Top ChoiceAsian in Jumeirah

3 Fils

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...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Downtown Dubai



Every dish speaks of refinement in this perennially popular bi-level 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...

Top ChoiceEmirati in Deira


With its mix of traditional and modern Emirati cuisine, this stylish restaurant ticks all the boxes. Many dishes feature a local spice mix called bezar (containing cumin, fennel, cinnamon and dried chillies),...

Top ChoiceFusion in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Asia Asia

Asia Asia

Prepare for a culinary journey along the Spice Road at this theatrically decorated restaurant, which is entered via a candlelit corridor that spills into an exotic booth-lined lounge with dangling birdcage lamps....

Top ChoiceIndian in Bur Dubai


The chef here has Dorchester and Ritz cred, and studied under nouvelle cuisine guru Michel Guerard. Kickstart your menu with the dahi puri (stuffed crispy puris), a fabulous Indian street food. The...

Top ChoiceInternational in Downtown Dubai

Baker & Spice

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 served amid charming, country-style decor and on a Dubai Fountain–facing terrace....

Top ChoiceEmirati in Jumeirah



This funky Emirati cafe is a great introduction to contemporary local cuisine. It's popular for breakfast dishes such as shakshuka (poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce topped with feta), wholesome salads (try...

Top ChoiceCafe in Bur Dubai

XVA Café

Escape Dubai’s bustle at this lovely courtyard cafe where the menu eschews meat in favour of a daily rotating menu of innovative vegetarian dishes, such as hummus made with broad beans or roasted carrots,...

Top ChoiceFrench in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah


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...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Jumeirah


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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Bur Dubai

Bateaux Dubai

Enjoy dazzling views while floating down the Creek aboard this fancily outfitted, air-conditioned, glass-roofed dinner boat with panoramic windows, linen-draped tables, live music and an outdoor deck. Rates...

Top ChoiceSyrian in Deira

Aroos Damascus

A Dubai restaurant serving Syrian food to adoring crowds since 1980 must be doing something right. A perfect meal would start with hummus and a fattoush salad of toasted bread, tomatoes, onions and mint leaves...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

101 Lounge & Bar

101 Lounge & Bar

It may be hard to concentrate on the food at this marina-adjacent al fresco pavilion, with its stunning skyline views. Come for nibbles and cocktails in the bar or go for the full dinner experience, with seafood...

Top ChoiceThai 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...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Jumeirah

Bu Qtair

Bu Qtair

Always packed to the gills, this simple eatery is a Dubai institution famous for its dock-fresh fish and shrimp, marinated in a 'secret' masala curry sauce and fried to order. Belly up to the window, point to...

British in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

The Croft

The Croft

Chef Darren Velvick flies the flag for modern British cooking at this relaxed restaurant with an open kitchen and spacious terrace overlooking the lights of Dubai Marina. There's an emphasis on locally grown and...

Greek in Bur Dubai


Elia's chef is from Crete, and it certainly shows in the heartwarming dishes, which are a combination of homey traditional, like moussaka, with contemporary takes on the classics, such as chestnut and mushroom...

Cafe in Downtown Dubai

Nightjar Coffee

New Zealander Leon Surynt works directly with cocoa bean farmers, ensuring sustainability and fairness. There is a similar vision behind the menu, with ingredients locally sourced as far as possible. Dishes are...

Vegetarian in Bur Dubai


Jains run this super-friendly, super-healthy, vegetarian Indian restaurant serving 'body-harmonising' sattvic food that uses only fresh, seasonal and organic produce and shuns oil, onion and garlic. Dishes to try...

Italian in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah


Back in 1930s Milan, Beatrice 'Bice' Ruggeri first opened her trattoria, which evolved into the city's most fashionable by the 1970s. Today Dubai's BiCE carries on the tradition, with chef Davide Gardini adding...