Did you know that Dubai has more restaurants and cafes than any city in the MENA region? That’s more than 13,000 food and beverage outlets spanning from Michelin-starred restaurants to homegrown eateries.
As if we don’t have enough options already, new restaurants continue to pop up around the city, each promising to offer something fresh and exciting to our palates.
What’s hot and not? We rounded up the best new restaurants in Dubai for you to check out.
Row on 45
Address: Grosvenor House – Al Emreef St. – Dubai Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 56 832 4545
- 7:15 PM to 1:00 AM from Wednesday to Saturday
- Approx. AED 1,145 per guest
One of the best new restaurants in Dubai, Row on 45 is where you go if you want to treat yourself to a progressive fine dining experience.
Chef Jason Atherton has done it again, this time treating diners to a culinary voyage inspired by his travels and gastronomic discoveries.
We’re not just talking about a typical sit-down dinner here but a complete sensory experience that’s exclusive only for 22 guests. Talk about getting the ultimate VIP treatment!
And for a restaurant to be named ROW for “Refinement of Work,” you know you’re getting the best of what Chef Atherton has to offer.
The 17-course haute cuisine menu is divided into three acts: Act I: The Finest Welcome, Act II: The Pinnacle and ACT III: The Grand Finale.
The evening begins at the lounge where appetizers including Gillaudeau oyster ice cream in buerre black and salt-washed kaluga N25 caviar are waiting to tease your tastebuds.
After that, you’re guided into the main dining room with a live show kitchen. What a treat it is to get front row seats to see the master and his team at work!
Here, you’re treated to dishes like Hokkaido scallops and a Saroma A5 Wagyu with miso butterscotch barbeque aubergine puree. Oh, prepare to be blown away!
To end this fantastic dinner, you’ll move on to the chef’s library where a jelly and ice cream with seasonal Japanese fruits will be waiting for you.
Are you vegetarian? Let the team at Row on 45 know when you make a reservation, so they can prepare a special vegetarian menu recreating the original dishes from the original menu.
Want to take your dining experience further? Check out Row on 45’s impressive wine pairing menu with a selection of the finest and rarest wines handpicked by the restaurant’s Head Sommeilier Lorenzo.
The Citronelle Club
Address: SO/Uptown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 50 421 0753
- 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM daily
- Approx. AED 250 for two people
The Citronelle Club is a chic modern minimalist restaurant that honors the Asian culinary heritage with hints of French influences, making it one of Dubai’s best new restaurants.
Located on the 7th floor of the SO/Uptown Dubai Hotel, the restaurant’s maze-like layout will instantly set you in the mood for an adventure – a culinary adventure that is!
From meeting the hosts at the cozy bar at the front, you’ll be taken into the main dining floor with your table of choice depending on how you’d prefer to dine.
Going on a romantic dinner? Impress your date with a spot at the window, so you can enjoy views of the Marina. Celebrating with the family? Choose the big round table to fit all your guests.
But the restaurant’s ambiance is just for starters because the real highlight here is the food. And believe us when we say that The Citronelle Club is one of the best places to experience Pan-Asian cuisine.
Classics like the roasted duck in pancake wraps and Biang Biang soft shell crabs are always winners. But you also need to try the yellow fin tuna and foie gras for good measure.
And just like any authentic Asian restaurant, The Citronelle Club promotes sharing-style dining where you get to enjoy dishes together as a group.
Dishes are served in the middle of the table to allow everyone to try everything. Isn’t that a fun way to dine?
The Citronelle Club doesn’t accept walk-ins. So, make a reservation at least a few weeks ahead of your planned dinner to secure a spot.
Address: St. Regis Gardens Palm – The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 278 4848
- 12:00 PM top 3:00 PM (Lunch), 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM (Dinner) daily
- Approx. AED 495 for two people
Signor Sassi is your quintessential Italian restaurant – great interiors, good food and world class hospitality. No wonder it’s named one of the best new restaurants in Dubai.
From its birthplace in Knightsbridge, London, the restaurant has mesmerized diners from all over the world with classic Italian fare in a cozy and heartwarming environment.
Signor Sassi is what being in a villa in Lake Como feels like – beautiful woodwork, greenery and even a fountain in the middle of the dining room.
Can you believe they even flew an olive tree from Puglia to make the restaurant feel like you’re truly in Italy? Talk about attention to detail.
But let’s not take away the spotlight from the food where traditional Italian flavors meet modern cooking techniques
The homemade vegetable minestrone soup warms the heart like no other while the risotto Signor Sassi with porcini mushrooms and seasonal truffle is surely a treat for the tastebuds.
Let’s not forget the pizzeta, burrata and vitello tonnato, classic dishes that will surely remind you why Italian cuisine is one of the best in the world.
Want something to take home to family and friends? Order Signor Sassi’s panettone, a classic Italian bread made using Head Chef Luca’s secret recipe. Packaged in a beautiful box, the panettone is the perfect gift to give your family back home a taste of Italy.
Address: DIFC Gate Village – Al Mustaqbal St. – Trade Center – DIFC – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 298 5044
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM from Sunday to Wednesday
- 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM from Friday to Saturday
- Approx. AED 350 for two people
With a name that means “home,” Uchi will make you feel right at home with masterful Japanese fusion cuisine in a contemporary yet heartwarming ambiance, making it one of Dubai’s best new restaurants.
Located in the heart of DIFC, Uchi was created to give you a fine dining experience while keeping that sense of warmth that you’d find back home.
At the helm of Chef Ciprian Porumbacean, the restaurant features a menu consisting of elevated familiar favorites that hit all the right notes when it comes to flavor and presentation.
The wagyu sushi and short rib are huge hits because they’re packed with flavors and made using premium ingredients from Japan.
Of course, you also have to sample the truffle lobster, unagi foie gras and wagyu sando. Finish your meal with the restaurant’s famous strawberry cheesecake.
And what’s a complete dining experience without some drinks to match your food? Try the Chita or Yamazaki for good measure.
Book the Omakase Bar experience at Uchi for AED 1,500 per person with sake to enjoy a masterful multi-course dining experience courtesy of the restaurant’s sushi chef.
Looking to try something new? Book a table for whisky and wagyu Wednesdays every first Wednesday of the month. Uchi honors the Nikka Whisky where you get five types of whisky from the distillery paired with some of the restaurant’s best dishes.
Onda by Pierchic
Address: Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 800 323 232
- 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (Lunch), 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (Dinner) from Monday to Thursday
- 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM (Lunch), 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM (Dinner) from Friday to Sunday
- Approx. AED 525 for two people
Onda by Pierchic is an Italian restaurant on the end of a private pier faciing the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf. From its location alone, you already know why it’s dubbed one of the must-see new restaurants in Dubai.
Located in Jumeirah Al Qasr, the restaurant offers a unique perspective of the city from the water.
Just imagine watching the sunset while you’re dining al fresco at the restaurant or enjoying some drinks at the bar.
Onda by Pierchic specializes in the apertitivo experience, which means “pre-meal drink.”
Here, you can enjoy the sunset at the bar or inside the restaurant with your drink of choice in hand.
We especially loved their twist on the classic cocktails including the nutty martini, rosarita and smokey-chilly paloma.
Of course, you can go classic with a glass of wine or enjoy the restaurant’s mocktails including the chic-mule and blood coconut margarita.
And you can’t miss the restaurant’s special bites menu where we highly recommend the yellowtail tartare tartellete and the arancini di ragout bianco.
Bruschetta and caprese are also must-tries because they pair so well with the restaurant’s wine selection.
Although Onda by Pierchic is located outdoors, keep in mind that smart elegant is the dress code, so shorts, slippers and beachwear are not allowed in the restaurant.
Address: Al Badaa’ St. – Al Satwa – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 298 8994
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM from Sunday to Thursday
- 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM from Friday to Saturday
- Approx. AED 250 for two people
If you love meat, you’ll love Chef’s for two reasons: juicy smoked meats and creative condiments. That’s why it’s one of the best new restaurants in Dubai, especially for carnivores.
This restaurant is what you’d imagine a great smokehouse would be: relaxing, no-frills atmosphere, the aromas of smoked meats making you hungry and the huge portions of food ready for you to devour.
Dining at Chef’s is a feast where the only worry you have is how to make sure that you don’t get full fast, so you can enjoy everything.
And we’re not talking about small bites here but humongous portions of ribs, briskets, sandwiches and burgers that all carnivores dream of.
And wait until you taste the restaurant’s signature barbeque sauce made with honey, smoked cherry and smoked maple sriracha. You get heat, sweetness and just absolute goodness in one bite.
Don’t know what to order? Get the Chef’s smokehouse platter for a bit of everything. You’ll sample all the types of meats and the restaurant’s famous messy fries, pickles, slaw and brioche.
Address: Shop 01 – Dar Wasl Mall – Al Wasl Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 295 3644
- 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Lunch), 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM (Dinner) from Monday to Thursday
- 12:00 PM to 12:30 AM from Friday to Saturday
- 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM on Sunday
- Approx. AED 300 for two people
From London, the famous Persian restaurant Berenjak is finally in Dubai bringing all its authentic flavors and vibrant atmosphere, making it one of the city’s best new restaurants.
Whether you love Persian food or trying it for the first time, Berenjak is sure to impress. The moment you step inside the restaurant, you’re instantly transported to Iran with beautiful tiles, stunning rugs and a lot of oriental patterns.
You also get to choose between indoor and outdoor dining options, and with a 140-seat capacity, there’s plenty of space for you to dine even with a large group.
When dining at Berenjak, you need to bring your appetite because a meal here is a feast. We tried some of their dishes and absolutely fell in love with the colors and flavors.
Don’t miss trying the restaurant’s famous taftooh flatbread, the baal-e-morgh or Persian version of a chicken wing and its different kebabs.
End your meal on a sweet note with a date and walnut cookie or the sinful baklava ice cream sandwich.
Before you get tempted to order everything on the menu, remember that most of these dishes are for sharing. So, make sure to ask your waiter for serving portions to avoid ordering more than what you can consume.
Address: Ground Floor – The Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 50 949 7371
- 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM from Monday to Thursday
- 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM from Friday to Sunday
- Approx. AED 65 for two people
Cipriani Dolci is essentially Venice on a plate, one of the new restaurants in Dubai that offers classic Italian food in a restaurant designed to honor Venice’s Harry’s Bar.
Located at the Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue, Cipriani Dolci adds an eclectic charm to the vast open space with its leather chairs and vitrine that’s distinct to any Venetian pasticceria.
But the real star here is the food. No extra pizzaz or loud ingredients, but just classic, straightforward dishes that made us fall in love with Italian cuisine.
Offering all-day casual dining, you can feed your cravings for pizza, sandwich, salads and bellinis in the middle of shopping at the Dubai Mall.
Can’t decide what dish to order from the extensive menu? You can’t go wrong with the burratina ala Mediterranea, homemade riccota gnocchi al pomodoro and pappardelle arrabiata.
Feeling extra fancy for breakfast? Feel like a million dollars with the osetra caspian gold caviar with all its fixins.
And what’s a visit to Cipriani Dolci without some real dolci goodness? The restaurant’s vanilla meringue and cannoli alla Siciliana are to die for!
Want something to take home from Cipriani Dolci? Try the virgin belline, Cipriani tagliolini or the Cipriani extra virgin olive oil from the Maremma region of Italy.
Address: Umm Suqeim St. – Al Barsha 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 56 418 4244
- 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily
- Approx. AED 100 for two people
What can you expect from a 9,000 square-foot new restaurant in Dubai? Let’s just say that Quince has a little bit of everything – a food spot, bakery and even a garden.
This massive dining concept can easily be mistaken as a warehouse. But once you step inside, you’ll be greeted with an industrial-inspired space created by the father-son duo of Amer and Abdulla Al Tamimi.
Quince celebrates flavors with homecooked recipes that offer a sense of comfort and nostalgia with every bite.
For starters, the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries is enough to kickstart your day.
Whether you’re coming in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Quince has something to satisfy your hunger for good Mediterreanan food.
We especially loved the salmon croquette, smoked beef pancetta pizza and of course, the beef short rib.Of course, a little Dubai martini wouldn’t hurt anybody.
Are you vegan? Ask the staff for their plant-based menu that’s equally as good as the original menu.
Address: The Onyx Tower 2 – The Greens – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact details: +971 4 519 1186
- 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Lunch), 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM (Dinner) from Sunday to Thursday
- 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Lunch), 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM (Dinner) from Friday to Saturday
- Approx. AED 180 for two people
42 Midtown is a new restaurant in Dubai that celebrates the sights and flavors of New York with some European flare.
This beautiful restaurant located at Zabeel House The Greens is everything you’d expect a quintessential New York dining spot to be.
Art deco design, wood elements, some greenery and a woodfire oven to tie everything together – 42 Midtown is picturesque in every corner.
But we’re not just here for the ambiance, are we? Chef Fabrizio Vermiglio’s menu is anything but exceptional. From grilled offerings to wood-fired artisanal pizzas, you know you’re in for a treat.
We highly recommend the restaurant’s charred pulpo or octopus legs, 42 Midtown barbeque short ribs and diavola pizza.
To cap it all off, get a taste of the concrete jungle with the NYC skyscraper sundae that’s surely what your ice cream dreams are made of.
And what’s New York without some good cocktails? 42 Midtown has some good options up its sleeves including the 42 Midtown sour, the prohibition negroni and of course, the Big Apple.
42 Midtown is definitely the place you’d want to go to if your’e craving for simple comfort food in an upscale dining setup.
42 Midtown follows a smart casual dress code, so make sure to dress appropriately when dining at the restaurant.