There are three months to the end of 2023, but if you think that means Dubai will start wrapping up the show, you would be very wrong. I’d say this is just the beginning. Dubai is ever-evolving, and no, there is no stopping the grind this city is on, especially when it comes to its culinary scene. Before 2023, we can expect to see at least 35 new restaurants and beach clubs opening in Dubai. So, let me take you on a little trip into the future so you can prepare for all that’s in store for the people of this city.
Restaurants Opening In October
Join the party at Celeste, an electrifying nightlife venue opening soon at SO/Uptown Dubai. While the hotel is already welcoming guests, the upscale cuisine and lively party atmosphere are set to debut a little later, promising a Parisian-Pigalle style experience.
Dubai’s first and only entirely vegetal dining experience is relocating to Dubai Hills Business Park. From the culinary geniuses behind Tresind Studio and Aamara, Avatara offers a 16-course tasting menu inspired by simple seasonal ingredients and a commitment to pure, clean and natural produce
3. Asia Asia Palm Jumeirah
a In October, Asia Asia Palm Jumeirah will unveil its panoramic rooftop views of Dubai’s iconic landmarks. This 10,000-square-foot space offers a dynamic mix of dining, a bustling bar area, and an inviting terrace, perfect for those seeking an unforgettable dining experience.
4. 42 Midtown Dubai
Inspired by the bustling streets of New York City, 42 Midtown Dubai is set to redefine dining in the leafy Greens neighbourhood. This sophisticated restobar seamlessly combines the essence of New York with Dubai’s charm. Dark woods, monochrome prints, and lush greenery set the stage for an inviting atmosphere.
Step back in time to the glamorous 1920s with Aretha, a chic restaurant and lounge opening at St. Regis Gardens. Live entertainment reminiscent of the jazz age, plush seating, opulent gold accents, and glittering chandeliers will transport you to a bygone era.
6. Blue Box Café
Get ready for Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the Blue Box Café opening at The Dubai Mall. This collaboration between the iconic jewellery brand Tiffany & Co. and Rikas Hospitality Group will immerse you in a world of Tiffany blue elegance and culinary delights.
7. Benny Mack’s
October brings exciting news for residents of Town Square Dubai with the opening of Benny Mack’s by Ben’s Farmhouse. Immerse yourself in the charm of a London gastro-pub right in the heart of Dubai. Chef Ben Tobbit’s carefully crafted menu combines British flavours with a global twist.
Fundamental Hospitality presents Evie’s, a new restaurant opening in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Although details are limited, anticipate imaginative dining and entertainment bound to leave a lasting impression.
A Spanish Culinary Sensation and Renowned Andalusian chef, Dani García, is bringing his culinary magic to Dubai with Leña, his first restaurant in the city. Get ready for a sleek steakhouse experience at St. Regis Gardens on Palm Jumeirah.
Say hello to Papa’s, the Italian restaurant replacing Jason Atherton’s Marina Social at InterContinental Dubai Marina. With its classic Italian trattoria vibe and rich, time-honored flavours, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Italy.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates welcomes XU, a trendy Cantonese restaurant boasting bright neon interiors designed for Instagram-worthy moments. With an expertly curated soundtrack and classic Cantonese dishes, XU promises to be the new hotspot in town.
12. Tania’s Teahouse
Tania’s Teahouse, the beloved pink cafe on Jumeirah Beach Road, is moving to a new location at Dubai Hills Business Park. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an alcohol license, the revamped menu and event spaces promise an elevated dining experience.
13. Franky In Florence
Tom Arnel, the culinary mastermind behind some of Dubai’s favourite Aussie-inspired spots, introduces The Park, a three-story foodie haven in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Coming soon is Franky in Florence, an open-sky Italian restaurant where you can savour aperitivo spritz and wood-fired pizza.
Beach Clubs Opening In October
14. The 305 Dubai
Embrace the Miami-meets-Palm Springs vibes at The 305 Dubai, nestled on Palm West Beach. With its cool beach club atmosphere, surrounded by swaying palm trees, this hotspot pays homage to the Magic City. Expect sun-soaked days on the beach, refreshing dips in the pool, and a mouthwatering South Florida-inspired menu.
15. BCH: CLB
W Dubai – The Palm is set to introduce BCH: CLB, its brand-new beach club. Details are still under wraps but expect a vibrant restaurant, a sandy bar for sundowners, a cabana-lined pool, and a retail area for your beach club essentials.
Limonata, sister restaurant to the vibrant Amalfi-inspired Lucia’s in Downtown Dubai, offers a family-friendly atmosphere at Club Vista Mare. With a pet-friendly beach, indoor dining area, and alfresco terrace, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing meal.
Restaurants Opening In November
Fans of Samakje, the contemporary Lebanese restaurant, will be delighted to hear that it’s relocating to St Regis Gardens. The restaurant and its lounge bar, Harbour971, are set to reopen soon.
18. Smoki Moto
Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah is already welcoming guests, with Smoki Moto, a high-end Korean steakhouse, scheduled to open later this year. Prepare to be dazzled by tabletop barbecues and fresh ingredients.
19. Maison La Plage
Opening later this year on Palm Jumeirah, Maison La Plage is a beachfront restaurant by Fundamental Hospitality. Inspired by the sun-drenched shores of the South of France, this eatery promises a delectable Mediterranean experience.
Beach Clubs Opening In November
20. La Vita
La Vita, a new beach club on Palm Jumeirah, offers an exclusive experience at the southernmost point of Palm West Beach. With ultra-luxury residences nearby, it’s a concept by Mine & Yours Group that’s set to redefine beachside living.
Restaurants Opening In December
21. Market Island
Dubai Festival City Mall is set to become home to Market Island, the Middle East’s largest food hall, opening in December 2023. With 53 venues, dedicated restaurant spaces, bars, lounges, live entertainment, and a wide variety of cuisines, it’s a culinary paradise within a mall.
22. Alba Restaurant And Bisou
Dubai Opera District will soon welcome two new restaurants, Alba Restaurant and Bisou, by Metafoodies Restaurants Management. Alba Restaurant offers a ‘Mediterr-Asian’ experience, while Bisou Restaurant blends modern French Middle Eastern cuisine. Both promise a unique dining adventure that combines the best of two culinary worlds right at the doorstep of Dubai Opera.
23. Arrazuna By Mehmet Gürs
Arrazuna by Mehmet Gürs is not your ordinary dining destination. With eight open kitchens and a gourmet retail offering, this high-end food hall at The Link boasts vibrant flavours from the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula. Expect a diverse culinary experience in a dynamic setting.
24. DuangDy By Bo.Lan
Experience the cutting-edge Thai cuisine of Bangkok at DuangDy by Bo.Lan, a restaurant opening at The Link later this year. This exciting addition offers a fusion of Thai flavours that will transport your taste buds to the bustling streets of Bangkok.
Tapasake, a One&Only homegrown concept already present in the Maldives and Montenegro, promises elevated Nikkei cuisine at The Link with access to the UAE’s longest infinity pool. Enjoy Japanese-Peruvian dishes poolside on plush cabanas while taking in stunning Dubai skyline views.
From London’s prestigious Mayfair district, upscale Indian restaurant Jamavar is set to open in the final quarter of 2023. Expect a show-stopping dining hall, a chic bar, and a charming outdoor terrace offering a menu that combines pan-Indian flavours with local ingredients.
27. La Dame De Pic
Enlivened by Anne-Sophie Pic, La Dame de Pic is a chic restaurant found in foodie capitals worldwide. Dubai welcomes this exquisite French dining experience at The Link at One&Only Za’abeel, offering a sophisticated ambience and delectable French fine dining dishes.
28. Ninive At Bab Al Shams
Ninive, a beloved Middle Eastern eatery in DIFC, is expanding to Bab Al Shams. Recreating the ambience of a Bedouin tent, Ninive at Bab Al Shams promises an enchanting atmosphere and elevated Middle Eastern and Anatolian cuisine.
Prepare for NAC (North Audley Canteen), a trendy Mayfair eatery opening soon in Dubai. Offering picture-perfect sharing plates inspired by chic Parisian restaurants, NAC is your go-to spot for a relaxed get-together with friends and indulgent desserts.
30. Osterio Funkcoolio
Chef Akmal Anuar is introducing Osteria Funkcoolio, a restaurant that blends Italian and Japanese cuisines. Located in Port De La Mer, this eatery offers innovative Itameshi creations that showcase the best of both worlds.
31. Qabu By Paco Morales
Paco Morales adds a fine dining touch to Andalusian cuisine with Qabu by Paco Morales. This destination offers a bar area and an elegant dining room, serving up the rich culinary history of Cordoba in an inviting setting.
32. StreetXO By Dabiz Muñoz
From Madrid’s culinary scene comes StreetXO by Dabiz Muñoz, a concept that fuses international street food with haute cuisine. Located at The Link at One&Only Za’abeel, this eatery promises a dynamic dining experience in an informal setting.
33. Sagetsu By Tetsuya Wakuda
No Dubai dining scene is complete without a Japanese restaurant, and Sagetsu by Tetsuya Wakuda at The Link at One&Only Za’abeel is set to impress. This Michelin-starred chef brings traditional and modern Japanese cuisine to the table, highlighting natural, seasonal flavours.
Tang, opening in December at Palace Downtown, pays homage to contemporary Japanese izakayas and Cantonese eateries. With fusion Asian flavors and breathtaking Burj Khalifa views, it’s a culinary journey named after the Tang dynasty.
35. Brass Monkey, City Walk
Brass Monkey is already a hit on Bluewaters and is set to open its second venue in City Walk. This new location, opening later this year, promises the same relaxed vibes, games, bowling, and delicious dining options.
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