20 dinners for under Dhs500 for two
Perfect for date night…
With brand new restaurants popping up all over the city each week, committing to one can be a deal-breaking decision. The food, the drink, the location, the music, the views… with so many variables it’s hard to know where to go.
And catching up with a mate or dining for two can be an expensive hobby. So whether it’s unlimited sushi, a deal that includes drinks or a three-course sharing menu, we’ve rounded up 20 Dubai dinner deals that won’t break the bank, and that are ideal for two.
Dhs300 and under for two
1. Riva Ristorante
Dhs80 per person, Sundays
Every Sunday, curry fans can to tuck into a delectable platter for Dhs80, perfect for sharing. The array of platters available will appeal to all tastes, which when combined with stunning views of the Palm and the Dubai skyline, promise to start the week on a good note.
Riva, Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm to 11pm, Sundays, Dhs80. Tel: (04) 430 9466. riva-beach.com
Dhs180 for two people, Saturday to Thursday
The Anantara The Palm’s signature restaurant, Mekong, has an offer with the Chef’s signature appetisers, perfect for sharing. Steamed Prawn Hakaw, Fresh Vietnamese Duck Spring Rolls, Gochujang Chicken Wings, are all included for Dhs180. Experience an Asian inspired setting of rickshaw-style seating in the outdoor terrace with views of the Dubai skyline.
Mekong, Anantara The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, 5pm to 7pm, Sat to Thurs, Dhs180 for two people. Tel: (04) 567 8304. anantara.com
3. Seafood Kitchen
Dhs182 for two people, Tuesdays
Mussel lovers will enjoy this opportunity to feast on a whole kilogram of them. For Dhs182, tuck into a 1kg pot of mussels which is served in a number of perfumed broths such as French Moules Mariniere, Mediterranean Marinara, Asian Thai Chilli and Zesty Lemon & Dill.
Seafood Kitchen, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, noon to midnight, Tuesdays, Dhs182. Tel: (04) 568 4227. facebook.com
4. Miss Tess
Dhs98 per person, Sundays
Every Sunday, Miss Tess offers guests ‘All you Can Eat Sushi’ for a great value Dhs98. Valid from 8pm to 11pm, guests can enjoy a range of unlimited sashimi, maki and nigiri, served up alongside theatrical performances and live entertainment.
Miss Tess, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Sundays, Dhs98. Tel: (050) 650 4988. misstessdubai.com
5. The Duck Hook
Dhs105 per person, Monday to Wednesday
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, head down to The Duck Hook for some contemporary country pub vibes. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can choose a classic dish from either a burger, curry or fish & chips and a glass of wine or pint of beer.
The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club, noon to midnight, Mon to Weds, Dhs105. Tel (04) 366 6197. facebook.com
6. The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Dhs250 for two people, Fridays
The Scene by Simon Rimmer has a tasty traditional British dinner deal to take advantage of to kickstart the weekend. Every Friday from 12pm, enjoy a Beef Wellington with two starters for Dhs250 per couple. Pair it with their tab weekender which gets you five drinks for Dhs175.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 6pm, Fridays, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 4222 328. thescenedubai.com
7. SIKKA Café
Dhs129 per person, daily
Sikka, the contemporary fusion café is located in City Walk, La Mer and Al Khawaneej. Every day they offer a set menu, priced at AED129 per person with 11 signature dishes in sample-sized portions. The platter marries up Emirati, Persian and Indian flavours in one complete meal.
SIKKA Café, City Walk, 8am to midnight, daily, Dhs129. Tel (04) 385 6524. sikkadubai.ae
8. Joe’s Backyard
Dhs299 for two people, Mondays
Cool roof-top bar, Joe’s Backyard, has launched a date night offer with a set menu to share with your better half. For Dhs299 per couple, feast on a selection of barbecued bites and a bottle of wine to enjoy amongst the skyline views.
Joe’s Backyard, Holiday Inn, Dubai Festival City, from 8pm, Mondays, Dhs299 for two. Tel: (055) 709 4509. joebackyard.com
9. Weslodge Saloon
Dhs300 for two people, Mondays
This trendy Canadian saloon has couple’s night that is all about the food. At Dhs300 for two, receive a welcome drink, a four-course dinner and a glass of wine. There’s a lively atmosphere with music from their resident DJ, and great views across Downtown from the 68th floor.
Weslodge, JW Marriott Marquis, Mondays 7pm-11pm, Dhs300 for two. Tel: (04) 560 1700. weslodge.ae
Dhs150 per person, Thursdays
The contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant located in Renaissance Downtown has launched a weekly barbecue night – Fire Up! The offering includes Arabic cold mezze barbecued tiger prawns, slow cooked lamb ribs, chargrilled octopus and rotisserie marinated poussin. There are also a selection of desserts to choose from.
BHAR, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, 6pm to 11:30pm, Thursdays, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 512 5599. bhar-dubai.com
Dhs400 and under for two
11. Asia Asia
Dhs329 for two people, Saturdays
Enjoy beautiful views of the Dubai Marina between 12pm to 7pm, indulging in unlimited servings of sushi & dim sum, accompanied by a bottle of grape for just Dhs329 per couple.
Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, noon to 7pm, Saturdays, Dhs329 for two. Tel: (04) 2765900. asia-asia.com
Dhs179 per person, Thursdays
Enjoy the ultimate British comfort food every Thursday evening in Mazina. All the family favourites make an appearance, from beef wellington, to various roasted joints, shepherd’s pie and loads of Yorkshire pudding. Start the weekend off the right way, with friends, family and food.
Mazina, Address Dubai Marina, 7pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs179. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
13. The Grand Grill
Dhs359 for two people, Mondays
Conveniently located in Grand Habtoor is the Grand Grill. The South-African steakhouse has a couples deal offering two starters, two 300 gram rib-eye steaks and a bottle of wine for Dhs359. Perfect for a mid-week date night!
The Grand Grill, Grand Habtoor Beach Resort and Spa, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 10pm, Mondays, Dhs359 for two people. (04) 399 4221. thegrandgrillsteakhouse.com
Dhs180 per person, Mondays
Do you love pizza? Dumb question, of course you do. The new ‘Matto Mondays’ night at The Oberoi in Business Bay lets you indulge in non-stop pizza (and one negroni) for just Dhs100 from 7pm to 12am. Want to go all out? Pay Dhs180 and you get an open bar of wine and beer for two hours, or Dhs280 with selected spirits, cocktails and prosecco, along with as much pizza as you can handle.
Matto, The Oberoi, Lobby Level, Business Bar, Mondays, 7pm to 12am, Dhs100 pizza and one drink, Dhs180 with wine and beer, Dhs280 with cocktails and prosecco. Tel: (04) 444 1335. oberoihotels.com
15. Via Veneto
Dhs199 per person, Thursdays & Fridays
Weekends just got better with the launch of Via Veneto’s Pizza and Prosecco night. On Thursday and Friday nights, enjoy three hours of unlimited pizza and sparkling grape for Dhs199 per person.
Via Veneto, Manzil Downtown Dubai, Downtown Boulevard, 7pm to 10pm, Thursdays and Fridays, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 2427882, viaveneto.ae
Dhs500 and under for two
16. Brasserie du Park
Dhs225 per person, Tuesdays
The Fisherman’s catch is the Tuesday night offering at Brasserie Du Park and it includes a selection of fresh seafood stations to choose from. The raw seafood bar features oysters, mussels, scallops, Omani lobster, sashimi, razor clams, salmon and tuna tartare, salmon ceviche.
Brasserie du Park, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, 7:30pm to 11:45pm, Tuesdays, Dhs225 with soft beverages. Tel: (04) 602 1814. thepromenadedxb.com
Dhs499 for two people, daily
JBR steakhouse and US export STK is already popular for its Tuesday ladies’ night and sellout Friday brunches, but the venue also has a daily offering to please the couples. Available each evening from 6pm to 1am and priced at Dhs499 for two, guests can enjoy a 1kg rib-eye steak with prawns, served with a side of parmesan truffle chips and broccolini accompanied by a bottle of house wine.
STK JBR, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina, daily 6pm to 1am, Dhs499. Tel: (04) 323 0061. More info on website
18. Soho Garden
Dhs499 for two people, Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays during March
At Soho Garden throughout March, share two starters from either the superfood salad or shrimp cocktail or chicken tenders followed by steak frites or goat’s cheese, spinach & artichoke bake plus a carafe of white, red or rosé wine.
Soho Garden, Meydan, Dubai, Tues, Sat and Sun, Dhs499 for two. Tel: (056) 82 22 559. sohogardendxb.com
19. Café Nikki
Dhs500 for two people, daily
Spend the evening at Nikki Beach Resort’s bistro destination has a three-course dinner offer including a vast selection of dishes made to be shared. The meal is Dhs500 for two people and includes a bottle of house white, rosé or red wine.
Café Nikki, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, 7pm to 10:30pm, daily, Dhs500 for two people. Tel: (04) 376 6290. nikkibeachhotels.com
20. The Queen’s Grill
Dhs250 per person, daily
Hop aboard the QE2 and try the vegetarian three-course tasting menu. The menu offers passengers a delectable selection of the finest British cuisine – prepared by chef Rama, a former chef from the QE2’s sailing days.
The Queen’s Grill, The QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid, 7pm to 11pm, daily, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 526 8888. Qe2.com