17 of the best French restaurants in Dubai

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From fine dining dishes finished with finesse to cosy patisseries and bistros filled with hearty French comfort food…

Whether you’re eating hearty, comforting dishes like you’re in the snow-capped mountains of the Alps, or tucking into freshly-caught seafood on the French Riviera, French food is a firm favourite across the city.

From the classy to the cosy, we’ve rounded up the best French restaurants in Dubai.

Bon Appétit…

Bagatelle

If you are looking for a French restaurant with finesse then Bagatelle is a must-visit. Light and bright walls offset against luxurious blue velvet sofas, with dim lights and live music creating an instant party vibe whether you go on a weekday or weekend. The menu is masterminded by chef Timothy Newton, and while the whole menu is impressive, their signature dishes include a truffle roasted chicken, baby potatoes and jus, and their homemade gnoccchi with truffle sauce and parmesan.

Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 8pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 354 5035. bagatelledubai.com

Bleu Blanc

Step through the distressed blue doors of Bleu Blanc into a stunningly chic and sophisticated restaurant, owned by LA-based chef, David Meyers. It’s perfect for family dinners or a special gathering and on the menu expect simple yet refined French farmhouse food.

Bleu Blanc, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 7pm to 12am, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 512 5533. bleublanc-dubai.com

Bistro Des Arts

This cute little Parisian bistro-style restaurant is nestled on the edge of Dubai Marina. Inside, the red and white hues make it feel cosy and when it’s cool enough to sit outside on the terrace, you’ll feel exactly like you’re sat outside a traditional French bistro on a quaint side street in Paris. They’re doing a summer deal menu at the moment where you can get three courses for Dhs150.

Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina Promenade, Marina Mall Area, Dubai, 3 course summer set menu daily from 6pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 551 1576. bistrodesarts.ae

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Brasserie du Park

This blue and white hued restaurant is speckled with accents of copper and gold, which give it a sophisticated Mediterranean vibe. The menu is French, but with influences from across Europe also on the menu. Be sure to make your way to the nautical-themed Noepe bar for a pre-dinner drink.

Brasserie Du Park, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, daily 6.30am to 11am, 12.30pm to 5pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 602 1814. brasserie-du-park.thepromenadedxb.com

Carine

‘French Mediterranean’ is the essence of the menu at Carine, another brilliant offering from local chef Izu Ani. On the menu, expect sumptuous bites like calamari, burrata, and moreish harissa prawns. A particular stand-out dish on the mains is the lobster linguini, if you’re in the mood for pasta. The floor-to-ceiling windows flood the restaurant with light and it’s a pretty setting for a day-time lunch or breakfast. The bread alone is worth the trip.

Carine, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, Sun to Wed 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 10.30pm, Thurs 12 to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat 8.30am to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 417 9885.  facebook.com/carinerestaurant

Chez Charles

This brasserie-style eatery set in Dubai Design District is a firm favourite for Downtown-dwellers. The setting is contemporary, and on the menu you’ll find dishes like the poached jumbo shrimps with avocado and mango salsa and citrus coulis or the grilled black Angus tenderloin served with sweet potato galette and bordelaise sauce.

Chez Charles, Dubai Design District, Building 11, Dubai, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 512 2444. chezcharlesrestaurant.ae

Couqley French Bistro & Bar

The decor in Couqley is simple and welcoming – exactly what you’d expect from a traditional bistro that you might happen upon when exploring France. Their menu is full of delicious dishes from a traditional onion soup made with a layer of Emmental cheese, to a truffle brie burger loaded with portobello mushrooms and served with fries and a rich truffle aioli sauce.

Couqley French Bistro & Bar, Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A JLT, Dubai, Sat to Wed 12pm to 1am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 514 9339. couqley.ae

DRIFT

You may know Drift for its seriously Instagrammable pool and beach days, but have you ever paid a visit to their restaurant? If the answer’s no, then you need to – it’s got the perfect balance of cool restaurant with beach chic. Their menu is based on Provençal cuisine, with delicate seafood, meats and light dishes available. Note: Drift is currently closed for summer, and will reopen in September.

DRIFT, One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 5pm. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com

La Cantine du Faubourg

There’s a cool ambiance to be experienced in the eclectic design of this restaurant in DIFC. Its creators, Pierre Pirajean and Helena Paraboschi ,are artists and sculptors and it certainly shows. Dramatic red hues clash with neon lights, vibrant artwork and whitewashed walls and while it’s a top spot for a business lunch, go for dinner after dark and enjoy a luxe party atmosphere.

la Cantine du Faubourg, Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, Sun to Wed 12pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 3am, Sat 12pm to 6pm, 8pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 352 7105. facebook.com/lacantinedubai

La Farine

Get your French cuisine fix at any time of the day at La Farine, as this cute little cafe is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (yes, really). They reckon they serve ‘the best baguettes in Dubai’ along with a selection of pastries and bespoke cakes for special occasions.

La Farine, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, open 24/7. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

La Serre

If you’re looking for a cafe-style French breakfast then give La Serre a try. Its light, airy restaurant has beautiful Downtown views ,and serves an array of fluffy pastries and breads, along with traditional French breakfast dishes like eggs benedict or a crepe filled with emmental cheese, smoked turkey ham, mushroom and bechamel. They specialise in black truffle, and you can add it to pretty much any dish on the menu for a premium.

La Serre, Vida Downtown, Dubai, daily 7am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 428 6969. laserre.com

Le Cirque

Le Cirque is a beautiful restaurant with a glass-enclosed terrace, that wouldn’t look out of place in a five star hotel in Paris. It’s high-end cuisine, with perfectly presented plates at the higher end of the price scale. Their choux buns served on a delicate silver platter are ideal for a high-end afternoon tea.

Le Cirque, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, daily 7.30am to 11am, 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 372 2444. facebook.com/LeCirqueDubai

Le Petite Maison

La Petite Maison is one of the city’s best restaurants, and a long-standing French restaurant in Dubai. Fusing French Mediterranean and niçoise, you’ll graze on a range of dishes with starters like a crab and lobster salad, seafood, meat or pasta dishes for main and delicious desserts like the warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream.

La Petite Maison, Gate Village No. 8, DIFC, Dubai, open daily 12.30 to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 439 0505. lpmlondon.co.uk/dubai

Maison de Juliette

This pretty little cafe at La Mer is a brilliant spot for an alfresco breakfast, but over summer inside is equally as charming. Pretty dishes and deserts are artisanal, and it’s the perfect place for a weekend breakfast.

Maison de Juliette, La Mer, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 10am to 12am, Fri 9am to 12am, Sat 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 385 5532. facebook.com/maisondejuliettecafe

Pierre’s Bistro & Bar

This French-fusion bistro by chef Pierre Gagnaire boasts trendy interiors, an inventive menu and equally artsy cocktails. It’s a restaurant you won’t forget in a while with a pretty, slightly eccentric design that will have you seeing something different everywhere you look, from rose-adorned walls to pink flamingos.

Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, Promenade Level, Dubai Festival City, lounge open 5pm to 2am, restaurant open 6.30pm to 11.30pm, closed Sundays. Tel: (04) 701 1199. pierresdubai.com

Publique

The Alps meets Dubai at this rustic alpine chalet-themed restaurant in Madinat Jumeirah. Food here is hearty, with dishes designed to remind you of dining in a ski chalet: Think juicy meat, full-bodied sauces and lots and lots of cheese. In fact, the cauldron of cheese fondue, the gooey raclette and the penne pasta – prepared in a parmesan wheel – are the restaurants’s three best-sellers.

Publique, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, open daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 430 8550. facebook.com/publiquedubai

St Tropez Bistro

Just the name is enough to make you want to pay this place a visit, with most of us finding our holiday dreams drifting away to the picturesque coastal town on the French Riviera. It’s got a beautiful setting on the ground floor at Mall of the Emirates and is a nice change to the usual restaurants at you tend to visit there.

St Tropez Bistro, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, daily 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 341 3415. facebook.com/StTropezMOE

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