The majority of establishments permitted to serve alcohol are located in the city's hotels, or in leisure complexes.
- Lime Tree Cafe - Jumeirah Beach Road. Unlicensed coffee shop / cafe serving good food. Pleasant outdoor seating area.
- Browse House Cafe - Sheikh Zayed Road. Friendly, unpretentious internet cafe
- Bahri Bar - Jumeirah. Great views of the bay, traditional Arabian theme to the decor. The Arabian tapas are recommended
- The Irish Village - the Aviation Club, Garhoud. Relaxed atmosphere, live music most nights and good food
- Longs Bar - Basement, Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. Popular pre-clubbing bar, serving good food
- Panini Cafe - Grand Hyatt Hotel. Good value lunch venue offering Italian deli style food
- Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira. Renowned for it's sumptuous buffet and spectacular views. Booking is advisable.
- Seville - Wafi City (pyramids complex), Bur Dubai. Spanish specialities and tapas
- Pier Chic - Madinat Jumeirah, entry via Al Qasr hotel. Stunning location on a pier overlooking the water and the famous Burj Al Arab hotel.
- Danial - Twin Towers, Deira. Serving a buffet with a wide variety of Arabic and Persian food
- Al Hambra - Al Qasr Hotel, Jumeirah. Spanish/Morrocan restaurant
Tipping is not expected, but is common practice. The majority of restaurants will add a service charge, usually 10% in Dubai, to your bill. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.
there are loads of restaurants in dubai - dubai is now being known for the number of restaurants that are around the city. From street shawarma places to exquisite 5 star boutique restaurants - you have it all! I personally love options indian restaurant in the convention centre. you could even go through www.menupages.ae
for a good idea of dubai's food scene.
I recommend the Bandar Bride Restaurant, located Murshid Bazar Opp. Abra, behind Commercial Bank Dubai (actually just after a pharmacy when I was there).
Very local restaurant, serving Kebabs. The shop does not look great if you come from your 5 star hotel ;-) but you shouldn't pay attention and take a table inside. Apparently only one of the waiters speaks English, but that's enough.
The food is very cheap and good: if you go for a Kebab plate for 50 dihrams (£6) you'll be surprised to see coming a soup, a salad starter, some bread, and a huge portion of kebab and rice.... too much I couldn't finish ;-)