To call this city, graced with extravagant skyline views and the best fine-dining, a romantic city would be an understatement! Dubai has an infinite number of picture-perfect locations for all you lovebirds out there. So snap on your favourite LBD and embark on a romantic adventure with that special someone by hitting up some of the dreamiest restaurants that Dubai has to offer.
Here are six of our favourite spots that will have you and your S.O feeling all warm and tingly inside.
You can thank us later.
Thiptara, which translates from the native Thai language to, ‘Magic at the water’, holds true to its name. Thiptara lays on the serene Burj Lake and offers spectacular views of the Dubai fountains. Featuring dreamy Royal Thai-cuisine with Bangkok style influences, Thiptara will not disappoint in guaranteeing you and your S.O, the romantic dinner of a lifetime. Their set menu ranges from Dhs700-Dhs800 per couple and serves 5-star quality dishes. Our favourites include the Poo Nim Nad Phrik Tai Dum (deep fried softshell crab served onion and glazed in chili and black pepper sauce) and the Ped Sam Rod (roasted duck breast served with crispy fried onions and onion rings and topped with BBQ sauce).
Why we love it? Thiptara offers views that are to-die-for, which alone makes for a lovely romantic night. The Dubai Fountain show is a nice added bonus.
Where: The Palace Downtown
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website
2. Nathan Outlaw At Al Mahara
Nathan Outlaw is a famous, award-winning English chef, who has locally been crowned Dubai’s best seafood connoisseur for his creations at Nathan Outlaw At Al Mahara. Experience modern British seafood equipped with Outlaw’s artful simplicity, producing signature dishes such as the char-grilled tiger prawns served with asparagus, roast garlic, parsley and drizzled with lemon butter sauce. If high-end dining wasn't enough, the venue's wall-to-ceiling aquarium setting will give you a romantic experience unlike any other. And, if the date isn't going too great, provides a nice distraction.
Why we love it? Needless to say the wall-to-ceiling aquarium interiors of the restaurant have us mesmerized and, we can finally live out our dream of being in The Litte Mermaid, which is beyond exciting.
Where: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, website
3. Bateaux Dubai
Ever dreamed of being courted on a cruise? Well, with Bateaux Dubai you can do just that while taking in the panoramic views of the Dubai Creek and, indulging in freshly prepared gourmet cuisine within a sleek glass-enclosed interior. Some of the star dishes include the Australian Black Angus tenderloin, the Alaskan king crab and the oven roasted barbarie duck breast – delicious.
Why we love it? It's a glorious two-and-a-half-hours of fine-dining, stellar views and excellent service.
Where: Al Seef Street
Contact: +971 4 814 5553, website
If you and your S.O are craving some really delish seafood, then you might want to check out Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm. The romantic and intimate ambiance of the underwater restaurant is mesmerising but what makes this experience so surreal is its magnificent floor-to-ceiling aquarium that offers stunning views of the various marine life swimming past your table. There's live music and some pretty great drinks to try too.
Why we love it ? The breathtaking spiral stairway is sure to blow your mind and the food is oh so good.
Where: Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 426 2000, website
Eauzone at The One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai offers a blissful beachfront dinner which might be exactly what you need to de-stress and catch up with your S.O. Watch the sun go down from one of the restaurant's floating 'Majlis', which offer Instagram worthy views of the Arabian Sea that has been illuminated by beautiful twinkly lights. The highly raved about Asian-fusion cuisine is simply the cherry on top of what is sure to be a wonderful evening.
Why we love it: The ambience, especially at night, will make you fall in love all over again.
Where: The One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 399 9999, website
When it comes to date nights in Dubai, Pierchic is truly iconic. Overlooking the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf with a spectacular view of the Burj Al Arab, this haunt is perched on stilts at the end of a wooden pier. Chill out at the outdoor bar and soak in the sunny beach vibes before heading into a more chic yet cosy space for dinner. This gourmet seafood experience is sure to please the foodie and hopeless romantic in you.
Why we love it: The all-round views of the sea from the pier and the laid-back interiors make it the perfect spot for a laid-back romantic evening.
Where: Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah Dubai
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website