The sand in our feet, the wind in our hair.
The wind in our hair, the sand in our feet – there’s nothing quite like dining al fresco on the beach in Dubai. And on a cool January afternoon (or evening), it doesn’t get more idyllic than that. While there are more beachside eateries in Dubai than we can count, our team has scoured the city to bring to you the best ones.
Savoir Flair takes you through the exceptional restaurants that check all the right boxes.
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!
Boasting splendid views of the Marina skyline and pristine white sands, DRIFT Beach is one of the most popular beachfront hotspots in the city. Located at the One & Only Royal Mirage, this place can get really busy on the weekend, so it’s best to make a reservation if you want to dine here. It’s actually really great during the weekdays, too – we recommend getting a water-facing table and enjoying a sunset while eating their outstanding club sandwich and a truffle pizza. A heads up, they have separate menus for the pool bar and the main restaurant.
Eunoia By Carine
Situated in Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai and just opposite the hustle and bustle of La Mer, Eunoia by Carine is another beachside favorite that has us counting down the minutes until we can go back. It’s the sister to Carine in Emirates Hills and yet-another brainchild of one of Dubai’s most beloved chefs, Izu Ani, Eunoia takes us on a Mediterranean culinary journey that delights our taste buds course after unbelievable course. Derived from the Greek word “beautiful thinking,” guests are invited to share everything that comes to the table because it means you get a chance to experience more flavors. And quite frankly, the large portions are simply too big for one person. We are glad we had a vegetarian in our midst, or we might have missed out on one of the best dishes of the meal, the zingy carrot salad, and we certainly wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to try that sea bass carpaccio with a tangy passion fruit dressing again. Another must-order next time you visit is the lobster linguini, followed by the braised beef cheek so tender, you can slice it with a spoon. Of course, if you don’t order the creamy Tres Leches À La Pistache or the delectable Choux à La Crème Au Chocolate Et Noisette then you really haven’t had the whole experience. We thought we were full until we were presented with Heaven on a Plate, and that was the end of that.
If there was an award for the most photogenic restaurant in the city, Koko Bay at West Palm Beach would win it. This seaside eatery is brimming with Bohemian-chic aesthetics, cozy interiors, and welcoming vibes. Spacious and filled with natural light, the venue offers guests a pleasurable dining experience and plenty of stunning backdrops for the ‘gram. Koko Bay’s menu showcases an eclectic mix of South East Asian, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines, with grilled-meat specialities being the mainstays. While the wood-fired robata grills here are stuff of legends, there are also plenty of fresh seafood dishes and fantastic starters to try. We highly recommend the salmon tartare, the Baked Alaskan Black Cod, and the Tropical Taco Pizza from the restaurant’s newly launched menu. If you’re craving for something delicately sweet, the Burnt Basque Cheesecake and Tres Leches Cake will surely deliver that delightful and zesty punch. Add to that, the restaurant is also kid-friendly and dog-friendly, which makes it the idyllic spot to enjoy a day of sunshine, sea breeze, and delicious meals with your favorite companions right by your side.
Myrra by OPA
Picture this: a big table with friends and family, toes in the sand while you eat and laugh, relaxing on a daybed after taking a dip, and chilling the afternoon away. This is Myrra by OPA. Located at Club Vista Mare on the Palm, the Greek/Spanish restaurant plays twists on traditional foods, like a paella made with a thin Greek pasta rather than rice, or a mixed grill worthy of any Middle Eastern table. Beautifully decorated like a Greek island getaway inside, the actual getaway is outside on the terrace and on the beach. You have the option to wiggle your toes in the sand while you eat, or keep your shoes on on the upper deck, but both locations come with sun, breeze, and a beautiful view of the water. But the best part is that the good times don’t stop when the meal ends. Make your way to the beach loungers by the water, where the friendly staff provide fluffy towels. Go for a dip to cool off, sip a soda while you enjoy the view, and spend the rest of your day remembering exactly why you love living in Dubai.
Nikki Beach was designed to be a safe place to celebrate life, and everything owner Jack Penrod’s daughter, Nicole, cherished while she was still alive. Like its namesake, Nikki Beach is soft, carefree, friendly, and beautiful with an emphasis on music, fashion, dining, and art. The adult-friendly property boasts a crystal pool right on the beautiful stretch of white sand beaches on an exclusive peninsula in Dubai. With hints of Miami throughout, Nikki Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant that brings fresh and delicious food poolside for incredible al fresco bites. It’s a great place to enjoy some ceviche and artisan sushi before cooling off in the pool or going for a swim in the wide open sea. The weekends are lively, and the weekdays are chill, so choose your vibe.
Located beachside at the Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah, Sea Fu is a romantic, upscale spot that has quickly become one of our favorite hidden gems in Dubai. It offers a calm but ultra-luxurious beach atmosphere that feels very upscale and inviting and has recently earned recognition in the Michelin Guide. From the hosts and servers to the Sommeliers, all of the staff are incredible at their jobs and make you feel right at home from the second you set foot in the door. We recommend the tasting menu or Sushi Platter, which never disappoints, or trying all of the incredible menu highlights like Haikkado scallop (imported fresh from Japan), smoked Hamachi carpaccio, butter-poached lobster with a hint of teriyaki sweetness, and delicate sirloin (pro tip: even if you typically go with medium, go with medium rare, trust us). Do not skip dessert. The Asian chocolate dessert is simply mindblowing, offering literally every flavor and texture you could want in a dessert. Intimate dining in Dubai doesn’t get better than Sea Fu. This place is special.
If you’re looking to soak up the balmy sea breeze but aren’t keen on the loud music and rowdy atmosphere of typical beach bars, Tamoka at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is the destination you’re looking for. Located far away from the bustling beach clubs, Tamoka brings a more laid-back vibe with its relaxing seaside terrace and effortlessly cool decor. The place doesn’t try too hard to impress, and that’s exactly why it stands out. The menu, crafted by Chef de Cuisine Cesar Bartolini, reflects a deep appreciation for Latin American flavors, featuring dishes like Pulpo Ahumado, Hamachi Ceviche, and the perfectly grilled Langosta that are as authentic as they are delicious. The Ojo de Bife is a solid choice for meat lovers, offering a satisfying blend of flavors. Complementing the food, the bar team at Tamoka whips up some inventive drinks that capture the essence of a Caribbean holiday. And when you’re done eating, walk out the back door to Caña by Tamoka, the restaurant’s outdoor cocktail bar, which is loved for all the same reasons.
We would be remiss if we did not include this one, especially since its greatest draw is, in fact, its unbeatable al fresco dining. Twiggy is situated on the Dubai Creek Harbor, with arguably one of the best views of the entire Dubai skyline. The upstairs patio is chic, modern, and trendy, and boasts a sophisticated atmosphere, fresh breezes, and unbeatable views. However, the pièce de resistance is the lagoon-style pool downstairs, for all the adult guests to enjoy, and firmly cements it as one of our favorite spots for literally any day of the week. One-hundred meters of infinity pool, soft sand on the ‘shore’, and luxurious cabanas mean you don’t need to go all the way to the beach to experience Dubai’s best while dining on the finest cuisine. Opt for the tomato gazpacho or the sea bass carpaccio with black truffle to hit the spot on a sunny day. The linguine with zucchini pesto and pine seeds is also a favorite, as well as the jumbo prawns and the sea bass fillet with truffle fries and sauteed broccolini on the side. Honestly, if we could catch every sunset at Twiggy, we just might.