Team shortlist20 Dec 2018 AT 10:48 AM

New Year's Eve 2018: Best dining deals in Dubai

Best deals in Dubai
Team shortlist20 Dec 2018 AT 10:48 AM
New Year's Eve 2018: Best dining deals in Dubai

Al Hadheerah
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more extravagant location to see in 2019 than out at Bab Al Shams. The gala dinner will feature
flavours from all across the Middle East as you enjoy live performances, a horse heritage display (no, really) and, of course,
a huge fireworks display. And that's not all, ahead of the big day you can indulge in the countdown dinner at the excellent restaurant. Between December 28 and 30, 7.30pm-2am, you can indulge in a fantastic Middle Eastern buffet complete with belly dancers and more. You'll even get a chance to win pool access and brunch for two at the neighbouring Al Forsan restaurant.
Time: 8pm-3am
Where: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa
Price: AED1,200
Contact: +9714 809 6194

Prime Restaurant
Come for the fine-dining, five-course meats and more, stay for the lively party atmosphere. Prime is a great place to fill your
bellies for one last time in 2018, before you head up to the rooftop terrace and bring in the 2019 under the stars.
Time: 7pm-3am
Where: The Meydan Hotel
Price: From AED1,250
Contact: +9714 381 3111

Irish Village
Do away with any pretentiousness and sign yourself up for some good ol’ fashion fun here. Dance the night away thanks to the classic tunes delivered by the venue’s music regulars The Maple Jacks and DJ Marky Mark. The very reasonable price includes two drinks, too.
Time: 7pm-3am
Where: Al Garhoud
Price: AED125
Contact: +9714 282 4750

Roda Grill
Fancy a stunning five-course set menu of deliciousness that comes with a great after party? Then Roda Grill is the place to be. There are free-flowing beverages all night to accompany the tasty steaks, before you head to Gazebo to start your 2019 with your best dance moves.
Time: 7pm until late
Where: Roda Al Bustan Hotel
Price: AED950
Contact: +9714 705 4689

Cu-Ba
Head to this gorgeous rooftop terrace to sing in the New Year as you marvel at the magnificent fireworks display. The Cuban
lounge will bring a fiery Latin flair to your celebrations as you enjoy delicious bites and dance the night away with loved ones.
Time: From 9pm
Where: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Price: From AED420
Contact: +9714 230 8582

UBK
Why not head to the Wild West to kick up your heels this festive season? House, soul and funk tunes will be ringing through the speakers as you inevitably try and take on the mechanical bull ride, hopefully before eating too much Western themed food from the live barbecue.
Time: 9pm-3am
Where: Mövenpick Hotel JLT
Price: From AED499
Contact: +9714 429 8789

QE2
Plot a course to the iconic ship on the big night for a sizeable brunch and first class entertainment. There’s a wide range of international treats to indulge in alongside the free-flowing drinks. And with seating available outside, you’ll be in a prime position to watch the sky light up come midnight.
Time: 8pm-2am
Where: Port Mina Rashid
Price: From AED450
Contact: +9714 526 8888

Cavalli Club
Titled “Skydance” the trendy nightspot will transform into an intergalactic showcase complete with model rockets and spaceships to take your NYE to another planet. There’s a four-course set menu and unlimited beverages will flow all night. It’s
certain to be a night that’s out of this world.
Time: 9pm-4am
Where: Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: From AED900
Contact: +9714 332 9260

Kalea
Head out to the Polynesian venue at Dubai Parks and Resorts to enjoy a gala dinner of note. Feast on caviar or pan seared foie gras with apple butter, before diving into the delicious chocolate fountain. Not literally, of course. You’ll get a superb view of the parks fireworks display, too.
Time: 8pm-12am
Where: Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts
Price: From AED395
Contact: +9714 810 9421

Vista Terrace Bar
Set under the last starry sky of 2018, this Dubai Festival City venue will bring the chilled vibe until the big countdown. There will be a DJ to soundtrack the evening and you’ll get a great view of the fireworks from the outdoor setting, too.
Time: 8.30pm-3am (cash bar from 12.30-3am)
Where: Intercontinental Dubai Festival City
Price: From AED495
Contact: +9714 701 1127

Ballarò Dubai
It promises to be an evening to remember at this Conrad Hotel staple. There will be live music to help get you in the party mood, plus an extravagant brunch of delicious fare to keep you sated right up until the clock strikes midnight and beyond.
Time: 7pm-1am
Where: Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: AED980 per couple
Contact: +9714 444 7111

All Day Dining
Keep the festive spirit alive by quite literally walking into a gingerbread house to let the celebrations commence. But that's just the beginning of the foodie fun, as you’ll be treated to everything from sushi bites and lobster medallions to roast Angus
rib eye or herb crusted lamb rack. There will also be a DJ set to have you singing along throughout the evening, too.
Time: 7pm – 1am
Where: Mercure, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: From AED250
Contact: +9714 381 8888

The Beach House
Sit back and relax in the luxurious surroundings of this seaside venue. Whether with friends, family or both The Beach House is one of the best places on The Palm to enjoy the sparkling firework display while indulging in the delights the restaurant has to offer.
Time: 8pm-2am
Where: Anantara, The Palm
Price: AED1,995 per person
Contact: +9714 567 8304

Folly
Start with an extravagant sit down meal featuring dishes such as pressed duck liver, barbequed lamb saddle and basil and lime mousse before heading to the terrace to enjoy views of the Arabian Gulf and Burj Al Arab while sipping on the exquisite drink offering.
Time: From 7pm
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Price: AED1,195 for food
Contact: +9714 4308535



The Tap House
Get into the four-course set menu of the hearty food Tap House is famed for before heading out beach side to take in the fireworks away from the hustle and bustle everywhere else. There’ll be live entertainment and a DJ set to soundtrack the evening, too.
Time: 8pm-2am
Where: Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
Price: From AED555
Contact: +9714 514 377

BLVD on One
This casual joint – with prime view of the Marina fireworks – is pulling out all the stops for the big night, with a staggering 15 live international cooking stations showcasing everything from a fresh seafood bar to a dreamy chocolate fountain. Meanwhile, little ones will be kept happy by the magician and caricaturist.
Time: 7.30pm-1am
Where: FIVE, The Palm
Price: AED800
Contact: +9714 455 9989

Drift Beach
Tuck into the set menu before heading to the after party, sip on unlimited premium beverages as you snack on canapes at the bar or just show up for the post-fireworks party; the choice is yours. There’ll be show-stopping jazz vocals to welcome you, and resident house DJ Natalie Brogan’s tunes to keep you dancing all night.
Time: Dinner 7.30pm-10.30pm, After party 11pm-3am
Where: One&Only Royal Mirage
Price: From AED650
Contact: +9714 315 2200

La Parrilla
From Tango tunes to succulent steaks, celebrate Argentinian style this year at this theatrical restaurant. Whether you want to tuck into your last feast of 2018 on the epic roof terrace or enjoy the atmosphere in the lively dining room, you're in for a New Year’s Eve to remember.
Time: From 8pm
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Price: AED1,900
Contact: +9714 432 3232

Q43
Head up to the 43rd floor in the popular hotel and take from the restro-bar what you will. Set up camp at your own VIP table to pick on canapes and sip through special mixed beverages, dine within the restaurant and explore signature dishes, or head straight to the bar to dance the night away.
Time: 10pm-3am
Where: Media One, Media City
Price: From AED399
Contact: +9714 443 5403

Zheng He’s
Bring the entire family together to dine on the delicious Chinese cuisine on offer at this stunning venue, from colourful dim sum to an entire roasted Beijing duck, each classic dish being updated with a neo-oriental flair. Boarding an abra by moonlight to get
there only adds to the experience.
Time: From 8pm
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Price: From AED1,600
Contact: +9714 432 3232

Quattro Passi
Flavours from the Amalfi Coast will be flowing through the five-course set menu at this Five Palm Jumeirah joint. Live band Stereo Sound will be on hand to help you relax for one last time in 2018, too. You’ll even get a great view of the Dubai Marina
fireworks.
Time: 7.30pm-1am
Where: Five Palm Jumeirah
Price: AED1,500
Contact: +9714 455 9989

Riva Beach Club
It’s a straightforward night of food, tunes and fireworks on the cusp of the glistening Arabian Sea. As well as tantalising the taste buds with a feast selection, you’ll also get prime seats for the Palm Jumeirah’s cacophony of fireworks.
Time: 7pm-2am
Where: Shoreline 8, Palm Jumeirah
Price: From AED450
Contact: +9714 430 9466

Atlantis Gala Dinner
If it’s a blowout that you’re after then you won’t go wrong with this one. The end of year event is held on the glitzy Atlantis Beach that offer incredible views of the Dubai skyline. There’s a luxury buffet and free-flowing beverages to enjoy before the firework display signals the start of 2019.
Time: 7.30pm until late
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: AED2,240 (12-20 year olds), AED3,200 (21+)
Contact: +9714 426 2626

Ossiano
Head under the sea for the end of 2018 and enjoy an eclectic five-course menu created by Chef de Cuisine, Gregoire Berger. It
feature foie gras beignet, king crab and a langoustine tart that’s not to be missed.
Time: 7pm until late
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: AED950 (10-11 year olds), AED1,330 (12-20 year olds), AED1,900 (21+)
Contact: +9714 426 2626

Nobu
It’s an epic eight-course set menu on offer at one of Dubai’s most iconic restaurants. The mix of Japanese and Arabian flavours is sure to ignite the taste buds before you head outside at midnight and take in the firework display.
Time: 7pm-12am
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: AED950 (10-11 year olds), AED1,330 (12-20 year olds), AED1,900 (21+)
Contact: +9714 426 2626



Bread Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsey’s place is going all out for the close of 2018. There’s a huge set menu of hot and cold starters that’s followed by beef tenderloin, braised shoulder of lamb, steamed halibut or a cheeky little vegetarian Wellington.
Time: 7pm-12am
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: AED800 (4-11 year olds), AED1,120 (12-20 year olds), AED1,600 (21+)
Contact: +9714 426 2626

Seafire Steakhouse
One of the emirate’s premier steakhouses comes with a party atmosphere on December 31. As well as being able to sample a six-course set menu that includes smoked salmon, black onyx beef and Seafire Rossini, it will also have a live band to
help bring in the New Year.
Time: 7pm-11pm
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: AED1,750 per person
Contact: +9714 426 2626

Kaleidoscope
The famous buffet of international cuisine will be on offer to at the end of the year. It’s packed full of live cooking stations dishing up some of the finest foods around. Not only that, there will also be a DJ spinning some tunes and a great view of the
fireworks display, too.
Time: 7pm until late
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: AED550 (4-11 year olds), AED770 (12-20 year olds), AED1,100 (21+)
Contact: +9714 426 2626

Morimoto Dubai
The famous Japanese restaurant is drafting in Dubai DJ royalty this NYE as Virgin Radio’s Dany Neville takes to the ones and twos. As you’re in a prime location, you’ll get an excellent view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks at midnight, too.
Time: 8pm until late
Where: Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay
Price: Minimum spend AED500 per person
Contact: +9714 512 5577



Boulevard Kitchen
You can put an apt Middle Eastern tweak to your New Year’s Eve festivities this year at Boulevard Kitchen. The Manzil Downtown hotspot will focus on Levantine cuisine across its extensive buffet offering and free-flow beverages.
Time: 8pm-3am
Where: Manzil Downtown
Price: From AED650
Contact: +9714 888 3444

Versailles Decadence
High on opulence, low on expense, we’re big fans of this decadent offering. The gala dinner in the stunning French venue – both in décor and ambience – will include signature dishes from the brasseries and specially made house beverages to ensure you're full of food and happiness as the year closes.
Time: 9pm-1am
Where: Habtoor Palace Hotel
Price: From AED450
Contact: +9714 435 5577

Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
We hardly think of a better way to say goodbye to the year than getting dressed up in your fanciest gear, and heading down to
this stunning location to work your way through an epic feast made up of buffet favourites and endless live cooking stations as the house band and DJ countdown to midnight.
Time: 7pm-1am
Where: Al Habtoor City
Price: From AED450
Contact: +9174 435 5577

The Courtyard
As the name gives away, this stunning authentic Arabic courtyard is a serious contender for your New Year’s plans. You’ll be sat under the stars as you dine from the extensive and exquisite buffet of hot and cold mezzes and succulent grills, and the laid back evening won’t be one you’ll forget in a hurry.
Time: 8pm-3am
Where: Manzil Downtown
Price: From AED650
Contact: +9714 888 3444

Gaucho
OK, so the meatery isn’t going all the way up to the midnight, but this is still an offer that’s hard to refuse. Make your way between the outdoor terrace and elegant indoors area as you tuck into braised beef back ribs, tuna ceviche, fillet steaks and Dulce de Leche.
Time: 7pm-11pm
Where: Podium Level, Gate Village 05
Price: From AED470
Contact: +9714 422 7898

Garden
For an affordable brunch that doesn’t falter on taste bud-tingling cuisine with a whimsical touch, book in at this exotic garden
themed restaurant. Authentic Peruvian cuisine is perfectly put on display with this set menu, and inventive mixed beverages are the ideal finishing touch to an unmissable evening.
Time: 7pm-12am
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
Price: AED450
Contact: +9714 414 3000

At.mosphere
Whether you want to enjoy some bubbles and canapes in the lounge, or treat yourself to the dining experience, the 122nd floor in the Burj Khalifa has something for you. A staggering 442 metres from the ground in the heart of Downtown, it really is the prime spot to see the city wave goodbye to the year.
Time: From 7pm
Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown
Price: From AED1700
Contact: +9714 888 3828



Armani/Prive
It’s the one time of year when you can’t go overboard with the glitz and glamour, so dress to impress when booking into the iconic lounge. Sip on delectable mixed beverages, liven up to the resident musicians’ carefully crafted playlist and watch the LED wall comes to light with a live streaming of the city’s fireworks displays.
Time: 9.30pm – 3am
Where: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
Price: From AED500 for ladies, AED1000 for men
Contact: +9714 888 3308

Nezesaussi Grill
Having a great night out with soul-soothing food doesn’t need to be a fancy affair. Get your mates together for a frills-free evening dining on culinary staples from the likes of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The cowboy-inspired celebration comes complete with free-flowing drinks, yee-haw.
Time: 7pm-3am
Where: Manzil Downtown
Price: From AED395
Contact: +9714 888 3444

Fogo De Chao
You won’t find many spots as good as this to watch the Downtown fireworks this year. The Brazilian steakery has a prime spot near the Burj Khalifa so you can witness the spectacular up close. You’ll get a delicious buffet, too.
Time: 8pm until late
Where: DIFC
Price: From AED800 (excluding food)
Contact: +9714 343 8867

Flair No. 5
See in 2019 in the chicest of fashion by reserving your spot in one of the most beautiful terraces in town that embodies an earthy yet sophisticated style. Reserve a table (or private cabana if you’re going all out) and enjoy the delectable mixed
beverages on offer as the live band bring the party.
Time: From 10pm
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Price: From AED300
Contact: +9714 372 2323

Toro + KO, Lima and Galvin
It’s a triple-threat of outstanding food as City Walk’s premier establishments join forces for New Year’s Eve. The gala dinner features dishes from all three restaurants across a four-course dinner. And, of course, there will be live entertainment to
help you relax into 2019.
Time: 8pm-2am
Where: The Square, City Walk
Price: From AED650
Contact: +971 56 500 4571



Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
We’re going back to the 70s at this much-lauded restaurant at Dubai Opera. For one night only the venue will transform into a roller disco – skates are optional. The themed night will include a set menu that include sea bass, scallops and fantastic ricotta
gnocchi, with seating indoors and out. Feeling flush? There’s an AED15,000 private dining room available, too.
Time: 7pm-1am
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED1,500
Contact: +9714 362 7312

The Scene
Steering clear of a new, fanciful set menu, Simon Rimmer’s conception is inviting guests to dine on their favourite dishes at the gastro pub. While the hard to beat view from the terrace is also in its favour, it’s the free entry that seals the deal for us.
Time: 8am until late
Where: Pier 7, Marina Mall
Price: Free entry
Contact: +9714 4222 328

The Maine
Seafood lovers, ring in 2019 with a lavish three course menu at this sophisticated joint. As well as all the fishy delights, guests will be served unlimited beverages all evening long, and be handed a glass of bubbles ahead of the countdown to toast in the New Year.
Time: 9pm-3am
Where: The DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR Price: AED850



Ramusake
Head to the picturesque terrace and peer over the beach front, The Palm and the Dubai Eye or dine within the artistic restaurant as 2019 rolls around. Whichever stunning area you reserve a table in, expect an appetising set menu of authentic Japanese cuisine with a quirky modern twist.
Time: 8pm-3am
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR
Price: From AED995
Contact: +971 45 595 300

Barbary
International DJ Moullinex returns to the Barsha Heights favourite. It’s being billed as a ‘house party to put all other parties to shame’ so we’re expecting big things. There will be food. There will be free-flowing drinks. There will be dancing. Guaranteed.
Time: 9pm-3am
Where: Tryp by Wyndham, Barsha Heights
Price: From AED400
Contact: +9714 247 6688

Lock, Stock and Barrel
Rockers, 13 Daze will be playing the hits at one of Dubai’s favourite gastropubs this New Year’s Eve. It’s all about the beverages and merriment until 3am and if it’s anywhere close to the usual fun of LSB, expect a top night out with your mates.
Time: 9pm-3am
Where: Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights
Price: From AED299
Contact: +9714 520 0049

McGettigan’s
Soak up the atmosphere of the authentic Irish pub, or head to the brand new garden area to sway to the live music under the stars after a slap-up meal. Open until 5am on New Year’s Day, be warned this is strictly one for the hard core party goers.
Time: 8pm–5am
Where: JLT
Price: AED499
Contact: +9714 378 0800

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