30 of Dubai's best beachfront restaurants
From laidback breakfast spots to romantic date nights, here’s where you can dine with your toes in the sand…
When the blissful winter weather is here, there’s nothing we love more than dining alfresco. And with the city’s endless stretches of glorious sand, beachfront restaurants are one of our go-to’s for outdoor dining in Dubai.
From sun-kissed breakfasts to romantic date nights, there’s something for all beach lovers.
Here are 30 of the best beachfront restaurants in Dubai.
The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauco Colagreco
If you’re looking for an ultra-romantic date spot to knock your previous efforts out of the park, then The Beach Bar & Grill at One & Only Royal Mirage should be high on your hit list. Now, with a renewed partnership with Argentine Chef Mauro Colagreco, the popular spot has an aesthetic inspired by the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of Argentina, and boasts a smart-casual setting on the Dubai Marina coastline. Guests can expect relaxed yet sophisticated interiors with a teakwood terrace, thick tabletops crafted from slabs of natural wood, sand-coloured suede furnishings, green and turquoise decor, and art deco accents. Pick a seat in the 72-seat indoor dining area, or out on the terrace for optimum beach views.
Beach Bar & Grill, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina, daily 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 399 9999. oneandonlyresorts.com.
The Beach House
No matter what time of the day you visit The Beach House, you’ll feel like you’re dining at a tropical resort, far from the bustle of Dubai. We love its setting, whitewashed decor and menu that makes you feel at home no matter where you’re from. Bag a beachfront table at the edge of the restaurant, and you’re guaranteed a good time – and a gorgeous view. The oversized glass brimming with calamari is a great way to kick off a lazy lunch.
The Beach House, Anantara The Palm, daily 12pm to 1am, Tel: (04) 567 8304. dubai-palm.anantara.com
Located in one of the most up-and-coming residential areas, and as part of the incredible Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Bungalo34 is a love letter to the Greek Isles. They also serve breakfast which means you can head out to this picturesque venue to escape the city and enjoy a souffle omelette or the lobster benedict while you soak up the sun and sink your toes in the sand.
Bungalo34, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, open daily 9am to 11.30am and 12pm to 12am. Tel: (0)4 238 1780 @bungalo34
Under the direction of chef de cuisine Sylvain Noël, Drift Restaurant showcases an innovative take on classic Provençal cuisine. The restaurant is perched by the poolside and gazes down towards the beach and the gently lapping Arabian Sea, with windows that fully open to allow the outside in. The menu is all designed to share, with fresh salads, warm flatbreads and sharing mains that include lobster pasta and veal chop Milanese.
Drift Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, Mon to Thurs 9am to 8pm, Fri to Sun 9am to 9pm. Tel: (0)4 315 2200, driftbeachdubai.com
Home to three distinct bars, February 30 is a welcome addition to Palm West Beach’s array of restaurants and bars. Its standout feature consists of a circular wicker-roofed bar complete with stools where you can enjoy sips and watch the sunset. The man behind the menu – acclaimed chef and restauranteur Reif Othman – has married the best of Mediterranean and Japanese influences. Featuring a variety of sushi including nigiri, sashimi and uramaki rolls, seafood and raw dishes, tacos, plus burgers, as well Italian favourites like pasta and risotto.
February 30 Dubai, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 2am, beach 12pm to 7pm. @february30dubai
With its beachfront location, whitewashed fit-out and twinkling lights, it’s not hard to see why Fish has become one of the city’s most romantic spots. As well as tables in the garden, there is seating right on the beach, so you can enjoy vibrant Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with your toes in the sand. For the main event, choose a whole fish from the ice display, expertly grilled to order.
Fish Beach Taverna, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily 12pm to 4pm & 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 511 7139. fish-dubai.com
French Riviera Beach
French Riviera Beach is an extension of the already-successful restaurant, French Riviera. The gorgeous terrace sits right out on the beach, with captivating views of the Arabian Gulf and the iconic Burj Al Arab, and takes you to Côte D’Azur with a French-Mediterranean menu. The sun-dappled terrace is the perfect spot for sundowners, long leisurely lunches basking in the Dubai sunshine and memorable dinners, with a DJ playing tracks on a weekend. The menu is brought to you by Head Chef Kim Joinié-Maurin, with a selection of delectable dishes to suit an ambient atmosphere.
French Riviera Beach, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, open daily 1pm to 10pm. Tel: (0)4 432 3232. jumeirah.com
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A vibrant spot that is part beach club and part gallery is housed in The Club, alongside Eva, San and Playa. Gallery 7/40 showcases eclectic decor and Mediterranean cuisine and the venue oozes artistic expression. There’s an indoor and outdoor restaurant as well as a swimming pool and its very own stretch of beach. The menu boasts a symphony of European and Mediterranean cuisine, fusing ingredients from both land and sea with playful twists that complement its surrounding
Since boho-chic, Bali-inspired bar, Koko Bay opened in 2020, it has proved extremely popular, with many Dubai residents flocking to catch the stunning sunset. Choose from seating inside the whitewashed beach shack-style restaurant or bag a seat on the decking or the sand and watch the sun go down over the iconic backdrop of the Dubai Marina.
Koko Bay, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, open 10am to 12am Mon to Thurs, 10am to 1am Fri, 8am to 1am Sat, 8am to 12am Sun. Tel: (04) 572 3444. @kokobayuae
Alongside a Grecian-inspired beach club, Kyma on Palm West Beach is also home to an alfresco restaurant where guests can indulge in long, lazy lunches with their toes in the sand. It’s shaded by a large canopy and offers diners some gorgeous sea views. Promising authentic Greek flavours with a Mediterranean influence. Expect crowd-pleasers such as sushi, fresh salads and zesty ceviches.
Kyma, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 10am to 8pm pool, 12pm to 2am restaurant. @kymabeachdubai
On the golden shores of Palm West Beach, the clue is in the name at the gorgeous Lucky Fish, where the seafood is the star of the show. 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
Laguna Beach Taverna and Lounge
The perfect spot for fruity sips and gorgeous sunset views, Laguna Beach Taverna promises a more extensive dining experience, with the alfresco restaurant providing guests with a stellar menu of Mediterranean dishes. On the menu, family-style starters include plentiful portions of grilled squid, a fresh greek salad and punchy beef carpaccio. For mains, you’ll find signatures such as grilled prawns and chicken gyros, while you won’t want to miss a sweet Laguna Magnum. Dishes are served up against the backdrop of the gentle ocean waves, and the beautiful vistas of the Dubai skyline.
Laguna Beach Taverna & Lounge, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sun to Fri midday to 2am. Tel: (0)4 455 6677 @lagunabeachdubai
Club Vista Mare on the Palm Jumeirah is a gorgeous spot for a long, leisurely lunch, and Myrra is one of the prettiest restaurants there, with gorgeous flowers and seating that spills from the terrace to the beach. The menu is Greek and Spanish, and you can tuck into dishes such as tuna carpaccio, crispy calamari, Myrra hummus and, a standout, the katafi wrapped feta cheese.
Myrra, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 770 1433. myrrarestaurant.com
Nammos Dubai is an export of the celebrity-loved Mykonos restaurant. Tucked next to the main entrance of the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Nammos Dubai has its own private beach, terrace and restaurant. True to the Greek provenance, the menu exudes a lightness of touch that takes you to the Mediterranean. Come with a frisky credit card (Nammos definitely isn’t cheap) and give those celebrities a run for their money.
Nammos Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, daily 12.30pm to 12.30am. Tel: (058) 1210000. nammos.gr
What may be known as one of Dubai’s favourite beach clubs (and for good reason) also happens to have its very own all-day dining bistro. The light and airy, Cafe Nikki, offers guests stunning views of Nikki Beach as well as the endless vista that is the Arabian Gulf. Responsibly sourced ingredients and globally inspired cuisine promise the ultimate dining experience for everybody.
Cafe Nikki, Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, daily 7am to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 376 6290 @nikkibeachdubai
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Social, open-fire cooking for you and your mates to enjoy while you enjoy sips a sundowner with the most picturesque views. Inspired by the Babylonian god of fire and light, Nuska, offers Meditteranean dishes that are prepared fresh over a coal fire you can enjoy with a side of ocean views.
Nuska, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, open daily midday to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (800) 323 232 @nuskadubai
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Taking over the famous Breeze at Club Vista Mare. Ría comes from Addmind Hospitality, the team behind Bar Du Port, Iris and La Mezcaleria amongst many others. It is an upscale beachside drinking and dining destination. The elegant beachfront spot promises a menu of flavourful beach eats inspired by the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean. While it may be adopting a more upscale look and feel than its former occupant, everyone is welcome at Ría. Whether you’re visiting with the family, for a date night, or with mates for a fun evening out. It’s even pet-friendly, so your four-legged foodie doesn’t have to miss out.
Ría, Club Vista Mare, 11am to 2am Sun to Thurs, 11am to 3am Fri and Sat. @riarestaurantbar
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 filled 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.
SAN Beach, The Club, Palm Best Beach, Palm Jumeirah, 9am to 12am weekdays, 9am to 1am weekends. Tel: (0)4 458 0499, sanbeachdubai.com
One of Dubai’s best-loved beach canteens, Salt at Kite Beach is famed for its sliders, fries and ice creams. The beachside food truck often sees deep queues of people on weekends. It’s one of the top spots on Kite Beach to refuel in between water sports and other beachfront activities.
Kite Beach, Jumeirah, daily 9am to late. Tel: (055) 996 5802. find-salt.com
Although you can’t quite dine with your toes in the sand at Sea Fu, the stunning beachfront views make it worth a mention. The Asian-influenced seafood restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and bar bites throughout the day. It’s got a relaxed feel thanks to its brilliant beachfront location, but it’s smaller than most, giving it a romantic, intimate vibe.
Sea Fu, Four Seasons Jumeirah, Jumeirah, daily 1pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 270 7777. fourseasons.com
This stunning spot in Jumeirah’s Mina A’Salam is just steps away from the sea and serves up some of the city’s best casual Greek cuisine with a European influence. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of cold seafood starters, salads, casseroles and a cooked-to-order catch of the day. It’s a casual setting, so you don’t need to dress up, although it sits right on Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach with spectacular views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – so you might want to for the Instagram shots alone.
Shimmers, Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah, 12.30pm to midnight daily. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
A stylish beachside escape at Jumeirah Al Naseem is Summersalt, flanked by the sugary sandy beach. Summersalt by Kayto is a beachside iteration of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s beloved Nikkei restaurant Kayto, featuring fine Peruvian Japanese flavours and dishes such as seaweed salad, mushroom and tofu hotpot and a cheesecake brulée.
Summersalt by Kayto, Jumeirah Al Naseem, 12.30pm to 12am daily. Tel: (800) 323232, jumeirah.com/en/dine/dubai/al-naseem-summersalt
Surf Club is an elevated beach experience with roomy cabanas, experience, sun-dappled wooden trellises, and a chic, Hamptons-meets-California-cool feel. Out on the sand, there are ample sun beds and cushy bean bags, and those signature blue and white striped towels. In the restaurant, guests can enjoy dishes such as creamy burrata, steamed edamame and a mixed sushi platter, mains like black Angus ribeye, spaghetti alle tartufo and miso glazed salmon and desserts including profiteroles, key lime pie and pineapple carpaccio.
Surf Club, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to late. Tel: (050) 455 5235, @surfclubdubai
Not only does Tamoka offer a gorgeous restaurant space with indoor and outdoor seating, there are also seats on the beach – perfect for sundowners – and a separate beach bar, Caña by Tamoka, which is reached by a winding path, and is right out on the sand. Dishes include crispy beef short ribs, smoked octopus, seafood catch and Patagonian prawns. Oh, and you’ll be able to enjoy amazing views of Ain Dubai, as Tamoka sits right opposite it on JBR.
Tamoka and Caña by Tamoka, Al Mamsha Street, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR, lunch 12pm to 5pm, sunset 5pm to 7pm, dinner 7pm to 11.30pm, bar 12pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 318 6099 @tamokadubai
On the shorefront at W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Torno Subito is acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura’s only restaurant outside of Italy currently. A playful ode to summers spent on the sun-drenched Italian Riviera in the 1950s, the restaurant is adorned in vibrant pastel shades, with polaroids hanging from the ceiling and an open kitchen. Outside, the split-level terrace spills down to the sand, with a selection of booths and tables scattered across the sand. The menu is filled with some Massimo Bottura classics that have been given an upscale Dubai twist, including tagliatelle al ragu and beef tenderloin.
Torno Subito, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Palm Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 11pm Mon to Thurs, 12.30pm to 11.30pm Fri and Sat. Tel: (0)4 245 5588, tornosubitodubai.com
Beachfront barefoot chic, Ula is the perfect escape from the bustling city. This pool and beach haven will transport guests to a tropical island, with its Bali-esque features. Wooden adornments, luscious green plants, picturesque views and lip-smacking Mediterranean dishes. It is the perfect venue for any time of the day. Sink your toes into the sand and take advantage of one of their many immaculate dining offers.
Ula, Dukes The Palm, Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, multiple deals, Tel: (0)4 566 3041, uladubai.com
Right on the beach, this casual bar and grill is a great spot for a laid-back beverage. It’s all about the beach holiday vibes here, with a crowd-pleasing menu of grilled prawns buffalo chicken wings, and the ultimate barbecue burger that are great for a bit of mid-sunbathing snacking. It’s also home to several screens that show live sports, which is where you’ll find most of JBR’s sports fans and sun worshippers catching the weekly matches. Pool and beach access is priced at Dhs99 every day.
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR, Dubai, daily 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 318 2319. @wavebreaker_jbr
This brand-new beach club has washed up onto Dubai’s sandy shores. Verde Beach is the beachy sister brand to the trendy French restaurant Verde, which is located in the Four Seasons Restaurant Village. Part beach club, part restaurant, the menu is overseen by executive chef Julien Lee Thibault. That means beach club or restaurant goers can expect Mediterranean dishes that include king crab, burrata salads, panfried seabass and so much more.
Verde Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, open daily midday to 1am. Tel: (0)4 228 5053 @verdebeachdubai
At this Atlantis The Palm hotspot, dine on the sand under a crocheted umbrella, or up in the beachy-keen restaurant, where the sun-kissed flavours of the Med come to the fore. If its been a while since your last visit, the restaurant now has a sandy shisha terrace, making it an ideal spot for sundowners. What’s on the menu? Dive into Chef Ibrahim’s delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes, think arancini, sautéed gambas tava, grilled Spanish octopus, and crispy eggplant mille feuille alongside signature sips such as yellow diamond, zakuro, and costa del razz.
White Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Rd, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (0)55 2004321. atlantis.com
The epitome of barefoot, boho-chic awaits you at this laidback luxurious beach club. With an inventive menu reminiscent of South America, guests are invited to enjoy all that Zenzi Beach has to offer. The beach club has a variety of options to choose from, whether you fancy a dip in the sea, or a lazy day by the pool. Serving South American flavours, tuck into a variety of dishes such as ceviches, and delish snacks to share, like guacamole or prawns and calamari.
Zenzi Beach, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Sun loungers, Sun to Fri 9am to sunset, Dhs350 adults, Dhs175 kids aged 4-12, inclusive of beach refreshments and unlimited water. Daybeds Sun to Sat 9am to sunset, Dhs1,000 two adults and two kids under 12, Dhs700 redeemable on F&B. Tel: (0)4 453 0444, @zenzibeachdxb
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