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Food & Drink

The best restaurants near Burj Al Arab

Tue, January 30, 2024

The Burj Al Arab hotel is an icon of Dubai that's worth admiring from every angle. Here are our favourite places to enjoy views of the sail-shaped landmark.

The Burj Al Arab hotel is an icon of Dubai that's worth admiring from every angle. Here are our favourite places to enjoy views of the sail-shaped landmark.

Fine dining at Jumeirah Al Naseem

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On one side of Burj Al Arab sits Madinat Jumeirah, made up of several luxury hotels and home to the best views of the Burj’s iconic sail. Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Summersalt beach club and restaurant offers one of the closest spots to Burj Al Arab, complete with a relaxed poolside atmosphere and great food. Try The Palmery’s terrace, where the view comes with a focus on healthy dishes and fresh ingredients, or head to Rockfish for seafood with an Italian twist. Flamingo Room by tashas offers a chic restaurant inspired by African glamour, serving elevated dishes in a picturesque setting.

A different perspective at Pierchic

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For a combination of spectacular Burj Al Arab views and the very best seafood, Pierchic is unbeatable. Part of the Al Qasr hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, Pierchic sits at the end of a long wooden pier, several hundred metres out into the sea. Far from the bustle of the main hotel and surrounded by endless blue, it’s no surprise that Pierchic has been consistently recognised as one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai. The menu is an ode to Italy with fresh crudo, light antipasti and perfect pasta – don't be afraid to ask for recommendations and the waitstaff can advise on the freshest catch of the day.

Superb views from Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah is the retail heart of the Madinat Jumeirah complex, and is packed with dozens of delicious restaurants. As with the hotels, some establishments boast admirable panoramas of Burj Al Arab, particularly in the evening. Folly is one of Madinat Jumeirah's most coveted restaurants and is recognised by the Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand. Meanwhile, Publique is rated as a top French restaurant in Dubai, and aims to bring the atmosphere of an Alpine ski chalet to Dubai’s coast – except towering over the restaurant is Burj Al Arab, instead of the Mont Blanc. And down by the canal-side, Taverna Greek Kitchen offers excellent Greek cuisine with a view of the waterways.

Relaxed vibes at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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On the other side of Burj Al Arab is Jumeirah Beach Hotel, its wave-shaped form itself a familiar symbol of Dubai. Offering a laidback vibe, the hotel has plenty of restaurants and lounges. Bastion is a modern brasserie and grill with stunning Burj Al Arab views. Located on the 25th floor of the hotel, the restaurant welcomes guests to its cosy venue every Saturday for a simple yet elegant brunch featuring classic dishes. For one of the best views of the iconic hotel from the beach, Nuska is the place to go. It fuses barefoot luxury with premium dining and makes for the perfect sundowner spot.

Great neighbourhood choices

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Away from the hotels, there are plenty of independent restaurants and familiar chains to consider. Just down the road in The Mall Jumeirah is Arabian Tea House, the sister venue of the original branch in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, and an excellent place to try local snacks and refreshments. Another great option is 21grams Urban Balkan Bistro, where you can find authentic Balkan cuisine overlooking Jumeirah's busy streets. Further down Jumeirah Beach Road is Japanese restaurant Origami, in Al Souq Mall at the Fishing Harbour – head here for great sushi amid peaceful surroundings, while just opposite is Bu Qtair fish restaurant that's famed for its delicious seafood at wallet-friendly prices.

Watch stunning sunsets from Jumeirah Mina A'Salam

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One of Dubai's best located hotels, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam is nestled between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah. It features stunning restaurants such as Greek hotspot Shimmers and Italian haven Cala Vista with its outdoor terrace shadowed by Burj Al Arab. Other dining highlights include authentic Chinese restaurant Zheng He's, which invites guests to a family-style brunch every Saturday. 
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