16 brilliant beachside restaurants you need to try now
This outdoor venue at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai in JBR offers an Arabian-inspired dining and lounge experience. There are regular buffet promotions, serving an Arabic spread that features hot and cold mezze, manakish, falafel and plenty of seafood specialities such as lobsters, tiger prawns, mussels and salmon. To complete the Middle Eastern experience, the venue also offers more than 20 flavours of shisha. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
This sprawling beach bar and lounge in Dubai Marina may not be as glamorous as it is infamous on Dubai’s nightlife circuit. However, for a laid-back and accessible pub-on-the-shore ambience, you can’t go far wrong. As such, the menu offers classic pub grub including sandwiches, steak and kebab grills, burgers and more. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 318 1313).
Beachcombers In terms of seaside dining in Dubai, Beachcombers is an absolute oldie, but goodie. Deemed a family favourite, the venue offers an Asian-centric buffet, including Thai and Malay favourites. The winning feature, however, is the venue’s location, set right on the shore under the gaze of the Burj Al Arab. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8999).
A brand-new addition to shore-side development The Beach, Big Chefs is an all-day, casual dining concept. Opening its doors from 7am, the café has a lengthy list of breakfast plates, while the international menu selection sounds unique and creative, with recipes from braised artichoke with marsh sapphire through to quesadilla Bolognese sandwich being served. The Beach, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 551 5302).
Cove Beach Coming soon to Dubai and currently due to open in mid-October is brand-new beach bar and restaurant Cove Beach. The menu will focus on Southern French and Italian dining, featuring signatures such as Rossini-style beef, sea salt-crusted sea bass, carpaccio, burrata, escalope Milanese, crème brûlée and crêpe Suzette. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 379 1194).
House of Curry
One of the most attractive dining options at The Beach, JBR, this Indian restaurant has a lovely outdoor terrace, directly facing the shore. The interiors of the restaurant are even more spectacular, decorated like a rustic, eclectic, azure blue vision of a grand, but slightly aged Indian villa, complete with vintage bicycles holding up the bathroom sinks. From the menu, you can sample a classic selection of Indian cooking, with some lesser seen seafood specialities, such as a mussel curry, in there too. The Beach, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 346 9740).
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen
This sprawling, multi-level Mexican restaurant and lounge bar feels a little like dining in someone’s huge beachside hacienda. While the venue is set back a little from the shore, it offers spectacular views of the sea, especially from the upstairs lounge bar, making it a perfect spot for sundowners. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
A longstanding Dubai favourite for both day-time dining and night time parties, this Atlantis The Palm spot has tables, cabanas and couches, all decked out in Balearic icy-white, and set directly on the sand. The menu served is an international mix of Asian specialities such as sushi and sashimi, through to Mediterranean and European classics. Stay until the sun goes down – there is usually music too, from DJs as well as a saxophonist. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
A lesser-known spot for beachside dining within the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, like its neighbour Beachcombers, Ocean Blue boasts an ambient setting by the sea and under the Burj Al Arab. Due to take place in mid-October, Ocean Blue will be having something of a makeover, also promising a move towards a lighter, bar-snack orientated menu. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8999).
This poolside bar and restaurant, located inside the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, overlooks the hotel’s stretch of private beach. Here, you can sample a menu which takes its inspiration from around the globe, offering dish such as an Arabic mezze platter, Northern Italian vitello tonnato, as well as sea bass grilled in banana leaf and house-smoked salmon bagels. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
At this opulent Ottoman-inspired hotel (which recently played host to Lady Gaga), you can dine in a laid-back open air setting at Plaj, located directly by the beach and pool. The menu offers an Italian selection of antipasti, salads, pasta and pizzas, as well as seafood specialities. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Riva Beach Club At this recently refurbished Palm-based beach club, you can dine, not quite at the sea, but with a very pleasant view of it at the poolside restaurant. The menu is a Mediterranean focused list of pizzas and pasta dishes, as well as recipes such as tuna carpaccio, tiger prawns with fennel and orange, lobster risotto, warm octopus salad and aubergine Parmigiana. Shoreline 8, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Seagrill On 25° Restaurant & Lounge
Not quite on the beach, but in close proximity to and with views of the Arabian Gulf and Marina skyline, Seagrill On 25° Restaurant & Lounge offers indoor and outdoor dining areas, with a seafood-themed menu and also shisha. Expect Mediterranean recipes such as seafood paella, as well as a grand seafood platter, containing shrimps, king crab legs, sea snails, clams, Fine de Claire oysters, lobster and caviar. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
The Beach House
Dine at this venue in the glamorous Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, and on cooler nights, you can sit at the terrace, which stretches on to the beach, directly by the sea. The menu offers a mixture of classic Mediterranean plates. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Wavebreaker This venue offers a simple, no-frills and laidback drinking and dining experience. While the food doesn’t quite match the prices, there is a varied selection of pub bites such as burgers and salads, as well as regular barbecue promotions, where you can sample seafood, wagyu beef sliders and more. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 318 2582).
One of the later editions to Dubai’s beach club scene (opened in the very last days of 2013), Zero Gravity’s unique edge is that is located right in the drop zone of SkyDive Dubai. The restaurant is open from breakfast through to dinner is and now also serving a Friday brunch. From the à la carte menu you can choose original plates such as vegetarian-friendly pistachio-crust sliders with goat’s cheese, chilled Andalusian gazpacho, as well as freshly shucked oysters or caviar. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).