Upscale Restaurants in Dubai

For avid gastronomers, Dubai offers an extensive selection of first-class restaurants, which bring together cuisines from almost every corner of the planet. Although the representatives of the renowned Michelin have not made it here yet, local restaurateurs boast ex-pat chefs who have earned the recognition of a prestigious guide back home. However, not only star chefs lure tourists to their restaurants. We've found the tastiest, most atmospheric, and bizarre at times restaurants in Dubai. With impeccable food, spectacular bird's-eye views, aerial acrobats, unique tropical décor, and exceptional dining experiences in the middle of a wilderness reserve, these restaurants invite you to let your imagination run free (and, of course, your appetite!)


Discover the captivating world of Netsu by Ross Shonhan, an acclaimed Japanese steakhouse. Immerse yourself in the traditional cooking technique of Warayaki, where straw fire cooking adds a unique flavor to the tantalizing menu of grilled dishes, sushi, and sashimi. Enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace or witness the theatrical display of flames curving around the kitchen counter. Indulge in a curated selection of cocktails and Izakaya-style snacks at Bar Netsu, accompanied by live Soul and Funk music. Experience the vibrant Netsu Brunch with lively tunes, irresistible Japanese flavors, and captivating tableside experiences. Chef Ross Shonhan's passion for innovative cuisine shines through in every extraordinary dish.


The name Gaia in Greece is symbolic of the mother goddess of the earth, sun, mountains, and sea. In other words, the goddess of all living things. But it is also the name of an elegant and sophisticated tavern from the Bulldozer Group, serving authentic cuisine from Chef Izu Ani. The bright interior, rich in marble and natural stone, is inspired by Mediterranean culture. The atmosphere is welcoming, light, and casual. However, be prepared for a cocktail dress code. The menu is entirely dedicated to the culinary traditions of Greece. The deceptive simplicity of serving, feeling like homemade dishes, is compensated with the emphasis on fresh ingredients and selected fish and seafood – the very embodiment of Greek cuisine and its DNA. On a huge glacier inside the restaurant, you will see the daily renewed seasonal catch breathing with freshness. The selected fish is cut into the finest slices, grilled in salt, and, traditionally, served with spicy tomato and Greek herbs. Complement your meal with homemade frozen yogurt with natural honey, nuts, and miniature honey cinnamon donuts “loukoumades.”

Gate village 4, DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +971 424 142 42

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A dream come true fused with indescribable delight and warm, almost tangible memories – this mixture is what a visit to Sonara Camp feels like. Nestled in the heart of the Arabian Desert, the local restaurant is fully committed to sustainability. Here they practice a careful attitude to products, a zero-waste policy, and use of solar energy to sustain their establishment. The menu from French chef Frank Sann is worthy of endless applause. We recommend sampling the juicy shoulder of lamb in oriental spices with the national markouk saj flatbread, the Sicilian caponata with olives and pine nuts, and the Café Noisette chocolate bomb. In addition to a great dining experience, you will find truly elite leisure – a camel ride in the rays of the setting sun, sandboarding on the dunes, and an impressive fire show on a grander scale. Children will also have their fair share of entertainment. They are entertained with playing volleyball, archery, cozy movie screenings under the starry sky, and popular children's gastro-hits like marshmallows on the fire. Don't hesitate to choose the service of a private driver who will take you right to the camp gate. So, as soon as the fleeting magic disappears, the driver will take you back to your room.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +971 5 03367909


To conquer Dubai's exquisite gastronomic peak, head to the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper on the planet. The moderately formal setting of the restaurant does not require you to follow a strict dress code, although it does suggest it. The panoramic views of the city take your breath away when you first see the azure waters of the Persian Gulf, especially at an early breakfast and at the hour when everything is covered with the thick darkness. The menu features European cuisine with French flair and boasts a solid selection of vegetarian options. A recommendation is the signature tasting set which includes pickled cactus tartare and foie gras with Moët et Chandon champagne. A five-course course per person will cost 310 EUR, including wine accompaniment. If you consider yourself a member of the major league of romantics, head here in the golden hour to enjoy the magnificent colors and a sunset, accompanied by live music and a stellar cocktail list.

122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +971 4 888 3828


If an ordinary, albeit gastronomic dinner won’t surprise you anymore, then our next recommendation will come in handy. Its festive motto says: "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the immersive gastronomic theater!" The unique performances (none are repeated twice) are carefully curated and directed by the maestro of music, pianist, musician, and composer of Lebanese-Armenian origin, Gai Manukyan. It is the place where the East meets the West, and the history of the past is intertwined with the present. One by one, talented musicians, dancers, singers, and trapeze artists from all over the world appear on the stage. The tables are deliberately positioned to provide the best view from any point. The kitchen is skillfully blended into the grandiose show story. The international menu includes Gilardot's favorite oysters, lush pizza from the oven, and Asian dishes, some of which are prepared in the josper. Connoisseurs of fine lifestyle will appreciate the cigar tab, as well as the excellent wine selection.

Fairmont Hotel, Trade Centre, Trade Centre 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +971 4 222 2268


Decorated with handcrafted furniture and historic art flown in from Peru, COYA showcases a contemporary twist on Peruvian cuisine with Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish elements. The restaurant undoubtedly has been one of the top destinations in Dubai's Latin American culinary scene in recent years. When coming to COYA, expect great Peruvian-inspired cocktails, as well as fun ones like the Popcorn Sour, which is prepared with popcorn-infused Laphroaig and Macallan. Besides, the restaurant has wonderful seafood-heavy dishes on offer to complement your drink, like fish tacos filled with fresh snapper and salmon or the seasonal lobster with chimichurri sauce. If you have a meeting with clients or having lunch with a colleague, the lunch menu features two starters and one main course, as well as a healthy dose of edamame or guacamole crafted in front of you as opening bites - the set lunch menu has enough alternatives to suit even the most sophisticated taste. As a great fish choice, we recommend trying Dorada Clasica, a flavorful dish that combines sea bream with red onion, white maize, and sweet potato, while meat lovers should definitely dig into the restaurant’s signature baos with wagyu beef that interestingly blends South American and Chinese flavors.

Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4 316 9600 |


The founders of one of the most trending places of this year have succeeded in combining authentic Japanese cuisine with a modern vision. This restaurant should definitely be on your must-visit list. Get ready to dive into a sophisticated yet playful ambiance. The reception and the bar counter boast a colorful armful of assorted books and fun toys, along with sparkling bottles. Three areas harmoniously coexist under one roof of the Clap: a dining room with a view terrace, a lounge with a music room, and a stylish cocktail bar. The signature dish of the a la carte menu is a stone bowl with Japanese wagyu beef. Its presentation is a true show that mesmerizes and excites: the waiter pours a scalding broth into a massive bowl, which instantly brings the meat to readiness, and turns the rice into a spicy and crispy accompaniment. Despite the impeccable cuisine, we heartily recommend considering Clap as a great pre-or afterparty place. You will not be disappointed by the signature cocktails here, while DJ sets and a sophisticated audience will induce a festive mood.

The Exchange, Gate Village 11, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4 569 3820 |


Experience a fresh concept from the renowned RIKAS Group at KYMA Greek Restaurant & Beach Club. Situated at the secluded end of The Palm's West Beach, this hidden gem offers a serene and private oasis. Immerse yourself in the chic and natural ambiance, where Greek authenticity meets modern elegance. Indulge in a tantalizing menu expertly crafted by Corporate Chef Gilles Bosquet, blending beloved traditional Greek flavors with a refreshing Mediterranean twist. From taramosalata to chicken souvlaki, every dish is a culinary delight. Elevate your private celebrations and corporate gatherings with KYMA Beach, where meticulous attention to detail and Greek-inspired hospitality ensure unforgettable moments. Let our dedicated professionals create an event that surpasses all expectations, leaving you with cherished memories.

Palm West Beach, opposite Hotel Fairmont The Palm, Dubai United Arab Emirates | +971 4 666 5999


Transport yourself to the vibrant and rebellious atmosphere of 1920s Osaka at Mimi Kakushi, where traditional Japanese flavors are infused with a playful twist. Esteemed chefs Vladimir Kim and Gilles Bosquet bring their expertise and passion for Japanese cuisine to create a menu that blends authentic ingredients with innovative techniques. From the hand-crafted sushi adorned with premium flavors to the succulent Wagyu creations, each dish is a masterpiece of umami flavors. Mimi Kakushi's immersive experience goes beyond the culinary realm, as the space pays homage to the avant-garde Mavo movement, fusing modern art and Western fashion. Prepare to be captivated by the harmonious clash of East and West at Mimi Kakushi.

Four Seasons Resort — 23 A St — Jumeirah , Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +971 4379 4811


Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of the Arab world at Ninive, a visionary concept born in the vibrant city of Dubai. Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Ninive pays homage to the region's rich heritage and culinary diversity. Nestled between iconic towers, this urban oasis combines Gulf, Levant, and North African flavors in a fresh and welcoming approach. The venue's décor, reminiscent of a Bedouin tent, fosters a sense of unity and hospitality. As you dine on Middle Eastern specialties, expertly served on bespoke crockery, knowledgeable staff guide you through the venue's history and flavors. Live music enhances the enchanting atmosphere, making Ninive an ideal destination for a refined and captivating dining experience.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers,Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +971 43 266 105


Indulge in the magic of Tagomago, a hidden gem inspired by the Balearics, open daily from 10AM at Azure Residence on The Palm. This extraordinary restaurant, bar, and beach hangout captures the essence of the White Isle, offering an unparalleled experience. Nestled at the foot of The Palm and caressed by a private beach, Tagomago entices well-traveled, cultured minds, food enthusiasts, and free spirits. Surrounded by lush trees, the chiringuito is the ideal spot for sunset drinks, sandy feet, and a delectable pinchu menu. From Pan con tomate to Seabass filet, the flavors of the Balearics tantalize the palate. Imbibe expertly crafted cocktails from the circular white-walled bar and surrender to the enchanting allure of Balearic dreams.

The Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | +97148326620

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