Where to Eat in Dubai
Collected by Deborah L Williams, AFAR Contributor
15A Street, Al-Joud Center, Al Qouz, Near ACE Hardware and Burjeel Hospital - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tom and Serg have developed a devoted following in their five years of running this hip café in Al Quoz, the art district. The café does an all-day breakfast, and a fabulous lunch, but plan accordingly: the kitchen closes at 5:45 on weekends. Tom...
Al Karama - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The crunchy lentil vada and Chennai-style sambar at Woodlands are flavors that have stood the test of time in this rapidly changing city. Long-time residents who know their South Indian fare still flock to this 30+ year old hidden gem in Karama,...
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...
Gate Village 06, Podium Level - Al Sa'ada St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Located near the heart of Dubai, Zuma is known for strong classical execution with a hip, contemporary twist. The menu includes both sushi and sashimi alongside modern riffs, such as delicately-sliced sea bass served with truffle oil, yuzu, and...
Gate Village No, 8, Dubai International Financial Center - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
LPM is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the city, and the fact that it has outlasted many a flashy upstart testifies to its quality and consistency. It's a lovely room and the food is always delicious: freshly sourced and...
G Floor, Dubai Mall, Near Ice Rink, The Village - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Located in the Village in the Dubai Mall, Milas updates Emirati food in ways that both tourists and locals love. Try the saffron rice with mbahar deyay (chicken breast), or feast on "salouna samach" — fish stew in a fragrant tomato sauce with...
Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Everywhere else you might find this Michelin-starred xiaolongbao chain, the lines will be wrapped out the door and around the corner. This branch, located in the upper level of the Mall of the Emirates, never seems to have wait times longer than...
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...
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai World Trade Centre, Za’abeel Hall 6 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Bring home a tasty souvenir that you won't find anywhere else: This shop specializes in all things camel milk, which is an earthier taste than cow's milk but not as sharp as goat's milk. Located in the Souk side of the expansive Dubai Mall, this...
6 King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Madinat Jumeirah hotel's Pierchic restaurant sits at the end of a private pier, facing the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. Redesigned in 2014 with a stunning Swarovski-crystal chandelier over the bar, Pierchic is one of the city’s...
122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The term 'High Tea' takes on a whole new meaning at At.mosphere, a restaurant & lounge on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa (currently the tallest building in the world). The views are incredible, as you might imagine. Sip slowly and take it all...
Jumeirah Beach Residence Sadaf 6 Apatrt 4113 - - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Lime Tree Café began in 2001 with a single location, and has now become a recognizable part of the Dubai foodie landscape. All the locations offer a relaxed, laid-back vibe, and are committed to providing elegant, simple fare that draws on...
Al Fahidi St,Bur Dubai - Al Fahidi Neighborhood (formerly Bastakiya),Near Dubai Museum - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Beloved by artists and curators attending the annual Art Dubai fair, XVA Art Hotel wraps around the three courtyards of the restored 19th-century home of the Seddiqi family, prominent traders who became the emirate’s Rolex dealers. Longtime...
Anantara The Palm Dubai, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah,Dubai - إمارة الشارقةّ - United Arab Emirates
Who knew, really, that Aussies even had a cuisine much beyond "the barbie" and Foster's? Turns out that an Australian cuisine does exist, and it's delicious. If you're willing to take a leap and try kangaroo or crocodile...or Australian beef or...
Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When you eat at Coya, you manage to forget that you're in a high-end hotel in Dubai; you feel as if you've been transported to another continent entirely. Sip a pisco sour in the Pisco Lounge before dinner, and then revel in your beautifully...
Lobby Floor,Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers,Garhoud - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
You could spend a week eating nothing but Indian food in Dubai, going from the Punjab to Mumbai, and never visit the same place twice. But even in a city with outstanding Indian food at all price points, Ashiana stands out, not only for its...
Dubai Creek Club St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The "Dubai Brunch" is a (caloric, frequently champagne-fueled) tradition and one that you should try at least once, if you find yourself in Dubai on a Friday (the weekend here is Friday/Saturday). Every big hotel and restaurant puts on an epic...
5th Floor,Pier 7 Building,Dubai Marina Mall - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Lebanese food is a Dubai staple and Abd El Wahab, named for the road in Beirut where this upscale chain began, is an enduring fave. This location (there are several across the city, all good) is in a new development overlooking the Marina, and...
Floor 7/7M, Pier 7, next to Marina Mall - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
A new French restaurant in Dubai has a lot of competition, including Le Petit Maison. But Atelier M, located in Pier 7, a new development by the Marina, has a lot going for it: the chef, born in the Middle East and trained in some of the world's...
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