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If you’re visiting Dubai any time soon, prepare for beautiful scenery, rich culture, and top of the line food!

Dubai is an absolute haven for foodies, and visitors from all over the world flock here for some of the finest restaurants on earth. And with over 200 different nationalities represented, the choice in this truly multicultural destination is often overwhelming.

If you’re interested in some of the more popular places, this list is for you.

8 Trendy Places to Eat in Dubai

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Alexandra Floating Restaurant

For: International buffet

Going on a weekend cruise can be expensive, but luckily with Alexandra Floating Restaurant on the Dubai Marina, you can enjoy all the best parts of a cruise without emptying your wallet!

Alexandra is a dinner + cruise conceptual restaurant that offers daily dinner cruises in Dubai’s premium water canal – Dubai Marina. They operate 2 similar boats in Dubai Marina, Alexandra I and Alexandra II

There are live performances from a female vocalist and a male tanura dancer, and a wide range of foods to enjoy. From lebanese style grilled chicken, to beef stroganoff, and sweet and sour chicken, their menu has something that will work for everyone.

This dinner cruise on Dubai Marina is perfect for a romantic date out at sea. Children under 5 are free.

Aprons & Hammers

For: Good times and great seafood

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Aprons & Hammers is widely considered to serve up the best seafood in Dubai. One of three outposts in Dubai that serves alcohol, they invite you in for ‘good times and great seafood’.

Here you’ll be able to order massive portions of freshly caught seafood like fancy lobster, crab, or jumbo shrimp. And their chefs prepare each dish with signature herbs and spicy marinades, featuring creatively up to date flavor combinations.

You’ll find a store located by the beach at The Walk JBR, one at the the La Mer in Jumeirah 1, and one onboard their dhow at the panoramic DIMC Mina Seyahi.

Mythos Kouzina & Grill

For: Authentic Greek food

Mythos Kouzina & Grill is a modern restaurant that serves Mediterranean food with a Dubai twist.

They have an authentic Greek menu with traditional recipes, and you’ll find that all the food is prepared with the freshest, hand-selected ingredients creating a style that’s pure, light and healthy.

The elegant white décor is perfect for taking Instagram worthy pictures, and you may forget you’re in Dubai; everything about the restaurant, from the charcoal-grilled pita to the interior screams Greece!

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Fish Beach Taverna

For: Sharing plates of seafood

Fish Beach Taverna is the perfect place to eat if you’re craving good food but don’t want to leave the beach. With an Aegean menu of Turkish and Greek, this is a great place to get fresh seafood.

The menu at Fish boasts signature sharing plates offering the best of fresh Aegean cuisine such as salads, tzatziki, vine leaves, seafood, dressed octopus, salmon, sea-bass, mussels, calamari, pasta dishes and more.

This restaurant is located on the coast of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and provides a gorgeous view while you eat fresh seafood. Grab your sunglasses and enjoy the ocean breeze. Sunset in particular will take your breath away.

 SALT

For: Wagyu beef burgers

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SALT is the perfect excuse to walk the beaches of Dubai and then treat yourself to some delicious fried food. This food truck has garnered quite the local following, and will have lines forming even in the early hours of the morning.

The truck is permanently parked on Kite Beach, though due to increased popularly, has recently expanded to a beach house resort where SALTERS can hang out and spend time together, enjoying beautiful views and relaxing sounds.

Now far more than just a food truck, they’ve expanded with locations in Mushrif Central Park in Abu Dhabi and another in Ajman, spreading a lifestyle movement around sharing an enriching dining and social experience.

Their wagyu beef burgers and lotus milkshakes are worth the wait!

Pierchic

For: Fine dining with a view

Pierchic is a world-famous restaurant that’s located on one of Dubai’s most beautiful beaches. Situated at the end of the pier at the esteemed Al Qasr Hotel, access requires a romantic walk down a boardwalk high above the water.

Once you’ve been seated you’ll be treated to captivating views across the Arabian Gulf, including views over the water to the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

The food is high-end and geared towards a more luxurious experience. A Mediterranean Seafood menu offers fresh catch and sustainably sourced produce.

Grab a date and check out this romantic getaway!

Zuma

For: Japanese

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Zuma is the perfect spot if you’re a fan of sushi and sashimi. Based out of London, this restaurant has a club like atmosphere and is one of the few places in Dubai that’s allowed to serve alcohol.

Located in the international financial centre, at the heart of the city, Zuma serves contemporary Japanese cuisine in the vicinity of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The menu is comprehensive and alluring. Dishes are authentic but not traditional with bold, intense flavours and an emphasis on simple presentation acquired through quality ingredients.

There is no set protocol on ordering from the menu; izakaya style means that dishes are designed to be shared at the table. If you’re looking for a great time and food to match, add Zuma to your list of places to go.

Patiala

For: Indian

If you’re looking for some of the best Indian food in Dubai, Patiala is the restaurant for you. This chic restaurant treats its patrons with modern takes on traditional Indian food.

Located in the prestigious Souk-Al-Bahar, Patiala offers a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience, stylish interiors and outstanding food. Enjoy classics like lamb curry and grilled kebabs prepared with high-end precision.

With a display kitchen that lets guests see how century old recipes are conjured up and an immaculate lounge bar to enjoy classic and modern cocktails, the atmosphere at Patiala has an energetic vibe of excitement, paired with hearty Indian hospitality.

Take your taste buds on a journey around India, with hints of innovative Indian & Fusion food added along the way.  The experience allows you to discover the old-world charm of classic Indian food.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.

    

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  1. Unreal places Meg. We were a 5 hour car ride away in Oman but never made it to Dubai. Maybe a house sit pops up that fits our sked. Sounds about right.

    • Sounds like the perfect excuse to return to the region at some point :) I’ll keep an eye out and let you know if I see any house sits pop up :)

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