It is time for Time Out Dubai to reveal the names of the very best restaurants in the emirate.
Our team of reviewers has spent the past year eating at hundreds of restaurants anonymously and paying for their meals. It means we can give you an honest and truthful opinion on the city’s bars, cafés and restaurants as well as its brunches, afternoon teas and breakfasts without any outside influence whatsoever.
Below are the shortlists in each category, chosen by our culinary experts based on their experiences. There have been no nominations and there is no public vote.
This year we have added a North American and Caribbean category, as well as giving Lebanese venues their own award.
The two Newcomer categories are based on factors including price point, ambience, dress code, style of food (and the skill that goes into making it) and the sense of occasion at the restaurant. Venues that opened between June 1 and December 31, 2016, are eligible for these awards and are not entered into any other categories.
Next month the winners in each category, as well as our overall Restaurant of the Year, will be revealed at the 12th Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, which will be held at the JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay on Wednesday February 22.