It’s the season to be outdoors again.
As the weather cools down, alfresco Dubai dining is firmly back on our radars.
From beach clubs to sky-high restaurants, each venue ensures scintillating views of Dubai’s skyline accompanied by a delectable menu crafted to perfection.
For your next outdoor outing, Emirates Woman has created a luxe guide on where to book ASAP.
Bar Du Port
For the ultimate al fresco experience, this popular venue has reopened its terrace for the season. With bohemian décor and an understated elegance eludes a nautical charm with a wide variety of dishes and music to ensure entertainment all night long. As an Instagrammable spot, guests can take photos against the backdrop of Dubai’s skyline. Located at Dubai Harbour Pier Club, it’s open from Sunday to Wednesday 5pm to 2am, Thursday and Friday 5pm to 3am and Saturday 1am to 3am.
For a bohemian beachside getaway, SĀN Beach offers a luxe culinary experience accompanied by a luxe menu from breakfast to sundowners. With minimalistic interiors, guests can lay back and witness the pristine backdrop of Dubai’s skyline. Immersed in nature, this soul retreat is also home to a culinary experience that caters to all with a delectable menu. To keep guests entertained throughout, weekend performances by the venue’s own resident band and DJs will also take place. Located at Palm West Beach, it’s open from Monday to Thursday 9am to 12am and Friday to Sunday from 9am to 1am.
Minimalist dining atmospheres have been having their moment, but if you’re looking for somewhere different to dine, Basko is the perfect spot to satisfy your craving for something unique. Reminiscent of a 1960s lounge, this Mediterranean restaurant has a vibrant outdoor terrace featuring views of the Downtown Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa. From Burrata to grilled seabass, there’s are a host of dishes to try at this playful venue. With the perfect backdrop for any occasion, the restaurant is a must-visit with your loved ones.
The latest seafood dining hotspot to re-open its doors is Sea Fu at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. Sea Fu’s tasting menu is a captivating invitation to awaken all five senses, allowing guests to immerse themselves in a sensory journey that traverses the depths of the ocean. From the captivating visual presentation to the delightful touch of every dish, this culinary experience is a complete tale of the sea’s wonders. Each element of the tasting menu recites stories of Asian history, and maritime culture. Guests cam delight in the Crispy Ice Salad, a delicious blend of crisp iceberg lettuce, juicy cherry tomatoes, and flavorful Wafu dressing, topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It is a symphony of textures and vibrant tastes that dance on the palate. Seafood enthusiasts can indulge in the Alaska and more. The restaurant is open from 12:30pm until 11:30pm.
The Italian restaurant and Pizzeria offer a more casual ambience in the upper deck, attracting all guests who crave traditional dishes. With luxurious views of the pool and beach, this venue is where the Italian Riviera meets the city. From fresh pizza selections to the best beverages, this venue is sure to offer an authentic experience while dining outdoors. Located at Westin, It’s open on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm, weekends from 12pm to 4pm and daily from 7pm to 11pm.
CÉ LA VI
Experience elements of Southeast Asia inspired by the region’s artistic influence in a setting unlike any other. With breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline and alluring beats, this destination ensures each visit is a memorable one. From grilled salmon to seaweed parker rolls, each dish is created as an innovative take on the classics. Located at Address Sky View, it’s open daily from 12pm to 3am.
This modern lounge emulates free-spirited energy, centered around delicious dishes and precision-crafted cocktails to stimulate the senses. Featuring live music and DJs, each element adds to the ambience as a modern getaway in Dubai. With prime city views, this venue ensures guests can witness the glistening landmarks of the building. Located at the Meydan Grandstand, it’s open from Wednesday to Thursday 6pm to 3am, Friday 1pm to 3am and Saturday to Tuesday 6pm to 2am.
For a culinary journey to the Southern Islands of Italy, this dining spot offers lake views and a large swimming pool with a hint of nature injected into every corner. With an array of Mediterranean dishes, guests can try various options such as sea bream, Bolognese pasta and ending on a sweet note with its famous tiramisu. Located at Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse, the restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm and Friday to Sunday 8am to 11pm.
La Cantine du Faubourg
This Parisian-inspired haven offers a multi-sensory experience beyond the usual. From truffled burrata pizza to exceptional dishes in an inimitable style, this restaurant has one of the sleekest outdoor areas that make it a luxe haven for an occasion with lush foliage to complement the setting. Located in Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel it’s open from Sunday to Wednesday, 12pm to 2am, Thursday, 12pm to 3am, Friday 7pm to 3am and Saturday 7pm to 2am.
This vibrant lounge setting is situated on the rooftop of the Oberoi hotel, with international cuisine served with a twist. Away from the bustle of the city, this playful venue serves hearty meals including bites to share for all. With a Mexican fare inspired by different regions of Mexico. For the cooler months that lay ahead of us, this destination contributes to the rich culinary escapade of Dubai. Located in Gate District 3, level 2 in DIFC it’s open daily from 6pm to 3am.
This Italian dining destination offers a contemporary dining experience with breathtaking views of Downtown and Burj Khalifa from the refined terrace. Rooted in the past, this venue serves a variety of authentic dishes ranging from Rigatoni Cacio & Pepe to Tartare Di Scampi, all prepared to perfection. As pleasant weather returns, this dining destination ensures guests embrace the outdoor greenery once again. Located in Address Sky View, Downtown, the restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday 12pm to 3am.
Piatti by the Beach
Take a trip to the Southern Italy coast in the heart of Palm Jumeirah. Engulfed by an alluring charm, the restaurant has a host of delicious dishes to offer and is set against Dubai’s pristine skyline. From seabass tartare to oysters, there’s plenty to try from the menu. Located at Raffles The Palm, the restaurant is opened daily from 12:30pm to 11:30pm.
The newly launched Playa Beach Club is all set to welcome guests in a scenic setting designed with an infinity pool and a creative menu offering Japanese and Peruvian classics. This delectable dining haven has created its own vision of Nikkei cuisine, with Pisco-inspired cocktails that take you back to its origin. Guests can also opt for the sharing-style menu to make each visit a special one. From wagyu beef meat to authentic ceviche, there is a range of delectable dishes that beautifully blend this fusion. To soak in the sun, guests can lay back on the relaxing day beds and unwind with the backdrop of Dubai’s glistening skyline for lunch.
This hotspot is amongst the favourite of all those who visit. With unforgettable iconic skyline views, guests can dine in style at the lounge terrazza and cortina with delicious food and world-class service. With fine Italian dishes crafted to perfection, this restaurant promises a menu that enthrals a unique dining experience every time you visit. Open daily from 12pm to 3am, it’s located in Gate Village 1 in DIFC.
This Asian-inspired restaurant offers unbeatable beachfront views from its terrace. Accompanied by a delectable seafood menu, guests are sure to enjoy an array of mouth-watering dishes created with a contemporary flair. This overall ethereal experience includes stunning views of the sparkling Arabian Gulf beyond with a myriad of delicious offerings. Located at Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach, it’s open from 12:30pm to 12am.
Twiggy by La Cantine
This sun-dappled spot promises a relaxing yet playful atmosphere with a Mediterranean-inspired menu and the addition of a delectable sushi selection as it channels the South of France spirit making it the ultimate hangout venue. Located at Park Hyatt, it's one of the best spots to visit.
For a piece of Aegean paradise in the heart of Dubai, this outdoor venue is the perfect place to visit. It beautifully captures views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains with a delightful menu. With distinctive flavours, this restaurant is one of the most stylish spots in town with show stopping views. Located in Downtown, it’s open from Monday to Friday 6pm to 3am and Saturday to Sunday 3pm to 3am.
Yacht Club by Bvlgari
Located on the world’s first Bvlgari Marina and Yacht Club, this restaurant recreates the charm of a Mediterranean atmosphere in the heart of Dubai. With a timeless dining experience, this scintillating experience allows guests to enjoy the experience outdoors. Located on Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeira 2 at Bvlgari Resort Dubai, it’s open from open daily from 12:30pm to 3pm, Friday 12:30pm to 4pm and for dinner daily from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Bringing honest Italian cuisine served to you on top of the world, this first female-led restaurant offers years of culinary traditions in a charming setting. With a contemporary twist on the namesake classics Awarded under the Michelin Bib Gourmand category, this chic restaurant is located on the 70th floor at SLS Dubai and serves lunch from 12pm to 3:30pm and dinner from 6:30pm to 12am.
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