Dubai is nicknamed the city of gold. The rich and wealthy flock to Dubai to experience everything from the fastest toys to the finest cuisine on the planet. Speaking of cuisine, there’s a ton of high-end luxury restaurants in Dubai with some of the worlds greatest chefs setting up shop there.

In this article, we’re going to cover some of the greatest dining experiences in Dubai and show you where you need to check out if you’re visiting the city of gold. 

Not a lot of people know about the dining scene in Dubai but in fact, it’s home to 11 Michelin star restaurants and 23 restaurants run by the worlds most famous celebrity chefs. In fact, a lot of the best food is served within hotel restaurants, and with Dubai host to 61 5-star hotels (second only to London’s 75), there’s a lot of stunning food experiences on offer.

Whether you’re looking for caviar and truffles or a wagyu steak, Dubai has everything you could desire. Here are the best-rated luxury restaurants in Dubai. 

folly – Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE

Located in the luxurious Souk Madinat Jumeriah, a prime location a stone’s throw away from the prestigious Burj Al Arab which was dubbed the seven-star hotel. The folly has a variety of dining experiences from its famous dining room, kitchen bar to its stunning Garden Terrace and Rooftop and serves creative, contemporary dishes that those who frequent the finest of dining have come to expect.

The folly restaurant is run by head chef Nick Alvis who is followed by a trail of awards such as a 10-year golden visa for his development of the restaurant industry in Dubai, alongside the Worlds 50 Best Discovery award. Nick originally came to Dubai to oversee the Verre restaurant (Gordon Ramsay’s) at the Hilton Dubai Creek and has gone on to be one of the most recognised chefs in Dubai.

Check out the folly if you’re in Dubai.

Nobu – Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Nobu is one of the most famous restaurants in the world. Nobu has been mentioned in the lyrics of artists like Future, Drake, Post Malone, Wiz Khalifa and usually preceded lyrics boasting wealth and flashiness. Nobu has become infamous as a luxury eatery to the stars so no wonder that Dubai has one located in The Atlantis Hotel on the infamous Atlantis Island.

With a 4.5/5 with over 2,700 reviews – Nobu is one of the best-reviewed places in Dubai and is a must-visit if you’re in town. You can check out the details and menu on the Nobu website here.

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro – Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Dubai 

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro is pitched as a classical Italian restaurant located in Turtle Lagoon with one of the best backdrops for a luxury eating experience. Fulvio Opalio is the head chef, known for his exceptional italian style and flavours was recently lined up for Head Chef of the Year award by Caterer Middle East. Since this, they have recently opened a London restaurant after its huge popularity over in Dubai. This is one of the most raved about luxury restaurants in Dubai.

They tend to have two menus. a main menu and a seasonal menu is full of authentic italian cuisine and traditional tuscan recipes. The menu is reasonably priced to say it’s one of the hottest eateries in town. Be sure to check them out here.

CLAP – Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai 

CLAP is located on the roof of the Dubai International Financial Centre, one of the most iconic buildings in Dubai, located bang in the heart of Dubai and its financial district. CLAP is a self professed sensory Japanese dining experience with a strong focus on Tokyo style cocktails.

They have a traditional menu as well as the “omakase” experience where the chefs will develop a range of dishes so you can experience everything the restaurant has to offer and this has proved popular amongst the luxury dining experience seekers of Dubai.

If you’re in the financial district in Dubai, this luxury eatery is worth a shot. Check out CLAP here.

Trèsind – Voco Hotel, Dubai 

The Trèsind is an award-winning critically acclaimed restaurant serving some of the best innovative Indian cuisines in Dubai. It’s one of Dubai’s leading eateries and is a popular spot for Dubai’s wealthy.

Chef Himanshu Saini has put together a team of young chefs to serve some of the finest Indian food with a magical twist, encorporating dry ice, spherical surprises, edible gels and flavourful foams that have some of the worlds best food critics raving about this experience. It’s a must-visit if you’re in town.

You can read more about Trèsind here.

Rhodes Twenty10 – Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Dubai 

Rhodes twenty10 has been dubbed as a new generation steakhouse, with a focus on delivering an inclusive food sharing environment, going in a different direction to your usual steakhouse.

It has over 1000 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor and if you’re looking for a relaxed, social and upscaled dining experience, then Rhodes Twenty10 is worth the trip. Blessed with a prime location the restaurant Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort in the Dubai Marina, the restaurant is often frequented by Dubai’s visiting celebs and foodies.

You can view their menu on the Rhodes twenty10 website.

Maya Mexican Kitchen + Bar – Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Dubai 

Award-winning Chef Richard Sandoval is leading the charge at Maya Mexican Kitchen + Bar by delivering contemporary Mexican cuisine with his creative flair and the best ingredients from around the globe. It’s not just a focus on delicious Mexican food that brings people back to Maya, but their Mexican drinks menu and cocktails are also stars of the show.

Located in the prestigious Dubai Marina, the Maya Mexican Bar + Kitchen is a fantastic Mexican experience, and if you’re in the Marina, we’d recommend a detour.

Whether it’s tacos or tequila, your Mexican fix lies here.

Honourable mentions for Foodies of Dubai

You can also check out some of these lesser-known hidden gems in Dubai as well as the world-famous Dubai Food Festival which is back and better than ever in 2022. If you’re looking for a quick bite, why not explore some of the best street food in dubai at the Meena Bazaar or perhaps Al Muraqqabat road which is full of excellent small cafes, resteraunts and street food.

If you’ve been to a Dubai restaurant you think should be on this article, then drop us a line and we’ll see if it’s worth the list!

Bon Appétit.

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