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The Five Best Restaurants and Eating Spots in Dubai

When it comes to world-class restaurants, Dubai is the place to be.

From modern Michelin-starred establishments to traditional eateries, the iconic Middle Eastern city is a foodie’s dream.

But with so many great dining spots on offer, it can be hard to know where to start.

So where exactly is the best place to eat out in Dubai? We’ve hand-picked five of our favourite Dubai restaurants to ensure you eat well on your dream Dubai holiday.

1. At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa

Dubai holidays are not complete without a trip to the world’s tallest building. But why stop at a photo?

Situated on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa is At.mosphere, an ultra-modern eatery that exudes elegance.

So, what can you expect from one of the most famous restaurants in Dubai?

At.mosphere’s menu combines classic French and Italian cooking in a gastronomic fusion that’s certain to tempt even the most discerning of diners.

If you’ve already made dinner plans, why not opt for afternoon tea in Dubai instead? The sky-high haunt boasts a beautiful lounge, which offers a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and speciality teas.

But divine dishes and tasty treats aren’t the only reasons to head to At.mosphere, there’s also the matter of the restaurant’s unrivalled panoramic views of Dubai – you can see absolutely everything!

Diner’s tip: If you’re planning to dine at At.mosphere, contact the restaurant before your Dubai holiday to reserve a table with a view.

2. Nobu, Atlantis The Palm

Nobu may not rival At.mosphere in height, but that doesn’t matter, as the contemporary Japanese eatery is certainly a strong contender for Dubai’s best restaurant.

Located in the Atlantis, The Palm resort, Nobu is famous for its Arabian twist on Japanese cuisine.

A sake bar and sushi lounge complete the restaurant’s glamorous set up, giving visitors the authentic Japanese fine dining experience.

The restaurant – the birth child of acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa - has received high praise from the world’s best food critics, who have described it as both ‘sexy’ and ‘hip’.

We couldn’t agree more.

Diner’s tip: If you’ve already made dinner arrangements, check out Nobu’s indulgent brunch selection for tantalising small plates, speciality dishes and desserts.

The Nobu restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm

3. The Hide, Jumeirah Al Qasr

A permanent name on many ‘best of’ Dubai restaurants lists, The Hide at the Jumeirah Al Qasr resort is one of Dubai’s best loved steakhouses.

Brisket sandwiches, succulent chicken and tender steaks all feature on this glorious establishment’s menu.

Need more convincing? The restaurant was recently won Time Out Dubai’s 2016 award for ‘best newcomer’.

The Hide is perfect for all meat-lovers. If you’re looking for a more casual and dining spot, away from the city’s formal restaurants, this is it.

When it comes to great places to eat out in Dubai, The Hide is up there with the best.

Diner’s tip: The Hide, Jumeirah Al Qasr is situated in the breathtaking Madinat Jumeirah resort; an area known for its beautiful waterways and the vast Madinat Souk.

4. Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab

Based in the spectacular Burj Al Arab, the Al Mahara restaurant (Oyster Shell) is a mecca for seafood lovers everywhere.

So, why make Al Mahara your Dubai restaurant of choice? The eatery itself is built around an enormous tropical aquarium for a truly unique dining experience.

As for the menu, you’ll find an exquisite selection of seafood and fish dishes with extra special touches, like edible gold leaf ravioli.

On top of this, Al Mahara has won numerous accolades for quality including TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and a further Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Diner’s tip: Al Mahara requests a smart elegant dress code for dinner service, and smart casual for lunch. Remember to pack a shirt, suit or dress.

5. Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House

You’ll find every cuisine under the sun when dining out in Dubai, but sometimes all you really want is a taste of home. For those of you who agree, we recommend Rhodes W1.

Gary Rhodes continues to set the world alight with his individual style and take on British cuisine. The chef is a big name on Dubai’s restaurant scene and it’s no wonder why.

You’ll find an extraordinary selection of homemade favourites at the celebrity chef’s first Dubai restaurant, including braised lamb shank and shepherds pie.

Rhodes W1 is set in the magnificent Gorsvenor House hotel, overlooking the stunning Dubai Marina – the perfect setting for an after dinner stroll.

Diner’s tip: Like most of Dubai’s top restaurants, pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Rhodes W1 can get very busy so check availability well in advance.

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