Restaurants

Top Choice Asian in Jumeirah

3 Fils

Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar turns out innovative, yet unpretentious Asian-influenced small plates at this tiny, unlicensed spot – a perfect foil to Dubai's expensive, overblown eateries. There are around 25 seats i…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Dubai

Zuma

Every dish speaks of refinement in this perennially popular bilevel restaurant that gives classic Japanese fare an up-to-the-minute workout. No matter if you go for the top-cut sushi morsels (the dynamite spider rol…
Top Choice Cafe in Bur Dubai

Arabian Tea House

A grand old tree, white wicker chairs, turquoise benches and billowing flowers create a sun-dappled refuge in the courtyard of an old pearl merchant's house. The menu includes lots of Emirati specialities, including…
Top Choice Emirati in Jumeirah

Logma

Meaning ‘mouthful’ in Arabic, this funky Emirati cafe is a great introduction to contemporary local cuisine. It's popular for breakfast dishes such as baith tamat (saffron-spiced scrambled eggs with tomato), wholeso…
Top Choice French in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Stay

Three-Michelin–starred Yannick Alléno brings his culinary magic to Dubai in this subtly theatrical vaulted dining room accented with black crystal chandeliers. His creations seem deceptively simple (the beef tenderl…
Top Choice Fusion in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Asia Asia

Prepare for a culinary journey along the Spice Road at this theatrically decorated restaurant entered via a candlelit corridor that spills into an exotic booth-lined lounge with dangling birdcage lamps. Dim sum to t…
Top Choice Emirati in Deira

Aseelah

With its mix of traditional and modern Emirati cuisine, this stylish restaurant ticks all the right boxes. Many dishes feature a local spice mix called bezar, including the date-stuffed chicken leg and the camel ste…
Top Choice Thai in Jumeirah

Pai Thai

An abra ride, a canalside table and candlelight are the hallmarks of a romantic night out, and this enchanting spot sparks on all cylinders. If your date doesn’t make you swoon, then such expertly seasoned Thai dish…
Top Choice International in Downtown Dubai

Baker & Spice

A pioneer of the local-organic-fresh maxim in Dubai, this London import offers a seasonal bounty of dishes, prepared in-house and serves amid charming, country-style decor and on a Dubai Fountain–facing terrace. The…
Top Choice Seafood in Jumeirah

Pierchic

Looking for a place to drop an engagement ring into a glass of champagne? Make reservations (far in advance) at this impossibly romantic seafood house capping a historic wooden pier with front-row views of the Burj …