Good food meets great views at Dubai's new season terraces
From fresh catch to char-grilled steaks or Turkish pide, few places do outdoor dining more innovatively than Dubai. A city constantly bathed in sunlight, Dubai knows how to best enjoy good weather, with the mild winter being prime time for al fresco eating. We've rounded up our favourite restaurant terraces – all you need to do is book your table.
Part of the brand new Club Vista Mare precinct, Ibn AlBahr is a Lebanese-style eatery that spills out into the Palm Jumeirah strip, with diners seated right next to the water for a direct view of the Palm's surrounding fronds and the glittering Dubai shoreline. Run by a former fisherman, Ibn AlBahr specialises in fresh catches, which the owner himself still hits the water every morning to reel in. Grilled, fried or battered, enjoy your fish the local way with a side of leben (made from fermented milk), mixed dips and Arabic bread.
Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 553 9575
It turns out that char-grilled steaks from the Argentinian steakhouse taste even better when enjoyed on Gaucho's stylish terrace. Overlooking Dubai's financial centre, the elevated deck boasts the trademark cowhide seating flanked by view-framing trees to facilitate a breeze.
Dubai International Financial District
+971 4 422 7898
Perfect for lazy winter days, the Dubai Creek Golf Club's signature restaurant is as popular with families as it is with post-game golfers. With all-day dining on the wide, wrap-around terrace, and themed menus at night, it's an easy choice for those wanting to be close to the bustling waterway. The VIP floating table sits directly over the water of the adjoining reflection pool, with the sunken couch seating giving guests plenty of space to stretch out in.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek
+971 4 295 6000
Fish Beach Taverna
New to Le Meridien Mina Seyahi's already must-visit stable of restaurants, Fish has already cemented itself as the hot-spot for the season, thanks in no small part to its outdoor shoreside dining area. By day, diners can snack on flash-fried squid, slow-cooked octopus and other Aegean delicacies, and at night, fairy-lights illuminate the vibrant white-wash and azure décor. Be sure to get there before nightfall, as the restaurant’s positioning gives you an unobstructed view of the Arabian Gulf's famous sunset.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Media City
+971 4 511 7139
Perched atop the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, the aptly-named Mercury Lounge gives guests an opportunity to dine beneath the stars. Relaunched for the winter with a new Mediterranean menu and vibe, dinner is served until 11:30pm, when the lounge is turned over to the resident DJ's beats. Book ahead to reserve one of the five majlis areas, the traditional cushioned private dining spaces, for extra intimacy.
Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road
+971 4 270 7804
A chic new addition to Grosvenor House, Ruya has quickly founded a reputation for excellent modern Turkish cuisine, with its glamorous take on the traditional pide kitchen attracting the city's glossiest socialites. But it's the just-opened terrace that shines, with the intimate seating and lantern lighting combined with an elevated view of the Dubai Marina making it ideal for a romantic date night.
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
+917 4 399 9123
Indulge in the best cuisine Dubai has to offer: visit the Dubai Food Festival from 23 February – 11 March 2017.