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Our Favorite Restaurants in Dubai

May-3-2012 By Lindsey

After a recent visit to Dubai we have updated our list of favorite restaurants in order to provide the most up-to-date information possible! We dined all over Dubai once again sampling the best the city has to offer. We’ve narrowed down our list and below are our favorite restaurants in Dubai. Most of these restaurants require reservations in advance. Linara Travel is happy to make the reservations for you. Contact us for menus and more information. We will soon come out with a separate list of favorite bars and lounges…this list is solely based on restaurants.

Newly added to the list is Zuma which serves up a creative menu of modern Japanese Cuisine. Removed from our favorites list are Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire, Cavalli Club, and Karma Kafe as each failed to impress. Restaurants that truly stood out with exceptional tasting food were Al Nafoorah, Buddha Bar, and Armani Ristorante.

Experiential Restaurants
These restaurants offer great food along with unique experiences. Reservations in advance are a must!

At.mosphere Grill
Location: 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa – World’s highest restaurant
Setting: Stunning views of Dubai!
Type of Cuisine: Contemporary Grill
Atmosphere Grill - Burj Khalifa Dubai

Al Mahara Restaurant
Location: Ground floor of Burj Al Arab.
Setting: A high-end restaurant with an amazing aquarium
Type of Cuisine: Seafood
Al Mahara Restaurant Dubai

Al Muntaha Restaurant
Location: Top of Burj Al Arab
Setting: Suspended on the 27th floor with great views of Jumeirah Beach, The Palm, and the World.
Type of Cuisine: Modern European Cuisine
Al Muntaha Restaurant Dubai

Fine Dining
These restaurants have some of the best tasting food in Dubai.

Location: DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center)
Setting: Large modern design
Type of Cuisine: Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
Zuma Restaurant Dubai

Location: Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah
Setting: An over water restaurant built on stilts in the sea with great food.
Type of Cuisine: Seafood.
Pierchic Restaurant Dubai

Al Nafoorah
Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah
Setting: Ground floor in the right wing of the resort. Traditional Arabic and Lebanese character with Arabic music and live performances.
Type of Cuisine: Great Lebanese/Arabic food.
Al Nafoorah Restaurant Dubai

Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah
Setting: Ground floor in the right wing of the resort. Designed to recreate the spirit of the Ottoman empire.
Type of Cuisine: Classic Anatolian Turkish Food.
Lalezar Restaurant Dubai

101 Dining Lounge
Location: One&Only The Palm – On Palm Jumeirah
Setting: Over water restaurant/lounge.
Type of Cuisine: Tapas/Mediterranean food.
101 Dining Lounge Dubai

Buddha Bar
Location: Grosvenor House Hotel – Ground level of Tower One.
Setting: Trendy interior, sensual chill-out music and sublime setting with its vaulted ceilings and towering windows overlooking the water.
Type of Cuisine: Asian
Buddha Bar Dubai

Indego by Vineet
Location: Grosvenor House – Lobby level of Tower One.
Setting: Warm, contemporary setting.
Type of Cuisine: Indian – Fine dining.
Indego by Vineet Restaurant Dubai

Rhodes Mezzanine
Location: Grosvenor House – Mezzanine level of Tower Two
Setting: The restaurant itself is a work of modern art
Type of Cuisine: British Fine Dining with a French twist
Rhodes Mezzanine Restaurant Dubai

Armani / Ristorante
Location: Armani Hotel inside Burj Khalifa on the Lobby Level.
Setting: Refined, elegant ambiance with great service.
Type of Cuisine: Fine Italian Cuisine
Armani Ristorante Armani Dubai

Ronda Locatelli
Location: Atlantis The Palm
Setting: A rustic, warm and inviting restaurant with great food from award winning chef, Giorgio Locatelli.
Type of Cuisine: Authentic, classic Italian Cuisine
Ronda Locatelli Restaurant Dubai

Location: Atlantis The Palm
Setting: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa combines cutting edge style with Arabian influences.
Type of Cuisine: Modern Japanese Food
Nobu Restaurant Dubai

Bateaux Dubai
Location: A luxury dinner cruise departing from Dubai Creek
Setting: A romantic dinner cruise on a sleek vessel with glass walls and ceiling.
Type of Cuisine: Contemporary European Food
Bateaux Dubai

Hole-in-the-wall Restaurants
These restaurants are not luxurious restaurants. They are more inexpensive restaurants that have been local favorites for years.

Ravi Restaurant
Location: Satwa Road
Setting: This is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving some of the best Pakistani food anywhere. It’s not luxurious. It’s a place to focus on the very reasonably priced food.
Type of Cuisine: Pakistani
Ravi Restaurant Dubai

Bu Qtair
Location: Jumeirah Beach – Across the street from the beach
Setting: This is a hole-in-the-wall, local fish joint. It’s a trailer with some outside plastic seating near the beach.
Type of Cuisine: The shack serves the local fish caught that day. …and that’s about it. This is a local restaurant that has been serving patrons for years. There’s nothing luxurious or nice about the decor…just the fresh local fish caught that day.
Bu Qtair Restaurant Dubai

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