Budget restaurants in Dubai

Our top spots for authentic, great value meals
Dubai is home to a vast array of cultures, so there's always a place to find an authentic, bargain-priced meal. Street food fans and culinary explorers will be pleased to find that some of the best unfussy dining in Dubai can be found on a shoestring.
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Zaroob

Easy Arabian delights

Zaroob

Easy Arabian delights

Take in the fabulous flavours of Levant street food 

If you are staying near Dubai International Financial Centre, Palestinian eatery Zaroob offers delicious Arabic street fare in their funky outdoor garden area. Choose a piping hot falafel, savour a mana’oushe morsel, and devour a fateer among other Arabic classics. Afterwards, walk it off with a stroll through the contemporary art galleries of DIFC.
Contact details
   Dubai International Financial Centre
  +971 4 403 8888 

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Dhow Cruises

Dinner on the water

Dhow Cruises

Dinner on the water

Enjoy a beautiful view with an amazing sea breeze 

Combine dinner with a spectacular boat tour on a Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise on Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek. Dinner is usually served buffet style, and some boats feature extras like children’s entertainment so you can relax as you glide past the magnificent Dubai skyline. Popular cruises include Bateaux Dubai and Rustar.
Contact details
    Bateaux Dubai - Dubai Creek
  +971 4 814 5553
    Rustar Cruise - Baniyas road
  +971 4 395 7941
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Bu Qtair Café

Seafood with a spicy twist

Bu Qtair Café

Seafood with a spicy twist

Experience Dubai's most chilled out beach vibes 

This Indian café serves up deliciously fresh seafood with an ultra-casual vibe right on the atmospheric Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. Order the house classics like fried fish, BBQ shrimp and fish curry, and then head down to Sunset Beach to snap a shot of the Burj Al Arab.
Contact details
   Umm Suqeim 3, Jumeirah
  +971 55 705 2130 

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Tom & Serg

Dubai's hipster brunch café

Tom & Serg

Dubai's hipster brunch café

Don't miss your chance to try the perfect flat white 

Australian café proprietors Tom & Serg have cracked the coffee scene with their warehouse style café in the emerging arts district of Al Quoz. Enjoy salads, simple meals and the perfect flat white in the airy open plan café which also features a play area for the little guests. Go for brunch in the morning and then head over to the iconic Alserkal Avenue, where you will catch the latest exhibitions in the hangar style galleries.
Contact details
    Al Quoz
  +971 4 449 8579
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Din Tai Fung

Taiwanese cuisine

Din Tai Fung

Taiwanese cuisine

Discover this Dubai favourite right inside Mall of the Emirates 

Hailing from Taiwan, this restaurant chain in Mall of the Emirates is a favourite with lovers of dumplings worldwide. Perfect for fuelling up before you head to Ski Dubai, their hearty versions of noodles, mouthwatering xiao long bao, and simple vegetable dishes have earned them high praise amongst locals.
Contact details
   Mall of the Emirates
  +971 4 265 1288 

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Calicut Paragon

Flavours of India

Calicut Paragon

Flavours of India

Enjoy authentic Indian dishes in a laid-back atmosphere 

With rave reviews for its flavoursome curries and budget-friendly prices, this Indian restaurant draws a hungry crowd every evening. Delicious spinach pakodas and cheese-stuffed mushrooms are standard side orders, but it’s the seafood that steals the show. Try the crab masala, fruity mango fish curry or whole pomfret in spicy rub. A cup of fragrant zafrani chai, is the perfect end to your meal.
Contact details
   Mattar Al Tayer Building, Karama
  +971 4 335 8700
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Ravi Restaurant

Mouthwatering Pakistani fare

Ravi Restaurant

Mouthwatering Pakistani fare

Don't miss the chance to have a bite at this Dubai institution 

An institution in its own right, this Pakistani eatery in the cultural melting pot neighbourhood of Satwa is popular with travellers from all walks of life. Everything on the menu is worth a try, but we suggest ordering the spicy mutton chops and chicken mughlai (a creamy curry topped with shaved egg). Mop it all up with stuffed paratha bread for an authentic street food experience at a great price.
Contact details
   2nd December Street, Al Satwa
  +971 4 331 5353

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Al Ustad Special Kebab

K is for kebab

Al Ustad Special Kebab

K is for kebab

Enjoy Persian cuisine in one of Dubai's historical restaurants 

A Persian gem, this is one of Dubai's oldest establishments serving authentic, no-frills Iranian fare. The décor is quirky with a dash of old-world charm and the kebabs are melt-in-your-mouth perfect. Head here for a super satisfactory meal, before exploring into the exciting alleys of Meena Bazaar.
Contact details
   Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai
  +971 4 3971469 

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