After a brief hiatus, Dubai brunches are finally back, marking the return of a staple on the Dubai social scene. And we don’t mean the boozy brunches — we mean the Friday afternoons spent enjoying delicious food in a gorgeous environment, an elegant ambience, and an overall memorable experience of a weekend well-spent with good friends.
The Savoir Flair editors have tried and tasted every brunch we could find around town to bring you the best brunches in Dubai. Don’t take our word for it. Try them out yourself. After all, have you really been to Dubai if you haven’t experienced a Friday brunch?
Be sure to check back. You can bet if we find another great one, we will add it to this list.
The Portuguese restaurant Tasca – by acclaimed Portuguese chef, José Avillez – that sits in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira boasts one of the most beautiful pools and views in Dubai, overlooking the expanse of the Gulf.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing Portuguese food, then Tasca is the place to start. The flavors of the small but mighty country on the Iberian peninsula can often be overlooked by its big brother, Spain. Yet, what it lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in culture, soul, and delicious cuisine. Rich with aroma, creativity, and taste, Tasca’s brunch comes with all of our favorite traditional dishes and petiscos. From the grilled veal chorizo, to the delicacies of the sea like the scarlet shrimp and the clams, to the sweetest pastel de nata, you will eat everything on your plate and wish you had four more stomachs to try it all again.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira
Price: Soft AED350 / House AED450
+971 (0)4 777 2231
The recently opened CLAP Dubai comes to us by way of Beirut, and has the honor of being the first rooftop restaurant, bar, and lounge in DIFC. Leaning into its roots, the entry is graced with a chandelier made of anime toys, each table comes equipped with its very own mascot, and the bar is topped with a rotating beltway of figurines.
It’s at Friday brunch that the place really comes alive, thanks to spectacular music, which alternates between DJ Frederick Stone’s sets that spin funk and soul grooves, and a live set fronted by talented Emirati singer/songwriter Hamdan Al Abri. This sets the stage for an enchanting atmosphere, complemented by impeccable service, endless drinks, refreshing light bites and salads, straight-from-the-ocean sushi and sashimi, and your choice of a savory meat platter or seafood platter. We opted for the meat platter, and were rewarded with sticky-sweet lamb chops, melt-in-your-mouth mignon, and addictively delicious koftas. Dessert was an array of fresh exotic fruits, mochi, lime tarts, and the star of the day: miso banana. Not a bite was left behind.
Gate Village Building 11, Level 9, DIFC
Premium AED 749 / House 649 / Soft 549
+971 (0)4 569 3820
Book early in the week for this ever-popular brunch opportunity, surrounded by a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, with sumptuous courses and upbeat live entertainment. The brunch offer at Hotel Cartagena is all-inclusive, and designed for indulgence. The first course includes savory ‘Smoked BBQ Beef Tacos’, and crispy ‘Mushroom Truffle & Cheese Empanadas’, followed by a fresh and flavorful course of ceviche, ‘Caribbean Shrimp Salad’, and sushi rolls.
These light bites are all tempting and delicious, but be sure to save room for the mains, because menu items like ‘Parrillada de Carne’ and ‘Lobster Tallarin Saltado’ will steal the show. To take your mind off of how full you are, live dancers and drummers will keep the tropical distraction going. If you’re already careening towards a popped trouser button, slow it down so you can savor dessert, which is represented on a towering cage with each level holding incredible confections like key lime pie and mouthwatering churros.
JW Marriott Hotel, Business Bay
Price: Soft AED295 / House AED395
+971 (0)4 560 1799
Cé La Vi
Located in the Address Sky View hotel, Cé La Vi‘s ‘Brunch on 54’ offers a phenomenal view of Downtown Dubai where you can enjoy a sumptuous four-course brunch with the Burj Khalifa on the side – literally. We kicked off the experience with a cold platter of Irish ‘Kelly’ oysters and the restaurant’s signature seaweed parker rolls served with European butter, date honey, hummus, and Korean chili oil, but the succulent veal ribs braised in Romesco sauce are what left a lasting impression on our taste buds.
Our inner glutton gleefully enjoyed the campanelle with lamb ragu and the Wagyu steak dressed in Kalbi marinade, all the while insisting that we reach for more. So we did. The dessert platter consisting of a chocolate pot de crème, a strawberry tart, a mango sorbet, a diamond sable, and a chocolate brownie was as indulgent as it gets. Pro tip: don’t forget to click a gram-breaking photo on Cé La Vi’s insta-famous red and gold swing set with the BK twinkling in the background.
Address Skyview Hotel, Tower 2, Level 54
Price: Soft AED390 / House AED490 / Champagne AED690
+971 (0)4 582 6111
Cé La Vi
Nestled in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort in Jumeirah, Sho Cho is quite a hidden gem. With its tranquil beachfront setting, Sho Cho offers a serious break from the otherwise bustling city of Dubai. This beautiful Japanese lounge is the perfect spot for those who are looking for a day of sun, sea, sand, music, and some seriously lip-smacking food.
A sushi lover’s heaven, Sho Cho’s brunch menu featuring a plethora of Japanese bites. Before you dig into the maki rolls platter, don’t forget to taste the edamame, prawn spring rolls, mushroom gyozas, and the shrimp with creamy chili. The taco platter – yes, you read that right – with salmon, beef, and even mushroom tacos will definitely leave you reaching for more, but the fun hardly ends there. The brunch is open from 11am to 7pm, which means you have time to literally do it all: dip in the sea, play a game of beach volleyball with your friends, read a book, or simply enjoy the tunes as you lounge on a sunbed with a popsicle.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah
+971 (0)4 346 1111
Al Forsan Garden
For a brunch that is just as much a treat for the kids as it is for the adults, head out to Al Forsan Garden for their ‘Pool Day/Brunch Day’. Not only do you have access to the multiple pools of Bab Al Shams – and a refreshing cold rain shower during the summer months – with the ever-shifting sands as your view for miles and miles, but you also have access to a feast of mouth-watering delights. Think succulent prime cuts, an exorbitant variety of seafood, mixed grills, pizza – it’s literally the best of all worlds. You can certainly spend the day there and the time will fly by, so plan accordingly.
Bab Al Shams
Price: Adult AED 00 / 6-12 yrs AED200 / Under 6 Free
+971 (0)4 809 6213
Weekend brunches in Dubai come in a plethora of options, but if top quality food in a laid-back yet sophisticated setting is high on your list, then the ‘Friday British Roast’ at Nassau, by chef Silvena Rowe, is the place to be. Relaxing at the breezy greenery of the Jumeirah Golf Estates isn’t a bad way to spend a Friday morning, and from the starters and mains to dessert, the food here is top-notch.
We were treated with a selection of fresh salads – broccolini and almond, beetroot and goat cheese, and an unmissable shrimp cocktail, but when it came to the main course, it was a showstopper. The roast menu included a wide selection of grass-fed meats such as beef rib eye, leg of lamb, pork belly, and whole chicken. Unable to decide which dish to go for, we gave in and tried a helping of everything. Complementing the mains were a variety of sides like cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, roasted vegetables, sauces, and gravy, and basically everything you’d find at Mom’s house for a Sunday Roast. We didn’t think it possible, but once we took a look at the lemon meringue tarts, red velvet cake, pecan banana toffee, apple crumble, peanut butter brownies, and the indulgent Silvena’s cheesecake, we managed to find a little more room for dessert. Good thing it was a cheat day. There wasn’t a morsel left on our plates.
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Golf & Country Club
+971 (0)4 586 7777
Did someone say roast duck? Yes. Yes, they did indeed. Treat yourself to Hutong‘s free-flowing ‘Dim Sum Brunch’ and you can thank us later. The menu includes all the greats: spiced beef xiao long bao, wild mushroom and truffle bao, sichuan spiced pepper bao – okay, we might have a thing for baos.
But there are also the cumin scallops with squid and shrimp, suan cai yu crispy dumplings, black diamond (a deep-fried charcoal tofu that is to die for), fresh hammour, and lots of other little tastes of China that will make you seriously crave the reopening of borders. But it was the roasted peking duck with pancakes that took us right back to our first trip to Beijing, and honestly, we have been dreaming of that duck ever since. Its supplemental to the base price, but it was worth it. The atmosphere is lively yet sophisticated, and the food was not only never-ending, it was delicious. This spot is a must-try for any foodie looking for an incredible brunch experience.
DIFC, Gate Building 6, Ground Floor
Price: Soft AED298 / House AED398 / Champagne AED648
+971 (0)4 220 0868
Buddha Bar‘s ‘7th Heaven Brunch’ lives up to its name. With endless rounds of delectable Pan-Asian food, stunning Asian-themed interiors overlooking the Marina promenade, and a vibrant atmosphere courtesy of the live entertainment, Buddha Bar’s brunch is an unforgettable experience. The mouthwatering menu is split into four courses of sharing platters, allowing you to enjoy a variety of the house specialties.
While the tempura prawn maki rolls, the sashimi selection, and the signature chicken salad are not to be missed out on, the highlights of the heavenly brunch menu would have to be the lobster dumplings with creamy chili crab sauce, the succulent wok-fried Australian beef tenderloin with Szechuan sauce, and the Thai green curry. Sway to the tunes as you make your way through the exquisite platters, while the energy of the brunch only keeps rising with every passing hour. Finally, keep some room for the dessert platter – which includes ice cream cones, chocolate cake, a mango pudding, and fresh fruits – because it’s simply divine. Buddha Bar also offers a specially curated vegetarian and vegan brunch menu.
Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina
Price: Soft AED450 / House AED550 / All-inclusive AED625
+971 (0)4 317 6000
Unlike most brunch venues that try to offer as much choice as possible, Roberto’s has only one focus: modern Italian cuisine. Brightening up DIFC weekends, this stylish restaurant invites Dubai’s most discerning diners to an upscale culinary experience. The three-course brunch is served á la carte and complemented by a well-crafted selection of beverages. The menu starts with a variety of hot and cold salads such as tuna tartare, classic burrata, lobster fettuccine, black truffle risotto, and grilled octopus. It continues with a choice of main dish — the wagyu tagliata and grilled sea bass are heavy favorites — and concludes with a sumptuous dessert spread of tiramisu, le mela, and lemon e lemon. By elevating the dining experience and using only the finest ingredients, Roberto’s has truly raised the bar for weekend brunches, recreating the quintessentially Dubai tradition with an artistic and sophisticated vision.
Gate Village, DIFC
Price: Soft AED 295 / House AED 445 / Sparkling AED 695
+971 (0)4 386 0066
Looking for a family-friendly brunch with a wide selection of dishes and a side of entertainment? Then the ‘Into the Jungle’ brunch at Giardino in Palazzo Versace is the place for you. Sticking to the familiar buffet layout, guests are welcomed with an assortment of starters, mezze, and Asian stir-fries. At the opposite end, you’ll find a fresh seafood spread filled with an array of oysters and shellfish, sushi and sashimi, and some of the most succulent lobster tails we’ve ever tasted. The live cooking station, which includes a carvery of the juiciest grilled meats, is unsurprisingly the most popular section, offering enormous slabs of lamb and beef steaks made to order. Children of all ages are catered to in the Kid’s Corner, with light bites such as sliders, fried chicken, pasta, and a sinfully delicious selection of sweet treats that the adults can partake in as well. To keep them busy, kids are invited to participate in pizza-making and cupcake-decorating classes, while parents take a well-deserved break.
Throughout the day, (very) realistic mascots dressed as giraffes, a gorilla, and Groot roam between the tables, followed by a special performance by Magic Phil. Other activities include face painting, flower planting, and special access to Palazzo Versace’s five-star facilities and swimming pool. The service at Giardino is superb. Hosts were very attentive, friendly, and always responsive to the guests’ needs. Expect an upbeat, lively, and energetic atmosphere. Okay, so that was a euphemism of “expect hordes of excited children on a sugar-high happily running around” – and that’s really what ‘Into the Jungle’ brunch is all about.
Palazzo Versace, Jaddaf Waterfront
Price: Soft AED299 / House AED385 / Sparkling AED499 / French Bubbly AED699 / Teenagers AED299 / Kids AED150 / Toddlers free
+971 (0)50 836 1513
The Burj Club
Impressively located in the tallest building in the world, The Burj Club brunch features live salad and barbecue stations, an incredible infinity pool, and unbeatable views of downtown Dubai. With a delectable selection of salads and barbecued meat, poultry, seafood, and veggies, the brunch at The Burj Club offers a guilt-free feast for the calorie counters.
Dig into the sumptuous menu with a refreshing round of greens, or pick your favorite appetizer from mouthwatering options like cheesy baked potatoes. (Pro tip: do not miss out on the Caesar salad.) Keep ample room for the main as the wide variety of grilled meats and fish will have you reaching for more. Finish the brunch with a fresh fruit platter or scoops of ice cream to beat the heat. While we couldn’t get enough of the delicious coconut ice cream, the menu offers other tastebud-tingling flavors like lemon sorbet, and of course, the classic chocolate and vanilla, among others.
With the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains as the backdrop, the pocket-friendly brunch at The Burj Club is an excellent excuse for a mini photoshoot for the ‘Gram. Got little ones? They are welcome too.
The Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
Price: Soft AED195 / House AED 95 / Kids AED110 / Toddlers free
+971 (0)50 836 1513
The Burj Club
If you’re in a poolside lounging mood with a craving for a little bit of everything kind of food, then the poolside brunch at The Restaurant at the Address Sky View is your go to spot. An adults only brunch, you can start you day by taking a refreshing dip in the pool while listening to some amazing music. Once you’ve worked up an appetite by the pool, you can chill out in their Glass Garden (an air conditioned indoor-outdoor space) and really start indulging. Although, we do recommend you skip breakfast before coming here because there’s a lot of food!
First up, are the cold starters – fresh oysters, a mixed seafood salad with octopus, sea bass and salmon ceviche, maki rolls, and nachos with fresh salsa and guacamole. If you can get past those, then make room for the melt-in -your-mouth beef short-rib bao buns that follow. The four mains then arrive in the cutest bento box – and despite not having room for them, we couldn’t stop ourselves from eating the jacket potato, grilled lamb chop, and the slider with a Wagyu beef patty. This isn’t all, to finish your meal you’re treated to yet another bento box filled with four desserts and and additional chocolate fondant on the side. The coconut ice-cream was outstanding and the tartiness of the fresh mango added just the right touch. The desserts not only taste good, but look good too – the frozen apricot pavlova comes in the shape of the flower!
Lobby Level, Address Sky View Hotel
Price: Soft AED295 / House AED395 – Poolside access included
+971 (4) 873 8888
Have you ever been to a riotous fiesta in a small town in Mexico? Neither have we, but we’re guessing that the Friday brunch at Meshico on The Pointe comes pretty close. Pro tip: approach this brunch with a hearty appetite and a wicked sense of humor.
A mariachi band kicked off the experience, which was quickly accompanied by a generous spread of zesty fish and octopus ceviche, fresh guacamole, and refreshing drinks, with a kick of habañero chilis, coriander, and jalapeño. Mere minutes later, a new set of musicians performed alongside beautiful dancers in colorful frocks. As if on cue, our server reappeared with a flaming torch and started preparing the cheese fondue, which came with freshly baked soft tortillas and a side of roasted cauliflower. By the time the mains arrived, the party – both inside the restaurant and inside our bellies – was just reaching its peak. Everything at this point had become a colorful chaotic blur, but we managed to work our way through each dish, eager for more.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an authentic Mexican party without tacos and a funny uncle dishing out hilarious jokes. As we munched on the delicious selections of beef, fish, avocado, and shrimp tacos, a comedian dressed up as an inebriated cowboy roamed from table to table, playing pranks on unsuspecting diners. We fell for it every single time. As the afternoon progressed, the energy only kept building until it burst in the form of a spontaneous line dance by the diners. It was a beautiful sight to behold – friends, family, and strangers alike, all lined up, shimmying to Latin beats, waiting for their turn. For what? We won’t spoil it – you have to see it for yourself. A platter of mouth-watering churros and mini cakes were the sweet finale, and they were all burned off soon enough on the dance floor.
Palm Jumeirah, The Pointe
Price: Soft AED 220 / House AED 250 / Sparkling AED 300
+971 (04) 514 4512
Stepping into Ewaan at the Palace Downtown is like leaving the real world behind and entering a regal Middle Eastern fantasy world. At the entrance, you’re welcomed with traditional Middle Eastern furniture on both sides, a high ceiling decorated with colored-glass lamps, and arched walls. The palatial interiors of the restaurant feature wooden trellises, opulent drapes, and a lavish brunch spread offering a generous spread of Arabic and Oriental specialties, particularly seafood.
The indulgent cold mezze, which includes everything from lobsters, clams, shrimps, and oysters to a delicious sushi platter, may tempt you to fill up right away, our suggestion would be to keep some space for the delectable hot mezzes as well as the main event. The succulent meat and seafood mains are a must-try, especially the lamb ribs and the grilled lobster. Did we mention that Ewaan’s Friday brunch is literally a dessert lover’s heaven? With one too many choices of desserts – which include mini tarts, pastries, ice creams, and even a live crepe station – we’re sure you’ll have to make some extra space in your tummy to try them all.
Price: Soft AED 345 / House AED 445
+971 (04) 428 7961