Malecon

Rowdy Cuban restaurant at Dubai Marine Beach Club 11 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

Newcomers to Dubai will find Malecon a refreshing change from the overly-opulent norm, with its copious images of Che Guevara, Cuban cigars and vintage posters. Those who’ve been here a while will know it for its extreme air-conditioning, poor acoustics and extortionate meal prices. However, following a recent visit, we found some impressive renovations (the big bar has been shifted to the side of the room, leaving more space at the centre) that seem to have made a difference on the general, dare we say it, feng shui of the place. As an in-house band plays alongside you, take a seat in the allocated ‘restaurant area’ of the bar and dig into the gigantic steaks, fresh fish dishes (we particularly liked the hammour wrapped in banana leaf) as well as tacos and soups. While we still think we’d prefer to come here for a drink and a skit of salsa, dining here is becoming an increasingly inviting option.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 346 1111
  • Travel: Jumeirah Beach Road
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Posted by: momo on 12 Aug ' 13 at 15:08
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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

Posted by: chadi on 14 Apr ' 12 at 07:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

number 1

Posted by: shabnam imran on 19 Nov ' 11 at 04:03
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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

Posted by: SHAGUFTA on 19 Nov ' 11 at 03:54
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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