A lofty venue with lofty prices, towering 122 floors above the city
Time Out Dubai staff
Jump in the At.mosphere lift, press the button and, when the doors open 122 floors later, you’ll be treated to a jaw-dropping panorama of the city from the upper echelons of the Burj Khalifa. This venue’s key selling point is that it’s the world’s highest restaurant, an exclusive claim that’s hammered home at the time of booking, when guests are informed there’s a minimum spend of Dhs500 per head for dinner. Still, your cash will buy you the chance to hang out amid moneyed patrons in surroundings that are reminiscent of a luxury yacht: the veneered wood and curving walls adding to the exclusive feel, while staff do their best to reinforce the upmarket vibe with discreet yet slick service. The menu is relatively small, but expensive: you’ll have to fork out at least Dhs155 for a starter, and Dhs300-plus for a steak. In such a spectacular setting, it’s just a shame that the food doesn’t wow as much as it should, especially at these prices – the meat is pleasant enough, but the kitchen will need to up its game if it wants to distract diners from that gasp-inducing view. At.mosphere is certainly worth a visit for the experience, but we’ve eaten better food for less at other steakhouses in town.