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Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023 – shortlist revealed

New categories have been introduced as the awards return for their 18th year

The best restaurants in the city are about to be revealed by Time Out Dubai – so we’re kicking off by unveiling the top ten eateries in more than 30 categories.

Dubai’s best restaurants are all set to be announced on Thursday, February 23 from 8pm at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay.

As we begin the countdown, it’s time to reveal the top ten nominees across all categories.

That’s right – we are presenting more than 250 of Dubai’s best restaurants right here with the hotly anticipated Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023 shortlist.

Now in their 18th year, the awards are among the longest-running, most established dining awards in the Middle East.

Over the past 12 months, Dubai’s restaurant scene has continued to build on its position as a global dining destination. It is now bigger and brighter than ever before and the competition has never been more fierce.

For more than 20 years, Time Out’s reviewers have conducted anonymous, independent restaurant visits to establish which eateries are worth your dirhams.

Week in, week out, Time Out visits dozens of restaurants across Dubai, covering everything from family-friendly lunches to swish dinners and cosy afternoon teas to elegant brunches.

Our reviewers spend months experiencing Dubai’s restaurants independently, paying their own way – just as you do.

That’s why Time Out’s restaurant reviews and awards are so trusted. Because we know there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Want to know more about our review process? Click here.

In just four weeks, on Thursday February 23, the winners of the 18th edition of the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards will be announced.

From Japanese to Thai, budget to luxury, brunch to afternoon tea, Dubai’s restaurant scene is ever-evolving and ever-exciting.

Our categories address it all, including popular cuisines across the city as well as themes and occasions.

New categories in 2023

This year, to reflect the increasing breadth and diversity of Dubai’s dining offerings, the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards introduce a dedicated category for the Best Turkish restaurants in the city, in addition to new sections for Best Bakery or Patisserie, Best Pizzeria and Best Vegan restaurants.

For the first time ever, Time Out Dubai will also celebrate the city’s most impressive front-of-house teams with the Great Service Award, designed to highlight exceptional guest experiences delivered with knowledge, confidence and personality.

Also in our Grand Prix categories, we address the growing strength and popularity of chef-led dining by introducing a Best Tasting or Degustation Menu Experience to the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023.

Save the date

Dubai’s best restaurants are all set to be announced at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023 ceremony, a private event for more than 600 of Dubai’s best chefs and restaurateurs held on Thursday, February 23 at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay.

Bookings for tickets are now live with a special early bird deal set to run for seven days only.

To purchase tickets click here.

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023 – shortlist revealed

ASIAN 

Indochine
  • Asia Asia, Pier 7 
  • BB Social Dining, DIFC 
  • Indochine, DIFC 
  • Jun’s, Downtown Dubai  
  • Mayabay, Jumeirah Al Naseem 
  • Saigon, JLT 
  • Shanghai Me, DIFC 
  • Taiko, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk 
  • Vietnamese Foodies, JLT 
  • Wawa Dining, Al Barsha 

CHINESE

Tàn Chá
  • Demon Duck, Caesars Palace Dubai  
  • Din Tai Fung, Mall of the Emirates 
  • Hakkasan, Atlantis The Palm 
  • Hutong, DIFC  
  • Long Teng Seafood Restaurant, Business Bay 
  • Maiden Shanghai, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai  
  • Royal China, DIFC 
  • Tàn Chá, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai  
  • The China Club, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek  
  • Zheng He’s, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam 

EUROPEAN  

Twiggy by La Cantine
  • BOCA, DIFC 
  • carine, Emirates Golf Club 
  • CouCou Dubai, The Palm Tower 
  • folly, Souk Madinat Jumeirah 
  • Lana Lusa, Wasl 51 
  • Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina 
  • Myrra by OPA, Club Vista Mare 
  • Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa 
  • SAL, Burj Al Arab 
  • Twiggy by La Cantine, Park Hyatt Dubai 

FRENCH  

LPM Restaurant & Bar
  • Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai  
  • Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina 
  • Brasserie Boulud, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk 
  • Couqley French Brasserie, Pullman Dubai Downtown  
  • French Riviera, Jumeirah Al Qasr  
  • L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon, DIFC 
  • La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers 
  • LPM Restaurant & Bar, DIFC  
  • Pierre’s TT, InterContinental Dubai Festival City 
  • The Maine Land Brasserie, The Opus by OMNIYAT 

GREEK 

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Avli by tashas
  • Avli by tashas, DIFC 
  • Fish Beach Taverna, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina  
  • GAIA, DIFC 
  • Kyma Beach, Palm West Beach  
  • Mythos Kouzina & Grill, Armada Avenue Hotel JLT 
  • Nammos, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach 
  • OPA, Fairmont Dubai  
  • Philotimos, Dar Wasl Mall  
  • Shimmers, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam 
  • Taverna Greek Kitchen, Souk Madinat Jumeirah 

INDIAN 

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Tandoor Tina
  • Armani/Amal, Armani Hotel Dubai 
  • Bombay Borough, DIFC 
  • Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai 
  • Carnival by Trèsind, DIFC  
  • Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai Marina 
  • Indya by Vineet, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa  
  • Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 
  • Tandoor Tina, 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central  
  • The Crossing, The H Dubai 
  • Trèsind, One&Only Royal Mirage  

ITALIAN  

The Artisan
  • Chic Nonna, DIFC 
  • Cinque, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai  
  • Cipriani, DIFC  
  • Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem 
  • Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Bulgari Resort Dubai 
  • L’Amo Bistrò Del Mare, Dubai Harbour Yacht Club  
  • Ristorante Loren, Palm West Beach 
  • Scalini, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach 
  • The Artisan, DIFC 
  • The Nice Guy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers

JAPANESE

ROKA
  • 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Address Downtown
  • Clap, DIFC
  • Gohan, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori, Galleria Mall
  • Kinoya, The Onyx Tower
  • Mimi Kakushi, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • Nobu, Atlantis The Palm
  • Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, Dar Wasl Mall
  • ROKA, The Opus by OMNIYAT
  • Zuma, DIFC

LATIN AMERICAN

La Niña
  • Amazónico Dubai, DIFC
  • Amelia Restaurant & Lounge, Address Sky View Dubai
  • COYA, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • En Fuego, Atlantis The Palm
  • Fusion Ceviche, JLT
  • La Niña, DIFC
  • Onze, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
  • Sucre, DIFC
  • SUSHISAMBA, The Palm Tower
  • Tamoka, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

NORTH AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN

Best seafood restaurants in Dubai, The Maine
The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
  • Americano, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, Rixos Premium Dubai
  • Bull & Bear, DIFC
  • Canary Club, JLT
  • Miss Lily’s, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
  • Nola Eatery & Social House, JLT
  • The Blacksmith Bar & Eatery, Business Bay
  • The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, Doubletree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach
  • Ting Irie, Downtown Dubai
  • Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

LEBANESE

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Al Nafoorah
  • Al Beiruti, The Pointe
  • Al Hallab Bab El Bahr, Downtown Dubai
  • Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Al Qasr
  • Al Safadi Restaurant, The Pointe
  • Allo Beirut, Hessa Street
  • Café Beirut, Downtown Dubai
  • Em Sherif, Downtown Dubai
  • Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
  • Karam Beirut, Mall of the Emirates
  • Samakjé, The Pointe

MENA

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Orfali Bros Bistro
  • Al Qbabh Seafood Restaurant, Al Awir
  • Alaya, DIFC
  • Bait Maryam, JLT
  • Bushra by Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai Marina
  • Mama’esh, Al Manara
  • Ninive, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • Orfali Bros Bistro, Wasl 51
  • Shabestan, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
  • Three by Eva, Al Wasl
  • VAGA, Bluewaters Dubai

THAI

The Thai Kitchen
  • Asian Street by Thai, JLT
  • Benjarong, Dusit Thani Dubai
  • Café Isan, Armada Avenue Hotel JLT
  • Mekong, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
  • Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr
  • Sticky Rice, JVC
  • The Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt Dubai
  • Thiptara, Palace Downtown
  • Tong Thai, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Wise Kwai, DusitD2 Kenz Hotel

TURKISH

Asil
  • Asil, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
  • Günaydin, Souk Al Bahar
  • Hayal, The St. Regis Downtown Dubai
  • Istanbul Flower, Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Lezzet Turkish Restaurant, Dubai Hills Mall
  • Ruby, Al Wasl
  • Sirali, Al Habtoor City
  • Sultan Saray, Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Turkish Village, Dubai Festival City
  • Zou Zou Dubai, JBR

AFTERNOON TEA

Al Fayrooz Lounge
  • Al Fayrooz Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr
  • Al Mandhar Lounge, Jumeirah Al Naseem
  • Bijou Patisserie, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
  • Blüthner Hall, Raffles The Palm Dubai
  • Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
  • Mashrabiya Lounge, Fairmont The Palm
  • Mosaico, Palazzo Versace Dubai
  • Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai
  • Sahn Eddar, Burj Al Arab
  • Shai Salon & Terrace, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

À LA CARTE BRUNCH

Mimi Kakushi
  • Alici, Bluewaters Dubai
  • BB Social Dining, DIFC
  • Bushra by Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai Marina
  • COYA, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • Hutong, DIFC
  • Mayabay, Jumeirah Al Naseem
  • Mimi Kakushi, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • ROKA, The Opus by OMNIYAT
  • Zuma, DIFC

BUFFET BRUNCH

Traiteur
  • Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • Bubbalicious, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  • Into the Jungle, Palazzo Versace Dubai
  • London Social, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
  • Saffron 2.0, Atlantis The Palm
  • Suq, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • The Magical Vintage Brunch, Jumeirah Al Qasr
  • Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai
  • Wanderlust, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Yalumba, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

BAKERY OR PATISSERIE

Flaky Pastry Croissant Co.
  • Bageri Form, Dubai Design District
  • Birch Bakery, Al Quoz
  • Cake Bloom, Umm Suqeim
  • Flaky Pastry Croissant Co., City Walk
  • KAYU Bakehouse, Nad Al Sheba
  • Madeleine Et Marcel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • Mélange, Bloomingdale’s The Dubai Mall
  • Rise and Dawn Bakehouse, Trade Center 1
  • Risen Café & Artisanal Bakery, Millennium Place Marina
  • Room 1618, Mirdif Hills

BAR FOOD

Salmon Guru
  • Attiko, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi
  • Barfly by Buddha-Bar, Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Black Flamingo, Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah
  • Ergo, The Dubai EDITION
  • Honeycomb Hi-Fi, Pullman Dubai Downtown
  • Iris Dubai, Meydan Racecourse
  • Monkey Bar, 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central
  • Salmon Guru, The Opus by OMNIYAT
  • SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm
  • Tiki’s by Canary Club, JLT

BREAKFAST

The Grey
  • 21grams, Umm Suqeim
  • Café Beirut, Downtown Dubai
  • carine, Emirates Golf Club
  • DRIFT Beach, One&Only Royal Mirage
  • Kaftan, Umm Suqeim
  • La Maison Ani, The Dubai Mall
  • LOWE, Al Barari
  • SAN Beach, Palm West Beach
  • Tashas Al Jalila, Al Wasl
  • The Grey, Al Wasl

BUDGET

Cajun-spiced seafest dump at Dampa Seafood Grill in Dubai
Dampa Seafood Grill
  • Al Ustad Special Kebab, Bur Dubai
  • Allo Beirut, JBR
  • Bosnian House, Umm Suqeim
  • Bu Qtair, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 2
  • Calicut Paragon, Al Karama
  • Dampa Seafood Grill, Deira
  • Khori Special Kabab Restaurant, Al Mamzar
  • Mama’esh, Al Manara
  • Ravi Restaurant, Al Satwa
  • The Little Bali, JLT

BURGER BAR

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023
High Joint
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
  • GOAT, Dubai Design District
  • Good Burger at Maiz Tacos, JLT
  • High Joint, Al Manara
  • LENTO, Al Wasl
  • Meat Me There, Umm Suqeim
  • Pickl, JLT
  • Salt Bae Burger, DIFC
  • SALT, Kite Beach
  • Smash and Sear at Maxzi The Good Food Shop, Al Quoz

CAFÉ

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023
NETTE
  • 21grams, Umm Suqeim
  • La Maison Ani, The Dubai Mall
  • LOWE, Al Barari
  • Lulu and the Beanstalk, DIFC
  • NETTE, Al Quoz
  • Nightjar, Al Quoz
  • SLAB, Mercato Mall
  • Stomping Grounds, Jumeirah 1
  • Teible, Jaddaf Waterfront
  • The Surf Café by Leen’s, Umm Suqeim

FAMILY

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023
The Duck Hook
  • Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm
  • Jones the Grocer The Palm, Palm West Beach
  • Maison Mathis, Arabian Ranches
  • Phileas Fogg, Montgomerie Golf Academy
  • Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
  • The Byron Bathers Club, Palm Jumeirah
  • The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club
  • The Irish Village, Al Garhoud
  • The Scene, Pier 7
  • Wavehouse, Atlantis The Palm

OUTDOOR

Shimmers
Shimmers
  • Café Beirut by The Sea, Fairmont The Palm
  • French Riviera, Jumeirah Al Qasr
  • Kyma Beach, Palm West Beach
  • Lucky Fish, Palm West Beach
  • Ninive, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • Onze, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
  • SAL, Burj Al Arab
  • Shimmers, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
  • Summersalt by Kayto, Jumeirah Al Naseem
  • Twiggy by La Cantine, Park Hyatt Dubai

PIZZERIA

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023
Moon Slice
  • Blu Pizzeria, Umm Suqeim
  • Bussola Pizzeria, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  • Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, JLT
  • L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, City Walk
  • Moon Slice, Dar Wasl Mall
  • Motorino Pizzeria, JA Ocean View Hotel
  • Pitfire Pizza, JLT
  • Pulcinella Restaurant, Dubai Sports City
  • Rossovivo Artisan Pizza, Business Bay
  • Trattoria by Cinque, FIVE Jumeirah Village

PUB FOOD

Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2023
Reform Social & Grill
  • Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel
  • Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Goose Island Tap House, FIVE Jumeirah Village
  • JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana JBR
  • McCafferty’s Bar, WAFI
  • McGettigan’s JLT, voco Bonnington Dubai
  • Phileas Fogg, Montgomerie Golf Academy
  • Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
  • The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai
  • The Irish Village, Al Garhoud

SEAFOOD

Alici
  • Alici, Bluewaters Dubai
  • Azeema Seafood Restaurant, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 2
  • Blue Seafood Asia, DIFC
  • Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
  • L’Amo Bistrò Del Mare, Dubai Harbour Yacht Club
  • Long Teng Seafood Restaurant, Business Bay
  • Lucky Fish, Palm West Beach
  • Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr
  • Samakjé, The Pointe
  • The Beach Bar & Grill, One&Only Royal Mirage

STEAKHOUSE OR GRILL

Hunter & Barrel
Hunter & Barrel
  • 11 Woodfire, Jumeirah 1
  • Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria DIFC
  • Bushman’s, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
  • Hunter & Barrel, Vida Emirates Hills
  • Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Rhain, Conrad Dubai
  • Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, Atlantis The Palm
  • STK Dubai, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
  • The Meat Co., Souk Madinat Jumeirah

VEGAN

SEVA Table
  • Folia, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • Green Earth Café, Wasl 51
  • Just Vegan, Umm Suqeim
  • Little Erth by NABZ&G, JLT
  • Moby, Al Qouz
  • Neat Burger, The Dubai Mall
  • Planet Terra, The Greens
  • SEVA Table, Jumeirah 1
  • Wabi Sabi, Mirdif Avenue Mall
  • Wild & the Moon, Al Qouz

GREAT SERVICE AWARD

Ossiano Dubai
  • Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab
  • Brasserie Boulud, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
  • Hutong, DIFC
  • Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Bulgari Resort Dubai
  • Jun’s, Downtown Dubai
  • Lana Lusa, Wasl 51
  • Mayabay, Jumeirah Al Naseem
  • Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
  • Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • TakaHisa, Caesars Palace Dubai

TASTING OR DEGUSTATION MENU EXPERIENCE

Moonrise
  • Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab
  • Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai
  • Avatara, voco Dubai Hotel
  • Hoseki, Bulgari Resort Dubai
  • Moonrise, Eden House Al Satwa
  • Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
  • STAY by Yannick Alleno, One&Only The Palm
  • TakaHisa, Caesars Palace Dubai
  • The Experience by Reif Othman, Dar Wasl Mall
  • Trèsind Studio, Nakheel Mall

CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

cafe isan
Café Isan
  • Café Isan, Armada Avenue Hotel JLT
  • Couqley French Brasserie, Pullman Dubai Downtown
  • Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
  • Kinoya, Onyx Tower
  • Maison Mathis, Arabian Ranches
  • Miss Lily’s, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
  • Mythos Kouzina & Grill, Armada Avenue Hotel JLT
  • Tandoor Tina, 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central
  • Taverna Greek Kitchen, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • The Byron Bathers Club, Palm Jumeirah

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