Reviewed and Approved: The Best Brunches in Dubai | Savoir Flair
Reviewed and Approved: The Best Brunches in Dubai
by Savoir Flair 5-minute read May 28, 2024

If there is one thing we can prove, it's that nobody does brunch like Dubai does brunch. 

Going to brunch on the weekend is a longstanding and time-honored tradition in Dubai. A favorite pastime in our beloved city — sleeping in, then meeting up with friends for four hours of unlimited delicious food and great company — is all we need for that perfect reset. 

Navigating the endless brunch options in Dubai, however, is a task — it’s like sifting through your music library, knowing full well you might just go for your usual favorites for the umpteenth time. Since pretty much every single venue in the city offers some kind of brunch variation, the Savoir Flair editors tasked themselves with uncovering which places are worth the hype and, more importantly, your day off. We tried and tasted nearly every brunch we could find around town to bring you the ultimate guide to the best brunches in the city. Some are on Saturday, some are on Sunday, but all will leave you satisfied. 

But don’t take our word for it. Try them out yourself. After all, have you really been to Dubai if you haven’t done a brunch?

Editor's Note: Be sure to check back as we regularly update this list.


Al Nafoorah

Jumeirah Al Qasr sets the stage for the traditional and luxurious Cedar Brunch by Al Nafoorah, which has effectively brought the heart and soul of Lebanon to the table in a calm and elegant environment every Sunday. Surrounded by the opulence and palatial arches of Jumeirah Al Qasr with striking views of the Madinat waterways, Al Nafoorah is a delicious overflow of tasty Levantine cuisine from start to finish. Don't expect loud music or large crowds either, because this is a sophisticated affair fit for every family member. Everything is served tableside, which we have certainly come to appreciate, and trust us when we say there is no shortage of dishes, variety, or options. You will, of course, be tempted to overindulge with the starters, particularly the excellently crispy falafel, but as with any brunch, this would be a huge error of judgment. You absolutely must save room for the mains, whether it's the Mixed Grill, the Lamb shank, or the prawns, because they were all so juicy and flavorful they practically dribbled with delectable perfection. Honestly, just taste every dish, and you'll leave satisfied and happy.

Al Nafoorah – Jumeirah Al Qasr
Price: Soft AED350/House AED450/Premium AED550/Kids AED175
Al Nafoorah



This DIFC hotspot is adding a bit of spice to your Saturday brunch with a vibrant fusion of Latin American flavors that will fire up your taste buds. The menu houses creations like Ginshake Nigiri, where king salmon is brightened up by lush banana miso cream, and Arepas Con Carne, packed with spicy pulled veal tucked inside soft white corn. The culinary adventure continues with Churrasco de Chorizo, slices of perfectly grilled sausage bursting with smoky flavor, and a refreshing Ceviche Mixto that dazzles with its citrus-infused freshness. Add in the sultry Latin rhythms of a live DJ and roaming performances from a trumpeter and percussionist, and you’ve got a brunch that’s as much a feast for the ears as it is for the palate. The vibe is lively yet relaxed, creating the perfect backdrop for sinking into the dessert course, where the Tres Leches Cake offers a light yet indulgent finish with its creamy, spongy layers soaked in a sweet milk mixture. A visit here is an escape to a tropical forest-slash-carnival, set right in the heart of DIFC, making you forget you’re in the middle of a concrete jungle.

DIFC Pavilion
Price: Soft AED595/House AED695/Bubbles AED795
+971 4 571 3999



The W Dubai – Mina Seyahi's trendy attiko is a pan-Asian feast that soars as high as its 31st-floor location. The scene? Swanky and vibrant. With floor-to-ceiling windows framing the iconic Palm Jumeirah and the Gulf, the view is almost as delectable as the food. And that’s saying something. Beef tataki draped in fresh truffle? Check. Crispy cauliflower that’s a surprising winner? You bet. Every buzzing metropolis has its fair share of rooftop bars and brunch venues, but attiko doesn’t just want to join the ranks — it intends to lead them. While some places play it safe, attiko is that bold chef in the culinary world, throwing in a dash of this, a sprinkle of that, and serving up audacious flavors with a side of the Dubai skyline. The service is sleek, the ambiance strikes the right chords between relaxed and lively, and the food? Let’s just say it has us mentally reserving our spot for next week. And the one after.

W Dubai – Mina Seyahi
Price: Soft AED295/House AED395/Sparkling AED545/Premium AED695
+971 4 350 9983

avli by tashas

Saturday afternoons at avli by tashas is like teleporting to Athens for a quick culinary getaway. This place is all about Greek vibes, with an open-air Mediterranean courtyard setting and a view of the Burj Khalifa that’s so good, it almost feels like cheating. The newly launched Athenian Saturday Lunch here is the real deal. Head Chef Vlassia Anagnostou and Greek Nomad Chef Andreas Lagos are like the dynamic duo of Greek cuisine, even stopping by tables to make sure you’re having a great time.

The vibe is like being at a big, fat Greek family lunch — minus the drama  — plus live music and an open kitchen cranking out homemade dishes. The buffet is a spectacle of seafood, oysters, caviar with blini, and every Greek dip you could dream of. It’s a “try everything once, favorites twice” kind of situation. And for the à la carte lovers, Chef Lagos has got you covered with 12 tempting dishes. The Rock Crab Saganaki is a literal flavor bomb in your mouth. Mushroom on toast? It’s the underdog that unexpectedly wins your heart. And for the grand finale, Avgoffetes, a Greek-style French toast that’s basically the dessert of champions. 

Price: AED360
+971 4 39 0008
avli by tashas

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Bar du Port

This French-Mediterranean restaurant in Dubai Harbour boasts outstanding views and has been cemented as one of our favorite new hotspots in Dubai. A spacious restaurant in a chic and trendy boho style, Bar Du Port is calm at lunchtime and provides a brunch that is relaxing, comfortable, and enjoyable well into the evening. We also have to give it points for being one of the rare gems where guests can come with little ones and enjoy a separate kids' menu. The menu was plentiful, with plenty of decadent dishes from course to course. Start with the fresh oysters from the open-market seafood station and savor the 12-hour slow-cooked short ribs with creamy mashed potato and everything else in between. No regrets after the pain perdu and halawa ice cream profiterole, because this is a brunch that will live rent-free in your mind for weekends to come. 

Dubai Harbour Pier Club
Price: Soft AED290/House AED360/Cocktail AED490/Sparkling AED720
+971 (04) 332 4868
Bar du Port

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Did you know that you enjoy a delicious brunch on the terrace of the Dubai Opera? One of the newest brunch offerings in town, the 'Favoloso' Brunch at Belcanto Restaurant & Eden Bar ticks all the right boxes with its stunning ambiance adorned with lush green plants, impeccable vibes, and, of course, the mouth-watering Italian feast served with the iconic Burj Khalifa on the side. Literally. 

Enjoy an al fresco brunch with an unparalleled Burj Khalifa view at Eden, or pick a table at the magnificent indoor Belcanto Restaurant. The 'Favoloso' Brunch is essentially a sensory trip through Italy’s rich gastronomic culture. Sit back, relax, and groove to the tunes of the DJ as you're served one signature Italian dish after another from an irresistible selection curated by chef Giacomo Lombardi. While you're there, you certainly don't want to miss out on any of the Italian classics like the tiramisu at the live dessert counter. Thank us later. 

Dubai Opera
Price: Soft AED400/House AED550/Premium AED750
+971 (04) 456 0936
Belcanto Restaurant

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Café Nikki

Prepare to be transported to a coastal paradise as Café Nikki at the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai unveils its Saturday brunch. This gastronomic journey combines unparalleled sea views with an exceptional dining experience. Nestled above pristine white sands and set against the backdrop of the tranquil blue sea, Café Nikki sets the stage for an idyllic escape. What sets this brunch apart is its commitment to sourcing the freshest ingredients, with live chef specials straight from its hydroponic farm and Nikki Beach Garden, ensuring a sustainability-driven feast. The buffet is a medley of delights, from the freshest seafood catches to vibrant garden-fresh salads, meticulously crafted sushi, and an array of grilled delicacies. And the bread? Everything is made from scratch at the hotel, from rustic loaves to artisanal rolls. Live music, courtesy of a talented saxophone player, serenades diners, adding to the enchanting ambiance. But the indulgence doesn't end with the meal, as guests are treated to complimentary access to the pool and the pristine beach, offering the perfect backdrop for a leisurely afternoon.

Pearl Jumeira, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
Price: Soft AED350/House AED500/Sparkling AED700
+971 56 545 4039
Café Nikki


City Social

High in Grosvenor House lies one of the Dubai brunch scene’s best-kept secrets: City Social. With astonishing views of the Marina (where you’re nearly at eye level with the skydivers), an upscale atmosphere, and delicious food, you’ll feel far away from the typical sloppy Saturday crowds that make other popular brunch spots feel claustrophobic. Masterfully overseen by Chef Dan Birk, decadent dishes keep hitting the table, but you’ll be too wow-ed by the flavor profiles to say no. First up, a frosty cart filled with oysters, shrimp, and other cold delicacies from the sea offers its bounty, followed by small plates of savory fried chicken, herbaceous salad, fresh beef tartare, and decadent garlic bread. Dig into cod that has been perfectly glazed and delicious steak mains, but save room for the heavenly risotto. Up against the robust protein offerings, it stood out. Cakes dripping with chocolate, tiny tart meringues, and strawberry trifle rounded out the brunch, but beyond the food, it was the welcoming environment, the stunning song stylings of crooner Nick Pritchard, and City Social's lovely staff that really tipped the balance of this brunch experience. 

Grosvenor House Dubai
Price: Soft AED395/House AED495/Sparkling AED750
(+971) 04 402 2222
City Social

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Located on Bluewaters Island, CLAY Dubai sets the stage for a vibrant Saturday Brunch experience every weekend, blending Japanese precision with Peruvian flair. Picture-perfect terrace views and a lively indoor dining atmosphere await guests, creating an immersive and delightful ambiance. From 2 PM to 5:30 PM, indulge in an exquisite menu featuring Sea Bream Ceviche, Nigiri, Tori Udon, and Niku Al Wok, paired with delectable desserts that promise to tantalize your taste buds. Sip on free-flowing beverages and enjoy live entertainment as CLAY's dynamic setting, complete with a resident DJ and captivating performances, whisks you away to the vibrant streets of South America. And when the clock strikes 5:30 PM, brace yourself for an electrifying after-party with special beverage deals, ensuring the festivities continue long into the evening.

Bluewaters Island
Price: Soft AED350/Signature AED445/Premium AED545
+971 4 422 5600
CLAY Dubai


Ginger Moon

Heading to Ginger Moon? Brace yourself for the Solar Brunch, where California vibes blend into Dubai’s skyline. Imagine yourself lounging poolside, but instead of sand, you’ve got the city’s skyscrapers for company. The feast kicks off with a platter that screams variety – we’re talking ceviches and sushi rolls that are as pretty as they are delicious. And just when your taste buds start feeling adventurous, in come the crispy calamari, truffle mushroom flatbread, and beef carpaccio that’s basically a flavor bomb. The mains include a parade of lamb chops and steak tartare, each bite upping the ante. And for the taco lovers (because who isn’t?), there’s a station just waiting to wrap up your dream taco. Remember, when it comes to tacos, ‘moderation’ is not in our dictionary – pile them up! But, save some room, because dessert at Ginger Moon is the stuff of legends. The dessert buffet is a true showstopper, with pancakes that could double as art, cakes, doughnuts, and an exotic fruit lineup that’ll have you questioning all your portion control decisions. So grab your squad, snag a table, and ride those chill vibes till the sun dips.

W Dubai Mina Seyahi
Price: House AED520/Premium AED625/VIP AED850
+971 4 350 9998
Ginger Moon



Brunch just got a whimsical makeover at “Once Upon a Brunch” at Mezzerie, located in Waldorf Astoria Dubai. Think less stuffy hotel buffet and more fairy tale extravaganza – where salads are as fresh as Sleeping Beauty and grilled meats as succulent as a storybook feast. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s a full-on enchantment session with princesses, princes, and perhaps a villain or two adding drama to your dining. It’s a world where pasta twirls faster than Cinderella at the ball, and the chocolate fountain is more mesmerizing than any magic wand wave. Kids get their own royal treatment with a play area and stage, while adults can retreat to the Gin Garden. Teens aren’t forgotten either, with their own corner of cool. The magic continues with a roving magician, themed eats and treats, and a dessert station that’s a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. With live tunes from a DJ and singer, the atmosphere is as captivating as the tales themselves.

The fairy tale doesn’t end with brunch. Your day extends with complimentary family pool and beach access until 7 PM. Little ones can continue their adventure at the Kids Club, and as the sun sets, saunter over to Sunset 55° for a sundowner with a bewitching discount. Who says fairy tales are just for kids?

Waldorf Astoria Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
Price: Soft AED320/House AED495/Sparkling AED595/Children 7-12 AED100/Children Under 6 Free
Once Upon a Bunch

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Miss Lily’s

Our favorite thing about Miss Lily’s is that no matter what time of year you go — whether it’s peak busy season during the winter or the slower (and therefore less crowded) months of summer — it’s always a vibe. With a spirited new 'Bonita AppleBrunch' offering, Miss Lily’s is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon, far removed from the more raucous crowds of families and revelry-seekers at other brunch hotspots. The brunch menu offers up a wide selection of our favorite Caribbean fare, like the infamous Crunchy Bok Choy Salad, Jerk BBQ Chicken Wings, and Pepper Shrimp. But let's be honest. The real reason we go to Miss Lily’s brunch is to dance. Reggae-infused hip-hop mixes provided by an excellent DJ will have you up out of your seat before dessert has even been served. Like we said, no matter what, Miss Lily’s is always a vibe.

Sheraton Grand Hotel
Price: AED225 to AED350
+971 4 356 2900

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Mott 32

Perched majestically on the 73rd floor of the Address Beach Resort in JBR, Mott 32 isn’t just another Chinese restaurant on the block. The ambiance of Mott 32 is a beautiful dance of East meets West. It's where New York industrial-chic waltzes with Hong Kong glamor, accentuated by subtle nods to Arabic culture. Every corner of this venue exudes elegance, making you feel an urge to move with a certain refinement. Step outside, and the terrace reveals the best seats in the house, offering an al fresco dining experience that feels as if you’re on the edge of the world. In fact, the views from Mott 32 are so compelling that you might just forget the reason you came — the food. 

But trust us, that distraction is brief. Because once dishes like the Fried Soft-Shell Crab and the sinfully enticing Shredded 42 Days Peking Duck Salad appear on your table, you’re quickly reminded of the edible masterpieces you’re about to experience. The myriad dishes on the menu take your taste buds on a rollercoaster of flavors, ranging from timeless classics to avant-garde creations that might just redefine your palate. And, a small piece of advice? Do save some space for the Sesame Tart and the Almond & Chocolate Oolong Tea Xiao Long Bao —  they're the sweet mic drop to an already exquisite feast.

Address Beach Resort
Price: Soft AED375/House AED495/Sparkling AED745
+971 4 278 4832
Mott 32

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Named after the Turkish word for ‘dream,’ Rüya is as dreamy as it gets. Located in St. Regis on the Palm Jumeirah, its Saturday brunch welcomed us with an electrifying atmosphere and a delicious sharing-style menu of contemporary Anatolian dishes. The space features indoor and outdoor areas with ample seating arrangements, two bars, and stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, making it perfect for brunch during any season or occasion. 

You also can't go wrong with the food. It's all of the classic Turkish dishes you'd find in Turkiyë itself, seasoned, spiced, and simmered to perfection. Take a brief pause to dance, and then tuck in again for round two, savoring each and every mouthwatering Anatolian morsel and flavor you can get your hands on. 

St. Regis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah 
Price: Soft AED350/House AED450
+971 4 218 0065 


Every Saturday afternoon, Salero at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates turns brunch into an event, proving that the Spaniards know how to live it up, and you’re invited to the party. ‘Baila Con Salero’ takes your typical weekend brunch and gives it a flamenco twist, complete with dancers and guitarists who could convince you you’re in Valencia instead of Dubai. As you might expect, the menu is like a culinary tour of Spain without the hassle of planes and trains. 

Start with the hearty Gazpacho Andaluz, which might just make you forget about your tomato soup days. The main courses, from Paella de Marisco to seared beef tenderloin, will have you rethinking your loyalty to your favorite steakhouse. Desserts are a sweet parade of Basque cheesecake and churros — because let's face it, churros are always a good idea, no justifications needed. 

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Price: Soft AED290/House AED350/Premium AED450/Kids 50% Off
+971 4 409 5888

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SOON Nobby x True Izakaya

Let’s jazz it up a bit, shall we? Saturdays at SOON Nobby x True Izakaya have redefined the brunch scene. Make your way to Akihabara Brunch, where every dish is a teleportation device to Tokyo’s Electric Town. Forget your average brunch setup; this place is dripping in all things anime and retro, with a side of nostalgia served by vintage TVs, quirky collectibles, and Sony Walkmans. It’s like dining in a scene straight out of an ‘80s manga.

Kick things off with starters that are cooler than your favorite anime character – think Scallop Crudo and Potato Somen & Onsen Egg Salad. If you’re more “steam and sizzle” than “cool and crisp,” then hot starters like Crispy Eggplant Mochi and BBQ Chicken Onigiri are your tickets to flavor town. And don’t forget the unlimited sushi and sashimi bar, offering a variety of fresh, flavorful selections. The mains? They’re a journey through downtown Tokyo, with Japanese Curry and Mushroom Claypot Rice that are so authentic, you might start speaking Japanese. And when it’s time for dessert, Chef Brian Hoang’s whimsically delightful treats will have you winning like an anime superhero. So, if you’re craving a brunch that’s more Tokyo streets than JLT eats, this is your spot. Just don’t be surprised if you leave feeling a little more otaku than when you arrived.

Armada Tower 2, Cluster P, JLT
Price: Food Only AED190/Soft AED250/House AED375
+971 55 434 05 75
Soon Nobby x True Izakaya

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This high-end, Argentinian, open-plan kitchen in DIFC is one of our new go-to brunch places, and let us tell you why. For starters, the service at Sucre is fast and friendly, just how we like it when we come in hungry and ready to eat. But the most important thing to note is the food is not just delicious, it is insanely delicious, with fresh ingredients chosen for quality and flavor. Feast your taste buds on some zesty starters before selecting your mains, and even though they give you a choice of five different options, we strongly recommend going with the succulent slow-cooked short ribs (so buttery soft, you can cut them with a knife). It's an enjoyable and lively brunch (we mean this in the best way) with a band creating just the kind of vibe you might need to get up and dance — or at the very least, bop along in your seat. It wasn’t too loud, and it set the tone of the meal just right. Sucre is delicious and festive, and we highly recommend it.

Price: Soft AED370/House AED440/Sparkling AED590
+971 4 340 0829


At SUSHISAMBA, the new Alegria Weekend Lunch Menu turns every Saturday and Sunday into a mini festival in the sky. This spot, perched high above Dubai, pairs sweeping city views with a menu that dances across continents. Kick things off with the Sea Bream Seviche, which delivers a splash of bright citrus and fresh fish. Or try the Prawn Gyoza, plump and satisfying, a perfect lead-in to heartier fare. For mains, the Chilean Seabass Anticucho is a star, its smoky richness cut by zesty notes that keep you fork-dipping for more. And for the ultimate lunchtime indulgence, pair your meal with their signature drink, a sweet-tart burst of lime and sugar that sets the rhythm for a perfect afternoon. The vibrant energy is palpable as the DJ spins a backdrop of beats that perfectly sync with the lively chatter and clinking of glasses. The eclectic menu and lively atmosphere make SUSHISAMBA a must-visit for those seeking to inject some fun into their weekend routine.

Level 51, St. Regis, The Palm Jumeirah
Price: Food Only AED249/With House Beverage AED299
+971 4 278 4888



Never tried Portuguese cuisine? Let’s fix that. Portugal might play second fiddle to Spain on the Iberian Peninsula in terms of size, but when it comes to punchy flavors and soulful eats, it's got game. 

Tasca is your gateway to all things Portuguese. The aromatic brunch scene lays out the best of Portugal’s classics. From a grilled veal chorizo that will make you rethink all your life's prior chorizo choices to ocean treasures like scarlet shrimp and clams, right down to that ridiculously sweet pastel de nata finale, Tasca serves and serves hard. Located in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Tasca showcases the genius of Portugal’s culinary legend, Chef José Avillez. Sure, guests are treated to a front-row seat to one of Dubai’s most beautiful pools and that endless scenery of the Gulf, but let’s be real — it's all about the food here, which, to be fair, is a lot like Portugal.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira
Price: Soft AED450/House AED550/Sparkling AED750
+971 4 777 2231

Virgin Izakaya

If decision fatigue from extensive menus and buffets makes you yearn for simpler times, let Virgin Izakaya’s Fortune Omakase Brunch be your culinary compass. This isn’t your average Saturday brunch; it’s an adventure where the chef takes the wheel, and you enjoy the ride. Every weekend, from noon to 5 PM, brace yourself for a dining experience sprinkled with a dash of destiny, thanks to the exciting claw machine. Grab a fortune cookie and who knows — you might just snag a designer goodie along with your sushi.

The menu is a Japanese extravaganza that kicks off with edamame and avocado salad, before escalating to chicken and shrimp popcorn — these are as addictive as they sound. The star of the show is the chef’s omakase platter, a meticulously crafted selection of sashimi, nigiri, and rolls that’ll make your taste buds sing. For the grand finale, prepare to be delighted by mochi – a traditional dessert that strikes the perfect balance between pillowy softness and satisfying chewiness. Virgin Izakaya turns every brunch into a chance encounter with culinary fortune. This is where you let the chefs do the choosing, and trust us, they know what they’re doing.

Bluewaters Island
Price: Two Hours AED275/Per Extra Hour AED100
+971 4 589 8689
Virgin Izakaya

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It's almost like this one is a no-brainer at this point. Zuma is easily one of the best restaurants in Dubai, and the wait time and difficulty getting a last-minute reservation to this stalwart of the F&B industry is a testament to that in and of itself. The restaurant will be packed, and the food will be delicious. (That's all you really need to know.) But we love this brunch mainly because it allows us to enjoy all of Zuma's best dishes for a fraction of the price of a regular dinner. With all the sushi, sashimi, oysters, tempura, salads, and starters that reside on the normal menu, you can have a full meal just from the buffet. But we recommend leaving room for the dishes (mostly the mains) served at the table as well, because that's when you'll get to enjoy those signature items you are salivating for on any given Wednesday. 

Nobody quite does it like Zuma, and honestly, this is one brunch we call in reservations every time we have anyone visiting from out of town. You actually want to sit there all day, enjoying the company, relishing the food, and living that Dubai life to its fullest. It's fun but not cringe, it's classy but not stuffy, and it's just so darn good.

Gate Village – DIFC
Price: Soft AED595/House AED695/Premium AED795/Kids AED255
+971 4 425 5660

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