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Food & Drink

Top 10 fine dining experiences

Mon, August 14, 2023

Discover world-class cuisines and signature dishes at these popular restaurants in Dubai.

Discover world-class cuisines and signature dishes at these popular restaurants in Dubai.


Underwater gastronomy at Ossiano

Enjoy a unique Dubai dining experience at the iconic, Michelin-starred Ossiano in Atlantis, The Palm. A rite of passage for the culinary crowd, chef Gregoire Berger helms a kitchen that serves up an immersive, multi-course degustation offering in a grand gold and blue-hued setting, with floor-to-ceiling aquatic views. Specialising in seafood, the plates are as astounding as the surroundings. Perched under glistening chandeliers, watch more than 65,000 marine creatures swimming past your table. It is perfect for a romantic experience mixing fine European cuisine and an adventure into the sea.

Japanese delights at Zuma


Located in the heart of Dubai’s financial centre, Zuma is a world-famous, contemporary Japanese restaurant that is just a stone’s throw away from Burj Khalifa. While Zuma’s seafood selection is second to none, they also manage to impress with vegetarian dishes. Select an assortment of their signature sushi, robata and sashimi, and be sure to order the ribeye no wafu sauce gake, comprising melt-in-your-mouth beef topped with garlic chips. Gourmands covet the counter seats so they can watch the chefs at work.


Succulent steaks at Nusr-Et

Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dubai
Meat lovers, unite! For a truly memorable experience, visit Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dubai and order the lokum steak. Top it off with a goat cheese salad and a selection of garnishes, including mashed croquet, mushroom and onion flower. If it’s good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s good enough for us. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to meet Salt Bae, the celebrated Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, himself.

Upmarket French dining at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Perfect presentation, delicate flavours and a fine dining approach to accessible cuisine are the hallmarks of this fancy restaurant from the late celebrity chef Joël Robuchon. It's a hive of top food and fun vibes, with its DIFC location ensuring a perpetual buzz. Robuchon’s restaurants around the world have earned more than 30 Michelin stars, so you know you can expect plenty of French-accented gastronomic delights.

Indian molecular gastronomy at Trésind Studio

Trésind Studio Dubai

Chef Himanshu Saini weaves stories with his intricately-plated and expertly-spiced degustation menus at Trésind Studio. Found in St. Regis Gardens on the rooftop of Nakheel Mall, this two Michelin-starred restaurant seats just 20 at a time and presents a multi-hour extravaganza that unfolds with a theatrical flourish. The innovative, Insta-worthy dishes taste as good as they look, and themes change seasonally so fans never get bored. This is must-try for serious foodies.


Magical Mediterranean fare at 101 Dining Lounge

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Situated inside One&Only The Palm, 101 Dining Lounge offers stunning ocean views alongside light Mediterranean fare. It's the ideal date-night location to impress the one you love. When scouring their menu, don’t look past the chicken paella. This Spanish speciality is made from bomba rice, chicken, bell peppers and onions. Book your spot today to enjoy some fine dining in Dubai.

Sky high views at CÉ LA VI

This contemporary restaurant with Far Eastern accents is perched up on the 54th floor of the Address Sky View hotel and deservedly dazzles the culinary crowd. CÉ LA VI is one of Asia's best-known rooftop venues, and its Dubai incarnation has suitably breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa from the pool deck. Head chef, Howard Ko, has more than 11 years of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants so comes with stellar credentials. The menu has a mix of Asian-inspired plates as well as international favourites that feature his own distinctive touch. The setting and cuisine together make for a spot that screams special occasion.

Classic French fare at LPM Restaurant

If you ask residents in Dubai where they go for a perfect fine dining in Dubai experience, many will say LPM Restaurant. Since opening its doors at Dubai International Financial Centre in 2010, the venue has consistently brought the best of France to the city. You'll have to order the bestselling escargots de Bourgogne dripping in garlic butter, although everything on the menu is exemplary.

Masterful Japanese cuisine at Nobu

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There's something magical about dining at Nobu. Created by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm delights with an array of exceptional dishes, including a few with an Arabian-inspired touch. Whether you're planning to dine with a loved one or friends, every meal here becomes a special occasion. Don't forget to order Nobu's irresistible black cod – it more than lives up to the hype.


Unforgettable Arabian nights at Ninive


Thanks to an enviable setting complete with Arabic cushions, twinkling lights, tall palms and Downtown Dubai views, Ninive feels like a culinary oasis right in the heart of the city centre. The food here is equally irresistible, combining all the best flavours from the region, including sharing-style favourites from Morocco, Turkey, Iraq and beyond. A must-try foodie stop for every visitor's holiday itinerary, if you're looking to experience some fine dining in Dubai.

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