Dubai 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 in…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Dubai

Zuma

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 ro…
Top Choice Emirati in Deira

Aseelah

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), includ…
Top Choice Fusion in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

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. Di…
Top Choice Indian in Bur Dubai

Claypot

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 saffron-infused b…
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 served amid charming, country-style decor and on a Dubai Fountain–facing terrace. The…
Top Choice Emirati in Jumeirah

Logma

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 the p…
Top Choice Cafe 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, aubergine …
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 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 …