Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
The best Italian restaurant in Dubai, without doubt, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro ticks all the boxes. The Italian restaurant nestled on the banks of Dubai's Jumeirah Al Naseem’s serene turtle lagoon whips up consistently good food. It's all delivered with a flourish of excellent service and the setting is thoroughly charming. It’s twice won Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year award and you can’t go wrong here, whether it’s for a family lunch or anniversary dinner. If you're looking for the best Italian food in Dubai, look no further.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-1am. Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, www.ilborrotuscanbistro.ae (04 275 2555).
A gastronomic delight all the way from New York (where it has a Michelin star), Marea is a stand-out Italian seafood restaurant in a city awash with excellent Italian food. Expect flawless service and dishes that are delicately and artistically plated at this Italian restaurant in DIFC, not to mention delicious. Don’t miss the salty, squidgy grilled octopus with brilliantly bouncy fregola, or the lightly coated fritto misto.
Open daily noon-4pm, 7pm-1am. Gate Village 7, DIFC, www.marearestaurant.com (04 583 6366).
Social by Heinz Beck
It doesn’t get much fancier or elegant than Social by Heinz Beck and a meal at this top Italian restaurant in Dubai is fine dining at its very best. The menu from the Michelin-starred chef is a concise list of salads, appetisers, pastas, mains and sides and everything is faultless in quality, taste and presentation, while desserts, in particular, are stunning. One of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai, and housed at an elegant hotel on Palm Jumeirah.
Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com (04 818 2222).
This chic Italian restaurant brings the taste, and feel, of the Amalfi Coast to Bluewaters Dubai. Alici – which means anchovies – has a varied menu that showcases sustainably-caught fish with an Italian twist. It’s from the team behind Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Time Out Dubai's Best Italian Restaurant in Dubai 2020, so expect tasty dishes with top views. Alici is also our Best Seafood Restaurant in Dubai 2020, so don't miss the stunning fish dishes.
Open daily noon-3.30pm and 7pm-midnight. Bluewaters Dubai, www.alici.com (04 275 2577).
In this luxurious hotel from premium Italian designer Armani, Armani Ristorante is an upmarket eatery with excellent service and dishes that are rich, full of flavour and inventively created. It’s fancy fine dining and is a popular date night spot, being a romantic Italian restaurant in Dubai with classic dishes done well (the bread basket is one of the best around, too). A stalwart on our list of best Italian restaurants in Dubai.
Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Khalifa, www.armanihoteldubai.com (04 888 3666).
Italian restaurant BASTA has superb sparkling Dubai Water Canal views from the al fresco terrace. There's also a chic interior with twinkling, ambient lighting at this Downtown Dubai romantic Italian restaurant in Business Bay. The décor is fun and vibrant, while calamari, authentic pizza and traditional pasta dishes are all molto bene.
Open daily noon-midnight. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay, www.basta-dubai.com (04 512 5522).
This beachside Italian restaurant at Dubai Marina has both a chilled out pizzeria – on the al fresco upper deck – and a fine-dining experience (downstairs). Cosy, atmospheric and consistently busy, the food is elegant and well-balanced and the mains are generously portioned. One of the best casual Italian restaurants in Dubai, and a longstanding favourite.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Fri noon-midnight, Sat noon-11pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, www.bussoladubai.com (04 511 7373).
As soon as you walk into this classy Italian restaurant in Dubai's DIFC with vibrant blues and crisp white tablecloths, you’ll feel special. There are a range of authentic Italian dishes throughout the menu, including pizzas, salads and grills. Dishes deliver the high-end quality you expect from a world-renowned chain, but the stand-out has to be the succulent lamb chops served on a sizzling hot plate. A longstanding, classy and well-respected spot and a stalwart on our best Italian resaurant in Dubai list.
Open daily noon-midnight. Number 10, Gate Village, Building 3, www.cipriani.com (04 347 0003).
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito
Looking for an authentic, Italian fine-dining experience? Look no further. A former Highly Commended Best Italian Restaurant in Dubai, the whole experience at Il Ristorante feels first class. Dishes are as inventive as they are expertly prepared and the service is slick and friendly. We love the smoked potato-stuffed ravioli, served with an octopus ragu.
Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. Bvlgari Hotel & Resort Dubai, Jumeirah, www.bulgarihotels.com (04 777 5622).
Meaning “be right back” in Italian restaurant Torno Subito is Michelin-starred chef, Massimo Bottura’s first venture outside his native Italy. The chef is behind a former title holder of the best Italian restaurant in the world, and he's made it onto the list of best Italian restaurants in Dubai with us. The menu houses simple-sounding Italian favourites in the primeri section as well as the pizza and pasta offerings – the tagliatelle ragu is just like mama used to make. It’s whimsical, it’s fun and it’s one of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai if you're looking for a fun and casual beachside lunch or dinner.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. W Dubai the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.tornosubitodubai.com (04 245 5555).