Jazz up your dinner - Dubai's restaurants with live music
What’s On previews the best jazz dinner venues in Dubai. Find out which of the best restaurants in Dubai with jazz have deals and set menus.
Popular local group Abri & Funk Radius strut their funky stuff at Downtown’s trendy Japanese restaurant on Saturday nights. The boys can be heard throughout, including on the beautiful terrace, but take up place just inside for those at tables or the bar. Diners enjoy a five-course set menu meal for Dhs420, which includes a sushi platter, salmon tartar, bitesize scallop and boneless chicken wings, plus a cute selection of desserts.
Vida Hotel Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Saturday 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs420. Tel: (04) 4428383. Taxi: Vida Hotel Downtown.
Desert Jazz is the band on duty at this Saturday brunch at the golf club eatery that has two hats in The Black Hat Guide.
Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, Dubai, Sat noon to 3pm, Dhs245 with soft drinks, Dhs415 with house drinks, Dhs550 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4179999. Taxi: Emirates Golf Club. dubaigolf.com
A Lebanese solo saxophonist, Maher Daw, provides the jazz at this brunch in the new hotel’s all-day restaurant, Seasons.
Pullman Hotel & Residence Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster T, JLT, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs149 with soft drinks, Dhs179 with sparkling wine, Dhs199 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 5671154. Metro: Dubai Marina. pullmanhotels.com
The Rib Room
You’ll hear classic and new jazz at this new steakhouse. Sole Agency play the Friday brunch, and Thursdays from 6pm.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs475 with house drinks, Dhs595 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4530444. Taxi: The Palm, west crescent. jumeirah.com
Up On The Tenth
Unexpected play a beguiling blend of jazz, soul and blues every night, except Tuesday, from 10pm to 1.30am.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Creek, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2057033. Metro: Union. radissonblu.com/dubai
The Friday brunch at this hip new Californian-style restaurant has jazz from the band The Swing Revue. There’s live jazz on weeknights too.
The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 7am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 5018623. Metro: World Trade Centre. innovativedining.com
Talk & Soul Brunch
The Friday brunch at Mövenpick Hotel on JBR features a live jazz singer and saxophonist who have been flown in from London.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs279 with soft drinks, Dhs379 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4498888. Taxi: Mövenpick Hotel, JBR. moevenpick-hotels.com
Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill
Kevin Bassett and Donovan Rossouw play classic jazz and R&B at this popular JBR spot. Kevin, the singer, is from New York while South African pianist Donovan has played all over Dubai for more than a decade. The guys play Tuesday to Saturday from 7.30pm. Sundays and Mondays see jazz and soul singer Cassandra take the mic from 7pm.
Oasis Beach Tower, JBR, Dubai, daily 5.30pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3994311. Metro: facebook.com/FrankiesDubai
This Saturday brunch has a four-piece band purring through a combo of New Orleans jazz and pop hits infused with some sax sounds.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm, Dubai, Sat 1pm to 4pm, Dhs275 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house beverages, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4530444. Taxi: The Palm, west crescent. jumeirah.com
This restaurant has a packed schedule of live music every night of the week. Look out for Tuesday’s jam sessions, their Wednesday Swing Revue in which you can get dance lessons while a 1920s band plays from 8.30pm, and the Uptown Band every Saturday night, also from 8.30pm.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Dubai, noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 4416342. Metro: JLT. pizzaexpressuae.com/jlt
Terra Firma Steakhouse
This restaurant at InterContinental in Festival City has live jazz every Wednesday night. Terra Firma throws a New Zealand-themed party using NZ produce to create a three-course set menu, and a glass of wine, all done with a jazz pianist tinkling away in the background.
InterContinental Dubai, Festival City, Dubai, Wed 7pm to midnight, Dhs500 per couple with soft drinks, Dhs600 per couple with house drinks. Tel: (04) 7011127. Taxi: InterContinental, Festival City. diningdfc.com
Brunch here will get your toe tapping with a 1920s dance troupe, and saxophonist Adam Long playing alongside DJ Jay Lieutenant. On Tuesday nights, Café Belge, winner of two hats in The Black Hat Guide, has a jazz band Jazz Par Trois playing between 8pm and 11pm, featuring Alice Grace, who has sung at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with beer, wine and champagne. Tel: (04) 3722323. Metro: Financial Centre. ritzcarlton.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
This hit brunch in the Marina has swing on the side from The Mod Squad jazz band.
The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs325 with house drinks, Dhs450 with house drinks and cocktails, Dhs550 with cocktails and champagne. Tel: (04) 4549538. Metro: Dubai Marina. ruthschris.ae
With its green leather booths and low lights The Ivy has a nice jazz club atmosphere. Ciaran Fox sings Frank Sinatra classics on Thursday nights and then at the All That Jazz Friday brunch.
The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks, Dhs495 with wine, Dhs595 with champagne Tel: (04) 3198767. Metro: Emirates Towers. theivy.ae
Frioul Bistro De Luxe
The Kamal Musallam Trio is the resident jazz band at this picturesque French restaurant, winner of two hats in The Black Hat Guide. The threesome play drums, double bass and guitar and appear on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9pm. They also play at Frioul’s Le Plaisir Friday daytime brunch from noon to 4pm
Souk Madinat, Dubai, Sun, Tue, Thur and Fri 9pm. Tel: (04) 5670011. Taxi: Souk Madinat. frioulbistrodeluxe.com