There’s a whole stretch of new restaurants at Palm Jumeirah’s Club Vista Mare, each with an outside area. But, at the moment, Ají is our pick. Fresh, tasty Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisine presented cleanly and carefully. We haven’t really found any negatives about this place yet. Being able to sit outdoors and look over the sea makes it even better.
If you’re in the Creek area and fancy a pizza (or some other Mediterranean fare), look no further than Boardwalk. It’s long been a popular hangout, having opened 20 years ago, and despite being revamped with a new modern terrace, it still has its original charm. Positioned on the Deira side of the Creek, there are top-notch views across the water, plus a host of themed nights and business lunch deals, too.
This charming café in Al Khazan Park is a newbie on the casual dining scene and is a relaxing, serene spot to enjoy healthy dishes, including some cracking breakfasts, and coffee. It’s from the team behind Bystro in Al Manara, which is one of our favourites, so you know the quality is good.
Looking out onto golden sands and turquoise waters, there are few better stop-offs for a bite to eat while on a day out at Kite Beach. Take a load off and lounge in the stylish outdoor seating area on ground level or on the roof, and watch the world go by at your leisure. The chilled-out spot serves up fresh dishes from breakfast to dinner.
With locations in Miami, Ibiza and Marbella, it’s more than likely you’ll have heard of (if not visited) this famous beach club brand. The Dubai outpost opened last year and is aiming for a chilled party vibe. However, it’s not just for lounging around in expensive swimwear. There’s an exciting food menu packed with healthy meals including Baja fish tacos, lobster salads and sushi, to nibble when you’re famished after all that sunbathing.
If you’re after a laid-back and friendly beachside vibe, you can’t go far wrong with Palm Grill. The super-fresh grilled seafood and tasty bar snacks are not to be missed, and you’ll enjoy them even more with a view of the Palm and the sand under your feet. Sit back in a rattan chair, kick off those flip-flops and embrace the holiday feel with a sundowner.
This smokehouse and barbecue restaurant has really come into its own over the past year. The chicken wings are excellent (and narrowly missed out on being in our top 50 dishes of 2016) and the overall experience is fun. Sit outside on the Madinat Jumeriah walkway with your food and drinks and there’s a real buzz about the place.
This Turkish restaurant helmed by Colin Clague (Qbara, Jean-Georges Dubai) is already one of our favourites for an al fresco meal. Now with its own entrance that leads you right to the bar area (and means you don’t need to go through Grosvenor House), you enter the venue at the beginning of the stunning terrace area. The food is superb, with a great mix of small plates and main courses and the views over Dubai Marina are lovely.
Take to the terrace and enjoy enchanting views of the Madinat Jumeirah waterways at this idyllic spot. The peace and quiet is about as far removed from the roar of cars on Sheikh Zayed Road and hustle of city life as you can get. Head here before 8pm and you can take part in the daily aperitivo offer, which means free-flowing nibbles when you buy a drink. Perfect for a sundowner.
Tucking into fish and chips is not like this in England. Perched on the water’s edge at the Palm Jumeirah’s Palm Views West, this British-style restaurant serves up some of the best sunset views in the city on its outdoor terrace. The menu includes a traditional roast and those signature posh fish and chips. There’s also a barbecue at weekends.
This new restaurant dishes up beautifully presented food that is kept simple. The fresh ingredients are left to do the talking in the huge seafood platter, while the olive oil confit salmon is a stunning main course. The outdoor terrace, with prime views of The Dubai Fountain, is a brilliant place to eat.
A laid-back, casual outdoor terrace at Business Bay’s Steigenberger Hotel, The Backyard has fake grass beneath your feet, picnic-style tables and a food truck serving up street food dishes from around the world. The views over the Dubai Water Canal are brilliant, or you could watch people battling it out on FIFA, which is projected onto a huge screen. With daily happy hours, ladies’ night every Thursday and Friday and reasonable prices on food, this is a pretty impressive spot.
Set in private gardens with flowers, lakes and more, The Farm is a quaint, quiet place to enjoy a bite to eat in the open air. Pick from lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or, our favourite, breakfast, where there’s a wide range of eggs, waffles and all the usual morning suspects. Plus, with its seemingly endless greenery, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re no longer in one of the busiest cities in the Middle East.
This sun-soaked slice of Emerald Isle life is a definite Dubai institution. A firm favourite with expats eager for a taste of home, it was last year named the best Irish pub on the planet at the Irish Pubs Global Awards. Full of charm, it’s easy to see why this welcoming hangout is so popular. The vast outdoor space – surrounded by lush greenery – is well-suited for a relaxing day out and the fish and chips, Irish stew and tasty toasties won’t let you down.
Toko has always had a lovely outdoor area, but a revamp and slight change of tack in the kitchen at the end of 2016 has really livened the place up. The garden area is now a stunning green escape, full of foliage and comfortable seating. There’s still the space out the front, too, looking over Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. The food is now pan-Asian rather than solely Japanese, and is more affordable than previously. Crucially, it’s also very good.
Get your social plans off the ground with a visit to this sleek and stylish spot boasting a vast outdoor space. While the hip venue is a hub of buzzing nightlife and great club nights, it’s also a great way to kick off an evening for an al fresco feed or a sip out in the sun on the upstairs deck. The Thursday evening and Friday brunches offer fun street food-style sharing dishes and sushi.