Best family restaurants in Dubai
17 best places to dine out with families in Dubai
Providing the perfect opportunity for families to relax and have fun, we are big fans of the Dubai brunch. Check out our top five kid-friendly choices
Splurge. Beachcombers, JBH: Serving up a delicious array of Asian-influenced cuisine (think pan-seared fresh prawns, crispy noodles, and wok delights of all descriptions) plus a healthy selection of international dishes too, there’s something to suit every palate. But the real boon here is the entertainment laid on for the kids. There’s a well-supervised kids’ area offering all sorts of arts and craft activities, plus a very busy balloon bender, face painter and juggler on hand. If that’s not enough, they can even learn to spin plates (yes – don’t try this at home, kids), or there’s the hilarious game called monster feet, where kids don huge pairs of scary shoes and attempt to race each other. And if all else fails, there’s plenty of sand and buckets and spades on tap.
Open for brunch 1-4pm every Friday and Saturday. Dhs295-595 (for adults), Dhs140 (kids aged six to 12). Under fives go free. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 0000)
Great value. Nomad, Jumierah Creekside: We enjoyed the airy and relaxed style of this family brunch, which offers a great range of international cuisines (so even the pickiest eaters in your family will find something to their taste) and attentive service. On our last visit, we requested a plain banana for our baby, because we’d forgotten her jar of food. We ended up with a banana, a bowl of chopped berries and a platter of sliced fruits, all specially prepared for her. The older kids bolted their plates of pasta and then headed outside, where they spent the afternoon making friends, decorating cupcakes, playing table tennis and bouncing themselves silly on the bouncy castle – all fully supervised. A relaxing time was had by all.
Open for brunch 12-4pm every Friday. Dhs195-295. Kids under 12 go free. Jumierah Creekside Hotel, www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8555).
WIN! Brunch for the family. Mazina, The Address, Dubai Marina: Mazina is one of the best brunches in town for families because it seem to have thought of everything. Little ones who get ants in their pants can head to the kids buffet in the centre of the restaurant, which is stocked with kid-friendly finger food and a chocolate fountain. A children’s film is also playing, and they can munch their meal on little chairs all in view of mum and dad. Afterwards, there’s much fun to be had with the jumping castle, the face painting and the Wii, which is supervised by the kid-friendly staff, so parents can sit back and enjoy their meal. There’s a huge international buffet, with a carvery, sushi station and one of the best dessert counters in town. We like.
Open for brunch 12.30pm-3.30pm every Saturday. Dhs220 (for adults), Dhs110 (kids aged seven to 12). Under sixes go free. www.theaddress.com (04 436 777).
Spice Island, Crowne Plaza Deira: A Dubai institution, Spice Island was possibly the very first restaurant to offer the brunch concept in Dubai. A dazzling array of live stations serve a huge number of cuisines, and the kids area is well supervised, with a resident balloon bender who could probably fashion the Starship Enterprise from latex, if it was requested. Little ones also get to decorate their own mini cakes (proper cakes – not cupcakes) which are then packaged up in boxes, all ready for them to take home afterwards. The old-school atmosphere is relaxed and the table service is attentive, but not annoyingly so. Plus, it’s very reasonably priced too.
Open for brunch 12pm-4pm every Friday. Dhs179-299 (for adults). Dhs69 (under 12s). Under fives go free. www.ich.com (04 262 5555).
Raffles Roast: If you are a family of roast lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this. We found the quality of food available at this brunch, unbelievably sublime, with succulent roast lamb, beef and turkey with more trimmings than we’d ever thought possible. The puddings are amazing too, with traditional apple pies and crumbles with real custard, and feather-light summer desserts sprinkled with icing sugar and fresh berries. There are plenty of activities for the kids too, including video games and cartoons to watch, pizza and cookie making sessions with the resident chef, arts and crafts and even a the chance to feed the fish in the ornamental pond garden.
Open for brunch 12-4pm, every Friday. Dhs235-385 (for adults). Children under 12 go free. www.rafflesdubai.com (04324 8888).
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