Dinner à Deux: Romantic Dining in Dubai

DiningOut Dubai seeks out the most intimate candlelit corners for couples seeking the perfect spot for a romantic rendezvous


Pier chic {Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah; 971.4.366.6705} is one of Dubai’s finest seafood restaurants, bringing high-dining finesse to the beach. Head chef Paul Lupton – brought on board to head up the team this year, bringing with him a wealth of five-star experience – sources the freshest seafood to create suitably seasonal menus. Whether you’re feeding your loved one plump, salty oysters on the half shell, scooping up succulent lobster or enjoying soft flakes of perfectly cooked fish, this is superlative seafood. But the element that really elevates the whole experience to another level is the romantic setting: at the end of a wooden pier, extending from the beach into the sea, just down-coast from the epic, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. To make the most of the beach location, head down in the early evening to enjoy a cocktail with sunset, then watch the Burj’s nighttime light display flicker into life, reflected in the inky sea.

Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah - Romantic Restaurants Dubai


Nestled amongst the shop-lined alleys and meandering waterways that make up the Madinat Jumeirah, Segreto {Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah; 971. 4.432.3232} is one of Dubai’s most delicious hidden corners. Behind a carved wooden door, up a flight of stairs, is a softly-lit slice of Italy. The menu includes all the classics – meats, seafood, pastas and risottos – served with the inimitable finesse and passion of an authentically Italian team, with some surprising twists elevating delicious dishes still further; such as the carbonara di montagna, organic rigatoni, savoury sabayon and crispy duck speck. Head to the rooftop bar for an aperitivo before dinner and revel in glittering views over the Madinat, setting the tone for a romantic evening ahead.

Segreto Terrace at Madinat Jumeirah - Romantic Restaurants in Dubai

La Petite Maison

Bringing together southern French flavours and Italian flair, La Petite Maison {Gate Village 08, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai; 971.4.439.0505} is a sheer delight, with its chic Côte d’Azur vibe highlighting the best of sunny, healthy Mediterranean fare. The tone is set by the décor: clean and white, with crisp tablecloths and sparkling silverware – off-set by jewel-tone accents from the art adorning the walls, along with the regular turn-out of glamorous gossiping diners, sipping at a spectrum of colorful cocktails. The menu is a masterpiece in ‘Cuisine Niçoise’, the trademark fresh style of southern France. Local produce such as artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, peppers and girolles are used generously throughout the menu, complementing seafood, meat and fresh pasta with a light touch and buckets of flavor. This is the place for couples who want to see and be seen – whilst dining exceedingly well.

La Petite Maison Dubai - Romantic Restaurants


For those seeking a little privacy, Cave {Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road; 971.4.444.7111} is just the ticket: a discreet wine bar-restaurant with plenty of intimate tables and secluded corners, ideal for lovers with eyes for only each other. Although if you can tear yourself away from your loved one, there’s plenty to admire in the restaurant itself. The décor is warm, with exposed brickwork, bottles lining the walls, and polished wooden floors reflecting the soft golden lighting. The menu promises ‘modern Parisien soul food’ – which should be read as the most deliciously decadent sharing plates in town. Platters of artisanal cheese and charcuterie served with freshly baked bread and home-made pickles, classic fondue, escargots dripping with herbs, garlic and butter, and opulent mains of foie gras, confit lamb and moules marinière make for an evening of sensory delight – with the outlet’s wine connoisseurs ready and waiting to recommend the perfect accompanying old or new world vintage.

Cave at Conrad Dubai - Romantic Restaurants

Sea Fu

If it’s funky Asian style you’re after, take your loved one for an indulgent evening at seafood specialist Sea Fu {Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2; 971.4.270 7777}. Located at the heart of the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach, this atmospheric beachfront restaurant-come-lounge opens out onto a terrace that soaks up the idyllic sea views. Every plate here is designed to impress, and ideal for sharing – with a menu of impeccable sushi and fresh sashimi options, aromatic Asian salads and grilled meats and fish. The décor combines Asian design with Arabic warmth, featuring dark wood, clean lines and a warm palette lit by glowing lanterns. For the ultimate secluded evening, reserve one of the sunken lounges, complete with its very own fire pit and views over the Arabian Gulf.

Sea Fu Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach Dubai - Romantic Restaurants