Ramadan 2018: Savoir Flair’s Complete Guide to the 30 Best Iftars in Dubai

Discover the 30 best iftar offerings in Dubai for Ramadan 2018 – one for each day of the month.

Discover the 30 best iftar offerings in Dubai for Ramadan 2018 – one for each day of the month.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Ramadan kicks off tomorrow, and with it comes the onslaught of iftars decadent, unusual, and casual. This year, leave the homework to us and break your fast at one of the well-researched suggestions that Savoir Flair has compiled below — all sorted from price points that won’t hurt your pocket to ones that, plain and simple, will.

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Photo: Courtesy of @NationTowers

For gourmet Levant cuisine that won’t break the bank, head to Awani at The Beach, JBR. This particular outpost of the Middle Eastern restaurant will serve three wholesome set menus that will rotate throughout the week for an element of variety. Expect to dine on lentil soup followed by a selection of hot and cold mezza such as ‘Chicken Basil Rolls’ and ‘Bomali Salad’. Mains will feature options such as Jordanian staple ‘Mansaf Lahmeh’, a dish of slow-roasted slices of lamb fillet cooked in yogurt sauce and served with herb rice.

Price: AED 100 per person
+971 (4) 424 8082

Café Bateel
Taking a detour from the city’s typical lavish buffets is regional favorite Café Bateel. Iftar at this eatery will (naturally) commence with Bateel’s premium organic dates followed by light and healthy Mediterranean dishes that are perfect for sharing – think: quinoa tabbouleh, arugula salad, beetroot hummus, grilled salmon with quinoa, and mushroom risotto. The dessert at this one is not to be missed: the all-new qahwa ice cream that will be served alongside Bateel’s beloved qahwa and rhutab dates to be enjoyed affogato-style.

Price: AED 120 per person
800 228335

Ibn AlBahr
Journey to the shores of Lebanon this Ramadan with Ibn Al Bahr and its simple menu that guarantees the freshest seafood – “owned by fishermen” is the restaurant’s claim to fame, after all. You’ll start with staples such as lentil soup, hummus, and fattoush before choosing from fish-based dishes like sayyadieh, biryani, or curry. We’ll look forward to dessert tapping our nostalgic side, courtesy of Arabic ice cream with cotton candy.

Price: AED 125 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 553 9575

TWO at Symphony
Calling all shopaholics: this sleek little café housed in luxury fashion store Symphony in Fashion Avenue at The Dubai Mall is brand spanking new, and well worth a visit for iftar, particularly if you’re on a retail spree that needs fueling. The girly set menu here starts with ‘Yellow Lentil Soup’, continues onto the likes of ‘Two Date Garden Salad’ and ‘Baked Feta’, and culminates in mains such as ‘Pink Ravioli’ and ‘Baby Chicken & Magic Sauce’.

Price: AED 129 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 874 8672

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Photo: Courtesy of Demoiselle by Galvin

Demoiselle by Galvin
Based on a sharing concept, the iftar at the chic and contemporary bistro Demoiselle by Galvin will feature a selection of Middle Eastern-inspired courses that reflect the essence of Ramadan in each and every dish. Highlights on the appetizers side include ‘Shrimps Tahina Cocktail’ and ‘Baked Halloumi & Provençale Salsa’, while a veritable feast will be presented to the table with mains like Indian-spiced chicken stew, pave of salmon, and baked rigatoni pasta. You’ll want to leave room for desserts at this one, as each sweet treat has been given a regional twist – we reckon the ‘Rice Pudding & Mango Coulis’ will get your vote.

Price: AED 135 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 590 5076

Contemporary Italian cuisine awaits at GIA, also located at the new Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall. The focus here is fresh ingredients – some imported directly from Italy – so you’re bound to welcome this chic and airy eatery to your iftar bucket list. On the set menu reside appetizers such as crispy artichokes and baked eggplant, while mains include hearty options such as spinach fettuccine, pan-seared Norwegian salmon fillet, and spicy beef salami with buffalo mozzarella.

Price: AED 139 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 234 9986

Burger & Lobster
Whether you’re obsessed with seafood or a bona fide carnivore, this one’s a must-try – and an absolute steal. The individual set menu has brought together all of Burger & Lobster’s biggest hits, so you can simultaneously feast on a classic slider, a mini lobster roll, and even a half pounder of lobster served with fries. But that’s not all. The decadent ‘Tres Leches’ serves as the ultimate sweet finish.

Price: AED 149 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 514 8838

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
An array of Arabic, Moroccan, and Turkish favorites – including harira soup, succulent slow-roasted lamb ouzi with oriental rice, and mixed grill – will unite at A.O.C. All Day Dining restaurant, where the soothing sounds of santoor will enhance the overall iftar ambience. Rounding off this feast will be Middle Eastern desserts such as kunafeh nabulsia, umm ali, mixed baklava, and a crepe cooking station with all the fillings you could possibly want.

Price: AED 150 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 448 4848

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Photo: Courtesy of @QDsDubai

The H Hotel
For iftar in a warm, really relaxed setting, Californian grill house Eat & Meat at The H Hotel gets our vote. Traditional delicacies are infused with modern Arabia to bring a lavish buffet spread. Salads, live cooking stations, succulent meats, and traditional Emirati dishes are on the menu for Ramadan, each prepared in the open kitchen that dominates almost the entire length of the restaurant.

Price: AED 160 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 501 8623

For longtime residents of Dubai, QD’s is a veritable institution for its epic shisha selection and scenic views over the Dubai Creek and skyline. This year, give the daily iftar buffet Ramadan tent a try, especially if you’re planning to take along a big group of friends – you’ll receive a discount for groups of 15 people or more.

Price: AED 165 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 295 6000

InterContinental Dubai Marina
Accents Restaurant & Terrace will play host to the iftar experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina this Ramadan. It features an extensive buffet, against glittering Dubai Marina views with freshly prepared treats from the chefs enjoyed with poignant tunes from an oud player. Amongst the selection will be Arabic fare accented by a wide variety of global specialties such as Thai green curry, Wagyu beef tenderloin, and a pizza station. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be a dessert station with over ten different options to choose from.

Price: AED 165 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 446 6669

The Meydan Hotel
A lavish spread awaits at the air-conditioned Ramadan tent hosted by The Meydan Hotel – Emirati dishes, authentic Egyptian bites, traditional Syrian and Lebanese delicacies, European savory selections, and even Asian specialties are all on offer, as are six interactive cooking stations. Live Arabic tunes, courtesy of a live oud player, will kick the elegant ambience up a notch.

Price: From AED 175 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 381 3111

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Photo: Courtesy of Vida Downtown


Vida Downtown
The Ramadan spread at 3in1 in Vida Downtown promises to offer foodies a delightful gourmet experience, with Middle Eastern favorites served at your table, indoors or al fresco. The specially curated mains menu will rotate every three days and feature the best of what the Mediterranean region has to offer – think: ‘Lamb Kofta’ and ‘Fish Harra’. The spread of desserts offers the best of both worlds, with favorites like panna cotta and crème brûlée being given a regional twist through flavors such as baklava and karak chai. Diners can then move onto the terrace to wrap up iftar with shisha or a beverage – or both.

Price: AED 180 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 428 6888

Society Café & Lounge
A photo of virtually everything at Society Café & Lounge belongs in your Instagram feed and, this Ramadan, the casual eatery is outdoing itself. Traditional Middle Eastern delights with a twist will be complemented by stunning interiors as the greenhouse will be transformed into a peacock-inspired room reminiscent of the vibrant City Palace of Jaipur – just think of it as an incredibly unique update to the traditional Ramadan tent. We’re equally excited about the extensive dessert selection here: the ‘Date and Mandarin Bundt Cake’ and ‘Lemon & Apricot Madeline’ sound particularly appealing.

Price: AED 180 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 222 2811

Fairmont Dubai 
Iftar at Fairmont Dubai will be a celebratory affair this year as the country marks 100 years since the birth of the UAE’s founding father, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan. As a result, the theme is The Year of Zayed Through Five Senses. Guests will commence their journey with the sense of sight at the lobby that features a Swarovski-crystal art exhibition surrounded by water. This will continue with the sense of taste at Cascades that has been transformed into a Ramadan tent. The sense of sound will be satiated through live music, while traditional Arabic fabrics used at the buffet will represent the sense of touch. And to top it all off? Arabic oud-scented cold towels after iftar to cater to the sense of smell.

Price: AED 180 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 311 8316

Manzil Downtown
Manzil Downtown has mastered the art of Arabian hospitality, which is why its Mediterranean restaurant The Courtyard lands a spot on our list. It will be serving a sumptuous buffet of traditional Levantine dishes and cuisine from the greater Middle East region as well as beverages designed specifically for Ramadan in a charming environment decorated with lanterns, crescents, and atmospheric lighting.

Price: AED 195 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 423 8899

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Photo: Courtesy of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Pinch Gourmet
Comfort food wearing a gourmet hat is what Pinch Gourmet does best and, based on our experience last year, it earns a spot on this list. Held on the ground floor at Times Square Center, ‘A Seriously Good Iftar’ will be prepared by a chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, so you can expect traditional Ramadan dishes that have been masterfully reinterpreted and beautifully plated. Win-win.

Price: AED 195 per person
Tel: (+971) 50 100 4860

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
The popular Lebanese restaurant Al Nafoorah in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is packed during Ramadan thanks to its delicious, authentic cuisine and stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline. This is the spot if intimate dining is what you’re after, courtesy of a warm and sophisticated setting created by high ceilings, glowing lanterns, and intricate wooden carvings aplenty.

Price: AED 195 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 453 0444

Raffles Dubai
Enjoy picturesque views of the Raffles Dubai’s botanical garden as you break your fast at Azur in an intimate Arabian setting. Here, you can look forward to Ramadan favorites such as lamb ouzi, manakish, and Arabic mixed grills as well as a designated beverage station serving an array of classic Ramadan juices such as tamarind, qamar al deen, and jallab.

Price: AED 195 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 324 9888

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Iftar here promises to be a treat for body, mind, and soul. You can start by enjoying a complimentary 30-minute guided group walk before iftar – complete with handheld lanterns lighting the way – to recharge positive energy. Once you arrive at Mezzerie Restaurant, you’ll be greeted by live cooking stations, flavorful Middle Eastern fare, international delicacies, a carving station, and a seemingly endless array of desserts.

Price: AED 205 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 818 2222

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Photo: Courtesy of @CovaDubai

Fairmont The Palm
Traditional food, indulgent desserts, and Ramadan-inspired beverages unite for a grand iftar affair at Fairuz Ramadan Tent at Fairmont The Palm – all complemented by traditional entertainment (a dedicated oud player on weekdays, eccentric tannoura dancers on weekends) and the air-conditioned Arabian Courtyard that will be transformed into a relaxed lounge area offering shisha.

Price: AED 215 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 457 3457

Address Dubai Marina
Break your fast this Ramadan with a delicious selection of local, regional, and family favorites in the Constellation Ballroom of Address Dubai Marina as you enjoy live entertainment and incredible views of the harbor throughout the evening. There will also a Ramadan tent located on the terrace adjacent to the Constellation Ballroom offering guests access to the iftar buffet alongside shisha.

Price: AED 220 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 436 7777

Iftar at a beloved Milanese pasticceria makes for a wonderful change of pace. Enter: Cova and its five-course menu brimming with seasonal fare for Ramadan. Expect to dine on the inventive likes of king crab cake with spicy tomato brunoise and spaghetti with fresh date-tomato sauce and basil. To conclude the meal, you’ll (naturally) enjoy what Cova does best: pastries, pastries, and more pastries.

Price: AED 225 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 367 5558

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
A brand new iftar experience awaits at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai as the Loulou’a ballroom has been converted into Ottoman-styled Amaseena Majlis. The meticulously designed interiors have taken inspiration from the seafaring heritage of the region, along with the resort’s location on the Arabian Gulf, so expect a beautiful color palette of blue, green, sand, and white. The food promises to be even more spectacular; inventive fusions such as mandi-cooked salmon and traditional favorites flavored with hand-roasted spices alongside Peruvian and Italian delicacies are on the menu.

Price: AED 225 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 399 4000

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Photo: Courtesy of Ninive

Part garden, part urban majlis, Ninive has rapidly become one of our favorite eateries in town. For its first ever Ramadan offering, the restaurant at Jumeirah Emirates Towers will serve starters, mains, and desserts that are drawn from the diversity of the Arab world, fused with European cooking techniques, plated to perfection, and served at the table. The relaxed atmosphere will include live entertainment and laid-back games such as backgammon.

Price: AED 250 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 326 6105

One&Only The Palm
Sheer elegance reigns supreme at ZEST, where a sumptuous buffet of Middle Eastern and international dishes will be rounded off by traditional local sweets and a live oud performance. If you want to linger – and you probably will – the outdoor terrace lounge will serve a broad range of shisha flavors complemented by Moroccan tea and Arabic desserts.

Price: AED 250 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 440 1030

Armani Hotel Dubai
Located inside the iconic Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dubai will host its guests at the Armani/Ballroom, taking them on a unique culinary journey as they discover sharing-style iftar experiences at each one of its five award-winning restaurants: Armani/Amal, Armani/Deli, Armani/Hashi, Armani/Mediterraneo, and Armani/Ristorante. You’ll break your fast the traditional way before moving on to a selection of multi-course menus designed to unite diners with a wealth of taste sensations at the same table. As for those spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain? Just the cherry on top.

Price: AED 250 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 888 3666

Palace Downtown
A firm Savoir Flair favorite year after year, Ewaan Ramadan Tent
located in the luxurious Palace Downtown – offers a delectable iftar buffet rife with traditional Arabic and international dishes (such as fried baby marrow with yogurt tahini, roasted quail with sumac, and a tender chicken tagine) served within a recreation of a traditional tent. It extends from the terrace into the gardens, giving you a few hours of much-needed serenity.

Price: AED 255 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 888 3444

Bab Al Shams
The soaring temperatures during Ramadan will soon be forgotten as
beloved outdoor restaurant Al Hadheerah transforms to a luxurious, fully air-conditioned tent at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. As always, an extensive program of entertainment (including a full-fledged camel and horse caravan show) will complement the veritable feast synonymous with this venue – over nine live cooking stations and delicacies from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Iran, and even Turkey await.

Price: From AED 265 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 809 6194

Burj Al Arab
Inject some altitude into your iftar with the decadent Arabic buffet at Al Iwan, the heart of the world’s tallest atrium. Translating to “The Royal Hall”, the restaurant offers a view of Burj Al Arab’s spectacular interior architecture. Live kanoon and challou performances promise to add charm and warmth to the overall experience.

Price: AED 295 per person
Tel: (+971) 4 301 7600

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