32 new bars, restaurants and beach clubs opening soon in Dubai
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Dubai is a city that never stands still with new venues popping up all of the time. We’re bringing you the inside scoop on some of the most exciting bars, restaurants and beach clubs opening in Dubai in the coming months.
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Set to open this summer, Agora is a stylish new cocktail bar that’s set to add to the drinking and dining experiences in The Dubai Edition. A social spot that draws inspiration from the ancient Greek ‘agora,’ which served as a central gathering place. The mixology will take centre stage, with master of libations Simone Caporal helming the bar. Intimate interiors, live DJ sets, and light, Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates will compliment the beverage menu.
Agora, The Dubai Edition, opening summer 2023. @agora_dxb
Atrangi by Ritu Dalmia
Another acclaimed chef is set to bring their signature flavours to Dubai this year, with chef Ritu Dalmia set to open Atrangi at Jumeirah Al Qasr. Atrangi promises to bring a unique twist on traditional cuisine, channeling the many culinary traditions found across India to present Indian gastronomy in an authentic yet contemporary light. The menu at Atrangi takes inspiration from the many mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who create their home-cooked meals with a dollop of simplicity and a generous sprinkle of love. Colourful and creative, the 96-seater restaurant promises to exude Dalmia’s vibrant personality across an indoor restaurant and alfresco terrace that oveerlooks the Al Qasr lagoons.
From the ultra chic shores of Cannes comes Bâoli, renowned for its haute modern Japanese cuisine and A-list guest. In Dubai, it will be managed by Neat Food, and will become the first extension into the Middle East for the brand when it opens as part of the new J1 Beach at La Mer. “Bâoli is a retreat-styled space inspired by the beautiful stepwell baolis in India and which will offer a unique experience for visitors to J1 Beach,” says Sanjeev Nanda, Founder of Neat Food. It’s slated to open in December.
Adding to the action-packed array of culinary and leisure offerings at W Dubai – The Palm sometime in the second quarter of 2023 is BCH: CLB, which will be the hotel’s brand new beach club. Details remain scarce, but what we do know is that BCH: CLB will incorporate a decorated restaurant for long, lazy lunches, a sandy bar for sundowners as well as a cabana-lined pool and even a retail area for snapping up your next beach club look.
BCH: CLB, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, opening Q2 2023. @bchclbdxb
From the streets of Gemmayze, Beirut to the Trade Center neighbourhood comes Cyrano, a casual all-day eatery that serves up wholesome brunches by day and cool cocktails by night.
After accruing a small legion of fans across the city with their award-winning Bull Burger, paella pop-ups, and sell-out supper clubs, the team behind Tano’s at 8 is set to open an all-new homegrown burger bistro concept in Dubai called Eleven Green. The brainchild of Sultan and Kinda Chatila, the duo is set to take the local foodie scene by storm, once again, with a permanent spot offering fresh, quality, handcrafted burgers. In this laidback bistro-inspired restaurant, expect a selection of mouthwatering dishes including the angry chicken burger with hot honey and signature bull sauce; a classic cheeseburger; and of course the famous bull burger. There will also be a selection of delicious desserts and shakes.
Eleven Green, Meyan Mall, Al Thanya Street, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, Dubai. Opening April. @elevengreen.uae
One of six new openings from Fundamental Hospitality, the creators of Gaia, Shanghai Me and La Maison on Ani, Evie’s is a new restaurant opening in DIFC. While we don’t know much more than that for the moment, we do know it’s set to offer imaginative dining and entertainment.
Franky in Florence
The Park is a new concept brought to you by Tom Arnel, the man behind some of our favourite Aussie-inspired cafes and eateries. The EatX concept stretches over three floors, with each floor housing a different concept to create a new foodie hotspot in JLT. On the ground floor, Splendour Fields is a family-friendly restaurant that’s already open, serving freshly baked croissants, energizing smoothies and specialty coffee. Still to come is Franky in Florence, an open-sky Italian on the building’s rooftop, where guests can enjoy an aperitivo spritz and a plate of antipasti or wood fired pizza.
Hawker Boi and Frankie in Florence, The Park, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, opening April 2023. eatx.com
Frantzén and Studio Frantzén
Fine-dining figurehead Björn Frantzén will open two new restaurant concepts at Atlantis, The Palm later this year. Presenting two world-renowned restaurants inside one venue, the Nordic chef is set to open Studio Frantzén as well as a fine dining concept and the sibling to both three-Michelin star restaurants, Frantzén in Stockholm and Zén in Singapore. The first concept, Studio Frantzén, will showcase the best of Chef Frantzén’s creative Nordic cuisine with Asian influence in a relaxed yet immersive setting that will feature a lively bar, private dining area, intimate booths, as well as space at the kitchen counter for an intimate dining experience. Set inside Studio Frantzén will be a more intimate, fine-dining restaurant, and a sibling of Stockholm’s famous three Michelin star concept, that currently ranks No.25 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Studio Frantzén, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, opening Q4, 2023.
Merex will team up with Paris Society International for one of three beach clubs at J1 Beach, bringing the legendary Gigi Rigolatto to the region for the first time. From the sun-drenched shores of St Tropez, this all-encompassing space for long, leisurely days and unforgettable evenings by the beach will feature an Italian menu, two terraces, an indoor restaurant, a garden, a Bellini bar, a kids’ circus and a wellness area. Described by Brian Bendix, CEO of Paris Society International, as setting “a new standard for ultra-premium hospitality and lifestyle beach offering,” we’re promised ‘extraordinary experiences’ when it opens later this year.
Gigi Rigolatto, J1 Beach, La Mer, opening late 2023.
Another exciting new opening from EatX, The Guild, is a supersized new dining destination at ICD Brookfield in DIFC. Although we’re not sure of exactly what to expect, their Instagram page promises ‘epicurean feasts among the Nurseries, Rockpool, Salon, and Aviary.’ We’re intrigued.
The Guild, ICD Brookfield, DIFC, opening mid 2023. @theguilddubai
Credited as the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, Harry’s Bar opened in Paris in 1911 as an ode to pre-prohibition Manhattan. It’s been in the MacElhone family for more than 100 years, and still has the same dimly lit, mahogany interiors that it did from its conception. On the menu in Paris, there’s some 400 cocktails to discover, so expect this to become your new drinking den when it opens later this year at East Park in Trade Center.
The next addition to The Park in JLT will be the first permanent restaurant from the elusive Hawker Boi. Located on the first floor above family-friendly Aussie eatery Splendour Fields, Hawker Boi’s debut restaurant is expected to present a similar menu of Southeast Asian flavours as the sell-out supper clubs.
Hawker Boi, The Park, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, opening April 2023. eatx.com
Born in Ibiza in 2015, there’s now six IT restaurants in hedonistic party hotspots around the world, including London, Mykonos and Porto Cervo. Dubai will be next, with an opening slated for late 2023 in East Park. Contemporary interiors, curated music and best-in-class Mediterranean cuisine make up the DNA of IT restaurants, all of which we can expect when the brand lands in Dubai for the first time.
Another new opening in DIFC from Fundamental Hospitality is Kygo, a Japanese omakase restaurant. It will open in Four Seasons DIFC, adding to the hotel’s culinary array that already features Michael Mina’s Mina Brasserie and Luna Sky Bar.
Hailing from Cannes, La Mome is a trendy restaurant and cocktail bar that’s been frequented by A-Listers including Jamie Foxx and Ciara. The Art Deco interiors are complimented by a menu of fine fare masterminded by chef Julian Cazalas, and a soundtrack that turns dinner into dancing. Expect it to open later this year at East Park, a new dining hotspot at Trade Center.
La Vita is the name of a new Dubai beach club currently under construction at the southernmost point of Palm West Beach, just beyond FIVE Palm Jumeirah. This beach club not only sits in front of one of the most ultra-luxury residences in the city, One at Palm Jumeirah by Dorchester Collection, but the hoarding advertisers that La Vita is a concept by Mine & Yours Group.
La Vita, One at Palm Jumeirah by Dorchester Collection, Palm West Beach.
Top Andalusian chef Dani García is set to open his first restaurant in Dubai. The man behind some of Spain’s top restaurants, including BiBo, Lobito de Mar and Dani Brasserie, will bring his sleek steakhouse Leña to The Palm in 2023. If you’re not familiar with the brand, let us introduce you. Leña was born in Marbella in the summer of 2020, replacing chef Dani García’s eponymous fine dining restaurant, which the chef announced would close just 21 days after it was awarded its third Michelin star. A year after opening Leña Marbella, an opening in Madrid followed, the same year that the Marbella restaurant was recognised with the highest accolade of the restaurant category at the 2021 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. So, we can expect some pretty wow-worthy interiors when the brand opens in Dubai.
Leña, Nakheel Mall Rooftop, East Side, Palm Jumeirah, opening Q2, 2023. groupodanigarcia.com
Sister restaurant to vibrant Amalfi-inspired Italian Lucia’s in Downtown, Limonata promises the same interiors that demand to be Instagrammed and the kind of ambience that keeps you partying into the night. You’ll find it at Club Vista Mare.
Limonata, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, opening February 2023. @limonatadubai
Maison La Plage
Set to open later this year on Palm Jumeirah is a beachfront restaurant from Dubai-born Fundamental Hospitality. The eatery is described as a beachfront escape inspired by the sun-drenched shores of the South of France. At the culinary helm is chef Izu Ani, so expect a delectable taste of the Med.
Bringing signature Irish craic to Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park, will be McGettigan’s, when the beloved Irish pub chain opens in the hotel soon. Promising to cater to the local community and nearby residential areas, the hotel’s 3rd floor will be dedicated to the huge indoor and outdoor space, where visitors can expect traditional live music, entertainment, plentiful screens for live sports and authentic Irish food & beverage.
McGettigan’s, Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park, opening Q2, 2023. mcgettigans.com
A sleek steakhouse by way of Amsterdam and Barcelona, Mr Porter blends a modern steakhouse with a buzzing lounge, creating a lively fun-dining experience. Their vibe-driven approach to a meal out means the music is just as important as the mixology and menu. It’s opening at East Park.
For 10 years, upscale Japanese restaurant Okku was at the top of its game, consistently recognised among Dubai’s best homegrown restaurants. When it sadly closed down in The H Hotel in the summer of 2018, the team promised that Okku would return in a new location. And now we can confirm that it’s finally happening, with Okku set to reopen on the Palm Jumeirah. At the moment, we’re not sure where on The Palm Okku is planning to open, but we don’t have long to find out. The team behind the brand tell us that Okku 2.0 is set to open in the second quarter of the year
Okku Dubai, Palm Jumeirah location TBC, opening Q2 2023. @okkudubai
Osh Del Mar
Uzbek restaurant Osh has spent a few years welcoming diners to its outpost at La Mer. And this year it’ll add a second branch to the Dubai dining scene in the form of Osh Del Mar. Set to open in the coming months at Address Beach Resort, the restaurant will add to the impressive culinary array at Address Beach Resort, joining the likes of Italian restaurant Via Toledo; Chinese hotspot Mott 32; and dinner and a show experience, Dream.
Reef and Beef
With restaurants in Dusseldorf and Cologne, the German restaurant Reef and Beef is set to open its doors in Downtown Dubai very soon. Overlooking the Burj Khalifa, the steak and seafood restaurant has both indoor and alfresco seating as well as live music and an extensive selection of grape and cocktails. On the menu? Meat lovers should try the Nebraska beef, and for seafood lovers, the Patagonian black cod is a must-try.
Reef and Beef, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. @reefandbeef.de
From Aussie-born, New Zealand-adopted chef and restauranteur Nic Watt comes Shoku, one of a number of new restaurants opening this year at Trade Center’s new dining destination, East Park. According to its website, Shoku will open in 2023 and is described as ‘the spirit of Japanese dining.’ The man behind the menu, chef Nic Watt, co-founded acclaimed Japanese restaurant Roka alongside Rainer Becker, which is an indication of the high-pedigree we can expect from his debut Dubai restaurant.
Iconic Knightsbridge restaurant, Signor Sassi, is set to open on the rooftop of Nakheel Mall – now called St Regis Gardens – in 2023, brought to the city by Sunset Hospitality. Signor Sassi Dubai will be the third Signor Sassi in the Middle East, with the brand already operational in Riyadh and Doha. Signor Sassi is as famed in London for its hearty portions of classic Italian cuisine as it is for its VIP clientele. Stars including Rihanna, Lionel Richie, Jackie Chan and Tom Jones have all been spotted enjoying a meal at the celebrated Italian restaurant, which has welcomed diners since 1984. So, we can’t wait to see who walks through the doors when the restaurant opens in Dubai. On the menu, you’ll find delicate antipasti, traditional pasta, succulent meat dishes, or beautifully presented seafood, but the must-try dish is the spaghetti lobster.
Signor Sassi, Nakheel Mall Rooftop, Palm Jumeirah, opening Q2 2023.
Sirene Beach by Gaia
From award-winning homegrown restaurant Gaia comes Sirene Beach by Gaia, described as a ‘coastal evolution of Dubai’s home-grown, Greek-Mediterranean concept, Gaia. A new opening from Fundamental Hospitality at La Mer’s new J1 Beach development, chef Izu Ani will once again take the culinary reigns to present a menu of signature dishes designed for a barefoot luxury beach setting. We’re promised a contemporary aesthetic and an unrivalled entertainment schedule befitting of Sirene Beach by Gaia elegant setting.
Sirene Beach by Gaia, J1 Beach, La Mer, opening late 2023.
While Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah on Palm West Beach is already welcoming guests, it won’t be until later this year that its culinary array of 10 restaurants and bars is fully open. Among the last to open will be Smoki Moto, a high-end, Korean steakhouse that will serve as the hotel’s signature restaurant. Stealing the show is the tabletop barbecue, where trailblazing design meets uncompromisingly fresh ingredients.
Another culinary venture from Roger Federer is Tatel, which injects a little fun into Spanish fine dining. Tatel was first established in 2014, and now can be found in locations across the globe including Beverly Hills, Ibiza, Madrid, Doha and most recently Riyadh. Hot on the heels of the opening in Saudi Arabia, it was confirmed that the brand is being brought to Dubai, with the location and opening date still unknown.
Another import from Beirut, this cosy Italian trattoria is all about friendly service in a fuss-free environment. Expect to tuck into Italian classics aplenty when it opens later this year at East Park.
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The brainchild of Saudi-based football legend Cristiano Ronaldo and Tennis Ace Roger Federer, Italian restaurant Toto is set to open in Dubai this year. Well-known for its classic Italian cuisine and live music, the location of the restaurant, which hails from Madrid, has not yet been confirmed.