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Thanks to its role as one of the great international crossroads and the truly cosmopolitan nature of its population, Dubai offers cuisine from all over the world. French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Scandinavian establishments vie with the culinary delights of India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

Then, of course, there’s true Middle Eastern food, with Moroccan, Lebanese, Iranian, Jordanian and other specialities on offer as well as such local Arabic delights as hareis (succulent slow-cooked lamb with cracked wheat), matchous (highly spiced lamb served over rice), fattayyer (bite-sized pastries stuffed with cream cheese and spinach), mehalabiya (a mouth-watering pudding topped with pistachio nuts and rose petals) and esh asaraya (a cream-topped variation on cheesecake). A good tip: for great value genuine Arabic food, try the long-established citywide Automatic chain.

This is one city where in-house hotel restaurants do extremely well – and offer a vast array of choice. Many hotels have six or more different outlets to provide a culinary tour of the world of fine food – and value often matches that of stand-alone eateries.

In what is officially a Muslim city, the entirely cosmopolitan nature of the populace means alcohol is widely available and pork and shellfish find their way onto many menus, too.

Al Diwan

Within the Metropolitan Palace at Deira, there’s a generous selection of Lebanese meze delights and grilled meats. At midnight the lights dim, the music kicks in, the belly dancers do their thing and the prices escalate.

AddressAl Maktoum Street, Deira, Dubai
Phone+971 4 227 0000
More InfoMetropolitan Palace Hotel

The Glasshouse Brasserie

This bright and airy restaurant is located inside hotel Hilton Dubai Creek. Here you can enjoy a fine selection of modern Mediterranean cuisine in a contemporary art deco setting. There is an excellent variety of fine wines by the bottle or glass.

AddressBeniyas Road, Dubai
Phone+971 4 227 1111
More InfoHilton Dubai Creek


Learn to dance salsa before downing perfectly concocted mojitos and cubana libres at this atmospheric Cuban inspired hideout where paella is the speciality. The staff are also serving other typical Cuban cuisine with a fusion of international styles.

AddressJumeirah Road, Dubai
Phone+971 4 346 1111
More InfoDubai Marine Beach Resort

Al Koufa

Al Koufa is a long-standing favourite for visitors and locals. Here you can savour genuine Emirates’ cuisine in a place that rarely warms up much before midnight but then packs to the gills as the band gets cooking.

AddressAl Nasr Leisure Land, Dubai
Phone+971 4 335 1511

Al Dawaar

Dubai’s popular revolving restaurant atop the usually packed Hyatt Regency Hotel offers ever-changing views to set the mood and ever-changing buffet spreads to provide a perfect introduction to the delights of the middle-eastern table. The huge selection also offers Indian and European dishes and a selection of desserts.

AddressDeira, Dubai
Phone+971 4 317 2222
More InfoHyatt Regency Hotel

Lan Kwai Fung

Authentic Hong Kong Chinese, right down to the décor. Wide choice and you can watch the chefs at work behind the kitchen’s glass wall. They’ll even cook your own suggestions to order.

AddressOud Metha, Dubai
Phone+971 4 335 3680
More InfoNear Lamcy Plaza

Bateaux Dubai

This well-appointed modern vessel takes 350 passengers. Here you can enjoy a great time on a dinner cruise up the Dubai Creek and back. The menu offers international gourmet cuisine and extensive selection of fine beverages.

AddressAl Seef Road, Dubai
Phone+971 4 814 5553
More InfoLanding stage close to British Embassy on Al Seef Road.


At Amal you can taste fresh and innovative regional Indian cuisine along with tasty beverage. The impeccable food is beautifully presented by attentive staff in an elegant setting. You will find this popular restaurant on the third floor at Armani Hotel.

AddressBurj Khalifa, Dubai
Phone+971 4 888 3888
Opening hoursOpen 19.00 - 23.00
More InfoArmani Hotel

Aroos Damascus

Aroos Damascus is an open-air terrace restaurant that offers Arabic food. This inexpensive restaurant serves dishes such as charcoal chicken, lamb kebabs and salads. The portions are big so you will probably leave the restaurant full and satisfied.

AddressMurraqabat Street, Dubai
Phone+971 4 221 9825


When dining at Latitude you will experience fresh flavours of Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and European cuisine. The diverse buffet will satisfy every taste bud and leave you utterly spoilt for choice. There are many live cooking stations where you can watch the fresh fish and meat being prepared. Do not miss the amazing dessert table with chocolate fountain.

AddressJumeirah Road, Dubai
Phone+971 4 406 8999
More InfoJumeirah Beach Hotel

Cucina Mia Restaurant

If you are craving for true Italian food, Cucina Mia Restaurant might be the right place for you. The executive chef Domenico Serra selects the best raw materials which are imported directly from Italy and he prepares the food with love and passion. Buon appetito!

AddressJumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai
Phone+971 4 425 9696
More InfoTrident Grand Residence Building, Shop G05


In the cosy setting of Elia you can indulge in authentic Greek cuisine that has been made with fresh traditional Greek ingredients. Elia is one of the few hidden gems of Dubai and provides reasonably priced menu. The multi-award winning celebrity Chef Baxevanis prepares the food with creativity and brings real taste of Greece to Dubai.

AddressManhkool Road, Dubai
Phone+971 50 168 8389
Opening hoursOpen daily from 19.00 til midnight
More InfoMajestic Hotel

Rhodes Twenty 10

As the name revel, this restaurant is led by the Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes. Rhodes Twenty 10 is a high-class restaurant where the professional staff serves Euro-inspired cuisine with a touch of flavour from the Middle East in a glamorous and intimate setting.

AddressAl Sofouh road, Dubai
Phone+971 4 316 5550
More InfoLe Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

The Noodle House

The Noodle House is surprisingly affordable and offers fresh Asian food. The menu gives you lots of choices, for example roast duck wonton soup, Pad Thai, Cantonese roast duck and steamed sea bass. The service is quick and the portions are big, all you need to do is to sit back and enjoy your dinner.

AddressThe Boulevard, Dubai
Phone+971 4 319 8088
Opening hoursOpening hours 12.00 - 24.00
More InfoJumeirah Emirates Towers, Ground Level

Barbecue Delights

At this spacious, modern restaurant you can have a casual dining experience and enjoy a variety of Pakistani, Afghani and North Indian inspired cuisine. The restaurant is ideally located in the centre of Dubai and has a smart, stylish ambiance.

AddressLamcy Square, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
Phone+971 4 335 9868
More InfoNear Movenpick Hotel, Dubai