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Best Restaurants

Here is our selection of ten of the best restaurants in Dubai. Don't get us wrong, there are many, many more restaurants in Dubai that fall into the Best Restaurants category. Our aim is just to provide a small (10) selection of the Best (sometimes most expensive) Restaurants so new arrivals to Dubai have a starting point. We do the same with other Popular Restaurants and Cafés.

If you need other eating suggestions buy a copy of Dubai's Time Out magazine which we recommend as your handy bible on all things Dubai including restaurants, bars, cafés, sports bars, nightclubs and attractions. Online you can find similar but more extensive information on  

With this Best Restaurants in Dubai category it's always best to ring first to book a table and don't forget to 'dress up' to at least smart casual level and wear shoes not flip-flops.

The fantastic food, the special ambience and the stunning views from some of the best restaurants in the world will make your holiday in Dubai extra-special!

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Al Mahara - an over-the-top, über-expensive and once-in-a-lifetime eating experience. It's at the Burj al Arab in Jumeira (you know the one - the big one that looks like a sailing boat) and offers underwater views of the fresh fish you could be about to eat. Not only that, it's been on the go for over 10 years, so it must be doing something right. Dining is more an event than just a meal. Tel: 04 301 7600

Armani/Hashi - For Japanese cuisine and spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain visit Armani/Hashi and indulge your culinary desires with carefully prepared Sushi, the freshest Sashimi and Lobster Teppanyaki. Ideal for a push-the-boat-out dinner or Friday brunch. Prime seats are outside on the expansive private terrace at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. At the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa. Tel: 04 888 3888

At.mosphere Grill - Regularly considered best for steaks and best for business lunches! Opened in early 2011 At.mosphere serves its steakhouse grill room concept cuisine, using Australian beef, from the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa (that's two levels below the observation deck) - in fact it's the restaurant at the highest floor level of any building in the world at 442 metres above ground level. Lunch, drinks and dinner all available with a fantastic backdrop of incredible vistas for that special occasion. Tel: 04 888 3444

Bicé - for this great Italian restaurant travel along Al Sufouh Road to the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort on The Walk at JBR near to Dubai Marina. It's the Dubai incarnation, redesigned in 2011, of this longstanding Milanese chain and remains one of the city's most popular restaurants. Classy, but only requiring smart casual dress, it offers attentive service, top notch food and (sometimes) live music. Tel: 04 318 2520

(The) Ivy - successfully replicates the original in London in almost every detail from the decor and ambience to the excellent friendly service to The Ivy's trademark quality, traditional British staple menu. Ring to book early in your stay in Dubai to make a reservation, there may be a waiting list! At Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road. Tel: 04 319 8767

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Pierchic - an award winning, romantic restaurant at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, with a view of the Burj al Arab on one side and The Atlantis on the other. See the glittering Dubai shoreline in a spectacular setting at the end of a wooden pier, especially if you can get an outside table at the front of the restaurant. Fish is a speciality, which is not surprising given its position. Tel: 04 366 6730

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire - Experience the very best of French cuisine in new and unique combinations. Excellent service, distinguished and romantic decor and a memorable culinary journey will make this an absolutely unforgettable experience. Also a well-priced lunchtime spot. At the Intercontinental at Dubai Festival City. Tel: 04 701 1127

Because of the widespread nature of Dubai it's easy to feel marooned in your holiday hotel. Don't despair. Have a look at our pages on the Best Ways to See Dubai and Getting Around Dubai, they should prove helpful!

Avoid hospital - drink plenty of bottled water on your Dubai holiday!

Thiptara - At The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Burj Khalifa. Stunning Asian restaurant on the lake edge overlooking the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa - one of the best settings in the city! The food and service won't disappoint at what is a really classy venue, with a large menu encompassing all the usual Thai classics. Ring to book, especially for an outside, water's edge table. Tel: 04 888 3444

Traiteur - An achingly romantic, basically French, restaurant. It's spacious and stylish and boasts a wonderful al-fresco terrace. The menu is simple but sublime French fare,  'a juicy steak spot'. 'Friday brunch is stellar' and award winning!. At The Park Hyatt, Diera. Tel : 04 317 2222 

Zuma - a classy spot dishing up terrific Japanese cuisine that's a favourite with families, businessmen and regulars. Excellent extensive menu and brunch a speciality. Time Out's Restauarnt of the Year 2014! On Sheikh Zayed Road to Gate Village, DIFC. Tel: 04 425 5660

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