Best Middle Eastern and North African restaurants in Dubai 2018

The best restaurants in Dubai have been revealed at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2018 - here are the top places for Middle Eastern and North African food

WINNER: RÜYA

Winner of our Fine Dining Newcomer in 2017, this high-end Turkish spot from celebrated chef Colin Clague has some excellent traditional dishes and stunning views from a pretty terrace across Dubai Marina. Classic fare is presented with a modern twist, all expertly executed. Don’t miss the cheese and egg pide, a constant favourite with the Time Out Dubai team.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am; Thu-Fri 6pm-2am. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).



HIGHLY COMMENDED: Günaydın

If you’re after an excellent cut of meat, go to this Turkish restaurant at Souk Al Bahar. Plus, there are excellent Dubai Fountain views so it’s a good one for a special occasion.
Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Al Bahar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 554 0700).

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shabestan

This established Iranian restaurant down at the Creek excels over and over. It hasn’t changed much over the years, but it doesn’t need to, it’s that good.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).

SHORTLISTED: Aseelah

Restaurant serving traditional Emirati dishes and more modern cuisine with Emirati flavours and ingredients.
Dhs350-500. Licenced. Open daily 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 222 7171).

SHORTLISTED: Besh

Decent Turkish fare in a convenient location. Not the most authentic, but good, tasty dishes.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 377 2353).

SHORTLISTED: Boulevard Kitchen

A casual all-day dining concept at Manzil Downtown offering up a wide spread of dishes.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 6.30am-midnight; Thu-Fri 6.30am-2am. Manzil Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).

SHORTLISTED: Kaftan

A lovely, casual restaurant along Jumeirah Beach Road serving up classic dishes.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sat-Wed 9am-1am, Thu-Fri 9am-2am. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 338 9688).

SHORTLISTED: Leila

The Beiruti chain serves Lebanese fare in a charming setting, with a buzzing terrace on the Boulevard.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open daily 9.30am-12.45am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 448 3384). Other locations: Arabian Ranches (04 277 0272), Me’aisem City Centre (04 437 4999), Mirdif City Centre (04 251 5161).

SHORTLISTED: Samad Al Iraqi

A lavish restaurant with traditional Iraqi dishes.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 10am-1am. Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeriah Beach Road (04 342 7887).

SHORTLISTED: Seven Sands

Emirati restaurant at The Beach serving up traditional dishes and flavours. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with views over the sea and to Ain Dubai.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open Sun-Thu noon- 1am; Fri-Sat 9am-1am. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 551 6652).

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