WINNER: Al Nafoorah
This luxurious restaurant serves up top-class Lebanese cuisine in an elegant, timeless setting. The menu is executed with flair, and it’s a worthy winner in this category for the second consecutive year.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8760).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Al Falamanki
This authentic restaurant is excellent for taking visitors to. The food is great and the setting is delightful, too.
Open daily 10am-5am. Opposite Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 300 4550).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ibn AlBahr
Also Highly Commended in the seafood category, this seaside location at Club Vista Mare serves up some excellent Lebanese dishes, too. Head here for a lazy lunch with views across the water.
Open daily noon-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
SHORTLISTED: Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets
Casual eatery serving up a range of snacks and treats.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily noon-12.30am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8828).
SHORTLISTED: Al Safadi
Popular throughout the day, but a worthy contender for a classic Levantine breakfast, complete with fatteh, grilled halloumi and spiced scrambled eggs.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 10am-1am. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 5333).
SHORTLISTED: Ayam Elezz
Homely Lebanese restaurant with shisha and outdoor seating looking onto the Burj Al Arab.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open Sat-Wed 9am-1am; Thu-Fri 9am-2am. The Mall, opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim (04 388 0380).
SHORTLISTED: Em Sherif
A brilliant Lebanese restaurant that looks fantastic and serves excellent food.
Dhs500+ Unlicensed. Open daily 12.30pm-4pm, 8.30pm-11.30pm. At the foot of The Address Downtown Dubai (04 424 3000).
Low-key, tasty offerings in a buzzing environment at City Walk.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 385 5435).
SHORTLISTED: Karam Beirut
Cracking location overlooking Ski Dubai's slopes. The long-standing Lebanese restaurant serves good food but is more expensive than others in the mall.
Dhs350-500. Unlicensed. Open daily noon-11.30pm. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 341 2202).
SHORTLISTED: Zahr El-Laymoun
A healthy spin on traditional Lebanese fare, featuring fresh, simple salads and lean grills, plus views of The Dubai Fountain.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open daily 10am-1am. Souk Al Bahar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 448 6060).