4 seafood restaurants in Dubai with a sea view
Dubai is certainly not short on choices when it comes to seafood restaurants, but for the salt-in-nostrils authenticity it’s always preferable to eat fish looking out over the sea. With an expansive coast, and several kilometres more of manmade shoreline, there is a decent array of places to hook your attention.
The clue is in the name. With a location just off the Sailing Club harbour, Seaview Restaurant has the ambience to go with the menu. It’s no surprise that the fish is fresh given the restaurants proximity to the Jumeirah Fish Market, and the option to choose your fish from the morning catch along with the way its prepared is an appealing dining experience.
Where: Fishing Harbor, Near Offshore Sailing Club, Umm Suqeim
A long-standing favourite that has earned, and importantly retained, a large local customer base. Located in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Flooka offers great seafood with a Lebanese twist, including a variety of mezze dishes like dried fish roe with thyme and fish kebbe. For the mains, the jumbo shrimp and, naturally, Sultan Ibrahim have become the must-order dishes here. You might need to be a little patient with the service that can be a little, how shall we say, eccentric.
Where: Dubai Marine Beach Resort
One of Dubai’s top restaurants, and undoubtedly one of the most fantastic locations available. A quick Google image search for Pierchic will have you wide eyed and picking up the phone for a reservation, which is what you need to do as the place gets busy on most evenings. Located over the ocean and accessed via a wooden jetty, Pierchic will often make the must visit list of any foodie in Dubai. If you can tear your eyes away from the view, the food itself feels fresh, and while not having the widest selection of seafood in the world, what they do, they do very well.
Where: Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
For the sake of argument, let’s say that a massive aquarium filled with an array of exotic fish, who swim in and out of rock formations, coral and various forms of submarine plantlife suffices as a sea view. It might not be an actual sea, but it’s a pretty good representation of what one looks like. That is, after all, the point. Every table at Al Mahara, which means oyster in Arabic, is within a few feet of the glass walls of the aquarium. The quality of the food matches the ambience and dishes like the orange spotted trevally fish soup served with cripsy oyster and sea herb, are a must try.
Where: Burj Al Arab