The Shortlist

About the Restaurant Awards
About the Restaurant Awards
How the awards work and how you can get involved
Every year Time Out’s team of reviewers dine out anonymously at hundreds of eateries – from five-star restaurants to neighbourhood cafés – to create the most comprehensive set of eating out reviews the emirate has ever seen.

And every 12 months for the last decade, after dining at more restaurants than ever before, our panel of expert judges have sat down and argued the best from the rest, celebrating the greatest dining in the city at our annual Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards.

A true snapshot capturing the diversity of the emirate’s dining scene, the shortlist spreads across a total of 22 categories recognising all the major strands and genres of cuisine represented in the city, as well as paying attention to restaurants that go the extra mile for less, and celebrating Dubai’s specialities such as brunch and afternoon tea.

The winners will be revealed at a black tie ceremony at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai on March 18. The ceremony is open to nominees and industry professionals. If you’re interested in attending please email for details.

But while you wait to hear which venues come out on top, take a good long look at the shortlist, which recognises the very best in the emirate’s very competitive eating out scene. Every venue that has made the cut deserves being celebrated, and in a city known for superlatives, this is one time of the year a restaurant can earn the legitimate Time Out stamp of being the best in the business.

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