Dine on a BBQ Donut at Dubai Creek

5 Alternative Foodie Experiences That Will Change the Way You Dine

When it comes to unique dining experiences, Dubai has pretty much nailed it. From underwater foodie fun to dining on a revolving rooftop, this city has so many unique dining experiences just waiting to be explored. Check out some of our favourite spots for alternative dining in Dubai…

1. Dine underwater at Ossiano

Dine underwater at Ossiano at Atlantis Dubai on Palm Jumeirah
Via Instagram | @ossianodubai

This award-winning seafood restaurant in Dubai takes alternative dining to a whole new level. Set underwater with an aquarium backdrop, head down to the world-famous Ossiano for an intimate dinner or stylish afternoon tea. The menu is just as impressive as the décor, with fresh oysters, black cod and Wagyu beef continuously pleasing palates.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm

Price: Starters range from AED 265 to AED 365 | Mains start at AED 365

2. Dine in the desert at Al Hadheerah

Dine in the desert at Al Hadheerah at Bab Al Shams
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Ever wondered what it would be like to dine in the desert? Drive down to Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant to experience the true meaning of Arabian Nights. From authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and traditional entertainment (such as dance and music performances) to equestrian shows and camel rides, this is one dining experience you have to try at least once.

Location: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Price: AED 395 per person for the buffet

3. Dine on a boat at Aprons & Hammers

Dine on a boat at Aprons & Hammers in Dubai Marina
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You’re probably already familiar with the Aprons & Hammers restaurant in JBR, but did you know it also had another branch… on a boat! Put on a funky apron and grab a hammer, and get ready to tuck into a delicious array of freshly-caught seafood, from lobster and jumbo shrimp to crab and more.

Location: Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai Marina

Price: Starters range from AED 48 to AED 150 | Mixed seafood buckets are around AED 285

4. Dine on a BBQ Donut

Dine on a BBQ Donut at Dubai Creek
Via Instagram | @boardwalkdubai

Cruise along the Dubai Creek while enjoying a delicious barbecue with a skyline backdrop. Sounds like an afternoon well spent to us! The popular Boardwalk BBQ Donut offers a unique over-water foodie experience that’s perfect for those looking to try something new. Serving up lunch, dinner or afternoon tea while floating on the creek, treat your friends and family to a foodie experience they’ll never forget.

Location: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club,

Price: BBQ Donut’s special summer offer costs AED 165 per adult and AED 85 per kid (includes one hour sailing and food/soft drink)

5. Dine on a revolving rooftop at Al Dawaar

Dine on a revolving rooftop at Al Dawaar restaurant in Dubai
Via Al Dawaar

If you’re looking for epic 360-degree views of the city’s skyline, Al Dawaar is the place to go. This rooftop, revolving restaurant offers incredible views of Burj Khalifa and the creek, along with an international menu that changes every day. From a live carving station to a seafood bar, enjoy a lunch, dinner or Friday brunch to remember.

Location: Hyatt Regency Dubai, Naif


  • Lunch set menu: AED 189 per person
  • Dinner set menu: AED 219 per person

For more alternative dining options in Dubai, flick to insydodubai.com for everything from the coolest dry-ice dishes to unique private dining rooms.