This Texan barbecue takes its meat seriously. The smoke grill slowly cooks beef for more than 12 hours and a charcoal grill station churns out smoky burgers, sticky Tennessee chicken wings and much more. There is a real cowboy feel to the evening, too, with bucking broncos, a Texan music duo and costumed waiters all adding to the authentic southern states vibe. Dhs290-415. Thu 7pm-11pm.
This restaurant offers premium barbecue fare in a romantic beachside location with stunning Dubai skyline views. Food is more thought out than pile-em-high burgers and chops. Expect Mediterranean swordfish, Boston lobster, Thai chicken thighs, king prawns, squid and premium cuts of steak, all served with barbecue sauce.
You can sail this floating barbecue up and down the Creek while grilling chicken, burgers, steak or seafood. You pay for the food and the “boat” separately, but this is a fun experience that will test your sailing and grilling skills at the same time.
Donut hire per person, eight people maximum: Dhs180 (30 minutes), Dhs300 (one hour), Dhs500 (two hours), additional Dhs180 per half hour. Food packages per person: Dhs145 (meat), from Dhs165 (seafood). Daily noon-9pm.
The atmosphere is casual but stylish at this polo club terrace restaurant. The chilled family barbecue is an opportunity to eat from the grill while enjoying some pleasant greenery. Dhs110 (adults), Dhs55 (kids aged six to 12). Sat 12.30pm-5.30pm.
Home of the 725kg solid steel barbecue smoking wagon affectionately known as “The Beast”, the new addition to the Girders Garden is a popular one. It cooks at a consistent 200°C, making for juicy meats to be partnered with the secret sauce and home-made corn bread. This is a barbecue for people who take their grills seriously.
Neighbouring beach bar Barasti will sometimes have special occasion barbecues, but for your grill fix every week, casual restaurant Latest Recipe is your best option. The outdoor terrace has great sea views and we love that this barbecue lunch comes with the option to include beach and pool access. Why not make a day of it?
Including beach and pool: Dhs425 (adults), Dhs275 (kids aged four to 12); Excluding beach and pool: Dhs165 (adults), Dhs80 (kids aged four to 12). Fri-Sat 1pm-4pm.
There is something about the bonhomie of the golf course clubhouse that makes it well suited to an outdoor barbecue. Even if you haven’t just played 18 holes, the course views from the minimal terrace are a sight to behold. And all-you-can-eat grilled food is as good a way as any to ease yourself into the weekend. Dhs125. Thu-Fri 6pm-9pm.
Belgian cooking doesn’t really make you think chargrilled meats, but Maison Mathis has declared this barbecue season and is firing up its grill from Wednesday through to Friday every week. The quaint European terrace has a varied drinks selection, too, so head on down and start your weekend on the grounds of Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
This one has the charm and sand in your toes vibe of a classic beach barbecue, but with all the excellent service associated with a Ritz-Carlton hotel. A live band plays and wagyu beef, Omani lobster and freshly caught seafood is cooked up on the beach grill. End your weekend with some high-end chilling and grilling. Dhs250-380. Sat 1pm-4pm.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Plaj will make sure you unwind and relax, with its weekend barbecue that feels remote, taking you away from it all, at the end of the west crescent on the Palm Jumeirah. The tranquil sea and occasional flickering light of the distant JBR skyline will face you as you sit underneath palm trees and sample the grilled fare. You can also order starters and main courses from the à la carte menu as part of this package. Dhs280. Tue, Fri and Sat, 6.30pm-11pm.
The number of garden venues in Dubai is steadily increasing, but there is only one built around a giant Eye of Horus glass dome structure on the fingers of a one-fingered man. The large garden transforms into a barbecue terrace on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and as well as meat and seafood grills, shisha and mixed drinks are available. Dhs250. Wed-Fri 5.30pm-1am.
There is always a good party to be had at Reform Social & Grill and although there is a hops garden feel to the Great British BBQ, the food is a globetrotting tribute to Phileas Fogg. That means you’ll get a taste of the Caribbean, Africa and Australia from this à la carte menu. Check out the skewers including a jerk lamb leg with banana ketchup. Priced à la carte. Sun-Wed 8am-midnight; Thu-Sat 8am-1am.
Laid-back and the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers go hand-in-hand. It’s home to the excellently funky Jazz@PizzaExpress and for diners still looking to enjoy outdoors, ubk’s BBQ brunch is a solid deal. Flame-grilled meat, corn, seafood and more can all be enjoyed within the mellow environs of the al fresco terrace. We’ve spotted spit roasts out there, too, and that gets the thumbs up from us. Dhs125-225. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm.
You can get grilled dishes from this always popular beachside spot at any time, but we suggest going along for the special barbecue on a Saturday. You can stock up on platters and enjoy pitchers of mixed drinks between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. A resident DJ means the decks take over from the grill from around 3pm, and there is very much an extended brunch feel to the afternoon. Dhs199. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm.