces for private functions and group bookings; the Chef’s Table, a beautiful table seating up to 14 which adjoins the kitchen, and the private dining room which seats up to 22.

Over AED400
French
Salt

3. Salt

Salt, Dubai,

SALT sprouted from a truck on Kite Beach in Dubai with the idea that real ingredients taste better. We wanted to bring people together to enjoy a simpler lifestyle, disconnecting from our demanding daily routines. The truck had long lines and attracted large crowds wherever it appeared.

Under AED150
Burgers
Social by Heinz Beck

4. Social by Heinz Beck

Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,

World-renowned, 3-star Michelin Chef Heinz Beck brings contemporary Italian dining to Dubai. Featuring inviting design elements and offering innovative contemporary Italian cuisine, Social by Heinz Beck offers a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere with magnificent views of Dubai, making this an ideal setting for every day dining and special celebratory meals.

Heinz Beck is widely known throughout Italy and Europe as a notable master of modern gastronomy. Expressing a unique interpretation of the modern kitchen, Beck's artistry exceeds his raw culinary talent with a well-guarded process, which includes mindfully curating ingredients and implementing innovative techniques to transform simple ingredients into highly evocative dishes. Following the success of the acclaimed La Pergola in Rome, Social by Heinz Beck is set to amplify Chef Beck's reputation within Dubai and solidify his position as an international culinary talent.

AED150 - AED249
Italian
One michelin star
Nobu

5. Nobu

Dubai,

Innovative Japanese-Peruvian cuisine in a chic setting: it's a winning formula that's made Nobu a global culinary icon. At Nobu Dubai, begin your night with cocktails and Japanese tapas in the sake lounge, before sitting down to an exceptional omakase or a la carte menu in the dream-like Japanese garden. Indulge in celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa's iconic black cod miso, premium wagyu beef tacos with a Japanese twist, and Dubai's best sushi.

AED250 - AED399
Sushi
Japanese
Seafood
Enigma / Palazzo Versace Hotel / Dubai

6. Enigma / Palazzo Versace Hotel / Dubai

Enigma Palazzo Versace Dubai Culture Village, Dubai, P.O. Box 128431

Enigma restaurant’s culinary tale continues to evolve as it features the ‘Taste of Persia’. Inspired by the Iranian origins of our Michelin starred Executive Chef Mansour Memarian, it is the most authentic culinary story to grace the kitchens of Enigma. 

Over AED400
Persian
Marina Social

7. Marina Social

InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 393080

Brought to you by acclaimed Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton, Marina Social is your social space; where whims and fantasies are recognized and indulged. Experience creativity, conversation, class and comfort within a relaxed, social atmosphere against the backdrop of the stunning panoramic views of the waterfront, overlooking the buzzing Dubai Marina.

AED250 - AED399
Mediterranean
Nusr-Et Steakhouse

8. Nusr-Et Steakhouse

Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai,

Nusret is Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish chef and butcher who opened his first restaurant in Istanbul in 2010 and this second venture in Dubai in 2014. But the restaurateur is far more famous as the internet sensation Salt Bae after a video of his meat-seasoning technique went viral in 2017.

The Salt Bae approach to flavouring steak is essentially a theatrical toss of salt, dropped from his fingertips onto his forearm before scattering over the meat below. It’s probably not something anyone had thought of doing before but after the video was viewed over six million times on YouTube and turned into countless memes, we’d bet that the technique has been replicated a fair few times since.

Since his name went global, so too have the restaurants, and Gökçe has opened 15 steakhouses since 2017. You’ll now find a Nusr-Et not only in Turkey’s most prosperous places (Ankara, Bodrum, D Maris Bay) but across the Middle East (Doha and Abu Dhabi as well as Dubai) as well as the world’s well-heeled party centres, from Miami and New York to Mykonos and Knightsbridge.

The food proposition is actually very simple. Protein-heavy, beef-based starters of beef carpaccio, smoked beef, smoked rib-eye and steak tartare precede the steak itself, which comes in a variety of international cuts, from Dallas, New York and Kobe to Toscana, tenderloin and tomahawk.

Non-steak options could be beef ribs and the signature spaghetti but if you don’t eat meat, you’re not really in the right place, though you could fill up on jumbo shrimp, sushi and salads tossed with the likes of goat cheese, avocado and tomato.

But as at other Nusr-Ets, there’s more to the place than the food. Huge windows offer stunning views of the Dubai skyline while staff are as slick as you’d expect from the setting in the Four Seasons Resort Dubai.

Over AED400
Steak
International
Giardino / Palazzo Versace Hotel / Dubai

9. Giardino / Palazzo Versace Hotel / Dubai

Giardino Palazzo Versace Dubai Culture Village, Dubai, P.O. Box 128431

This restaurant presents a marble “terrazzo” flooring, columns and a wallcovering inspired by the jungle motif of Versace wallpaper collection. The colors switch from green, light green and ivory. The crockery belongs to an exclusive line “Rosenthal meets Versace” collection, inspired by “Les Reves Byzantines”

Over AED400
International
Zest

10. Zest

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

With flourishes of silver leaf and cut-quartz crystals accenting the stunning Arabian design, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant blends the culinary influences of the Middle East, Asia and the West. Enjoy lavish breakfast, lunch and dinner presentations in a delightfully elegant ambience. Generous seating both inside and on the shaded garden terrace make it an ideal choice for dining with friends and family.

AED150 - AED249
International

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