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Food & Drink

Top restaurants and nightspots at Dubai Marina

Mon, April 4, 2022

Dubai Marina's thriving evening scene has something for every taste. Whether upscale or casual, enjoy a memorable night out with friends at these lounges.

Dubai Marina's thriving evening scene has something for every taste. Whether upscale or casual, enjoy a memorable night out with friends at these lounges.

1

Hop around Pier 7

Standing out with its distinctive cylindrical shape, Pier 7 designs a novel fine dining experience. Each floor of the seven-storey building houses a different restaurant, celebrating the diversity of world cuisines and entertainment under one collective roof. Bringing chic Amazonian vibes to the second floor is Mama Zonia, where you can try bold tropical flavours as DJs jazz up the evening's soundtrack. On the top floor rests Mediterranean haven Atelier M, boasting spectacular rooftop views and a menu to match.

2

Street style at La Carnita

One of Dubai Marina's most popular eateries, La Carnita is a stylish escape designed with the help of international street artists. Expect classic Mexican food, fresh and fruity drinks, and an unpretentious vibe. Few things beat their salmon ceviche topped with refreshing mango and lime dressing, but their taco selection is definitely a close contender.

3

Masterful fare at Marina Social

Marina Social vegetarian vegan menu

Acclaimed chef Jason Atherton is the mastermind behind Marina Social, famed for its views of picturesque canals below and exceptional British-Mediterranean dishes. The tasteful sharing menu is a highlight, with their signature beef Wellington with 'cheesy chips' a must-try for seasoned foodies. When it comes to fine cuisine, it's certainly one of Dubai Marina's top attractions, promising contemporary flavours in a chic setting.

4

Zen escape at Siddharta

Few places deliver dining delights quite like Siddharta Lounge. You'll enjoy 360-degree views of Dubai Marina from this rooftop lounge that also serves up sophisticated Asian bites under the stars. Right next door is parent hotspot Buddha Bar, serving upscale Japanese cuisine as a larger-than-life gold statue presides over the festivities.

5

Casual cool at Lock, Stock and Barrel

A change from Dubai's upscale lounges, Lock, Stock and Barrel promises guests a night of laidback fun. Messy chicken wings, smokehouse burgers and a drinks menu devoid of any pretence are just a few tasty reasons why it's a popular hangout. Whether you're looking to catch up with friends or enjoy a rock band cover the classics, it's a no-brainer for those looking for good times.

6

Beachside vibes at Tamoka

Tamoka Dubai at Ritz-Carlton Dubai
A beachside dining destination that radiates warmth, Tamoka at Ritz-Carlton Dubai presents enviable views and vibrant fare in a laidback island-style setting inspired by the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The al fresco setting is a definite highlight, complemented by outdoor fire pits and sunken lounges, making it the perfect spot for everything from sunny lunches to dinner dates under the stars.
7

Aim high with Pure Sky

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Spend an evening at the popular rooftop lounge, Pure Sky Lounge. Located on the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk, it features upbeat vibes and sweeping views of the sea. Take in the picturesque setting over sunset, with Palm Jumeirah on one side and Bluewaters Island, with the enormous Ain Dubai observation wheel, on the other. Unwind with a menu that features delectable international fare and a relaxed atmosphere that calls you back for more.

8

Kick back at Ikigai

This laidback Japanese restaurant and lounge is helmed by Dubai-based chef Reif Othman. Located at the Millennium Place Marina, the eatery takes its inspiration from Japanese izakayas, and serves up an array of dishes such as such as tempura burgers, salmon teriyaki, and Wagyu tataki with truffle sauce. Inside, the lighting and graffiti murals will make you feel like you’re in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, but when the weather’s cooler, you can sit out on the terrace and take in the view.

9

Fall in love with L’Amo Bistro del Mare

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Perched by the waterfront of Dubai Harbour Yacht club, this sleek eatery offers a taste of fresh Italian seafood in a chic setting. Dive into a sea of flavours with dishes like spaghetti with sea urchin and saffron-flavoured lobster risotto. With its upscale ambience, panoramic vistas of the skyline and authentic Italian fare, L'Amo Bistro del Mare is a great choice for a romantic dinner or an all-out celebratory feast.

10

Dinner and a show at Papillon

Making every meal an electric experience, Papillon at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina presents dinner with a show like no other. A passion project by Dubai musician Layla Kardan, the nightlife venue brings together a talented ensemble of dancers. Accompanying the avant-garde show is an equally daring menu of fine French creations – think foie gras terrine with pickled strawberries, indulgent truffle pasta and pear tarte tatin with caramel sauce.

11

Electric entertainment at KOYO Dubai

Slick Japanese restaurant KOYO Dubai is a larger-than-life nightspot at the InterContinental Dubai Marina that brings the energy of Tokyo to the Middle East. Expect moody interiors, plenty of sushiand talented acrobats during this eclectic dinner show experience. While the food is excellent, it's the performances that will leave you coming back for more.

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