Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020 – nominees revealed

Here are the shortlists for this year’s prestigious food awards

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020 – nominees revealed

Dubai’s best restaurants are about to be revealed by Time Out Dubai.

This year marks the 15th annual Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, in association with Dubai Food Festival, within which there are 27 categories covering a vast range of different cuisines.

Over the past 12 months, our team of reviewers has eaten at hundreds of restaurants anonymously and paid for their meals. You can trust we are giving you an honest, independent review, without any outside influences (for more on our process, click here).

From cafés to pub food, fine dining to budget, we’ve sought out the very best Dubai has to offer. We have categories covering cuisines from Indian to European, as well awards for brunches, breakfasts, afternoon teas and for both the best Outdoor and Romantic restaurants in the city.

For 2020 we’ve introduced a new category – Greek – plus split brunch into buffet and à la carte options.

There have been no nominations and there is no public vote.

The two Newcomer categories are based on factors including price point, ambience, dress code, style of food (and the skill that goes into making it) and the sense of occasion at the restaurant.

Venues that opened between September 1, 2019 and January 8, 2020, are eligible for newcomer awards and are not entered into any other categories.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday February 19 at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020, in association with Dubai Food Festival, which will be held at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay.

Sit tight for the official announcement of the very best restaurants in Dubai.

For event table bookings and prices, please contact tablebookings@timeoutdubai.com. For event queries, contact Joanna.Farrer@itp.com.

REGIONAL

ASIAN

3 Fils, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
Asia Asia, Pier 7
BB Social Dining, DIFC
Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
Lah Lah, Zabeel House by Jumeirah
Mekong, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Miss Wáng, Majestic City Retreat Hotel
Miss Tess, Taj Dubai
Streetery, JLT
Vietnamese Foodies, JLT


CHINESE

China Sea, Deira
Chuan, The Pointe
Din Tai Fung, Mall of the Emirates
Hakkasan, Atlantis The Palm
Long Teng, Business Bay
New Shanghai, The Dubai Mall
Nine Squares, International City
Royal China, DIFC
Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot, Dubai Marina
Zheng He’s, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam


EUROPEAN

BOCA, DIFC
carine, Emirates Golf Club
Celebrities, One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Flamingo Room by tashas, Jumeirah Al Naseem
folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina
MasterChef The TV Experience, Millennium Place Dubai Marina
Tasca, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai
Verve Bar & Brasserie, Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City


FRENCH

Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
Bistrot Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai
Bleu Blanc, Renaissance Downtown Dubai Hotel
Couqley French Bistro & Bar, JLT
La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
La Petite Maison, DIFC
Le Cirque, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, Vida Downtown
Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
STAY by Yannick Alléno, One&Only The Palm Dubai


GREEK

Avli by tashas, DIFC
Elia, Majestic City Retreat Hotel
Ena, Palm Jumeirah
Fish Beach Taverna, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
GAIA, DIFC
Greek & Delicious, JLT
Mythos Kouzina & Grill, JLT
OPA, Fairmont Dubai
Shimmers, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
Taverna, Souk Madinat Jumeirah


INDIAN

Basanti & Co., Bluewaters Dubai
Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai
Carnival by Trèsind, DIFC
Calicut Paragon, Karama
Hitchki, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights
Indya by Vineet, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa 
Mint Leaf of London, DIFC
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Masti, La Mer
Trèsind, voco Dubai


ITALIAN

Alici, Bluewaters Dubai
Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel
BASTA!, Renaissance Downtown Dubai Hotel
Bussola, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Cipriani, DIFC
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Bvlgari Resort Dubai
Marea, DIFC
Social by Heinz Beck, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm


JAPANESE

Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm
Hōseki, Bvlgari Resort Dubai
Fujiya Japanese Restaurant, Millennium Airport Hotel Garhoud
Kiku, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Netsu, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai
Nobu, Atlantis The Palm
ONI, Shangri-La Dubai
Paru, Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai
TOMO, Raffles Dubai
Zuma, DIFC


LATIN AMERICAN

Asado, Palace Downtown
COYA, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
El Chapo’s Tacos, Studio One Hotel
Fogo de Chão, DIFC
La Carnita, InterContinental Dubai Marina
LIMA Dubai, City Walk
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Mama Zonia, Pier 7
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Dubai Beach Resort & Spa


LEBANESE

Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Al Safadi, Al Manara
Ayam Elezz, The Mall
Babel, La Mer
Bebabel, The Dubai Mall
Enab Beirut, City Walk
Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
Nurai, Business Bay
Villa Beirut, Umm Suqeim
Zahr El-Laymoun, Souk Al Bahar


MENA

Al Fanar, Dubai Festival City Mall
Enigma, Palazzo Versace Dubai
Günaydin, Souk Al Bahar
Kaftan, Umm Suqeim
Logma, The Dubai Mall
Ninive, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
Sah El Nom, Bluewaters Dubai
SIKKA Café, City Walk
Zou Zou, La Mer


NORTH AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN

Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem
Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria DIFC
Fogo de Chão, DIFC
Key West, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
Mighty Quinn’s, JBR
Miss Lily’s, Sheraton Grand Dubai
Ribs & Brews, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
Ting Irie, Manzil Downtown


THAI

Benjarong, Dusit Thani Dubai
Café Isan, JLT
Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr
Sukothai, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Sticky Rice, Jumeirah Village Circle
The Royal Budha, Holiday Inn Al Barsha
The Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt Dubai
Thiptara, Palace Downtown
Tong Thai, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Wise Kwai, Dusit D2


THEMED

AFTERNOON TEA

Al Bayt, Palace Downtown
Al Fayrooz Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr
At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge, Burj Khalifa
Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Festival City
Noor Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Dubai Jumeira
Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai
Sahn Eddar, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Shai Salon, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Sidra Lounge, Habtoor Palace
The Chart Room, The QE2


BAR FOOD

A Capella, The Pointe
Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem
folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Lock, Stock & Barrel, Barsha Heights
Offside, JA Ocean View Hotel
Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah
ubk, Mövenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Zeta, Address Downtown Dubai


BREAKFAST

Bounty Beets, Le Méridien Beach Resort & Marina
eggspectation, The Beach
Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road
Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club
Kaftan, Umm Suqeim
Kulture House, Jumeirah Beach Road
Myocum, Jumeirah Beach Road
Parker’s, La Mer
Pots, Pans & Boards, The Beach
Stomping Grounds, Jumeirah


BUFFET BRUNCH

Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Méridien Resort & Spa
Bubbalicious, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Jumeirah Al Qasr
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
London Social, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Saffron, Atlantis The Palm
The Market, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Traiteur Brunch at The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai
The Lido, QE2
Yalumba, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre


À LA CARTE BRUNCH

BB Social Dining, DIFC
COYA, Four Seasons Dubai Resort at Jumeirah Beach
Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina
MasterChef The TV Experience, Millennium Place Dubai Marina
RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
STK JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
Zuma, DIFC


BUDGET

Bento-Ya, Sheikh Zayed Road
Café Isan, JLT
Calicut Paragon, Karama
High Joint, Al Manara
Once Upon a Bite, Karama
O’Pao, Bur Dubai
Pickl., JLT
Project Chaiwala, Al Quoz
Streetery, JLT
Vietnamese Foodies, JLT


CAFÉ

21 Grams, Park Regis Boutique Jumeirah
Amongst Few Café, Jumeirah
Boston Lane, Al Quoz
Brambles, Barsha Heights
Comptoir 102, Jumeirah
Gossip Café & Desserts, BoxPark
LOWE, Al Barari
Mad Tailors, Umm Suqeim
Stomping Grounds, Jumeirah
Tania’s Teahouse, Umm Suqeim


OUTDOOR

Bussola, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Fish Beach Taverna, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
Il Faro Trattoria, Palm Jumeirah
Key West, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
NOÉPE, Park Hyatt Dubai
Shimmers, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm
Zeta, Address Downtown Dubai


PUB FOOD

Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel
D&A, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road
JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana
McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Hotel
The Dubliner’s, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club
The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai
The Irish Village, Studio One Hotel
The Lion by Nick & Scott, The H Dubai


ROMANTIC

Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm
At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
carine, Emirates Golf Club
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem
La Petite Maison, DIFC
Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr
Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr
RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
Thiptara, Palace Downtown


SEAFOOD

Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Alici, Bluewaters Dubai
Babel, La Mer
Hook & Cook, The Pointe
Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
Marea, DIFC
NOÉPE, Park Hyatt Dubai
Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr
The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach


STEAKHOUSE

Asado, Palace Downtown
Baba, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Nusr-Et, Four Seasons Dubai Resort at Jumeirah Beach
Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Rare, Melia Desert Palm Dubai
Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, Atlantis The Palm
STK JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
The Meat Co., Souk Madinat Jumeirah
World Cut Steakhouse, Habtoor Palace


GRAND PRIX

BEST NEWCOMER CASUAL

Americano, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Black Goose, Sheraton Dubai Jumeirah
BRD, Dar Wasl Mall
Brix, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
Brunch & Cake, Al Wasl
FIKA, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
La Mezcaleria, The Oberoi Dubai
Motorino, JA Ocean View Hotel
Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, Dar Wasl Mall
Salt Bae Burger, DIFC


BEST NEWCOMER FINE DINING

Amazonico, DIFC
Aya, City Walk
Chingón, Grand Millennium Hotel Business Bay
Indochine, DIFC
Kinara by Vikas Khanna, JA Lake View Hotel
Nammos, Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeira Beach
Nassau, Jumeirah Golf Estates
Shanghai Me, DIFC
Verde, Four Seasons Dubai Resort at Jumeirah Beach
WHITE Beach, Atlantis The Palm

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