Top 7 Affordable Romantic Restaurants in Dubai

Top 7 Affordable Romantic Restaurants in Dubai *

Have you and your partner finally gotten some time off for a fancy night out or a date? A nice meal is definitely a great option and luckily, there’s a lot of budget options available in case you want to have money left over for other things or gifts!

With that in mind, whether you’re craving something substantial or chasing after a particular atmosphere, here are some of our top affordable romantic restaurants in Dubai for the Casanova on a budget!

Check out the Indian Cuisine at Mint Leaf

Check out the Indian Cuisine at Mint Leaf

Menu: Vegetarian Starters, Non-Vegetarian Starters, Sides, Main Course, Desserts
Website: https://mintleaf.ae/ 
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram
Location: 15th Floor, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC 9775 Dubai
Contact Details: Phone: +971 4706 0900; Email: [email protected] 
Hours:

  • Saturdays – Wednesdays: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Price Range: $

For date night, want the fine dining experience without burning a hole in your wallet? How about taking your partner to Mint Leaf, one of Dubai’s finest Indian restaurants

Located on the 15th floor of the Emirates Financial Towers, Mint Leaf’s views of the Dubai skyline are unparalleled, whether during the day or at night. 

With a luxurious interior and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the city, give your partner a taste of the high life, while saving enough for other activities afterward.

Attentive staff who give recommendations to ensure the best experience, an ambiance perfect for two, it’s of course guaranteed that Mint Leaf’s cuisine doesn’t fall behind. 

With a wide range of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians on their menu, Mint Leaf’s variety of dishes are sure to cater to any of you or your partner’s tastes.

Where Mint Leaf shines is its tasting menu, already offering a full meal with cold and hot starters, a main course, sides and even dessert– to give you maximum value for money. 

Offering modern but authentic Indian dishes, Mint Leaf prides itself on the hidden complexity behind even what seems to be a simple dish– kind of romantic, right? 

To experience the very best in Indian fine dining and prepare for– or cap off!– a romantic night ahead– we couldn’t think of any place better than Mint Leaf.

Pro Tip:

The service in Mint Leaf is particularly astounding, and easy to work with. Calling ahead or informing them of the occasion, whether you want to make it romantic or are celebrating an event like a birthday, can potentially enhance your experience as well. 

Get a dinner and an art exhibit at the La Cantine du Faubourg

Get a dinner and an art exhibit at the La Cantine du Faubourg
Photo from: La Cantine Dubai FB

Menu: Hot Starters, Cold Starters, Sides, Mains, Desserts
Website: https://lacantine.ae/ 
Social Media: Facebook; Instagram
Location: Emirates Towers Hotel, 1 st floor, Trade Centre 2 إمارة دبيّ‎ Dubai
Contact Details: Phone: +971 4352 7105; Email: [email protected] 
Hours:

  • Mondays – Thursdays: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Fridays: 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM
  • Saturdays: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM
  • Sundays: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Price Range: $$$

For any couple hoping to have a romantic night out, what can beat the allure of France? With La Cantine du Faubourg, it’s come right to Dubai’s doorstep. 

Its position at the first floor of the Emirates Tower Hotel provides guests access to a beautiful outdoor terrace, giving it a great view of the city, lined with trees for shade.

The restaurant itself is very stylishly decorated, and the seating is quite comfortable, with sofas and armchairs. The live entertainment helps the atmosphere as well.

Couples with an artistic side are also in luck! La Cantine du Faubourg doubles as a venue for art exhibitions– browse the works of modern artists with your partner. 

To go along with La Cantine’s ambiance and love letters to the art world, their menu– curated by chef Gilles Bosquet– presents a reimagining of Parisian cuisine. 

A highlight of the restaurant is their vast variety of seafood, from jumbo prawns to marinated salmon. Their fried calamari is a standout, with a tasty dipping sauce. 

Couples on a budget can also try to go for their Brunch specials– being served a full course of their best delicacies, from pastries and eggs to their signature sweets. 

Open from brunch to late night dinner and always bringing Parisian life to your doorstep, La Cantine is a must-visit for any couple hoping for a romantic night. 

Pro Tip: 

La Cantine’s brunch menu has offerings that, depending on the season, has some special additions to the menu, or different forms of entertainment. For one, their Rio Carnival themed brunch special featured a Brazilian dança do coco. 

Share your big plates at the Cinque

Share your big plates at the Cinque
Photo from: Cinque Dubai FB

Menu: From the Sea, Cold and Hot Starters, Pasta, Mains, Dolci
Website: https://palmjumeirah.fivehotelsandresorts.com/eat-drink/cinque 
Social Media: Facebook; Instagram
Location: FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Contact Details:Phone: +971 4455 9989; Email: [email protected]
Hours: Mondays – Sundays: 12:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Price Range: $$

When it comes to classic cuisines for dinner dates, you can never go wrong with Italian– and for an affordable luxury experience, you don’t need to look further than Cinque. 

FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s Cinque boasts an upscale, classy interior as well as a sleek outdoor deck near the resort’s pools. The lively atmosphere is sure to enthrall.

Critically acclaimed for its indoor bar and the concept of “fun fine-dining”, any couple would be remiss not to visit here at least once– even on a budget. 

After all, part of Cinque’s charm points is its sharing-concept menu: serving up Italian staples with portion sizes perfect for sharing with each other, or even bigger groups. 

Cinque’s critically acclaimed menu, headed by Executive Chef Mauro Di Leo, serves up only the best and freshest tastes from Southern Italian cuisine. 

Particular standouts would be their pasta, which, like everything on the menu, is freshly made. Vegetarian diners will enjoy their black truffle pasta, paired with Sicilian prawns. 

Cinque also boasts quite the variety of desserts, for anyone hoping to cap off their night with a sweet treat. Don’t miss out on their authentic tiramisu for a kick of coffee!

Cinque’s triple threat of ambiance, variety, and a very attentive staff that ensures all customer needs are met makes it a perfect place to take any date to. 

Pro Tip: 

Cinque runs special events during the holiday season and even off it, usually with their own set course menus and discounts. It also has ladies’ night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, where customers can have a three-course menu at quite the affordable price. 

Enjoy dinner and a show at the Teatro

Enjoy dinner and a show at the Teatro
Photo from: Teatro Dubai FB

Menu: Mixology, Starters, Mains, Sushi & Sashimi, Desserts
Website: https://www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/unitedarabemirates/dubai/towersrotana/diningout/teatro 
Social Media: Facebook; Instagram
Location: Level 3, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Contact Details: Phone: +971 50 341 9446; Email: [email protected] 
Hours: Mondays – Sundays: 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Price Range: $$

Have a fondness for dinner and a show? How about basking in both a theatrical feel and fine dining at Teatro, where cuisine isn’t the only thing “fusion”? 

Combining the ambient, cozy and classy atmosphere of a theater with an open kitchen design, Teatro focuses on delivering a “theatrical dining experience”, backed up by their vast variety of cuisines.

Everything about Teatro’s presentation really sells this experience, from their lighting to even the presentation of the food. With the lively atmosphere, you and your partner are sure to have a good time. 

Be prepared to dress in smart elegant clothes to match the restaurant’s experience to the fullest, and prepare for the dinner and a show of a lifetime. 

Teatro boasts a whopping five whole cuisines in their menu– featuring a healthy blend of Eastern and European, with Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Italian all represented in their dishes.

But if we had to pick one specialty Teatro has, it’s definitely their sushi– which are served fresh, and are popular picks to get the most bang out of your buck. 

The sharing platter for sushi will immediately get you set up with several pieces of nigiri and sashimi– we recommend, especially for sashimi, the salmon and tuna, as they leave little to no aftertaste. 

If you and your partner ever find yourselves at the Towers Rotana, make sure to keep this restaurant on your itinerary– you won’t be disappointed.

Pro Tip: 

For those wanting to enjoy a little bit more of Teatro’s atmosphere and entertainment, the bar is a great place to sit and relax. They also have an open, walk-in wine cellar for display for any aficionado. 

Eat like a royal at the Thiptara

Eat like a royal at the Thiptara
Photo from: Thiptara Dubai FB

Menu: Appetizers, Salad, Soup, Main Course, Rice & Noodles
Website: https://www.addresshotels.com/en/restaurant/thiptara/ 
Social Media: Facebook; Instagram
Location: Ground Level, Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Contact Details: Phone: +971 4428 7888; Email: [email protected]
Hours:

  • Sundays – Fridays: 6:30 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Saturdays: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM | 6:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Price Range: $$$

When it comes to dates, it’s a given that you and your partner should feel like royalty– so why not go for a restaurant that specializes in Royal Thai cuisine? 

Thiptara is a Thai restaurant, its name meaning “magic at the water”. It certainly lives up to it by being located along the Dubai waterfront and emphasizing the many flavors of Bangkok-style seafood. 

While the interior of the restaurant calls to mind the coziness of its home country, the outdoor terrace views are to die for, providing a spectacular view of the Dubai Mall’s fountain. 

At night, this view especially shines– keep yourself and your date warm as you enjoy your meal with lamplight by the water show. 

Thiptara is an iconic dining destination for one thing– its authentic Thai recipes and the Dubai flair it adds to all of them. 

The curries it serves, in particular, are good to enjoy on their own or alongside other dishes on their menu, all Thai specialties. Enjoy some green chicken curry alongside some Pad Thai, snacking on spring rolls all the while. 

The sharing style set menu could also be a highlight for budget-oriented couples– featuring a good amount of Thai favorites and desserts all in one go. 

A mesmerizing environment, a breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai fountain water show– what more could you want to have a romantic night out? 

Pro Tip: 

Want to order a particularly spicy dish, but don’t trust yourself to be able to handle it? Let the staff know– they can adjust spice levels as needed, so you never have to worry about burning up at the date. 

Additionally, Thiptara’s location in the Palace Downtown hotel gives it access to valet parking– definitely a plus for anyone coming by car as it should allow you to get in right away. No more long waits!

Breathe in the relaxing sea breeze at the Eauzone

Breathe in the relaxing sea breeze at the Eauzone
Photo from: One&Only Royal Mirage FB

Menu: Asian Tacos, Starters Salads & Ceviches, Mains, From the Sushi Counter, Eauzone Signature Roll
Website: https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/royal-mirage/dining/eauzone 
Social Media: Facebook; Instagram
Location: Al Sufouh Road,Jumeirah Rd, Arabia Courts, Opp Media City, Duba
Contact Details: Phone: +971 4399 9999; Email: [email protected]
Hours: Mondays – Sundays: 12:0 PM to 11:00 PM
Price Range: $$

Acting as a great beachside restaurant in the sunshine and a hip hangout when night falls, the One&Only Royal Mirage’s Eauzone restaurant is a must-visit for any lively couple looking for some fun by Dubai’s waters.

Eauzone is located at the Royal Mirage’s Arabian Court, giving it proximity and a view of the mesmerizing pools. With it open for both lunch and dinner, it can maximize the view at any time. 

Featuring wooden decks with shade and flanked by the palm trees growing along the beach it is nestled beside, Eauzone’s ambiance certainly can’t be beat. 

Breathe in the relaxing sea breeze at the Eauzone
Photo from: One&Only Royal Mirage FB

At night, this beachside restaurant completely transforms: featuring modern Asian food and the lively atmosphere of nighttime entertainment, every experience is guaranteed to be different. 

Eauzone specializes in Asian cuisine with a modern twist, providing an exciting flair to otherwise familiar dishes.

Given their beachside location, Eauzone also focuses on seafood. Start off with some of their lighter offerings– like their prawn tempura, which you can enjoy along with a hearty seafood ceviche. 

Breathe in the relaxing sea breeze at the Eauzone
Photo from: One&Only Royal Mirage FB

Their main courses do not fall short of the quality, of course. Try their combination platter, consisting of a variety of dishes– from beef salads to crab cakes, to be enjoyed with some sea bass– whether served with pomegranate rice or baked in a salty crust. 

Ending a date night with a hearty meal and the views of the Arabian Gulf– that’s something you can only get at Eauzone, so make it a must-visit. 

Pro Tip: 

Eauzone knows its strength as a romantic venue– you can call ahead and arrange for a private gazebo for you and your partner by the beach, and the staff are willing to accommodate any requests to make for a better romantic atmosphere. 

Take a nostalgia trip back to the 80’s at the Indochine

Take a nostalgia trip back to the 80’s at the Indochine
Photo from: Indochine FB

Menu: Salads, Rice & Noodles, Meat & Seafood, Rolls
Website: https://www.indochinedxb.com/ 
Social Media: Facebook; Instagram
Location: Gate Precinct 3, Level 2 DIFC Dubai
Contact Details: Phone: +971 4208 9333; Email: [email protected]
Hours:

  • Saturdays – Wednesdays: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Thursdays – Fridays: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Price Range: $

Looking for a place with good vibes all around for a nice, relaxing time with your date while indulging in some nostalgia? Look no further than Indochine. 

The interior design brings to mind its roots from all the way back in the 1980s, looking like a diner with a tropical twist. Checkerboard floors and lush greenery are backed up by the natural lighting. 

Relaxed and inviting, Indochine’s interior is supported by their live music, creating a good backdrop for both lively family dinners and quiet, intimate dates. 

Have your fill of your meal and move onto the lounge area for some quality time listening in to the music and just enjoying the vibe of the restaurant together. 

With a menu focusing on French-Vietnamese dishes, executive chef Steven Nguyen’s menu certainly doesn’t disappoint with its many offerings. 

The staff are more than happy to give recommendations for when you just can’t decide, with the restaurant even offering a sharing menu for tasting. 

The sharing menu is best enjoyed as part of their brunch offerings– with all the starters coming in for-sharing portions to help you pick out a main course. We recommend the crab cakes and shaking beef– it was flavorful in ways that leave you wanting more. 

Live music, a homely atmosphere, and a hearty meal– Indochine is the best place to take your partner to if you want to go back to the 80’s. Talk about an amazing nostalgia trip!

Pro Tip: 

The business lunch 3-course menu brings the most value for money out of the restaurant’s starters-for-sharing concept: already coming with four to five starters, a main course, and a selection of sorbet for dessert. 


Enjoy and we hope you’re able to have a memorable night with your loved one at these affordable romantic restaurants in Dubai. You don’t need to spend a lot in order to show your love and you don’t need to compromise on the experience either.

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