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This Lebanese seafood joint expertly cooks the freshest fish, served up in a seafront setting at Club Vista Mare. Take a seat on the terrace and dig into freshly grilled seafood.
Open daily noon-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
This beachside spot claimed our Best Lebanese gong, but its fish is equally impressive. From a stunning octopus à la Provençale to whole charcoal-grilled seabream, everything is tip-top.
Open daily noon-midnight. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 419 0220).
Love fish in all its guises? This one is for you. With floor-to-ceiling windows out on Atlantis The Palm’s aquarium, you can be sure you’re in for a treat here. Dishes are stunning too – all made from the freshest seafood.
Open Sun-Fri 6.30pm, 10pm, Sat 1pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
As You Fish
Choose between a traditional south Indian menu or select fresh fish for live cooking, either pan-fried or on the barbecue. Other signature dishes at this bright and welcoming whitewashed villa include seafood platters and lobster rolls.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu noon-1am; Fri 1pm-1am. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, www.asyoufish.ae (04 323 1919).
Against a picturesque backdrop of fishing dhows, this no-frills Keralan restaurant is so well known for its fresh fried sheri and pomfret, chilli prawns and marinated hammour that queues form in anticipation of its 7pm opening.
Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Sat 11am-11.30pm. Old 32B Street, Umm Suqeim (055 705 2130).
Fish Beach Taverna
Enjoy an Aegean menu of Turkish and Greek cuisine with plenty of fresh fish options such as octopus, mezze and levrek – salted sea bass – alongside grills and casseroles in this open-air taverna overlooking the beach.
Open daily noon-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, www.fish-dubai.com (04 511 7373).
Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
Named after an oyster shell (Al Mahara), signature dishes include the finest sustainably-sourced shellfish on ice and whole fish served tableside, or choose from an oyster and caviar menu that can be enjoyed on the terrnace.
Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, www.nathan-outlaw.com (04 301 7600).
Inspired by the coastal splendor of Cape Cod, this charming space offers a panoramic vista of the Creek. A seafood bar features fresh lobster and yellowtail carpaccio or try a toasted lobster, soft shell crab or tuna brioche.
Open daily 12.30pm-2am. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, noepe.thepromenadedxb.com (04 602 1814).
Dine al fresco with views over the Arabian Gulf at this ‘over-the-water’ Mediterranean restaurant serving fresh seafood delicacies such as lobster thermidor and confit Atlantic sea trout as well as caviar, soups and salads.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.pierchic.com (04 432 3232).
The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
Seaside brasserie The MAINE features a raw bar serving seafood towers and oysters galore while a family style menu runs the gamut from shellfish, fish mains (cold and hot), steaks and chops to pot roasts and steamers.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-1am. Doubletree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR, www.themaine.ae (04 457 6719).