Eating in Dubai

One of my favorite things about traveling is eating.  I love trying new foods and new restaurants.  It’s even more fun to wander around a new place find that special little place where the food is fantastic and the staff is friendly.

Over the years we’ve found many great restaurants in many of the places we’ve visited, and Dubai is no exception.  There are many great restaurants in this city, from simple fast food to opulent fine dining you’ll find it there.  You don’t have to spend a month’s salary on a great meal, although in this city I’m sure you won’t have to look too hard to find a fine dining restaurant where you can!
You’ll find many of your favorite chains in Dubai as well as others from around the world.  Here are some of our favorites.
Al Mallah on Al Dhiyafha Road in the Satwa District serves good Lebanese street food at very reasonable prices.
They serve sandwiches and plates of shawarma, kebobs, falafel, hummus, and more.
A plate of Shish Tawook (chicken kebob) complete with french fries, hummus, pita, and salad costs about $9.
It’s a great place for a quick snack, lunch, or a casual dinner.
They have 2 other locations in the city:
Mamzar next to Al Mamzar Mosque on Al Khaleej Road
Qusais Al Tawar 1 opposite Free Zone Metro station
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Arabian Tea House Restaurant and Cafe formerly the Basta Art Cafe is located in the heart of the city’s historic Bastakiya area in Bur Dubai.
Located near Al Fahidi Street this quirky cafe has a nice courtyard where you can sip mint iced tea and munch on a fresh salad or date and walnut cake served with plain yogurt under the shade of an old tree.
Prices start at $13
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Celebrities at The One & Only Royal Mirage is a chic and stylish fine dining restaurant and lounge that offers fine views of the city.
You can enjoy cocktails in either the indoor or outdoor lounges where they serve an assortment of tapas reasonably priced from $11 – $20.
The ala carte menu in the main dining room ranges from $25 for an order of vegetable gnocchi to $70 for a whole lobster Thermidor or a Wagyu fillet.  In a city where fine dining at one of the luxury hotels is usually over-priced, the fine cuisine at Celebrities is a good value.  The restaurant is open for breakfast daily and for dinner everyday except Saturday.  Children over 8 are welcome.
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Kan Zaman in the Heritage Village area in Bur Dubai serves Lebanese cuisine.  Out door seating is right on the creek and offers wonderful views of the abras crossing back and forth.

They have an extensive menu of Lebanese dishes from soups, tapas, sandwiches and entrees and a very small kids’ menu.  They dabble in European specialties including Chicken Cordon Blue, Chicken Escalope, and pizzas, but I’d stick to the Arabic mixed grills, tapas, pastries and other Lebanese specialties.
They also have a large drink menu that offers fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, and an assortment of teas and coffees.  You can relax after dinner and enjoy the creekside view with a shisha pipe.
Shawarma sandwiches start at $4.  Main entrees start at $8 for a chicken shawarma plate and go up to $65 for the Royal Seafood Stand that includes lobster, fish, prawn, and calamari.  Or you can work your way thru their tapas menu and enjoy a fine assortment of dips, fried bites, and meat and veggie pastries.
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PIER CHIC in the Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah is a unique Dubai hotspot.  It’s located on the Al Qasr Hotel property and is accessed from the beach at the end of a long wooden pier.  There are 2 pods along the way to the restaurant, the Chic Bar and Chic Lounge.
This restaurant is over the water and offers exquisite views of the Burj Al Arab, the Gulf, Jumeirah Beach, and Palm Jumeirah.  It’s a high end eatery specializing in seafood including lobster, oysters, salmon, and more.
It is very trendy and the place to be seen.  Entrees start at $31 for a salmon dish to $245 for a Hot Seafood Platter for Two.
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Tagine in The One & Only Royal Mirage  features Moroccan Cuisine in a sumptuous setting complete with lanterns and oriental rugs.  There’s also live music provided by a Moroccan Duo.
They offer a variety of Moroccan specialties including Couscous, Tagines, and grilled kebobs which are prepared with different types of meats and vegetables.  Tagine dishes are $29, Couscous dishes are $27, and kebobs are $26.
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If you have a hankering for meat then the Meat Co.  on the sea front of Souk Madinat Jumeirah is the best place to go.

Serving lunch and dinner they serve burgers, steaks, and seafood.  Outdoor seating is right on the water and has views of the Burj Al Arab.

Burgers start at $20 and steaks at $42 for a Rump steak from New Zealand.

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AL HADHEERAH tucked away in the desert dunes in the Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa serves a buffet of traditional Arabic food in a desert fort atmosphere. Guests are entertained by dance performances and other cultural activities.

Weekday dinner buffet/show cost $115 per person
Thursday & Friday nights are $135 per person
Kids 5-12 are discounted 50%
Kids 4 and under are free