Coming soon: new restaurants, bars & clubs opening in Dubai


Restaurants, bars, super clubs, and celebrity chefs…

It’s safe to say we’re spoilt for choice in Dubai when it comes to eating and drinking.

Award-winning celebrity chefs, the world’s tallest restaurant and cuisines from all corners of the globe are at our fingertips. But there’s still plenty more to come. This city moves fast.

Here is our ultimate guide to the upcoming restaurant openings you need to know about. Rest assured, we’ll keep updating this list as soon as we know more…

1. Avli by tashas

Opening alongside Mina Brasserie is Avli, a brand new concept by famed restauranteur Natasha Sideris. Sideris, who is already the brains behind the popular tashas cafe chain and the recently opened Flamingo Room is expected to open her third concept this month. It replaces La Luz, which closed in Q4 of 2017 after just shy of a year of operation.

WHERE: Four Seasons, DIFC

WHEN: January 2019

2. Wavehouse

WHAT: Set to open this month is Wavehouse, a new entertainment venue that will overlook Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm and promises a family-friendly restaurant, adults-only bar, bowling alley, retro gaming zone and even a wave machine.

WHERE: Atlantis The Palm

WHEN: January

3. Bacchanal Buffet

WHAT: One of six restaurants opening at Caesars Bluewaters Resort this month, we’ve already got out eye on Bacchanal Buffet, which serves up to 3500 guests each day at its Las Vegas location.

WHERE: Caesars Bluewaters Resort, Bluewaters Island

WHEN: January

4. Torno Subito

WHAT: Chef Massimo Bottura, the mastermind behind three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana is opening a restaurant in W Dubai The Palm – which is opening its doors later this month. The chef, who saw Osteria Francescana crowned number one in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, will open a more casual venue in Dubai, called Torno Subito. Set to be his first restaurant outside of Italy, the venue describes that it will take ‘guests on a journey back to 1960s Italy, where the vibe is sophisticated and social, but laidback’.

WHERE: W Dubai The Palm

WHEN: January

5. Akira Back

WHAT: Akira Back, the adrenaline-fueled Korean culinary master will also be bringing his signature Japanese fine dining fare to Dubai. One of two celebrity chefs opening in W Dubai The Palm, the restaurant promises an upscale fine-dining experience.

WHERE: W Dubai The Palm

WHEN: January

6. OSH

WHAT: Hailing from upscale Knightsbridge in London, Osh is an Uzbek restaurant set to open its doors this month. Advertising that it serves ‘delicacies from the Uzbek grill and signature dishes giving authentic Central Asian food and modern twist’, we’re hoping to see plenty of Shashlik and samosas on the menu.


WHEN: February

7. Mantis

WHAT: Found in Emirates Financial Towers, this swanky new spot promises to be ‘the city’s most exclusive place to be’ when it opens its doors in the coming weeks. The first nightclub in the tower, the 8,500-square foot venue will feature state-of-the-art lighting, sound and digital technology, and promises a ‘7-star’ experience for those who enter.

WHERE: Emirates Financial Towers

WHEN: February

8. Alici

WHAT: From the team behind the double What’s On award-winning Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, licensed seafood restaurant Alici is inspired by Southern Italy and the Amalfi coast. The split level, 230-seater restaurant promises elevated Italian dishes, sustainably sourced seafood and spectacular Arabian Gulf views. Dishes will vary according to the season and the sea availability, with head chef Domenico Santagada creating his menus according to what the fishermen bring in every day.

WHERE: Bluewaters

WHEN: February

9. Sky2.0

WHAT: The famous outdoor Beirut nightclub Skybar is coming to the city this winter, and will be called Sky 2.0 in Dubai, and will open its doors in Dubai Design District. Although few details have been revealed, its Lebanese counterpart can house up to 2,500 guests, so we’re expecting a similar super-sized venue when Sky2.0 arrives in Dubai in a few months.

WHERE: Dubai Design District

WHEN: Early 2019

10. Marea

WHAT: The two Michelin star Marea restaurant, also by Atelier House Hospitality, is set to open its doors in DIFC sometime this Spring. The New York export will serve up high-end Italian cuisine from its new home in the financial heart of the city.

WHERE:  Gate Village 4, DIFC

WHEN: Early 2019

11. Masterchef the TV experience

WHAT: Set to debut in the Wyndham West Bay Dubai Marina Hotel, which has been pushed back to a 2019 opening, Masterchef the TV Experience will fully immerse guests in the MasterChef TV show experience. The interior will be inspired by the MasterChef TV set, and diners will be able to choose from an ever-changing menu featuring popular original dishes conceived and inspired by contestants and champions from some 52 countries.

WHERE: Wyndham West Bay Dubai Marina

WHEN: Spring 2019

12. Nammos

WHAT: A slice of the Greek party island of Mykonos is headed for Dubai, as Nammos beach club has announced it is opening in the Emirate. As well as serving up chilled out beach vibes by day, Nammos is known as a lively party spot for top Mediterranean dishes, and also hosts one-off beach parties by night.

WHERE: Four Seasons Jumeirah

WHEN: Spring 2019


13. Dolce Sky

WHAT: A like-no-other concept is coming to Downtown Dubai’s Address Boulevard Hotel called Dolce Sky. Dolce Sky, which will occupy the hotel’s 70th and 71st floor, will be home to a bar, outdoor rooftop terraces (tough for those scared of heights), French restaurant La Vie, Japanese spot Takumi and Ellecti Lounge, a private, members-only space.

WHERE: The Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

WHEN: Spring 2019

14: Taverna

WHAT: Taverna is a brand new Greek restaurant (yes, another one) opening in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The 100-seater restaurant will replace Left Bank, which closed its doors in the Madinat earlier this yea, with the hospitality company behind is promising ‘a relaxed atmosphere with awe-inspiring views of the Burj Al Arab’, so we can’t wait to check it out when it opens.

WHERE: Souk Madinat

WHEN: Spring 2019

15: The Maine

WHAT: Love The Maine? A second serving of the popular brasserie is opening soon in Dubai’s Studio City. Explaining that the restaurant ‘like a cousin than an exact twin’ of the existing JBR hotspot, the venue will open in the soon-to-open Studio One hotel under the name The Maine Street Eatery.

WHERE: Studio City



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