A guide to the 11 Michelin Star restaurants in Dubai
From fine dining underwater to acclaimed Italians…
The first ever Dubai Michelin guide has been unveiled, with 11 restaurants in Dubai awarded Michelin Stars. While no Dubai restaurants have three Michelin Stars in the inaugural list, two have been bestowed with two stars, and a further nine have been awarded one Michelin Star.
Dubai is the 36th destination to be covered by the Michelin Guide and a total of 69 restaurants are included in the first edition of the Michelin Guide Dubai, which includes the 11 Michelin Star restaurants, 14 Bib Gourmand recipients, a green star award and 44 other recommendations. The full list can be viewed here.
But if only stars will do, here’s a guide to Dubai’s Michelin Star restaurants.
Two Michelin Star restaurants in Dubai
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Bulgari Resort Dubai
Housed inside the luxury fashion-focused Bulgari Resort Dubai is Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, one of only a duo of two Michelin Star restaurants in Dubai. The menu is overseen by chef Niko Romito, the culinary mastermind behind Bulgari Resorts’ Il Ristorante’s in Shanghai, Beijing, Milan and Paris, and celebrates the rich heritage of Italy through top quality ingredients sourced from across the Italian regions. Blending the classic and contemporary – and coupling it with five-star service, it’s an interpretation of exquisite Italian flavours with modern simplicity.
STAY by Yannick Alléno, One&Only The Palm
Innovative, inventive and intriguing, expect classic French dining at the highest level at STAY by Yannick Alléno, located at the One&Only The Palm. There’s a less-is-more approach to both the simple, elegant aesthetic as well as the sophisticated menu that celebrates timeless French techniques. A seasonally changing menu offers the opportunity to try dishes such as scallops quenelle, truffle frangipane tart with poivrade artichokes and king crab.
One Michelin Star restaurants in Dubai
Singaporean chef-owner Akmal Anuar (previously of 3Fils fame) has transformed a large villa in Jumeirah 1 into 11 Woodfire, a contemporary eatery specialising in open-fire cooking. Offering a global variety of vegetables, seafood and meats grilled to perfection over oak, hickory or hay. The quality of ingredients is what makes this a standout one Michelin Star restaurant, and if you’re into grilled dishes, you won’t be disappointed with the choices here.
Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab
Led by Saverio Sbaragli, formerly of 3 Michelin Star Arpège, Al Muntaha sits atop one of Dubai’s most iconic addresses: The Burj Al Arab. Fine dining in one of the world’s finest addresses, here you can expect a space that’s all about letting the stretching views and an intricate and inventive menu of predominantly French, but Mediterranean-influenced fare. Order a la carte or let the experts do the legwork and book the signature tasting menu – a six-course flight through Al Muntaha’s best bits.
Armani Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai
Burj Khalifa draws in flocks of people to gaze at its majestic presence but its restaurants draw in the crowds, too. Armani Ristorante, now bestowed with a prestigious Michelin Star, is well known for its Italian fare and impresses with beautifully decorated dishes to match the stylish setting.
Hakkasan, Atlantis The Palm
Beautiful Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan Dubai is one of two restaurants in Atlantis The Palm recognised with a Michelin Star. Those familiar with the brand may know that you can dine at almost a dozen Hakkasan restaurants around the world, with its reimagined Chinese favourites served up globally alongside some exclusive Dubai additions, all focused on the freshest possible ingredients.
Hōseki, Bulgari Resort Dubai
The decadent dining experience at Bulgari’s nine-seater restaurant was always going to be one of the city’s top contenders for a star. The intimate but impactful dining room comes with stunning Dubai skyline views, and guests enjoy an omakase-tailored experience from sushi master Masahiro Sugiyama. With a focus on personalising every guest experience, no two meals are exactly alike, with the culinary star basing his courses on the preferences of those seated at the counter, alongside the freshest seasonal ingredients available each day.
Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
The ingenuity of chef Grégoire Berger, along with a narrative approach to reimagining French cuisine, has clearly charmed the inspectors – and it’s easy to see why. The one Michelin Star Ossiano has the trifecta of luxurious setting, complete with sideshow of 65,000 marine life passing by; unrivalled hospitality that comes from years of expert training; and exquisite presentation of seafood specialities that impresses time and again.
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm
When Massimo Bottura selected Dubai as the location for his first restaurant outside Italy, it was clear he saw something in the city’s ever-evolving culinary scene. Fast forward three years and his colourful Italian Riviera-inspired restaurant, an ode to his childhood in the 1960s, has been awarded one Michelin Star thanks to its flavourful Italian cuisine served up with a twist. Much praised should be heaped on the shoulders of chef Bernado Paladini, the restaurant’s head chef and Massimo Bottura protégé.
Tresind Studio, Nakheel Mall
This is a restaurant that ticks almost all of Michelin’s boxes: an intimate dining experience, charming homegrown clout, a humble head chef with genius ambition, and an ever-evolving menu that elevates modern Indian cuisine into the stratosphere. The restaurant recently relocated to a swanky new spot at Nakheel Mall on The Palm, but the much-loved intimacy still, thankfully, remains. The recipient of the Restaurant of the Year at the What’s On Awards Dubai 2022, Tresind Studio, is also the recipient of a coveted Michelin Star.
Tasca by José Avillez, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Tasca is the first international offering from culinary mastermind José Avillez, who pours the heart and soul of Portugal into every plate of this Michelin-starred menu. Genuine Portuguese flavours are transformed with contemporary twists, and paired with an extensive collection of Portuguese wines and a setting that few can rival. A skyline-facing infinity pool serves as a particularly jaw-dropping backdrop.