Dining by candlelight here at Villa Beach, with the sand between your toes and the grand Burj Al Arab hotel looming overhead, is undoubtedly one of the most interesting restaurant experiences you can have in Dubai. The venue is sufficiently removed from the hustle and bustle of the city to provide a relaxing and intimate ambience.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, Dubai, +971 4 432 3232
This popular hangout provides a casual, al fresco dining experience at its multi-leveled premises, as well as live music and sports, a fully stocked bar, regular events and concerts, and views of the yachts moored in the adjacent harbor. Barasti serves pizzas, salads, kebabs, burgers, sandwiches, and a range of mains.
For those wanting to try Japanese cuisine but who are wary of raw fish, Sho Cho is the restaurant for you. It is designed to be as accessible as possible for newbies, offering traditional sushi as well as a number of cooked dishes. Take a seat on the chic terrace overlooking the sea and sample deep-fried soft-shell crab, rock shrimp, or one of the restaurant’s signature rolls.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, +971 4 346 1111
Palm Grill offers a wooden deck and a number of coveted tables on the beach with views of the Arabian Gulf, as well as a menu that is sure to be a hit with seafood lovers. The ceviche is a popular choice, alternatively, try one of the many dishes grilled to order by the chef on his open-air barbecue, but make sure leave room for a tropical cocktail.
The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, +971 4 318 6150
On the Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s private beach is Amaseena, a restaurant mocked up to resemble a Bedouin tented village that delivers an authentic Arabic experience thanks to its food, decoration, belly dancers, and live music. You can also hire a private cabana and take your pick from over 20 different flavors of shisha for a perfect Arabian night.
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, +971 4 399 4000