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From French Provencal cuisine to Lebanese mezze, there simply is no end to the variety of cuisines available in Dubai. What's more, over the past few years a handful of the world’s top chefs have opened up restaurants here, propelling this mushrooming metropolis to new culinary heights.

Top Restaurants in Dubai

Al Mahara Restaurant

Not even a child could mistake the theme of a restaurant you enter via mock submarine! Past the kitschy entrance is an impressive underwater aquarium, and some of the best seafood in Dubai.

Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, +971 4 301 7600, https://www.jumeirah.com/en/
Tags: family | seafood | expensive

Al Nafoorah Lebanese Restaurant

While the décor of this Lebanese establishment looks more English then Mediterranean, you’d be hard pressed to find better Levantine fare in all of Dubai. Don’t miss the rich hummus with freshly baked pita bread.

Lower Level, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers - 312th Rd, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 4 319 8088, https://www.jumeirah.com/
Tags: moderate | editor pick | lebanese

Aquarium

True to its name, the centerpiece here is an enormous aquarium stocked with hundreds of exotic fish. Generously portioned pan-Asian fish dishes like roasted monkfish with baby bok choy, shitake mushrooms, and pickled red wine ginger butter sauce and heart-stopping views of Dubai Creek (the saltwater creek that splits the city in two), keep tourists and locals flocking to this contemporary restaurant year round.

Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, 011-971-4-295-6000, www.dubaigolf.com/dcgyc/dining/theaquarium
Tags: moderate | seafood | editor pick | great value | asian

Bice

What this spacious restaurant lacks in ambience it makes up for in its handsome selection of sophisticated dishes, such as the warm lobster carpaccio. Easily the best Italian eatery in town.

Al Sufouh Rd., 011-971-4-399-1111, www.hilton.com
Tags: moderate | italian

Fire & Ice - Raffles Grill

Despite over-the-top presentations, this sparsely lit, brick-laden restaurant isn’t all show – in fact, it offers some of the most inventive dishes in town. Included on its menu of “Trans-Ethnic” cuisine, heavy on dishes that revolve around the central theme of “fire and ice,” are Wagyu beef sirloin and “nitro” shrimp & lobster tail tartar (prepared using, that’s right, liquid nitrogen).

Sheikh Rashid Rd., 011-971-4-314-9888, www.dubai.raffles.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge

Karam Beirut

Nothing is more “Dubai” than eating sumptuously traditional Lebanese food while skiers and snowboarders plow down a fake indoor ski mountain in one of the world’s largest malls. It may sound kitschy, but Karam Beirut should not be missed, particularly for anyone who loves Levantine fare like tabbouleh and kibbeh.

Sheikh Zayed Rd., 011-971-4-341-2202, www.malloftheemirates.com
Tags: moderate | levantine

Mezzanine Dubai

Only a handful of celebrity chefs reside in Dubai, so when British culinary craftsman and Michelin list regular Gary Rhodes took over the kitchen at the Grosvener House restaurant, the buzz nearly drowned out the cacophony of the city’s non-stop construction. Here you’ll find delicate takes on such British classics as slow-roasted belly of pork and kidney pie.

Sheikh Zayed Rd., 011-971-4-399-8888, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
Tags: expensive | editor pick

More Cafe

Brunch is a big tradition in Dubai. Act like a local and head over to More, where you can choose from a wide range of freshly baked breads and sweets in addition to a hearty selection of breakfast foods and salads. The family-friendly operation serves up big portions at good prices.

Al Murooj Hotel complex, Al Saffa St., off Sheikh Zayed Rd., 011-971-4-343-3779, www.morecafe.biz
Tags: budget | breakfast

Noodle House

A favorite with locals, this Southeast Asian eatery is an ideal spot for quick and tasty dishes at a great price. Order one of their specialty ice-cream-based cocktails for dessert.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Shopping Blvd., 011-971-4-319- 8757, www.jumeirahemiratestowers.com
Tags: budget | asian

Verre

Award-winning British chef Gordon Ramsay makes his Middle Eastern debut with this understated eatery. The simple décor allows the food, which may include pan-fried foie gras with Cox’s apple, to take center stage.

Hilton Dubai Creek, 011-971-4-227-1111, www.hiltondubaicreek.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | trendy | french

Zaatar W Zeit

This funky, 24-hour Lebanese bakery and café is perfect for families and large groups seeking quick but tasty saj (flatbread pizza covered in cheese), lahme bajine (flatbread with minced meat and tomatoes), or hearty, straight-from-the-oven breakfast wraps filled with ham and halloumi cheese.

Sheikh Zayed Rd., near the Shangri La hotel, 011-971-4-343-1259, www.zaatarwzeit.net
Tags: budget | cafe | bakery | levantine

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