Find fresh and tasty seafood at these Time Out recommended fish restaurants in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Mahara: The Burj Al Arab’s signature seafood restaurant is nothing short of spectacular. The venue is dominated by a massive aquarium in the centre of the room, and a simulated submarine ride that takes guests ‘underwater’ to their table. You may need to check your budget in advance as the price befits a location of this stature. Burj Al Arab , Call 04 301 7600 for reservations
Amwaj: Amwaj has a calm serene ambiance, with a sleek interior and incredibly friendly service. While the restaurant suffers somewhat from its location (at times, diners have to compete with the noise from the lobby below). The menu is dominated by the usual suspects of lobster, seared scallops and king prawns. All are prepared with panache. It’s also worth noting that the portions are fairly large. Shangri-La Hotel , Call 04 405 2703 for reservations
Aquarium: Exuding a modern and relaxed vibe, Aquarium is a great place to eat. This fish-bowl restaurant offers patrons a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. Great visuals are also applicable to the food: options include seafood tagine and Greek-influenced dishes such as lemon and olive sea bass. We are pleased to note that the lunch and dinner deals on offer throughout the week are of outstanding value.
Deira, Call 04 295 6000 for reservations
Bu Qtair: A diamond’s throw from the shimmering Burj Al Arab, Bu Qtair keeps it real with its gloriously simple fried-fish curry and boiled cassava root dishes from Kerala. Yes, it’s a Portakabin – but be bold, squeeze onto a table, ask for what everyone else is munching on and shovel it home with your right hand. It’s insanely messy, unpretentious and undoubtedly delicious. All for less than Dhs20 including tip.
Fish Basket: This Lebanese-style fish restaurant doesn’t have the fanciest decor in the city – to be honest, it looks more like a canteen – but what it lacks in appearance, it more than makes up for with the quality of its food. The fish is cooked to request and seasoned to perfection. Even the cumin-scented brown rice is excellent. It is difficult to find a good fish restaurant in Dubai that doesn’t cost the earth - but Fish Basket proves it is possible.
Oud Metha, Call 04 336 7177 for reservations
Mahi Mahi: The only menu you’ll receive in this bright and airy restaurant is for the starters – most of which are bland and unmemorable. The same cannot be said, however, for the mains – at this stage the waiter will take you to the fish counter to choose whatever slippery soul you feel like gobbling up. The combinations and choices are endless. We recommend the chip shop-style fish and chips, or prawns in spicy Thai sauce. Wafi , Oud Metha, Call 04 324 4100 for reservations
Ossiano: Sublime is certainly the word that best describes an evening at Ossiano. Considering what an achievement it is for a chef to gain three Michelin stars for a restaurant – not to mention just how few three-star restaurants there are in the world – it’s easy to appreciate why a meal here will set you back a small fortune. Guests are treated like royalty, an attitude that is reflected by the interior design of the restaurant. Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah , Call 04 426 2626 for reservations
Pierchic: Pierchic boasts quite the location – it sits in the middle of the ocean with views of the Burj Al Arab on one side and Atlantis on the other. These surroundings set this seafood restaurant apart from any other in Dubai and we definitely advise you sit outside to get the most from the vista. The food is flawless – lobster and carrot falafels with Tasmanian trout are a highlight, as are the scallop starters. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah , Call 04 366 6730 for reservations
Pisces: Pisces is modern and refined without being too formal. We recommend sitting outside – a perfect spot to relax. The menu, meanwhile, features an array of well-rounded flavours. The grey snapper has sweet, fruity accents and the lobster medallion with mashed potato has a great homemade quality to it. Even the side order of summer vegetables in a lemon-butter glaze is superb. Souk Madinat Jumeirah , Call 04 366 8888 for reservations
Fareast Seafood Market: Walking to your allocated table as fish swim beneath your feet is a pretty cool way in which to start any meal. The restaurant has amazing all-you-can-eat deals starting from Dhs111 on selected days of the week. Service is attentive and well-informed – helpful when you’re having difficulty choosing your fish and how you want it prepared. A great place to visit with friends. Regent Palace Hotel , Call 04 334 7602 for reservations