Restaurants in Dubai are mostly amazing. So if you're used to beautiful spaces, you may be a tough nut to crack.
However, we've put a list together of the most stunning restaurants in town that even the most discerning critics will have to agree take your breath away.
Here's a list of the most gorgeous dining experiences you can imagine in Dubai.
Restaurants appear in no particular order and all costs are calculated on average per couple. Valentine's Day rates may differ, so please check before booking.
Why it’s on our list Becasue you will be mesmerised by your surroundings and the ambience. The restaurant is on a pier (hence the name) and is water-bound with all-round views of the sea. Definitely try the Tasting Menu which is a set menu of Pierchic’s signature seafood dishes with matched grape. Not surpringly, this location holds a record for the most number of proposals.
Location Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah Cost per couple Dh2500 per couple Bookings 04 366 58660 Timings 6.30pm to 11.30pm (as per request upon booking) Dress code smart casual/elegant Website
Why it’s on our list Because it’s probably the highest high you’re ever going to be able to give your date. Literally, it holds the record for being the planet’s highest dining destination, nestled on122nd floor of the tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa. You can make the most of your time up in the clouds with a seven-course set menu with grape pairing and a four-course set menu with a bottle of grape in the lounge.
Location At.mosphere Restaurant and Lounge, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai Cost per couple Dh4500 for a table by the window at the restaurant (Dh4000 per couple for a non-window table); Dh2500 per couple for a table by the window at the lounge (Dh2200 per couple for a non-window table at the lounge) Bookings 04 888 3828 Timings 6pm to 11pm Dress code Smart elegant
Why it’s on our list With an intimate terrace by a water-canal and a softly lit rooftop bar, this quaint little restaurant offers a romantic setting that promises to deliver a special evening to remember.
Location Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Cost per couple Dh900 Bookings 0366 5866 Timings 6.30pm to 11.30pm Dress code Smart Casual Website
4. Al Qasr Beach Dinner
Why it’s on our list Because it's super-intimate and literally by the shore. The beach of Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah is pretty secluded so you can enjoy an unforgettable evening with the gentle sounds of lapping waves on the shore in front of you, stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, the Palm Island and Jumeirah coastline under the open night sky.
Location Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Beach, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Cost per couple Dh2500 Bookings 04 366 6730 Timings 7pm to 11.00pm Dress code Smart casual
5. The Beach
Why it’s on our list Because you’re right under the stars, surrounded by fire and beside water - all the elements in one place. You can take in the fresh air at your beachfront panorama as you begin your private, intimate dining experience. With your own section of the beach, a candle-lit table for two and a menu bursting with flavours of the ocean, it's everything one could hope for in a meal.
Location The Beach, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, East Crescent Palm Jumeirah Cost per couple Dh1700 (at a private table on the beach; food only) Bookings 04 567 8304 Timings 6.30pm to 10.30pm Dress code smart casual
6. Stay by Yannick Alléno
Why it’s on our list Because it’s simply gorgeous and run by chef Yannick Alléno with three Michelin stars to this name. Its fine dining at it’s best, so get ready to experience more than just a fantastic meal using traditional cooking methods reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion. This culinary experience unfolds within high timber walls and vaulted ceilings with black crystal chandeliers creating an atmosphere of refined elegance for romance date-night out.
Location One & Only The Palm, West Crescent, Palm JumeirahCost per couple Dh1200 Bookings 04 440 1030 Timings 7pm to 11pm Dress code Elegant
7. Bice Mare
Why it’s on our list For it’s most excellent location right beside the Dubai Fountains and of course it’s scrumptious seafood. It should be on every tourists' must-do list; you get unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa and the fountains plus you won't be disappointed with the food either.
Location Upper Level, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai Cost per couple Dh1600 Bookings 04 423 0982 Timings Noon to 4pm and 6pm to midnight Dress Code Smart Casual
8. Private Terrace Floor 42
Why it’s on our list Because it’s got stunning views of the Dubai skyline and of the Burj Khalifa, not to mention that you'll be only one among four exclusive tables on the terrace. Under the night sky, each table is illuminated by soft candlelight and a view to behold.
Location Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Cost per couple Dh4242 with a five course set menu, a bottle of bubbly and a private butler Bookings 04 405 2703 Timings 6.30pm to 2am Dress code Smart Elegant
Why it’s on our list Because it’s simply beautiful and has a wow factor that your date isn’t going to forget in a hurry. Conceived by award-winning Tokyo-based interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu, the two-level restaurant skillfully weaves together elements of traditional Middle Eastern culture juxtaposed with an ultra-contemporary design philosophy. The bone marrow is a must-try.
Location Qbara Restaurant, Wafi City, Oud Metha, Dubai Cost per couple Dh1000 Bookings 04 709 2500 Timings 6pm to 3am Dress code Smart Casual
10. Mint Leaf of London, Dubai
Why it’s on our list If you’re looking for good Indian, this place definitely takes it to another level. Offering gorgeous views of Dubai's stunning skyline, this stylish venue makes it a fantastic romantic spot on any day. Expect candles, lots of candles. Check out our review here
Location 15th Floor, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (Do not confuse with the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers), Dubai Cost per couple Dh800 Bookings +971 4 706 0900 Timings 7pm to 2am Dress code Smart
11. Sea Fu
Why it’s on our list For it’s stunning views of the sea, the fantastic seafood and it's private stretch of beach that you and your honey bunny can take a stroll down after dinner.
Location Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai Cost per couple Dh1500 Bookings 04 270 7777 Timings 12.30pm to 4pm; 7pm to 11am Dress code Smart Casual
12. Pool Deck at the Waldorf
Why it’s on our list Because it's one of the most romantic and exclusive tables you can hope for, set on its own pier in the middle of the pool. It's just you and your significant other dining over the water.
Cost per couple Dh1500 Bookings 04 818 2222 Timings 7pm to midnight Dress Code Elegant Address Waldorf Astoria, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
13. Bab Al Yam at the Burj Al Arab
Why it’s on our list Because it's surrounded by water with 180 views of the sea and sits within the iconic Burj Al Arab. The ambiance is romantic and the food is good too with a buffet option that will allow you to sit for hours and simply enjoy whoever's company you're in.
Cost per couple Dh1500 Bookings 04 301 7600 Timings 7pm to midnight Dress code Elegant Address Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai
14. 360 degrees
Why it’s on our list Because it's located right next to one of the world’s most impressive locations. With the Burj Al Arab right beside you and the ocean in front of you, it promises an unforgettable romantic evening, you can tell your grandkids about.
Location Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai Cost per couple Dh1400 per couple Bookings 04 366 58660 Timings 7pm to 11am (as per request upon booking) Dress code smart casual
15. Bateaux Dubai
One of the most beautiful and unique dining experiences in Dubai is the Bateaux Dubai.
With several Bollywood films being shot on board the Bateaux Dubai, the glass top boat is fast becoming iconic in Dubai. You will enjoy 360 degree views of Dubai Creek as you sail up and down for two and half hours sampling specially prepared 5-star food on board. You can also add on a limousine pick up and drop back from that extra special touch.
Location Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai side Cost per couple Dh1000 Date Feb 14 Timings Boarding from 7.45pm to 8.15pm; departure 8.30pm; return 11pm Bookings 04 814 5553