It’s time to dine at the beach, on a rooftop or under the stars.
There’s no denying that cooler weather provides the perfect excuse to savour your favourite dishes under an open sky. Bask in the cool breeze with the serene waters as your backdrop, or perhaps indulge in a culinary feast with the dazzling Dubai skyline as your companion. Elevate your dining experience this winter as FACT unveils the best outdoor dining spots in Dubai for a cosy, al fresco rendezvous.
Above Eleven at Palm West Beach, offers an al fresco dining experience that combines the spirit of Peru with the precision of Japan. Indulge in meticulously crafted cocktails featuring the tantalising flavours of pink yuzu, lotus root, and lemongrass, all while relishing unobstructed vistas of Dubai’s skyline. Tuck into the must-try delights like the Above Eleven Sea Bass and Arroz Con Pato.
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Located on Bluewaters Island, Alici is your passport to the vibrant flavours of Southern Italy. Ensuring the finest, sustainably sourced seafood, your dining experience will be filled with an array of tempting options. Don’t miss the delectable Risotto ai funghi e tartufo nero and Tagliata di Wagyu as your gaze is treated to mesmerising sea views complemented by exquisite Italian artworks.
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Amazónico reopens its enchanting Paraiso Rooftop Club, offering an enchanting escape perched above DIFC. This tropical paradise amid the urban buzz sets the stage for an unforgettable night. As the sun dips below the horizon, you’ll witness sunset views as the mixologists craft exquisite cocktails that take you on a journey through Latin America. Savour bites like Choripan, Empanadas, and Picanha Sandwich.
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Situated at Bab Al Shams, A Rare Finds Desert Resort, Anwa offers a panoramic view of the Arabian desert. This rooftop lounge and restaurant provides creative cocktails, Pan Asian bites, and mesmerising sunset melodies. Indulge in shared dishes, sake-based drinks, and vibrant DJ beats as you soak up the allure of the desert dunes.
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Step into Attiko, the social supper club atop the W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, and let the convivial spirit of Asian nightclubs and cosmopolitan lounges elevate your evenings. This rooftop gem is your gateway to sophisticated sundowners and late-night celebrations against the backdrop of Dubai’s golden sunset and the city’s skyline. As for the food, don’t miss the Crispy Rice Salmon, Crispy Scallop Tempura and Sea Urchin delight.
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Bar du Port
At Bar Du Port, the al fresco dining experience on the terrace is as refreshing as a sea breeze. The Black Angus Beef Carpaccio, Pan Seared Sea Bass Fillet, and the melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooked Short Ribs are all absolute must-tries. Elsewhere, seafood enthusiasts will appreciate the option to pick your catch of the day from the fresh seafood display.
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With its coveted Burj Khalifa views, Basko is Dubai’s ultimate outdoor dining destination. This chic restaurant offers not just a meal but an unforgettable gastronomic experience against the backdrop of Dubai’s iconic skyline. The Parpadelle Shrimp, Lobster Fregola, Sea Bass Ceviche and Wild Mushroom Burrata are all firm FACT favourites.
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Nestled in Palm West Beach, Black Flamingo is your gateway to a fusion of Latino Hispanic and Caribbean Creole cultures, beautifully echoing the vibrant Miami spirit with a Dubai twist. As you step inside, you’re whisked away to a dreamy oasis, with panoramic views of the beach and pristine waters. The menu is a delight, and you can’t leave without savouring the classic Mac n Cheese, pan-seared Salmon and succulent Lamb Racks.
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Resting on the glorious Dubai Creek, the Boardwalk at Park Hyatt Dubai is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Dubai skyline. Indulge in Salmon Carpaccio, Grilled Octopus and some classic Tiramisu as you enjoy the scenic views.
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Located on Pearl Jumeirah, Bungalo34 offers an outdoor dining experience with unobstructed sea views. The Riviera-style bar, boasting spectacular oceanfront vistas, sets the stage for an exceptional meal. The modern twist on Mediterranean cuisine shines through in dishes like the decadent lobster roll and Le Seabass. Must-try options include the handmade Treccia and the Prawn Ritz with horseradish Marie Rose sauce.
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Tucked away amidst the verdant greens at Emirates Golf Club, Chef Izu Ani’s Carine invites you to revel in its sun-soaked embrace. Delight your senses with crispy calamari, velvety burrata, and the seductive lobster linguini, all while being cradled in a sanctuary of French Mediterranean allure.
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CÉ LA VI Dubai
Perched majestically on Level 54 of Address Sky View Hotel, CÉ LA VI Dubai elevates your day with culinary finesse and immersive live entertainment. Against the backdrop of Burj Khalifa, relish the unparalleled views and revel in the unique charm of the outdoor bar. Indulge in the sublime Westholme Wagyu beef and the decadent CÉ LA VI Dubaifoie gras “Snickers” candy bar.
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Ascend to CouCou Rooftop Dubai on Level 52 of The Palm Tower, where panoramic views frame a culinary masterpiece. Delight in the Snails with Garlic Butter, a tantalising prelude to the Milk Fed Lamb Cutlet with Spicy Aubergine, crafting an unforgettable rooftop dining symphony.
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Step into the enchanting realm of Eden, a hidden garden atop Belcanto on the Dubai Opera rooftop. Revel in a chic venue adorned with lush greenery, exotic prints, and vibrant patterns, offering breathtaking views of the iconic Burj Khalifa. Succumb to the allure of must-try dishes like Risotto al Funghi and Carre di Agnello.
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Estiatorio Milos Dubai
Nestled within Atlantis The Royal, Estiatorio Milos Dubai celebrates simplicity, presenting Mediterranean seafood with a brush of Aegean rock salt and drizzles of olive oil. The menu boasts delights like Milos Special, Greek Spreads, and Crab Cake. The location provides breathtaking views over the Sky Blaze Fountain, which combines fire and water into an unmissable musical spectacle.
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A restaurant so good, they named it twice! Eugene Eugene, the modern brasserie on the second floor at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, unfolds as an outdoor oasis surrounded by palm and olive trees. Embark on a culinary journey with the Vanilla Tomato Tartare and the Sea Bream a la Plancha, a harmonious blend of flavours and ambience.
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February 30 at Palm West Beach is a FACT Award-winning beach bar, lounge, and restaurant concept. With a menu curated by Chef Reif Othman, it blends Mediterranean and Japanese influences, offering sushi, tacos, and Italian favourites. Bask in the sun, sip on crafted cocktails or smoke shisha at this beachfront haven.
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Fi’lia, the region’s first female-led restaurant, presents a culinary journey through generations. The menu showcases Italian classics with a contemporary twist. Its al fresco dining presents captivating views of the Burj Khalifa, making the experience truly special. If you order one thing, make sure it’s the tiramisu.
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Hidden in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, folly is FACT’s go-to spot for a relaxed, modern dining experience with a view. Overlooking the waterways, its outdoor terrace bars offer a charming setting. The rooftop bar, with uninterrupted views of Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf, turns every sunset into a spectacle. The menu, recognised by the Michelin guide, boasts contemporary, ingredient-led dishes. Must-tries include the Guinea Fowl with leg meat stuffing and the Beef Sirloin with braised shallots.
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French Riviera Beach
Transport yourself to the Cote d’Azur at French Riviera Beach in Jumeirah Al Qasr. This beachside gem exudes Mediterranean glamour, offering exquisite French and Mediterranean cuisine. Rigatoni Truffe and Ratatouille are all standouts on the menu, but the view encourages repeat visits.
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Located in Meydan, Iris Dubai combines a natural, sensual atmosphere with delectable dishes. This trendy spot offers more than just food, with live music, curated art installations, brunch parties, and sunset views. The Tenderloin with veggies, Tomahawk, and Iris Burrata are culinary highlights.
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L’Amo Bistro del Mar
Immerse yourself in the flavours of the Italian coast at L’Amo Bistro del Mar, located in Dubai Harbour. This seafood haven promises an exceptional culinary journey with daily fresh catches from the Mediterranean. The Seafood Platter is a must-try, showcasing the restaurant’s commitment to authentic and sumptuous seafood.
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La Cantine du Faubourg
Situated in Emirates Towers, La Cantine du Faubourg is a decade-long hotspot for lavish affairs and grand dinners. The outdoor terrace provides a perfect setting to indulge in a culinary journey blending French and International cuisines. From Beef Short Ribs to Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche, the menu is a masterpiece. As the sun sets, the venue transforms into a hub for cocktails, DJ sets, and live performances.
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Le Toit at Fouquet’s Dubai
Le Toit at Fouquet’s Dubai, with its exclusive atmosphere and breathtaking Burj Khalifa view, redefines rooftop dining in Dubai. Located in the heart of Downtown, the brasserie boasts timeless Parisian elegance. Signature dishes like foie gras and beef tartare, along with the traditional French onion soup, showcase the essence of French gastronomy.
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Lucia’s offers a culinary journey to the soul of Italy at Address Sky View. With an outdoor terrace adorned by lush greenery and a panoramic view of the Burj Khalifa, it’s a haven for lovers of Italian cuisine. The commitment to authenticity and excellence is evident in dishes like Penne All Arrabiata and Linguine All’astice.
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Overlooking the Dubai skyline at Palm West Beach, Lucky Fish is a chic Mediterranean gem inspired by the flavours of the ocean. The beachside location adds an extra layer of charm to this effortlessly stylish restaurant, which collaborates with local fishermen to showcase a daily display of fresh seafood on its antique sailboat. The menu highlights include Cold Seafood Towers, Veal Milanese, and King Crab Spaghetti.
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Monkey Bar, with its views over the Museum of The Future, redefines cocktail culture in Dubai. Located inside 25hours Hotel One Central, this modern lounge bar offers Latin American-inspired food alongside an impressive array of cocktails. The diverse menu draws inspiration from various cocktail bars worldwide, creating a unique experience. Indulge in Okra Chips, Pulled Chicken Bao, and Beef Ribeye Skewers.
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Located on the 73rd floor of Address Beach Resort, Mott 32 pays homage to Hong Kong’s culinary traditions. The restaurant offers a modern Chinese dining experience with stunning views of the beach and Ain Dubai. Signature dishes like Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck and Crispy Triple-Cooked Wagyu Beef Short Rib showcase Mott 32’s dedication to culinary excellence.
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With origins in Mykonos, Nammos at the Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach brings Mediterranean magic to Dubai. The beachside restaurant offers an enchanting setting surrounded by palm trees and twinkling lights. Must-tries like Carpaccio Carabineros with fresh lemon and Greek Olive Oil and Nammos Risotto make Nammos a culinary journey.
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Ninive is a contemporary urban majlis inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The restaurant takes diners on a culinary voyage across the Middle East and North Africa, with dishes from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Morocco. Set between the iconic Emirates Towers, Ninive’s green oasis offers skyline views, creating a magical Arabian Nights ambience. Indulge in signature dishes like Ninive Fattoush Salad and Lobster Tagine.
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Situated in The Bridge Suite, Nobu Dubai elevates Japanese dining to new heights. The restaurant, located in Atlantis, The Palm, provides an exquisite meal and an immersive experience. Signature dishes like Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Tuna Sashimi Salad, and Black Cod with Den Miso showcase culinary mastery.
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Ongaku at Clap
Hidden behind a discreet red door, Ongaku at Clap boasts the largest rooftop terrace in DIFC, offering unobstructed views of Emirates Towers, the Museum of the Future, and the rest of DIFC. Drawing inspiration from Tokyo’s electric nightlife, Ongaku is a late-night hangout with a vibrant atmosphere. Signature dishes like Pink Prawns Ceviche and Salmon Volcano, paired with Latin American-inspired cocktails, make Ongaku a go-to spot for those seeking electric vibes, skyline views, and a unique blend of music and culinary delights.
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Osh Del Mar
Osh Del Mar in Address Beach Resort beckons food enthusiasts with a menu brimming with Central Asian wonders. From heartwarming Shupra to the classic Borsh soup, you can enjoy this outdoor dining haven with panoramic views of Ain Dubai and Bluewaters Island.
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Nestled in Madinat Jumeirah with views of the water and Burj Al Arab, Pai Thai offers a delectable feast with Asian flair. From Green Papaya Salad to Prawns in Green Peppercorn Sauce, each dish bursts with traditional flavours. The outdoor setting and the cooler weather make Pai Thai a delightful spot for al fresco dining.
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Piatti by the Beach
Located on the beachfront at Raffles The Palm Dubai, Piatti by the Beach invites you to savour the charm of the Southern Italian Coast. With views of the water enhancing the dining experience, the restaurant exudes luxury. Piatti by the Beach offers a delightful menu that includes must-tries like Burratina and Bistecca Tomahawk. The combination of exquisite flavours, a lavish setting, and a beachside atmosphere makes Piatti by the Beach a splendid outdoor dining spot.
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Perched in The Opus by Zaha Hadid in Business Bay, Roka Dubai combines architectural marvels with immersive robatayaki cuisine. The terrace offers sensational views of the Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa, creating a perfect backdrop for indulging in signature dishes like Grilled Duck Breast with pickled kumquats and Beef Fillet with chilli, ginger, and spring onion.
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Situated at The Club, Palm West Beach on The Palm Jumeirah, SĀN Beach offers energising views of the water and an internationally-inspired menu. The beachfront location provides a sensory escape, and the menu features delightful options like Acai Bowl, Salmon & Avocado, Shakshuka, and a selection of teas and coffee.
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Shimmers at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is a chic beachfront dining spot offering exquisite Greek flavours. With scenic views of the water and a backdrop of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Shimmers creates a picturesque setting. The menu features must-try dishes like Baked Sea Bass, Chicken Orzo, and Calamarata Calamari.
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Drawing inspiration from the rugged island off the coast of Ibiza, Tagomago offers a haven for well-travelled, cultured minds. The outdoor setting, reminiscent of dazzling days and incandescent nights under the stars, makes this place a captivating spot. With an ideal location for friends and families, Tagomago’s menu showcases exquisite dishes like Lamb Chops and Black Angus Ribeye, which are must-tries. The restaurant also features a beach club and a floating swimming pool.
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Taking over the beachfront space at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Tamoka brings Caribbean-inspired dining to the sands of JBR. The beachfront location, coupled with the vibrant and inviting atmosphere, makes it a relaxing yet lively outdoor dining spot. Signature dishes like Asado De Tira, Salmon Ceviche, and Langostinos highlight the Caribbean flavours.
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Tasca by José Avillez
This Portuguese gem at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, is a haven for food enthusiasts. With a menu curated by renowned Chef Jose Avillez, expect an exciting fusion of flavours, from tantalising tapas to seafood delights. The terrace offers a cosy yet chic setting for outdoor dining beside the pool with ocean views. Must-tries include the Tasca Pica Pau and the delectable Josper Roasted Lamb Shank.
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The Nice Guy
This mafioso-inspired hotspot offers a trendy dining experience that blends California cool with Middle Eastern charm. The city’s glittering skyline provides a backdrop as you savour modern American-Italian cuisine. Picture-perfect sunsets and cosy lounge vibes make it ideal for date nights or catching up with friends. Standout dishes include the BBQ “Impossible” Meatball Pizza and the Lobster Tagliatelle.
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Dubai’s culinary scene gets a Japanese twist at Tomo in Raffles Dubai. Overlooking the cityscape, Tomo is a celebration of authentic Japanese flavours served in a contemporary setting. The outdoor terrace adds a touch of zen to the dining experience. From sushi to teppanyaki, the menu is a symphony of traditional and innovative dishes. We’d recommend the Black Cod Miso and the Wagyu Ishiyaki.
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Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum
Dive into luxury and opulence at Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum at Palm West Beach. This Italian gem combines breathtaking views with an extensive menu of Mediterranean delights. The terrace, adorned with chic furnishings and a sensational swimming pool, provides an exclusive spot for al fresco dining. Signature dishes like the Truffle Burrata and the Lobster Risotto showcase the culinary prowess.
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This beachside eatery, situated in W Dubai – The Palm, boasts panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, creating a laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere. The menu from Massimo Bottura is a playful nod to Italian classics with a modern twist. Don’t miss the Tiramisubito and the Regina Margherita. Torno Subito’s lively ambience, imaginative cuisine, and seaside charm make it a must-visit for those seeking a delightful outdoor dining experience in Dubai.
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Tiki’s at Canary Club
Overlooking the bustling streets of JLT, this rooftop terrace offers a breezy escape with tiki-inspired cocktails and a menu that fuses Asian and Polynesian flavours. The Crispy Peking Duck Tacos and the Tiki Platter are crowd-pleasers. With its lively atmosphere, exotic drinks, and panoramic urban view, Tiki’s at Canary Club is the go-to destination for those wanting a taste of the tropics amid the city’s skyline.
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Twiggy by La Cantine
Twiggy by La Cantine is a trendy spot offering a delightful blend of Mediterranean cuisine and breathtaking views of the historic creek and the Dubai Frame. The terrace, surrounded by lush greenery, provides a chic setting for outdoor dining. The menu is a journey through the Mediterranean coast, from fresh seafood to delectable pasta. Indulge in the Octopus Carpaccio and the Black Truffle Pizza. After lunch, grab a sun lounger and take a dip in the stunning lagoon pool.
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Nestled in Downtown Dubai, overlooking the Dubai Fountain, Urla is a Turkish delight for the senses. With a prime location near the Burj Khalifa, it offers breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. The menu boasts authentic flavours, with must-try dishes like Wagyu Iskendar and Urla Meze Plates. The outdoor terrace provides a charming ambience, making it an ideal spot for a delightful al fresco dining experience.
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Zeta Seventy Seven
Perched on the 77th floor of Address Beach Resort, Zeta Seventy Seven offers panoramic views of the coast. The outdoor terrace, with its sky-high infinity pool and ambient lighting, creates an enchanting atmosphere for dining under the stars. The menu is a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean flavours, featuring standout dishes like Duck Spring Roll and Wagyu Striploin.
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