There’s no shortage of places to explore and eat in Dubai; if you ever need some peace and quiet during your stay in the Gulf. If you want to try something new than the usual book cafes and floral cafes by eating by the beach and good food with calming views of the beach, then you’re in for a treat.
Here’s our roundup of beach cafes and restaurants ready to satisfy your cravings and indulge in some sunshine by the beach scenery yourself or with the family.
1. French Riviera Beach
The French Riviera Beach Club is an expansion of the popular French Riviera restaurant. The stunning beachfront patio transports diners to the Côte d’Azur with its French-Mediterranean cuisine and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and the famous Burj Al Arab.
With a DJ spinning tunes on the weekend, the sun-dappled terrace is ideal for weekend dinners, lengthy lunches, and relaxing in the Dubai sun. The cuisine, prepared by Head Chef Kim Joinié-Maurin, features a variety of tasty options ideal for a relaxed setting.
2. Koko Bay
Palm West Beach is home to one of the best beachside restaurants in all of Dubai. Koko Bay takes its cues from Bali. A variety of Asian and Western appetizers, including lava prawns, grilled skewers of various kinds, Hokkaido scallop ceviche with a citrus granita, maki rolls, burgers, grilled fish, and more, will be available. Feel free to kick back, relax, and dine with your toes on the sand.
3. Drift Restaurant
The modern interpretations of traditional Provençal dishes at Drift Restaurant are the brainchild of chef de cuisine Sylvain Noël. The restaurant is positioned by the pool, with views of the beach and the lapping Arabian Sea through floor-to-ceiling windows. Fresh salads, warm flatbreads, and mains like lobster spaghetti and veal chop Milanese are all meant to be shared between a group of people. And to top it all off, mixologist Ruslan Svezhenko has crafted a unique drink menu.
4. Ibn AlBahr
Run by fisherman is the slogan of this eatery, and with good reason: the seafood is superb. You can pick your own fish from the market and have it cooked to order, and the rest of the menu will also please seafood connoisseurs. The hummus and the grape leaves are our favorites of the mezze. It’s one of the best places to eat at Club Vista Mare and is also regarded as one of the best beach restaurants in Dubai thanks to its expansive outdoor seating area that extends right onto the sand.
5. Señor Pico
Get ready to indulge in some deliciously authentic Mexican food, as the restaurant specializes on Mexican and early Californian cuisine. Torta sandwiches, tacos árabes, crispy cheese quesadillas, and more can all be found here, along with a variety of vertically rotisserie-cooked meats marinated in a variety of flavors.
Pico Chicken is a standing chicken marinated in adobo, cumin, coriander, and lime juice, and lamb pastor is a soft lamb shoulder covered with onions and marinated for 48 hours. Meanwhile, the roasted poblano chile salsa on corn tortilla is paired with a special cheese blend of Oaxaca, Monterey Jack, and white cheddar in the restaurant’s trademark cotija crust.
The upper deck of this beachfront Italian restaurant serves as a casual pizzeria, while the rest of the restaurant provides a more formal dining atmosphere (downstairs). The main courses are generously portioned, the ambiance is pleasant, and the restaurant is always packed. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is home to a beachfront eatery where you can relax in style.
7. February 30
The addition of February 30 to Palm West Beach’s growing list of restaurants and bars is timely. The venue features not one but three unique bars. The highlight of this establishment is a circular bar with a wicker ceiling and seats for enjoying drinks while gazing at the setting sun.
The menu is the result of a collaboration between the best of what the Mediterranean has to offer and what Japan has to offer, spearheaded by the restaurant’s celebrated chef, Reif Othman. Includes a wide selection of sushi (such as nigiri, sashimi, and uramaki rolls), seafood, and raw dishes, tacos, burgers, and Italian standards (such as risotto and pasta).
8. Café Nikki
It’s one of the more chill beach restaurants in Dubai. It has a laid-back, Mediterranean vibe and looks out over the beach and the resort pool. The beach club, if you’re looking for a more lively atmosphere, is just a short walk up the sand, and the views out to sea are beautiful.
9. The Beach Bar & Grill
A visit to The Beach Bar & Grill at One & Only Royal Mirage should be high on your agenda if you’re trying to top your most recent romantic endeavors. The famous location, which just renewed its association with Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco, is located on the Dubai Marina shore and features an atmosphere reminiscent of the laid-back, outdoor culture of Argentina.
A teakwood terrace, thick tabletop slabs, natural wood, sand-colored suede furniture, green and turquoise accents, and art deco touches create a casually elegant atmosphere for guests. You can choose among 72 seats in the main dining room or sit on the terrace for spectacular sunsets and sunrises over the ocean.
This hip beach club is a sibling to the renowned Mykonos nightclub of the same name. It has everything you might want, from a beach to relax on during the day to a hip restaurant and lively atmosphere after dark. Dishes, such as sushi, salads, and grilled meats, are served family-style for all to enjoy. The renowned chocolate mousse is a must-try.
11. Jones the Grocer
Some of Dubai’s beachside eateries are more low-key than others. Palm West Beach on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is home to Jones the Grocer, an outpost of the wildly successful Australian eatery. The location is licensed, so you can drink sundowners on the beach while a DJ plays, and the café boasts a wood-fired oven for homemade pizzas, a beach bar, a pastry and sandwich counter, a curated variety of gourmet groceries, and even an artisan cheese and charcuterie wall.