Whether you’re recently coupled up, or you and your other half are pure #relationshipgoals, we’ve taken the guesswork out of planning the perfect Valentine’s Day in Dubai.
Here are 14 Valentine’s Day dinner options in Dubai…
WHERE TO GO IF YOU’RE… STILL PLAYING IT COOL
Not sure where you two stand on the ‘eating off each other’s plates’ issue? Take the guesswork out of whether or not to share with Fumé’s tasty sharing set menu. Available at both the Downtown Dubai and Pier 7 locations, the menu includes sharing dishes such as burrata with edamame, jumbo shrimp thermidor and strawberry macaroons. A vegetarian option is also available.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Dhs222 per person, Dhs299 per person with house drinks for two hours. Tel: (04) 4215669. Metro: JLT. fume-eatery.com
2. Reform Social And Grill
Relax in the laidback surroundings of Reform Social And Grill’s lovely pub garden while you tuck into a yummy five-course tasting menu. Some of the highlights include an Angus beef fillet steak and a red velvet cake drizzled with white chocolate liquor.
The Lakes Club, Emirates Living District, Dubai, daily 7am to midnight, Dhs250 per person. Tel: (04) 4542638. Taxi: The Lakes Club. reformsocialgrill.ae
For a low-key date night, not much can beat a slice of pizza and a glass of red. Spend Valentine’s Day at Jazz@PizzaExpress and you’ll enjoy a special three-course set menu for two and a bottle of wine, not to mention the smooth sounds of their live jazz band.
February 12 to 17. Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, daily noon to midnight, Dhs129 with soft drinks, Dhs199 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4416342. Metro: JLT. pizzaexpress.ae
4. Perry & Blackwelder
Nothing says cool and casual like feeling comfortable enough to go nuts over a plate of chicken wings in front of your partner (or is that just us?). Forget feeling refined and elegant and prepare to get messy at Perry & Blackwelder, who’ll be serving platters of ribs, wings, fries and more, with sharing cocktails to boot. There’ll be live acoustic music from 9pm onwards.
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 6.30pm, Dhs195 per couple. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com
5. The Big Easy Bar & Grill
Enjoy the chilled out atmosphere of the Big Easy Bar & Grill as you tuck into a three-course menu, as well as free-flowing house drinks. There’ll be live music on the night too, as well as cool giveaways.
The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, 6pm to 10.30pm, Dhs495 per couple. Tel: (04) 4251000. Taxi: The Els Club. facebook.com/BigEasyDubai
WHERE TO GO IF YOU’RE… ALL LOVED UP
Treat your beloved to a fabulous dinner at this What’s On Award winning restaurant. The special menu will feature some of Okku’s most famous dishes including the miso black cod and truffle grilled rice, paired with creative concoctions from the talented mixologists.
February 12 to 14
H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs795 per couple. Tel: (04) 5018777. Metro: Dubai World Trade Centre. okkudubai.com
7. La Mome
If you can’t quite afford to sweep your loved one off their feet with a surprise trip to Paris (we don’t blame you), the next best thing is to book a table at La Mome. The wonderfully old-fashioned French style bistro is one of Dubai’s most romantic restaurants. If it’s good enough for Leo – head here to see what we’re on about – it’s good enough for us. Make sure you share the addictive chocolate mousse for dessert.
Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7.30pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3080470. Metro: World Trade Centre. lamomedubai.com
8. Marina Social
Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant in Dubai Marina is going all out for Valentine’s Day, with a four-course set menu of his trademark high-end comfort food: think beef wellington with black truffle, confit duck and fois gras terrine and a banana and chocolate chip souffle. Add in the pretty marina views and you’ve got a pretty special evening.
InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 6pm to 11.45pm, Dhs900 per couple, Dhs1,500 with house drinks, Dhs1,800 with premium drinks. Tel: (04) 4466664. Taxi: InterCon Dubai Marina. marinasocialdubai.com
9. Ruth’s Chris
If your date is a steak lover, book a table at Ruth’s Chris. The Dubai Marina favourite is a reliable choice for a great night out, and they’re offering a special romantic four-course meal, complete with grape pairings. Along with their signature grills, expect indulgent dishes such as truffle mash potato, oysters and heart-shaped cheesecake.
The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 5.30pm to midnight, Dhs995 per couple. Tel: (04) 4549538. Metro:JLT. ruthschris.ae
10. Vida Downtown
Enjoy a romantic night under the stars at three-in-one restaurant in Vida Downtown. Settle in at one of their candlelit poolside cabanas for a special three-course menu, (with vegetarian options) paired with house drinks and a glass of champagne on arrival. We like the sound of the ‘chocolate combustion’ dessert.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs499 per couple with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4286888. Metro: Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall. vida-hotels.com
Experience the delicious fusion of Japanese and Korean cuisine at the stunning restaurant Namu in W Hotel. Book a table by the window and watch the Dubai Canal light up below you while you relax and enjoy four hours of bottomless bubbly. You can even keep the night going by paying Dhs100 for access to the party at the Wet Deck.
Al Habtoor City, Business Bay, Dubai, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs1,495 per couple. Tel: (04) 4366666. Metro: Business Bay. namudubai.com
AND HERE ARE… THE SHOW-STOPPERS
01. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
One of the most romantic, secluded hotel hideaways, and they’ve pulled out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. Book the bespoke Dining By Design experience and be treated to a candlelit dinner underneath the stars at a private table on the beach.
East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 7pm to midnight, Dhs3,200 per couple with soft drinks, Dhs3,999 per couple with soft drinks plus one bottle of champagne. Tel: (04) 5678016. Taxi: Anantara Palm Jumeirah. dubai-palm.anantara.com
Go all out with dinner at Roberto’s. The incredible San Valentino Balcony is a seven-course degustation menu that includes oysters, caviar and (of course) champagne. Book a table on the terrace under the stars.
Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, daily noon to 2am, Dhs3,500 per couple with a bottle of champagne. Tel: (04) 3860066. Metro: Financial Centre. robertos.ae
03. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Experience an unforgettable Valentine’s Day at this opulent hotel with the indulgence of a private gazebo at Plaj. Be attended to by a private butler, tuck into a five-course set menu (with a bottle of rose champagne) and get all sorts of extra treats including a bouquet of flowers and vouchers for the stunning Talise Ottoman Spa.
West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 6.30pm to midnight, Dhs5,750 per couple. Tel: (04) 4530444. Taxi: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. jumeirah.com