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Food & Drink

32 of Dubai's favourite outdoor restaurants and sun-filled terraces

Tue, January 3, 2023

We've rounded up the top restaurants offering stunning alfresco views from their outdoor terraces.

We've rounded up the top restaurants offering stunning alfresco views from their outdoor terraces.

Fish Beach Taverna

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Proving popular every season, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi's Fish Beach Taverna has cemented itself as a go-to venue for dining with a view, thanks in no small part to its shoreside setting. At night, floating fairy-lights illuminate the vibrant white-wash and azure decor, as guests dine on Greek mezze by candlelight. Be sure to get there before nightfall, as the restaurant’s positioning gives you an unobstructed view of the Arabian Gulf's famous sunset.

Tamoka

Tamoka Dubai at Ritz-Carlton Dubai

A beachside dining destination that radiates warmth, Tamoka at Ritz-Carlton Dubai presents enviable views, vibrant fare and laidback island-style vibes inspired by the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The menu sings with highlights such as the sticky tamarind beef ribs, shredded chicken buns, zesty salmon ceviche, baked eggplant and more. The al fresco setting is a definite highlight, complemented by outdoor fire pits and sunken lounges.

L'Amo Bistro del Mar

Outdoor terraces L'Amo Dubai

Perched by the waterfront of Dubai Harbour Yacht club, this sleek eatery offers a taste of fresh Italian seafood in a chic setting. Dive into a sea of flavours with dishes like spaghetti with sea urchin and saffron-flavoured lobster risotto. With its upscale ambience, panoramic vistas of the skyline and authentic Italian fare, L'Amo Bistro del Mare is a great choice for a romantic dinner or an all-out celebratory feast.

Akira Back

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This cool restaurant from Las Vegas chef Akira Back is a hit among the city's gourmands. Plus the views across to Dubai Marina are spectacular and unobstructed from its massive terrace. If you're peckish for specials like wagyu bulgogi, tuna pizza and vegan dishes, this is the ideal spot for fresh flavours, combined with sun-soaked or moonlight panoramas and a salty sea breeze.

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Dubai Restaurant Terraces Buranchi Ongaku
This cool, Beirut-born restaurant housed in DIFC is buzzing in every corner – with an open kitchen on one side of the indoor section promising live culinary action and shimmering views of Downtown Dubai from its al fresco terrace. The spot is known for its Omakase menu, stone bowls and vegan offerings, plus a range of grills from the Josper charcoal oven. Of course, there are loads of sushi to dig into, and with more than 140 options on the menu, the chic crowd that frequents this hotspot is spoilt for choice. Ask for a table at the Music Room where you'll be treated to quirky design accents, 'dancing' tables and visual projections that light up every evening.

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Dubai Restaurant Terraces Carine
Chef Izu Ani is a familiar name here in Dubai, and his chic restaurant at the Emirates Golf Club is the ideal spot to while away an afternoon with a long lazy lunch or a memorable romantic dinner. Guests can enjoy vistas of the nearby rolling greens amid the city's extending urbanscapes by dining out on the conservatory-style terrace. Don't miss bestsellers such as the lentil salad, lamb chops, seafood linguine and tangy tuna carpaccio. Finish with a slice of passionfruit cheesecake.

Eden

Eden at Belcanto- Rooftops in Dubai

With a prime position at the summit of Dubai Opera, appropriately named Eden is filled with lush vegetation, pretty wicker chairs, patterned banquettes and has spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa. Connected to Belcanto restaurant, this nightlife spot is open from 7pm till 3am, and hosts a lively weekend brunch with resident DJ Icci on the decks and popular Italian stalwarts on the menu.

Nammos

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Sitting at this trendy beachfront venue, at the Four Seasons Resort in Jumeirah, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Mykonos. With a lush garden, and an expansive terrace that wraps around the eatery, there’s plenty of space for sunshine-fuelled dining. Dishes on the menu range from sushi and shrimp risotto to Mediterranean grills and steaks, and it’s all served sharing-style, so head down with a group of friends to get the full experience.

Summersalt by Kayto

Summersalt by Kayto - Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Dubai

If you're already a fan of Kayto, then you need to check out its new incarnation perched on the beach at Summersalt. Find signature plates showcasing the best of Nikkei cuisine – think Japanese and Peruvian influences – with delicious sushi, zesty ceviche and much more to entice diners. The star of the show however is the setting – sit on the terrace and you'll see uninterrupted seaside scenes with the iconic Burj Al Arab in full view.

Ninive

Ninive outdoors Dubai

Ninive's modern menu is inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Iran, Iraq and Turkey with a range of Arabic and North African favourites. Low-level seating serves to further amplify unbelievable views of Dubai's skyscrapers. Set on a terrace between the Emirates Towers' buildings, the outdoor-indoor atmosphere is enchanting – evoking the setting of a Bedouin tent – so you can enjoy the views in sheltered comfort.

The London Project

Restaurant Terraces The London Project Dubai
One of the most interesting and colourful concepts to launch on Dubai’s Bluewaters Island, the dual-level London Project pairs expansive terrace views with the thrilling modern cuisine of a hip London kitchen – with some British street eats in the mix. Prefer a quiet coffee? You’ll have the richest of brews thanks to ‘Queenie’, a custom-made roaster machine. Ever tried Thames tapas? This dining destination will change your perception of English food and drink, thanks to its team of young and creative chefs.

Twiggy by La Cantine

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A sunshine-filled spot that will brighten your day, Twiggy by La Cantine is a refreshing beach club and restaurant at Park Hyatt Dubai. Dine by the 100m infinity pool, which has its own menu complete with small plates such as poke bowls, lobster rolls, sushi and caviar, or swap the sun beds for a table on the terrace because the a la carte menu is more than worth it, filled with celebratory Mediterranean dishes.The atmosphere livens up after sunset, as the DJ turns the music up, with diners lingering well into the night.

FireLake Grill House & Bar

FireLake Grill House & Bar has some of the best Burj Khalifa views around for breezy outdoor vibes. The restaurant, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, is a must-visit for barbecue fans, with charcoal, wood oven and open-flame cooking techniques infusing smoky flavour into every sizzling cut. The venue is also family-friendly with a lively weekend brunch.

INTI Dubai

Soak up incredible views of Downtown Dubai all year round at Inti thanks to the venue’s retractable roof. The Peruvian-Nikkei restaurant sits on the 23rd floor of The Dubai EDITION hotel and is the ideal spot for a spot of stargazing between mouthfuls of fresh ceviche, creamy burrata and tender beef short rib. Other must-try dishes include the tuna tartare with truffle yuzu and guacamole prepared fresh at the table.

Armani / Hashi

Contemporary culinary experiences at Grand Terrace Armani Hashi Dubai
Armani/Hashi is one of Dubai’s most elegant restaurants, set along a terrace in Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa. Located in the luxurious Armani Hotel concourse, Armani/Hashi offers culinary delights by the Giorgio Armani empire. The out-of-this-world view means you'll have to act fast to book the prime seats.

CE LA VI

Ce La Vi at Adress Sky View in Dubai
This contemporary restaurant with Far Eastern accents is perched up on the 54th floor of the Address Sky View and deservedly dazzles the culinary crowd. CÉ LA VI is one of Asia's most well-known rooftop venues with outposts in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, and its Dubai incarnation boasts breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa from the pool deck. As the temperature rises the festivities move indoors, though floor-to-ceiling windows preserve the incredible views wherever you’re seated.

3Fils

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Enjoy a chic yet casual dining experience at 3Fils, located at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. With sea views and a rustic harbour setting, the award-winning restaurant makes for a great addition to Dubai's dining scene. During the summer months, the terrace is covered by an air-conditioned enclosure, so you can tuck into modern Asian cuisine in total comfort. Favourites include salmon carpaccio, wagyu beef, sushi and fire–grilled octopus.

Ginger Moon

Ginger Moon
An azure infinity pool overlooking sweeping views of the city skyline greets visitors at this all-day, adults-only hotspot that's sure to impress. Start off the day perched under a parasol on a sun lounger, then move on to the terrace for dinner as live entertainment kicks off with DJs and performers adding to the bohemian vibe. The Pan Asian-influenced menu includes everything from sticky lamb ribs to citrus-topped sashimi and crispy calamari. Don't forget to try the fruit-topped shaved ice for a refreshing, tasty dessert.

Jun's

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Two outdoor patios with views of Burj Khalifa give diners prime people-watching positioning on the main Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai. Enjoy the breeze as you tuck into social media star Kelvin Cheung's comfort food classics, that blend North American, Indian and Far Eastern flavours and ingredients. An added draw? The impressive vegan offerings that even the most hardened carnivore will love.

Palm West Beach

Palm West Beach

Searching for that perfect Instagram shot? You'll be spoilt for choice on this stretch. Palm West Beach has a succession of restaurants and beach clubs, situated so that you can dip your toes in the sand while taking in the vibrant atmosphere. From Balinese-influenced Koko Bay to the eateries at The Club, family-friendly Jones and Grocer to Mexican Senor Pico, you'll find every cuisine and ambience. 

ONZE

ONZE restaurant
It feels like a special occasion from the moment you enter ONZE, at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, thanks to its picturesque location on the evocative Dubai Creek and dramatic interiors that feature birds in flight, hanging from the soaring 30-metre high ceiling. The menu's bold flavours reflect Nikkei cuisine, a mix between Japanese and Peruvian techniques and ingredients, while resident DJs playing chilled-out house music add to the ambience – it's the perfect spot for watching the sunset.

Folia

With celebrity chef Matthew Kenney at the helm, you're sure to have a delicious vegan feast at plant-based Folia. And, its setting in the midst of the lush green gardens of the Four Seasons Resort Dubai adds to its allure. Savour tasty plates like tangy Buffalo cauliflower, Rosa-sauce topped basil pizza and coconut banana cream tarts which prioritise your wellbeing while tickling your tastebuds.  

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This hip spot heats up during the cooler months, with the elevated terrace a top choice. Sunset is the perfect time to order an early dinner, so you can catch sight of the sun sinking into the waters of the Arabian Gulf and the abras sailing along Madinat Jumeirah's canals. The seasonal menu tickles tastebuds with British flavours and fresh ingredients. Book ahead – the terrace is understandably popular with locals and visitors alike.

Treehouse

Treehouse Dubai
Perched atop the exquisite Taj Dubai hotel, the restaurant offers heightened luxury and, true to its name, enough leafy foliage to evoke the 'treehouse' vibe. You'll find it all at this urban hideaway, including mesmerising views of the Burj Khalifa, live entertainment, impeccable service and contemporary recipes infused with fine flavours. 

Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah

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Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah is the latest concept from the famed London-based brand to take over Dubai. Sweeping 8,000sqm across Nakheel Mall’s rooftop, the all-encompassing venue brings more dazzle to the island locale as one of the city’s largest nightlife, entertainment and dining destinations. Soho Garden presents a mix of trendy indoor and outdoor spaces – all offering spectacular views of The Palm’s unique glitz and golden sunsets.

Bar du Port

This always lively French-brasserie style eatery is one of the most sought-after spots in Dubai Harbour thanks to its stunning views, Parisian plates and upbeat playlist. The al fresco setting is ideal for catching the sunset, and their weekend brunch is a popular option for groups wanting a vibrant setting. The menu includes fresh oysters, an impressive raw seafood bar plus lots of salads, alongside Mediterranean-accented mains like wagyu beef Rossini, risottos and pastas and Josper-grilled baby squid.

The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco

Beach Grill
Waves lap the shore and candles flicker, all while The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco serves delectable seafood dishes. Inside this tropical style restaurant is a cosy and chic interior with comfy booths lining the walls. Lush indoor plants and intimate lighting add to the inviting mood that this beach grill sets.

The Nice Guy

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The Nice Guy is well known for attracting celebrities at its original West Hollywood outpost as well as for its comforting American classics with a strong Italian influence. Its Dubai location, at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, is just as impressive with a candle-lit patio and interiors that echo retro 1920s decor. The local menu features signature dishes like the lobster pizza, arancini and eggplant parmigiana, while other fan favourites are also given a subtle regional twist for their new setting.
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MINA Brasserie

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Mark your calendars for a meal – or many more – at MINA Brasserie. Take a seat at the popular terrace for delightful city sights while unwinding in its elegant space. Many staples here are a modern take on brasserie-style classics. The menu boasts a selection of refined American-style dishes, featuring delicious seafood, meat and pasta options, along with a huge variety of decadent desserts.

Club Vista Mare

Club Vista Mare in Dubai
Laid-back, casual dining – but still of an excellent standard – is on offer at the eateries that line Club Vista Mare. The waterfront spot on Palm Jumeirah has a host of restaurants and beach clubs, all with both indoor and outdoor dining, including Breeze Beach Grill, The Tap House, Rumba Cuban Bar & Kitchen, Greek Myrra and Lebanese seafood favourite Ibn AlBahr. Whether you want a full-blown weekend lunch with the family, or a light bite while watching the sunset, you'll find somewhere that'll suit every palate. 

The Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk is Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s iconic creek-side restaurant. The waterside venue offers an inside and outside dining experience, with wooden decks built directly over the creek. This sophisticated jetty-restaurant is ideal to relax with friends, family or colleagues over some fresh Mediterranean food.

Amazonico

Amazonico
This buzzing restaurant at Dubai International Financial Centre is incredibly popular, and deservedly so. The jungle-esque décor is on point and will make you feel as though you’re deep in the rainforest, travelling along the Amazon River. The dishes, meanwhile, are just as impressive as this larger than life dining destination looks. They have a separate sushi menu, but there’s also a long list of creative Latin American plates, specialising in expertly grilled meats. Lauded as one of MENA's 50 Best restaurants, this three-floor space lives up to the hype.
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