When it comes to food, Dubai is almost too exotic to imagine. Dubai does not have its own Michelin Guide, but instead it imports chefs or restaurant chains that have previously been recognized elsewhere by this prestigious publication. Each restaurant featured here is not simply somewhere to eat, but a destination for stunning décor, amazing views and unforgettable culinary experiences. There are restaurants serving virtually every national cuisine from around the world, including many specializing in Dubai’s own Arabic delights.
Set on a bedecked pier jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic offers some of Dubai’s finest seafood, and was recognized, for the second year, in 2010 as Time Out Dubai’s Best Seafood Restaurant. The pier is a romantic outpost, far removed from the noise and bustle of Dubai and offering unspoilt views of the azure Gulf.
+971 4 366 6730
Executive Chef Julian Mercier opened Margaux after working under the legendary triple Michelin–starred Alain Ducasse. Not only is the cuisine inspired by French Mediterranean produce, but so too is the décor. Guests can either dine in the wood paneled dining room or under the vaulted arcades overlooking the astonishing Dubai Fountain.
Souk Al Bahar, Old Town Island
+971 4 439 7555
Modern Asian cuisine
The atmosphere at Eauzone is casual during the day, reflecting the slow pace of the One&Only Royal Mirage and the lazy sea beyond. After sunset, however, this venue smartens up into a slick, refined restaurant. The design is beautifully positioned around the pool, giving the impression that it is floating on the translucent water. A winding walkway over the pool shows the way into the restaurant where there is a casual bar and a glamorous, striped poolside marquee deck.
One & Only Royal Mirage
+971 4 399 9999
Majilis Al Bahar
Magnificently positioned on the Burj Al Arab’s private island beach, this restaurant features no décor, simply sand and table, yet it serves an elaborate menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. It is a perfect position from which to watch the sunset while Dubai’s city lights bloom, and is one of the most romantic destinations in Dubai.
Burj Al Arab, Al Sufouh Road
+971 4 301 7600
Traditional Arabian cuisine
The signature restaurant of the Bab Al Shams Resort is a 60 minute drive from Dubai airport, in a resort hidden amongst and surrounded by sand dunes, giving the image of an isolated oasis. Guests dine while being entertained by actors riding horses and acting out swordplay, with belly dancers and henna artists keeping families entertained for hours.
Bab Al Shams
+971 4 381 3231