From stunning waterfront views to candlelit ambiences, Dubai offers a plethora of enchanting spots perfect for kindling romance.
Dubai is not just a playground for adventurous thrill-seekers, it’s also a haven for romance. With its stunning skyline, luxurious resorts, and world-class dining scene, the city offers countless opportunities for couples to spend a magical evening together. If you want to wine and dine in style, FACT’s got you covered with the ultimate guide to Dubai’s most romantic restaurants, so get ready to indulge.
101 Dining Lounge & Bar
Nestled on the water’s edge, 101 at One&Only The Palm brings a slice of Riviera glamour to Dubai. With a chic terrace overlooking the marina, renowned chef Yannick Alléno has created a menu that showcases refined French cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. Signature dishes like marinated tuna with basil and piquillo peppers and steamed turbot with caviar and black truffle make every meal an exquisite experience. The private dining room, with its custom lighting and LED floor, adds an extra touch of intimacy for a romantic celebration.
GO: Visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com for more information.
For a taste of Amalfi in Dubai, Alici on Bluewaters Island epitomises Italian romance. With a terrace boasting breathtaking views of the JBR skyline, it’s a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Here, you get to indulge in Crudo Towers, featuring oysters, scallops, and prawns. The salt-crusted seabass, sea urchin and amberjack tartare spaghetti, and homemade garganelli with lamb ragu are must-try dishes. The terrace, favoured by Sheikh Hamdan himself, offers Instagram-worthy vistas and a picture-perfect setting.
GO: Visit https://alici.com for more information.
Perched on the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab, Al Muntaha offers sophisticated French and Italian cuisine with unparalleled views of Dubai Marina. Signature dishes like the Salmon Trout with yoghurt sauce while the visually stunning Langoustine Royale reflect the culinary finesse that defines this Michelin-star restaurant. If you’re looking for a grand gesture of love, the romantic atmosphere, impeccable service, gourmet delights, and panoramic views, make Al Muntaha a memorable meal.
GO: Visit www.jumeirah.com for more information.
Make your way to At.mosphere, the world’s tallest restaurant on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa. The breathtaking views from inside the Burj Khalifa complemented with a menu that features luxurious dishes such as Billionaire Sliders, Braised Wild Mushroom, Foie Gras and Wagyu 9+ Tomahawk, is definitely an experience your date won’t forget. Treat her — or him — to a special day amidst the clouds.
GO: Visit www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com for more information.
Bungalo34 offers a toes-in-the-sand dining experience with a touch of French finesse and Italian delights. The picturesque location makes it an ideal spot for a romantic evening. Signature dishes like the lobster roll topped with caviar or Le Seabass, doused in a spectacular basting of soy, lime, and chilli, showcase culinary excellence. With a diverse menu featuring grilled calamari, lobster thermidor, and plentiful pasta dishes, Bungalo34 offers the ultimate al fresco dining experience.
GO: Visit https://www.bungalo34.com/ for more information.
CÉ LA VI Dubai
CÉ LA VI Dubai, perched on level 54 of Address Sky View, is a quintessential romantic spot boasting impressive views of Burj Khalifa. The venue exudes an atmosphere of enchantment with an outdoor bar, offering an intimate setting to savour cocktails and indulge in conversation while being captivated by the skyline. Feast on delectable Pan-Asian dishes from Chef Howard Ko, including the popular roasted diver scallops, burrata salad, and tagliatelle with burrata and black truffle, before taking a snap on the Insta-worthy swing.
GO: Visit www.celavi.com for more information.
DIFC’s Chic Nonna is a haven of romance with its timeless elegance and fine dining Italian experience. The restaurant’s ambience exudes sophistication, featuring Roman-style statues and subtle nods to Italian culture, setting the stage for an intimate dining experience. Each dish, from the Spaghetti Chitarra with blue lobster, bergamot, and oscietra caviar to the Braised Duck Breast with carrot purée, caramelised peach and potato millefeuille, is crafted with care and attention to detail, offering a journey through the flavours of Italy. With the largest wine cellar in the Middle East, it’s no wonder this FACT award winner continues to impress.
GO: Visit www.chicnonna.com for more information.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Located in Atlantis The Royal, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers a culinary journey through British history with a touch of avant-garde flair. Inspired by centuries-old British cuisine, the restaurant’s innovative dishes, such as the signature Meat Fruit and Savoury Porridge, invite diners on a captivating gastronomic adventure. The ambiance seamlessly blends contemporary design with historical elements, creating an atmosphere of intrigue and intimacy.
GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for reservations and more information.
Hidden within the alleys at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, folly offers a romantic escape with its modern dining experience and picturesque views of the Burj Al Arab and Arabian Gulf. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace and rooftop bar provide an enchanting setting for couples to indulge against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset. Recognised by the Michelin guide, the menu features contemporary dishes like Guinea Fowl and Beef Sirloin with braised shallots. After dinner, head to the rooftop for creative cocktails amidst Burj Al Arab views.
GO: Visit https://folly.ae for more information.
Fouquet’s Dubai exudes timeless romance with its old-school French charm and exquisite cuisine. From the moment guests step through the red carpet entrance adorned with velvet ropes, they are transported to the streets of Paris, where every detail evokes an atmosphere of elegance and allure. The restaurant’s classic French dishes, such as Burgundy Snails and Beef Bourguignon, paired with luxurious cocktails paying homage to iconic French landmarks, create an ambience of indulgence and intimacy. Upstairs, the Le Toit rooftop features an exclusive atmosphere and breathtaking Burj Khalifa views.
GO: Visit www.fouquetsdubai.com for more information.
The FACT award winning Gaia in DIFC is a true haven for romance, frequented by notable personalities like rapper 50 Cent and members of the Dubai royal family. Chef Izu Ani’s Greek-inspired menu aims to capture the essence of home cooking, making it an ideal spot for an intimate dining experience. Whether you opt for the Lobster Salad, Grilled Octopus, Orzo Seafood Pasta, or Lamb Cutlets, each dish promises to evoke a sense of shared indulgence.
GO: Visit https://gaia-restaurants.com for more information.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, nestled in Jumeirah Al Naseem, epitomises romance with its stylish setting overlooking the tranquil turtle lagoon. The wood-fired pizza oven, Italian marble bar, and inviting terrace create an enchanting atmosphere perfect for a romantic evening. Signature dishes like pasta, risotto, and pizzas promise a journey through authentic Tuscan flavours, while indulgent desserts like the silky smooth cheesecake add a sweet touch to the dining experience.
GO: Visit https://ilborrotuscanbistro.ae for more information.
L’Amo Bistro del Mare
L’Amo Bistro del Mare in Dubai Harbour offers couples a romantic dining experience amidst views of the city’s skyline. With an extensive seafood menu highlighting fresh Mediterranean catches, including dishes like Le Tre Tartare and Grilled Galician Sea Bass, diners are treated to an authentic taste of the Italian coast. It’s the perfect spot for couples to enjoy a romantic dinner with a view.
GO: Visit www.lamorestaurant.com for more information.
LPM Restaurant & Bar
Nestled in DIFC, LPM Restaurant & Bar exudes romance with its masterful French fine dining experience. The venue, adorned with olive trees and a bougainvillaea-lined terrace, transports diners to the enchanting streets of the Cote d’Azur. Signature cocktails and Riviera-inspired cuisine, such as poulets and escargots, elevate the dining experience with playful yet refined flavours. With its crackling energy and celebration of French culinary delights, LPM Restaurant & Bar offers couples a romantic journey, making it a cherished spot for intimate dinners.
GO: Visit https://lpmrestaurants.com for more information.
Mimi Kakushi, located at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, transports diners back to the swinging jazz age of 1920s Osaka, evoking an atmosphere of sophistication and allure. The restaurant’s fine dining menu, featuring signature dishes like sushi, sashimi, and tempura, promises an authentic Japanese culinary experience. This FACT award winner solidifies its reputation as a top destination for couples seeking a romantic escape infused with Japanese charm and elegance.
GO: Visit https://mimikakushi.ae for more information.
Boasting a sky-high setting on the 73rd floor of Address Beach Resort, Mott 32 offers a romantic escape with its views over Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island, and Palm Jumeirah. As guests step inside, they are enveloped in an intimate atmosphere blending east-meets-west aesthetics. Couples can indulge in signature dishes like Barbecue Beef Short Ribs slathered in Yellow Mountain Honey and Signature Crispy Sugar-Coated Charcoal Lamb Buns, each bite a testament to Mott 32’s culinary excellence.
GO: Visit https://mott32.com for more information.
Transporting diners to the enchanting world of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Ninive at Bab Al Shams offers a magical setting for a romantic rendezvous. Couples can dine under the stars amidst the desert dunes, feeling as though they’ve embarked on a desert safari. Inspired by the culinary traditions of Morocco, Iran, Iraq, and Türkiye, Ninive’s menu tantalises the senses with dishes like Ninive Fattoush Salad and Lobster Tagine. The fusion of flavours, coupled with the romantic ambience, makes Ninive a special spot for a memorable meal.
GO: Visit https://ninive.ae for more information.
Perched in Atlantis, The Palm’s Royal Bridge Suite, Nobu Dubai, offers a dining experience elevated to new heights. With panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Sea, guests can enjoy signature dishes like Yellowtail with Jalapeno or the ever-popular Black Cod with Den Miso. Whether enjoying Japanese meets Peruvian delicacies or soaking in the breathtaking views, Nobu Dubai promises a romantic escape. If it’s good enough for Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez, it’s good enough for us.
GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for reservations and more information.
Located in Atlantis, The Palm, Ossiano beckons couples to embark on a culinary journey beneath the waves. With its underwater setting and theatrical plating, the restaurant offers a mesmerising backdrop for a romantic evening. Not only has it picked up ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the FACT Dining Awards Dubai for the past two years running, but it is MICHELIN Star-quality. You may be next to a floor-to-ceiling aquarium, but the dishes are so dazzling, they will steal your attention away from the marine life. Chef Grégoire Berger’s ever-evolving menu is inspired by the ocean and includes unique ingredients that you rarely find in a restaurant.
GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for more information.
Set on the private pier of Jumeirah Al Qasr, Pier Chic offers couples an Italian dining experience overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf. The restaurant boasts a serene and romantic ambience where you can indulge in dishes like Risotto Burrata and Tartare di Tonnoours. Whether enjoying a leisurely lunch or a candlelit dinner, Pier Chic promises a dining experience infused with romance and Italian charm.
GO: Visit www.jumeirah.com for more information.
Shanghai Me invites diners to explore the glamour and depth of Shanghai’s history in a romantic setting. With a contemporary approach to Asian cuisine, signature dishes include Sesame Prawn on Toast and Grilled Silver Cod. With live entertainment and a buzzing atmosphere, Shanghai Me creates an immersive dining experience for couples seeking romance and culinary adventure. The foliage-clad terrace is ideal for those looking to linger long after dinner.
GO: Visit https://shanghaime-restaurant.com for more information.
SUSHISAMBA Dubai offers a culinary journey that spans Brazil, Japan, and Peru. The restaurant boasts stunning views of the city skyline, adding a touch of magic to any romantic evening. Whether indulging in signature dishes like the Chilean Sea Bass Anticuchos or enjoying bespoke cocktails like the SAMBA Melon Sour, every moment at SUSHISAMBA is filled with passion and excitement.
GO: Visit www.sushisamba.com for more information.
Tasca by José Avillez
Located in Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, Tasca by acclaimed chef José Avillez offers a taste of Portugal in a chic and intimate setting. With stunning ocean views and a concise menu designed for sharing, the restaurant sets the stage for a romantic culinary journey. From Coastal Prawns marinated in citrus to Piri Piri Chicken with smoked avocado cream, each dish showcases a modern twist on traditional Portuguese favourites. Couples can sip on eclectic beverages like the Primo Basílico and Algarve’s Whisper while basking in the warm Mediterranean ambience.
GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.
Located at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Tamoka beckons diners to indulge in the laid-back luxury of the Caribbean islands. The boho-chic ambience of fluttering curtains, shady parasols, and outdoor fire pits sets the stage for a romantic evening under the stars. With a menu inspired by Latin American and Caribbean flavours, Tamoka offers coastal cuisine, featuring dishes like Asado De Tira and Salmon Ceviche. So kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes, and let Tamoka whisk you away to a Caribbean paradise.
GO: Visit www.tamokadubai.com for more information.
The Maine Land Brasserie
The Maine Land Brasserie inside ME Dubai at The Opus offers a spectacular dining experience amidst the architectural marvels of Zaha Hadid’s design. Loved by locals and visited by Sheikh Hamdan himself, this restaurant is a seafood lover’s dream, boasting top-quality dishes like freshly shucked oysters and succulent steaks. With its elegant ambience and impeccable service, The Maine Land Brasserie sets the scene for a romantic evening filled with delectable flavours and intimate moments. With its stunning chandeliers and potted plants, it’s like a Pinterest board brought to life.
GO: Visit https://themaine.ae for more information.
Thiptara, meaning “magic at the water”, offers an intimate dining experience surrounded by mesmerising views of the Dubai Fountain and an authentic Thai ambiance. With an emphasis on Bangkok-style seafood, the restaurant invites guests to savour the rich flavours of Thailand while basking in the romantic glow of candle-lit tables and gentle waterfront breezes. From tantalising appetisers to decadent desserts, every dish at Thiptara is meticulously crafted to delight the senses and ignite the flames of passion.
GO: Visit www.palacehotels.com for more information.
With panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains, URLA is a chic spot that promises a romantic escape from the city below. From its illuminated archway entrance to its elevated terrace adorned with the mesmerising “Tree of Lights,” URLA exudes understated elegance and charm. With a menu showcasing premium ingredients and innovative dishes like Caviar Brioche and Monkfish Skewer, URLA promises a romantic dining experience that will leave you spellbound.
GO: Visit www.urlarestaurant.com for more information.