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Hot right now: The hottest new restaurants in Dubai in January 2024

The Dubai restaurants to see (and be seen at) this month.

Keeping track of new restaurant openings in Dubai is a full-time job. But if you love finding the latest hotspots for dinner and drinks before anyone else, this is the place for you. These are the hottest new restaurants in Dubai right now.

71 Steak & Grill

Head Chef Brando Moros is at the helm of 71 Steak & Grill. The Colombian chef has created a menu that showcases open-fire cooking. There is no gas or electricity in the kitchen, and every dish is created by the flame. The highlights include the Coffee Spiced Steak, Spiced T-bone Steak, Smoked Octopus and Sticky Lamb Ribs. Located in the garden at Emirates Towers, 71 Steak & Grill includes Insta-worthy views of the Museum of the Future and a 12-seat grill counter offering an omakase grill experience. 

GO: Follow @71steakandgrill on Instagram for more information.

71 steak

Agatha

The Pan Asian restaurant Agatha is now open in Al Habtoor City, combining a vintage British and French aesthetic with a fusion-inspired menu. The drinks menu includes cocktails made by innovative mixologists with an artisanal flair. The venue also hosts live entertainment, including international and regional DJs. Agatha boasts a dramatic décor, which oozes old-world charm. It is a stunning space with high ceilings, white tablecloths and windows with a view. The interiors span shades of deep blue and red, from blue walls and ceilings to red seats, banquettes and carpets. Expect a dining experience where Asian classics are transformed with French artistry.

GO: Follow @agatha__dubai on Instagram for more information.

Agatha

Andaliman

Embark on an Indonesian culinary adventure at Andaliman, situated beside the Bali-inspired garden pool and the newly opened One&Only One Za’abeel. This immersive dining experience celebrates the vibrant and adventurous flavours of the Indonesian archipelago, whisking diners away to an exotic paradise with carved timber furniture. Promising to transport diners to the beaches of Indonesia, watch as the chefs grill the day’s fresh catch over coconut husks before ticking into flavour-packed sambals prepared tableside.

GO: Follow @andalimandubai on Instagram for more information.

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Arrazuna by Mehmet Gürs

From the renowned Finnish-Turkish Chef Mehmet Gürs, Arrazuna runs the length of The Link, a futuristic boulevard that defies gravity as the world’s longest cantilever. This transformed food hall and marketplace showcases the rich gastronomic traditions of Turkey, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula, featuring eight dynamic kitchens, a specialised digital ordering app, and a wine and cheese room. 

GO: Follow @arrazunadubai for more information.

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Bordo Mavi

Fresh from the oceans and steeped in tradition, Bordo Mavi arrives in Dubai from the team behind 3Fils and is already making waves in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. The stunning seafood restaurant provides diners with waterfront views and a tranquil ambience. With over 25 years of experience as a fisherman and fishmonger along the coasts of Turkey, Chef Ersan brings a wealth of wisdom to the dishes at Bordo Mavi. From Grilled Octopus with Crushed Hazelnut to Kingfish Casserole and Marinated Gambero Rosso with Caviar, Bordo Mavi has made a big splash in Dubai’s dining scene.

GO: Follow @bordomavi.ae on Instagram for more information.

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Cala Vista

Laidback yet lively, the newly-opened Cala Vista at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam offers a serene setting anchored around ancient olive trees and views of Burj Al Arab. Whether it’s a lazy lunch, an aperitivo, or an intimate dinner, guests can expect to be whisked away to the charming southern coast of Italy at this rustic-chic restaurant. At Cala Vista, Italian comfort food is the order of the day, so expect to dine on speciality pasta, delicious grills, wood-fired pizza, and decadent desserts — the showstopping tiramisu included. At the helm of the restaurant is Head Chef Luca Crostelli, the son of Chef Beatrice Segoni (of Pierchic fame). 

GO: Follow @calavistadubai on Instagram for more information.

Cala Vista

CARO Steakhouse

When only meat will do, put CARO Steakhouse on your restaurant radar. Located in Fairmont Dubai, this superb spot takes over the space formally occupied by The Exchange Grill. The restaurant boasts a contemporary décor with high ceilings and indoor trees surrounding a glass ageing walk-in chamber. The menu showcases premium steaks sourced from across the world, and options range from American USDA Prime to Japanese Wagyu. Each steak is dry-aged in-house before being cooked in the Josper oven to seal in natural juices and impart an irresistible smoky flavour to the meat.

GO: Follow @caro.dxb on Instagram for more information.

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Celeste

Bringing Montmartre vibes to Dubai, this Parisian-inspired concept has recently opened at SO/Uptown Dubai Hotel. Celeste boasts a theatrical design which wouldn’t be out of place in the Moulin Rouge. The venue features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, heavy red curtains, and Insta-worthy views of Dubai. Great for groups, it’s a superb spot to socialise for after-work drinks and bites. The menus include innovative cocktails, global cuisine and French canapes, so you can sip the night away.

GO: Follow @celeste_uptown on Instagram for more information.

Celeste Dubai

FRANK

Situated on Bluewaters Island, FRANK provides affordable, open-flame-cooked food in an industrial setting. The restaurant blends hip-hop vibes with a carefully crafted menu. The focus is on the ‘BONES’, which are lamb chops prepared according to the eatery’s signature recipes. There are also steaks and Insta-worthy burgers, including the signature Cheesy Killer and classic FRANK cheeseburger. The drinks range from craft beers and signature cocktails to seasonal lemonades. With several locations already proving popular in Moscow, FRANK is known in its native Russia as a collaborative space with the musician Vasily Vakulenko, widely known as Basta. 

GO: Follow @frankmeat_me on Instagram for more information.

FRANK

Ilios

If you’re after a (plate) smashing time, head to Ilios on the rooftop at Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah. Ilios is a high-end restaurant that combines Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Inspired by the streets of Athens and the serenity of Mykonos, the menu boasts traditional dishes and sharing-style plates anchored around premium ingredients. With 360-degree views of Dubai, live music, and plate smashing, it’s time to get yourself to the Greek.

GO: Follow @iliosdubai on Instagram for more information.

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La Dame de Pic

Boasting an impressive 10 Michelin stars across her culinary collection, Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is one of the world’s most influential female chefs. At La Dame De Pic in Dubai, her experience menu showcases modern French sensibilities and introduces innovative flavour pairings in an elegant setting backed by superb skyline views. Read our FACT review of La Dame de Pic London here

GO: Follow @ladamedepicdubai on Instagram for more information.

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Salvaje

Anchored in the ‘wild side’ of Japanese gastronomy, the globally acclaimed concept already operates outposts in Al Khobar, Barcelona and Miami. Closer to home, Salvaje has made its debut at Address Residences Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai, boasting Burj Khalifa views and a chic setting. Under the guidance of Chef Fermín Azkue, diners can explore a menu of inventive fusion dishes paired with Spanish flair and a unique twist tailored to local tastes, from indulgent Oscietra Supreme Caviar and duck fried rice to premium selections of sushi and sizzling robata grilled steaks. The restaurant comes alive at night with a line-up of DJs, fire dancers and saxophonists, explaining why Salvaje remains a popular choice among A-listers.

GO: Follow @salvaje.dubai on Instagram for more information.

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Smoked Room

Created by Chef Dani García, Smoked Room pays homage to the fire style of cooking. Smoked Room is the sister restaurant to Leña and draws inspiration from its original restaurant in Madrid, which holds two MICHELIN Stars. The venue has only 14 seats and offers an exclusive and personalised fire omakase dining experience. The dishes, which include charcoal grilled pigeon, crowned with maitake mushrooms and celeriac, have been created using smoke and embers to add depth to the flavours. Smoked Room’s Fire Omakase experience starts from AED 950 per person.

GO: Follow @smokedroom.dubai on Instagram for more information.

Leña Dubai

Smoki Moto

Located on Palm West Beach at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Smoki Moto is Dubai’s first licensed Korean steakhouse. Renowned for its dry-ageing techniques, including butter dry ageing, kelp (seaweed), and sugar-cured methods, steaks are cooked on custom charcoal grills at high temperatures, allowing guests to personalise their preferred temperature. The comprehensive Butcher Shop menu offers an array of options, from Korean-style marinated short ribs to quality grain- and grass-fed beef. Authentic Korean dishes like tuna gimbap, kimchi pancakes, and bibimbap stone bowls with foie gras and rice are also available. With branches in Manila, Sayna Island, Shanghai, and Suzhou, Smoki Moto offers a traditional and trendy dining experience.

GO: Follow @smokimotodubai on Instagram for more information. 

Smoki Moto

Tamada

If you’re looking for a dining experience with a difference, put Tamada on your radar. The new restaurant on the 74th floor of SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences showcases Eastern European cuisine with a modern twist. In Georgian, tamada refers to a toastmaster at a feast or a wedding, and the menu includes dishes ranging from Fois Gras and Duck Terrine, Wagyu Tartar Toast, and Poached Lobster and Truffle Roll to 12-hour Braised Beef Cheek, Oven-baked whole Maine Lobster and Pavlova. Tamada has been created by 7 Management, the same team behind February 30, Lucia’s, Seven Sisters and The Theater. 

GO: Follow @tamadadxb on Instagram for more information.

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Tapasake 

Tapasake sits atop The Link and is home to the country’s longest infinity pool. The venue spans indoors and outdoors, but it’s the outdoor spot with its never-ending pool, shades of blue and white, and 360-degree view, which has got us swooning. The Japanese meets Peruvian concept serves creative cuisine and cocktails, including ceviches, sushi and sashimi, and marinated fish and meats cooked over hot coals.

GO: Follow @tapasakedubai on Instagram for more information. 

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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publication, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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