With a terrace decked out in twinkling lights and views across the sparkling waters of Dubai Marina this is a top spot for a romantic night out. Dishes are equally impressive.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-2am, Sat 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-1am. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).
Don’t be surprised if you witness a proposal at this Atlantis The Palm hotspot. The huge space is flanked by the aquarium, so you can gaze out at the fish while you, erhm, eat them.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-3pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
What’s more charming than a pretty terrace set out into the water? This one is so close to The Dubai Fountain show you’re practically in it, which makes it all more the special.
Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown (04 888 3444).
At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge
Iconic fine-dining restaurant At.mosphere offers breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf from the top of the Burj Khalifa. Serving delicacies such as hand-dived scallop and ossetra caviar, this memorable experience is sure to wow.
Open daily 7am-11am, 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3828).
Celebrated chef Izu Ani is at the helm of this bright, airy French-Mediterranean bistro, named after his wife. From lobster linguini, truffle rigatoni and tarte tatin to Izu’s olive oil, fresh from his vineyards in Greece, the menu is a triumph.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 8.30am-1pm, 7pm-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.carine.ae (04 417 9885).
Fish Beach Taverna
Enjoy an Aegean menu of Turkish and Greek cuisine, hot and cold mezze, fresh fish, grills and casseroles in this romantic open-air taverna gifting unobstructed beach views under the stars.
Open Sun-Thu noon-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm, noon-4pm, Fri-Sat 6.30pm-11.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, www.fish-dubai.com (04 511 7373).
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Seasonal, ethically sourced menu offerings from produce grown and imported from Il Borro’s farm in Italy form the base of this authentic Tuscan menu, served in a charming waterfront setting.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim, www.ilborrotuscanbistro.ae (04 275 2555).
Serving light, aromatic and traditional Thai favourites, the enchanting journey begins as a traditional wooden abra transports you to the restaurant while you relax and take in majestic views across Madinat’s serene waterways.
Open Sun-Thu 6.30pm-11.15pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.15pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
Featuring al fresco dining with views over the Arabian Gulf, and stylish rickshaws to transport guests from pier to door, this ‘over-the-water’ Mediterranean restaurant serving fresh seafood delicacies delivers romance in spades.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, www.pierchic.com (04 432 3232).
Renowned for Mediterranean cuisine that fuses Greek ingredients, a casual yet chic atmosphere and a charming seating arrangement on the sand with spectacular views of Burj Al Arab, this is a beautiful spot to dine at night.
Open daily noon-5pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).