Nathan Irvine05 Feb 2018 AT 10:59 AM

22 of the best Valentine's Day dinners in Dubai

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Nathan Irvine05 Feb 2018 AT 10:59 AM
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Decisions, decisions, eh? There was a time when a card, a bouquet of flowers and a takeaway would suffice for a successful Valentine’s Day, but that time has long passed.

Now we’re planning each step of the day/night with military precision to ensure that every aspect is accounted for. Any slip-up and next year’s February 14 will flood your brain with horrific flashbacks about how you ordered the wrong food, set off too late to make your dinner reservation or bought an unappreciated gift that was quickly returned to the shop the following day. But don’t sweat it. ShortList is here to narrow down your choices of the romantic restaurants that you should definitely consider this year.

J&G Steakhouse
Grab yourself a Valentine’s-themed beverage on arrival and a bottle of grape for the table. Ladies will get a rose, too. It’s a five-course set menu of delicious meats and the first 200 Valentine’s Day bookings will also enter a draw to win a stunning piece of Dhamani jewellery.
Where: St. Regis, Dubai
Price: AED990 per couple
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website

It’s another five-course set menu here. And just like it’s sister restaurant above, BQ is offering the first 200 bookers have a chance to enter the prize draw for the Dhamani piece.
Where: St. Regis, Dubai
Price: AED790 per couple
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website

Riviera Seafood grill
Hit up Riviera Seafood Grill for a Mediterranean mix of love. Sample delights from Spain, France, Italy and more at a candlelit three-course dinner with special prices on beverages and oysters, too.
Where: Rixos Premium Hotel, JBR
Price: AED215 per person
Contact: +971 52 777 9473, website

La Petite Maison
The award-winning restaurant is serving up specially crafted dishes made with heirloom recipes and fresh produce, which is served in a warm, romantic ambiance. It’s pulling out all the stops with a celebration of music, bubbles and a menu to match to make this day unforgettable.
Where: Gate Village 08, DIFC
Price: À la carte
Contact: +971 4 439 0505, website

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Manzil Downtown
Experience a star-lit sky and be transported to a romantic oasis at Manzil Downtown’s signature dining outlet; Boulevard Lounge that offers a breathtaking glimpse of the iconic Burj Khalifa.
Where: Boulevard Lounge
Price: AED450 per couple
Contact: +971 4 561 8888, website

Arabian Ranches Gulf Club
Celebrate the beauty of togetherness with a romantic four-course dinner at the stunning Ranches Restaurant terrace whilst enjoying a glass of bubbles on arrival. Relax as the saxophonist plays romantic tunes against the warm glow of the setting sun as you toast your happiness together.
Where: Ranches Restaurant
Price: AED395 per couple
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website

Experience a romantic set menu dinner for two and relax with a glass of sparkling grape on arrival. You’ll enjoy a delicious selection of fine cut meats, seafood and other mouth-watering delicacies in the comfort of the stunning surroundings.
Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Price: AED299 per couple
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website

Il Capo
Couples are invited to discover the sensual flavours of the Veneto, one of the most romantic areas of Italy where food, grape, love and passion are inextricably linked. Experience signature dishes like Carpaccio di Manzo from Casanova’s hometown Venice, Risotto all’ Amarone from the city of Romeo and Juliet, decadent Tiramisu from Treviso and end the evening with sumptuous Baci di Dama (lady’s kisses).
Where: Al Habtoor City
Price: AED599 per couple, AED759 per couple with grape pairing
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website

It’s the sharing vibe that brings an intimate and romantic six-course menu together. Dinner features lobster and tomato bisque, an indulgent parmesan and truffle croque monsieur, spicy Deccan curry, as well as onion and yoghurt infused baby lamb shanks and the intensely rich dark chocolate tonka bean mousse dessert.
Where: Armani Hotel
Price: AED600 per couple, AED500 per couple (vegetarian)
Contact: +971 4 888 3666, website


A live saxophonist will soundtrack the evening while you tuck into the high quality Mexican delights that the restaurant is known for such as Cornhusk Chicharron with Beef Tataki Chickpea, Taco de Barbacoa and Wagyu Tenderloin with the best Esquites this side of the Arabian Gulf.
Where: DIFC
Price: AED725 per couple
Contact: +971 4 521 6300, website

Level 42
Impress your other half with the ultimate romantic dining experience this Valentine’s Day on the picturesque terrace and a refined five-course menu while admiring the Burj Khalifa and landscapes of Downtown Dubai. Toast with bubbles as the live harpist plays an enchanting mix. 
Where: Shangri-La Hotel
Price: AED4,500
Contact: +971 4 405 2703, website

There’s a three-course menu with mocktails at this intimate venue off the beaten track. Complimentary valet parking comes with this, too.
Where: DusitD2 Kenz Hotel
Price: AED350 per couple
Contact: +971 4 567 2246, website

La Môme
You don’t have to fly for hours to reach Paris, just take the elevator to La Môme, on the Nassima Royal Hotel’s 49th floor where you and your loved one will be treated to a splendid romantic dinner with amazing views of the Dubai skyline.
Where: Nassima Royal Hotel
Price: AED225 per person
Contact: +971 4 308 0470, website

Experience the cosmopolitan modernity of new Dubai in this gem nestled at the end of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel walkway. It boasts some of the best views in Dubai. There’s a three-course dining experience and a DJ playing later in the evening.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Price: AED360 per couple (bubbles and beverage per person on rooftop bar), AED720 per couple (bottle of premium bubbles)
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website


The luxury Al Qasr restaurant is offering an exquisite five-course set menu to accompany the romantic panoramic views of the sparkling Arabian Gulf waters.
Where: Al Qasr Hotel and Resort
Price: AED1,800 per couple (food only), AED1,250 per person (AED2,500 per couple) with grape, AED1,600 per person (AED3,200 per couple) including premium bubbles and AED2,900 per person (AED5,800 per couple) including guaranteed window seating and free flow premium bubbles
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website

Tables for two are arranged around the infinity pool, to create an amazing setting for lovebirds. The night is lit up with beautiful lanterns to set the mood, and is accompanied with chilled beats.
Where: The One&Only Royal Mirage
Price: A la Carte
Contact: +971 4 315 2200, website

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As part of the ‘His & Her’ offer, guests can look forward to an exquisite dining experience with a five or seven course menu that will be served against the backdrop of spectacular panoramic views of Downtown Dubai, from the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building. The views of the Arabian Sea will help to create a truly unique and memorable ambience for the night.
Where: Burj Khalifa
Price: AED950 per person (non-window seat), AED1,150 per person (window seat)
Contact: +971 4 888 3828, website

JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
Book a private table on the beach, and indulge a fantastic meal under the glittery stars. You’ll even get a bottle of premium bubbles, a rose for the lady and a box of chocolates for both of you, too.
Where: JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
Price: AED1,500 per couple
Contact: +971 4 814 5604, website

Rhodes W1
Gary Rhodes, the celebrity chef, has masterfully created a limited edition five-course set menu to enjoy with your loved ones in a casual yet chic atmosphere. You’ll get a complimentary glass of bubbles and a meal that will help to warm your hearts.
Where: Grosvenor House Dubai
Price: AED900 per couple
Contact: +971 4 317 6000, website

Expect a playlist of romantic Italian tunes as this Tuscan restaurant serves up a five-course menu including a bottle of Italian grape at your candlelit table. The menu includes dishes such as artichoke and celeriac ravioli, grilled tiger prawns with a saffron risotto, tenderloin steak as well as an absolutely sinful molten chocolate cake.
Where: Wyndham Dubai Marina
Price: From AED450 per couple
Contact: +971 4 407 8872, website

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Shores Restaurant
With no OTT elements or drama, this dining spot overlooking the beach is ideal for those who prefer low-key celebrations. However, you and your partner will be spoiled with a delicious three-course menu that’s paired with a bottle of red or white grape. Think a start of poached lobster and quinoa salad and a finale of red velvet cake and marbled chocolate mousse.
Where: Shores Restaurant, Ramada Plaza, JBR
Price: From AED350 per couple
Contact: +971 4 439 8888, website

Bleu Blanc by David Myers
There are two packages available, each of which offer a 60-minute signature massage, pool access and a sensory experience or a fitness (yoga) or beauty (facial/scrub) treatment. Once your mind and body are relaxed, make your way to the newly opened restaurant for a three-course dinner, where you will receive a welcome drink to start off the evening.
Where: Renaissance Downtown
Price: from AED800 per person
Contact: +971 4 512 5533, website

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