Heading to Dubai Opera? Here are 10 restaurants to dine at before the show

Dinner and a show…

You can fuel your love of the arts at Dubai Opera with all these top performances coming up, but make sure you satisfy your hunger at one of these restaurants before you get there. Only because you wouldn’t want the stomach growls to distract your fellow audience members, or worse, the performers on stage.

Dubai Comedy Festival is currently in town and if you want a meal before the laughs, here’s a round-up of top restaurants to dine at before the show – all within walking distance of the Dubai Opera.

Here are 10 top restaurants close to Dubai Opera to dine at before the show

At.mosphere Burj Khalifa

atmosphere restaurant

How far from Dubai Opera: 10 minutes away

Located in Burj Khalifa on the 122nd floor, At.mosphere has one of the best glittering views of Dubai. You can enjoy international flavours for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner in the restaurant or in the lounge. A top spot to head to before the drama unravels on stage.

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

Bab Al Mansour

bab al mansour - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

How far from Dubai Opera: 5 minutes away

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

How far from Dubai Opera: One floor away…

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. The best part? Since it’s located in Dubai Opera, there’s no way you’ll be late for the performance. Read our review here.


How far from Dubai Opera: 13 minutes away

This Michelin-awarded restaurant is so considerate of guests heading to Dubai Opera post their dining experience, that they have a dedicated pre-theatre menu. And it’s very pocket-friendly, too. For two courses (starter or main, or main and dessert), it’s just Dhs150 per person and you can add on alcoholic sips for Dhs45 each. It is available only from 5.30pm to 7pm and includes salmon carpaccio, mapo burrata, chilli chicken and more to start before you can dig into mains which includes baby chicken with coconut curry, tempura veg and garlic noodles, and more. For dessert options, there’s mango panna cotta, hot chocolate mocha and more.

Jun’s, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, theatre menu available 5.30pm to 7pm. Tel: (0)4 457 6035, junsdubai.com

Kohantei Japanese Wagyu Restaurant

kohantei - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

How far from Dubai Opera: 1 minute away

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


How far from Dubai Opera: 2 minutes away

Salvaje is a recent addition to the thriving dining scene in the heart of Dubai. Located a stone’s throw away from Dubai Opera, the restaurant introduces you to the ‘wild side of Japanese gastronomy’. It has conquered such culinary hotspots as Madrid, Miami, Barcelona and Paris, and now the curtain has raised on its Dubai performance. Inside, expect wild decor from vibrant colours, tropical-inspired patterns, huge gorilla and rhino statues and more animalistic designs. As for the menu, Salvaje proudly waves the flag of two cultures – Latin America and Japan, with culinary practices that honour both cuisines. The restaurant has its very own entertainment with dancers decked in eye-catching cabaret costumes and feathery headpieces, but don’t get distracted – you wouldn’t want to keep the phantom waiting…

The Address Opera Residences, Opera District, Downtown Dubai, open daily 12pm to 1am weekdays, and up to 3am on weekends, Tel: (0)4 570 3653, @salvaje.dubai


Thiptara - restaurants close to Dubai Opera

How far from Dubai Opera: 16 minutes away

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