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Couples and groups looking for an intimate private dining experience will be spoilt for choice in Dubai. Catered by some of the city’s finest chefs, these restaurants are elegant, ambient and incredibly lavish. Find the right surrounding for your special occasion – from seaside evenings, sky-high decks and bespoke dining rooms to underneath the Arabian stars.
Tucked away in the lower levels of BOCA is the Cellar, a private dining area where the personal maître d’ can suggest options from the menu of well-executed Mediterranean classics, or the more experimental deli specials board. Those feeling adventurous can opt for the Cellar Experience, a gourmet exploration of five different regions, including their signature black rice with scallops and clams. BOCA’s chef is happy to collaborate on an exclusive menu.
Gate Village 6, Dubai International Financial Centre
+971 4 323 1833
When is a dining room not a dining room? When it’s a foodie concept like Anantara’s private catering, which gives diners a choice of exclusive locations. By candlelight, the secluded beachfront is a romantic option for honeymooners, while a table on the end of a private jetty, backlit by the Arabian Gulf’s famous sunsets, is a beautiful backdrop for proposals. Given 72 hours’ notice, your personal butler can arrange a hand-selected menu from the resort’s Thai, Australian or international restaurants – or a mix of all three.
Anantara, The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 567 8304
One of the most impressive restaurants in Dubai, Nobu is a world-renowned Japanese restaurant with a chic, contemporary atmosphere. With a touch of South American influence on traditional Japanese cuisine, every mouthful is a culinary journey guaranteed to impress. Dine on Japanese beef tataki, signature Nobu tacos, fresh sushi and sashimi or the irresistible miso black cod that keeps us coming back for more. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a birthday meal with friends, Nobu serves up something special for every occasion.
The Avenues, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 426 2626
The ‘Iron Chef’ has sprinkled culinary magic on to Dubai with the opening of his restaurant at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Business Bay. Chef Masaharu Morimoto blends the best of east and west for a dining experience like no other, complemented by striking Burj Khalifa views and slick service. At Morimoto Dubai, there are three private dining rooms to choose from but reservations are essential as this is a popular spot for the city’s foodies.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay
+971 4 512 5577
A dinner for two can’t get much more exclusive than a private degustation at Armani/Ristorante in the iconic Burj Khalifa. One of Armani Hotel’s most popular dining spots, the restaurant celebrates the ingredients and flavours of various regions in Italy. Although the dishes follow traditional Italian gastronomy, every aspect of the dining experience is brushed with contemporary flair from the designer brand. Surrounded by modern interiors of the Armani Hotel, this haute dining experience is certainly a fine choice encapsulating Italian luxury with the best of Dubai.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
+971 4 888 3666
On the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai is the most phenomenal dining spot. ‘Just you and the view at 42’ is an exclusive terrace dining experience, tucked away from the rest of the hotel. Featuring a candlelit five-course dinner, the special night is accompanied by flowers, music and your own personal chef to serve the meals. This exquisite dinner for two is perfect for anniversaries and engagement celebrations.
Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre
+971 4 405 2815
Everything about Al Grissino restaurant and lounge speaks Milan – only it’s perched on the 16th floor of Dubai’s financial district. This fine-dining Italian restaurant boasts exquisite craftsmanship across the menu and surrounding architecture. Famous for the 360 degree views of Dubai, a private dining room here provides an equally exclusive experience. It’s the perfect spot for a sophisticated brunch, lunch or dinner.
16th Floor, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
+971 4 352 4000
Not every sophisticated restaurant for a special occasion has to be Italian or French—and Weslodge Saloon Dubai is just the proof. Mixing modern North American with a ‘Rock and Roll’ vibe, this Toronto import is just the right amount of contemporary, unique and elegant. Located 68 floors up in Business Bay, the restaurant’s private dining room impresses with unique decor and impressive views. The menu features signature dishes such as salmon with maple syrup and pickled fennel and lobster poutine.
Bulgari Resort Dubai, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeirah 2
+971 4 560 1700
As rare a find as its name suggests –Hōseki means ‘gemstone’ in Japanese – this restaurant is a gourmand’s delight. It’s a small, intimate space, but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the Dubai skyline and the finest Japanese cuisine imaginable. The private dining room here seats up to twelve, and guests can savour the Omakase experience – a Japanese culinary tradition that’s handled expertly by chef Masahiro Sugiyama. No two meals are exactly alike so you’ll never tire of this culinary gem.
Bulgari Resort Dubai, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeira 2
+971 4 777 5555
Little compares to dining amongst the desert dunes. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve may as well be a scene out of Aladdin – from the rolling landscape to the Persian rugs, linen cloths and warm candlelight. Watch the desert flora and fauna while enjoying some of the finest Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. This is truly a magical experience for you and your plus one, no matter the occasion.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
+971 4 832 9900
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