A definitive guide to Dubai’s best evening brunches

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And yes, by evening brunch, we do essentially mean all-you-can-eat-and-drink dinners…

It’s Dubai’s favourite Friday feast: brunch means all-you-can-eat food, bottomless beverage and, of course, a good time. And now the brunch institution has gone nocturnal, with an evening brunch happening in Dubai each and every day of the week to satisfy even the most dedicated brunch fans.

And yes, we do know that evening brunches are technically just dinners, but most people still for some reason call it brunch: it’s just one of those quirks of Dubai life.

From loud and lively to sleek and sophisticated, here are some of the best evening brunches to try in Dubai. Go on, we challenge you to try them all…

Daily: Evening brunch at Publique

Publique, the Alpine-themed restaurant in the Madinat Jumeirah, has just launched a new evening brunch that will take place every night of the week. The new brunch goes from 8pm to 11pm, and costs Dhs295 for a minimum booking of six guests. A selection of starters will be served directly to the table, each guest can then choose a main of their choice, including cheese raclette to share, and wash it down with unlimited house beverages.

Publique, Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm to 11pm, daily, Dhs295 with a minimum booking of four. Tel: (04) 430 8550. publique.ae

Daily: Frevo

There’s nothing like a churrascaria. Frevo’s version whips you off to a beach in Rio without you having to leave your table. Sample succulent fall-off-the-skewer meats served tableside the traditional way. Want to know the best thing? It happens every day.

Frevo, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 7pm to 11.30pm, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 457 3457. fairmont.com

Sunday: The Midnight Brunch Dinner Show at Cavalli

Perfect for those that love an evening of glitz and glamour (and being out late on a Sunday), Cavalli’s Sunday night brunch involves live singing and dancing, unlimited starters and desserts, a choice of a la carte main and a polarising “no effort, no entry” policy (basically they mean you need to dress up to get in). The party carries on until 3am too.

Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8:30pm to 12am, Sundays, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 332 9260. dubai.cavalliclub.com

Sunday: Positano

Sample a feats of Italy at the Festa Italiana brunch. Tables are piled high with antipasti, handmade past and specialties from the Italian coast. There’s also an impressive dessert room, so you might just want to take your chair in there and be done with it. You’ll find pannacotta, gelato, cassata and other delicious sweet treats too.

JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 6pm to 12am, Sundays, Dhs295 house. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Monday: Ramusake

Priced at Dhs250 per person, Ramusake’s new Monday night dinner party treats guests to unlimited sushi rolls as well as unlimited sake for three hours kicking off at 7pm until 10pm. On the menu, there’s a range of sushi dishes, from the crab-based California and Spider rolls, to spicy tuna and seared salmon.

Ramusake, DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR, 7pm to 10pm, party until late, Mondays, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 5595 300. ramusake.ae

Monday: Shades of Play at Play

One of our favourite Mediterrasian fusion restaurants Play has a new night brunch every Monday. It comes with four hours of free-flowing drinks, signature dishes, live entertainment and a glamorous dress code. There’s a la carte options available too, but it’s

Play, 36th floor, The H Hotel, 9.30pm to 12.30am, Monday’s, Dhs450 house, Dhs650 sparkling. Tel: (050) 954 5000. Facebook.com/shadesofplay

Monday: Yalumba

Indulge in a feast of Mediterranean fare paired with your favourite drinks in an upbeat setting that’s ideal for making the week feel shorter than it really is. The Monday Mediterranean Mingle happens from 7pm to 11pm, Dhs169 gets you food and soft drinks, and Dhs229 includes house drinks.

Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, 7pm to 11pm, Mondays. Tel: (04) 702 2455. yalumbadubai.com

Tuesday: Izakaya

Does sushi and prosecco sound like your dream combo? On Tuesdays, this Japanese spot in Business Bay served up unlimited sushi and bubbles for a generous six hours.

Izakaya, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, 6pm to midnight, Tuesdays, Dhs298. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Wednesday: Billionaire Mansion

Wednesday’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ dinner party is the latest offering from Billionaire Mansion. The upscale dinner party promises live entertainment, signature drinks a glamourous crowd and some top dishes spearheaded by local hero chef Reif Othman.

Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 9.30pm to 1am, Wednesday, Dhs450. Tel: 04 510 3100. billionairemansiondubai.com

Wednesday: STK

At STK Downtown, located in the recently reopened Address Downtown, a Wednesday evening brunch runs from 9pm to 12am, with an after party running until the early hours. Called the Backroom Brunch, it’s filled with signature STK dishes such as beef tartare alongside some more Dubai dishes like oysters and Burrata to start, followed by a choice of fillet or striploin stake for main (there’s veggie options too) with their famed mac n cheese and a choice of dessert.

STK Dubai Downtown, Address Hotel, Downtown, 9pm to 12am Wednesdays, Dhs349 soft, Dhs499 house. Facebook.com/STKDubaiDowntown

Wednesday: Lucky Voice

At this midweek evening brunch, there’s unlimited food and drinks on offer, an open-mic stlye sing-a-long where guests can take to the stage all night long. Even the karaoke shy will find themselves belting out a few tunes on the inflatable microphones.

6th floor, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 8pm to 11.30pm, Dhs150 soft drinks, Dhs275 house drinks, Dhs325 sparkling drinks Tel: 800 58259. luckyvoice.ae

Wednesday: Solo

Solo For The Soul sees pop soul singer Nya Crea performing every Wednesday. Serving freshly made Italian favourites in a sharing menu that includes antipasti dishes, and mains such as the slow-cooked veal cheek with truffle mashed potato fondue or pasta served tableside in a Parmesan wheel, this is one hearty meal. No Italian meal is complete without dessert though, and we recommend the creamy panacotta with Amarena sour cherries and strawberry sorbet.

Solo, Raffles Dubai, Wafi, 8pm to 11pm, Wednesdays, Dhs350. Tel: (04) 324 8888. raffles.com

Wednesday: Asian Invasion at Miss Tess

The Miss Tess night brunch is themed around Asian street food markets, and promises to be a lively mid-week hangout. At 8pm, the meal deal kicks off: for Dhs288 you’ll get to scoff on plenty of food and sip on house drinks until 11pm (the ‘night brunch’ costs Dhs228 with soft drinks). Vibe-wise, expect lots of fun. The service here comes with a side of performance and a DJ ensures that the energy stays amped up throughout the night so plan on staying out late…

Miss Tess, Taj Hotel, Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Wednesday, Dhs228 soft, Dhs288 house. Tel:(04) 317 6000. Misstessdubai.com

Thursday: Brasserie 2.0

This Texan-inspired BBQ brunch serves succulent steaks and ocean-fresh seafood from ten live cooking stations. There are also mixed drinks and live entertainment, making this a great choice from which to kickstart the weekend. Plus there’s cowboys, a smoking grill and even a popcorn machine.

Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs345 soft, Dhs485 house. Tle: (04) 399 5555. brasserie2point0.com

Thursday: Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Jumeirah

Rooftop hotspot Mercury Lounge has launched a food-only Thursday evening brunch. Expect an upscale affair at this swanky rooftop bar, as well as pretty great views of Dubai too. The brunch offers a selection of antipasti, sharing plates and light entrées for grazing through the evening. It’s Dhs295 for food only (you’ll pay for drinks on top of that).

Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah, 8pm-11pm, Dhs295. Tel:(04) 270 7777. fourseasons.com

Thursday: Stage at Jazz Pizza Express

Love Parties, the party people behind the sellout Friday brunches We Brunch and Hidden, are back with a brand new brunch, and this one is on a Thursday. There’s drinks for Dhs30 from 4pm to 8pm, before the brunch packages kicks in at 8pm. Expect a typical feast of Pizza Express pizzas and sides, served up to acoustic sets. Afterwards, it’s five drinks for Dhs150.

Jazz Pizza Express, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Thursday, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs150 soft, Dhs225 house, Dhs250 sparkling. Tel: (052) 798 7275. lovepartiesgroup.com

Thursday: Supper Club at Bar Rumba

Bar Rumba, now hosts a weekly Chino Latino inspired Supper Club every Thursday. Dishes such as sushi, adobe chicken with avocado purée, glazed sweet potato and crispy calamari are served to the table, paired with wines, beers and spirits. It kicks off at 9pm, with food served until 11pm and drinks until 1am.

Bar Rumba at Asia de Cuba Dubai, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 9pm to 1am, Thursdays, Dhs195 house. Tel: (04) 511 7333. Facebook.com/barrumbadxb

Thursday: Besh Turkish Kitchen

On Thursday, explore market stalls and dig into hot and cold mezze at the Evening Grillevent. Grab your pide fresh from the oven, and don’t forget to stop by the seafood section before your grilled meat platters arrive at the table. Save room for Turkish desserts and ice cream, best enjoyed on the terrace.

Besh Turkish Kitchen, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai. 6.30pm to 11pm, Dhs170 soft, Dhs220 house. Tel: (04) 377 2353. beshdubai.com

Thursday: Stoli Social Club at Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity’s all-inclusive fairground of fun runs al fresco every Thursday night. As well as a host of food and beverage stations, there’s ping pong, air hockey, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and classic video arcade games. Food-wise, expect the same spread as the Saturday brunch – shellfish, sliders, and live-cooking stations. All-you-can-eat-and-drink costs Dhs295. It’s a great one for mingling with your mates, and the afterparty kicks off at 10pm until 3am, with free entry for all.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, 8pm to 11pm, Thursday, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 318 1313. 0-gravity.ae

Thursday: Local

End your week Mexican style with Local’s Thursday Fiesta drunch. An evening brunch serving up free-flowing themed beverages with entertaining live cooking stations, expect to tuck into your favourite Mexican dishes from enchiladas to quesadillas.

Local, Tryp by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, 7pm to 10pm, Thursday, Dhs299. Tel:  (04) 247 6666. trypwyndhamdubai.com

Thursday: Nara Pan Asian

Get the weekend started early with this upbeat evening brunch that delivers the style and sass of a Tokyo street party, just in the heart of Dubai. Enjoy premium beverages and unlimited dim sum and sushi as well as a diverse range of a la carte menu items. There’s also live entertainment from a sax player and DJ.

Nara Pan Asian, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, 8pm to 12am, Thursdays, Dhs348. Tel: (04) 421 1356. naradxb.com

Friday: Noir

The Midnight Friday Brunch whips up a feast of Pan-Asian and Latin cuisine washed down with unlimited house drinks, and a choice of crafted cocktails too. Make sure to book ahead, and we advise that you come dressed to impress.

Noir, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 8pm to 12am, Fridays, Dhs200 for ladies, Dhs305 for gents. Tel: (04) 409 5222. noir-dubai.com

Friday: Garden on 8

The Smoke and Mirrors Night Brunch is known for its laid-back vibe, whether it’s outside on the pub-style benches or inside next to the food, which – let’s face it – is probably the best place to be. Enjoy pub games, live cooking, a roast carving station, sushi, pizza and dessert – including an ice-cream machine you can use yourself. You’ll want to wear stretchy pants for this one.

Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Media City, 7.30pm to 11pm, Fridays, Dhs395. Tel: (04) 427 1062. mediaonehotel.com

Friday: Wok n Roll brunch at Mr Miyagi’s

Mr Miyagi’s, the Asian hotspot in Media City, is now running two servings of its lively ‘Wok and Roll’ brunch every Friday. It’s a three hour package of sharing Asian bites, with the option to upgrade to an extra hour of drinks for Dhs100 afterwards in the bar. The stars of the show are Mr Miyagi’s live singers – who get crowds going early with their pass-around karaoke of cheesy hits.

Mr Miyagi’s, Level 9, Media One Hotel, 3pm to 6pm and 8pm to 11pm, Dhs275 house, Dhs375 sparkling. Tel:(04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com

Friday: The Brunch that really lets you lie in at Q43

This popular Media City brunch has kept it nocturnal post-summer, and serves up three hours of sharing platters to your table from its new global menu every Friday from 7pm. There’s also a new hip hop night, Straight Outta Que that takes over afterwards from 10pm with DJ Keza on the decks.

Q43, Media One Hotel, 7pm-10pm, Dhs250 soft drinks, Dhs350 house drinks. Tel:04 443 5403. q43dubai.com

Saturday: Lotus Lounge

The Lotus Lounge at Anantara The Palm hosts a Sushi and Sake night on Saturdays where you get to feast on unlimited sushi and drinks for Dhs280. Kanpai!

Lotus Lounge, Anantara The Palm, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm, Saturday, Dhs165 food only, Dhs280 house. Tel: (04) 567 8304. anantara.com

If it’s weekend brunches you’re looking for, check our faves here.

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