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Food & Drink

The best of beachside dining in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

Whether you're after a three-course meal or grabbing a quick snack, there are plenty of opportunities to refuel waterside.

Whether you're after a three-course meal or grabbing a quick snack, there are plenty of opportunities to refuel waterside.


Jetty Lounge


Located right by the waterfront near a jetty, this popular lounge at the One&Only Royal Mirage hotel really is beach chic at its best. Relaxed sofa seating and chilled-out tunes set the mood, complemented by an international menu of light bites and refreshing beverages. Settle in for an evening to remember at one of the private cabanas by the water’s edge and nibble on Arabian mezze, Asian teriyaki or European quiches, while watching the sun go down.


Aprons & Hammers

Beautiful beach views, a chilled-out ambience and fresh seafood await at Aprons & Hammers. The name of the restaurant refers to the two things you’ll need once you’re seated – a hammer to break open the crustaceans on offer, and an apron to cover yourself from the delicious ensuing mess. There’s plenty of fresh seafood to choose from, like buckets of shellfish, mussels and jumbo shrimps, so get your hands dirty while you look out over the blue. But if seafood isn’t your thing, don’t fret, there’s also a tasty range of pasta dishes, juicy burgers and vegetarian fare.

Fish Beach Taverna

With its whitewashed tables and chairs, and paved stone floors, Fish Beach Taverna offers fuss-free dining with brilliant views of the blue. With the Arabian Gulf straight ahead, feast on fabulous seafood on the terrace with the twinkling lights of Dubai Marina around you. The meals here have a home-cooked vibe with ingredients straight from the Aegean region. Try the selection of hot and cold plates including salads, vine leaves, grilled octopus, mussels and calamari, or head straight to the counter and order fresh fish and seafood, prepared just the way you like it.



If you were to judge solely by location, Shimmers always gets top marks. Add to that a tantalising menu of Greek cuisine, and you’ve landed a winner. Sitting in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah’s exclusive private beach, this relaxed eatery offers prime views of the azure sea, golden sands and the spectacular Burj Al Arab. Try their ‘real’ Greek salad with kalamata olives and feta cheese, or savour the slow-cooked lamb speciality by Greek chef extraordinaire Yiannis Katsikas. It's all very, very good, thanks to the exceptional ingredients used.


WHITE Restaurant

Taste the best of the Med at WHITE Restaurant. Located at Atlantis, The Palm, WHITE's laidback beach club area may instantly grab attention, but instead give in to temptation at its restaurant – the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the sun. Think sweeping views of the Dubai skyline, seafresh flavours and a chilled out soundtrack to complete the holiday vibes. Standouts here include the chargrilled lobster, seabass ceviche with citrus, cauliflower arancini with fresh truffle, and the superb Alinazik lamb cutlets.


Key West

Get the party started early at Key West, right on the famous shores of Nikki Beach. There’s plenty of zesty flavours to savour thanks to the menu’s strong Caribbean and Latin American influence. Go bold with the crab and melon ceviche, grilled prawns with a sugarcane twist, and tacos brimming with aciote spices, or taste home-style flair with one of 'Mama’s bowls' piled high with goodness – choices include a comforting fish chow, curried goat classic, and Jamaican-style vegetables.


Barasti Beach

This beach club and restaurant at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi has become a Dubai institution. The sprawling multi-layered open-air venue has a relaxed, friendly vibe, with everything from large screens showing sports, to beach loungers, pool tables and DJ-spun tunes on offer. The fish and chips here are legendary, but there are moreish pies, curries, pizzas and gourmet sandwiches too. Evenings are especially lively as Barasti hosts a packed calendar of events and live music nights all through the year.

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