Food & Wine: Dubai
Among Dubai's best restaurants is a Southern Italian spot in the journalism and publishing hub, Media City. Photo © iStock.
F&W's roundup of the best restaurants in Dubai, including an excellent seafood spot (with a floor-to-ceiling aquarium). For more great restaurants, check out our guide to the world's best places to eat.


The Aquarium

A floor-to-ceiling aquarium stocked with hundreds of exotic fish is the centerpiece of this stylish restaurant, which has stunning views of Dubai's Creek. The specialty, unsurprisingly, is seafood, sourced from around the world and prepared with Asian accents.
We loved: Roasted monkfish with baby bok choy, shiitake and ginger butter.


This brightly lit restaurant sits in an area known as Media City–the hub of the city's journalism and publishing industries. The Southern Italian menu is strong on pasta and seafood, and the wine racks are well stocked with Italian varietals, such as Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico from Barone Ricasoli.
We loved: Grilled swordfish with new potatoes.


In a wooden structure modeled on a traditional Emirati home, this restaurant overlooking the Persian Gulf has amazing views of the man-made Palm Jumeirah island. The menu reflects its waterside setting with imaginatively prepared seafood, like seared scallops in crispy pancetta.
We loved: Wild sea bass with artichoke ravioli and saffron cream.

Rhodes Mezzanine

British star chef Gary Rhodes specializes in inventive takes on British classics, like smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and delicate pressed tomato cakes that seem only slightly out of place in the Gulf.
We loved: Slow-roasted pork belly with sage, apple and onion tart.

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