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Highly Commended Best European 32 Comments

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Elia is a surprising find. The restaurant is divided between a comfortably intimate dining space in bright and breezy, beachy tones of yellow, stone-washed white and olive tree greens. It opens out on to an equally inviting terrace that is atmospherically lit, and enclosed by greenery. Tucked behind the back of the restaurant is also a small deli space, selling Greek condiments, pickles and breads, made in-house by the restaurant kitchen. The neatly proportioned menu offers a satisfactory selection of both traditionally prepared recipes and modern innovations on a Greek theme, both to great effect, well prepared and enjoyable. Our only issue is that, for a menu so unique to Dubai and a cuisine not overly familiar to most diners, it’s a shame that staff aren’t able to share a better knowledge of the food on offer. Even so, Elia is a restaurant that is thoroughly Greek in concept, straddling a sense of tradition and modernity, without, refreshingly, resorting to novelty and stereotype.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 7pm-midnight. Majestic Hotel Tower, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).

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Posted by: Anna on 13 Mar ' 13 at 07:18
  • Best for: Romantic

Loved Elia, it had a special ambience and the food was fresh and tasty. I would definitely revisit, it was great value for money and thoroughly enjoyed our whole experience.
The staff were outstanding.

Posted by: Panay on 07 Mar ' 13 at 16:39
  • Best for: Romantic

I had a very nice experience at this restaurant. Primarily the food was excellent, very fresh and perfectly executed. There was a lot of mezze which was interesting to try and some of the most amazing bread I have tried ever. The place is rustic and feels very "real" and is warm and cozy not really comparable to the polished and overdone restaurants in Dubai. Prices were really good and service was personalized and overall great.

Posted by: Fatima Makhchoumi on 07 Jan ' 13 at 13:04
  • Best for: Family friendly

We had an amazing experience. Great food and lovely ambiance.
Perfect for family and business dinner.

Posted by: Mradovski on 07 Jan ' 13 at 12:48
  • Best for: Romantic

I would say ROmantic and also Family Friendly. Knowing the background of the Greek culture, the setup is lovely for a family or for a tete - a - tete couple.

Posted by: Panay on 18 Dec ' 12 at 15:51

You would never imagine this beautiful, candle lit restaurant, full of green and trees is a few meters from busy Mankhool Road. The food is really incredible, fresh and simply fantastic. You also have to try dessert. It is in the middle of town and can have a bit of traffic but it is really worth going to Bur Dubai just to visit Elia. It is a very "real" place starkly contrasting to the glitz and glitter and polished look a lot of places have. The prices are reasonable. I can't stress enough: YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!

Posted by: Mary on 26 Nov ' 12 at 08:32
  • Best for: Romantic

The candelit terrace is beautiful and now with the weather permitting there is an outdoor garden area. I like Greek food and have visited Greece and tasted the cuisine there. I think Elia's food is even better than in Greece. You have to try the seafood yiouvetsi, seabass risotto and the loukoumades for dessert. They have greek beverages too which are amazing to try! end the meal with a small glass of masticha.

Posted by: shehala on 02 Jul ' 12 at 17:48
  • Best for: Family friendly

Excellent food .. Definitely I would like to go again

Posted by: May on 09 Feb ' 12 at 08:13
  • Best for: Family friendly

The friday brunch was delicious!!!!!!

Posted by: Natasha on 22 Nov ' 11 at 09:10
  • Best for: Romantic

A quaint, cozy little find tucked away in Bur Dubai...the restaurant was deserted on the weekend night that I was there...felt great to have the place to ourselves but Elia should do a lot more to get the word out about the yumminess they serve!

The food is fresh, light and flavorful and well-sized portions. While the menu is a little daunting (hint: please include an English description of each dish alongside the Greek name), my prior exposure-albeit limited-served me well. The waitstaff did try their best but were hampered by heavily accented English. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on their menu.

Will definitely go there again!

Posted by: Claire on 30 Jul ' 11 at 10:37
  • Best for: Family friendly

It was a lovely Dinner I had with my friends in Elia restaurant at Majestic Hotel. The terrace was really amazing for us, the trees and the lights. The foods are fantastic, fresh, healthy, affordable and perfect timing. We ordered a lot of starter to share the halloumi cheese, grilled stuff calamari, greek salad, tomato kefta, tzajikki and for main meal the fantastic mousaka, seabass and souvlakki compliment to the greek chef was really lovely dinner. The excellent service Eden, I like the way she presented the wine Oyster Bay and recommended. She’s friendly and helpful to her colleagues, she knows very well of her job. The second time around we didn’t see the greek manager, I appreciate if she will be there the next time around.

Posted by: Sree on 19 May ' 11 at 08:41
  • Best for: Romantic

Excellent ambiance...great food and friendly service. Would definitely like to visit again.

Posted by: Mary on 19 May ' 11 at 04:10

This restaurant is one of my favourites. It is casual but you feel pampered, the food is repeatedly EXCELLENT, it may take a few minutes more, but that is the trade off for fresh, made from scratch authentic Greek food. Nothing tastes pre-cooked or pre-prepared and that is what makes it so good. This is increasingly rare to find for Dubai.
I thought the Time Out editor's description of the decor completely incorrect. Perhaps he/she expected columns and Aphrodite statues. Obviously he/she has never been to Greece where white-washed taverns like Elia abound. Elia is quintessential Greek, nothing to do with IKEA, nothing to do with Sweden... and the outdoor area, bathed in candlelight is like a delightful secret garden.
You have to at least try it once... otherwise you're missing out.

Posted by: Vangelis on 20 Apr ' 11 at 09:57
  • Best for: Family friendly

Being Greek I. decided to take some friends so they can taste Greek Cuisine in Dubai. They were all happy and the food was great! Service was quick and we will certainly visit again.

Posted by: Peter Davos on 17 Apr ' 11 at 11:46
  • Best for: Romantic

I am Greek and have had the pleasure of dining at Greek restaurants all over the world. I can tell you that this place is one of the best. The food is consistently excellent. The chef takes a creative take on traditional Greek dishes, without overdoing it. Everything I've ordered - which is almost the whole menu after approximately eight visits - never fails to disappoint. The atmosphere is great, although I'd love to see a better wine list featuring Greek wines and also Greek beers. Only downside is that some of the staff could use further training. I love coming here - it is 100% Greek approved!

Posted by: PANOS on 13 Mar ' 11 at 08:12
  • Best for: Family friendly

Greece in Dubai.......You must try it....Great Job From Chefs.....

Posted by: Mary on 10 Mar ' 11 at 18:11

Amazing place with excellent Greek food.

Posted by: Sofia on 10 Mar ' 11 at 18:09
  • Best for: Romantic

Elia is a hidden gem in Dubai. The food is sensational featuring both classic Greek favorites and contemporary dishes by the hand of a very famous Greek Chef, but the ambience is unique. The soft candles, Greek0style setting and warm, friendly service make it one of my fhot spots. Prices are great too.

Posted by: ian on 10 Mar ' 11 at 10:02
  • Best for: Family friendly

Best souvlaki in town! I will gladly recommend to everyone

Posted by: Ozzie Blue on 20 Feb ' 11 at 10:04
  • Best for: Family friendly

Great decor, ambience and staff.

The food was not Greek, the portions small and limited menu.

I think they need to employ a real Greek Chef.

Posted by: Apostolidis Aga on 29 Nov ' 10 at 10:22
  • Best for: Family friendly

Posted by: sophie on 27 Nov ' 10 at 10:02
  • Best for: Family friendly

I went there with my mum and it was a very enjoyable meal. The food was extremely tasty, if a little on the small side. But that made up for the intense flavour of each dish. We also had a very good french wine. The low lighting, candles, lit-up plants provide a very serene environment. I definitely recommend!!

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 15 Aug ' 10 at 09:40
  • Best for: Family friendly

Upon ordering, a complimentary dish of fried calamari with aubergine was brought which was small and nice. Also, 3 different types bread slices and olives were delivered to the table. The moussaka was very enjoyable. That with a bottle of Tiger came to Dhs. 83.
Waitresses were helpful and knowledgeable. Would like to come again

Posted by: Yannis on 04 Apr ' 10 at 19:41
  • Best for: Business lunch

It is one of the worst Greek restaurant that I have ever visited in my life. The food is of very low quality, the wine list minimal and with low quality Greek wines and the staff inexperienced. Being Greek, I felt very uncomfortable.

Posted by: lauretori on 11 Mar ' 10 at 17:08
  • Best for: Business lunch

Posted by: Angelos on 15 Dec ' 09 at 12:46
  • Best for: Family friendly

Excellent service and healthy tasty food, well done, amazing to find such a nice cuisine.

Posted by: Gaby on 16 Jun ' 09 at 13:40

We went to Elia with a group of people and just loved it. The decor and ambience is Mediterranean yet not too dominantly Greek. It feels warm and stylish at the same time. They do have an airconditioned terrasse - for the smokers.
The food selection is very good with something for every taste, and they have a nice wine selection as well (even though not too much from the Mediterranean unfortunately). The home made bread they serve is extremely yummi. The service was excellent, attentive yet not too dominant, and time was just flying as we enjoyed the evening so much. The price/value ratio is excellent despite the fact that the restaurant is in a beautiful and high class business hotel.
This is a place that can easily become one of my favourites, and I will go back again and again and will bring friends - no question about it.

Posted by: Emilie KASTANI on 10 May ' 09 at 11:55
  • Best for: Romantic

This restaurant is perfect for romantic diners as well as for friends / family diners.
The food is at the same time traditional and modern, sophisticated and simple.
I'm half french - half greek leaving in the UAE; this place is like a piece of my homes as the chefs (greeks) have connections with french cuisine as well.

Posted by: Birgitta on 23 Apr ' 09 at 21:47
  • Best for: Romantic

The only thing missing has been the Acropolis in the background.

Posted by: Dimitra Pappas on 19 Jan ' 09 at 13:22
  • Best for: Family friendly

Posted by: Georgios Moutzourogeorgos on 18 Jan ' 09 at 10:24
  • Best for: Family friendly

Posted by: Safeena Ismail on 13 Jan ' 09 at 10:10
  • Best for: Family friendly

it was a wonderful experience. i have been eating out in restaurants but htis was something different. i suggest all food lovers should visit this place at least once to feel the taste of greek food.

Posted by: Omar Saab on 22 Dec ' 08 at 12:47

Simply yummy food in an excellent relaxed environment. Nice surrounding and good people taking care of your every need. Minimalistic decor, yet accentuated enough with warm colours that gives you that cosy feeling when dinning with friends, a date or family. The outside patio is a nice attraction, still reminding you that you're in Bur Dubai, but adds that little balance of the real city life which we miss in Dubai.


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