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11 swanky UAE restaurants where you can dine and dance

If you haven't tried any of our select dine and dance restaurants, you are seriously missing out.

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Like OKKU Dubai, many UAE restaurants are offering more than just great food for a complete night out experience

We love it when one venue combines dining, art, entertainment and dancing. It’s fun, convenient and the best part is you won't have to hop in and out of taxis to change the pace of your night. Many places in the UAE have now adopted a one-stop-shop attitude to a night out and we've got a list of top 10 hot spots in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where you can go all out, under one roof

1. Cavalli Club


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Most people may not know that Cavalli has an award-wining chef, who creates masterful Italian dishes. From the appetizers to the mains and those sumptuous Italian desserts, dining at Cavalli is a really fantastic experience. It is one of the first dinner clubs of Dubai, and is known to be quite pricey, so a great option to fully enjoy dining and dancing at Cavalli, is to try their Sunday Midnight Brunch. At a price tag of Dh250, diners can choose as many starters and desserts from the menu as they like and then pick one main course (we recommend the lasagna) as well as unlimited beverages all night! This all-around awesome dining experience includes entertainment from cabaret style singers and dancers. Once the clock strikes 12, the brunch ends and the party gets started as the crowd fills up the dance floor.

Best nights to dine and dance: Every day

Location Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Cost Dh250 Timings 8:30pm to 3am Contact 04 3325555

2. Bagatelle



This hot spot is every chic girl’s favorite place to dine and dance the night away. The French cuisine is out of this world delicious and the atmosphere is unlike any place in Dubai. The wooden floors, pastel colours and small intimate tables emulate a 1920’s Parisian bistro. However, the food, modern art and dance music give this place a very contemporary flare. At around 11 pm the music is turned up and everyone starts to dance. This includes all the waiters and bartenders. It is a night not to be missed.

Best nights to dine and dance: Monday, Thursday and Friday

Location Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Cost varies Timings 8:30pm to 3am Contact

3. Billionaire’s Mansion



This venue is exactly what we are talking about! One location five different things to do under the same roof. Billionaire's Mansion, which actually isn’t a mansion at all, is the creation of the F1 boss Flavio Briatore. It’s located on the first floor of the Taj Hotel in Business Bay. This Japanese restaurant, Italian grill, karaoke lounge, nightclub and shisha terrace is a favorite among the social butterflies of Dubai. You can enjoy dinner at Sumosan the luxury Japanese restaurant, then head over to the lounge, which turns into a nightclub by midnight.  

Best nights to dine and dance:Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Location Taj Hotel Dubai, Business Bay Cost 350 minimum spend for dinner Timing Daily from 9.00pm to 12.00 am Contact 056 6783357

4. Asia de Cuba



A favorite among the Abu Dhabi crowd, Asia de Cuba is one of the few places of the city, where you can savour the most delicious Chino-Latino food and stay on to dance the night away in a cool high-energy setting. The stunning décor and location has made this a go-to spot for a great night out in Abu Dhabi.

Best nights to dine and dance: Thursday and Friday

Location Corniche Road St Regis Hotel, Nation Riviera Beach Club, Abu Dhabi Cost varies Timing Daily from 12.00pm to 2.00am Contact 056 6783357

5. La Cantine Du Faubourg



This super swanky spot has a unique concept that focuses on five main pillars for a complete dining experience: sound, music, image, art and food. The food there is a super modern touch on Parisian fare with taste influences from all over the world. La Cantine provides a very cool and artsy setting with flowy white curtains and scribbled writing all over the walls. Late into the night, the music gets louder and the fabulous crowd fills up the Dubai hot-spot to dance into the early hours of the morning.

Best nights to dine and dance: Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Location Emirates Towers Hotel, Ground Floor Cost varies Timing Weekends from 12.00pm to 3.00am Contact 056 6783357

6. OKKU


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OKKU is a perfect place to dine and dance. This Japanese restaurant and lounge serves up innovative and modern Japanese dishes in a very party-like setting. The luxurious venue features dark woods and a huge and intriguing jelly aquarium. This spot is renowned for its OKKU L.O.V.E. parties on Sunday and Friday nights. Make sure you put your dancing shoes on. 

Best nights to dine and dance: Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Location H Hotel, First floor  Sheikh Zayed Road Cost varies Timing Daily  from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, 6:30pm to 3.00 am Contact 04 5018777

7. China Grill



Known in Dubai as one of the best dinner clubs in town, China Grill does an amazing Thursday night party, which they’ve dubbed Enter the Dragon Thursdays. Guests can enjoy a selection of their amazing fare and unlimited beverages. The party really gets started at around 10 pm, with some cool R&B tunes.

Best nights to dine and dance: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Location The Westin Hotel MinaCost Dh250 per person Timing Daily from 6:30pm to 2.00 am Contact 04 5117333

8. Play



Play is the perfect place for an intimate dinner followed by a lively night out with friends. The dining room is an amazing multi leveled area, with marble floors and high ceilings. And when the ex-chef of Zuma is the person who designed the menu and heads the kitchen, you can be sure that the fare is fantastic. After dinner, move to the lounge and dance the night away to the amazing eclectic beats by their in house DJ

Best nights to dine and dance:Thursday and Friday

Location H Hotel Floor 36 Cost varies Timing Daily from 6:00pm to 3.00 am Contact 04 3364444

9. O Cacti


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O Cacti has decided that every night should be dine and dance event. They’ve decided to team up with bnf event management & entertainment, to give everyone and anyone free Latin dancing lessons every day of the week. The restaurant and lounge offers delectable Latin cuisine, so groups of friends can come have a bite to eat, then head over to the dance floor. Nights at O Cacti will show you that South Americans really know how to party.

Best nights to dine and dance: Every Day

Location Pier 7, Floor 3, Dubai MarinaCost varies Timing Daily from 2:00pm to 3.00 am Contact 04 4526699

10. Caramel



This awesome Abu Dhabi spot is one of the capital’s best dining and dancing venues. Located at the heart of The Collection in The St. Regis on Saadiyat Island, Caramel Restaurant & Lounge Abu Dhabi is the place to be on the weekends. The food is out of this world amazing, and the entertainment won’t keep you in your seat for long.

Best nights to dine and dance:Thursday and Friday

Location The Collection in The St. Regis on Saadiyat Island Cost varies Timing Daily from 6:00pm to 3.00 am Contact 02 6783344

11. Mahiki



One of our favourites is the always happening Polynesian club Mahiki. Most people may not know that this club also serves amazing and delicious bites. They've even just launched a brand new menu. We recommend the sliders or the salmon. The best day to check Mahiki out is Thursday night for their 'Le Beat Tropique' night. The first 50 ladies arriving at Mahiki on Thursday can get a free beverage to help let their hair down and start enjoying their night. Things will get very tropical.

Best nights to dine and dance: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Location Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road Cost varies Timing Daily from 9:00pm to 3.00 am Contact 04 3807731

 
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