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Food & Drink

The best restaurants near Burj Al Arab

Fri, June 24, 2022

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

Jumeirah Al Naseem Dubai
On one side of the Burj Al Arab sits the 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 the 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 dishes with an Italian twist. Next door at Mina A’Salam, Shimmers sits on the beach, offering Greek cuisine, a relaxed ambience and great views. Hanaaya – meaning “happiness” in Arabic – sits on the waterside of the canal running through the whole of Madinat Jumeirah.

A different perspective at Pierchic


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


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 the Burj Al Arab, particularly in the evening. Folly is one of Madinat Jumeirah's most coveted restaurants and was recently recognised by the Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand. Meanwhile, Publique is rated as one of the best French restaurants in Dubai, and aims to bring the atmosphere of an Alpine ski chalet to Dubai’s coast – except towering over the restaurant is the Burj Al Arab, instead of the Mont Blanc. And down by the canal-side, Anar offers excellent Persian cuisine with a view.


Relaxed vibes at Jumeirah Beach Hotel


On the other side of the Burj Al Arab is the 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. If you’re looking for healthy bites, then Fika ticks all the boxes. Take in in uninterrupted vistas while nibbling on nutritious dishes and wholesome fresh juices.


Great neighbourhood choices

Away from the hotels, there are plenty of independent restaurants – and familiar chains to consider. Just down the road in The Mall Jumeirah is the Arabian Tea House, the sister venue of the original branch in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, and a great place to try local snacks and refreshments. 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.
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