Glorious food and stunning views? Now that’s a winning combination. Living in Dubai means we’re spoilt for choice: do I want to dine amongst the skyscrapers? Shall we eat along the creek’s edge? How about dinner in an overwater restaurant? Ohhh, the choices.
From stunning seaside spots to sky-high city gems, we’ve searched high & low to bring you the best restaurants in Dubai with a view…
1. The ultimate Parisian hideaway
An impossibly trendy restaurant & lounge boasting a gorgeous outdoor terrace, La Cantine du Faubourg is an oasis of French culinary style and ambience that feels remarkably tranquil in busy Downtown. Sitting in the shadow of Emirates Towers, guests can soak up the glimmering skyline surrounding DIFC while nibbling on gourmet-style delicacies and cocktails that are second-to-none. A dining destination that scores high marks with the city’s glamour set, Cantine du Faubourg is a wonderful mix of funkiness and sophistication.
2. The trendy Peruvian lounge
In Downtown Dubai, everyday activities can be elevated on the neighbourhood’s many restaurants, lounges, and bars that sit high above the city streets. Offering more than just authentic pisco sours and delicious Peruvian bites, Inka Restaurant & Lounge tops our list for its striking views of the Burj Khalifa from the lounge area (the views from the restaurant area aren’t as great due to construction).
3. The laidback beachside bar
Shisha with a seaside view! Now that’s a daily activity we could really get used to. Tucked away in the pristine beaches of the Mina Al Salam hotel, Shimmers is a breezy beach bar with a massive seafood menu that showcases the daily catch. A family-friendly spot in the day, find everything out that makes Shimmers a must-visit.
4. The fine dining Indian eatery
Showcasing glittering views of The Dubai Fountain and Business Bay, Armani/Amal is all about creating the ultimate impression of luxury & sophistication for its guests. Whether sampling something exclusive from its extravagant drinks cart to its soothing instrumental musicians, if you’re looking to impress, book your table today.
5. The old Dubai hotspot
A well-stocked wine bar and popular Pan-Asian menu aren’t the only features that make Kris with a View one of best spots in Dubai to celebrate special occasions. Its floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing panoramic views of downtown Dubai are absolutely legendary. You’ll find a pianist adding a beautiful soundtrack to your evening most days of the week.
6. The cool creekside café
7. The romantic Thai restaurant
Imagine getting to your dinner date by boat. Nope, this isn’t Venice; it’s Pai Thai at the Madinat Jumeirah. Situated on the banks of the hotel’s meandering waterways, you’ll be transported to a Southeast Asian paradise that’ll seem worlds away from Dubai with excluded backwater location..
8. The Ritzy beachside spot
Seafoodies, this one’s for you. With an eclectic menu and seaside-inspired cocktails, it’s no wonder Sea Fu is constantly abuzz with the chattering of happy guests pretty much every day of the week. Perfect for late afternoon drinks, grab your closest friends and toast to life as you watch the sun set over the glorious Arabian Gulf. We’ve been to Sea Fu several times to get you the lowdown on the eatery’s best dishes and drinks.
9. The Santorini-inspired eatery
If you’re desperately in need of a Mediterranean beach holiday, we’ve got you covered. Bringing a slice of Greek coast to the center of Dubai, Fish Restaurant’s whitewashed walls, spectacular sea view and fresh seafood menu will transport you instantly to stunning Santorini.
10. The kafé with fountain views
Designed by the creators of Buddha Bar, it’s no wonder Karma Kafé’s ooze style & sophistication. Set along Souk Al Bahar’s most scenic viewing points, make sure you grab a table on the terrace to enjoy picturesque views of the Dubai Fountain. With a flavourful Pan-Asian menu and drinks list to match, Karma Kafé is a definite Downtown pick to add to your best Dubai restaurants bucket list.
11. The romantic ocean getaway
Set along the shores of Al Qasr Beach, our list would not be complete without including Dubai’s most romantic restaurant – Pierchic. Promising an over-water experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this fine-dining seafood spot is perfect for any special occasion. Standing out in more than one way, this ultra-luxe eatery is home to the world’s most expensive pizza.