You can’t get any more beachy than this location. One of the few places in Dubai where you have a clear view out across the Gulf, this laid-back Caribbean restaurant and bar is amazing at sunset. Dishes are tasty too, and the vibe is warm and friendly.
Open daily 4pm-11pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Peal Jumeira (04 376 6000).
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One of the prettiest outdoor settings you can find, with twinkling fairy lights, whitewashed furnishings and a beachside setting. Dishes are Mediterranean and tasty, and it’s equally charming by day or night.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 511 7373).
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As well as serving up some excellent European dishes (which is why it’s Highly Commended in our Best European category), this smart restaurant has a delightful outdoor terrace. If you want to wow visitors with a view of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, this is the spot for you.
Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm, daily 5pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
Meat lovers will appreciate the finest cuts at this Latin American steakhouse where steak is prepared on a Parilla (an open grill) and a stylish outdoor terrace grants magnificent views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.
Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Hotel Downtown, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).
Kick back and take stock over some delicious Mediterranean fare, from freshly baked pizzas and calzone to an extensive fresh fish and seafood selection, on a platform jutting out into Dubai Creek with views beyond.
Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, www.dubaigolf.com (04 205 4647).
Inspired by the coastal splendor of Cape Cod, this charming space offers a panoramic vista of the Creek with plenty of dishes to share. A seafood bar features the freshest catches, from lobster to crab to yellowtail carpaccio.
Open daily 5pm-2am. Park Hyatt Dubai, noepe.thepromenadedxb.com (04 602 1814).
Offering traditional Italian cuisine over two levels, both offering fantastic views of the Arabian Gulf, sample signature dining in the lower restaurant or a more casual ambiance in the upper deck pizzeria overlooking the beach. Soak up the sunset over a drink in the Bussola Lounge.}
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, www.bussoladubai.com (04 511 7373).
At the back of this beachside Lebanese fish restaurant is a part-open kitchen flanked by a seafood market where you can pick your own fish. Set against a large beach and a sea-facing outdoor terrace, this is as coastal as it gets.
Open daily noon-midnight. Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah, www.ibnalbahr.me (04 553 9575).
The culinary journey begins as a traditional Abra transports you to this traditional Thai restaurant, serving light, aromatic and flavourful dishes, while you relax and take in beautiful views across Madinat’s serene waterways.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-11.15pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-2.45pm, 6pm-11.15pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
This al fresco seafood restaurant and bar is accessible by a scenic walk from the hotel. Specialising in Asian seafood dishes, this is an enviable spot to chill out by the beach.
Open daily 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-11pm. Four Seasons Dubai Resort at Jumeirah Beach, www.fourseasons.com (04 270 7777).