Ahh Dubai, often described as a millionaires playground, and rightly so. The glitz and glam in this Mecca-in-the-desert are of no shortage! Although there are common pre-conceptions about Dubai, due to its strict laws, it’s an extremely popular destination for partying and socialising. Naturally, this means that eating out in Dubai is absolute heaven for any foodie – with plenty of options to choose from.
Where to eat and drink in Dubai
No matter your favourite cuisine, dietary restriction, or preference, there is a lot of choice in Dubai. Not only that, but new options to try are always popping up. With such a plethora of choice, it can make choosing Dubai restaurants tricky! Luckily, we’ve rounded up a list below of some of the best restaurants to try during your stay.
Truly living up to its name, ‘Pierchic’ is a romantic water-front restaurant, boasting gorgeous coastal views, and even better Italian food. Located at the end of the private pier of Jumeirah Al Qasr, you’ll have a beautiful dining experience with exceptional views of the Burj Al-Arab.
Home of Turkish chef-turned-social media sensation ‘Salt-Bae’, this steak restaurant is an extremely popular choice for steak lovers visiting Dubai. Although pricier than some restaurant options, dining in this internet sensations’ restaurant will no doubt be both an experience, and a great future dinner party story to tell.
Tomo is a gorgeous rooftop Japanese restaurant, boasting incredible views of Dubai’s skyline. If you are able to book in advance, try to nab a spot here in time for sunset.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable dinner, why not dine at Atmosphere, the worlds tallest restaurant? Located on the 122nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the view alone will be enough to impress! During high season, this is one of the most popular Dubai restaurants, so be sure to book your visit well in advance.
For a true Arabian experience, look no further than Amaseena. Indulge on Middle Eastern favourites among Bedouin-inspired tents, while listening to Arabian music and watching the incredible belly-dancers.
For something a little different, head to one of the most instagrammable restaurants in Dubai – Vibe! Pineapple props and pink palm trees galore, this restaurant is an influencer’s dream. The restaurant specialises in clean eating too – so you know that the food will be both delicious and healthy.
Tips for Eating Out in Dubai
Be aware of Ramadan
As a strict Muslim country, Ramadan is an extremely important time of year in Dubai. Falling on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during Ramadan you can expect restaurants, cafes and bars to have differing opening hours or are closed entirely – so be sure to check in advance.
Drinking is prohibited in public throughout Dubai, so expect for it to only be available at licensed venues. Tap water is mostly not drinkable throughout the United Arab Emirates, so you are better off sticking to bottled water.
Generally, a 10% service charge is automatically added to the bill throughout Dubai. However, if you feel that the service is deserving of 10%, you are welcome to leave more, at your discretion. As a rule of thumb, 10-15% is an acceptable amount to tip.