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Bookmark These Dubai Restaurants for the Ultimate Fine-Dining Experience
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by Savoir Flair 3-minute read February 26, 2024

14 Dubai restaurants that are always worth the (hefty) price. 

In Dubai, throwing down some serious cash for a luxurious dinner is as common as sand in the desert – but finding those spots where you splurge and don’t feel a flicker of buyer’s remorse? That’s a rare find. We’re talking about those “Is this worth it?” moments. Whether you’re all about celebrating something big, craving a dining experience that’s as unique as snow in July, or just want to live it up with your crew because why not – you need the lowdown on those Dubai dining gems that’ll have you nodding “yes” without a second thought. 

Here’s our roundup of 14 Dubai restaurants that totally nail it.

Editor’s Note: As we continue to explore and review this ever-expanding culinary landscape, we’ll keep adding to this list throughout the year. Bon Appétit!

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Akira Back

In a city where upscale dining often means overpriced and underwhelming, Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm shatters expectations. It’s that rare gem where the high-rise views of the Dubai skyline are matched by the culinary artistry on your plate. The place buzzes with a vibe that’s as electrifying as the city’s night lights, making it the go-to for those evenings when you want to impress and express that you’re not just living in Dubai, you’re acing it. The reimagined tuna pizza here isn’t simply good, it’s a revelation, and the acclaimed black cod? It’s out of this world. Here, every dish from the adventurous menu is a conversation starter. Akira Back is where you gather your crew, dive into a feast of flavors, and relish in the fact that you're experiencing the pinnacle of Dubai’s dynamic dining scene.

W Dubai - The Palm
+971 (0)4 245 5800
www.akirabackdubai.com

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Al Muntaha

Perched on the 27th floor of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab, Al Muntaha lives up to its name, “the ultimate,” with Michelin-starred French fine dining. This spot combines the architectural awe of the Burj with culinary wizardry, offering views from an oval pod that seems to float off the sail-shaped building. Chef Saverio Sbaragli is in his element here, crafting French classics with a Mediterranean twist – think St. Jacques scallops and exquisite Bottoni pasta. Opt for the degustation menu and take a journey through flavors from salmon trout with yogurt sauce to veal filet mignon. The interior might be reminiscent of a past era, but it’s the food and the ocean views that steal the show. With its wave-like ceiling and emerald walls, the restaurant exudes intimate luxury. Al Muntaha is where chic culinary adventure meets Dubai’s sophisticated dining scene, showcasing an unparalleled experience.

Burj Al Arab
800 323232
www.jumeirah.com

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

At Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Atlantis the Royal, history and haute cuisine collide in a spectacular fashion. It's a feat of culinary genius to transplant an award-winning dining concept to Dubai and actually elevate it, and that’s exactly what the team has done, swiftly earning a Michelin star. The dining room, a secret passage away, opens to reveal stunning views of the fountain and the Palm, setting the stage for a gastronomic journey through time. Here, ancient British recipes, some dating back to 1390 and favored by King Henry VIII, are transformed into modern delicacies. Highlights like the Sherried Scallops from 1965 and the Meat Fruit from 1500 blend playfulness with sophistication. Don't miss the famed Tipsy Cake, a pineapple dessert that is spit-roasted slowly in front of a fire – it’s history you can taste. Dinner here goes beyond great food; it’s a delicious romp through England’s culinary past, proving that British cuisine is anything but boring.

Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah
+971 (0)4 426 2444
www.atlantis.com

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Gaia

This Greek hotspot in DIFC, Gaia, has become the go-to destination for the city’s elite since its debut in 2018. It’s where the stylish and influential gather, not just for celebrity sightings but for Chef Izu Ani’s masterful Greek-Mediterranean creations. The ambiance is chic yet unassuming, with decor that’s as tastefully minimal as it is elegant. Here, the culinary showstoppers range from sea bream carpaccio, served with a flair inside the whole fish, to the irresistible grilled octopus and wood oven prawns, smothered in a harissa-lemon sauce. For those seeking a more personalized dining experience, the fresh seafood display offers a choose-your-own-adventure experience, with the grilled dory being a crowd favorite. When the Filo Mille Feuille finally arrives at your table, you’ll be reaching for your phone, eager to text everyone you know to come try it, while already planning your next visit.

Gate Village Number 4, DIFC
+971 (4)24 142 42
gaia-restaurants.com/dubai

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Il Ristorante - Niko Romito

Swinging into Il Ristorante - Niko Romito, located at Bulgari Resort Dubai, is like stepping onto a movie set where Italian glam meets Michelin-starred excellence. With two shiny Michelin stars under its belt, this place is a culinary performance. Picture yourself being swept into the past where sleek, design-led interiors scream cool, and black-and-white photos of Italian movie stars gaze down at you. It’s intimate; it’s romantic, and yes, there’s an impressive cocktail bar, too. Now, let’s talk about the main act – the food. Chef Niko Romito, a maestro from his three-starred Italian stage, orchestrates a menu that’s a tribute to modern Italian cuisine. Think dishes like lasagne al forno that redefine comfort food with the ultra-rich veal ragu, or smoked potato-stuffed ravioli that’ll have your taste buds doing a double-take. And the Degustazione menu? It’s the culinary equivalent of a standing ovation. In this internationally acclaimed spot, dining is an art, and every dish is a masterpiece. Whether you’re lounging on the terrace or reveling in the indoor elegance, Il Ristorante - Niko Romito is a celebration of Italian finesse. So go on, indulge in the swish Italian life at this Dubai gem, where elegance and authenticity don’t just meet – they fall madly in love.

Bulgari Resort Dubai
+971 (0)4 777 5622
www.bulgarihotels.com

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La Dame de Pic

La Dame de Pic, already a legend in food capitals like England and France, now brings its show-stopping experience to Dubai. Dining here is our preferred way to feel like a VIP – a star with a taste for the finer things. Located in the One&Only One Zabeel at The Link, this place is Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s culinary playground, where she brings her three-Michelin-star magic to the table. Think modern French cuisine with a twist that could only come from the mind of the world’s most decorated female chef. Here, under the soft glow of a sophisticated interior decked out in pastel hues and gold accents, you can expect nothing less than a full-on extravaganza for the senses. Choose your throne, be it a plush chair or a regal banquette, and get ready to nibble into small bites or treat yourself to a multi-course journey that’s both a visual feast and a flavor explosion. So, gather your entourage and make your way to this culinary haven, where every dish is a scene-stealer, and the setting is as glamorous as it gets.

Za'abeel The Link
+971 (0)4 666 1617
www.thelinkdubai.com

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LPM Restaurant & Bar

In most cities, the “most famous restaurant” might not be your first choice for an exceptional dining experience. However, Dubai defies this expectation with LPM Restaurant & Bar. Since its inception, LPM has transformed the landscape of high-end dining in Dubai's competitive DIFC restaurant scene. Even 14 years after its grand opening, this French culinary oasis continues to captivate, consistently standing out in a city teeming with culinary innovations. The menu is a homage to the finesse of French cooking, showcasing exceptional dishes like the luscious burrata imported from France, the exquisite escargot, and a variety of must-try creations that seamlessly blend traditional techniques with contemporary twists. It’s a place where the excellence of French cuisine is celebrated in an ambiance that’s both sophisticated and welcoming, with each dish crafted to be a culinary work of art. More than a decade on, LPM remains the spot to “see and be seen” in Dubai’s high society – and to eat excellent food while you’re at it.

Gate Village No 8 - DIFC
+971 (0)4 439 0505
lpmrestaurants.com/dubai

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Ossiano

Are you ready to take your taste buds on an underwater adventure? Head over to the Michelin-starred Ossiano at Atlantis The Palm, where the dining experience transcends the ordinary, blending a magnificent underwater world with exquisite culinary craftsmanship. With 65,000 fish, including the occasional shark and stingray, elegantly gliding around you, each meal becomes a mesmerizing spectacle. Chef Grégoire Berger is at the helm, crafting a globally-inspired, seasonal menu filled with ocean-themed dishes that tantalize and surprise. The menu changes regularly – a perfect reason to keep coming back. Picture yourself in an ethereal, blue aquarium setting, where every dish unfolds as a showcase of flavors and creativity, ensuring that no two visits are ever the same. 

Atlantis, The Palm
+971 (0)4 426 0770
www.atlantis.com

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Mimi Kakushi

Mimi Kakushi is the sizzling epicenter of Dubai's Japanese dining scene, renowned for its buzz-worthy status, sitting at No. 19 on MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and recognized in the prestigious Michelin Guide. Its glamorous 1920s Osaka-inspired setting, featuring leather booths, a mahogany bar, and a jazz backdrop, sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience. The restaurant offers a contemporary twist on high-quality Japanese cuisine, served by a dynamic and attentive team. The clandestine entrance, chic interior, and lively, fashionable crowd add to an atmosphere that's both vibrant and sophisticated. Highlights of the menu include tender gyoza, flavor-packed robata octopus, and exquisitely butter-soft black cod. Mimi Kakushi, blending style, sophistication, and gastronomic excellence, has become the city's premier destination for a sumptuous yet intimate dining experience

Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort
+971 04 379 4811
mimikakushi.ae

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Moonrise

Ever wondered what it’s like to dine under the stars in Dubai with a Michelin-starred chef serving up a culinary constellation? It’s time to visit Moonrise, the city’s culinary jewel, perched atop Satwa’s Eden House. Here, Dubai-born chef Solemann Haddad is crafting a dining experience that’s as unforgettable as the city’s night sky. This can only be described as a colorful adventure, serving up “Dubai cuisine” with a twist – think Levant staples with a French flair, all served Omakase-style. A set menu is decided by the chef, and you’re just along for the delicious ride. The space itself is intimate and exclusive, with just two dinner sittings per night for a maximum of 12 guests. You’re not just eating here; you’re part of a close-knit gastronomic show, seated around a U-shaped bar, watching the chef and his team work their magic. Moonrise is the kind of experience that makes you want to keep a secret, but you just can’t help but tell everyone. So, whether it’s for a special night, or you just want to taste what the buzz is all about, Moonrise is the spot where Dubai’s culinary dreams take flight.

Eden House, Al Satwa
+971 (0)50 697 2946
www.moon-rise.xyz

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Orfali Bros.

Usually, when a restaurant combines fancy dishes with a trio of chefs at the helm, you're walking straight into an overhyped, style-over-substance situation. But not with Orfali Bros. This venue is a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, and you’re in for a genuine treat. Mediterranean cuisine gets a global handshake at this establishment thanks to the Syrian brothers Mohammad, Wassim, and Omar. Their “Bistronomy” style, blending fine-dining elegance with bistro casualness, sets a new bar for the city’s food scene. It’s the perfect place to impress your friends with dishes like Tuna Salsa Roja, Miso Tahini Salmon, and Arabic Sausage Gyoza Dumplings, all while diving into some show-stopping desserts. Orfali Bros is your go-to for a fusion of Middle Eastern and global flavors, served up by a trio of skilled chefs in an ambiance that’s uniquely Dubai. You can’t go wrong with a combination like that.

Wasl 51 Building D
+971 (0)4 259 2477
orfalibros.com

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STAY by Yannick Alléno

If you’re aiming to dial up the dining drama with a touch of French aesthetic, STAY by Yannick Alléno at the One&Only The Palm is where you should be dropping anchor. Located in Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, this two-Michelin-starred hotspot is all about marrying the sophistication of French cuisine with a contemporary zest. The setting is a breathtaking blend of Andalusian and Moorish architecture, where every corner exudes luxury, and every detail is steeped in opulence. Chef Yannick Alléno’s signature is evident in every dish, with a menu that’s a testament to the "less is more" philosophy – yet each creation is bursting with flavors, textures, and a distinctly modern twist. Think traditional French with a Dubai edge, from the langoustine tart that’s nothing short of a culinary revelation to the ingenious use of local ingredients like camel cheese. The intimate, high-ceilinged dining hall, decked out in a monochromatic palette with touches of burgundy, sets the stage for an unforgettable gastronomic show, with service that’s as impeccable as the cuisine. In a city known for its extravagance, STAY by Yannick Alléno stands out as a haven of French gastronomy, artfully fusing the classic with the contemporary in a setting that’s nothing short of magical.

One&Only The Palm
+971 (0)4 440 1010
www.oneandonlyresorts.com/the-palm

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TakaHisa

TakaHisa, located at Banyan Tree on Bluewaters Island, delivers an exceptional Omakase experience that will surely exceed all expectations. A vision of Sushi Master Chef Takashi Namekata and Wagyu Master Chef Hisao Ueda, TakaHisa is a reflection of the founders’ passion for delivering greatness in every bite. The intimate seating arrangement at TakaHisa, strategically positioned close to the chef and the open kitchen, epitomizes the quiet luxury synonymous with Japanese fine dining. Enhancing this exquisite experience, TakaHisa offers a sophisticated beverage pairing featuring some of the finest sake from Japan, meticulously selected to complement each dish. There are several incredible à la carte options on the menu, but for those who would rather not get overwhelmed with the abundance of choice, it’s best to leave it up to the chef. From the Kobe Beef Katsu Sando and Tuna Carpaccio with Truffle to the very rare Daisen Sea Urchin Nigiri and everything in between, each plate is executed with precision and an admirable understanding of quality ingredients. With highly prized culinary delicacies, the finest seafood from the Toyosu (formerly Tsukiji) fish market, and brilliantly curated tasting menus, TakaHisa confidently positions itself as the best Japanese restaurant in all of Dubai. It just about pulls it off.

Banyan Tree Dubai, Bluewaters Island
+971 (0)4 556 6688
www.banyantree.com

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Trèsind

The inimitable Trèsind Studio elevates fine dining to an art form with Chef Himanshu Saini’s 14-course tasting menu, a masterful blend of India’s rich culinary traditions and innovative gastronomy. The intimate rooftop space, accommodating just 20 guests, ensures a personalized and exclusive dining experience. Special attention is given to the selection of ingredients, with some being specially imported to maintain authenticity, while others are sourced locally to add a fresh, local twist. The chefs skillfully balance these high-quality ingredients, creating dishes that are as visually stunning as they are flavorful. Here, each course is a revelation of flavors meticulously crafted in the open kitchen. The cumin-scented pani puri and ghee-roasted jackfruit are just glimpses of the culinary creativity that justify its two-Michelin-star status. With a focus on exquisite ingredients, balanced spices, and flawless presentation, Trèsind Studio is a testament to the value of fine dining, where every detail reflects an unforgettable journey through India’s diverse and sophisticated cuisine in a luxurious, modern setting.

One&Only Royal Mirage
+971 (0)56 420 9754
tresind.com

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