12 of the best Valentine's dinners in Dubai
Enjoy dinner a deux with cuisine to tempt the taste buds of even the most discerning diners… go on, embrace the cliché and enjoy!
One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
For you. Two words loaded with promise this Valentine’s Day. Seductive aromas entice you in at Nina, whilst the latest in European cuisine awaits you at Celebrities. If casual dining is more your thing, private beach gazebos overlooking The Palm play host to steak and seafood fare in this relaxed and romantic setting.
Cost: From AED390 for the degustation menu at Nina to AED885 per person with sommelier’s selection at Celebrities.
Where: Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach
Contact: +9714 399 9999
L.O.V.E. at Okku
A firm foodie favourite, this contemporary Japanese restaurant in the H Hotel is going all out for the most romantic day of the year with an exquisite sharing menu created especially by their tag team of celebrity chefs. Their mixologists have weighed in with some special creations, too, but make sure you leave room for their limited edition berry infused Love Cake.
Cost: AED795 per couple
Where: Okku, The H Hotel Dubai, One Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 501 8777
JW Marriott Marquis
If the brief was “romantic packages to suit every mood”, then JW Marriott Marquis have hit the nail on the head. A five-course Thai sensation, an indulgent afternoon tea experience, a plentiful Italian buffet and, for the utterly love-struck, a seven-course Indian delight for the senses, complete with luxury car pick up are just some of the options to entice you.
Cost: From AED225 for Positano Italian buffet to AED1,500 per person for Love Sensations Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar.
Where: JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
Contact: +9714 414 0000
Anchored at the heart of Downtown Dubai, The Atlantic’s Valentine’s menu is a seafood lover’s dream: fresh shucked oysters and saffron mussel soup are just some of the delicacies on offer. Be sure to wash it down with the complimentary glass of pink sparkling and enjoy a seat in the restaurant that everyone is talking about right now.
Cost: AED399 per person
Where: The Atlantic Dubai, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +9714 442 5662
Chemistry at Amwaj Rotana
A menu designed to incite chemistry? That’s the promise if you pay a visit to JB’s Gastropub this Valentine’s Day, where oysters are in plentiful supply. Or if you want to dine al fresco, Rosso kicks things up a gear with a four-course menu and live entertainment to set the mood.
Cost: From AED420 AED to AED690 per couple
Where: The Walk, JBR
Contact: +9714 428 2000
Love at First Bite at Teatro
A four-course romantic menu awaits you at the Indo-fusion Teatro this Valentine’s Day. The rich interiors and warm ambience make this a cosy pick, plus if you dine between 6pm-8.30pm their Early Bird Menu is available with 50 percent off the á la carte selection.
Cost: AED750 per couple
Where: Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Financial Centre Metro Station
Contact: +9714 312 2201
Splash of Love at Namu
Rival cuisines come together at Namu this Valentine’s Day, as you are invited to take your pick from a selection of Japanese and Korean dishes. Sit back and relax with bottomless bubbly to toast the spectacular views all around you on the 31st floor.
Cost: AED1,495 per couple
Where: W Dubai, Al Habtoor City
Contact: +9714 436 6666
Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
If you’re searching for the perfect romantic setting, then look no further as Burj Al Arab signature restaurant, Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, sets the standard. Sample a six-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing for those who want to make their evening one to remember. Tropical fish, scattered rose petals and lots of little surprise extras make this the ultimate destination for Valentine’s Day.
Cost: AED995 per person for a six-course tasting menu
Where: Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab
Contact: +9714 301 7600
Dive-in at UBK
For those seeking a more chilled Valentine’s Day, head to UBK for an all-you-can-eat mussels menu served up with a side of fries and a relaxed pub vibe. Perfect for new couples who don’t want the presence – or the pressure – of romantic pros. Or, if you’re a cheese obsessive, Nosh upstairs will make your fromage dreams come true with a gooey fondue and buckets of crusty bread. To quote Bieber: “Chillin' by the fire while we eatin’ fondue. I dunno about me but I know about you.” Yes, exactly that.
Cost: From AED75 to AED180 per person
Where: Mövenpick Hotel JLT, Cluster A
Contact: +9714 438 0000
Laid Back Aussie Love at Bushman’s
Transport yourself and your loved one to the outback this Valentine’s Day with a set menu inspired by traditional Australian cuisine. Dine under the stars on their outdoor billabong terrace or camp next to the fire pit for a truly authentic, yet intimate Aussie experience.
Cost: From AED899 per couple including a glass of bubbly.
Where: Anantara The Palm, East Crescent, Palm Jumeriah
Contact: +9714 567 8304
The Big Apple comes to Dubai at Catch this Valentine’s Day. New York classics are given a twist in this four-course feast created by head chef Bobby Griffing. One for the trendy couples; if you love fusion cuisine and novelty dishes in an achingly cool setting, you won’t be disappointed. Drinks with burgers on top aren’t for first dates.
Cost: AED800 per couple.
Where: Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 357 1755
As far as memorable views go, you won’t find much better than Karma Kafé’s stunning backdrop that features the iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai fountains. Indulge in a four-course sharing menu designed to awaken the senses, as you relax with a glass of bubbles. Head to their bar area afterwards to continue the party with artisan cocktails set to Orient-inspired beats. Make it a double date.
Cost: AED349 per person, inclusive of a glass of bubbles.
Where: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +9714 423 0909