If you haven’t taken a mosey on down to Dubai Creek then this is an ideal pit-stop. With a massive terrace jutting out over the water, the views are sublime. The vibe is deeply laid-back and it’s the perfect place for a winter afternoon soaking up the sunshine. Order a pizza and sit back and admire the views.
Open daily noon-midnight. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: folly by Nick & Scott
The winner of our European Restaurant of the Year also has a cracking outdoor area. Relax and take in the scene across the Madinat from the pretty terrace while sipping on a sundowner.
Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm; daily 5pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pai Thai
The terrace at this classy Thai restaurant is lovely. And the best bit? You arrive by abra. Disembark, take your seat and watch the boats glide by as you dig into pad Thai.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-11.15pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-2.15pm, 6.30pm-11.15pm. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
SHORTLISTED: 101 Dining Lounge & Bar
Boasts a lovely location by the sea and a great selection of Spanish and Italian cooking. A really romantic spot, but you’ll pay a premium for it.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 11.30am-2am. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1030).
Beautiful venue, impressively authentic food (think steak and goat meat) and some great fish dishes.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
This two-tier venue offers an upstairs pizzeria and terrace, and fine dining space downstairs.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Pizzeria open Sun-Thu 6pm-11.45pm; Fri-Sat noon-11.45pm; restaurant open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm; lounge open Sat-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7136).
SHORTLISTED: Fish Beach Taverna
One of the prettiest outdoor settings you can find, with twinkling fairy lights, white washed furnishings and a beachside setting. Dishes can be a bit hit or miss though.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).
SHORTLISTED: Ibn AlBahr
This Lebanese seafood joint expertly cooks the freshest fish, served up in a seafront setting at Club Vista Mare. Take a seat on the terrace and unwind with some freshly grilled seafood.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily noon-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
SHORTLISTED: Key West
An excellent Caribbean/Floridian restaurant complete with laid-back island vibes. Set right on the beach with unfettered views out to sea, this is a chilled-out place to kick back. The food is excellent, from jerk chicken, to ribs and juicy grilled prawns.
Dhs350-500. Open daily 5pm-11pm (dinner served from 7pm). Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Peal Jumeira (04 376 6000).
SHORTLISTED: Palm Grill
A beach shack serving barbecued fish. A charming slice of beach life, with prime views across the ocean. Sit back and enjoy the sand in between your toes.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily noon-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).