For the best romantic restarant in Dubai, look no further than this swish spot at Atlantis The Palm. If you're looking for a romantic restaurant to elevate your anniversary, birthday or really any special occasion, this is the blow-out experience for you. Plus, if you haven’t dined in an aquarium – now you can. A regular on Time Out Dubai's best romantic restaurants in Dubai list for its simply fantastic setting, you can’t fail to be wowed at this top Palm Jumeirah seafood restaurant. Dishes are stunning, expect freshly caught fish and seafood done up in a fancy way. Don’t be surprised to see a diver holding up a marriage proposal behind the glass. We did say it was the most romantic restaurant in Dubai after all...
Open Sun-Thu 6.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm; 6.30pm-10pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantis.com/dubai (04 426 2626).
Chef Izu is at the helm of this romantic restaurant in Dubai's Emirates Golf Club. Named after his wife (what’s more romantic than that?) the charming spot serves a tasty European menu. It’s a more low-key romantic restaurant than some on this list, but is a top choice for a special occasion. Don’t miss the tarte tatin for a showstopping dessert.
Open Sun-Wed 12pm-3pm and 7pm-10.30pm; Thu 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-3pm and 7pm-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, www.carine.ae (0 4 417 9885).
Slurp up oysters and twirl seafood spaghetti with your loved one (just don’t splash them with the sauce) at this longstanding romantic restaurant. Housed at the end of a jetty out to sea with prime views of Dubai's famed Burj Al Arab hotel, it doesn’t get much more wow-worthy than this when it comes to the most romantic places in Dubai.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (800 666353).
If you’re looking for a dark and moody romantic Japanese restaurant in Dubai with stunning views, Akira Back is the one for you. Indoors the interiors are chic and grown-up with floor-to-ceiling windows, while the terrace outside is spacious. Both areas allow for amazing views across to Dubai Marina, too. Plus the food is excellent, don’t miss the sushi. A top date night spot.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. W Dubai - The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.akirabackdubai.com (04 245 5800).
Set on 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, At.mosphere is a super-special place to celebrate a romantic anniversary in Dubai. Have a fancy mixed drink at the bar first and admire the stunning views from up high, before digging into some tasty European food. A bucket-list date night at one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai.
Open 7am-2am. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Not only is this fantastic Italian restaurant popular with tourists and families, it’s also one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai. Pull up a seat on the outdoor terrace next to the serene turtle lagoon and admire the scenery, or take a table indoors and enjoy the buzzing vibe. Order up a dish of spaghetti and make like Lady and the Tramp. It's our best Italian restaurant in Dubai 2020 for good reason.
Open daily noon-3.30pm and 7pm-1am. Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, www.ilborrotuscanbistro.ae (04 275 2555).
LPM Restaurant & Bar
France is known for its romance, and there’s no French spot more suited to dates than this romantic restaurant in DIFC. It's Time Out Dubai's Best French restaurant with good reason as the food is absolutely stunning but the buzzing atmosphere and chic vibe makes it one of the most romantic places in Dubai too. Anniversary meals, birthday dinners, celebratory lunches – there’s no romantic occasion that doesn’t fit well with a petite platter of escargots.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-1am. DIFC, www.lpmlondon.co.uk/dubai (04 439 0505).
This romantic Thai restaurant has a beautiful terrace set on the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, plus you need to get a boat to get to it for that extra special touch. The setting is without a doubt one of the most romantic places in Dubai, and Pai Thai is a top choice for a romantic anniversary dinner. Food is delicious, but go easy on the spice, you don’t want to be sweating on your dinner date.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm; 6.30pm-11pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
From its twinkling fairy lights and moodily colourful lighting to its keen service, RÜYA in Dubai Marina is the picture-perfect spot for a chilled romantic dinner in Dubai. A former title holder of the best romantic restaurant in Dubai, this Middle Eastern restaurant is a huge hit when it comes to to food too (its Time Out Dubai's Best Middle Eastern restauarant 2020) thanks to its array of pides, mezzes, seafood and kebabs. This Turkish spot truly shines with its starters and smaller dishes – a romantic setting is all about sharing, after all.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 7pm-2am. Licensed. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).
You can't have a list of the most romantic places in Dubai and not have Thiptara on there. Not only is the Thai food at this romantic restaurant superb, the setting is a top choice for a special occasion or to celebrate an anniversary in Dubai. The terrace is set out into the water and you’ll be right next to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain Show. If you’re looking to impress you can’t do much better than this romantic restaurant in Downtown Dubai.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-11.30pm, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).