Buddha Bar

Getting into Buddha Bar is no easy task 17 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

Getting into Buddha Bar is no easy task. Even if you do manage to get a table, you may find that it’s not until some incredibly late hour – this is not only due to the popularity of the venue, but it’s a time usually appealing to the city’s night owls who tend to flock here, even on week nights.

Ever since it opened, Buddha Bar has become a place frequented by Dubai’s movers and shakers; where those who like to be seen come to hang out, eat and enjoy a cocktail late into the evening. No matter what day you visit, Buddha Bar will still be busy after 11pm and full of the city’s ‘it’ crowd.

Moving past the other diners, all dressed in their finest outfits, the first thing that will strike you is the mood and loudness of the music – it’s almost like you’re taking a seat on a nightclub dancefloor, albeit one with a huge window and an impressive view of the Marina.

And with a name like Buddha Bar, it’s mainly Thai food that the menu offers – although you can order up your choice of sushi, should you prefer. But then you’d miss out on the grilled calamari salad starter, with its frighteningly fresh mix of shredded greenery, baby tomatoes and grapefruit, with lightly charred pieces of soft calamari, and chilli and lime dressing giving added zing.

The Thai green curry is a great choice for a main, delivered in a huge bowl shrouded in steam, the scent of which gives subtle clues to the tender chicken pieces, slices of aubergine and creamy coconut-fuelled sauce that easily treads the fine line between intense heat and rush of flavour. Order a portion of steamed jasmine rice and let the sauce smother it.

To finish, the trio of crème brûlée will please any fan of this dessert – the variations include banana, Japanese rice and coconut. Savour a mouthful from each as you watch the fire juggler stood on the bar.

By Jeremy Lawrence

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: linah on 09 Jun ' 13 at 15:44
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

great place with great atmosphere and very good food! Intend on going back again

Posted by: mishail on 25 May ' 12 at 02:35
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

the place is beautiful but the staff is extremely rude. i was planning on hosting a dinner for 10 there and i was rudely declined since apparently the minimum spend has to be for 3000dhs. all waiters told us different stories , some agreed to cater to us while some were just plain rude. not a good experience and i would advice most parties to stay clear of buddha bar, especially non drinkers

Posted by: Jhona on 27 Feb ' 12 at 11:41
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I would absolutely come back to this place! Good food and has a really nice atmosphere! Enjoy!

Posted by: patrick on 02 Dec ' 11 at 18:38
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MUSIC IS TOOOOO BAD !!!

Posted by: ketan on 15 Aug ' 11 at 20:35
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Interiors too good, Ambiance too good, Food average, Drinks list average, Service poor.
On arrival for a anniversary dinner, we were offered a wine list and since we were not in a mood to drink wine, we declined it and straight away we were given the Menu which did not include a drink list, by the time the drink list had come we had already made up our mind for dinner. Hence we told the waiter our preferred drinks and the dinner order at the same time stressing on the fact that we wanted to have our dinner after we had had our drinks.
Surprisingly in no time we had our dinner and there was no sign of drinks and we told the waiter that we were still waiting for our drinks to which the waiter was hesitant in taking the food back, after insisting further the food was gone and drinks had arrived.
Later food arrived but not what we had ordered, there were items missing and to top it all none of the seniors had come to even have a word with us for the inconvenience caused.
Eventually after the entire fiasco someone did come and apologize to us but it was too late, the damage had already be done.

Posted by: Noni T on 17 Feb ' 11 at 09:47
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing quality of food, pleasant design and excellent service.... a place to visit when staying in Dubai!!

Posted by: BT on 26 Nov ' 10 at 18:32
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Perfect venue for exotic fine dine!

Posted by: pam on 19 Jul ' 10 at 17:34
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

never again, it is becoming a pick up place, and the music is so bad, i wonder why??? food is ok, service is good, bar area is very bad,...no mood-no good service, the music is so high, and very bad. it's a shame...

Posted by: saleh setiawan on 24 Apr ' 10 at 22:23
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: MARK T on 20 Dec ' 09 at 11:02
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best place in town. always lively and food fantastic.
Music is great and progressive over the night.

Posted by: Mireille on 16 Nov ' 09 at 07:52
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This was one of the best places I have been to in dubai...service was wonderful food was amazing and the decor is enchanting....enjoy

Posted by: Rohit on 24 Sep ' 09 at 18:26
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Chic place to be in and very good ambiance. One of the best places to be in Dubai. Service is very quick and good. Goodlooking and professional Manager.

Posted by: Aj on 12 Jul ' 09 at 23:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: Lama ahmad on 06 Jul ' 09 at 06:12
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This place is AMAZING...The food was to die for and the service was quick and efficient!! They even changed my main course after i saw another table order :D They have no problems pleasing their customers and their food is tasty and made to your liking. Will definitely come back again!

Posted by: Titta on 22 Jun ' 09 at 10:01
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

if you want to eat here, I would not recommend.The restaurenat was too noisy because of bar, the food was disappointing,

Posted by: Chloe on 17 Mar ' 09 at 10:04
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing place, great decor, fantastic food and service.

Posted by: Ruth on 16 Mar ' 09 at 09:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This is like a night club. Food was amazing. I went with a group of friends for a birthday. The service was slow for food and drinks. Although I wasn't there for a romantic meal, there were people eating or should I say kissing each other with great passion!

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