Best Romantic restaurants in Dubai
Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including best romantic restaurants. Here's a guide to the best places for couples.
There’s a fine line between attentive service and being obtrusive. The latter is the last thing you want when looking for a romantic night out so it’s important to know the ideal location for that special experience. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant on this list, putting them through their paces and assess factors including quality of food, ambience and service. We’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
Seafood, overlooking the sea to majestic views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah? Yes please.
This is a long-standing, go-to romantic spot in Dubai and it never fails to deliver. It has won numerous Time Out Dubai Restaurant awards in the Romantic category in the past, and it again scooped a Highly Commended plaque in 2018.
The rustic wooden venue, located at the end of a jetty and standing magnanimously over the Arabian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling panes of glass for walls, revealing unrivalled panoramic views, is impressive.
À la carte prices are high – a meal for two excluding drinks can set you back into the thousands of dir-hams. But on there are frequently offers on set menus throughout the year, which are worth re-searching around the time you’re planning to book.
As expected, everything here is slick, from the presentation of dishes to the service. Staff are barely noticeable of an evening, allowing you to enjoy every moment, but rest assured, when you need them, they’ll be there, sharp, and willing to help, no matter your enquiry. Another starter after your main course? No problem. Engagement ring at the bottom of glass of bubbly to be brought out just before the bill? You’ve got it.
The bottom line
Pierchic is a place where memories are made.
101 Dining Lounge & Bar has everything going for it even before you’ve got there. Jutting out from the southernmost arc of the Palm, it is set upon an elevated platform accessible only by buggy, or by boat from the mainland Royal Mirage hotel. White awnings cover the majority of the space and even within the solid structures of the main dining areas the al fresco illusion is created by a similar set up. Tapas is the order of the day, and in recent years the restaurant has branched out from a Spanish focus to a more international flavour, calling on influence from the Middle East, Japan, South America and Korea to help create a vast selection of small sharing plates. Signatures include king crab hot dog, worth getting just for the slaw garnish, and avocado topped pane carasau, a staple of all good Sardinian meals. Other highlights include the Ossau-Iraty fingers with black cherry jam and beef meatballs, piping hot and smothered in an onion and tomato sauce. 101 could probably charge double what it does and still do a roaring trade.