Trying to plan a date night out with your husband? With new restaurants popping up in Dubai at lightning speed, chasing after the newest “It” place to eat in this emirate can be a full-time job. As such, we’ve traversed the town to find the ten best new restaurants for your next romantic meal in Dubai, from casual spots to more formal affairs.
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Perfect for: Mediterranean flavors in a sleek setting.
Look no further than Boca for delicious Spanish-, Italian-, and French-inspired tapas in the heart of DIFC. This is the perfect spot to share plates of chickpea-and-olive pancakes, black rice and seared scallops, and mini beef burgers with that special someone in a fashionable setting. Tel: (+971) 4 323 1833 www.Boca.ae
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Perfect for: Those couples who want to see and be seen.
The emirate’s restaurant du jour. The Dubai branch of the Michelin-starred London Peruvian restaurant is making quite the stir. Book a table (way in advance) at Coya this weekend for the Incan-inspired interiors, signature ceviches, and glamorous crowd. Read more about Coya here. Tel: (+971) 4 316 9600
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Catch Perfect for: Delicious seafood and a buzzy atmosphere.
When rumor spread that the contemporary American seafood restaurant was opening in Dubai’s FairmontHotel, we got our forks ready. With star dishes like crispy whole red snapper for two, lobster mac and cheese, and s’mores pizza on the menu, this is a place where everything from the food to the soundtrack (90s tunes anyone?) to the service is excellent. Tel: (+971) 4 357 1755 www.Fairmont.com/Dubai/
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Perfect for: A charming evening by the Madinat Jumeirah canal.
We recently selected Frioul as the scene for our #TheSFItList dinner, so it’s no secret that this French bistro is one of Savoir Flair’s favorites. From the all-white interiors and fairy lights that conjure up images of the South of France to the French fine-casual menu (think: Bouillabaisse and wild sea bass), this is a hidden gem that’s an ideal spot for a romantic meal for two. Tel: (+971) 4 567 0011 www.FrioulBistroDeLuxe.com
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Perfect for: A casual, yet chic, atmosphere.
If you’re craving reasonably priced Japanese, look no further than the newly opened Atisuto in Galleria Mall. This place has fashionable art-inspired interiors reminiscent of back-alley sushi restaurants found in Japan’s big cities and a top-notch sushi counter – especially for the price. Be sure to try the wagyu beef teriyaki and salmon robatayaki. Tel: (+971) 4 343 6303 www.Atisuto.ae
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La Cantine du Faubourg
Perfect for: An artsy ambiance and generous portions.
This Parisian concept boasts an impressive terrace, eclectic art-infused accents, and an overall vibe that feels catered to VIPs – minus the usual Dubai fine-dining stuffiness. Don’t miss out on the restaurant’s signature Eton Mess for dessert, which is gigantic and perfect for sharing with your better half. Tel: (+971) 4 352 7105 www.LaCantine.ae
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Perfect for: Fancy Asian food in the hustle and bustle of the Dubai Marina.
Spread across two floors of The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, China Grill offers a swanky take on Asian cuisine in a lounge-like atmosphere. The dimly lit restaurant serves up dishes like crab dumplings, crackling calamari salad, and papaya-marinated ribeye to a soundtrack of rhythmic dance tunes. Tel: (+971) 4 511 7333 www.ChinaGrillRestaurant.com/Dubai
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Perfect for: An authentic slice of upscale Chinese.
This contemporary Chinese restaurant, located at The Atlantis, is worth the drive out to The Palm. And that’s saying a lot. Dishes like the braised sweet corn soup with Alaskan king crab meat, the Boston lobster with pineapple and chili sauce, and the mouthwatering chocolate, salted caramel, and honey ice cream dish make Yuan a restaurant that is not to be missed. Tel: (+971) 4 426 2626 www.AtlantisThePalm.com/Restaurants
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Tre Perfect for: Great views of Dubai’s top landmarks, plus after-dinner drinks.
A date in Dubai should involve a great view of the city, if at all possible. The recently opened Tre, located on the 49th, 50th, and 51st floors of the Radisson Royal Hotel, boasts a restaurant, a bar, and a cigar lounge, and is perfect for guests who like their Italian food with a side of skyscraper. Tel: (+971) 4 404 7700
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Tribeca Kitchen & Bar
Perfect for: A healthy menu in a relaxed setting.
Tribeca Kitchen & Bar pays tribute to the Manhattan neighborhood after which it is named through its industrial-style interiors and New York-centric artwork. The menu focuses on organic produce, with dishes like the quinoa salad with beetroot, cucumber, goat cheese, and pine nuts and the humanely sourced salmon fillet cooked in organic virgin olive oil. Tel: (+971 50 345 6067) www.Tribeca.ae