Officially the best Greek restaurant in Dubai 2020, Mythos Kouzina & Grill is a permanently busy Greek taverna found in the Armada BlueBay Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. With a rustic vibe the décor, vibe and food at this cute Greek restaurant in Dubai’s JLT. Mythos serves some cracking Greek classics – try the lamb keftedes, feta dip, saganaki, marinated grilled octopus and more, all at once. They’re beautiful. If you’re a veggie the gemista are a huge hit too – and you can even make your own here, as the Greek restaurant has shared the recipe with us. A top choice all round, and a worthy winner of Time Out Dubai’s inaugural Best Greek Restaurant in Dubai award.
Open daily 12.30pm-5pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, www.mythoskouzina.com (04 399 816).
This Highly Commended Best Greek Restaurant in Dubai award-winner is a super-swanky, bright and sophisticated Greek restaurant in Dubai’s DIFC with gold-trimmed decoration that’s befitting of its central location. There’s top-notch Greek mezze to be had at GAIA, which is where the focus of the menu lies. Get your hands on a hugely satisfying cheese and truffle pie, which is reminiscent of pide/khachapuri, as well as an insanely moreish feta saganaki, in addition to a raw bar, various salads and a selection of meats and grilled items from which to choose.
Open Sun-Thu noon-1am, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-1am. Gate Village 4, DIFC, www.gaia.com (04 241 4242).
A previous winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Fine-Dining Newcomer award, OPA at Fairmont Dubai is one of the best Greek restaurants in Dubai with the city’s well-heeled and glamorous foodie crew. A range of special mixed drinks supplement a huge range of mixed cold and hot starters, salads, grills and even Greek pizzas – kalispera indeed. There’s a lively, fun, vibe too – expect Zorba dancing and plate smashing aplenty.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-1am, Thu-Fri 7pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.opadubai.com (04 357 0557).
Avli by tashas
Few parts of Dubai see restaurants verging on fully booked on a Monday night, and you’re going to want to book ahead at this charming Greek restaurant in DIFC, found just next door to world-renowned French restaurant LPM. Greek dishes await and the jewels mainly lay on the mezze section of the two page menu at Avli by Tashas – special mention goes to the feta saganaki with a honey and filo top, as well as the lamb keftedes (meatballs) and mini lamb shoulder gyros. After hours at the weekend, head into the secluded, dark and moody Galaxy Bar next door, and make a night of it.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thursday-Friday noon-1.30am. Gate Village 9, DIFC, www.avlibytashas.com (04 359 0008).
One of the best Greek restaurants in you’ll find anywhere in Dubai when it comes to authentic dishes, this gorgeous little spot in Bur Dubai is home to some wonderful Mediterranean fare. The moussaka, gemista, tomato kefka and tyrokafteri (spicy peppers and feta dip) are some of the choice selections from a Greek menu that’s crammed full of the classics.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 8pm-11.30pm. Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).
The Pointe on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is home to a range of interesting places to eat, including this stylish fine-dining Greek restaurant. Almond-crusted feta triangles, lamb loin with a classy moussaka populate the menu at this casual restaurant which has a minimalist take on traditional Greek dishes. The views across to Atlantis The Palm are stunning, too.
Open Sun-Wed 3pm-midnight, Thu 3pm-1am, Fri noon-1am, Sat noon-midnight. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, www.enarestaurant.com (04 243 6668).
Fish Beach Taverna
White-washed Mediterranean vibes aplenty are to be had at this Greek restaurant at Dubai’s Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Fish Beach Taverna is so close to the seaside that those holiday feels just wash over you. From souvlaki to moussaka, to the catch of the day and some freshly grilled octopus, the Greek-inspired dishes here are a total delight.
Open Sun-Thu noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, www.fish-dubai.com (04 511 7373).
Greek & Delicious
Expect to find all of the classic dishes at this Greet restaurant in Dubai’s JLT, as well as some slightly more Western-influenced breakfast and lunch options. Tomato keftedes (fritters), veggie mille-feuille and plenty of peinirli (which is the Greek version of pide), populate a menu that also include moussakas, various saganakis and meat platters. The clue is in the name – this really is Greek and delicious.
Open daily 8am-midnight. Cluster J, JLT (04 277 6926).
It’s all about the show-stopping Burj Al Arab views at this beach front Jumeirah Mina A’Salam restaurant – which also happens to be a Highly Commended winner in our Best Outdoor Restaurant category of the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020. Incredibly popular with tourists during the winter season, the range of Greek-based mezze dishes (incongruous plates of French fries notwithstanding) are often strategically positioned on your table to make sure you can always gawk at Dubai’s iconic hotel.
Open daily noon-11pm. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
Taverna Greek Kitchen
Found in the middle of one of Dubai’s most-popular tourist destinations – Souk Madinat Jumeirah – Taverna Greek Kitchen takes a haute approach to some classic Greek dishes. Mitzanosalata (aubergine salad), the ever-popular tzatziki, various carpaccio, grilled calamari and more join some wood-fire-grilled meats on a menu that’s also rife with seafood options and plenty of traditional dishes. A top Greek restaurant to try in Dubai.
Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-1am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.tavernagreek.ae (04 589 5665)