Discover top restaurants where the sights are as good as the bites
Classic or contemporary, festive or super chic, Dubai’s restaurants cater to all kinds of tastes. If you’re looking for somewhere striking as well as satisfying, here are some of the city’s most Instagrammable eateries.
Miami beach vibes at Flamingo Room
When it comes to the chicest restaurant in town, Flamingo Room puts up a fair fight. This restaurant screams Miami a la mode, decked in flamingo pinks and turquoise blues, zebra prints and accents of gold. It is located alongside the hotel’s turtle lagoon, so you can capture stunning shots inside and outside of the restaurant. You can bet the food is as scrumptious as the setting itself, from their fresh burrata to the must-try cornflake chicken schnitzel. Dress to impress and head over with an empty stomach to get the most out of your Flamingo Room experience.
Flamingo Room, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah Resorts
+971 4 244 7278
Celebrations at Carnival by Tresind
Forget dinner and a show – at Carnival by Tresind, dinner is the show. This DIFC-based restaurant describes itself as a ‘gastronomic fiesta’, showcasing ancient Indian recipes and cooking traditions with a contemporary spin. Each dish is special with a whimsical and photo-worthy presentation, while the interiors evoke memories of joyous festivals to make your dining experience memorable in every way. For more by Tresind, book chef Himanshu Saini’s 16-course tasting menu
or check out their pop-up with Chef Sricharan Venkatesh this DFF.
Carnival by Tresind, Burj Daman 312, Al Sa’ada St, DIFC
+971 52 242 4262
Dine in the clouds at The Lounge, Burj Khalifa
Towering 575m in the sky, The Lounge, Burj Khalifa is the world’s highest lounge. While the interiors themselves are sleek, elegant and contemporary – typical of the iconic skyscraper – it’s the views that are worth the snap. Nothing beats the real-life set of the city behind you, where moving cars, stunning skyscrapers and bright lights set the perfect scene. It’s a brand new spot on Dubai’s map, and during Dubai Food Festival, you’re invited to enjoy the sights on level 154 with exquisite seafood and caviar canapés.
The Lounge, Level 154, Burj Khalifa
Creativi-tea at Tania’s Teahouse
In Dubai, there’s no shortage of Pretty in Pink restaurants. One that took Instagrams across Dubai by complete storm was Tania’s Teahouse, affectionately dubbed ‘Dubai’s Most Instagrammable Café’. This fun-filled spot is an instant hit thanks to pastel pinks, rose gold and marble elements – all the makings of a picture-perfect setting. Pose against the whimsical hand-painted murals, the spiral staircase with an inspiring photo wall or with a photogenic cup of steaming artisanal tea. If you’re hungry, the menu features healthy bites with a unique spin. It’s fun, flavourful and flash-friendly.
Tania’s Tea House, Jumeirah Road
+971 4 324 0021
Fiesta fun at Hotel Cartagena
Amazon-inspired interiors with the quintessential vibrancy of Latin America – that’s what you’ll find at Hotel Cartagena. The restaurant, located in JW Marriott Marquis, boasts upbeat vibes with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. The restaurant takes on the fictitious personality of a groovy hotel from the 50s, boasting hanging gardens and an abundance of flora. Live entertainment adds to the energy, making it the ideal place for a flamboyant fiesta. And trust us: the food matches the madness.
Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay
+971 4 560 1799