Marina Social

InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina

Recommended for British Fine Dining Restaurants

Other categories: Foodie BrunchMediterranean Food

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The Review

  • The Good

    Serving up a British Mediterranean fusion of flavours, Marina Social is a trend-setting culinary hotspot brought to life by Michelin Star chef Jason Atherton. From the gallery kitchen and terrace seating to the chic bar (The Social Room) and quirky cocktails, this place creates a buzz.

    Situated in the InterContinental, Marina Social blends its art deco-inspired dining room with gorgeous wine displays, a private function room and an interactive dessert bar serving mouthwatering gelato. They also host a sharing concept brunch on Fridays that's gourmet all the way.

    We cannot recommend the Italian Beef Tomato Buratta enough - an unassuming whole tomato that slices open to reveal a filling of creamy Italian cheese; the Whole Herb Roasted Picalou Chicken, complete with its kitsch chicken-shaped gravy boat, is equally as satisfying.

    We're big fans of the indoor seating that looks towards the marina; the whole stretch of wall opens out to the terrace. True to its name, the atmosphere at Marina Social Dubai is lively; the DJ in The Social Room plays upbeat tunes that work through to the restaurant. The fun 'Feed Me' menu and pop culture cocktails such as Pretty Fly for a Mai Tai ensure that the vibe stays fresh.

  • The Bad
    While the restaurant boasts a panoramic view of the Dubai Marina you can't book the tables outside; however, you can request a seat near windows that open onto the terrace - which is almost the same. Inside, some tables seem a little cramped; we actually found our seating to noisy, but the staff were more than happy to move us to a better table and things got better from there.

    Marina Social Dubai isn't the place to go if you're looking for an intimate night; the commercial music and buzz of conversation isn't particularly date worthy, and neither are the cocktail prices if you're on a tight budget!
  • The Tips
    During the week, Marina Social serves its eclectic dinner menu from 7pm, but the bar is open from 6pm. The 'Share & Social Brunch' happens every Friday from 12pm-3pm and features a 3-course sharing meal of tasty delicacies. There's also a 'Social Roast' on Saturdays from 12pm-3pm that features a 2 or 3-course meal full of British classics.

    Ladies' Night is every Tuesday from 8pm-1am that includes 3 free drinks and 50% selected bar snacks. The restaurant has five service trollies that offer you Champagne, cigars, and an extensive selection of whiskeys and digestifs at your table side. Pop on the weekend and enjoy 'Social Hour', where you'll receive 50% off on unique cocktails from 6-8pm.

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Dubai Marina

1st Floor, InterContinental Dubai Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Bay Central, Dubai Marina, Dubai

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  • Budget

    Dishes range from AED 75 to AED 350; desserts are AED 50; cocktails are around AED 65. Saturday 'Social Roast' costs AED 150 (2 course) and AED 195 (3 course). Brunch packages: AED 315 (soft drinks), AED 495 (house beverages), AED 595 (bubbles).

    • Smoking No
    • Alcohol served
    • Venue Indoor & Outdoor
    • Dress Code Semi smart
    • Booking Book 3 days in advance
    • Meals Dinner