22 exciting new restaurants to try in Dubai
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If you’ve exhausted all of your usual dinner spots, you’re in the right place as new restaurants in Dubai are always popping up. Whether it’s a fancy fine-dining spot for a romantic date night, or somewhere more cool and casual to gather with your mates, we’ve got the inside scoop on the must-visit places across the city.
Here are 22 new restaurants in Dubai you need to try.
Coming soon: Gallery 7/40
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Gallery 7/40 is a part beach club and part art gallery housed in The Club, alongside Eva, San, and Playa. Showcasing eclectic decor and Mediterranean cuisine, this vibrant venue oozes artistic expression and comes complete with an indoor and outdoor restaurant as well as a swimming pool and its own stretch of beach. Gallery 7/40’s menu fuses ingredients from both land and sea with playful twists that complement its surroundings.
Gallery 7/40, The Club, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, opening soon. gallery740.com
Coming soon: Fouquet’s
It’s already one of the capital’s top restaurants and this week you can officially say Bonjour to the French fine dining institution: Fouquet’s Dubai. Set over a sprawling four floors and covering more than 1,400 square metres, the new Fouquet’s restaurant will feature a pâtisserie, a bar, the iconic brasserie, private lounges, and a rooftop boasting stunning views of Burj Khalifa and Opera District. All menus at the Fouquet’s restaurants around the world are masterminded by acclaimed chef Pierre Gagnaire, and the Dubai outpost will be no different.
Fouquet’s Dubai, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai, opening Thursday February 24. @fouquets.dubai
One of the city’s most iconic venues is back, after a six-month closure, with a new look. The 122nd floor restaurant at Burj Khalifa has been completely transformed into a mesmerising masterpiece, with its former dark wooden appearance replaced with a refreshed, Art Deco elegance that oozes glamour. Guests can dine both in the restaurant or in the lounge, indulging in international flavours for breakfast, lunch, high-tea and dinner. The lounge offers a more casual dining space, with smaller plates perfect for small bites or nibbles.
Atmsophere Grill & Lounge, Burj Khalifa, 122nd floor, Downtown Dubai, 7am to 11am and 5.30pm to 12am daily. Tel: (0)4 888 3828, @atmospheredubai
Since shutting its doors at the original La Mer branch in late 2022, Masti is finally ready to reopen and welcome guests at its brand new location inside the Dubai Edition Hotel. The Indian restaurant has gone from strength to strength since it first opened. A stellar dining experience that fuses modernity with tradition, colour and flavour creating a new kind of expression of New India. With Chef Prashanat Chipkar at the helm, the menu will pay homage to the imaginative reinterpretation of authentic Indian cuisine that is designed to take patrons on a tour with signature dishes.
Masti, The Edition Hotel, Downtown Dubai. Mon to Thu 5pm to 1am, Fri to Sat 12.30pm to 2am, Sun 12.30pm to 1am. Tel: (800) 627 84 @mastidubai
Homely Italian concept, Cucina has opened its doors at the buzzing Palm West Beach, located in the newly-opened Marriott Resort. The restaurant offers a rustic sharing-style dining experience with a fun neighbourhood feel. Whether guests are visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, enjoying an early morning coffee perched at the espresso bar or lingering for longer over a flawlessly-made spritz in the evening – it’s the perfect neighbourhood location to enjoy a slice of Italian dolce vita with family and friends.
Marriott Resort, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Daily 7am to 1am. Tel:(0)4 666 1408. cucinadubai.com
Jaleo by José Andrés
Dubai is set to get another serving of celebrity chef excellence in February, as José Andrés is set to open his famed concept Jaleo in Atlantis The Royal. Opening alongside an impressive serving of celebrity chef restaurants, the sharing menu will feature an array of inventive and traditional Spanish dishes, serving an assortment of signature tapas, savoury paellas, as well as having a strong focus on Spanish cheeses.
Jaleo by José Andrés, Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah, Weekdays 6pm to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm. atlantis.com
City Social Dubai and Seven Tales
After leaving Marina Social Dubai earlier this year, British chef Jason Atherton is now opening three new restaurants on the 43rd, 44th, and 45th floor of Dubai Marina’s Grosvenor House. The first and main restaurant, City Social Dubai, will showcase the contemporary and innovative cuisine Atherton is renowned for. Next up, Seven Tales, inspired by Japanese culture, will offer a vibrant and playful spot to enjoy innovative cocktails and spirits. The third and final concept will be a fine-dining restaurant serving a luxurious, refined-tasting menu.
Grosvenor House – a Luxury Collection Hotel, Al Emreef St, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 399 8888. marriott.com
Dinner by Heston
Announced back in 2018, the long-awaited Dinner by Heston at Atlantis The Royal will finally welcome diners from February 10, when the hotly anticipated hotel welcomes its first guests. The restaurant, only the third in the world, will be located in the heart of the resort, and will include a dedicated bar, two outside terraces and a private dining room. It will serve up contemporary dishes inspired by historic gastronomic recipes dating back to the 1300s. One of the restaurant’s most iconic dishes is “Meat Fruit”, which looks exactly like a mandarin but is actually made from chicken liver parfait.
Dinner by Heston, Atlantis The Royal, Daily 6pm to 11pm. atlantis.com
Cantonese restaurant Ling Ling is set to open at the Atlantis The Royal when the hotel itself finally opens on February 10. It’s the sister restaurant of the hugely popular Michelin Star Hakkasan restaurant (also Cantonese) which you’ll find at Atlantis, The Palm. The new venue is perched on the 22nd and 23rd floors of the hotel, looking out over the resort’s 90-metre sky pool. Set to cater for both dining and nightlife, we’re told to expect an ‘edgy, vibrant and sophisticated’ setting and atmosphere.
Ling Ling Dubai, Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm to 1am. atlantis.com
La Mar by Gastón Acurio
Ahead of the hotel opening to the public on February 10, guests can already get a taste of Peruvian cuisine by acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio at La Mar at Atlantis The Royal. Famed for his use of fresh ingredients and traditional Peruvian techniques, Gastón Acurio has over 45 restaurants around the world. The menu promises traditional Peruvian seafood dishes including Acurio’s signature Peruvian ceviche as well as popular Peruvian street food such as chicken thighs, veal heart, and octopus in potato cream. The new restaurant’s design is inspired by a fisherman’s wharf ,with an open terrace overlooking views of Palm Jumeirah.
La Mar, Mezzanine level, Atlantis The Royal, Dubai. Daily 6pm to 11pm. Tel:(0)4 426 0000. atlantis.com / @lamardubai
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Promising a glamorous Parisian experience, new restaurant Josette has just opened its doors in DIFC’s ICD Brookfield Place. At Josette, you’ll find more than just fancy food, as the concept is the brainchild of London-based artist and interior designer, Luke Edward Hall. The talented creator conceived his idea around an imaginary character, Josette, inspired by the beautiful French actress Josette Day. As such its interiors are elegant and eccentric, with fictional character Josette’s mischievous, chic, well-travelled personality laced into intricate design details. On the menu, expect reimagined classics such as ratatouille, escargot, moules marinieres, foie gras and seafood platters. You won’t want to miss the signature Crêpe Josette, served in a special crêpe trolley with some wow-worthy table theatrics. Alongside the main restaurant, Josette will also house Petit Josette, which is set to serve as an inviting neighbourhood hub, fusing the charm of a Parisian street café with the hustle and bustle of DIFC.
Josette Dubai, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC, daily 6pm to late. @josettedubai
Tucked away on Pearl Jumeira Island, Bungalo34 is a place for those searching for a spot of calm in the form of breathtaking sea views, fresh Mediterranean food, and a cosy, family-friendly atmosphere. This chic, come-as-you-are concept comes from Tashas Group, and is ideal for those looking to relish in a leisurely beachside breakfast, lunch or dinner with impeccable food and drinks. While you may come for the beach and sunshine, you will certainly stay for the food. The classic menu, conjured up by culinary director Jill Okkers, honours the custom of enjoying leisurely meals with friends and family. Whether you’re sat inside the restaurant, on the gorgeous terrace, or down in the sand, enjoy classic European Riviera-inspired dishes including fresh pasta (the Amalfi lemon is a must-try), a seafood bar, wood-fired pizza, refreshing salads, and more.
Bungalo34, Nikki Beach Residences, Pearl Jumeira Island, Jumeirah 1, Dubai. daily 9am to 12am. Tel:(0)4 238 1780. @bungalo34 / bungalo34.com
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Previously found in The Avenues, Nobu Dubai has been operating in Atlantis, The Palm for an impressive 14 years, but as of January 2023, you’ll find it at a new location, previously used as the Royal Bridge suite for A-list celebrities and VIPs. At the rooftop restaurant, guests can enjoy an incredible menu of Japanese dishes, curated by chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself. The restaurant includes a Nobu lounge and bar where guests can tuck into pre-dinner cocktails and small bites, with a soundtrack provided by the resident DJs. For dinner, guests can sit at one of five dining areas, including the main dining room, an exclusive 13-seat sushi bar or within a VIP booth with front-row seats to the bustling kitchen. The expansive terrace, where the bar and lounge area is located, offers those unforgettable views of The Palm and the Dubai skyline.
Nobu Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 5pm ’til late. Tel: (0)4 425 0760. atlantis.com
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As part of the expansive facilities at the new Matcha padel club in Meydan comes a restaurant from two homegrown heavyweights: healthy pizza brand Pinza and the UAE’s main pitmaster, the legendary Hattem Mattar, introduce Fiya. A community eatery that puts fire-based cooking at its heart, meat is the star of the show at Fiya.
Fiya, Keturah Reserve, Matcha Meydan, daily from 5pm. @fiya.dxb
Maison Mathis The Palm
Maison Mathis is now open inside voco Dubai The Palm, on Palm West Beach. Promising to be a relaxing and inviting family restaurant, the ground floor venue boasts indoor and outdoor seating, the latter of which promises lovely beach and skyline views. On the menu, expect Maison Mathis crowd pleasers like classic mussels, pain perdu and Belgian waffles. The venue is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Maison Mathis, voco Dubai The Palm, Palm West Beach, open daily Mon to Thur 6.30am to 11pm, Fri 6.30am to midnight, Sat 7am to midnight, Sun 7am to 11pm. @maisonmathisvocopalm
The Square at City Walk is now home to the second outpost of beloved homegrown Dubai restaurant, Mythos Urban Greek Eatery. Decorated in true laidback island style, just like the charming restaurants you find on every corner in the Cyclades, the restaurant oozes easy-going Grecian vibes. Featuring a cosy outdoor garden terrace surrounded by greenery and pretty olive trees, beautifully-crafted pottery, handwoven rattan chairs, and bi-folding windows, the new hotspot effortlessly reflects a contemporary Greek taverna.
Mythos Urban Greek Eatery, The Square, City Walk. Sunday to Thursday, 12.30pm to 12am. Friday and Saturday, 12.30pm to 1am. Tel:(0)4 225 3313. mythosdubai.com
From Peru to London, and now open in Dubai Marina, Andina promises authentic Peruvian tastes with creative cocktails and a laid-back atmosphere. Open from 11.30am daily, Andina serves up its delicious a la carte menu including ceviches, grilled octopus, panca glazed beef brisket, salmon tiradito, beetroot and cauliflower causa, and anticuchos. On weekdays, guests can enjoy light Peruvian bites as part of the business lunch for just Dhs49 per person while weekends turn into one big fiesta with the Saturday brunch from 1pm to 4pm.
Andina, Dubai Marina Gate Towers, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, 11.30am to 11,30pm. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11.30am to 1am. @andinadubai
Le Petit Beefbar
Beefbar Dubai is going back to its roots with a new concept, Le Petit Beefbar now open in DIFC. Though the atmosphere and dress code is more relaxed than its sister restaurant in Jumeirah Al Naseem, guests can still enjoy the all-time favourite dishes such as the signature bao buns and steak frites, and sharing style street food. On top of this, guests will be able to enjoy Le Petit Beefbar’s breakfast menu from 8am, as well as weekday business lunch from 11.30am.
Le Petit Beefbar, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, daily 8am to 11.30pm. beefbar.com
It’s known as one of London’s swankiest spots for dinner with a lively vibe, and as of today you’ll be able to dine at Sumosan inside of The Dubai EDITION. The upscale Japanese restaurant promises a contemporary setting, an indoor terrace, and a regular rotation of resident DJs. Like the ever-popular London restaurant, Sumosan Dubai will also be home to JBar, an indoor terrace that will serve as the perfect space for a private soirée. Menu highlights? There are aplenty…crispy sushi rice pizza with salmon (Dhs75), yellowtail with truffle yuzu (Dhs120), 24-hour miso marinated black cod (Dhs220), and the melt in your mouth Japanese milk bread sando with Wagyu (Dhs270).
Sumosan, The Dubai EDITION, Downtown Dubai. Sunday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am. Friday and Saturday, 6pm to 3am. Tel:(0) 4 358 0500. sumosan.com, @sumosandubai
Formerly found in Grosvenor House, Rüya made a welcome return to Dubai last month at St Regis Dubai The Palm. Lacing traditional Anatolian cuisine with modern nuances, guests can expect to embark on a flavourful expedition through the bountiful terrains of Western Asia’s Anatolian region, from the shores of the Mediterranean to the banks of the Black Sea. The space, which adds to the culinary array at The St Regis Dubai, promises to be bold and bright, with an open kitchen the star of the show. Patterned tiles are an ode to the rich history of the Anatolian region, elegant chandeliers elevate every occasion, and the juxtaposition of marble and metal creates a modern bar setting, making Rüya an interesting amalgamation of rustic and regal.
Rüya, The St Regis Dubai The Palm, Palm Tower, opening soon. @ruyadubai
Babylon is bringing something new to the haute dining scene in DIFC, with sophisticated interiors and sultry decor setting the stage for an evening of fun fine dining and extraordinary entertainment. Known as a place of maximalism and opulence, this splendour is showcased throughout rich interiors, a menu of gourmet delights and vibrant entertainment. When guests can tear their eyes away from the stage, a culinary show awaits on their plate, with refined sharing dishes the star of the show. Internationally influenced and inspired by Babylon’s historic essence as a gathering place for pure conviviality, executive chef Carlos De Los Mozos describes his menu as ‘revisited neo-classical cuisine’ that promises to be “unique, fun and designed to serve the purpose of entertaining.”
Babylon, Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, daily 7.30pm to late. Tel: (0)4 352 7750. @babylondifc
Award-winning Tresind restaurant, sibling to Michelin Starred Tresind Studio, has relocated to the Al Sufouh side of town, and is now found in the Arabian Court of One&Only Royal Mirage. The flagship restaurant from Passion F&B has welcomed guests since 2014, and prides itself in fostering the legacy of contemporary Indian food. In its new location, guests can still expect the progressive fine Indian dishes they know and love from the original in a chic, elevated setting.
Tresind, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, 12pm to 11.30pm daily. Tel: (0)4 374 6661, oneandonlyresorts.com