There is no shortage of restaurants and eateries that cater to all tastes and budgets in Dubai.
Holder of the Guinness World Record for the Highest Restaurant from Ground Level, this innovative lounge and restaurant offers views of the Arabian Gulf.
Tel: +971 4 883 3444
Burj Al Arab
The only way to get inside 7-star rated Burj Al Arab without paying for a room is to book a table at one of the hotel's costly eateries. Best of the lot is the beach-based Majlis Al Bahar. From here you can admire the Burj's impressive exterior (the hotel's beauty is on the outside) before instructing the maître d' that you'll be taking your nightcap in the top-floor cocktail bar – Skyview Bar - where you can gaze at the city.
The flagship restaurant at the Grosvenor House Hotel is headed up by Michelin starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes, who crafts an astonishing fusion of Anglo–French cuisine. The innovative tasting menu is exceptional and uses fresh ingredients sourced from Europe, matched by an extensive collection of new, old and vintage wines.
Tel: +971 4 399 8888
Pierchic serves fine seafood dishes, stylish, serene and simply spectacular, it is considered to be one of Dubai's most uniquely located culinary destinations.
Tel: +971 4 366 6730
As far as locations go, it doesn’t get much better than Pai Thai. The modern eatery is set on the waterways of the Al Qasr hotel, which means diners can access the venue via abra boats or on foot via the entry near Talise Spa. Opt for a seat outdoors on the wooden deck so you can savour the view. The menu is quite substantial and features options not seen on menus anywhere else in Dubai.
Tel: +971 4 3666730
The elegant Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise serves freshly prepared international gourmet cuisine and an extensive selection of fine beverages whilst cruising on Dubai Creek.
Tel: +971 4 814 5553
The Emirates Tower Hotel boasts 14 exclusive restaurants, bars and lounges, each characterised by unique decor, cuisine and entertainment. The restaurants serve a variety of cuisines ranging from Italian to Japanese to American and Tex-Mex.Alta Badia Bar location on the 51st floor is a big attraction with tourists, offering breath-taking panoramas.
One of the most famous and highly respected Indian restaurants, Ashiana serves northern Indian specialities. Situated in the Sheraton Dubai Hotel and Towers, it offers a very convivial ambience, service is excellent and waiters are more than willing to recommend speciality dishes.
Tel: +971 4 2281111
The Irish Village
The Irish Village is a very popular addition to the social scene. It is in essence one huge pub providing indoor and outdoor seating and serves traditional pub food at good prices.
Tel: +971 4 2395000
Century Village is located right next door to the Irish village. It is a small oasis of fine dining restaurants in a relaxing atmosphere of fountains and greenery. The village encompasses a small courtyard offering outdoor seating and it is one of the very few places in the city where you're allowed to sit outside while having an alcoholic drink.
Situated in the Century Village, Da Gama has been built to resemble a Portuguese farmhouse and its detailed design infused with rich colours has achieved a very authentic European feel.
Tel: +971 4 2823636
Johnny Rockets is nestled amongst high-rise towers, luxury villas, scenic parks and a variety of retailers within Dubai Marina and offers simple, great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favourites, including juicy hamburgers, hand-dipped shakes and malts and freshly-baked apple pie.
The Blue Elephant
Widely regarded as one of Dubai's finest Thai restaurants, The Blue Elephant, like its counterpart in London will not disappoint.
Tel: +971 4 282 0000
Known for its home-cooked Italian cuisine and best mouth-watering wood-fired oven pizzas in Dubai, Casa Mia has a profound influence that permeates your senses.
Tel: +971 4 702 2506
The café serves freshly-prepared vegetarian food including delicious salads, soups and sandwiches. For those with a sweet tooth there is an array of cooling ice creams, plus refreshing mint lemonade.
Tel: +971 4 3535383
The Lime Tree Café
Escape the hustle & bustle of busy city life and enjoy wholesome, nutritious food in a casual and welcoming environment located opposite to the Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai Media City.
2nd of December Street (formerly Al Dhiyafah Street)
Al Dhiyafah Street is otherwise known as Dubai's cheap-eats street. Here restaurants catering to the city's less affluent residents spill out onto the sidewalk so you can people-watch while feasting on food from Lebanon, Iran and the Indian subcontinent. On the northern end of the street lies Sidra, with zesty salads and a gut-busting mixed grill that gives you a taste of the Levant. On the other end of the Road is Pars Iranian Kitchen, which dishes out succulent lamb and fresh seafood straight from its outdoor grill. Across the street and six lanes of highway traffic, lies one of the city's best regarded (if least presentable) curry houses - Ravi Restaurant.