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Food & Drink

The best celebrity chef restaurants in Dubai

Thu, May 18, 2023

Savour award-winning cuisines at these fine dining venues in the city.

Savour award-winning cuisines at these fine dining venues in the city.

Gordon Ramsay


The enigmatic British chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay needs little introduction, thanks to a career involving Michelin stars, successful television shows and award-winning dining concepts. Some of Ramsay’s international favourites have found memorable addresses in Dubai, so enjoy classic British fare at Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis, The Palm.

Nobu Matsuhisa

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Down-to-earth Japanese food icon Nobu Matsuhisa is a major source of inspiration for discerning clientele across the globe. In 2008, he opened his celebrity-favourite hotspot, Nobu, at Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm, sparking the trend of modern Japanese dining concepts. At this buzzing restaurant, he artfully blends traditional and contemporary cuisine, with a touch of Arabian indulgence.

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura

Inspired by his hometown of Modena – known for sublime food, art and supercars – Massimo Bottura's experimental take on Italian cuisine helped make Osteria Francescana one of the best restaurants in the world. Dubai is home to one of his newer gems, Torno Subito, a chic yet casual 1960s-style eatery where you can enjoy playful Italian delicacies by the water. Expect crowd-pleasing dishes, including the trademark cacio e pepe and tagliatelle ragu.

Mauro Colagreco


Forging his own path based on the techniques and teachings of his distinguished French mentors, Mauro Colagreco is a culinary force to be reckoned with. He blends his Argentinian heritage with the Italian ancestry of his teams to create dishes that strike a resounding chord. He helped create magic at France's three-Michelin starred Mirazur – named the World's Best Restaurant in 2019 – and now he's the talent behind the supremely sophisticated fare at Celebrities and The Beach Bar & Grill at One&Only Royal Mirage.

Akira Back

Akira Back

With over 20 years in the game, Akira Back's style embraces his zest for adventure. He's a prolific restaurateur with a global presence. Dubai is on that star-studded list of notable eateries too, with the eponymous Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm featuring bold Japanese cuisine with Korean and international influence.

Gary Rhodes

Rhodes Twenty10
Among many with a Dubai connection, probably the deepest belonged to the late Gary Rhodes OBE. After his first local restaurant, Rhodes Mezzanine at Grosvenor House in 2007, he went on to have a string of successes in the city. Relaunched as Rhodes W1, diners can't get enough of the tender lamb cutlets, aubergine steaks and sticky toffee pudding, while the gourmet steakhouse Rhodes Twenty10 is another must-try dining highlight.

Pierre Gagnaire

Pierre Gagnaire Dubai

Pierre Gagnaire's fearless approach to cuisine makes him a trailblazer in the global fusion movement. The French cuisinier with Michelin-starred restaurants delights by playing with his food, matching diverse flavours for rich and memorable dishes. His penchant for the eccentric is also apparent at his Dubai-based restaurant and lounge, Pierre's TT at Dubai Festival City. Playful and young in its surroundings, the menu is diverse enough to satisfy global gourmands.

Alvin Leung

Demon Duck Scallops

With Michelin stars awarded to his London and Hong Kong restaurants, chef Alvin Leung is now thrilling Dubai diners with signature Asian plates at Demon Duck at Caesars Palace. Located on Bluewaters Island, the eatery takes diners on a journey through the Far East, with fresh takes on Cantonese, Malaysian and Korean classics. Opt for the Duck Journey to sample the best highlights, including whole slow-roasted Peking duck served with citrus calamansi baos.

Vineet Bhatia


One of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Vineet Bhatia is renowned for elevating classic Indian cuisine to new gastronomic heights. Imaginative and experimental, Bhatia's take on food gives fusion a new meaning. Get a taste of his genius at Indego by Vineet, located in Grosvenor House, or head to Indya by Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa for progressive Indian fare.

Yannick Alléno


The hotels on Palm Jumeirah draw crowds not just because of their location, but also for the culinary star power on show. Take for instance legendary chef Yannick Alléno, whose contemporary take on traditional French cuisine has been attracting foodies at One&Only The Palm since 2010. From the glamorous design to the impeccable plating, prepare to enjoy a sophisticated dining experience.

José Avillez

Tasca by Jose Avillez
What sets Portugal's José Avillez apart from his contemporaries is his desire to go the extra mile. Taking cues from his motherland's geography, from vast oceans to pine forests, Avillez elevates Portuguese cuisine for cosmopolitan palates. It's no surprise then that he chose Dubai to open his first international restaurant, Tasca at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It's a 'fun-dining' experience, mixing seamlessly into the city's multicultural vibes. 

Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The late chef Joël Robuchon – once named ‘chef of the century’ – delighted gourmands around the world with his exceptional take on French cuisine. Renowned for celebrating seasonal produce and his relentless pursuit of perfection, the influential chef’s restaurants continue to honour his legacy. At L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Downtown Dubai, you can expect his greatest hits and more.

Nusret Gökçe

Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dubai

'Salt Bae', aka Nusret Gökçe, rose to fame on social media thanks to viral videos and memes of him slicing meat and sprinkling salt with flair. Since then, he’s served up more delicious surprises at restaurants around the world, including Dubai. The Nusr-Et Steakhouse at Restaurant Village in Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach features the very best cuts, warm service and, if you’re lucky, Salt Bae himself will be there to season your steak with his signature flourish.

Daniel Boulud

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A name synonymous with soulful French cuisine, chef Daniel Boulud has built an international culinary empire. At Brasserie Boulud in Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, diners can discover a ‘gastronomie Francaise’ experience with a touch of Middle Eastern influence. The slow-cooked lamb, pan-seared calamari and housemade burger are all incredible, while the seasonal specials also delight.

Burak Özdemir

An Insta-famous chef that needs little introduction, Burak Özdemir has generated quite a buzz thanks to his super-fast skills and jumbo creations. Bringing his reel magic to CZNBurak in Dubai, everyone can now get a taste of the action. Located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, the restaurant pulls out all the stops with extravagant plates accompanied by rhythmic drums and flaming salt, no less. You'll also want to visit CZN Burak Burger at Dubai Mall.

Dario Cecchini

The region’s first dining concept by the famed eighth-generation butcher Dario Cecchini takes pride of place at SLS Hotels & Residences. Visitors can expect prime cuts of the finest meats and supreme steaks, as well as a few signatures such as the Chianti sushi made with tartare, and the Tuscan bistecca alla Fiorentina, a porterhouse dish that never fails to delight.

Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is not just for seasoned foodies, but anyone looking for an extraordinary dining experience. Immaculate plating and presentation for each dish only elevate the award-winning self-taught chef's offerings, like the Meat Fruit, a chicken liver parfait presented to resemble a whole mandarin. Its Atlantis The Royal outpost mirrors the same elegant, upscale ambience as the original Knightsbridge eatery in London, complete with a private dining room for up to 12 guests.

Costas Spiliadis

Costas Spiliadis Chef

Chef Costas Spiliadis was born in the Greek town of Olympia and opened the first Estiatorio Milos restaurant in Montreal in 1979. The culinary genius has now brought his simple yet sumptuous dishes to Atlantis The Royal Dubai, where you can discover the gastronomic wonders of Greece. Fresh seafood is a speciality here, whether it's wild oysters or delicate ceviche, all served with uncomplicated touches such as a pinch of Aegean rock salt or a dash of olive oil.

José Andrés

Jose Andres Chef

The creative mind behind the menu of Atlantis The Royal Dubai's Spanish dining spot Jaleo is José Andrés. He's a Michelin-recognised chef who was twice named one of Time magazine's '100 most influential people'. Come here to sample signature tapas, hearty paellas, delicious cheeses and more – designed to be shared and reminiscent of the award-winning culinary innovator's childhood. The restaurant's name comes from the Spanish word for 'revelry', so expect a lively experience as well as superb cuisine.

Gastón Acurio

la mar

Chef Gaston Acurio's first outpost in Dubai, La Mar, sits at the mezzanine lobby level of Atlantis The Royal Dubai and offers delectable South American dishes. The restaurant is the first traditional cerbiceria to arrive in the city, focusing on ceviche and seafood, using traditional techniques employed in Peruvian cuisine. Expect plenty of delicious tiraditos (a style of raw fish), causas (a classic potato dish) and the fresh catch of the day – on par with the plates at Acurio's 45 other eateries spread across 11 countries.

Jason Atherton

City Social Dubai
Acclaimed chef Jason Atherton is at the helm of City Social Dubai. Taking up the entire top floor of Grosvenor House’s Tower 2, City Social offers floor-to-ceiling views of Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and modern European cuisine based around the idea of “uncomplicated luxury”. While here, you can enjoy some of Atherton’s most famous dishes, including roasted sea bass with shellfish ragout and Sicilian pistachio soufflé, alongside new additions such as Scottish salmon with king crab.
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  • Grosvenor House Dubai, Tower 2, Al Emreef St - Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver Chef

English restaurateur and television star Jamie Oliver's popular Italian spot in Dubai Mall focuses on quality ingredients to ensure the simplest of plates is delicious. Inspired by the cooking he learnt under his mentor Gennaro Coltado, as well as via his travels through the country, he stays true to tried-and-tested recipes. Think perfectly-prepared pizzas from a wood-fired oven, freshly-made pasta with generous toppings and much more to savour in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

Vladimir Mukhin

krasota chef

Award-winning Russian chef Vladimir Mukhin brings forth innovative plates that are a sensory treat at KRASOTA Dubai. This one-of-a-kind gastro-theatre experience blends art, moving imagery and haute cuisine within an exclusive 20-seater venue. Dinner here is essentially an entire production, unlike anything you have experienced before, and comes with a price tag of around AED1,800 per person. Each 'show' consists of a welcome amuse bouche and multiple dishes served course by course – paired with an engaging visual performance.

Kunal Kapur

Kunal Kapur Chef
He has hosted and judged four seasons of MasterChef India, and now you can savour specialities at Kunal Kapur's first flagship concept in the city, PINCODE. Each recipe features bold, authentic flavours fused with contemporary cooking techniques and represents a different locality of the subcontinent. The all-day-dining menu is packed with creative street food options that will revive childhood memories of snacking on the roads of New Delhi. Don't miss the Kerala fried chicken strips sprinkled with traditional gunpowder and served with a spiced slaw.

Athanasios Kargatzidis

After the success of his Baron’s pop-up eatery at Expo 2020 Dubai, Athanasios Kargatzidis, popularly known as chef Tommy, is now serving up Hellenic hits at Time Out Market with his new concept 'à la grecque'. Pop over to try his authentic Greek recipes created using classic ingredients like olive oil, lemons and herbs. Take a bite out of a souvlaki wrap or dig into a moussaka casserole and be transported to the streets of Athens while sitting in the heart of Dubai.

Simon Rimmer

Self-taught celebrity chef Simon Rimmer helms an effortlessly chic hangout spot at Dubai's Pier 7, a buzzing seven-storey dining destination. The Scene specialises in British and European fare along with family fun – the little ones will love the live performances, arts and crafts and more during brunch. Expect plenty of sharing classics on the picnic-inspired weekend menu or head over for Curry Club Thursdays and Fish and Chips Fridays.

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