The very best outdoor restaurat in Dubai, NOÉPE is utterly charming. Inspired by the coastal splendour of Cape Cod, this delightful space offers a panoramic vista of Dubai Creek. The outdoor area here is utterly glorious, set right on the water of the Marina, transporting you to the east coast of America – but with the striking Downtown Dubai skyline. By day soak up the sun and enjoy watching the yachts on the water while at night a fire pit gives a cosy feel. The food doesn’t play second fiddle either, it’s outstanding, especially the tasty lobster and seafood dishes.
Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-2am; Fri 5pm-2am. The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, noepe.thepromenadedxb.com (04 602 1814).
Il Faro Trattoria
This gorgeous lighthouse-shaped building (the name means lighthouse in Italian, too) makes for a delightful place to while away a sunny afternoon and is one of the best outdoor restaurants in Dubai, picking up a 2020 highly commended gong. With views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, Il Faro is prime spot out on the water of the Palm, plus the pizzas are unmissable. It's not connected to a hotel, but it is licensed. Visit on a ladies’ night for a top value dinner, too, as you’ll get unlimited pizza and bubbly for Dhs150.
Open daily 11am-midnight. Azure Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3137).
For front row views of the striking Burj Al Arab you can’t do much better than Shimmers for outdoor dining in Dubai. A relaxed beach restaurant at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Shimmers serves up modern Greek dishes, so dip into that tzatziki while enjoying the Dubai sunshine at one of the best outdoor restaurants in Dubai. Come early for a pre-dinner dinner drink at this licensed outdoor beach restaurant.
Open daily noon-11pm. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
This longstanding Italian restaurant, lounge and pizzeria has all the holiday feels. It’s set next to the adults-only pool at the sprawling hotel and is a delightful outdoor location. Stop by early for a sundowner before your dinner at this licensed outdoor restaurant in Dubai.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, www.bussoladubai.com (04 511 7373).
Fish Beach Taverna
One of the prettiest outdoor settings you can find, with twinkling fairy lights, whitewashed furnishings and a beachside setting. If you’re a fish fan you’ll love it, and it’s an ideal location for a casual day time day, too. One of the best outdoor restaurants in Dubai, especially when it comes to setting.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, www.fish-dubai.com (04 511 7373).
folly by Nick & Scott
This European restaurant is one the best in town, and it’s even better in winter when you can take advantage of the wonderful terrace. Pull up a seat and admire the views across the Souk Madinat Jumeirah waterways below. A top place to take visitors as well as a date night.
Open daily 12pm-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.folly.ae (04 430 8535).
There are few places you can dig into fresh fish accompanied by a glass of something cold with your toes in the sand – but this is one of them. Housed on the shores of Club Vista Mare at the Palm, this licensed outdoor seafood restaurant is run by fisherman, so you can expect the freshest catch to enjoy on tables on the beach.
Open daily noon-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, www.ibnalbahr.me (04 100% 9575).
This is as close as you can get to being on holiday, if you’re not actually. With tropical island vibes, Caribbean food and stunning seaside décor, this a wonderful place to relax and one of the best outdoor restaurants in Dubai. Palm trees sway in the breeze, plus the Caribbean bites are delicious and include everything from plantain chips and curried goat to tacos and grilled jumbo shrimp. Don’t miss the sunsets here, they’re simply sensational.
Open daily 4pm-11pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, www.nikkibeach.com (04 376 6000).
A beachside venture from a world-famous chef combines two things we love – classic food and super views. Enjoy a pizza while sitting on the playful outside terrace at this trendy Italian restaurant from Massimo Bottura at W Dubai – The Palm.
Open daily noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. W Dubai the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.tornosubitodubai.com (04 245 5555).
When this massive terrace opened in 2018 we were utterly thrilled. It’s one of the very best places in town to see the Dubai Fountain Show, plus drinks don’t cost the earth. The food is also worth heading along for – especially the sushi. Just try not to shed a tear when you’re listening to Nessun Dorma and you realised you’ve scoffed the lot.
Open Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 4pm-1am. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).