The Cheesecake Factory
This was one of the first venues to open in what has since become an American invasion in Dubai. The savoury food on offer here tends to be over-sized and over-salted, however, the dessert that gives this place its name will draw you in. Available in an overwhelming number of inventive combinations and recipes, each one gives gluttony a new meaning, and is well worth a naughty treat when you feel the need.
Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 419 0497). Other locations: The Dubai Mall (04 419 0227); The Beach (04 315 3652).
This Deep South-inspired crab shack is a Dubai-born concept, brought to you by the same team that launched Okku. The result is a messy, bib-toting experience with very good quality crab. But the major draw at CLAW is the atmosphere, night after night.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 2300).
Clinton Street Baking Co.
Originally launched in New York, the venue opened (when) in Downtown Dubai. The NYC branch is famed for its brunch experience. Here in Dubai, you can also enjoy American brunch and brinner favourites, from classic pancakes and egg dishes to chicken with waffles.
Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
This restaurant is dedicated to the food and spirit of the state of Louisiana, in America’s Deep South. As such, you’ll get Cajun and Creole cooking such as jambalaya and Cajun southern fried chicken and waffles.
Novotel Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 304 9000).
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Austrian-born chef Wolfgang Puck has become a superstar in the US where he famously caters for the Oscars each year. CUT is his steakhouse brand (also located in Los Angeles and London), and serves a very fine selection of food, including some knock-out mac ’n’ cheese and delicious miso-baked salmon.
The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
This restaurant originally opened in Hollywood where it apparently attracts hordes of A-listers. Here in Dubai, it’s located in a rather un-A-list venue – a hotel lobby. But having said that, it’s a glitzy space that offers a more up-market Californian menu experience.
The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8623).
The launch of this venue cranked casual dining in Dubai up a few notches. What you’ll get here is an unfussy offering, with a varied and indulgent menu of smoked meats, plenty of American favourites and a scattering of Asian influence, too. The restaurant smokes its meat and salmon in-house and dishes such as the six-hour smoked beef chuck rib are not be missed.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 421 5669).
H.E.A.T. Café & Grill
This independent eatery takes its inspiration from the healthy-eating diners of Southern California. What you’ll find here is a basic-looking venue and a menu that is devised with post-workout carb and calorie counts in mind.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 3 (04 338 8831).
The International House of Pancakes has been serving up breakfast all day, every day to hungry stateside diners since 1958.
The Walk, JBR (04 361 2410). Other locations: The Dubai Mall (04 325 3223); Mall of the Emirates (04 385 0891).
This family-friendly American diner at Citywalk looks like a simple steakhouse, but serves a menu of Stateside-dishes such as buffalo wings, tater tots, burgers and Reuben on rye. Also on the menu are a series of elaborate-sounding sundaes, including a s’mores recipe and milkshake combinations such as peanut butter and banana.
Citywalk, Al Wasl Road (04 344 3305).
One of many burger chains in Dubai, this particular one comes straight from the very beefy state of Texas – cow country in the US. The unique edge here is not so much the burgers themselves, but the giant chalkboard wall to scribble on, and screens playing videos.
China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, The Gardens (800 666 924). Other location: Al Wasl Square, Jumeirah.
Original Wings & Rings
In the rather unlikely location of DIFC, Original Wings & Rings is a no-frills, affordable American fast food joint and bar. As its name suggests, you should expect chicken wings, onion rings, sliders and a little Tex-Mexicana too.
Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).
Perry & Blackwelder’s
A two-level bar and restaurant with a lovely outdoor spot on the Madinat’s canal-side (for cooler months), this American-style smokehouse is a home-grown concept. The restaurant smokes its own meat in-house, which you can see and smell happening at the huge barbecue smoker outside. On the menu you’ll find American comfort food galore, with chicken wings, pulled beef brisket, cornbread and cheese drop biscuits.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5866).
Scots American Grill
This restaurant boasts ‘Scottish fare American flair’ as its USP. It is essentially a steakhouse offering USDA-approved beef cuts, as well as seafood and specialities such as house-smoked salmon.
Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha (04 317 7770).
New to Galleria Mall is this Gulf-born homage to American burger culture with branches in Oman and Kuwait. In Dubai, you can experience dining in what looks like a retro ‘gas’ station, and a menu of mini burgers.
Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road (600 544 005).
Soho Bar & Grill
An independent brand founded in Dubai, since its first branch in Garhoud’s Century Village, Soho Bar & Grill has expanded. The venue takes its inspiration from New York steakhouses (hence the name), and on the menu here you’ll find delicious burgers, steaks and ribs galore.
Century Village, Garhoud (04 286 8520). Other locations: Wafi (04 379 6969); Al Wasl Road (04 343 8775); Sheikh Zayed Road (04 286 8520).
The Burger Joint New York
The name says it all here: a burger joint from New York. But it’s also an intriguing one – the insides are kitted out to look like the back of a New York apartment building, complete with fire escapes and lamp posts in the middle of the room. In keeping with this un-Dubai oddity, the menu is an intentionally minimal list scrawled on a bit of cardboard box.
Citywalk, Al Wasl Road (04 344 4459).
The Hamptons Café
Housed in a villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, this café occupies three floors (two indoors and a roof terrace). Inspired by New York State’s upmarket getaway island The Hamptons, it’s designed with a similar aesthetic in mind. Not only does it feel very much like a domestic residence, it also feels elegant and like a beachy holiday home, too.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1 (04 331 5118).
Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar
Inspired by the Tribeca district of Manhattan, this hot new gastro-bar is decorated in an elaborate and eccentric collection of New York-inspired memorabilia, including plenty of neon graffiti. The menu is a sort of America-meets-Italy mix of items such as pizza that’s really a pie, but the venue has plenty of charm, as well as organic ingredients, which make it an attractive bar food option.
JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (050 345 6067).