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Malecon

Nominated for Best Latin American 11 Comments

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To make the most of Malecon, a visit must be paid as the night grows old and the bar and restaurant grows thick with smoke and chatter. Any earlier than 10pm and you will find you’ve got the place to yourself, which is great for service and private conversations, but a little intense (not to mention awkward) when it’s just you, your dining partner and a very lively band. Though for many, this Cuban spot is for drinking and dancing, there’s also a reasonably authentic menu to explore. Unfortunately, starters are largely forgettable, and overpriced for the pleasure. Unless you opt for a steak when it comes to mains, you won’t be much better off – the seafood options in particular, despite costing more than Dhs100 each, are particularly dull in flavour and dubious in texture. Your best bet is to skip the meal and stick to drinks to get the best out of this fiercely nocturnal spot.
Open daily 7.30pm-3am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Road, www.dxbmarine.com (04 346 1111).

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Posted by: momo on 12 Aug ' 13 at 15:08
  • Best for: Romantic

one of the best places you can visit to dine and continue the night with live colombian band and dj playing international music..its one of the rare places in dubai that still doing great and having its repeated guests since 12 years. if you didnt visit i advise you to do and try the food it is really awsome.

Posted by: jak on 12 Aug ' 13 at 15:02
  • Best for: Family friendly

never seen a place like this before, friendly staff, helpful manager, cuban food never find anywhere in dubai,

Posted by: Juan Estrada on 14 Feb ' 13 at 04:28
  • Best for: Romantic

I have been visiting this restaurant for at least 5 years. Unfortunately my last visit on February 2013 was disappointing. I was sold on the idea of buying a seafood platter for 2, at 450 Dhs ($123). The "platter had 1 lobster, 10 calamari rings, 1 prawn and 1 piece of salmon...in addition to maybe $2 worth of french fries. When I complained, AS A FAVOR they gave me one more prawn. I used to love this place, but it is now overrated.

Posted by: jak on 24 Aug ' 12 at 15:09
  • Best for: Romantic

the food it was very delicious and the service it was the best very good staff the best bartender in Dubai and the best live band in Dubai
i will com with all my friend next time

Posted by: mustafa haj mohamad on 11 Jul ' 12 at 09:04
  • Best for: Romantic

the best bar in Dubai
lovely food and best service
i love malecon

Posted by: chadi on 14 Apr ' 12 at 07:43
  • Best for: Family friendly

one of the best places you can visit to dine and continue the night with live colombian band and dj playing international music..its one of the rare places in dubai that still doing great and having its repeated guests since 12 years. if you didnt visit i advise you to do and try the food it is really awsome.

Posted by: zack on 19 Nov ' 11 at 04:10
  • Best for: Romantic

number 1

Posted by: shabnam imran on 19 Nov ' 11 at 04:03
  • Best for: Family friendly

beautiful place, best thing!! no show offs.....

Posted by: SHAGUFTA on 19 Nov ' 11 at 03:54
  • Best for: Family friendly

never seen a place like this before, friendly staff, helpful manager, cuban food never find anywhere in dubai, music and atmosphere 10/10 :-)))

Posted by: Wabbit on 09 Nov ' 11 at 07:52

While I'm sure many people have had an enjoyable evening at El Malecon, I certainly was not one of them. As an avid salsa dancer, I decided to take my friends to El Malecon last Thursday night, as I heard that their Thursday nights were great for dancing. Imagine my shock when we were told we were only allowed in if we had a reservation....leaving us standing there, while they let in two blondes, without question.
We made a "reservation" in order to be allowed in, only to be led to a table, and told that we had to spend AED 800 minimum. When we reiterated that we wanted to dance, not eat, we were asked to leave, because we didn't want to spend 800 at a table. The place was not full, and the majority of the people there are people form the salsa scene in Dubai. I'm certain they didn't reserve tables, so why bar us??

I'm quite sure those East European blondes wouldn't have spent 800 AED at a table or away from it! Yup.. El Malecon is not a place I will be going to again.

Posted by: Zaur on 24 Jul ' 11 at 12:15
  • Best for: Family friendly

 

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