48 best alfresco brunches in Dubai
When the weather’s cool, there’s nothing better than feasting outside in the sunshine. Here are our picks of the best outdoor brunch spots in the city.
The breezy rooftop terrace of Girders Garden is the scene for this ultra-relaxed brunch. There’s a sedate start with salads before the big guns come out in the form of classic pub grub – think full English breakfasts and roast dinners with all the trimmings, as well as loads of desserts. Chilled live music sets a nice tone.
JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 8145599. Metro: JLT. jaresortshotels.com
With tables set outside overlooking the swimming pool, close out the weekend the Italian way with this leisurely Saturday brunch packed with pastas, pizzas, risottos and cold cuts. Kids under six eat for free. Perfetto.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, Sat 12.30 to 3.30pm, Dhs190 with soft drinks, Dhs260 with house drinks, Dhs330 with prosecco. Tel: (04) 3995000. Taxi: Near Skydive Dubai. grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com
The Malt Drunch at Warehouse is one of the best budget-friendly options in town. Book a table outside to be close to the BBQ, and upgrade to the premium package to have your choice of 70 types of hops.
Le Méridien Hotel, 51st Street, Dubai, Friday 1pm to 4pm, Dhs239 with house drinks, Dhs299 with champagne. Tel: (04) 7022455. Taxi: Le Méridien Dubai. warehouse-dubai.com
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Soak up the gorgeous marina views around the InterContinental while you feast on international cuisine prepared at seven live cooking stations.
InterContinental Dubai Marina, JBR, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs525 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4466677. Taxi: InterContinental Dubai Marina. icmarinadining.com
5. Al Forsan
Held on the lush yet desert-bound lawn with an Arabic band to entertain you, this Bab Al Shams dry brunch features both a buffet and live cooking stations serving international cuisine.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs300 with soft drinks, Dhs445 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 8096194. Taxi: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. meydanhotels.com/babalshams
6. Al Maeda
Avoid the Friday party crowd with this laidback Saturday brunch of Arabic cuisine, which includes access to the hotel’s pool and beach. The outdoor terrace is perfect for a post-brunch shisha.
DoubleTree By Hilton Dubai, JBR Walk, Dubai, Sat 1.30pm to 5pm, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs379 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4533333. Metro: JLT. doubletree3.hilton.com
7. Asia Asia
Book a table on the terrace overlooking the marina and expect sushi from Japan, Peking duck from China, as well as locally inspired dishes at the Spice Route brunch. It doesn’t kick off until 2pm on Friday, so plenty of time to get glammed up, but there are happy hour deals in the bar from noon.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fri 2pm to 5pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs449 with prosecco. Tel: (04) 2765900. Metro: Dubai Marina. asia-asia.com
Trek through Europe from the garden terrace of Ballarò as you feast on a brunch inspired by the continent’s food markets – think plenty of antipasti, charcuterie, interesting farm cheeses and artisanal spreads. A three-piece jazz band adds to the laid-back vibe.
Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4447111. Metro: World Trade Centre. conraddubai.com
Brunch on the beach with Burj Al Arab views, this one is popular with families. There’s entertainment for little ones, balloon modelling and face painting, plus a children’s buffet. Adults can enjoy a selection of international dishes with some Asian specialities, sparkling wine and ocean views.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Beach Road, Dubai, Fri and Sat 1pm to 4pm, Dhs325 with soft drinks, Dhs425 with house drinks, Dhs575 with champagne. Tel: (04) 3665866. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel. jumeirah.com
10. Belgian Beer Café
Enjoy hearty Belgian fare at this evening brunch –including mussels, frites, cold meats and bitterballen (veal croquettes) – from the rooftop of the Grand Millennium hotel.
Grand Millennium Hotel, Tecom, Dubai, Fri and Sat 4pm to 8pm, Dhs345 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 299999. Metro: Dubai Internet City. millenniumhotels.com
11. Big Easy Bar & Grill
As you might expect from a brunch at a golf club named after South African Ernie Els, this is a meat heavy braai. Lined with live cooking stations and great views overlooking the green, get ready for a protein punch at The Big Easy brunch.
The Els Club, Sports City, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs275 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs525 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4251037. Taxi: The Els Club. elsclubdubai.com
12. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
An alfresco Saturday brunch that’s so relaxed it’s almost horizontal. Tuck into empanadas, barbecued lamb, vegetable skewers from the BBQ, tuna carpaccio or creamy linguine. You can lounge on a beach bed while eating if sitting at a table is just too much effort.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Resort, Sat 1pm to 3pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Dhs275 in the restaurant, Dhs295 on the terrace, Dhs550 with champagne. Tel: (056) 1133400. Taxi: Off Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi, Ghantoot Exit 399. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
13. Café Belge
Modelled on the grand cafés of 1920s Brussels, this art deco spot sprawls out onto a glorious terrace that’s perfect for the cooler temperatures. Its sharing-concept brunch is served to the table, highlights include seafood platters, salmon cakes, a mini Wagyu burger and white chocolate spaghetti (that last one is as glorious as it sounds).
Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3722323. Metro: Financial Centre. ritzcarlton.com
The outdoor tables at this cool bar in Pier 7 have killer views of the Marina. Dishes are brought to your table (the menu is Pan-Asian). Finish things off at the tempting dessert station.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house drinks, Dhs350 with champagne. Tel: (04) 3618129. Metro: Dubai Marina. pier7.ae
15. Cielo Sky Lounge
A rooftop brunch with gorgeous views of the city, the Buena Vista Brunch is perfect if you have visitors to impress. Launching early November, the food is of the South American variety, and a live band and DJ are sure to help set the mood.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, next to the Park Hyatt, Dubai, Sat 1pm to 5pm, Dhs225 with soft drinks, Dhs275 with house drinks, Dhs325 with prosecco. Tel: (04) 4161800. Taxi: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. cielodubai.com
Pull up a chair next to the Anantara’s swimming pool and tuck into the Fork And Cork brunch, which has themed areas, drink stations and kids’ sections. Don’t miss the Hong Kong street food stalls or the sombrero stand with chilli, nachos and guacamole.
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs325 with soft drinks, Dhs475 with house drinks, Dhs575 with champagne. Tel: (04) 5678304. Taxi: The Palm, east crescent. dubai-palm.anantara.com
17. El Sur
Soak up sun on El Sur’s terrace while sampling tapas on a Friday: you can choose six per person from options like prawns, Iberian meats or calamari. On Saturday you can try a paella with seafood, chicken and vegetables – as well as some tapas.
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, Fri and Sat 12.30 to 3.30pm, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3997700. Taxi: Westin. elsurdubai.com
18. Fairmont The Palm
The Beach BBQ brunch at Seagrill on 25° is a laidback feast where you can dip your toes into the sand, in between trips to the barbecue. It’s a family-friendly affair, which includes beach access and 50 per cent off at the Fairmont Falcon Kids Club.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4573457. Taxi: Fairmont Palm Jumeirah. fairmont.com/palm-dubai
With a terrace showcasing views of the Meydan Racecourse, Farriers serves a brunch of Arabic and international cuisines (with a focus on food from the famous horse riding nations of the world). Dishes come via both buffet and live cooking stations. There’s also plenty of entertainment for kids, as well as probably the largest children’s play area any Dubai brunch has to offer.
The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs245 with soft drinks, Dhs445 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3813111. Taxi: Nad Al Sheba. meydanhotels.com
This lively Brazilian churrascaria offers an authentic all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue, featuring 15 cuts of meat, along with stunning views of the Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. There’s also live entertainment from the Diego & Giselle Latin Band.
Ramada Plaza JBR, Bahar 7, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs315 with soft drinks, Dhs425 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4398888. Metro: Jumeirah Lakes Towers. ramadaplazajbr.com
21. Frioul Bistro De Luxe
This airy, waterfront venue provides an elegant French Mediterranean brunch. Dishes such as frog’s legs and slow-cooked wagyu beef ribs appear on the set menu. Expect a relaxed yet refined environment.
Souk Madinat, Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 5670011. Taxi: Souk Madinat. frioulbistrodeluxe.com
22. The Grand Grill
Step through the wood-panelled foyer and enter this infamous South African steakhouse. Boasting an outdoor bar, The Grand Grill is arguably Dubai’s most popular party brunch. Expect ribs, steaks, dancing, singing waiters, music and free-flowing drinks at the 2014 What’s On Award-winning brunch.
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs255 with soft drinks, Dhs325 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3994221. Metro: Dubai Marina/ Damac Properties. thegrandgrillsteakhouse.com
23. Media One Hotel
A good brunch for party folk, whether you prefer to sit by the patio or the pool, the Media One Hotel has a Friday feast across its three restaurants on the eighth floor. The Med, Dek On 8 and Garden On 8 all share the brunch, serving an assortment of international food.
Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm and 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks, Dhs595 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4271000. Metro: Nakheel. mediaonehotel.com
Make like the Great Gatsby at this New York 1920s Prohibition-inspired brunch. Ask for a poolside table and enjoy decadent dishes, including truffle-crusted scallops and eggs Benedict with poached lobster. Music from a live singer will help take you back in time.
Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs345 with soft drinks, Dhs465 with house drinks, Dhs600 with champagne. Tel: (04) 8182222. Taxi: Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah. waldorfastoria.com
25. Mint Leaf Of London
Boasting a terrace with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa, this fine dining Indian brunch remains a firm favourite with Dubai’s stylish crowd. Dishes include the all-time favourite Dal Makhni, as well as a live grill station in the lounge. There are also two live bars offering an extensive list of signature cocktails. Post-feast, the adjacent Lounge At Mint Leaf offers half-price drinks between 5pm and 8pm. Brunch is available on Fridays and Saturdays.
Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Fri and Sat 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house drinks, Dhs345 with Prosecco. Tel: (04) 7060900. Metro: Financial Centre. facebook.com/MintLeafDXB
26. Moroc Lounge & Bar
Craving a BBQ but don’t fancy firing up the grill yourself? Head to Moroc, for a laidback outdoor brunch on a terrace that overlooks the impressive Ibn Battuta Gate.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs179 with soft drinks, Dhs279 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4445613. Metro: Ibn Battuta Mall. movenpick-hotels.com
Late night on Thursday? No matter – if you miss the afternoon brunch at Nosh, they’ve got you covered with an evening brunch package too. Either way, be sure to book an outdoor table overlooking the lake.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeriah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs205 with soft drinks, Dhs315 with house drinks, Dhs535 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4380000. Metro: Jumeirah Lakes Towers. moevenpick-hotels.com
This is a chilled polo-field-side brunch with a room of starters and desserts, live cooking stations on the terrace, carving stations inside and activities for children. Polo matches start at 4pm during the season.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs225 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks, Dhs475 with champagne. Tel: (04) 3618111. poloclubdubai.com
Yes, it’s Sunday evening, but it’s still a ‘brunch’ in the Dubai sense of the word and the Italian cuisine at Positano is second to none when it comes to freshness and flavour. The Festa Italiana brunch specialises in Amalfi classics.
JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai, Sun 6pm to midnight, Dhs180, Dhs370 with house drinks). Tel: (04) 4143000. Metro: Business Bay Metro Station. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
30. Pure Sky Lounge
If the stunning sunset views over the Gulf aren’t enough to pull you to the chic outdoor tables of Pure Sky Lounge, then the incredible variety of sharing platters and meats brought directly from the outdoor grill to your table during this brunch certainly will.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai, Fri 5.30pm to 9pm, Dhs225 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3747888. Taxi: Hilton JBR. hilton.com
31. The Ranches Restaurant
Book a table on the terrace overlooking a golf course for an early breakfast with coffee and tea. The buffet goes from carvery to waffles.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, Fri and Sat 9am to 2pm, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 3607935. Taxi: Arabian Ranches Golf Club. arabianranchesgolfdubai.com
32. Reform Social And Grill
A relaxing gastropub-style brunch in a beer garden begins with a posh ploughman’s platter of cheese, meats, pickles and breads. Among the hearty mains are fish and chips, lamb shank and roast chicken. The old school desserts include a rhubarb crumble and a butterscotch toffee pudding.
The Lakes Club, Emirates Living District, Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm, Dhs260 with soft drinks, Dhs360 with house drinks, Dhs405 with prosecco. Tel: (04) 4542638 Taxi: The Lakes Club. reformsocialgrill.ae
33. Rixos The Palm
A La Turca presents a wide range of Arabic, Mediterranean and, of course, Turkish foods via live cooking stations and buffets. The terrace is huge, the chairs comfy and there’s a band playing every week.
Rixos The Palm, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs275 with soft drinks, Dhs400 with house drinks, Dhs500 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4575555. Taxi: The Palm, east crescent. thepalmdubai.rixos.com
Book ahead to get an outdoor table at the terrace BBQ at Rosso. Although slabs of grilled meat isn’t what you’d normally expect at an Italian restaurant, they do also have a good spread of cold cuts and pastas. The brunch is followed by a strategically timed happy hour.
Amwaj Rotana, JBR, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs235 with soft drinks, Dhs355 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4282000. Metro: JLT. rotana.com
35. Sho Cho
Alice in Wonderland meets Japan as Sho Cho’s lovely outdoor terrace is transformed into a The Little Tea Party brunch. Guests are invited to tuck into miniature miso soup, tiny sushi rolls and delicate Japanese dishes accompanied by drinks served in an assortment of tea pots, tea cups and saucers.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Fri 1pm to 5pm, Dhs250 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3461111. Metro: World Trade Centre. sho-cho.com
36. Sofitel Downtown
Street food served from trucks is the gimmick at this lovely outdoor poolside brunch. Awesome views of the Burj Khalifa greet you as you walk in. Turn left for quesadillas, pizza, salads, and a barbecue. They also do Chinese and Thai food and an excellent Indian station where your customised curry is made in front of you. It feels like a mini food festival.
Sofitel Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs260 with soft drinks, Dhs345 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 5036666. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. sofitel.com
37. The Kitchen Table
Enjoy pool and beach access when you book a table at this poolside brunch in the Hilton.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai, JBR Walk, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs379 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4533333. Metro: Jumeirah Lakes Towers. doubletree3.hilton.com
With alfresco tables overlooking the waters of Madinat Jumeirah, there are few better places to soak up the sun than Tortuga. Look out for the sea turtles that the restaurant is named for while you tuck into fresh guacamole, enchiladas, tacos and more, plus ceviche from a live cooking station. This stand-alone brunch will join forces with the legendary Mina A’Salam option come November.
Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs265 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3666730. Taxi: Mina A’Salam. jumeirah.com
39. Urban Picnic
Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, choose a bottle, collect some food and pick a spot inside at a table or outside by the pool at this nostalgic brunch. There’s a pizza oven, good salads, and noodles, which come in those cool New York-style Chinese takeaway cartons. The main platter of steak, lamb chops, baked chicken and seafood is delivered to the table. The dessert counter has American treats such as fruit lattice pies and peach cobbler.
Vida Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 5pm, Dhs265 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4286823. Taxi: Vida Downtown Hotel. vida-hotels.com
40. Zero Gravity
With a garden that transforms into a cool outdoor club as the sun sets, and terrace tables with ocean views, this Miami-style beach club does huge sharing platters of sushi, dim sum and chicken skewers, plus roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. It’s also a later brunch, which suits some.
Skydive Dubai Palm Drop Zone, Al Sufouh, Dubai, Fri 3pm to 6pm, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs666 with champagne. Tel: (04) 3990009. Taxi: Next to Skydive Dubai. 0-gravity.ae
Spectacular views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain will wow brunchers at this terrace restaurant. The six-course menu is Asian fusion tapas, touching on both traditional and contemporary food. Look out for their teatails: cocktails made with tea.
The Address Downtown, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs315 with soft drinks, Dhs425 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4368888. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. theaddress.com
For French cuisine at its finest, brunch at Imperium certainly delivers. The food is impeccable, from the grilled steaks to the carvery station, and the outdoor seating offers lovely Palm views. A jazz brunch on Saturdays features live music inspired by New Orleans, with Cajun and Creole cuisine.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs330 with soft drinks, Dhs450 with house drinks, Dhs575 with champagne, Dhs2,500 with premium champagne, Sat 1pm to 4pm, Dhs275 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4530444. Taxi: The Palm, west crescent. jumeirah.com
The sky-high bar at The Oberoi has revamped its Friday brunch with calorie-light cocktails, prepared with healthy ingredients such as pink grapefruit juice, hibiscus tea, black tea and homemade ginger syrup – no sugar. There are live cooking stations, a barbecue, live music and views of the Burj Khalifa from the 27th floor terrace.
The Oberoi, Business Bay, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 6pm, Dhs360 with soft drinks, Dhs460 with house drinks, Dhs560 with champagne. Tel: (056) 9511442. Metro: Business Bay. facebook.com/pages/Iris-Dubai
A delicious Mexican feast, in a gorgeous outdoor villa, with pool and beach access thrown in. Wander in from the beach or pool (no beach shorts allowed) and dive into tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, quesadilla, chili chipotle barbecue chicken salad, sizzling rib eye steak fajitas, lobster tail and lamb chops. The DJ spins until late.
Le Royal Méridien, Sufouh Road, Dubai, Fri and Sat 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs500 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 3165550. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. maya-dubai.com
This Polynesian-themed brunch on the Palm has gorgeous pool and ocean views from its terrace – and the price includes access to both. It’s a family-friendly affair, and you can expect to dine on fresh seafood, rich desserts and imaginative cocktails.
Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 3pm, Dhs360 with soft drinks, Dhs495 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4555656. Taxi: Sofitel The Palm. sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com
Relax in the pretty poolside gardens of the Four Seasons as you enjoy the extravagant brunch at Suq restaurant. There’s fresh seafood, Arabic delicacies and international fare on offer, plus a special children’s play area makes it family friendly.
Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs500 with house drinks, Dhs690 with champagne. Tel: (04) 2707777. Taxi: Four Seasons Dubai. fourseasons.com
Impeccably prepared French cuisine is the order of the day at this stunning restaurant in the Park Hyatt. Book a table on the outdoor terrace to enjoy the sunshine, along with views over Dubai Creek.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs485 with soft drinks, Dhs680 with house drinks, Dhs750 with champagne. Tel: (04) 3172222. Taxi: Near Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. dubai.park.hyatt.com
48. West 14th
Come here for surf and turf overlooking an infinity pool. Start with sharing dishes, then choose a main course and dessert. Keep eyes peeled for the mustard cart trundling around (who knew there were so many options out there?).
Oceana Beach Club, The Palm, Dubai, Fri and Sat 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs399 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4477601. Taxi: Oceana Beach Club. west14th.ae