Top Restaurants in Dubai
Collected by Rend Beiruti, AFAR Local Expert
Dubai is home to over 180 nationalities, and lucky you—this futuristic city's got restaurants where you can taste every single one! From Korean to Afghani, from burgers to sushi to shakshuka, here are some of our favorite places.
Al Ghelaan Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
After spending an afternoon baking under the Arabian sun on Dubai’s Kite Beach, nothing quite satisfies an appetite like a Wagyu beef slider served up seaside. Salt started out as a roving food truck and fans had to check its...
Al Muraqqabat Road, Al Muraqqabath Area - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's Western and South Asian expats are only part of the city's immigrant mix—Arab expats, many fleeing war-torn countries, thrive here too, and thriving restaurants like Samad Al Iraqi are the proof. Try to visit the location on Al...
Old 32B Street, Fishing Harbour 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
It's no secret that a city's best food isn't always served on a white tablecloth and in Dubai, the best example of this adage is Bu Qtair. Until the 1920s, most of Dubai’s population (7,000 of the 10,000 people who lived...
Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, Near Spinney’s - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
A quick Google search can tell you Dubai is no stranger to Levantine food. But what sets this location of Reem Al Bawadi apart is its combination of serene marina views and high-octane regulars. A favorite of the city’s younger...
Near Dubai Parks and Resorts - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Food trucks have landed in Dubai, and Last Exit Food Truck Park is one of the best to sample the goodies. Out at the dusty border between city and desert, the collection of parked trucks exudes the kitschy charm of vintage...
Ground Floor, Green Palace Hotel - Al Muraqqabat Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Aroos Damascus (which translates as "the Bride of Damascus"), on Al Muraqqabat Road in Dubai's old Deira district, is an ode to Syrian cuisine. The lively atmosphere and great food draw a diverse crowd of South Asians, Filipinos, and...
906 Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Though it's been catapulted to stardom by a thousand colorful Instagram posts of milkshakes, Black Tap is more than an ice cream parlor. Styled as a New York burger joint, the menu includes 13 different burgers, from the Texan—topped...
Al Wasl Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai is an up-and-coming destination for burger lovers, and Slider Station has become a local favorite. Dozens of bun-bound options (including one burger made from camel meat and another infused with Coca-Cola and maple...
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Stereo Arcade is as charmingly gimmicky as a place can get—billing itself a “club-pub-arcade,” this nightclub attracts a refreshingly diverse pack of customers. A bouncer admits you into a neon-lit room...
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Bikers Café, home to Dubai's subculture of bikers, is a combination community space, breakfast joint, and vintage bike gallery. The café's metal-trimmed furniture and impressive display of bike and motorcycle...
Boxpark,Al Wasl Road,Al Wasl - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Located in the hip shopping district of Boxpark, Logma celebrates Khaleeji cuisine in fresh, unexpected ways. Logma, which is Arabic for “mouthful,” serves Persian Gulf essentials like chebab (Emirati pancakes), balaleet (saffron...
Jumeirah Road, Near Lighthouse - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
After long nights spent partying, studying, or working, a karak chai trip is a near-sacred tradition—cars packed with friends take a trip to a drive-through or a roadside stall to pick up sweet. hot chai. HumYum takes...
Al Manara - Opp. Times Square Building - Indigo Central 8 - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jones the Grocer is one of the most accessible Western restaurants in Dubai. The market-and-restaurant's friendly Australian vibe extends all the way to its menu (there are tasty options for every kind of eater, including...
Al Rigga Rd, Deira,Near Al Rigga Metro Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
With the largest Korean community in the Arab world, Pyongyang Okryu-Gwan in Deira is a fitting place to begin a Dubai exploration of Korean cuisine. Part of a chain of restaurants based in the troubled North Korean capital, this...
Souk Al bahar, Near Dubai Mall - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
What's better than eating fresh hummus? Eating fresh hummus beside a dancing fountain, of course. Indulge in all the hummus, grilled meat, and moutabal (tahini and eggplant dip) you crave at this popular Lebanese restaurant at Dubai...
Ground Floor, Burj Al Salam, 6th Street - Trade Centre - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Sum of Us offers dreamy breakfasts like stacks of ricotta pancakes, toast with lobster, or poached eggs with freshly baked roti bread. The airy and spare decor and wooden chairs and table lend the café a serene vibe that...
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
You can't party in Dubai without finishing the night at one of the city's open-late cafeterias. Workers sit together for snacks, friends share deep conversations, and cars with obnoxious music stop for chai here. This space is...
Al Khaleej Road, Opposite Dubai Hospital, Corniche Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Not only can you load up on produce, freshly ground Middle Eastern and Indian spices, natural honey, and every variety of date known to man at the refurbished Waterfront Market (known as Deira Fish Market when it opened in the 1950s), you can have...
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