Seafood, under the sea. Not literally, but it’s as close as you’re going to get, thanks to the massive floor-to-ceiling aquarium that covers one huge side of this classy Atlantis The Palm restaurant. Not just for tourists – though most certainly one for the to-visit list if you’re in Dubai – this stunning restaurant serves up equally admirable seafood dishes. All are beautifully prepared and of exceptional quality. Push the boat out and try the tasting menu, it’s pricey but it won’t let you down. See our review on page 35.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-3pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ibn AlBahr
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
This cool seafood restaurant is taking a Highly Commended gong for the second year running. A great vibe and delcious dishes.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-1am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 457 6719).
SHORTLISTED: Alto Mar
Quaint harbourside fish restaurant that serves up top-quality fresh fish. Some inventive dishes, all delightful. Charming setting and worth a look.
Dhs350-500. Unlicensed. Open daily noon-11pm. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour (04 343 5225).
SHORTLISTED: Café Belge
A 1920s, jazz age-themed Belgian restaurant. Art Deco stylings and excellent seafood are order of the day.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily noon-2am. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
SHORTLISTED: Catch Dubai
A seriously cool restaurant serving excellent and inventive seafood, sushi, fresh grills and more. Hailing from New York, the vibe is trendy and the décor is urban chic. One to visit.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 7pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 357 1755).
SHORTLISTED: Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw serves up some top shellfish this Burj Al Arab venue. Dine next to an aquarium for a unique experience.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 12:30pm-3.3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
The place that comes up when anyone asks about a romantic restaurant in Dubai. The setting is stunning and looks out to sea.
Dhs700+. 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: Sea Fu Restaurant
An excellent Asian seafood restaurant that boasts sea views and delightful dishes. There’s also a good ladies’ night deal (where you’ll get three courses and a bottle of sparkling for Dhs125 a head) and happy hour offers at the bar.
Dhs500+ Open daily 12.30pm-4pm; 7pm-11pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah (04 270 7802).
SHORTLISTED: The Atlantic
This chic seafood restaurant has some excellent dishes, some top deals and a stunning view of The Dubai Fountain.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Sun-Wed 6pm-11pm; Fri 1pm-11.30pm; Sat 2pm-11pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 442 5662).