The Emirates Woman-approved guide to the best restaurants in Dubai

Dubai is never short of restaurants, as new spots continue to open on a daily basis.

Home to a variety of cuisines and Michelin-starred havens, finding a restaurant that goes beyond the décor and its views, might sometimes be a tricky task.

So, to give you some culinary inspiration the team have shared their favourite spots around Dubai.

Amy Sessions

Bvlgari Yacht Club

This is my go-to when I feel like I need a taste of Italy but can’t travel. The Veal Ragu is next level and if it’s seasonally available, Chef will make Cozze off the menu – it’ll take you straight to Capri!

Pier Chic

I’m oyster obsessed, and the Gillardeau oysters here are incredible. It’s a completely different level now Beatrice Segoni is Head Chef and the cosy atmosphere reminds me of the Belmond trains still on my travel list.

Comptoir 102

If you need something clean this is a great place to catch up over a coffee. Their almond milk is homemade and the All Green Salad will give you an immunity boost in one bowl.

Olivia Morris


If you’re looking to find me anywhere in Dubai on the weekend it’s at Roka. You could say I’m now part of the wallpaper at this restaurant as I go so regularly – at least every other week, if not once a week! With great food and impeccable service to match, Roka is a great spot for a big group dinner with friends or for just a few bites and vinos at the bar (my favourite thing to do on a Friday!). I couldn’t recommend this spot more.

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

Hands down the best restaurant for Italian cuisine in Dubai. Located in Jumeirah Al Naseem, the food is always mouthwateringly good and the welcoming staff are always on hand to sure you have an exceptional experience. I love to visit this restaurant with my girlfriends sitting at the bar just chatting the night away to everyone!

INTI Dubai

When it comes to Nikkei cuisine you don’t get much better than INTI. This restaurant only burst onto the Dubai dining scene earlier this year, but it’s quickly become one of my favourite spots. The design of the restaurant is particularly special, paried with a spectacular menu and an unrivalled Downtown Dubai view it’s a must-try.

Shanghai Me

If you love art-deco and retro style, then Shanghai Me is definitely one you need to visit. I love going here for both a sit-down meal or a few drinks at the bar – whatever the occasion, Shanghai Me always delivers. If there’s one thing you need to try it’s the duck salad. You can thank me later.

Dan Robinson


Nammos is a staple for lunch meetings or dinner in the evening when family and friends visit. The stunning sea views and Mediterranean ambience always feel like I’m out of Dubai and on a Mykonos beach. The truffle Gyoza and spicy tuna rolls always hit the spot.

Pier Chic

Pier Chic is the perfect spot if you’re looking for something a little more special. The sea views of the gulf are uncompromising. The restaurant has an upscale out-at-sea feel. I have celebrated a few occasions here, and the service has always been outstanding. The restaurant has a great-tasting menu with Italian flavours and dishes of Sea bass, yellowtail tartare, and calamari.

The Maine

Frequently visiting all the Maine venues in JBR, Business Bay, and Studio City, it’s safe to say my favourite location is the Business Bay branch with the dramatic chandeliers, large windows, and narrow New York brasserie feel layout. In the evening, the restaurant comes alive with an ambient crowd. Specializing in steak and seafood, the restaurant has something for everyone. My favourite dishes are the No-meat short ribs and classic poutine. The venue is known for its shuck-me Oysters. After dinner, a nightcap at the bar is always the way to finish the evening off.

Sarah Joseph

Mimi Kakushi

By bringing back a hint of the 1920s, this Japanese fine-dining haven serves a host of delectable dishes such as salmon sashimi, foil gras gyoza and paired with signature cocktails to compliment the evening. Located at Four Seasons Dubai, this restaurant is hands down, one of my favourite fine-dining spots in Dubai.

Bull & Bear

As an ode to the 80s, this signature restaurant offers a twist to New York’s Wall Street. This one-of-a-kind dinner is the perfect gastronomic affair with key dishes such as lobster linguine and alligator pear, which brings a new meaning to avocado. With glistening views of Dubai and a relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant is highly recommended.


This contemporary Italian restaurant has won the hearts of many, including ours. With fresh ingredients flown in from Italy, each dish is crafted to perfection. From oysters to Rawberto’s platters, this restaurant is a seafood delight. A must-try from their dessert menu is the freshly made in-house pistachio ice cream served with extra virgin olive oil. What was once a mistake, has now become a signature for tourists to try from around the globe. The restaurant is located in DIFC, Gate Village 1.

Avli by Tashas

This Greek-inspired restaurant is inspired by modern Athens with ingredients sourced directly from Greece. With its minimal interiors and an array of delectable dishes to choose from, this fine-dining haven is an absolute winner. A must-try from the menu is the sea bass ceviche and feta saganaki, which creatively bring the heart of Greece onto a plate. Situated in the heart of DIFC, Gate Village Building 9, this restaurant is the perfect venue to dine with friends and family and is most definitely one of our favourite places to dine at.

Joelle Albeaino

La Cantine du Faubourg

Amazing food and ambience. La Cantine has the best Truffle pizza and crunchiest pommes frites. The way the place transforms from a calm dinner to a dance floor where you can show off your best moves. They have the friendliest staff and the best DJ in town. Love everything about this place.


The boho chic ambience makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Delicious food and great entertainment. The place is so serene and aesthetically beautiful. You just never want to leave.


The ultimate place to treat yourself to a fancy pool day. Perfect to unwind with calm music, delicious cocktails and mouthwatering food. SAL is the best place to take photos in front of the Burj and the endless water views surrounding it.

Chaitali Khimji

CÉ LA VI Dubai

I love the ambience of this restaurant. Diners can witness the pristine skyline of Dubai, making it the perfect backdrop for Instagram pictures.

La Cantine

With a Parisian menu designed to perfection, this restaurant has a great ambience with delightful food and drinks.

Kinara at JA Resort

I recently tried this restaurant out, as I love Indian food. The restaurant is very authentic and deep-rooted to my heritage as the dishes are curated by Michelin chef Vikas Khanna.

Anna Chipala


This fine-dining spot is the perfect combination of Asian food and ambience, with top hits played during the weekend.

Caviar Kaspia

This restaurant is close to home. I highly recommend the Caspia potato and Medovik cake, which I absolutely love.

Flamingo Room

When it comes to interiors and the concept, this restaurant has done a fabulous job. The food is always delicious and the staff are always friendly.

Nicole Little


Located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Mythos transports you from the skyscrapers of Dubai to a modern but cosy Greek taverna. Their menu boasts traditional Greek cuisine that is not to be missed, I order the spanakopita religiously. Every time I bring friends to this restaurant, they comment on how it feels like a ‘hidden gem’, ‘hole in the wall’ no gimmicks atmosphere. It’s the food, service, and Mediterranean vibes that keep me coming back time and time again.

SEVA Table

Since 2014, SEVA has been a trailblazer in the region as the first 100 per cent plant-based, gluten-free, cane-sugar-free, and GMO-free venue. While you may come for the delicious, healthy and environmentally conscious food and beverage options, you’ll stay for the secluded and laid-back vibes. This place embodies a Sunday morning kind of vibe. It’s casual, healthy, and holistic, making it a great place to decompress with a meal away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai.

LPM Restaurant & Bar

Offering some of the finest dining and atmosphere in the Emirate, LPM is an experience that we at can’t get enough of. The attention to detail in the dining, service and energy of the restaurant will be sure to satiate your expectations. LPM’s gastronomy is an absolute treat, and I’d go as far as to say they serve the best burrata in Dubai.

The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco

The Beach Bar & Grill by Chef Mauro Colagreco has a stunning menu. Located on the beachfront at The One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel, the setting and South American flavours will transport you to that ‘on vacation’ feeling upon your arrival. This is a perfect spot for a catch-up with friends or a laid-back date night.

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