New Emirati eateries pop up across the city frequently, fulfilling the demands of locals and tourists for authentic yet affordable fare. Now you can taste the best Emirati flavours at these top ten Emirati Hidden Gems that were nominated by Zomato and Round Menu. Dine at the Emirati eateries during Dubai Food Festival to satisfy your craving for heart-warming local delicacies.
Relax in this recently refurbished café in Umm Suqeim area for affordable and authentic Emirati food such as the Emirati burger or traditional house baked breads. Close to the beach, the café is much sought after by those who prefer to have a snack before wandering to the seaside.
A modern eatery in Boxpark, Logma is a winner for those who love contemporary twists to the meaning of local food. From khameer sandwiches to healthy salads using quinoa as base, this eatery promises all foodies a delightful introduction to the world of contemporary Emirati cuisine.
Situated in the heart of The Dubai Mall, Milas is known for its local interpretations of international favourites and is a great place to refuel during a shopping spree. This is where you can tuck into Emirati styled chicken pasta as well as small beef shawarma bites filled with local goodness.
With a historic creek-side setting and beautiful traditional decor, Zaman Awal provides the perfect backdrop for its menu of authentic regional dishes at great-value prices. Enjoy the quiet as you sip at some karak tea or flower tea and feel the ambiance of old Dubai.
For generous, low-priced portions and clear marina views, it doesn’t get much better than Aden. Join the locals for a feast of grilled fish, succulent meats, salads, homemade breads and more. This is not your regular sit-down though, instead find your place on the carpeted floors.
Looking for traditional Emirati food with contemporary presentation in Jumeirah 1? Step into Al Barza Restaurant & Café where you’ll be served some of the most authentic biryanis and curries in the city. Or choose between an Arabic breakfast with halloumi cheese or sumptuous grilled meats.
For a taste of ‘tradition with a twist,’ fresh seafood as well as the warm hospitality that Dubai is known for, this upscale authentic eatery in Umm Suqeim is a firm favourite. Round off your meal with a pot of tea served over hot sand and charcoal.
Want to try camel? Whether it’s a burger or a kebab - this is the best place in Dubai to do it. Take a seat in the pleasant courtyard and enjoy a unique dining experience. Don’t forget to try their traditional coffee.
Specialising in Emirati cuisine and seafood, this traditional restaurant is well-loved by locals and is known for its tasty choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Rashidiya. Their authentic breads and charcoal grilled lamb chops are a favourite.
Located next to the Offshore Sailing Club in Jumeirah 3, Bait Al Bahar offers diners a beautiful seaside setting along with delicious Arabic coffee, butter chicken, traditional desserts and more. Enjoy the peace away from the bustling city as you taste food that stays true to traditional Emirati cuisine.