We’ve put a lot of thought in and gained a lot of weight making this list, so we hope that our pick of the 12 most romantic restaurants in Dubai comes in handy. Hint hint – it’s Valentine’s Day soon. Vote for your favourite restaurant in our poll to help us crown Dubai’s favourite.
If you want the very best dishes that Thailand and more specifically Bangkok has to offer then over to Thiptara. They’ve also got great views of the city and the Dubai Fountain as well as some seriously delicious desserts.
Where: The Palace Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 428 7961,
Its low-lighting sets the perfect mood for a romantic date night and its menu that offers up a number of Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Italian dishes – the lobster linguini is delicious- is perfect for indecisive couples.
Where: Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 312 2202,
The chic venue’s laidback interior, uninterrupted view of the Burj Al Arab and its much-admired menu which includes a number of meaty dishes as well as seafood, obviously, is perfect for those looking for an opulent night out by the sea.
Where: Access from Al Qasr pool and beach area, Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
Its seafood dishes are enough to satiate even the pickiest of pescatarians and it’s larger than life aquarium isn’t too bad either.
Where: Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 426 2626, website
With live entertainment in the form of traditional dancers and music, plus moreish dishes like sundried crispy beef, grilled prawns and the ever popular Thai green curry and stunning views of the lagoon, Pai Thai has all the ingredients needed for a romantic night out.
Where: Dar Al Masyaf Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 366 5866, website
Featuring all the necessary Chinese dishes such as dim sum, roasted duck and spring rolls, Zheng He’s is the perfect international travel-free option for those seeking a romantic journey to the Far East. The views of the Burj Al Arab aren’t too bad either.
Where: Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 432 3232,
101 Bar & Lounge
Its slick interiors, killer views of the Dubai Marina and chilled out beats makes it the ideal place for those looking something a bit more upbeat this Valentine’s Day. The food that includes Cecina beef Iberico and churros is worth a try too.
Where: One& Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 440 1030, website
Another one for those who appreciate the finer things in life. True to its name brand, the seriously suave venue’s interiors are crisp, clean and polished, and the food is oh.so.good. Added bonus? They boast what could possibly be the best views of the Dubai Fountain.
Where: Armani Hotel Dubai – Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 888 3666, website
It’s dark, moody yet intriguing and packs a serious flavour punch. Guests can devour everything from charcoal grilled silver cod to spicy prawns to steamed tofu. Yum.
Where: Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 384 8484, website
It’s laidback, has shisha and offers some of the best Mediterranean dishes in the region. They also have outdoor cabanas by the pool – very nice.
Where: Avenue at the Waldorf Astoria, The Palm
Contact: +971 4 818 2222,
Mint Leaf of London, Dubai
These guys are pros – they’ve won awards – at giving traditional Indian dishes an exciting twist. Should you choose to dine at this chic and modern hub expect to see spice induced tears and lots of mesmerised faces.
Where: Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 706 0900,