Food & Drink
Discover Dubai's most celebrated brunches
Fri, August 4, 2023
With a wide range of menus and cuisines, you're never far from a brilliant brunch in Dubai.
With a wide range of menus and cuisines, you're never far from a brilliant brunch in Dubai.
Brunch in Dubai doesn't have to be super-expensive – and these offer some of the best-value experiences in the city, with first-class food and atmosphere at a fantastic price.
If you’re searching for a great-value East Asian-themed brunch in a luxury setting, you’ll strike gold at this foodie hotspot. Located at Dusit Thani Dubai, Benjarong combines an award-winning Thai experience with striking urban panoramas. Brunch packages start at AED159 per person, with dishes served to the table from 12:30pm till 4pm – and offers a menu of irresistible treats, including perfectly-prepared seafood and creamy curries. The service is superb too, ensuring that everyone leaves more than satisfied.
A popular destination for the city's cool crowd, this Mexican restaurant serves a great Saturday brunch from 2-6pm, with prices from AED199 per person and complete with lively entertainment. With something to satisfy everyone, from vegans to meat lovers, you get three starters – guacamole, a Cali salad and spicy wings. Then, take your pick of two tacos, including beef chorizo, achiote chicken, spiced sweet potato and more, before moving onto your choice of main and ending with fresh churros. One for those looking for an upbeat scene.
BB Social Dining
One of the city's most talked about restaurants knows how to do brunch right. Expect signature bites, Asian-inspired bowls, baos and melt-in-your-mouth barbecued specialities that represent the best in Eastern cuisine, which combines flavours from Pan Asia and the Middle East. Best of all? The brunch is wallet-friendly too, with packages starting from just AED249 including drinks – one of the many reasons why BB has remained a community favourite for years, and is likely to be for years to come.
Located on the 70th floor of the SLS Dubai Hotel in Business Bay, the skyline views from Fi'lia are always worth talking about. On Saturdays, the terrace fills up with an enthusiastic brunch crowd, eager to sample Italian signatures in the sunshine. Expect all the classics from this recipient of Michelin's Bib Gourmand, including fresh-from-the-oven pizzas, crispy arancini and fresh cannoli for dessert, with prices starting at AED250 per person.
With a hip soundtrack and vistas of Dubai Marina's waterways and high-rises aplenty, the views and vibes at Asia Asia are always a treat. Located at Pier 7 – the neighbourhood's favourite dining destination – the restaurant pulls out all the stops every Saturday afternoon for their four-course à la carte take on brunch, which costs from AED275 per person. Themed around the famed Spice Route, the menu includes flavour-packed sushi, curries, grilled dishes and dim sum.
Kids and adults alike can have a great time at these brunches, which offer something for everyone and often include dedicated children's entertainment and activities.
One of the city's long-standing brunch spots, Yalumba at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre still manages to impress with their playful take on Sunday family 'Blunch' from AED225 per adult and a fantastically-priced AED75 for kids aged six to 12. Expect magicians, face-painting, an outdoor play area plus plenty more fun for little ones, as well as a packed menu of delicious international specialities that incorporates flavours from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and beyond. Yalumba's brunch runs from 1-4pm.
JA The Resort
The resort hosts the picnic-style We Be Brunchin' every Saturday, aimed specifically at families. There are live cooking stations, musicians, children's entertainers and more, all set in JA The Resort's lush lawns. Kids will not only enjoy the food, but also the activities, with pony rides, a bouncy castle and more to keep them occupied. And the brunch also includes pool access – meaning you and the family can enjoy a leisurely poolside afternoon once you're done dining. The brunch runs from 12:30-4pm, and packages start at AED280 for adults and AED150 for kids, with children under six eating for free.
There’s a reason that Bubbalicious at The Westin Mina Seyahi sells out every week, for both its regular Saturday brunch and The Roast by Bubbalicious on Sundays. The Saturday edition, spread across three of the hotel's restaurants, is one of Dubai's most lavish brunches – but is still great for families, with dedicated kids entertainment on offer. The Sunday roast is more focused on the titular meat dishes, and is also ideal for kids thanks to the entertainers on hand, and a dedicated mini-buffet. The Bubbalicious Saturday brunch starts at AED450 per adult and AED300 for children aged six to 12, while the Bubbalicious Sunday roast starts at AED295 per adult and AED175 for children aged six to 12 – kids under six can eat for free at both events. Both brunches run from 1-4pm.
These venues offer the ultimate brunch experience, with the best food, views and ambience in the city – and price-tags to match.
Jumeirah Al Qasr
The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
A favourite with Dubai's fashionistas, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill presents a sharing-style foodie feast every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm till 4pm for AED440 per person. The menu is extensive, with everything from oysters and Wagyu beef tataki to hamachi ceviche, before moving on to your choice of mains. While the herb-crusted lamb chops are a delight, the kitchen excels when it comes to seafood (the garlic mussels and rosemary prawns are worth the trip alone). With seating arranged on the terrace and lawns, the ambience is chic and breezy – much like the food itself.
SHI at Bluewaters Island combines the best in Chinese and Pan-Asian cuisine with picture-perfect skyline views to present a luxury brunch experience. Taking place every Saturday and Sunday with packages starting from AED295, the four-course set menu delights with indulgent choices such as duck bao buns, crispy softshell crab, wok-tossed lobster and much, much more. You'll also want to save room for creative desserts such as the taro crème brûlée and traditional mochi ice cream.
One of Dubai's most exciting dining venues, COYA also hosts an exceptional brunch every Saturday from 12:30-3:30pm – think Latin-American flavours and a happening atmosphere that beats every expectation. A fully-seated experience, guests can relax as they wait for a selection of starters like tantalising ceviche and their choice of a main dish like arroz nikkei (Chilean sea bass on lime rice) to be brought to them. Prices start at AED409 per person, with a dessert platter finishing off proceedings on a sweet note.
Fogo de Chão
Meat lovers will be dazzled by the weekend brunch at this Brazilian restaurant in DIFC. The signature churrasco experience, which starts at AED359, includes unlimited premium cuts of meat, carved directly at your table. You'll have a selection of prime beef, marinated chicken, mixed sausages, seasoned lamb, seafood and even sugar-glazed pineapple to choose from. Cooked in the traditional gaucho style over sizzling flames, this feast also delivers high-energy entertainment. It's an action-packed start to your weekend.
Dubai's liveliest brunches
When you want to let your hair down and just have a good time, these are the brunches for you. Often featuring live entertainment and music, along with an all-round party atmosphere, these events are generally suitable for over-21s only.
For the ultimate high-energy brunch, Saffron at Atlantis, The Palm sets the standard. Live DJs set the scene with chart-topping classics, while dancers, singers and magicians keep things lively, with a different theme every week. The food is also fabulous, with literally hundreds of dishes to choose from, and live-cooking stations that make great photo opportunities. Packages start from AED495 at this over-21s-only brunch.
CE LA VI
CE LA VI has managed to elevate dining both literally and figuratively and there's no better way to sample its signature dishes than via Brunch on 54. The restaurant's popular Saturday feast features a set menu from AED390 per person, inspired by international flavours – the dishes are not only delicious but generous, with your meal accompanied by live beats and friendly service. The terrace is the place to be, presenting sweeping views of the city's photogenic skyline from every table.
One of the city's most popular brunches, STK at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) has carved out a fine reputation thanks to several key ingredients. There's live entertainment complete with acrobats and musicians, a menu of signature favourites with something for all tastes (including vegetarians) and a party atmosphere that's simply electric. Best of all? They host their Dare to Brunch, which starts at AED350 per person, twice every Saturday – in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm and at night from 8pm till 11pm – so you won't have an excuse to miss out.
A sparkling choice for bites and vibes, Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm has teamed up with global events brand Candypants to present a lively Saturday afternoon to remember, from AED399 per person (or from AED449 for a place on the terrace). Admire sea views from this rooftop hotspot as you dine on a menu of bestselling dishes, including the famed tuna pizza, AB tacos, signature rolls, black cod, grilled salmon and more. The desserts are impressive too, with butter mochi and a mousse-like yuzu citrus with sable crumble and strawberry gelato.