Our pick of the best dining deals to celebrate December 25 in style
Time Out Dubai staff
De Thali Enjoy a welcome drink, a wide range of starters and mains and choose from three different desserts for a bargain price at this bright, Bollywood-inspired restaurant. Dhs49. 11am-11pm. Lulu Hypermarket, Al Qusais (04 280 8254).
Skywalk Café Indulge in a delicious buffet with festive favourites including live turkey carving. Dhs90; Dhs45 (children five-12 years). Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Rigga Al Buteen Street (04 213 1000).
Al Dhiyafa Enjoy an international festive buffet with live cooking stations and entertainment for the kids, plus a visit from Santa Claus. Dhs299 (with soft drinks); Dhs375 (with house beverages); Dhs110 (children six-12 years); free (children five years and under). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
Al Mansour Dhow Enjoy a cruise along the creek, listening to festive music while tucking into delicious festive treats including soup, roast turkey, hot and cold buffet food and plenty of festive sweets Dhs219; Dhs99 (children four-12 years); free (children under four years). Boarding at 8pm to sail at 8.30pm-10.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek, Baniyas Road, Deira (04 222 7171).
Alfie’s Enjoy a delicious Christmas brunch inspired by British traditions. With à la carte starters and main courses, along with seafood, cheese and dessert buffets, plus a visit from Santa, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the season. Dhs250 (inclusive of shared starters and à la carte main); plus beverage package Dhs198 (with grape, bubbles and soft drinks) or Dhs98 (with soft drinks only). 12.30pm-4.30pm. Half price (children four-12 years); free (children under four). Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).
Amwaj Rotana Head down to the Amwaj Rotana for a festive buffet as Horizon, Benihana and Rosso join together to bring you a Christmas feast. With a DJ, a magician and a visit from Santa, everyone will be thoroughly entertained. Dhs275 (with soft drinks); Dhs400 (with house beverages); Dhs650 (with premium sparkling and house beverages); Dhs138 (children six-12 years). The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
AOC French Brasserie Feast on a sumptuous Christmas Day brunch with all your favourites, a live band and a visit from Santa. Dhs290 (grand buffet and soft drinks); Dhs390 (grand buffet and unlimited selected beverages); Dhs495 (grand buffet and free-flow bubbles); half price (children aged 13-17); free (children up to 12). 1pm-4pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 448 4873).
Carters An amazing brunch with cold platters, salads, a breakfast station, carvery and, of course, Christmas turkey, mince pies, chocolate log and a visit from Santa. Dhs195 (with soft drinks); Dhs295 (with house beverages); Dhs95 (kids under 12). Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha, www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com (04 324 4100).
Celsius Bring the kids and enjoy an international buffet brunch inspired by all things festive. A visit from Santa and his elves will keep everyone entertained. Dhs250 (with soft drinks); Dhs350 (with house beverages); half price (kids six-12 years); free (kids up to five). Book before December 5 for 15 percent discount. Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 308 0550).
Certo Sample the taste of Italy with an authentic Christmas Day brunch, Italian-style. Indulge in a unique selection of delicacies and get into the festive mood with a visit from Santa and the merry sounds of festive Christmas carols. Dhs215 (with soft drinks); Dhs365 (with grape pairing). 12.30-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Channels Enjoy a buffet of tempting treats accompanied by festive entertainment from carol singers and a visit from Santa. Dhs179 (with soft drinks); Dhs229 (with selected beverages); Dhs115 (children over 12 years). Noon-3.30pm. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).
Chef’s House Celebrate with a festive lunch boasting a huge variety of tasty flavours from around the world. Santa will also be paying a visit with gifts for the little ones. There will be fun entertainment, sweet treats and much more at the Kids Corner, too, including face painting, balloons galore or cotton candy and popcorn. Fun for all the family. Dhs215 (with soft drinks); Dhs295 (with house beverages and bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Kaleidoscope Welcome Christmas Day by relishing in a taste of Christmas in every cuisine while expecting an unexpected visit from Santa. Lunch Dhs295 per person. Dinner Dhs205 per person. Lunch 12.30pm–5pm. Dinner 6.30pm–11pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Chinwaggery A fantastic winter wonderland awaits coupled with a festive menu, kid’s corner and a visit from Santa. Dhs220 (three courses); Dhs295 (five courses); à la carte also available. 7pm-11pm. Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
ETSushi, Tokyo@thetowers & Harry Ghatto’s Enjoy a delicious teppanyaki brunch as these three venues join together to celebrate Christmas. A visit from Santa will help bring out the festive spirit in everyone. Noon-4.30pm. Dhs225; plus beverage package Dhs198 (with grape, bubbles and soft drinks); Dhs98 (with soft drinks); half price (children four-12 years); free (children under four). Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 319 8771).
Fish Bazaar and Salamar Set in the lush gardens of the hotel, overlooking the beach, indulge in the special Christmas lunch and enjoy live entertainment. Dhs299 (with soft drinks); Dhs375 (with house beverages); Dhs110 (children six-12 years). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
Fogueira Enjoy entertainment by a Latin duo band and a welcome glass of bubbles on arrival. Santa will pay a visit and the Christmas Choir will also drop by. Dhs295 (with soft drinks); Dhs425 (with selected beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm for brunch, 7pm-midnight for dinner. Ramada Plaza, JBR (04 439 8888).
Hard Rock Café Enjoy festive music and fun at the Jingle Bell Rock with a special seasonal menu. Noon-2am. Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Creek (04 232 8900).
Junsui Add a touch of the East to your Christmas Day with Asian live cooking and a festive twist at this Swarovski-adorned restaurant. Dhs250 (breakfast); Dhs350 (lunch); Dhs395 (dinner.) 7am-11am for breakfast, 12.30pm-3.30pm for lunch, 6pm-11pm for dinner. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 301 7600).
Legends Celebrate the Christmas spirit with a legendary brunch at Legends. Expect good food, including hand-carved roast turkey and mouth-watering desserts as well as a bouncy castle, games station and a visit from Santa for the little ones. Dhs250 (with soft drinks); Dhs395 (with house beverages); Dhs495 (with bubbles); Dhs140 (children seven-12 years). Noon-3.30pm. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (04 380 1234).
Liwan Celebrate Christmas with a special festive brunch or dinner, gifts from Santa and traditional treats including roast dinners and grills, gingerbread and Christmas pudding. The kids can go wild in the play area or chill out and watch Christmas movies. Dhs175 (with soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm for lunch, 7pm-11pm for dinner. Al Ghurair Rotana, Deira (04 293 3262/3270).
Manava Feast on an array of traditional favourites including turkey with all the trimmings. Kids will love Santa’s visit and the in-house carol singers will delight everybody. Dhs185 (Christmas buffet); Dhs92.50 (children five-12 years); free (children under five). Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (044 55 66 77).
Medley Enjoy a delicious Christmas brunch with all your traditional favourites and special treats for all the children thanks to a visit from Father Christmas. Dhs165 (with soft drinks); Dhs195 (with house beverages); Dhs450 (with premium bubbly); Dhs70 (children). 12.30pm-4pm. Pullman Deira City Centre Hotel, Deira (04 603 8201).
Medzo A tempting feast for Italian food lovers, including a festive dessert collection and a visit from Santa. Dhs195 (with soft drinks); Dhs295 (with house beverages); Dhs95 (kids under 12). Wafi pyramids, Oud Metha, www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com (04 324 4100).
Mosaico Enjoy a visit from Santa, who’ll be giving out presents alongside a delicious Mediterranean-inspired Christmas brunch. Dhs250 (food only); beverage package Dhs198 (with grape, bubbly and soft drinks); Dhs98 (with soft drinks). Noon-3pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 319 8771).
M’s Restaurant Head to M’s for a family Christmas brunch with a host of seasonal favourites and plenty of entertainment for the little ones. Dhs205 (food only); Dhs295 (with house beverages); Dhs395 (with sparkling). Dhs75 (children four-12 years). Noon-3pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9999).
Na3Na3 Tuck into traditional turkey with all the trimmings or opt for something different this Christmas with the extensive brunch at Na3Na3. What’s more, little ones will enjoy their own buffet, a visit from Santa and access to Qix club where they can play games, go on the climbing wall or indulge in some PlayStation time. Dhs195 (with soft drinks); Dhs265 (with house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Pine Grill and Cucina Enjoy Christmas Day with a delicious buffet as these two restaurants join together. There’ll be plenty of entertainment to keep everyone happy on the day, too. Dhs280 (with soft drinks); Dhs360 (with house beverages); Dhs150 (children six-12 years). Noon-4pm. Courtyard by Marriott, Green Community (04 885 2222).
Qube Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with a splash of sport at Qube. Work off some of that turkey by playing darts, pool or shuffle board. Dhs199 (with soft drinks); Dhs279 (with house beverages); Dhs99 (children 12 and over); free (children under 12). The Track, near The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (050 468 9859).
The Gate Join Santa for a Christmas brunch at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate as five signature restaurants join to offer an eclectic brunch for all. Kids can enjoy face painting, a bouncy castle, a magic show and a visit from the man in red. Dhs295 (with soft drinks); Dhs395 (with house beverages); Dhs525 (with sparkling); Dhs145 (children 13-17 years); Dhs95 (children six-12 years). Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5613).
The Irish Village Enjoy Christmas Day at the Irish Village with the whole family. Tuck into a festive buffet with traditional Christmas goodies, turkey and all the trimmings accompanied by live music and a visit from Santa. Dhs165; Dhs90 (children under 12 years). Noon-4pm. The Irish Village, Al Garhoud (04 239 5000).
The Talk A classic Christmas atmosphere with festive carving stations, a traditional buffet and decadent desserts, plus a visit from Santa and Christmas jazz. Dhs279 (with soft drinks); Dhs379 (with house beverages); free (children under six). 12.30pm-4pm or 6.30pm-11pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Nasimi Beach Celebrate Christmas Day in the sun at the sublime beachfront of Nasimi Beach with selected alcoholic beverages and Santa’s surprise appearance during lunch hours. Xmas Bubble-Q Dhs375 per person (including selected house beverages). Dinner priced a la carte. 1pm-4pm. Dinner 7pm–11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
The Terrace Enjoy a delicious Christmas Day brunch at the terrace with festive favourites, and a live performance by Sam and Calla and DJ Mango. Enjoy free use of the outdoor pool and kids will love Santa’s visit. Dhs245. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8888).
Shores Dine at Shores with festive menus brimming with traditional favourites and alternative twists. Enjoy Christmas carols and a visit from Santa at dinner, or opt to have brunch with a Christmas choice of food and a glass of bubbly to toast the occasion. Dhs199 (with soft drinks); Dhs299 (with house beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm for brunch, 7pm-10.30pm for dinner. Ramada Plaza, JBR (04 439 8888).
Al Forsan Give the kids a Christmas to remember with pony and camel rides, falconry displays, bouncy castles and even a mini-zoo. Meanwhile, relax and enjoy the live band and a visit from Santa as you tuck into a Christmas buffet. Dhs395 (food only); Dhs499 (with house beverages, sparkling grape and hops); Dhs197.50 (children six-11 years); free (children under five). 12.30pm-4pm. Bab Al Shams, next to Endurance Village (04 809 6194).
Ballaro Enjoy warm Sicilian delights with a fun bubbly brunch for the festive season, with authentic Sicilian recipes and a live band. Dhs395 (with house beverages and sparkling); Dhs495 (with bubbly). Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).
Bateaux Dubai Take to the water with a festive feast on the creek with carols and live music and even a visit from Santa Claus. Dhs580; Dhs295 (children, with soft drinks). 1.30pm-4pm. Dubai Creek (04 814 5553).
Desert Palm Enjoy a succulent roast turkey feast with all the trimmings, freshly prepared mulled grape and a visit from Santa. Dhs295 (with soft drinks); Dhs495 (with house beverages); Dhs195 (children four-12 years). 12.30pm-4pm. Desert Palm, Warsan (04 323 8888).
Le Classique Celebrate at Emirates Golf club this Christmas with a special festive menu. Santa Claus will also be making a visit and younger guests can enjoy face painting and even a bouncy castle. Dhs360. Noon-3pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9999).
Majlis Al Bahar Whether you want to enjoy festive drinks, a lunchtime barbecue or a Christmas dinner with a difference, head to Majlis Al Bahar on the Burj Al Arab’s private beach for barbecued delights. Dhs350 (lunch); Dhs395 (dinner); Dhs150 (minimum spend for drinks). Noon-6pm for lunch, 7pm-midnight for dinner. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 301 7600).
Raffles Ballroom Make Christmas Day special with a visit to Raffle’s winter wonderland complete with life-size igloos, giant gingerbread houses and a festive feast for all. Kids can run wild in their own area, where Santa will also be paying a visit. Dhs375 (with soft drinks); Dhs575 (with house beverages); Dhs190 (children under 12 years); free (children under six). 12.30pm-4pm. Raffles Hotel, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Rivington Grill Enjoy a foodie extravaganza at the Rivington Grill this Christmas. Kids under ten get a free gift. A traditional British Christmas menu is on offer, too, and kids can enjoy gingerbread decorating activities. Dhs450 (plus Dhs250 for open hops, grape and selected beverages). Noon-5pm. Madinat Jumeirah (04 423 0903) and Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903).
Table 9 Enjoy a late lunch at the award-winning Table 9 for only Dhs450 per person or opt for the five-course set menu with optional special grape pairing. Dhs450. 3pm-9pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 227 1111).
La Parrilla Spoil yourself and your family at the Argentinean Feliz Navidad Brunch, an à la carte Gourmet brunch complete with festive specials and accompanied by stunning views of the Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf. Guests will also be entertained by fantastic Tango dancers. Dhs750 (including bubbly, house grape, selected beverages and lagers); Dhs550 (children 12-20 years). 12.30pm-4.30pm. Dress code: smart casual. Also open for dinner as per the menu. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 348 0000).
The Rib Room Unleash the carnivore within and indulge in steaks and ribs complemented by a special festive menu and a visit from Santa for either Christmas lunch or dinner. Lunch 12.30pm-3pm, dinner 7.30pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).
The Ritz-Carlton Join friends and family for an extravagant brunch in the lush gardens offering amazing views of the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy live jazz while Santa and all his helpers keep the little ones entertained. Dhs525 (with soft drinks); Dhs725 (with house beverages); Dhs295 (children five-12 years); free (children under five). 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Vôi Enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine with a French twist this festive season in this charmingly stylish haunt. Opt for a four course lunch or, if you prefer to dine later, got for the five-course dinner menu. Dhs390 (lunch with selected beverages); Dhs550 (dinner with selected beverages). 1pm (lunch); 7pm (dinner). Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
BiCE Enjoy the festivities and let BiCe kick start your Christmas in style with lunch and dinner festive menus. 12.30pm-3.30pm, dinner 7pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Dubai Marina (04 399 1111).
Rock Bottom Café Three-course menu, inclusive of a glass of bubbly and two glasses of house grape at Dhs199 per person. Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).
Sur Mer Terrace Experience a Christmas high on bragging factor with friends in cold climes. The pretty beach terrace has good views and is likely to have a crowd of fellow snow-haters. 4-course set menu with a glass of grape Dhs350. Sur Mer Terrace, Meydan Beach Club, JBR Walk. (04 433 3777)
Roberto’s The Italian eatery will be offering both a Christmas lunch and dinner. A four-course lunch menu featuring dishes such as home-cured marinated salmon, chicken capon consommé, roasted black cod, roasted turkey, home-made pumpkin ravioli and more will be available on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, while a dinner menu featuring stuffed quail breast, US prime short ribs and classic panettone is available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Lunch Dhs380, dinner Dhs480. Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge, Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 0066).
Traiteur Enjoy a Christmas festive feast with brunch at the Park Hyatt. Featuring live cooking stations, gastronomic and Yuletide favourites and live festive entertainment, it’s a magical way to spend the day. Dhs525 (with soft drinks); Dhs795 (with free-flow sparkling, house beverages, grape and hops); Dhs295 (children). 12.30pm-4pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
The Ivy Enjoy festive fun with a delicious four-course menu as Ciaran Fox delights lunchtime diners with jazz melodies. If you join for dinner, British singer Rachael Calladine and Bulgarian composer-pianist Stoyan Stoyanon will keep you entertained. Dhs550. Ongoing from noon. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).
Bubbalicious Christmas Spread One of Dubai’s largest, and most popular, brunches is pulling out all the stops with an enormous Christmas spread. There is sure to be a lot of entertainment, mountains of food and good sea views. Dhs790 with pink bubbly and house beverages, Dhs550 with soft drinks, Dhs 290 for kids aged 6-11. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Jumeirah Dubai. (04 399 4141)