Wow your loved one with our pick of the best Valentine's specials the emirate has to offer
Time Out Dubai staff
101 Dining Lounge and Bar 101’s location, seemingly in the middle of a sparkling azure nowhere with atmospheric sea views, marks it out as an enduring favourite for romantic dates. This year, the Time Out Dubai award-winning spot will be offering a three-course set menu of modern Mediterranean cooking on Valentine’s night, teamed with mixed drinks and a laid-back DJ soundtrack. Dhs410 per person (food only). Dhs510 per person (one glass of bubbly). One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
Armani/Deli The Italians would argue, and many agree, that theirs is the language of love. So it seems their cuisine is sure to be an amorous fit for Valentine’s Day. Armani/Deli will be fighting the Italian cause with a menu packed full of luxurious ingredients, such as Canadian lobster with morels and foie gras, or Wagyu beef rump with winter truffles. Dhs400 per person (food only). Dhs675 (grape pairing). Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3444).
At.Mosphere Restaurant A memorable Valentine’s Day demands a stand-out location, and you can’t get more unique than the world’s highest restaurant. Gaze into your lover’s eyes, then towards the views of Dubai stretched out below. Valentine’s night offers a menu of romance inducing Tsarskaya oysters and dishes such as ballotine of quail with foie gras and Perigord truffle, grilled Canadian lobster with a cep purée and rose parfait with hibiscus sorbet to round the evening off. Dhs3,500 (non-window table, with paired beverages). Dhs4,500 per couple (window table, with paired beverages). Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Hakkasan At Hakkasan, each table hides in the shadows of elaborate Chinese screens, offering intimacy, with a steely, stylish edge. Think Asian sensuality in chic, modern measures. This Chinese power house will be serving a five-course Valentine’s menu of signature sharing plates. From Dhs588 per person. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).
La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie This new modern European bistro concept has a bustling, vibrant, ‘of the moment’ ambience, teamed with elegant decor in a statement two-tiered townhouse, flooded with light. The sharing plate menu will certainly evoke the intimacy of sharing food with someone you love. While La Serre will not be serving a Valentine’s menu on the night, the restaurant will be helping guests make the occasion special by pre-ordering a bouquet of red roses on request. Prices á la carte. Dhs200 (a dozen red roses). Dhs350 (two dozen red roses). Vida Downtown Hotel, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 6969).
Mekong Eclectic, charming and creative sum up the beautiful setting at this new Asian spot. Feel cosseted together between the giant Ming vase-inspired columns, cosy in one of the giant wooden benches, or nestle in a rickshaw outside. For Valentine’s Day, Mekong is serving a choice of two set menus of Asian flavours, such as Thai spiced duck in honey or aromatic chicken in pandanus leaves. Dhs350 per person (food only). Dhs450 per person (glass of bubbly). Mekong, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Ossiano Housed within the imposing sunken-world aquarium of Atlantis, Ossiano is certainly a special destination, and the restaurant is pulling out the stops for Valentine’s Day. Dine on an elaborate eight-course seafood menu and if you’re planning a proposal, you can even arrange having the diving team convey the message by swimming up to your table with a sign saying ‘will you marry me?’. Let’s hope they swim up to the right table. There’s even a live band playing on the night, which should add to the atmosphere even more. Dhs995 per person. Dhs2,850 per couple (including a bottle of bubbly). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Pierchic Wander up the pier to this exclusively isolated seaside setting and you’ll be treated to an elegant menu of modern seafood cooking. Last year’s winner of the Time Out Dubai Best Romantic Restaurant award continues to be a veritable favourite for romance, and this year Pierchic is serving courting couples a five-course menu with grape pairing. In case you remembered to make the dinner reservation but not the flowers, Pierchic will be throwing gifts (a rose and box of chocolates) in for the price of dinner, too. Dhs2,500 per couple. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar Rang Mahal, which means ‘pleasure palace’, is a temple of scarlet-hued chic. The restaurant of Indian Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar offers a modern Indian menu, with plenty of locally sourced ingredients. If you’re after wow-factor and a whisper of exclusivity, book the Valentine’s five-course menu and you’ll be treated to a chauffeur-driven private pick-up and drop off, as well as a red rose and a box of chocolates. Dhs1,450 per couple. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, Regularly frequented by tables of intimate twosomes, the unrivalled service skills at Reflets could probably woo, and wow, your guest on your behalf if you don’t think you can manage it. In the style of three-Michelin starred maestro Pierre Gagnaire, Reflets will be hosting a set menu, with grape pairing and a glass of pink bubbly to start the night. Dhs2,380 per couple. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Festival City (04 701 1127).
STAY by Yannick Alléno Pitch-perfect service, a glamorously kitsch yet rococo setting and intimate tables tucked within undulating curves make this an ideal date destination. The restaurant will be offering a four-course set menu of its signature modern French style. Chef Yannick himself will in fact be in town shortly before Valentine’s Day, so you can be sure the restaurant team will be on top form for your special night. Dhs510 per person. Dhs610 per person (glass of bubbly). One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
The Ivy Nestle in intimate and cosy booths in this dimly lit restaurant, with its ambience of jazz-age charm. The popular British spot will be cooking up a Valentine’s Day choice of a seven-course degustation menu (kicking off with oysters and concluding with two types of chocolate in the dessert) or a three-course set menu, all served to the soundtrack of romantic jazz. Dhs499per person (soft drinks package). Dhs799 (houses beverages). Dhs999 (bubbly). Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 04 319 8767).
Thiptara Views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain from Thiptara’s balcony terrace make this a favourite spot for special occasions. Romancing diners can try a four-course set menu of classic Thai cooking on the terrace, or push the boat out and opt for a private dining experience within Thiptara’s beautiful gardens, which share equally spectacular views. Dhs1,500 per couple (house beverages and a welcome drink). Dhs3,500 (private dining) per couple. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Traiteur Head down the stairs and you’ll find an imposing and impressive setting, with convex wall fittings, cosy couches and a twinkling waterside view outside to enjoy after dinner. The French restaurant will be serving a set menu on Valentine’s Day and welcomes guests in for dinner with a glass of bubbly. Dhs750 per person (glass of bubbly). Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Karma Kafé Sensual interiors, decorated with silken Oriental flair, make Karma Kafé ooze intimacy. Add to that stunning views of The Dubai Fountain from the balcony, and you’re on to a romantic winner. This Valentine’s Day, the Asian eatery will be hosting a six course tasting menu featuring grade 9+ wagyu beef and a surprising touch of visual trickery in the dessert. Dhs495 per person (glass of bubbly). Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
Al Dawaar An International buffet at this revolving restaurant. Complimentary box of chocolates and a rose for ladies. Dhs649 per couple (food only). Dhs999 per couple (house beverages). Dhs,1099 per couple (bubbly). Hyatt Regency Dubai (04 317 2222).
Armani/Amal A six-course degustation menu of Indian cooking. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu available. Dhs650 per person (soft drinks). Dhs950 grape pairing. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3601).
Blue Flame A three-course set menu. Dhs350 (glass of bubbly). Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8580).
Mazina A four-course menu and a gift of hand-made chocolates. Dhs735 per couple (bottle of bubbly). The Address, Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Picante A four-course set menu of Portuguese cooking. Dhs160 (glass of sparkiling grape). Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai (04 397 7444).
Reform Social & Grill Four courses of British sharing plates, with a themed welcome drink. Dhs345 per person. The Lakes Club, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).
Rhodes Twenty10 A set menu of steaks and grills, with surprise gifts for ladies. Dhs495 (soft drinks). Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).
Rococo A five-course Italian menu. Dhs600 per couple (house beverages and a glass of bubbly). Sofitel JBR (04 448 4733).
Rosso Four courses of Italian cooking. Dhs259 per person (food only). Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 2000).
Teatro Set menu and a welcome drink within theatrical decor. Dhs350 per person. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).
Thai Bistro An Asian sharing menu with roses and chocolates for ladies. Dhs420 per couple (soft drinks). Dhs620 per couple (grape). Dubai Marine Beach resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
The Act Dubai Dinner and cabaret entertainment. Takes place on Thursday February 13. Dhs495 per person (bubbly pairing). Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).
The Archive An al fresco opera performance from The Emirates Opera Project and a three-course dinner. Dhs250 per person. Gate 5, Safa Park (04 349 4033).
The China Club Set menu of Chinese classics. Dhs150 (soft drinks). Dhs170 glass of bubbly). Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek(04 205 7333).
Izel Stylish new Latin American restaurant Izel is channelling all passion and flair of its homeland with a ‘Dia del Amor’ concept (that means Day of Love, in case that wasn’t clear). Expect a four course meal amongst the joint’s theatrical decor, plus a glass of bubbly on arrival and upbeat tunes from Colombian band Herenrica de Timbiqui live on stage. Four course dinner Dhs600 per couple, with a special drinks menu – buy his, get hers free. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7111).
Aqua Dine Beneath the Stars at Aqua, incredible outdoor dining with panoramic city views
Aqua 5 Course Valentine’s Set Menu with free flow sparkling and selected grape
Dhs1550 per couple.
Limited number of exclusive candlelit tables available
Experience the ultimate romantic setting and dine beneath the stars on Aqua’s stunning pool terrace.
Above the glittering city lights, enjoy the romance of al fresco dining beneath the stars with an incredible menu of fresh seafood including Balic salmon, Blackmore heritage beef and delicious single plantation chocolate fondants. Ladies will receive complimentary red rose and chocolates. Have a serene evening with a limited number of exclusive candlelit tables available for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai (04 414 3000)
Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant With an authentic 4-course set menu masterfully created by Thai Chef Naruemol Poolkuan, spice up your evening and taste the flavours of true love this February.
This special menu includes Kha noom jeeb thai (Rice dumpling stuffed with sweet turnip and peanuts), Yum woon sen (Spicy glass noodle salad with minced chicken and prawns), Gaeng jued plamuck sordsai (Squid stuffed with minced prawns and ivy leaves in clear soup), Gaeng kiew warn goong (Green curry prawns and Thai eggplant and sweet basil), Ped sauce makharm (Roasted Duck with tamarind sauce), Ka na pad gai (Stir fried chicken with kale), Khao soey (Steamed jasmine rice) and Woon krati (Sweet jelly with coconut milk). Dusit Thani Dubai (04 343 3333)
The Exchange Grill Dhs899 per couple with beverage pairing, including complimentary rose for the lady and cigar for the gentleman, a special Valentine dessert to share and truffle chocolate as a giveaway. Fairmont Dubai (04 311 8316)
Marco Pierre White Grill 4 course set menu with a classic, romantic ambiance. Dhs850 per couple including a glass of bubbly on arrival. Conrad Dubai (04 444 7444)
PAX Italian Restaurant Enjoy a romantic evening with your beloved Amore as Chef Fabio Genghini’s 4-course set menu dinner leaves you both breathless in Italian delight. Priced at Dhs675 per couple including a glass of bubbly as a welcome treat.
This special menu includes Carpaccio di vitello, radicchio e dressing al caprino (Veal carpaccio, radichio lettuce and goat cheese dressing), Risotto agli Scampi, erbe marine (Langustine risotto and sea herbs), Astice al forno, insalatina di agrumi e rucola (Baked Lobster in garlic butter, rocket and citrus salad), Filetto di manzo con salsa ai ribes, porcini e tortino al taleggio (Beef tenderloin with red berries sauce, taleggio cheese parfait and porcini mushrooms) and Semifreddo ai frutti di bosco con salsa al cioccolato bianco (Berries semifreddo with white chocolate sauce). Dusit Thani Dubai (04 343 3333)
Positano Indulge your Amore at Positano, the Amalfi Coast restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, handmade pasta and signature limoncello, prepared in an authentic Italian style and made to share. Dhs800 per couple .
Enjoy the romantic spirit of Italy with Sharing Antipasti, Handmade Pasta with Fresh Truffle, and Grilled Signature Branzino fileted at the table. Couples will also visit the incredible Positano Dessert Room featuring 2 meter Biscotti towers, Chocolate Fondues, warm Amorettis and the biggest Tiramisu in town. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai (04 414 3000)
Vôi Dhs350 inclusive of a welcome cocktail for lunch and Dhs650 inclusive of a glass of bubbly on arrival for dinner. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (04 453 0444)
Wavebreaker A candlelit beach barbeque this Valentine for Dhs395 per person and includes a glass of bubbly to kick off the night. The Wavebreaker drinks menu is available to complement the dinner set menu. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort (04 399 1111)
La Parrilla Romantic tables set-up with the touch of red theme, lady will receive red rose and spa voucher, chocolate box, man will receive BVLGARI mini Perfume. Dhs1,600 per couple with 2 mocktails, Dhs1,999 per couple with bottle of bubbly Timings: 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 348 0000)
Villa Beach Restaurant Romantic tables set-up with the touch of red theme, lady will receive red rose and spa voucher, chocolate box, men will receive BVLGARI mini Perfume. Dhs1,600 per couple with 2 mocktails, Dhs1,999 per couple with bottle Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999)