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12 great Dubai restaurants with Burj Khalifa views



TOMO is quite possibly one of the best Japanese restaurants around for a romantic date night. The venue offers traditional outdoor style seating where diners can share a number of moreish dishes like Wagyu sukiyaki, mixed yakitori (skewers) and sushi, whilst admiring the uninterrupted views of the world’s tallest building. TOMO’s location (it’s situated in Raffles Hotel) makes it perfect for those looking to get insight into both old and new Dubai. Its mixed drinks menu isn’t bad either.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-10.45pm, Sunday to Saturday
Where: Raffles Dubai
Contact: +971 4 357 7888, website

Benjarong, is the place for royal Thai cuisine in Dubai. It’s won several awards for its mouthwatering dishes like classic red curry roasted duck served with pineapple, tomatoes and grapes to stir fired tofu served with chilli and basil leaves.
Its breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and live entertainment is great too. Thai entertainers serenade guests with the sounds of the khim and a treble while the Thai dancers perform.
When: 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm, daily
Where: Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 343 3333, website

Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant

While it’s best known for its extensive shisha menu and deep house music, spun by a number of guest DJs, this long-loved Dubai hotspot boasts some of the best views of the Burj Khalifa. Its creek-side location and intercontinental menu makes it a favourite with families and friends alike. The venue applies a strict door policy after 8pm, where only those over the age of 21 will be granted entrance.
Where: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek Club Street
Contact: +971 4 295 6000, website

The Backyard
Located in the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay, this contemporary yet chic venue is perfect for those looking to unwind over drinks and a few light bites. Aside from great views of the Burj Khalifa – you can see the building’s famed daily LED light show perfectly – it features a designated billiards and dart section, as well as a pool.
When: 5pm-3am, daily
Where: Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
Contact: +971 4 369 0000, website

Günaydin not only boasts would could possibly be one of the best views of the infamous Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa, it also features some of the best Anatolian plates in the region. The world renowned, family-friendly eatery that started out as a small butcher’s shop in Bostancı, Istanbul, offers diners a number of delicacies ranging from kebabs covered in pistachios to lamb glazed in garlic yogurt. They also offer a number of meat free dishes which range from traditional salads to piping hot breads to dolma.
When: 12pm-12am, daily
Where: Souk Al Bah
Contact: +971 4 554 0700, website

Gunaydin's terrace

Jaan at the Penthouse
Featuring  pop art, creative splashes of colour and traditional, Jaan is sure to captivate the region’s art scene as well as its social media elite. Helping it do so, is the venue’s stunning view of Downtown Dubai and its mouthwatering selection of Indian food. Carefully curated by famed chef de cuisine Farrokh Khambata, the dishes, which include fan favourites such as dhaba butternut chicken, turkey bacon prawns and chicken reshmi biryani, wow in both taste and presentation. Think smoked chaat that has been cooled using liquid Nitrogen and served in a pearl embellished treasure chest to the Yellowtail Amberjack that is glazed in Indian Mangosteen, served with puffed rice and presented in a giant oyster shell – impressive.
When: 6.30pm-1am, daily
Where: Sofitel Dubai, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 338 8477, website

Il Capo
Il Capo, literally translated as “The Boss”, is the type of place films like The Godfather would depict the mafiosi welcoming a new “made man” to the fold over a bowl of pasta. From the huge twinkling chandeliers suspended from the impossibly high ceilings to the immaculate table dressings, you feel you ought to be discussing how to gain a bigger slice of the Vegas action. Helping you debate how to do so is the venue’s stunning views of the Dubai Canal and the Burj Khalifa as well its moreish Italian dishes that include the risotto al funghi, penne arrabbiata and the calamari fritti.
When: 7pm-12pm, daily
Where: The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website

Mint Leaf of London
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows treat diners to a panoramic view of twinkling DIFC which sets the scene for a special meal. We’ve been told that a new menu is set to make its debut imminently so be sure to watch this space. Until then, the butter chicken, cajun vegetables and pink peppercorn is well worth a try.
Where: Emirates Financial Towers
Contact: +9714 706 0900, website

Mint Leaf of London's main hall

BiCE Mare
A nautical themed restaurant with a nautical themed menu, BiCE Mare is the place to go for fresh seafood. The restaurant’s terrace is so close to the Dubai Fountains that you’re sprayed with water every time the jets shoot up, adding to the deep sea dining experience.
Where: Souk Al Bahar

If you want the very best dishes that Thailand (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, website

Thiptara The Palace Downtown

Treehouse, Taj Dubai
With renaissance décor, it’s like an ornate outdoor living room, complete with bite-sized plates of Mediterranean food.
When: Open ‘til late. Check it out for post-work drinks or make an evening of it with the fantastic ladies night. Whatever you choose to do, you’ve got the ideal Burj Khalifa Instagram opportunity.
Where: Taj Dubai, Business Bay,


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