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Food & Drink

Quintessential Dubai dining experiences

Wed, August 18, 2021

Discover stellar once-in-a-lifetime treats you won’t find elsewhere, at the best dining places in Dubai.

Discover stellar once-in-a-lifetime treats you won’t find elsewhere, at the best dining places in Dubai.


Record-breaking views at At.mosphere

This fine dining favourite, considered one of the best places to go dining in Dubai, is perched atop the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, so you can combine a tour of the building with a meal. Serving up an elegant afternoon tea and exceptional dinners, this luxury restaurant is known to attract tourists and residents alike for its contemporary gourmet menus and unrivalled views of the city and beyond. If you're looking to go even higher, make a reservation at The Lounge, Burj Khalifa – officially the world’s highest lounge at 585 metres.

Seaside meals to savour at Scape


Wouldn't it be nice to dine at the beach? The city's shorelines are home to an array of restaurants, cafes and food trucks that each serve up something special. For an unforgettable meal under the stars, book a table at Scape restaurant, housed in the terrace extension of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. The restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine in style, and if you find it hard to choose from the menu, order the seafood signatures such as Maine lobster and king crab sliders.


Dine underwater at Ossiano


Renowned as one of the city’s best fine dining places in Dubai, Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm presents an underwater-themed setting that always inspires. Head over to enjoy dinner with a difference thanks to tasting menus that feature fine Mediterranean flavours from the land and sea. The best part? You’ll be dining in great company, as sharks and shoals of colourful fish glide right past your table thanks to the restaurant’s giant aquarium walls.


Emirati feasts at Arabian Tea House

Arabian Tea House, Gastronomy
Tucked away in the alleys of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Arabian Tea House is where sepia-toned Arabic heritage meets an idyllic Mykonos vibe. Feast on an eclectic selection of tasty fare, including authentic Emirati dishes such as the rice-based chicken deyay, fish machboos, and spiced meat grills. Relax in the leafy courtyard of the wind tower-style building, amid billowing white canopies and white wicker furniture and experience true dining in Dubai.

Hipster café vibes at Tom & Serg

On-trend menu with fresh ingredients? Check. Specialty coffees? Check. Achingly cool crowd? Check. Find all that and more at Tom & Serg. Located in the industrial Al Quoz district, this is one of Dubai's first on-trend cafés and makes the art of coffee a real revelation. Relish a wholesome breakfast bowl or bite into a delectable burger, so you can soak up the family-friendly atmosphere while you're dining in Dubai. While you're there, explore the nearby contemporary arts district, Alserkal Avenue.

Have it all at Pier 7

Pier 7, Dubai Marina

This dining destination in Dubai Marina offers incomparable views, with seven restaurants to choose from across seven floors. Tuck into hearty menus featuring international specialties, with plenty of local and regional inflections. From flavourful sushi at Asia Asia to Latin American surprises at Mama Zonia, you can't go wrong. Remember to book a terrace table to take in the picture-perfect tableau of luxury yachts parked on glistening waters, towering skyscrapers and vibrant waterfront promenade.


Celebrity chef fare at Hell's Kitchen

Hells Kitchen Restaurant Dubai

To make dinner a special occasion, combine it with a show and Michelin-worthy flair. Based on chef Gordon Ramsay’s hit television series, Hell’s Kitchen, this restaurant at Caesars Palace Dubai is a theatrical treat with show-themed red and blue kitchens. Throw in culinary challenges, fiery action and an upbeat vibe, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable meal while dining in Dubai. If you're looking for more star-powered fare, check out our definitive list of celebrity chef restaurants in Dubai.


Authentic flavours at TOMO


This city is home to a world of flavours as restaurants serve up authentic dishes from homelands near and far. Fans of Japanese cuisine, for example, won't be disappointed with an incredible range to choose from all across Dubai, though TOMO remains a firm favourite with locals. Cherish a traditional welcome and panoramas of Dubai’s skyline from the aptly-named TOMO Views lounge before taking a seat at low-seating tatami tables for a memorable meal from the land of the rising sun. Don't forget to order the fatty tuna sashimi, a speciality here.


Desert dining at Sonara Camp

Sonara camp desert dining experience

Swap the city for the serene and enjoy a meal on the sands of Dubai’s desert. The Sonara Camp is an unforgettable restaurant, and one of the best dining places in Dubai, with a fine dining menu of regional and international classics, including special options for vegan and vegetarian diners served up from the open-air kitchen. The already magical desert setting is enhanced with chic ambient lighting and slick service, creating a sense of occasion. Afterwards guests can enjoy an array of activities and live entertainment – you won't be disappointed.

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