What’s more romantic than dining on a terrace set above the water, with half-hourly performances from the world-famous Dubai Fountain for entertainment? None, which is why we’ve awarded Thiptara the most Romantic Restaurant in Dubai. Not only is the Thai food incredible – it’s also a worthy winner of our Thai Restaurant of the Year – this elegant restaurant has stunning views and a warm, intimate vibe. A showstopper of a date restaurant.
Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ossiano
What do you mean you haven’t dined in an aquarium? Rectify that right now with a date at this super romantic restaurant.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-3pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pierchic
A simply stunning setting, perched out to sea. Soak up the views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and savour some seafood at this one.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Fri 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 6pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
SHORTLISTED: At.mosphere Restaurant and Lounge
European fine dining in the world’s tallest building. Stunning food in a stunning location.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
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.
Dhs340-500. 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: folly by Nick & Scott
A cool, upmarket spot with views over Madinat Jumeirah. Contemporary British dishes served with flair.
Dhs500+. Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm; daily 5pm-11pm. Licensed. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
SHORTLISTED: La Petite Maison
A buzzing, beautiful restaurant nestled in the heart of DIFC, offering a Gallic vibe and serving some excellent Niçoise fare.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.15pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC (04 439 0505).
SHORTLISTED: Pai Thai
You get there by boat, which is always a good thing, right? The food is excellent too – always up there with the best in the city. Plus the outside terrace is an excellent spot to watch the abras sail past.
Dhs500+. Licensed. 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: PLAY Restaurant & Lounge
This huge (and impressive) space comes alive later in the evening. The food, by former Zuma chef Reif Othman, is stunning, and it landed our 2017 Restaurant of the Year for that reason.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Fri 6pm-3am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 336 4444).
This high-end Turkish spot from celebrated chef Colin Clague has some excellent traditional dishes (don’t miss the pide) and stunning views from a pretty terrace across Dubai Marina.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am; Thu-Fri 6pm-2am. Open Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).