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Top Restaurants in Dubai

When it comes to food, Dubai is almost too exotic to imagine.

There are restaurants serving virtually every national cuisine from around the world, including many specializing in Dubai’s own Arabic delights. Dubai does not have its own Michelin Guide, but instead it imports chefs or restaurant chains that have previously been recognized elsewhere by this prestigious publication. Each restaurant featured here is not simply somewhere to eat, but a destination for stunning décor, amazing views and unforgettable culinary experiences.



Style / Ambiance: Set on a bedecked pier jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic offers some of Dubai’s finest seafood, and was recognized, for the second year, in 2010 as Time Out Dubai’s Best Seafood Restaurant.

The pier is a romantic outpost, far removed from the noise and bustle of Dubai and offering unspoilt views of the azure Gulf.

+971 4 366 6730
[email protected]
Madinet Jumeirah


Style / Ambiance: Executive Chef Julian Mercier opened Margaux after working under the legendary triple Michelin–starred Alain Ducasse.

Not only is the cuisine inspired by French Mediterranean produce, but so too is the décor. Guests can either dine in the wood paneled dining room or under the vaulted arcades overlooking the astonishing Dubai Fountain.

+971 4 439 7555
[email protected]
Souk Al Bahar, Old Town Island



Style / Ambiance: The atmosphere at Eauzone is casual during the day, reflecting the slow pace of the One&Only Royal Mirage and the lazy sea beyond.

After sunset, however, this venue smartens up into a slick, refined restaurant. The design is beautifully positioned around the pool, giving the impression that it is floating on the translucent water. A winding walkway over the pool shows the way into the restaurant where there is a casual bar and a glamorous, striped poolside marquee deck.

+971 4 399 9999
One & Only Royal Mirage, PO Box 26525



Style / Ambiance: Magnificently positioned on the Burj Al Arab’s private island beach, this restaurant features no décor, simply sand and table, yet it serves an elaborate menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

It is a perfect position from which to watch the sunset while Dubai’s city lights bloom, and is one of the most romantic destinations in Dubai.

+971 4 301 7600
[email protected]
Burj Al Arab, Al Sufouh Road, PO Box 73137



Style / Ambiance: The signature restaurant of the Bab Al Shams Resort is a 60 minute drive from Dubai airport, in a resort hidden amongst and surrounded by sand dunes, giving the image of an isolated oasis.

Guests dine while being entertained by actors riding horses and acting out swordplay, with belly dancers and henna artists keeping families entertained for hours.

General Manager of Bab Al Shams: Andy Cuthbert
+971 4 381 3231
[email protected]
Bab Al Shams, PO Box 8168



Style / Ambiance: Award winning chefs at Zheng He’s pride themselves on creating dishes that blend modern Western presentation with old Chinese flavors.

The setting adds to this fusion; on the ‘dockside’ of a canal that weaves itself into the Madinet Jumeirah resort, it has an atmosphere of ancient simplicity while retaining views of the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf beyond.

+971 4 366 6730
[email protected]
Mina A’ Salam, Madinet Jumeirah



Style / Ambiance: The signature restaurant of The Address Downtown Dubai is a celebration of China.

The bar serves tea–based cocktails to Asian lounge music, the dining room is themed throughout and the food is contemporary Chinese prepared in the various styles of traditional provincial China. There is an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and astounding views of the Burj Khalifa.

General Manager of The Address Downtown Dubai: Simeon Olle
+971 4 436 8888
[email protected]
Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, PO Box 123234



Style / Ambiance: Widely considered to be one of the best venues in Dubai, the Buddha Bar is located in the Grosvenor House Hotel, and is named after the giant Buddha statue that watches over this lavish setting.

Actually three venues — a restaurant, bar and outdoor lounge opening onto the Arabian Sea — Buddha Bar is famed for its unique food, eclectic atmosphere and chilled sounds. The sumptuous restaurant serves a fusion of sushi, Chinese and Thai food, and the bar plays host to Dubai’s stylish crowds.

Grosvenor House Hotel: Pam Wilby
+971 4 399 8888
[email protected]
Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, PO Box 118500



Style / Ambiance: The Al Mahara is typical of the vivid imagination behind the creation of Burj Al Arab.

The restaurant is not underwater and neither is the ‘submarine’ that takes you there real, but nonetheless, it is an extraordinary and unique experience dining within the vast aquarium that sets the scene for Al Mahara. Dining tables are lit by the blue glow that emanates from the aquaria and guests are never bored by watching the fish within. Needless to say the cuisine is seafood–oriented, and it is prepared impeccably with accents of both the east and west.

+971 4 301 7600
[email protected]
Burj Al Arab, Al Sufouh Road, PO Box 73137  



Style / Ambiance: Dubai does not yet have its own Michelin Guide, so it adopts Michelin–starred chefs instead.

The flagship restaurant at the Grosvenor House Hotel is headed by Gary Rhodes, who crafts an astonishing fusion of Anglo–French cuisine. The innovative tasting menu is exceptional and uses fresh ingredients sourced from Europe, matched by an extensive collection of new, old and vintage wines.

Head Chef: Paul Lupton
+971 4 399 8888
[email protected]
Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, PO Box 118500

Source: elitetraveler

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