If you ever find yourself on a Dubai layover for 4 to 12 hours there are plenty of things to do in Dubai during your stopover.
While Dubai is best known for its shopping and its nightlife, there are many outdoor activities which can be enjoyed in the evening or night, as Dubai is the city that never sleeps.
However, during the summer months that is May to August, it can be extremely hot as the weather is concerned. Which means it is not as busy and you may find outdoor activities in Dubai to be a little unbearable during this time period.
The city of Dubai has a wide range of restaurants to offer; cuisines can be tasted from every country around the globe. Most of the best restaurants are within hotels, especially as these are mainly the only restaurants that can serve alcohol with meals.
Below features a variety of the very best restaurants in Dubai.
Toro Toro - Latin ( Visit Site )
Location: Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Al Sufouh Road Dubai.
Tel: +971 4 399 8888
A classy, Latin American inspired restaurant, which divides its menu into three distinct tapas-style categories - 'From the Sea', 'From the Land' and 'From the Garden'. To start with, try ceviche de mariscos, the excellent crispy calamari or the picadillo empanada. Followed by the palopmilla steak, poblano peppers and potato tostones…and you won't be disappointed!
Gaucho - Argentinean ( Visit Site )
Location: DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Tel: +971 4 422 7898
A sleek Argentinean restaurant that 'specialises in steaks'. And 'specialises' is not wrong - guests are shown a chopping board with the different cuts of meat, which are explained in detail along with recommendations on how each cut should be cooked. An amazing experience from the minute you walk in to the moment you leave.
Table 9 - Modern / Seasonal ( Visit Site )
Location: Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai, Baniyas Street.
Tel: +971 4 227 1111
From the team that headed up Gordon Ramsay's Verre - Table 9 creators, Scott Price and Nick Alvis have a simple philosophy - fine, flavourful dishes that let the ingredients do the talking. The duo has come up with a menu that has just three prices, Dhs70 for starters, Dhs100 for mains and Dhs55 for desserts. There are also two tasting menus with both vegetarian and meat on offer.
La Petite Maison - French ( Visit Site )
Location: DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: +971 4 439 0505
Sophisticated French cuisine in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre. La Petite Maison delivers wonderful Niçoise food and impressive interior design which together give for a buzzing atmosphere that seem to suite any occasion from work lunch to romantic dinner for two.
STAY by Yannick Alleno - French ( Visit Site )
Location: One & Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah.
Tel: +971 4 440 1010
From the library of deserts on display as you enter STAY to the intricacies of the interior design. From the fois gras to the slow cooked lamb you can't help but be impressed by this beautiful eatery…but make sure you save room for dessert…served by the metre!
Traiteur - French / Brunch ( Visit Site )
Location: Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Al Garhoud Road.
Tel: +971 4 317 2222
Traditional French classics are prepared to perfection and then served in the wonderful surroundings of the beautiful Dubai Creek, Park Hyatt hotel. The staff is polite and attentive and the Friday brunch is becoming a Dubai favourite. If rich fois gras, garlicky escargot, melt-in-the-mouth filet de boeuf steak or creamy crème bruleé are your thing, this is where you'll want to be.
Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Brunch ( Visit Site )
Location: Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh Road.
Tel: +971 4 366 8888
The Grand Friday Brunch at Mina A'Salam : Mina A'Salam brunch has its buffet spread over Al Muna restaurant and guests can enjoy an array of cuisine, including live cooking stations and a wide range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The brunch has a separate children's area with children buffet and lots of entertainment.
Spectrum on One - European / Asian ( Visit Site )
Location: Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Tel: +971 4 311 8316
Stylish & sophisticated hangout that attracts a predominantly young and fashionable crowd. Probably best to stick to the Asian dishes like the Thai curry or the sushi selection rather than the various European dishes that are on offer at Spectrum on One.
Aryaas, BurJuman - South Indian
Location: Bur Dubai, Bank Street, opposite BurJuman.
Tel: +971 4 357 7800
Authentic South Indian cuisine served up by friendly staff at a great price. Definitely not the cosiest place in town but is a nice change from all the nearby fast food franchises and the selection & quality of dishes on offer make up for this shortcoming.
Calicut Paragon - South Indian ( Visit Site )
Location: Karama, 16th Street
Tel: +971 4 335 8700
This budget South Indian gem offers diners the full experience of getting really stuck in! Tearing off pieces of paratha and mopping up a huge variety of curries, chutneys & broths. Cutlery is available to those who prefer to keep their hands clean…but where's the fun in that?
Ravi Restaurant - Indian
Location: Satwa, Satwa Road.
Tel: +971 4 331 5353
With florescent lights and plastic chairs on the pavement, Ravi won't win any design or cosiness awards but what it will give you is - authentic, Indian food served by efficient, knowledgeable staff. The dahl, chicken tikka and lamb curry are consistent favourites of ours. Be prepared to pay about Dhs25 per person.
Zuma, DIFC - Japanese ( Visit Site )
Location: Gate Village, DIFC.
Tel: +971 4 425 5660
Good food, great atmosphere and amazing décor make Zuma an enjoyable place to eat but just make sure you're sitting down when the check arrives…prices are high. The Alaskan king crabs legs and the Korean BBQ'd lamb are great. For dessert - the green chilli pineapple & coconut is truly amazing!
Al Mahara - Seafood ( Visit Site )
Location: Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah Road.
Tel: +971 4 301 7600
Very plush and very pricey but the food is in no way overshadowed by the (nearly) over-the-top splendour of the place. But if it's a big deal that needs to be made, business or pleasure - the Burj Al Arab's flagship seafood restaurant will definitely fit the bill…just make sure you're not paying the bill!
Manhattan Grill - Steak House ( Visit Site )
Location: Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, Oud Metha Road.
Tel: +971 4 317 2222
A classy establishment that succeeds in re-creating the art deco period in New York City. The limited menu has a selection of various beef cuts as well as other meats and the odd seafood option. If things are a bit pricey for you, go back during the day and sample the cheaper lunch menu.
Jamie's Italian, Dubai Festival City - Italian ( Visit Site )
Location: Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival City, Al Rebat Street.
Tel: +971 4 232 9969
A great space with a mixture of industrial, wood & avant-garde interior design features. The service is fast and friendly and the food is fantastic. Choose any of the pasta dishes and you won't be disappointed.
Johnny Rockets - American Diner ( Visit Site )
Location: Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Tel: +971 4 341 2380
You won't find a more authentic 1950's-style American diner in the city. From the stainless steel counter to the friendly polyester-clad waitresses, huge burgers and amazing shakes are the order of the day at Johnny Rockets!