Restaurants in Dubai

Dubai has a fantastic assortment of international standard restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes. Indian food is big here, thanks to the large population of expats from the sub-continent, but don’t overlook the delicious local fare. Excellent Arabic cuisine, including Jordanian, Syrian and Lebanese, are all to be had in the city alongside Chinese, Asian and just about every other style of food you can think of. Dubai is a Muslim city, so alcohol isn’t served outside of big hotel restaurants.

The restaurants below have been classified into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Dh500)
Moderate (Dh150 to Dh500)
Cheap (under Dh150)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one with a bottle of house wine or equivalent, including tax. Sales tax at 10% is added to all bills. Service charges at 10 to 15% are also frequently added but, if they are not, a 10% tip is expected.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Japanese

One of the trendiest eating spots in Dubai, Okku serves up excellent Japanese food in boudoir-style surroundings enlivened with tanks full of brightly-coloured neon jellyfish. Although in theory classical Japanese, the menu is more of a fusion affair with sake cocktails and foie gras sushi among the most popular choices.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 501 8777.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Seafood

Located on a wooden pier with views of the expansive Arabian Gulf, Pierchic is a seafood restaurant popular with Dubai’s cool crowd. A mix of Arabic and European dishes, mains include the likes of poached Atlantic lobster with snow peas, enoki mushrooms and passion fruit dressing, or Arabian chilled seafood platter laced with Iranian caviar.

Address: Al Qasr Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 366 6730.

Al Muntaha

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: International

Al Muntaha (meaning 'The Ultimate' or 'The Top' in Arabic) has arguably the best location in Dubai, suspended 200m (656ft) above the Arabian Gulf at the top of the Burj Al Arab hotel. Service is immaculate and the slanted glass windows give the restaurant the feel of a great ocean liner heading out to sea.

Address: Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 301 7600.

Khan Murjan

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Arabic

Set inside a marble courtyard beneath WAFI Mall, Khan Murjan is a good place to go if you fancy a taste of the local cuisine. Expect plenty of mezze topped up with generous helpings of Arabic coffee and mint tea. Another Emirati favourite, shisha water pipes, are also available in a variety of flavours.

Address: Oud Metha Road, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 327 9795.

India Palace

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Indian

With venues scattered across the city, the emphasis at this popular restaurant is on Rajasthani cooking backed up by themed décor and artefacts shipped in from the region. The open kitchen is a nice touch, as are the family booths upstairs. No alcohol is served but the freshly-made lassis more than make up for it.

Address: Al Rebat Street, Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 232 8233.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Austrian

Tucked away inside Mall of the Emirates, Apres overlooks the shopping centre’s ski run and has an alpine theme that extends to the menu as well as the décor. Relaxed and fairly casual, the service is top notch and the drinks relatively cheap. Food is classic Austrian schnitzels and fondue topped up with really good burgers.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 341 2575.

Al Mallah

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Lebanese

It’s not the prettiest of restaurants but Al Mallah serves up a seriously good selection of classic Lebanese dishes, among them one of the tastiest interpretations of shanklish (spicy cheese) in the Gulf. Along with food, it also does shisha including a ‘special’ version featuring half a pineapple in place of the usual filter.

Address: 2nd December Street, Satwa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 398 4723.

Shahi Mughal

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Pakistani

A Dubai institution, Shahi Mughal (once Ravi) might not look like much but the superior quality Pakistani food more than makes up for any aesthetic disappointment. The butter chicken has long been a particular favourite with expats, but whatever level of spice you can take, the ever-friendly staff are there to present it in the restaurant’s famous plastic bowls.

Address: Satwa Road, Satwa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 331 5353.

Cactus Jacks

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Tex Mex

While it may never win any culinary awards, Cactus Jacks seldom disappoints a hungry stomach. Mexican themed, the décor includes Aztec fabrics and bright designs, as well as multicolour tiled pillars. The menu is a mix of classic Mexican as well as greasier, if heartier, Tex Mex dishes.

Address: Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 702 8888.