Buddha Bar

Tasty eats with laid back beats 17 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009

It’s neither new nor unique, but Buddha Bar’s enduring popularity is, all in all, well deserved. Following the format of sister branches throughout the world, its interior oozes sophistication, with low-level lighting, oriental-themed decor, a gargantuan Buddha dominating the central space, and DJs spinning the latest offerings from that failsafe ‘trendy bar’ genre, funky house.

The bar staff knock up some killer cocktails, service is polite and efficient, and you’re almost guaranteed a good night at this chic haunt. The super-pricey menu is a slightly puzzling affair, with endless pages of sushi (fresh and tasty) followed abruptly by a large variety of hot and cold starters (the punchy beef tataki salad is a hit, as are the lobster dumplings). The main courses that follow are, for the most part, disappointingly middle of the road (does anyone really need another Thai green curry in their life?), but the tenderloin beef is an absolute delight.

A word of warning, though: booking ahead is a must, as this place is packed every night of the week. Even if you manage to wangle a table at the back of the venue, you’ll find yourself limited to weather-based pleasantries due to your proximity to the other waggly-eared patrons.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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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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