Heading to Dubai Opera? Here are 5 restaurants to dine at before the show

Because you don’t want to be late…

Dubai Opera is home to a number of great performances but make sure you head to a restaurant for a meal before it begins because you wouldn’t want the stomach growls to distract your fellow audience members, or worse, the performers on stage.

If you don’t know where to go, here’s a round-up of top restaurants to dine at before the show that is within walking distance of the Dubai Opera.

PS – If you didn’t know, you can catch the popular musical West Side Story at Dubai Opera from April 25 to 30.

Here are 5 restaurants close to Dubai Opera to dine at before the show

At.mosphere Grill & Lounge

atmosphere restaurant

Back in February, Dubai’s 122nd-floor restaurant, At.mosphere reopened with a stunning new look. Don’t worry, the glittering views of Dubai remain. You can on international flavours for breakfast, lunch, high-tea and dinner in the restaurant or in the lounge. If you’re just looking for some sips before your show, try the all-new sundowner deal at At.mosphere, aptly called ‘Golden Hours’. It runs daily from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. Tel: (0)4 888 3828. atmosphereburjkhalifa.com

Bab Al Mansour

bab al mansour - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

Bab Al Mansour on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard is one of the city’s first restaurants specialising in Moroccan cuisine. The restaurant is hard to miss as you’re walking by, standing out with prominent turquoise and gold hues, stunning arches and marble fountains adorning the interiors. On the authentic menu, you’ll find Moroccan-styled dishes paired with a modern twist, prepared using organically sourced Moroccan ingredients and spices. If you want to try something unique, try the chicken or seafood pastilla.

Bab Al Mansour, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 350 9440. babalmansour.ae


Fouquets Dubai - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

Perched on top of the rooftop of Dubai Opera is Belcanto, previously home to Sean Connolly and The Loft. Diners can indulge in an experimental menu of fine Italian cuisine in a gorgeous setting. You’ll enjoy live music and in between the sets, diners become immersed in a digital art show. Read our review here. The best part? Since it’s located in Dubai Opera, there’s no way you’ll be late for the performance.

Kohantei Japanese Wagyu Restaurant

kohantei - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

Located less than probably 50 steps away from the doors of Dubai Opera is Kohantei Japanese Wagyu Restaurant. It is the only Japanese fine dining ‘Kaiseki’ experience in UAE. Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese multi-course meal consisting of light dishes served in high-class restaurants. Interiors are made up of handmade and storied Japanese artworks on the wall, authentic sliding shoji doors and tatami flooring and more which put together will provide a memorable experience. There are private rooms if you want privacy with your theatre partner.

Kohantei, Unit 6 Plaza Level, Dubai Opera House, closed Sunday, Tel: (0)4 243 4951. @kohantei


Thiptara - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

At the waterfront of the Palace Downtown is Thiptara, a Thai restaurant and terrace surrounded by Burj Lake. Out on the terrace which laces around the restaurant, you’ll find what is arguably the city’s best view of the Dubai Fountain, living up to the restaurant’s name which means ‘magic at the water’. The menu consists of homemade Thai dishes with an emphasis on Bangkok-style seafood.

Thiptara, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily 6pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com