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The Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Dubai

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Looking for a dining venue to cater to various age groups and different dietary requirements within the family? These are our MICHELIN inspectors’ top picks for family-friendly restaurants in Dubai
Updated on 09 October 2023

A restaurant’s flexibility when catering to diners of different ages and needs is the linchpin of great hospitality – particularly so in Dubai, where families from across the globe choose to settle down for its “family comes first” ethos.

Members of the same family don’t always have the same dietary preferences, whether for medical reasons, health goals, or just personal preferences. While it can be challenging to accommodate everyone’s liking, a restaurant that goes the extra mile to welcome all members of the family to come together in one place is one that will withstand the test of time.

Read on to see our inspectors’ favourite family-friendly restaurants in Dubai: each of those restaurants has something to offer: sharing platters and dishes appealing to all ages — from trendy Instagram-friendly dishes for teenagers to nostalgic recipes for grandma — and menus for dietary restrictions, in addition to the warm and flexible service, as well as private areas and large tables where families can gather and be themselves.

11 Woodfire
Villa 11, 75B Street, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
$$ · Modern Cuisine

Who says a MICHELIN-starred restaurant can’t be family-friendly? 11 Woodfire launched a menu designed to be communal and shared across the table. With gluten-free and vegetarian options, this restaurant has something for everyone, while the go-to item for the younger guests – and adults too – is the Wagyu Burger. Besides the great food and the lovely woodfire grill and oven in the heart of the restaurant, it serves a tea trolley that’s brought to the table side at the end of each meal. Certain areas in the restaurant also offer large round tables in a semi-private setting, which is convenient for family gatherings and bachelorette parties. The restaurant also has a private dining room that seats up to 10 comfortably.

Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1, Al Urouba St​reet, Dubai
$ · Japanese Contemporary

The harbourside restaurant invites everyone to dine there. Whether it’s an allergy or a baby seat, a birthday party or a small get together, the 3Fils team does its best to satisfy its guests’ needs. The restaurant’s menu includes various small sharing dishes, encouraging guests to try more of what they enjoy. It also offers a selection of vegetarian, gluten-free and kid-friendly options, such as the Kid Maki. As for the Karak Ice cream dessert, it’s a must-try. To ensure families and large groups fully enjoy their dining experience, a handful of communal tables is on offer.

Bait Maryam
Cluster D Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
$ · Middle Eastern

This home-concept restaurant is the perfect place for families. Friendly and relaxed, the Bait Maryam team will make sure you and your children have a good time in a warm setting. The Levantine restaurant is a celebration of Arab culture, known for hosting large gatherings and feasting together, as it offers several sharing platters, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian dishes, such as Hindbeh and Cauliflower with Tahina. Bait Maryam has also brought many people together: some got married, some started a business together, and others became good friends.

Bombay Bungalow
The Beach Mall, Unit 2301, JBR Walk,, Dubai
$ · Indian

Located near Aqua Fun Water Park, this beachside restaurant serves a wide array of street food starters and sharing dishes, such as Biryani Bowls, as well as chef specials, like Sikandari Raan. Not only does it offer vegetarian items, but also traditional food that reminds guests of their grandmothers’ dishes. Bombay Bungalow attends to the needs of the little ones, serving kid meals and providing colouring sheets. Families can also enjoy their gatherings on a large table located next to a tree.

Brasserie Boulud
Wafi City, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai
$$ · French

This French restaurant is a great way to introduce children to French cuisine, but also offers classic kid-friendly dishes, such as chicken nuggets, pizza, and pasta, to name a few. Brasserie Boulud serves vegetarian and vegan dishes, among which is La Courgette Farcie, and respects the guests’ different dietary requirements by accommodating gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free or any other requests. Their Tartare De Bœuf is Instagram material, as it’s directly prepared at the table, and the restaurant contains large tables and sofa arrangements where families can gather and be a bit louder.

Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
$$ · Japanese Contemporary

This casual neighbourhood joint offers a menu of small plates designed to be shared. In serving small plates of sushi, skewers, and claypots, everyone has something to enjoy. With a strong focus on sourcing the best seafood, Goldfish is perfect for pescatarians. It also has some vegetarian-friendly options, like Green Bean Tempura. This restaurant also hosts birthday parties and milestone celebrations of the community it serves. Each area in the restaurant, including the outdoor patio and indoor dining room and seating, are to be booked for special events, and tables can be arranged to fit large groups.

Indya by Vineet
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Hotel, Al Mamsha Street, Dubai
$$ · Indian

Feeling welcome is guaranteed for all family members at this Indian restaurant. Children can enjoy a colouring sheet, while sharing starters and main courses with the rest of the family members. Indya by Vineet also offers beverages that suit everyone’s liking in a funky and comfortable setting. The restaurant is also attentive to the needs of diners following vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar and sugar-free diets, as well as Jain. As for Aunty Braganza’s prawn stew, it’s a traditional dish that will surely make diners reminisce about their favourite childhood flavours.

Baniyas Road, Deira Creek, Dubai
$$ · Middle Eastern

This Persian heritage restaurant serves family feasts that groups of three or more can enjoy. While many of its menu items include animal-based dishes, it also offers vegetarian food, including some of its signature soups. The Shabestan team is always on hand to ensure the happiness of every guest and does its best to provide an authentic Iranian experience all while catering to the guests’ dietary requirements. During weekends, the restaurant hosts a live concert of traditional Iranian music to add warmth to the atmosphere. Families can also enjoy one of the three dining rooms available at the restaurant.

Souk Al Bahar, Dubai
$$ · Middle Eastern

Offering views of Burj Khalifa and the stunning dancing fountains and featuring floating tables, this Syrian Emirati restaurant is a good stop after a long day to unwind. At Siraj, there’s a set menu designed for families to share dishes and try out the best of Emirati and Syrian cuisine, and the menu dishes accommodate various diets. The chef can also go the extra mile and prepare out-of-menu dishes based on the diners’ dietary needs.