Ramadan 2019: Savoir Flair’s Complete Guide to the 30 Best Iftars in Dubai

Discover the 30 best iftar offerings in Dubai for Ramadan 2019 – one for each day of the month.

Discover the 30 best iftar offerings in Dubai for Ramadan 2019 – one for each day of the month.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Ramadan kicks off next week, and with it comes an onslaught of iftars that are decadent, unusual, familiar, casual, and quietly sophisticated. Savoir Flair has saved you from the grunt work of researching which ones are the best of the best, even sorting them from price points that won’t hurt your wallet to ones that, plain and simple, will.

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Photo: Courtesy of Rachael Gorjestani

The Daily
For a wholesome iftar that won’t break the bank, head to The Daily restaurant at Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Rove Trade Centre, or Rove Dubai Marina. Not only will you dine on regional salads, delicious starters such as roasted eggplant with feta yogurt, and hearty mains like Moroccan lamb with glazed apricot, but you’ll also get a chance to participate in a random act of kindness. With every iftar purchased, you will receive a free voucher to dine again or pass it on to someone else – be it a friend, a family member, or someone in need.

Price: AED 99 per person
(+971) 4 561 9999

Karak House
Another winning, very affordable option. This beloved Emirati eatery in Downtown Dubai will be serving a four-course menu consisting of classic dishes such as lentil soup, shish taouk, and lamb machboos, but let’s get real. It’s the ‘Rahash Pistachio Basbousa’ – pistachio cake with candy floss, rahash crumble, pistachio ice cream, and pistachio sauce – that we’re most excited about.

Price: AED 109 per person
(+971) 4 551 6852

Why dine on regional fare alone when you can also indulge in Italian mains when you’re at it? Enter: the Italy Meets Arabia iftar buffet, complete with live cooking stations, at Alloro in Wyndham Dubai Marina hotel. 

Price: AED 119 per person
(+971) 4 407 8872

Café Bateel
Taking a detour from the city’s typical lavish buffets is regional favorite Café Bateel. Iftar at this eatery will commence with Bateel’s premium organic dates (naturally) followed by light and healthy dishes that are perfect for sharing – think: ‘Mediterranean Farro Soup’ and ‘Grilled Salmon and Quinoa’. The signature ‘Bateel Date Pudding’ dessert (served with a butterscotch reduction, tangy yogurt ice cream, and carmelized pecan nuts) at this one is not to be missed.

Price: AED 120 per person
800 228335

Ibn AlBahr
Journey to the shores of Lebanon this Ramadan with Ibn AlBahr 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 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
(+971) 4 553 9575

Photo: Courtesy of Ibn AlBahr

Sikka Café
As authentic as it is eclectic, this Emirati restaurant will host a buffet at its City Walk outlet, with the menu changing weekly to offer guests yet another reason to return. Expect to dine on a mélange of local, Indian, and Persian cuisines, embracing flavors that Emiratis have appreciated for over a century – read: ‘Mast-o-Khiar’, ‘Chicken Biryani’, and ‘Katayef Cheesecake’.

Price: AED 128 per person
(+971) 4 385 6524

The best of Parisian and Middle Eastern flavors collide in a specially curated four-course set menu for Ramadan. Offerings such as ‘Traditional Crust Onion Soup’, ‘Kale and Lentil Salad’, and ‘Sea Bass Saffron Risotto’ mean you can eat healthily. But be warned: the pastries, macaroons, and desserts at this tearoom are pretty epic.

Price: AED 139 per person
(+971) 4 429 112

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 cheeseburger, a mini shrimp 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
(+971) 4 514 8838

Situated in the heart of Dubai Media City, Bytes at Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City will serve both Arabian delicacies and international staples accompanied by live cooking stations featuring succulent lamb ouzi and Syrian-style beef kebabs. You’ll end the evening on a sweet note, with the likes of ‘Kunafa Nabulsieh Nameh’ being prepared exclusively for the occasion.

Price: AED 149 per person
(+971) 4 525 7777

Photo: Courtesy of @BurgerAndLobsterDubai

The Majlis
This expansive venue returns to Dubai World Trade Centre, treating diners to a lavish Arabesque setting. DWTC’s award-winning chefs will whip up a dizzying array of Arabic dishes, so if you’re looking to go traditional, this iftar is where it’s at.

Price: AED 165 per person
800 3982

Carving stations for chicken shawarma and lamb ouzi, Western classics like pan-seared salmon and chicken Milanese, and more varieties of hot and cold mezze than you can count – no wonder Accents at InterContinental Dubai Marina makes it onto this list year after year.

Price: AED 165 per person
(+971) 4 446 6654

This new culinary kid at KOA Canvas can do no wrong, so we’re excited by the prospect of breaking our fast here. The candle-lit iftars will feature four sharing-style courses, starting with chilled pea soup and woodfired bread served alongide tarama and bottarga. These will be followed by a refreshing raw sea bream with sweet ginger, flavorful turmeric fried chicken, hearty spiced barbecue lamb neck with creamed cauliflower, and more.

Price: AED 185 per person
(+971) 4 320 1890

Al Khaima
If you’re dining in a big group rife with people of all ages, the traditional buffet at Al Khaima, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa might just be what you’re looking for. Highlights of the mains include chef’s specials ‘Okra Stew’ and ‘Kebbeh B.L Laban’, while desserts like ‘Awamat’ and ‘Halawet El Jibn’ promise a sweet finish. Head there over the weekend, when oud and tabla players will accompany the feast.

Price: AED 190 per person
(+971) 4 316 5550

Photo: Courtesy of Lowe

The Courtyard
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 inspired by the Silk Road, so expect to dine on cuisines from Europe, Asia, and Africa in a contemporary Arabesque lounge and courtyard.

Price: AED 195 per person
(+971) 4 888 3444

Laid-back vibes, expansive views of Burj Khalifa, and the ethereal tunes of live oud music make for the definitive casual iftar at Address Dubai Mall’s poolside restaurant, Cabana. The buffet here will be centered around Mediterranean cuisine.

Price: AED 195 per person
(+971) 4 888 3444

Meydan Ramadan Tent
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.

Price: AED 199 per person
(+971) 4 381 3111

Kitchen Connection
The international iftar buffet at Kitchen Connection in Jumeirah Beach Hotel promises flavors that span the globe – everything from New York-style sourdough pizza to Chinese dim sum – all complemented by accents of Arabic food.

Price: AED 200 per person
(+971) 4 432 3232

Photo: Courtesy of Address Dubai Mall

Godolphin Ramadan Tent
Experience dining that fuses past and present at the elegant Godolphin Ramadan Tent in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, where elements of modern design and traditional style exist in perfect harmony. The star attraction, however, is an authentic Arabic complemented by the pacifying sounds of live oud.

Price: AED 205 per person
(+971) 4 432 3232

Fairuz Ramadan Tent
Traditional food, indulgent desserts, and Ramadan-inspired beverages unite for a grand iftar affair at Fairuz Ramadan Tent in Fairmont The Palm – all complemented by traditional entertainment against a beautiful backdrop of blues and purples.

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

Ramadan Majlis
A plus iftar experience awaits as The Majlis returns to The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. Besides a buffet that will leave you spoilt for choice, it promises diners the timeless hospitality synonymous with the Arabian culture, so you’ll be well taken care of at this one.

Price: AED 219 per person
(+971) 4 372 2628

Al Nafoorah
This popular Lebanese restaurant 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 220 per person
(+971) 4 453 0444

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Photo: Courtesy of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

The Restaurant at Address Boulevard
A delectable buffet featuring live cooking stations, which will serve a myriad of local and global favorites, awaits at The Restaurant at Address Boulevard. Here, you’ll be given a choice of indoor or al fresco (where shisha will be served) spaces, and surrounded by stunning views of Burj Khalifa. Win-Win.

Price: AED 220 per person
(+971) 4 888 3444

Asateer Tent 
Does Asateer Tent even need an introduction? This iconic venue returns to Atlantis, The Palm, where culinary decadence is the name of the game, especially as Ayamna’s head chef is leading the show. As for our favorite extras? Glittering lights, lively entertainment, and a chocolate fountain.

Price: AED 220 per person
(+971) 4 426 0800

A cultural affair awaits at the light and airy setting of Chival, La Va Ville Hotel & Suites. The specially curated feast will be served directly to the table for a family-style sharing experience, with ‘Mujadara’, ‘Iranian Mixed Grill’, and ‘Kashta-Pashmak’ being just some of the dishes to look forward to.

Price: AED 239 per person
(+971) 54 309 5948

La Petite Maison
This is a restaurant we love all year round, and Ramadan is no exception. The holy month will see La Petite Maison serving its signature dishes as part of a Riviera-influenced set menu – think: calamari, grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine, chocolate mousse with malt ice cream, and more.

Price: AED 240 per person
(+971) 4 439 0505

Photo: Courtesy of @LPMRestaurants

It didn’t take long for the recently opened Villamoré at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai to become a favorite among residents and tourists alike, and for good reason. Not only do we love its relaxed beachfront setting, but it also serves some of best Mediterranean food we’ve had in a while. For iftar, you’ll be dining on comforting favorites like corn-fed chicken and seafood stew followed by what Villamoré does best: ‘Ricotta Cannoli’, ‘Orange Almond Cake’, and ‘Vanilla Panna Cotta’ served with macerated strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

Price: AED 250 per person
(+971) 4 248 8890

Part garden, part urban majlis, Ninive has rapidly become one of our favorite eateries in town. For its Ramadan offering, the restaurant at Jumeirah Emirates Towers will serve a choice of two set menus, both serving starters, mains, and desserts that are drawn from the diversity of the Arab world, fused with European cooking techniques, and plated to perfection.

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

Located inside the iconic Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dubai will host its guests at the quietly sophisticated Armani/Ballroom, taking them on an ever-evolving culinary journey as the iftar menu will change daily. As for those spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain? Just the cherry on top.

Price: AED 250 per person
(+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 (not to mention sushi and seafood delicacies for miles) 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
(+971) 4 888 3444

Al Iwan
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 music promises to add charm and warmth to the overall experience.

Price: AED 350 per person
(+971) 4 301 7600

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