Dubai Food and Dining Guide - Restaurants, where to eat, and more

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Cuisines from around the globe can be sampled in Dubai with a melting pot of delicious five-star meals through to cheap roadside takeaways. Alcohol can be enjoyed with a meal within hotel restaurants and a mixture of Indian, Middle Eastern and international dishes can be enjoyed for as little or as much as you can afford.

The top eating establishments in Dubai are set aside for the wealthy with fresh seafood and dishes that almost look too good to eat served to customers expecting nothing less than the very best during their meals. The prefect side order to the food is the breathtaking views, which are often enjoyed from hundreds of feet in the air, with panoramas of the coast and city proving extremely popular.

Markets offer the cheapest way to dine in Dubai and Indian curries that are eaten at local food hawker stalls are arguably the best outside of India. Local cuisines are based around an Arabic diet with dishes such as falafel, shawarma and various breads widely available.


This extravagant Chinatown boasts countless eateries, takeaways and top-class restaurants to enjoy. Much of it is aimed at a high-end price range with the occasional mid-budget eatery dotted among the socially exquisite offerings.


This is the most upmarket and sought-after part of the city and with its status is endless tasty restaurants serving fine cuisines from around the world. Seafood can be enjoyed in Caviar House and Prunier for those with the luxury of a large bank balance and for those not living the dream, Bulwagan is both affordable and tasty with a large Asian menu.

Hotel restaurants

Much of Dubai's culinary delights are found inside the best hotels, mainly due to liquor licensing laws, meaning that the emirate is not split into areas for dining so much as different hotels and resorts. The Indian cuisine provided by the Marco Polo Hotel's Bombay restaurant is noteworthy as is the four-star hotel itself, with a wide choice of eateries on offer from Chinese and Mexican to American and Arabic.

Dubai restaurants

Al Qutaeyat Road, Grand Hyatt
Phone: +971 4 317 1234
Lebanese food is hugely popular in Dubai and this eatery boasts an enticing menu with equally impressive décor. Belly dancers entertain visitors on special nights and dishes such as kebabs and meze are enjoyed by ex-pats, holidaymakers and locals alike.

Al Mahara 
Burj Al Arab hotel, Jumeirha Beach
Phone: +971 4 301 7777
The surroundings of this unique restaurant are as fascinating as the food itself. Diners eat within a huge aquarium that is teeming with sharks, turtles, fish and other interesting sea creatures. There are many daily specials served up to perfection here from the Arabic Adventure menu to the Seafood Experience. This expensive eatery is well worth paying out for.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Shangri-La
Phone: +971 4 343 8888
Fill your senses with some of the best Middle Eastern dishes in Dubai at this upmarket restaurant. In addition to regional dishes a choice of African and Moroccan dishes are available, hence its name.

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