6 Dubai restaurants with awesome terraces
You don’t need us to remind you that the weather has finally turned; your drastically reduced air-conditioning bill will have already told you that. With the winter months comes the influx of visitors from drizzlier corners of the world and how better to show your guests Dubai in all its perfectly temperate glory than an evening of al-fresco dining? This has the added benefit of also highlighting its rising reputation in the culinary stakes, too. These six eateries all have beautiful outdoor areas and food to match.
One of the nicest settings of any restaurant in Dubai, half the beauty of Pai Thai lies in simply getting there. Arriving at the Al Qasr Hotel you hop on one of the abras, the small dhow-like boats, and reach your destination after a delightfully circuitous route around Madinat Jumeirah’s canals. Start with the crispy marinated chicken wrapped in a pandan leaf, follow that with deep-fried dory fillet with garlic and chili sauce and finish with a lemongrass sorbet and you’re set.
Where: Dar Al Masyaf Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Best for: Incurable romantics
Price: Around AED800 for two including drinks
Contact: +9714 432 3232, Website
Trattoria Toscana (formerly plain old Toscana) re-opened in September with an authentic Tuscan menu and an inviting new look. Along with a rustic menu, a warm and welcoming vibe and enthusiastic staff direct from Italy, the restaurant is an ideal place to gather friends and family. Inspired by the laid-back lifestyle of rural Tuscany, diners can enjoy long meals outside on the terrace, along Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s waterway. Perfect for a long, lazy lunch.
Where: Promenade level, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Best for: Long and lazy dining
Price: Starters from AED35
Contact: +9714 432 3232, Website
Having recently reopened its terrace following a (long) summer, Iris is back with Le Brunch. If you haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend this all-you-can-eat. The live cooking stations include truffle risotto, pasta, handmade sliders, and sushi. It’s a slick atmosphere, and the impressive buildings of Downtown, including the Buj Khalifa, set a striking backdrop. The cocktails are a cut above the rest too – one of them is florescent green and served in a light bulb. The best part? It lasts from 1pm to 5pm. Advance booking is recommended as this place is extremely popular.
Where: Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay
Best for: A day of brunching
Price: Packages from AED360 to AED650
Contact: +971 56 951 1442
The terrace at the ever-popular Bussola has just been totally refurbished but it remains one of the premier spots for outdoor dining in style – it still has its generous deck overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and the sprawling Palm Jumeirah. In terms of food, Bussola has won plenty of admirers – and awards – for its creative approach to Italian cuisine. When even the humble pizza has the ability to surprise you (with no less than five seafood options to pick from), you know you’re onto a winner.
Where: The Westin Dubai
Best for: Bon viveurs
Price: Starters from AED46
Contact: +9714 511 7136
Tatami Terrace, Tomo Japanese Restaurant
The very word “Tomo” is translated from Japanese, roughly meaning “long-time friend,” and this convivial approach is why the restaurant has proved such a hit since it opened. The Tatami Terrace, with low tables set up on a tatami floor (which is a type of Japanese mat) offers a breathtaking view of Dubai’s city skyline, with the Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Emirates Towers taking pride of place. The menu is expertly curated, with delicious bits of sushi and sashimi to try.
Where: Raffles Dubai, Wafi
Best for: Dinner with a view
Price: AED450 for chef’s recommended menu
Contact: +9714 357 7888, www.tomo.ae