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The Best Dubai Restaurants For Al Fresco Dining

5 Restaurants
Savour the cooler winter weather as well as some delicious dishes at these five restaurants with delightful outdoor settings.
Updated on 19 February 2024
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The Address Sky View Tower 2, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
$$$ · Contemporary

Located on the 54th floor of the Address Sky View Hotel, this buzzy venue's terrace boasts a bird’s eye view of the city’s ever-expanding skyline. Watch Dubai’s glitterati commence the night with striking dishes to compete with the view, from a contemporary Asian-inspired menu. Relish in the roasted salmon and baby chicken three3 ways for mini works of art presented on a plate.

Clap
Gate Village 11, DIFC, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Feel the pulse of the city from Clap’s rooftop terrace in the heart of DIFC. Thoughtfully crafted Japanese classics await as black cod and sushi make for the perfect sharing orders, washed down with a notable selection of sake. Try the Omakase menu ー translating as ‘I will leave it up to you’ in Japanese ー for dishes carefully chosen by the chef. All that’s left to do is prop up at the Ongaku bar for speakeasy vibes after dinner.

folly
Unit 27, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
$$ · Modern Cuisine

Nestled high above the bustling souks of Madinat Jumeirah, lies the alluring escape of folly’s twinkling rooftop. With a strong focus on ingredients and a modern approach to European dishes, this is a restaurant gem that must not be gatekept. The secret-garden style terrace boasts rippling views over the Souk Madinat canals and staff are passionate about great food and service.

Pierre's TT
InterContinental Dubai Festival City Hotel, promenade level, Dubai
$$$$ · French Contemporary

A breezy elegance meets authentic full flavour at this waterfront spot with panoramic views of Dubai Creek. Chef Pierre Gagnaire transports guests to a modern French bistro through his mix of classic and contemporary French cuisine, and joyfully generous portions. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere offset by the soundtrack of live Jazz on selected nights and don’t pass on the indulgent dessert menu.

Rockfish
Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai
$$$ · Seafood

A timely reservation at Rockfish will see your dinner served alongside sunset, with direct views of the iconic Burj Al Arab. This chic beachfront eatery complements Italian-born chef, Andrea Brugnetti’s, seafood menu perfectly as homemade lobster ravioli and exquisite crudo sharing platters bring oodles of fresh flavour to the table.