Top 10 decadent restaurants in Dubai

In the glimmering Middle Eastern city of Dubai, where luxury is good and over-the-top opulence is even better, there’s no shortage of fancy restaurants.


Some are more decadent than others. Here are our top 10 stops on Dubai’s fine dining circuit. Be prepared for exquisite dishes by Michelin-starred chefs, with price tags to match.

Billionaire Mansion Dubai

The view from a table at Billionaire Mansion Dubai, the newly opened venue owned by Italian F1 boss Flavio Briatore, is a bit like going on safari.

Long-legged women roam in packs while men peacock in name-brand clothing.

And absolutely everything — from the white-suit-black-tie staff to the tree growing in the middle of the restaurant — is meant to catch the eye.

Located downtown in the Taj Dubai, this swanky spot doesn’t really pick up until after 9 p.m. when the brief performances — like silk ribbon dancing or sultry jazz singing — start.


The menu is split into Japanese and Italian. Dishes (like a tuna tartare with white truffle sauce or salt-crusted baked sea bass) are larger and less fussy than you would expect.

As the evening moves on, diners should be prepared for sparkler-equipped dancers or bull-masked hoverboard-riding staff to wind between tables.

Just like on safari, the more exotic animals come out at night.

 Credit card max-out: 125 grams of Beluga Volzhenka Caviar ($640).

Worth the splurge: The wasabi prawns with mango and golden passion fruit salsa. This lightly battered dish is salty, sweet, crunchy and, with five large prawns, just the right size ($40).

 Cavalli Club Dubai


Cavilli Club Dubai: Zebra stripes and Italian food.

Chandeliers made of Swarovski crystals hang from the ceiling of this purple-lit late-night venue where a large screen projects fashion shows on the wall.

It’s not subtle — but given that it’s done in collaboration with over-the-top designer Roberto Cavalli, that’s no real surprise.

Even the elevators are lined with zebra print fabric walls and the gold women’s bathroom is dotted with private back-lit makeup mirrors.

While Cavalli Club is definitely a party destination, it still offers a solid four-course Italian dinner.

Mains, like meaty monkfish tail poached in squid ink or Mediterranean sea bass wrapped in zucchini, are visually gorgeous if a little under-seasoned.

By 11 p.m. the DJ’s music will be pumping.

Credit card max-out: 850g of Wagyu grade 9+ New York steak ($681).

Worth the splurge: A dish of red prawns carpaccio with celery, cheese and watermelon soaked with Aperol spritz ($41).

Social by Heinz Beck

Heinz Beck, the chef behind Rome’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant La Pergola, has brought his unconventional brand of Italian cuisine to Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.

With pristine wooden floors, retro photos and glass-fronted kitchen, the decor of Social by Heinz Beck is classic luxury with a modern twist — a mantra that also extends to the menu.

Expect to find Italian staples such as tiramisu and carbonara turned completely on their heads.

The interior goes for a European high society feel.

There’s more of a typical Dubai vibe, from the terrace which offers a vista over the resort’s grounds and the sci-fi Marina skyline across the water.

Credit card max-out: The indulgent five-course tasting menu paired with wines from around the world ($226 per person).

Worth the splurge: The Heinz Beck signature, Fagottelli Carbonara. Delicately soft pasta parcels filled with hot pools of buttery sauce ($23).




Located at the end of a pier, this romantic over-water destination offers epic views of the sun setting across the Arabian Gulf.

Corner tables on the terrace enjoy uninterrupted views of the “seven-star” sparkling Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

The food here is fancy and elaborate — and has the price tag to match.

Oysters, caviar and lobster, topped with flourishes like truffle and foie gras, dominate the Mediterranean menu.

Portions are pleasantly large.

A rich starter of Alaskan king crab topped with caviar and saffron-infused hollandaise could easily be a main, while an elegant main of Chilean sea bass with smoked sweet potato could serve two.

Credit card max-out: 50 grams of Beluga Imperial Caviar ($776), whole line-caught sea bass ($245), or a seafood tower with oysters, lobsters, prawns, crab, salmon and more ($245).

Worth the splurge: The venue’s smoky sweet potato. Served alongside a dish of Chilean sea bass, it’s rich, sweet, caramelized and incredibly decadent ($68 for complete dish).

Nobu Dubai

Ask Dubai locals for a great Japanese restaurant, they’ll mention one of the holy three: Okku, Zuma or Nobu.

All are equally impressive, but Nobu, located in Dubai’s castle-shaped Atlantis hotel on the city’s man-made Palm Island, wins by location alone.


This chain restaurant (one of 33 around the world) is well-established for fantastic food.

Absent are traditional sleek and minimalist Japanese-style interiors.

Everything in this popular dining spot is decorated in mesh screens and curved wooden beams, creating the feeling of being caught in a giant fishing net with a hugely sexy twist.

Food is a rich take on Japanese fusion with Arabic touches, ranging from a spicy salmon miso taco to a creamy cheesecake with yuzu sorbet.

Credit card max-out: The Grade A9 Australian Wagyu Beef ($223) is incredible. Diners can choose from a range of styles but “anticucho” is highly recommended.

Worth the splurge: Nobu is famed for its Black Cod Miso ($60); while this will never disappoint, the lighter lobster quinoa ceviche salad ($53) is fantastic.


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