27 Saturday brunches you need to try in Dubai
Because brunch isn’t just a Friday thing…
The Friday Brunch is a weekend staple in Dubai that is unrivalled around the world. Abandoning the traditional sense of the word (you know, eggs benedict and pancakes) in favour of a three or four-hour feast with unlimited drinks, it’s something everyone has to experience at least once.
But brunch is no longer restricted to a Friday, as many restaurants and bars are opting to host a second serving on a Saturday. So if you can’t make Friday, or you’ve got stamina for a double dose, here are 24 Saturday brunches to try in Dubai.
If a pool brunch sounds like your ideal way to spend a Saturday then the one at Andreeas should tick all of your boxes. Catch some rays on the sun loungers next to or even in the pool or spend the day propped up by the pool bar. From 2pm to 5pm, graze on a selection of Mediterranean tapas and bites with free-flowing house beverages.
Andreeas, Al Habtoor Grand Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs295 house, Dhs350 sparkling. Tel: (04) 408 4400. facebook.com/andreeasdubai
Bab Al Shams
Feel like escaping the city for a moment? Bab Al Shams’ stunning desert resort should satisfy your need to take a breather. They’ve just reintroduced their 360 degree nature brunch, which is set up picnic-style on the lush green lawns of the resort. It’s family-friendly and there’s loads of activities to keep the kids smiling all day with games, pony and camel rides and bouncy castles all on the agenda.
Bab Al Shams, Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs225 with soft drinks and bottled water, kids aged 6 to 12 get 50 percent off and under 6 dine free. Tel: (04) 809 6194. babalshams.com
Got family in town? Take them to be wowed by the Dubai fountains as you catch up over a relaxed afternoon. BiCE Mare offers delicious Italian bites and fresh seafood in their brunch that takes place every Friday and Saturday.
BiCE Mare, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs499 sparkling. Tel: (04) 423 0982. facebook/com/BICEMare
If you’re looking for an extra long breakfast brunch with a couple of cheeky mimosa’s thrown in there, try District’s Breakfast Club offering (which is also available on Fridays too). Enjoy mains like a full English, eggs Benedict or buttermilk pancakes along with three mimosa cocktails and a tea or coffee for Dhs149. Sit out on the terrace which has stunning views out over Bluewaters Island.
District Bar, Lounge & Bistro, Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai, 10am to 1pm, Fridays and Saturdays. Tel: (04) 394 1832. facebook.com/DistrictBarLoungeandBistro
Can’t get enough of tapas? Graze away at El Sur, as they have a Saturday brunch offering to feast on. From 12.30pm to 3.30pm, you’ll get a selection of tapas, rice dishes and paella to share along with house and sparkling beverages for Dhs265.
El Sur, The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Saturdays, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 511 7434. marriott.com
Family Fiesta Brunch at The World Eatery
Family bingo and fun games are all in order for the whole tribe to get involved in at The World Eatery’s fun brunch. The big ones can graze on delicious plates like miso & ginger glazed salmon, beef bresaola carpaccio or BBQ chicken bombs every Saturday from 12.30pm to 4pm whilst the kids get their hands dirty with some fun activities in the kids’ club. You even get beach access for the day, too.
The World Eatery, Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs315 soft drinks, Dhs420 free-flowing house drinks, Dhs105 for children aged 6 to 12, under 6 dine free. Tel: (04) 455 5656. sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com
Flow Kitchen at Fairmont The Palm
Fancy some epic views and oh-so-relaxing al fresco dining whilst the kids run around? Flow Kitchen does a ‘weekend family lunch’ on Fridays and Saturdays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm where you can graze from a international buffet featuring Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine alongside a fresh juice station and homemade ice cream to keep the little ones happy. It’s priced at Dhs180 per person for food only.
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs180 food only. Tel: (04) 457 3457. fairmont.com
Boutique City Walk hotel La Ville hosts a ‘Saturday Grazing Feast’ each week at Graze Gastro Grill. There’s a flow of dishes served to the table designed to be shared, with not only prime cuts of meat on offer, but a host of seafood and vegetarian options as well. It’s served from 1pm to 6pm, and you can pick any three hour slot in that time.
GRAZE Gastro Grill, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Saturdays any 3-hour period between 1pm to 6pm, Dhs225 soft, Dhs325 house, Dhs425premium. Tel: (04) 403 3111. grazelaville.com
Geales in Le Royal Meridien runs its family-friendly Saturday brunch each week. There’s a four-course brunch menu served to the table alongside four hours of free-flowing selected drinks, plus there’s a whole host of activities for the little ones, including face painting, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and kids’ yoga.
Geales, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs425 premium, Dhs325 house, Dhs225 soft. Tel: (04) 316 5550. geales-dubai.com
Indulge in unlimited Vietnamese dishes at this cool Downtown restaurant. There are over 50 different options, served tapas-style so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs185 food only, Dhs205 soft drinks, Dhs310 house. Tel: (04) 405 2703. facebook.com/ShangriLaHotelDubai
Cool Mexican spot La Carnita has fast earned itself a hoard of fans for its cool street vibes and excellent party scene. If you just can’t get enough, check it out on a Saturday from 3pm to 6pm for their chilled out brunch from 3pm to 6pm, with a set menu and free-flowing house beverages for Dhs350.
La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Dubai, Saturdays, 3pm to 6pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (04) 425 4030. facebook.com/LaCarnitaDXB
The four hour ‘Reveil’ Saturday brunch package at La Cantine is an all-you-can-eat breakfast feast complete with pyjama wearing waiters, alarm clocks, fluffy slippers and a menu of top brekkie dishes. And best of all? It’s served up in an actual bed. There’s only one four-poster bed though, so if you want to bag the most Instagrammable spot, be sure to book ahead…
La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs650 sparkling. Tel: (04) 352 7105. lacantine.ae
La Piscina is the luxe new pool at Palazzo Versace that you need to visit this season. Their poolside brunch on a Saturday will get you unlimited Mediterranean bites and free flowing beverages from 1pm to 4pm for a very wallet-friendly Dhs250. We think we’ve just found our favourite new day-date hangout.
La Piscina by Palazzo Versace, Palazzo Versace, Al Jaddaff, daily 10am to 7pm. Tel: (058) 2266443. Lapiscina@palazzoversace.ae
Mina’s Kitchen at The Westin Mina Seyahi has had a makeover and is back with an eclectic new look and a unique dining concept to boot. As well as the brand new interiors– think leafy and botanical and black and white chequered, they’ve introduced a brand new Saturday breakfast brunch that’s actually at breakfast (sort of). Running from 11am to 3pm, you can raid the breakfast buffet as many times as you like in between free flowing breakfast beverages such as mimosas or bloody Mary’s.
Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 11am to 3pm, Saturdays, Dhs145 soft, Dhs245 house. Tel: (04) 511 7373. facebook.com/minaskitchendubai
Mazina at Address Dubai Marina
The real child-friendly fun happens on a Saturday at their Culinary High Seas Adventure brunch, priced the same, with prizes available for the best dressed pirate or mermaid with rotating activities each week including pizza making, cupcake decorating, sandwich making, cupcake decorating or sandwich making – great to keep the little ones entertained.
Mazina, Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, Saturdays, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs325 soft drinks, Dhs450 house drinks with free flow and bubbly, 50 per cent off for children aged 6 to 11, under 5’s dine free. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
Do you love nothing more than sitting poolside with a chilled glass of rose in-hand? Nikki Beach on a Saturday is probably the place for you then. Get yourself set up beside the famously Instagrammable pool and enjoy free-flowing rose and a selection of food from 1pm to 4pm. It’s the ideal spot for that chilled out day with bestie that you’ve been meaning to plan.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs265 soft, Dhs395 beer or wine, Dhs465 cocktails, spirits, wine & beer. Tel: (04) 376 6000. facebook.com/nikkibeachdubai
Saturdaze at 3in1
If Saturdays only mean one thing to you – pool days, then this summery deal at Vida Downtown should tick all the right boxes. From 12pm to 4pm you can enjoy unlimited trips to the buffet filled with breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads along with one house beverage for Dhs140.
Saturdaze at 3in1, VIDA Downtown Dubai, Saturdays 12pm to 4pm, unlimited buffet and one house drink, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 888 3444. vidahotels.com
Perched on the beachfront at the Four Seasons Jumeirah, Sea Fu is one of those idyllic spots everyone in Dubai needs to visit once. On Saturdays, they host the Omakase brunch, a laid-back afternoon of authentic Asian delicacies, served alongside traditional sake cocktails and live music from the resident DJ. It’s an upscale affair, perfect for impressing guests.
Sea Fu, Four Seasons Jumeirah, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs360 soft, Dhs560 house, Dhs780 premium. Tel: 04 270 7802. fourseasons.com
Tuck into all your Chinese favourites at Shang Palace’s four-hour unlimited brunch. Think delicious dim sum, tasty noodles and classic rice dishes. Have you got what it takes?
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Saturdays, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs180 soft, Dhs285. Tel: (04) 405 2703. facebook.com/ShangriLaHotelDubai
The STK brunches just keep on coming, and their Downtown spot has you covered on a Saturday with their latest evening brunch, Vice. This Saturday evening dinner party starts with starters such as their amazing Lil’ Brgrs, ceviche and salad, followed by an a la carte choice of main such as steak, roasted salmon or cauliflower risotto. The desserts are all-American, with options like cheesecake or cookie dough. This one’s for the foodies.
Vice, STK Dubai Downtown, Address Downtown, Dubai, Saturdays, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs349 house and Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (04) 425 3948. addresshotels.com
Part ladies’ day part party brunch, this upscale Saturday party takes place 16 floors up at The Penthouse. Run by party brand Candypants, expect a lively vibe as local DJs spin on rotation, five hours of free flowing drinks as well as regular fashion shows and pop-up boutiques.
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs249 ladies drinks only, Dhs349 ladies brunch, Dhs399 gents brunch. Tel: (050) 220 4638. Facebook.com/Candypantsevents
The Els Club
Serving up a Friday and Saturday brunch, The Big Easy Bar and Grill at The Els Club is a South African fusion feast. The carvery brunch has seating both inside and outside overlooking the Els Golf Club, and there’s carvery stations and homemade Big Easy delights to tuck into from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
The Big Easy Bar and Grill, The Els Club, Fri and Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs149 kids, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house, Dhs399 bubbly. Tel: (04) 425 1000. elsclubdubai.com
Dubai’s biggest Saturday ‘Supernatural’ brunch returns to the pool and beach each week. It’s a colourful, all-inclusive pool and beach brunch for those who don’t want the weekend to end. It comes with all-inclusive food and drink stations for five hours, and resident DJs taking to the decks till late.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina. Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs249 ladies, Dhs299 gents. Tel:(04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
The luxe Villamore restaurant has a fabulous offering that runs on both Fridays and Saturdays. You can enjoy three courses of a la carte, Mediterranean dishes along with unlimited house beverages for Dhs475. It’s the perfect chilled-out Saturday brunch with stunning sea views.
Villamore, Crescent West, Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, Palm, Dubai, Fridays and Saturdays, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs575 sparkling. Tel: (04) 248 8890. kempinski.com
Tuck into unlimited dim sum, along with signature soup and a delicious main course served with fried rice at this classy Pan-Asian hotspot at Bluewaters Island. Include soft drinks and it’s Dhs208, and for house drinks it’s Dhs308.
Zhen Wei, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Saturdays 12pm to 3.30pm, soft drinks Dhs208, house drinks Dhs308. Tel: (04) 556 6666. caesars.com
Yalumba at Le Meridien
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A buffet of international dishes is served at this hotel near the airport, and it’s got a reputation for being a lively affair during brunch on a Friday. Saturdays though, are all about family. There’s fun and games for little ones in the designated kids’ corner, with staff on hand to entertain them while you tuck into your food. There’s also a special kids’ buffet.
Le Meridien, Garhoud, Saturday 12.30pm to 3pm,Dhs119 with soft drinks, under 12s free. Tel: (04) 702 2455. yalumbadubai.com
Coming soon: Torno Subito
A brand new Saturday brunch is launching at cool Italian restaurant Torno Subito on Saturday, December 28 and the culinary mastermind behind it, Massimo Bottura will be there on the launch date. From 1pm to 4pm, enjoy delicious Italian bites like mini calzone’s, burrata and risotto, washed down with selected house beverages on the idyllic terrace.
Torno Sabado, Torno Subito, W The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, every Saturday from December 28, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs499 house, Dhs349 soft. Tel: (04) 425 5800. marriott.com