8 amazing Dubai seafood restaurants with stunning views
From beachside restaurants to chic underwater dining…
With so many oh-so-pretty vantage points in Dubai, picking a restaurant with a view can be a daunting task. For seaood with a side of stunning vistas, look no further than this crop of foodie favourites.
Here’s 8 amazing seafood restaurants in Dubai with amazing views.
Beach Bar & Grill
On the golden sands of One&Only Royal Mirage this seaside restaurant features both a small indoor dining room as well as an expansive, split-level wooden deck. Here on the terrace, surrounded by palm trees, is where you’ll enjoy the best views, with the resort’s private beach and the lapping shores of the Arabian Gulf mere steps away. There’s a beach-chic feel to this gorgeous spot, and it’s the kind of restaurant that’s all about laid back beachfront dining. A menu of sharing dishes curated by chef Mauro Colagreco is inspired by the acclaimed chef’s Argentinian roots, with lots of fresh salads and punchy ceviches alongside delicious seafood like tuna a la plancha, seafood linguine and grilled octopus.
Beach Bar & Grill, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, 12pm to 11pm daily. Tel: (0)4 399 9999, oneandonlyresorts.com
Fish Beach Taverna
A relaxed slice of Aegean island dining on the shores of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, this pretty Mediterranean spot has long been a favourite for alfresco seafood in stunning surrounds. A cobbled pathway leads down to a whitewashed restaurant where tables are dotted across the grass and spill down to the beach – there’s even a teepee on the sand, where you can enjoy fresh seafood in an Instagrammable setting. By day, it feels very family-friendly, while after sunset it’s a lovely romantic spot for dining under the twinkling lights with your significant other. The menu – inspired by the Greek isles and Turkish Riviera – is packed with hot and cold seafood such as marinated anchovies and buckets of mussels, as well as signature casseroles of monkfish, sea bream and pan-fried octopus.
Fish Beach Taverna, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark, Al Sufouh, 12pm to 11pm daily. Tel: (0)4 511 7373, fish-dubai.com
French Riviera Beach
While it might not be as well-known as its neighbours Shimmers and Pier Chic on the Jumeirah waterfront, a culinary experience at French Riviera Beach is not to be missed. An extension of Jumeirah Al Qasr’s French Riviera restaurant, which you’ll find at the poolside, French Riviera Beach is across the pathway, with an intimate collection of tables laid out on a wooden deck, surrounded by macrame curtains and breezy palm trees. It’s open-air dining with a glamourous edge, and the kind of spot you can settle in for a long, leisurely lunch or dinner paired with an impressive collection of crisp glasses of wine. The menu across both French Riviera and French Riviera Beach, the brainchild of Kim Joinié-Maurin, is an ode to the Cote d’Azur, packed full of elegant dishes like a tiered tower of raw seafood on crushed ice, a zesty shredded crab tartare with toasted sourdough and flavourful seafood Bouillabaisse. It’s an adults-only dining experience, and opens for breakfast too.
French Riviera, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah, daily 8am to 11am and 1pm to 10pm. Tel: (800) 323232, jumeirah.com
L’Amo Bistro Del Mare
Seafood dining doesn’t come much chicer than L’Amo Bistro Del Mare, an Italian seafood restaurant set within Dubai Harbour. The all-glass walls allow for guests to enjoy Italian seafood classics backdropped by yachts bobbing in the harbour, while the terrace is an open-air spot designed to transport guests to Italy’s seaside towns. It’s more formal than some of the relaxed restaurants in this list, with white table cloths, silver service and an impressive collection of fine wines, but friendly service and a lively soundtrack give it a welcoming feel. With views as wow-worthy as those you’ll find from L’Amo, you’d be forgiven for wondering if the food will compete, but luckily the culinary offering from chef Lorenzo Buccarini matches the impressive setting. Dine on starters like a trio of seafood tartares and mixed fried seafood, then move to mains which include a chef’s special tagliolini with clams.
On the golden shores of Palm West Beach, the clue is in the name at the gorgeous Lucky Fish, where seafood is the star of the show. Before you get to the menu though, prepare to be wowed by the beautiful aesthetic here: whitewashed woods, pops of pale sky blue, pretty pink bourgainvella and dining cabanas on the sand surrounded by light billowing linen curtains. There’s a smaller indoor restaurant space, where you’ll find a grand bar and a fresh fish display, but the best Dubai Marina, Ain Dubai and Palm Jumeirah views can be enjoyed outside, where there’s both the option to dine on the terrace or enjoy a laid back lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand. The menu sees local seafood take centre stage, and dishes like Canadian lobster salad with Sicilian citrus, fritto misto made with local white fish and king crab spaghetti really let the local ingredients shine.
Lucky Fish, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, daily 11am to 3am. Tel: (0)4 569 3447, luckyfishdubai.com
Set in one of the world’s most unique locations is Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm’s underwater restaurant. Described as progressive fine-dining, there’s no decisions to make here: chef Gregoire Berger presents a set menu to all guests at his one Michelin star restaurant. While the best tables may be right by the glass-walled aquarium – where 65,000 marine life swim including fish, sharks and rays by as you dine – all of the tables at Ossiano enjoy incredible views of the marine action. The winter menu, titled Wanderlust, traces the steps of chef Gregoire’s early culinary years, taking them on a journey through Nantes and Bordeaux and into the Pyrenees. Across the innovative, 11-wave menu, you’ll dine on dishes like shrimp-infused jellyfish and Marseille’s fresh red mullet.
Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 6pm to 11pm, Dhs1,150. Tel: (0)4 426 2626, atlantis.com
In the mood for seafood with fabulous, up-close views of the Burj Al Arab? Look no further than Rockfish, which you’ll find at Jumeirah Al Naseem, with a beautiful beachside terrace where tables are all laid out on a wooden deck. There’s seating inside too, which still benefits from the same beautiful views thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that open fully. There’s plenty on the menu, but we recommend going for the ‘Rockfish Tasting Menu’ (Dhs450) to make the most of the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as tuna tartare, ricotta cheese tortelli, lobster risotto and line-caught seabass, and a tiramisu to round things off on a sweet note.
Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Sun to Fri, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Sat, 6pm to 10.30pm daily. Tel: (800) 323232, @rockfishdubai
Aesthetically, SAN Beach has to be one of the most beautiful beach clubs in Dubai with its curvaceous lines, natural palette and tactile textures of marble, wood and slate. There’s both an indoor restaurant and two levels of beach: the first comes with tables surrounded by plenty of greenery, a pool bar and a DJ booth, while the second is villed with loungers leading to the sea. While this is a popular spot for beach days soaking up the sun on the Maldives-imported sand, a dining experience is a must-try at this gorgeous beach address. Quality Mediterranean fare is mastered up from an impressive open kitchen, where plates like tempura prawns, beautiful sushi rolls and fresh crudo all come perfectly presented. A special mention has to be given to the crockery. Not something we normally call upon, but SAN’s plates, bowls and cups are all unique and artfully designed pieces of pottery
SAN Beach, The Club, Palm Best Beach, Palm Jumeirah, 9am to 12am weekdays, 9am to 1am weekends. Tel: (0)4 458 0499, sanbeachdubai.com