If you’re looking for a midday wind down or just a quick stop before you get back to your beach vacay, city shops, or busy travel schedule, then we’ve got you covered. Dubai is bustling with luxury shops, resorts, beautiful cityscapes and beach horizons, but we all need a sweet spot to settle for an hour or so. Here are our top picks for lunch in Dubai.
The W Hotel offers a couple of really chill lunch spots, so you get to kill two birds with one stone here. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, we suggest hitting up Torno Subito for lunch or dinner. Their Italian cuisine will hit just the right spot before you get back to chilling on the beach. If you’re looking for something that mixes with your beach day then we suggest checking out the WET Deck bar or the W Lounge. Both have a bit more of that social bar atmosphere with smaller meals for a quick lunchtime pick me up.
One&Only’s sister hotel, the Royal Mirage, will send guests by boat just for lunch at the 101. This stunning location gives you the best views of Dubai’s skyline, the Palm, and the Arabian Gulf. With light and fresh options for a breezy lunch by the sea, check out 101 for a sun-soaked airy pick me up. You’ll love how the restaurant hovers just above the clear waters, and you won’t be able to get enough of the modern white honeycomb bar décor.
At Flair No°5 you’ll be immersed in an urban jungle right at the heart of downtown Dubai. No°5 offers a great Secret Garden Brunch and they even have a Ladies Night every Wednesday. This hidden alcove will freshen you up with lunch foods from oysters, prawns, and tuna tartar to their Quinoa & Pumpkin Salad. They have pages of creative drinks, so you know you’re covered there. This peaceful restaurant is one of the Ritz-Carlton’s outdoor lounges, so you’ll be able to breathe in the Dubai air while the rest of the city bustles beneath your feet.
Caesar’s Palace at Bluewaters Dubai hosts an amazing restaurant, bar, and pool lounge at Cove Beach. You can dine for lunch with their eclectic lunch menus and go for everything from lamb cutlets to grilled lobster and wagyu strip loin. You’ll be right on Bluewaters Island where you can see the stunning views of the Arabian Gulf as well as the Palm Jumeirah island. Check out any of the Cove’s three pools for a refreshing dip before you head back to Dubai city, or stick to beach bumming the day away at this beautiful spot for lunch.
At Brasserie 2.0 you’ll feast on fresh brunches with a ton of healthy options for any vegetarian or vegan friends you bring along. This outdoor peaceful patio also features live music so your midday ambiance is definitely a no brainer. Brasserie sits right on the Dubai Marina at The Royal Méridien Beach & Spa Resort. Try everything from fresh and fruity tarts to signature midday cocktails and get those summer vibes flowing. Brasserie 2.0 prides itself on their use of fresh ingredients from local Dubai markets so you know your food is coming from the best source.
Located inside the Emirates Towers, Nay Restaurant & Lounge gives you a taste of Lebanese cuisine along with live entertainment like belly dancers and singers. Although their live shows usually come on for late-night diners, their lunches are nothing short of spectacular. Nay’s cheerful atmosphere and Arabian décor combined with chic and elegant interior design bring you to the heart of Dubai’s culture. With everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to steaming seafood, you’ll be aching to stop by Nay Restaurant & Lounge for an authentic Emirati experience.
At Azure Beach, you get the chilled and laidback vibe alongside the seashore breeze. Check out their Azure Lounge for everything from Cheeseburgers to Club Sandwiches, Salmon Sandwiches, Duck Wraps and more. Located at the Dubai Marina, just across the way from the infamous Palm Jumeirah, Azure Beach will have you chilling out while you bask in the sunlight.
This two-level rooftop lounge gives you great Arabian Palace vibes. If you’re looking for the most authentic Arabian cultural experience and atmosphere, the Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge is a great place to stop by for an authentic dining experience. The whole resort is located just outside of the city so that you can experience the desert living in all its glory. Whether you’re staying at the resort or looking for somewhere interesting to broaden your horizons, Al Sarab is a great place to check out the ambiance.
Contributing Writer: Sabrina Pavelic