Views. We aren’t short of them. Stellar plates. Ditto.
Marry the two together and you get an idea of why Dubai is such a global destination for foodies.
Here are 20 of the best restaurants with a view in Dubai.
99 Sushi Bar
Enjoy top-notch Japanese fare, including nigiri, tuna specialities and sushi, all while admiring the iconic views of the Burj Khalifa from none other than eponymous hotel The Address Downtown.
Open Sat-Thu noon-3.30pm and 7pm-11.30pm, Fri 1pm-4pm and 7pm-11.30pm. The Address Downtown Burj Dubai (04 547 2241).
Armani / Hashi
This idyllic gem boasts an incredible panoramic terrace setting overlooking the epic Downtown Dubai skyline and The Dubai Fountain. Not to mention their produce is flown in daily from around the world, and complemented by a selection of specialty beverages for a culinary occasion that is guaranteed to delight all the senses.
Open Tue-Sun 6.30pm-11.30pm. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3666).
Armani / Ristorante
Feel like you’re in the midst of Italy as you witness the natural passion for the finest ingredients, exquisite flavour combinations and contemporary presentation emerge together with panoramic views that allow for a truly exclusive environment that is guaranteed to excite the palate.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm and 6pm-11pm. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3666).
Looking for something a bit different? Set your sights on this culinary gem that plays homage to the heritage of Argentina, reflecting the quaint and charming feel of a South American country farmhouse. Highlights in the heights of Downtown Dubai include the culinary offering of ‘Parrilla’; the open grill over which age-old traditional dishes are prepared.
Open Mon-Sat 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown (04 428 7961).
Enjoy full bragging rights when you dine on Level 122 of the world’s tallest building. That’s right, you can enjoy fine dining at the helm of The Burj Khalfi 442m from the ground. Breathtaking views are wholeheartedly guaranteed as well as an unforgettable culinary experience.
Open daily 7am-12.30pm, 1pm-5pm and 5.30pm-1.30am. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).
Sashay down to Al Habtoor City and overwhelm your senses with awe-inspiring view of Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Business Bay, and the majestic Burj Al Arab while enjoying premium handcrafted Mediterranean dishes. Looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset? Babiole offers up sweet views that you need to see to believe.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Al Habtoor City (056 515 4665).
Basanti & Co
Soak up the views as you soak up the array of authentic Indian Awadhi fare. Fresh ingredients and honest food is at the very core of Basanti & Co’s offerings and is an absolute must-visit, particularly if you’ve a penchant for top vistas while you dine.
Open daily noon-midnight. Bluewaters Dubai (04 557 6947).
Dine in style with glittering views of Dubai’s skyline, including the Burj Khalifa. Carefully crafted and beautifully presented by expert Thai Chef de Cuisine Wichit Panyo and his team, the delish cuisine finds a tasty harmony and balance between the five flavours of sweet, spicy, sour, salty and creamy by using fresh ingredients. Bring your appetite.
Open Sat-Thu noon-3pm and 7pm-11.30pm, Fri 12.30pm-4pm and 7pm-11.30pm. Dusit Thani Dubai (04 343 4515).
Bull & Bear
Inspiration finds you at every turn in Waldorf Astoria’s brilliant signature restaurant, which interestingly offers up a twist on the legendary eatery originally located in Waldorf Astoria New York. Diners can enjoy exquisite cuisine in a stylish, relaxed setting or embrace an alfresco ambiance on the terrace while indulging in an exquisite breakfast.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight, Sat 7am-11.30am, 1pm-4pm and 6.30pm-midnight. Waldorf Astoria, DIFC (04 515 9888).
Located at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, Chuan restaurant is surrounded by the sea on three sides; water is rich in Chinese symbolism, you know. Take advantage of not only the beautiful views, but the long-standing Chinese cuisine and the aesthetic charm that allows for a truly enchanting culinary experience. Date night goals.
Open Sun-Thu 4.30pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-midnight. The Pointe Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 564 3888).
Crab Market Restaurant & Lounge
Bring your nearest-and-dearest to this beauty that boasts immaculate interior design with a trendy ambiance in a nautical setting against a backdrop of Dubai’s financial district and the iconic Burj Khalifa. Highlights include an ice market where guests can select their fresh seafood. Definitely the ‘plaice’ to be.
Open daily noon-midnight. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 646 5525).
Offering an informal take on modern dining, this culinary hub is set within the prime location of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Whatever the occasion you can enjoy an intimate dining area and open kitchen, alongside two outdoor terrace bars, both featuring stunning views over the Madinat waterways.
Open Sun-Mon 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 1pm-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 430 8535).
Welcome to the concrete jungle that has cemented itself as a culinary delight with its irresistible array of impeccable Asian, Caribbean and Latin American dishes. Located on the second floor of Pier 7, Mama Zonia boasts a relaxed tropical atmosphere, while making the most of the serene and glittering views of Dubai Marina’s skyline and the canal.
Open Sat-Mon, Wed noon-1am, Tue, Thu noon-2am, Fri 6pm-2am. Dubai Marina (04 240 4747).
Feast your eyes on this panoramic beauty that has been brought to you by acclaimed Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton. Enjoy views of the waterfront, which overlook the buzzing Dubai Marina, and experience creativity, conversation, class and comfort within a relaxed, social atmosphere.
Open Sun-Mon 6pm-10.45pm, Fri 1pm-4pm and 7pm-10.45pm, Sat 1pm-10.45pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 444 6664).
Mint Leaf of London
With mesmerising views of Downtown Dubai, with Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at the forefront, you can enjoy the offerings of this truly elegant restaurant, bar and lounge with a sweeping backdrop. The experience is elevated with dark slate and henna-inspired carved wood interiors to further add to its aesthetic charm.
Open Thu, Fri and Mon noon-2am, Tue, Wed, Sat and Sun noon-1am. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
Observatory Bar & Grill
Enjoy an elevated dining experience with one of the best 360-panoramic views you can find. The Observatory does not disappoint with its enchanting flair of a vibrant bar and its exciting restaurant with exceptional service, great food and moreish beverages.
Open Sat-Thu noon-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-midnight. Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
A stone’s throw away from the Dubai Fountain, this India delight is located in the prestigious Souk Al Bahar, and named after the princely state in Punjab. Guests can enjoy a relaxed-yet-sophisticated ambience, set amid stylish interiors that adds an additional sensorial experience to the delicious dishes served here.
Open daily 12.30pm-11.30pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 451 9151).
Not only is this gastronomic beauty located high on the 68th floor, it also offers up panoramic views of Dubai’s breathtaking skyline. Renowned for using only the finest heritage breed beef from farms around the globe, it’s no wonder that people flock here. Whatever your palate, you can choose from a pantheon of fine dishes that have been carefully selected for their artisanal produce.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri 1pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (04 414 3000).
The London Project
This place is all heart from the moment you step into its enchanting grasp. From diversified dishes, muddled drinks and awe-inspiring views, it’s no wonder the quintessential British charm keeps drawing you back for more. You and your friends can thank us later for this recommendation…
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-1am. Bluewaters Dubai (054 306 1822).
The name itself translates to ‘Magic at the water’, which is testament to the spectacular views that this premise boasts of The Dubai Fountain at Burj Lake. We recommend joining after dark when you’ll witness this contemporary al fresco waterfront restaurant transform into a truly magical setting.
Open Sat-Thu 6am-11.30pm, Fri 12.30pm-4pm and 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown (04 428 7961).