Sky-high dining rooms, secret stores, hidden dens and intimate chef’s tables make for some of Dubai’s most exceptional private dining experiences.
With exclusivity often being the name of the game, private dining rooms in Dubai have become the trend de jour in recent years. So, whether you’re looking to hold a birthday party, intimate soiree or celebrate with your nearest and dearest behind closed doors, here are 18 private dining rooms in Dubai (and three private dining experiences) where you can create the ultimate social bubble.
101 Dining Lounge & Bar
Hosting up to ten guests for intimate celebrations, 101 Dining Lounge & Bar’s private dining room in Dubai offers sea views through its futuristic, coral-inspired cocoon. A customisable LED floor creates bespoke vistas underfoot, perfect for adding a personal touch to your next soiree. Boat arrivals can ‘dock and dine’ at 101’s private marina for an extra special treat.
GO: Call 04 440 1030 for reservations and more information.
Nestled amidst verdant foliage on the upper level of the jungle-inspired Amazónico lies a beautiful private dining room that can seat up to 20 guests. Decked out in vibrant green hues, the comfortable space perfectly complements the rainforest setting whilst affording direct access to the stunning roof terrace.
GO: Visit www.amazonicorestaurant.com for reservations and more information.
The FACT award-winning BOCA has long upheld a reputation for good food and sustainable practices. But did you know that a private dining room can be found on the restaurant’s lower level that also doubles up as a wine cellar? The fun space can seat up to 14 people at its central wooden table and is ideal for intimate dining or wine tasting, especially given that the restaurant stocks wine from more than 200 labels.
GO: Visit https://boca.ae for reservations and more information.
CÉ LA VI
When it comes to private dining rooms in the sky, look no further than CÉ LA VI Dubai. Here, you’ll discover an intimate space for twelve people around an oblong-shaped table. 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. A minimum spend of AED 500 per person is required.
GO: Visit www.celavi.com for reservations and more information.
Dubai’s first Bavarian Biergarten and wirtshaus has been the talk of the town since opening at 25hours Hotel One Central earlier this summer. Decked out in traditional Bavarian décor, including a maypole suspended from the ceiling, the menu offers plenty of pretzels, sausages and German delicacies. Yet the charming private dining room hidden behind wooden panelling outside the restaurant has captured our attention. Among the television screens, bookcases and comfortable armchairs lies space for 20 people to gather comfortably.
GO: Visit www.ernstbiergarten.com for reservations and more information.
The Dubai elite has long frequented Chef Izu’s popular Greek restaurant in DIFC, so what better place for a private dining room? Located on the outskirts of the kitchen and with room for just 12 lucky diners, the private exclusive dining space, affectionally referred to as ‘The Chef’s Table’, features white stone walls decorated with copper pans. So for a night of Greek chic – look no further.
GO: Visit https://gaia-restaurants.com for reservations and more information.
Contemporary Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong is known for its fiery cuisine and opulent decor on the fringes of DIFC. High above the bows of Hutong’s focal wishing tree and tucked away discretely behind wooden panelling lie not one but two gorgeous private dining rooms (or one larger room, should you wish). Decorated with dark wood and pretty Chinese lanterns, this has got to be one of the most atmospheric dining rooms in town.
GO: Visit www.hutong-dubai.com for reservations and more information.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
FACT favourite Il Borro Tuscan Bistro adds an element of undeniable class to its private dining room overlooking Jumeirah Al Naseem’s tranquil turtle lagoon. The ideal spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner, the ever-so-chic private room is decorated in neutral colours. It opens out onto an outdoor seating area surrounded by greenery.
GO: Visit https://ilborrotuscanbistro.ae for reservations and more information.
The Al Quiz warehouse previously occupied by Ink is now home to the fancy French dining concept Le Guépard. Here diners can select from two private dining rooms that resemble dreamy movie sets. The larger room is decorated in blush rose tones, whilst the other features vivid greens. Each dinner at Le Guépard is a bespoke creation from in-house chef Yanis Yahoui, who uses the venue as a culinary playground for highly experiential dinners.
GO: Follow @le_guepard_dubai on Instagram for reservations and more information.
At Maiden Shanghai, inside the Insta-worthy FIVE Palm Jumeirah, diners can pick from three spacious private dining rooms. Carefully designed to offer a highly personal dining experience in the heart of the restaurant, two of the rooms come complete with private outdoor terraces. There’s even a private karaoke room, ideal for a birthday party in true Dubai style.
GO: Visit https://palmjumeirah.fivehotelsandresorts.com for reservations and more information.
Luxe Monaco export MayaBay has taken Dubai by storm since opening in May at Jumeriah Al Naseem. The extravagant venue is decorated in intricately carved wooden panels that segue seamlessly into a spacious private dining room at the back of the restaurant. Here, up to 16 diners can gather to enjoy a menu rooted in traditional Asian cuisine, with signature dishes including the Maya Crispy Duck, Pad Thai, MayaBay Sashimi and Black Cod with miso and honey.
GO: Visit www.mayabayrestaurant.com for reservations and more information.
This popular Jamaican restaurant at Sheraton Grand Dubai features a private dining room for up to 16 guests tucked away behind a stack of Red Stripe crates. The fun space has been designed to resemble a store room with wooden shelves stocked with condiments. You won’t be too far from the action and the infectious Miss Lily’s vibe with music from the main restaurant piped in through a ceiling-mounted subwoofer. If this room was good enough for Rihanna when she dined, it’s good enough for us.
GO: Visit https://misslilysdubai.com/ for reservations and more information.
Situated close to the open kitchen, ROKA’s private dining room is undoubtedly a place to be seen in, thanks to glass panels that look out across the atmospheric restaurant space. The room features a 3D statement wall in a fiery red hue and a long banquet table. It’s a luxe choice for a birthday party or evening soiree whilst feasting on the signature robataki dishes such as iceberg salad no wafu and lamb cutlets prepared with Korean spices.
GO: Visit www.rokarestaurant.com for reservations and more information.
Seclusion reigns supreme at DIFC’s Shanghai Me, which offers a private dining room for large groups, corporate bookings and celebrations. The hidden space features a private dining table amidst 1930s Art deco interiors designed by renowned architect Michele Bonan. The venue is even said to have hosted HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
GO: Visit https://shanghaime-restaurant.com for reservations and more information.
Our love for SUSHISAMBA knows no bounds, and this atmospheric private dining room on the 51st floor of The Palm Tower is just another excuse to visit Dubai’s most in-demand restaurant (that is, if we can get a reservation). The private dining room boasts a curved bamboo ceiling, an abundance of foliage and floor-to-ceiling windows affording views of Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeriah. The venue also plays host to SushiSamba’s monthly Edomae sushi masterclass, which teaches you how to make sushi like a pro.
GO: Visit www.sushisamba.com for reservations and more information.
Offering an intersection of contemporary Hong Kong and provincial China, Tàn Chá at JW Marriott Marquis recently received MICHELIN recognition with a Bib Gourmand Award. The highly sensory dining experience is the result of contemporary Chinese dishes complemented by live music and art installations. If that’s a bit too much for you, the Table 8 private dining room is available. Here, guests enter via illuminated portals and a mirrored ceiling that forms an enchanting tunnel. Inside, a large dining table that comfortably seats 12 diners sits in the centre of the room. A special chef’s table menu is coming soon…
GO: Visit https://tanchadubai.com for reservations and more information.
The Restaurant at Address Boulevard
The Restaurant at Address Boulevard, with its distinct dining spaces, is the ideal place to indulge in a flavourful meal bursting with Mediterranean flavours. Featuring an elegant dressing room and collection room, there are plenty of places to dine in The Restaurant, which offers the comfortable feel of a homely apartment. For the utmost seclusion, a private dining area known as ‘the secret room’ is hidden discreetly behind The Restaurant’s white wooden panelling,
GO: Visit www.addresshotels.com for reservations and more information.
Designed for privacy but bursting with charm, the private dining room at popular Japanese restaurant Wakame on the third floor of Sofitel Dubai Downtown can accommodate up to 22 diners. Tucked away on an elevated plinth at the rear of the swish restaurant, the glass-walled dining room features Japanese detailing while affording views across the buzzing restaurant floor. Tailored menus are available upon request.
GO: Visit https://wakame.ae for reservations and more information.
DIFC’s happening izakaya continues to impress ten years after opening, attracting a well-heeled crowd and an impressive wait list for reservations. The long private dining room features carved wood, jade green upholstery and a solid oak dining table for up to 20 guests. Alternatively, the room can be divided into two separate spaces accommodating ten guests each. Ideal for a corporate function or social luncheon, Zuma continues to tick all the boxes when it comes to dining in Dubai.
GO: Visit https://zumarestaurant.com for reservations and more information.
For those who would prefer a private dining experience:
You know you’re in for an exclusive dining experience at Hōseki, as only nine people can dine at once. Here, sushi master, Masahiro Sugiyama, creates an intimate dining experience unlike anything else in Dubai. We recommend opting for the Omakase menu, as it leaves the food selection up to the chef. It’s no wonder this sleek restaurant at Bulgari Resort Dubai was recently awarded with one MICHELIN Star.
GO: Visit www.bulgarihotels.com for reservations and more information.
In recent months, there has been much fanfare surrounding Moonrise and its young chef Solemann Haddad. Located on the rooftop of Eden House on Sheikh Zayed Road, Moonrise features seasonally changing tasting menus that span Japanese and Middle Eastern flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques. Exclusivity is the name of this game, as two seatings accommodating only eight diners are available each night. Priced at AED 475 per person, the experience comprises a multi-course menu decided by the chef, with dishes prepared directly at the counter in front of guests.
GO: www.moon-rise.xyz for reservations and more information.
The Experience by Reif Othman
Dubai old-timers will remember The Experience by Reif Othman from its days on the upper level of The H Hotel. So we’re excited to confirm that TERO Chef’s Table will be making a return later this year at the soon-to-open licensed branch of Reif Japanese Kushiyaki in Dubai Hills. Here, cosy apartment-style décor will accommodate chef Reif’s tasting menu for up to twelve diners. Once open, the venue can be booked as a private dining room for a group gathering or individual covers.
GO: Follow @terobyreif on Instagram for more information.