The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill

Low-key, cool seafood bar that has loads more going for it than just oysters

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The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill

Sure, The MAINE’s signature oysters are an absolute delight, but throw in its fresh fish, steaks, chops, pot roasts, steamers and of course, raw bar serving fresh seafood towers, and this happening restaurant on Dubai's JBR becomes more than a standard seaside brasserie.

This popular restaurant, which picked up a Highly Commended gong in the North American and Caribbean category at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020, is always heaving and has been super-popular since it opened back in 2015. So much so there’s now a second branch in Dubai's Studio City drawing in the crowds from the opposite end of town.

If you’re a seafood fan then you’ll be happy here. From the starters the fish tacos are standout – sizeable tortillas bursting with fresh fish and slaw.

And we’ve long waxed lyrical about the spicy shrimp linguine – which does exactly what it says on the tin, being fiery and delicious in a rich tomato sauce. The octopus is also stunning, in a tangy dressing made from capers and lemons, while the cedar plank salmon flakes beautifully when prodded with a fork.

Desserts are a highlight here – all with a North American twist, from the home-style Key lime pie to the rocky road brownie or soft-baked cookie, it’s worth leaving room for puds.

The vibe here is always buzzing, especially on a Wednesday ladies’ night where women get free drinks at the bar.

It’s a low-key, cool spot that you’ll find yourself returning to time and again, and you won’t regret it.

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