If you need to impress, try booking one of these romantic Dubai spots…
With its endless Instagram opportunities at every turn, it’s not hard to see why many residents and tourists come to Dubai looking for a romantic spot for dinner with their loved one.
So we’ve rounded up some of the best, whether you’re after a blissful beachfront setting, fabulous fountain views, or the perfect Italian restaurant to have your Lady and the Tramp moment.
Here are 7 of our favourite romantic restaurants in Dubai.
With its beachfront location, whitewashed fit-out and twinkly lights, it’s not hard to see why Fish has become one of the city’s most romantic spots. As well as tables in the garden, there is seating right on the beach, so you can enjoy the restaurant’s Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean fusion dishes with your toes in the sand.
Fish Beach Taverna, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 511 7139. fish-dubai.com
Ossiano in Atlantis has an 11-million-litre tank of seawater that’s home to 65,000 marine animals – try and book a table right next to the aquarium for the most wow-worthy views. The service at this seafood restaurant is impeccable, and for an extra special treat (at the cost of Dhs1,850), you can arrange for one of the hotel’s skilled divers to deliver a personalised message to your loved one.
Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, daily 6.30pm to 11pm, Saturday lunch 1pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
Perched on stilts at the end of a wooden pier overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf, when it comes to date night, Pierchic is hard to beat. It’s one of Jumeirah’s most iconic spots, and as well as serving up some of the best seafood in town, it has some pretty spectacular views. Enjoy sundowners at the outdoor bar before heading indoors to watch the waves from an ocean view table for two.
Pierchic, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 1pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
The scene is set before you even reach your table at this Italian restaurant, which is approached via a candlelit stairway. Choose to dine al fresco in the cooler months, or in one of the many secluded corners inside Segreto for a truly intimate meal. The food is traditional Italian and designed to be shared, and for an even more authentic experience, take an abra along the Madinat waters before heading home. Who needs Venice?
Segreto, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
Eauzone’s beachfront location makes it the perfect spot to enjoy dinner for two as the sun goes down. Located in one of Dubai’s most popular hotels for couples, this Asian fusion restaurant has a prime spot overlooking the water. It’s even more beautiful at night, with picture-perfect views of the Arabian Gulf illuminated by twinkly lights. Book a table in one of the restaurant’s floating ‘Majlis’ and enjoy your meal in your own little world.
Eauzone, The One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, daily noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3999 999. royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com
The Beach House
No matter what time of the day you visit The Beach House, you’ll feel like you’re dining at a tropical resort, far from the bustling metropolis that is Dubai. We love its setting, whitewashed decor and menu that makes you feel at home no matter where you’re from. Bag a beachfront table at the edge of the restaurant, and you’re guaranteed a good time – and for the most show-stopping evening with your other half, head over for sundown and enjoy one of their often-changing signature cocktails to kick start your evening.
The Beach House, Anantara The Palm, daily 12pm to 4pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 567 8304. dubai-palm.anantara.com
At the waterfront of the Palace Downtown is Thiptara, a Thai restaurant and terrace surrounded by Burj Lake. Out on the terrace which laces round the restaurant, you’ll find what is arguably the city’s best view of the Dubai Fountain. Perch up against the balcony to tuck into a menu of home-made Thai dishes, which range from traditional Bangkok street food dishes such as satay and steamed dim sum, to Thiptara specials including Phad Char Soy Shell – a spicy scallop dish loaded with flavours in an oyster sauce. The whole menu is created by the Thai chef, and you’ll be able to make your way through the menu to the sounds of Dubai Fountain’s dramatic shows.
Thiptara, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily 6pm to 11.30pm, Friday brunch 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
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