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Food & Drink

Our favourite restaurants to open in 2023

Fri, December 15, 2023

It was a fantastic year for new restaurants in Dubai, with amazing concepts opening across the city. Read on to discover some of our favourites.

It was a fantastic year for new restaurants in Dubai, with amazing concepts opening across the city. Read on to discover some of our favourites.


Attiko venue Dubai Skyline

Located on the 31st floor of the W Dubai - Mina Seyahi hotel, attiko is a sleek social supper club bringing together Pan Asian flavours and a setting ideal for memorable night-time gatherings. Sweeping over a coveted rooftop space that overlooks Dubai’s glitziest precincts, guests are ushered into a cosmopolitan reverie of lights, sights and sounds as soon as they enter. The lounge’s dark, dramatic interiors are festooned with fairy-lights and a palm motif, standing in striking contrast to the panoramic views offered from its wide window walls and terrace seating. The mood and food are equally elevated, while the service flows as smoothly as the resident DJ’s deep beats.

Mott 32

Mott 32 Dubai
Mott 32 restaurant has opened its doors on the 73rd floor of the Address Beach Resort in JBR. Originally from Hong Kong, the famed fine-dining Cantonese eatery offers delectable dishes with paranoramic sky-high views. Popular dishes include its signature applewood roasted Peking Duck, the jasmine flower smoked black cod and a exquisite selection of dim sum.


Sumosan Dubai
Sumosan Dubai offers authentic Japanese cuisine with a modern gastronomic approach. Located in The Dubai EDITION Hotel in Downtown Dubai, the restaurant brings Japanese minimalism and an elegant, earthy palette to its design, and features the JBar indoor terrace. Sumosan specialises in bringing novel twists to traditional Japanese food, with favourite dishes including the Sumosan surprise lobster salad, 24-hour miso-marinated black cod and wagyu fillet sando with truffle fries – and an extensive sushi selection.

City Social

City Social Dubai
Acclaimed chef Jason Atherton is at the helm of City Social Dubai. Taking up the entire top floor of Grosvenor House’s Tower 2, City Social offers floor-to-ceiling views of Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and modern European cuisine based around the idea of “uncomplicated luxury”. Enjoy some of Jason Atherton’s most famous dishes, including roasted sea bass with shellfish ragout, and Sicilian pistachio soufflé – along with new editions such as Scottish salmon with king crab.
City Social
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  • Grosvenor House Dubai, Tower 2, Al Emreef St - Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


Josette Dubai interiors
From the moment you step into Josette, located in DIFC's prestigous Brookfield Building, you'll feel like you've been transported to 1920s Paris. Celebrated designer Luke Edward Hall has put his stamp on Instagrammable interiors with pastel-pink and deep green hues, opulent chandeliers and gold accents combining with regular live musical acts and accomplished French cooking to make this a must-visit hotspot.


It's secluded setting, looking out on an endless expanse of blue sea, instantly evokes holiday vibes, but that's just one of the reasons to visit this all-day spot at the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Residences that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Helmed by restaurateur Natasha Sideris, the Mediterranean menu puts the spotlight on seafood specials, and serves them in a casual yet chic space – complete with changing booths for swimmers and an artisanal boutique. Book a prime table located in the soft sand on the beach

Estiatorio Milos Dubai

estiatorio milos dubai seafood
The revered chef Costas Spiliadis has brought his simple yet sumptuous dishes to Atlantis The Royal Dubai, where you can discover the culinary wonders of Greece. Fresh seafood is a speciality here, whether it's wild oysters or delicate ceviche, all served with uncomplicated touches such as a pinch of Aegean rock salt or a dash of olive oil.

Fouquet's Dubai

fouquets dubai
This famous French eatery has been delighting customers since it opened on the Champs-Elysees in 1899, and now Dubai’s gourmands can discover what makes Fouquet’s so special. The restaurant’s Downtown Dubai outpost can be found in a similarly iconic location to its Parisian counterpart, located just a stone’s throw from Burj Khalifa.


Named after a paradise island off the coast of Ibiza, Tagomago is a beach club and restaurant that brings the same bohemian charm and western Mediterranean flavours to Palm Jumeirah. The family-friendly establishment sits on the east edge of Dubai’s famed archipelago, and has it own beach stretch as well as seaside lounges, terrace dining area and pretty pergola paths. 


 Hawkerboi restaurant in JLT
Following the success of his secret supper clubs throughout Dubai, rising culinary sensation Hawkerboi has launched his first ever permanent restaurant. The venue in Jumeirah Lakes Towers specialises in ‘hawker’ food – with dishes such as curry puff dim sum with panang spices, wagyu beef skewers with peanut nahm jim sauce and Peking-style roast duck.

The Guild

Lush greenery in The Nurseries at The Guild

In DIFC’s bustling ICD Brookfield Place, is a creative culinary spot housing many concepts under its roof. Catering to different scenarios throughout the day, The Guild takes inspiration from brasseries of Europe and New York to combine masterful chefs and artisans in various settings.

Choreographed like a theatrical play, ‘Act I’ of the opening phase reveals The Nurseries and The Potting Shed, two areas of the venue ready to welcome guests. The Nurseries are designed in homage to the bohemian charm and cobbled streets of New York’s Tribeca. Here you can enjoy brasserie-style breakfasts, European mains for lunch and an evening snack menu.

Eugène Eugène

eugene eugene restaurant dubai
A chic brasserie overflowing with leafy decor, Eugène Eugène is a lush oasis hidden within Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. Once the hotel’s tennis court, this mesmerising greenhouse is now a picturesque restaurant. The space is relaxed yet elevated, with a green marble bar, rattan furniture and a cosy yet inviting conservatory. During the daytime, natural light flows through the open space, bouncing off the foliage, while at night the restaurant feels like an ambient secret garden.

Signor Sassi

signor sassi pasta dish italian restaurant

Signor Sassi is a chic Italian restaurant found in St. Regis Gardens, Palm Jumeirah. Originating in London in 1984, the venue aims to define its experience with 'Sassi style’, a blend of tradition and modern innovation. The interior, inspired by Lake Como's villas, showcases intricate Italian detailing, hand-painted vases and an open layout with atmospheric greenery. A lush olive tree flown in from Puglia adds a unique touch. When it comes to top rooftop restaurants in Dubai, Signor Sassi is up there with the best.

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