Bur Dubai is a bustling district full of busy souks, shops and restaurants, which means residents have no shortage of things to do while living here. If you are a foodie, you will certainly enjoy exploring the many hidden gems, high-end restaurants and other scintillating dining options in the area. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 of the best restaurants in Bur Dubai.
1 – TOMO
Stunning views, superb sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine —what else can you ask for? Let’s just say that TOMO ticks all the boxes when it comes to food from the land of the rising sun. From steamed egg custard with shrimp and succulent octopus to thinly sliced cuttlefish and chicken dishes, the list goes on. What makes TOMO the best Japanese restaurant in Bur Dubai? Everything from the starters to the mains is made from ingredients that are imported right from Japan. For an authentic Japanese dining experience, we recommend sitting on Japanese tables — low tables which require you to sit on the floor. A great option for those renting apartments in Oud Metha, this Japanese restaurant is perfect for celebrating special occasions.
- Cuisine: Japanese
- Average price for two: AED 350
- Location: Raffles Hotel, Dubai
- Contact: 04-357-7888
- Opening hours: 12:30 pm to 03:30 pm (Lunch) |06:30 pm till 12:00 am (Dinner)
2 – Miss Wang
A great spot for some budget-friendly Chinese cuisine, Miss Wang is the first on our list of good Chinese eateries this side of Dubai. Located at the Majestic Retreat Hotel, Miss Wang operates as a pan-Asian bar and restaurant. Aside from an extensive drinks menu, the food here is pretty popular too. Try their Khao Soi as a starter, a Thai chicken soup with noodles. Follow this by selecting any of their delectable mains like Ramen Noodles, flavoured in red curry and coconut milk. Wrap up your experience with a sweet Vietnamese banana cake or a selection of Asian-inspired sorbets.
- Cuisine: Asian
- Average price for two: AED 250
- Location: Majestic Retreat Hotel, Mankhool Road
- Contact: 04-359-8888
- Opening hours: 06:00 pm to 03:00 am
3 – Al Fanar Seafood Market
Paying homage to the Dubai of the 1960’s, Al Fanar Seafood Market specialises in authentic Emirati cuisine. A go-to seafood restaurant for most locals, the dining experience here is pretty simple — make your choice of fish, choose how you would like it cooked, select your rice and enjoy. The Robyan Mashwi (grilled shrimp) and the Saloona Samak (fish stew) are homely tasty and comforting. There is also a seafood all-day-breakfast available with items like Khoboz Khameer al Jazeeri (deep fried bread) and Shakshooka (poached eggs). A short walk away for those renting flats in Umm Hurair, this is one of the restaurants in Bur Dubai that’s especially popular during winters.
- Cuisine: Emirati, seafood
- Average price for two: AED 220
- Location: Al Seef Street, Umm Hurair
- Contact: 04-396-6669
- Opening hours: 08:30 am to 11:00 pm
4 – Al Ustaad Special Kebab
A fine Iranian feast awaits at the Al Ustaad Kebab. A much-beloved Bur Dubai diner, this place has been around for more than 40 years. How it managed to stick around for so long isn’t surprising. Key to its popularity and longevity are its signature chargrilled meats. The dining experience hints at the history of the place too, with walls decked with photographs of past diners as well as the restaurant’s late proprietor. Start off your culinary adventure with a thick hearty bowl of lentil soup. You won’t regret it.
- Cuisine: Kebab
- Average price for two: AED 70
- Location: Al Mankhool Road, near Al Fahidi Metro Station
- Contact: 04-397-1933
- Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm, 06:30 pm to 01:00 am |06:30 pm to 01:00 am (Fridays) |12:00 pm to 04:00 am, 06:30 pm to 01:00 am (Saturdays)
5 – Elia
Elia is as close to an authentic Greek tavern that you can find this side of Dubai. The authentic Greek staff, music and decorations adds to the charm. To start off, try the traditional Fasolada Soup —served with Feta cheese — or Grilled Cypriot Halloumi served with succulent fig marmalade. For your mains, we recommend the brick oven-baked whole Sea Bass and Greek Style Lamb Chops that are served with potato salad and roasted tomato. For dessert, order a plain Greek yoghurt or a traditionally Greek Galaktoboroureko — a sweet treat made from custard, fresh milk, vanilla and a filo pastry.
- Cuisine: Greek
- Average price for two: AED 290
- Location: Majestic City Retreat Hotel – Al Mankhool Road
- Contact: 04-501-2690
- Opening hours: 07:00 pm to 11:30 pm
6 – Little Bangkok
Looking for some Thai or Chinese food after a long day at work? One of the best cheap restaurants in Bur Dubai, Little Bangkok is just what you need for authentic Asian cuisine. For the best dining experience, order one of their platters. Their LBBK Mixed Thai platters, for example, includes prawn shrimp rolls, fried prawn wonton, Nam Nuang and Gai Satay. For those extra hot summer days, chill out with a cold glass of Tom Yum Cooler —iced lemongrass juice with lemon and hint of lime —or Cha Manao which is a street-style Thai iced tea with lemon.
• Cuisine: Thai, Asian, Chinese
• Average price for two: AED 215
• Location: 10th Street, Oud Metha, Near American Hospital – Dubai
• Contact: +971-800-2264565
• Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm
7 – ILA Restaurant & Café
ILA is a prime spot to visit as a pit-stop during a day Creekside. This restaurant in Al Seef is an ideal retreat for lazy weekend mornings owed to its amazing breakfast menu. Try their flavoursome shakshuka and falafel. Why? If you aren’t a fan of Arabic food, you will be after trying this combo. Also, although the ILA Restaurant & Café has a variety of dishes to choose from, we recommend trying packages that are patron favourites like the Zooj Traditional Fetour for two with an option of a plain omelette or Shuk Shaka.
- Cuisine: Arabian, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
- Average price for two: AED 190Location: Al Seef St – Umm Hurair, Dubai
- Contact: 04-358-5822
- Opening hours: 07:00 am to 01:00 am
8 – Doors Freestyle Grill
For the best non-veg restaurants in Bur Dubai, start with the Doors Freestyle Grill. Inspired by Turkish steakhouses, Mediterranean and Chinese cuisine, this fusion restaurant owes its fame to distinct flavourful delicacies. Located at a great waterfront destination in Al Seef, Doors Freestyle Grill brings an extra flair to the steakhouse culture in Bur Dubai with unique meat options. From lamb chops to beef salted tenderloin and a ribeye steak cooked to perfection — a day at this steakhouse is sure to satisfy the pickiest meat lovers. To enhance your dining experience, order one of their chef’s special starters like Beef Kadayif. In addition to an extensive meat menu, the eatery also features a great range of items in its seafood, dessert, beverages and salads section.
- Cuisine: Seafood, steak
- Average price for two: AED 540
- Location: Al Seef Street, Umm Hurair, Dubai
- Contact: 050-700-0375
- Opening hours: 04:00 pm to 01:00 am (Sunday to Wednesday)| 04:00 pm to 02:00 am (Thursdays)|12:00 pm to 01:00 am (Friday to Saturday)
9 – Rajdhani Street
The best place for Indian street food in Bur Dubai at reasonable prices, Rajdhani Street is a well-known eatery, especially amongst expats from South Asia. Situated in the popular Rajdhani thali restaurant, the concept here is executed well – Indian street food served in a quirky setting. The place is pretty Instagrammable too, with colourful geometric patterns on the walls and a brick wall adorned with food-themed pop art on one side. One piece of décor features the popular “Dabbawala” lunchbox delivery service in India. Additionally, Rajdhani Street is also a prime eatery for vegetarian food like Sev Puri —diced potatoes, tomatoes and onions served on discs of fried bread. We also recommend their Malabari paratha, a South Indian flatbread. All in all, its one of the best Indian restaurants in Bur Dubai.
- Cuisine: Indian
- Average price for two: AED 120
- Location: Opposite Ministry of Interior, Ground floor, Al Khafajy Building
- Contact: 056-436-3988
- Opening hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
10 – Grub Shack
A great place to rustle up some grub, the Grub Shack is a family-owned business that has grown from a humble shack in Sharjah to one of the best places for East Asian dishes in Dubai. The venue itself is a sight to behold too. With reels of bare bulb lights, shuttered windows and loose wires, Grub Shack makes you feel like you are dining in a fairground. Suffice it to say, if you love eateries with a bit of character, you will definitely feel at home here. But of course, it’s the food that really draws you here. For a taste of their best sellers, start your meal with the Firecracker Shrimp. Topped with crispy fried noodles and spring onions, this dish will give you a zesty start to your day.
- Cuisine: Goan, Chinese, Indian,
- Average price for two: AED 180
- Location: Building # 41, Near Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City
- Contact: 04-427-1103
- Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am |12:00 pm to 11:00 am (Saturdays)
11 – Arabian Tea House
In the historic Al Fahidi district near Bur Dubai’s busiest shopping district lies the Arabian Tea House — an eatery featuring a large courtyard popular with art lovers, residents and expats alike. A good Arabic restaurant in Bur Dubai, this place truly takes you back to simpler times in the UAE before Dubai became the tourist hotspot and cultural melting pot it is today. Specializing in authentic Arabic cuisine, food options here include everything from starters like Sambosas and Fattoush salads to Emirati breakfast spreads and seasonal traditional mains like Nashef Leham. This is also one of the most popular breakfast spots in Dubai.
- Cuisine: Arabic, Emirati, Middle Eastern
- Average price for two: AED 210
- Location: Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai
- Contact: 04-353-5071
- Opening hours: 07:00 am to 10:00 pm
That’s a wrap of our picks for best restaurants in Bur Dubai. If you live in Dubai, or plan to visit, make sure you try other famous eateries that the emirate is famous for. While there are several other good restaurants in Bur Dubai, you can always travel to other parts of Dubai for the best cuisine. For example, there are several restaurants in Arabian Ranches that can definitely be part of your trip. Looking for eateries near the beach? Try our recommendations for the best restaurants in Burj Al Arab. Looking to splurge? Take your pick from our list of expensive restaurants in Dubai. And if you or your party is on a health kick, visit some of our recommendations for the best health food restaurants in the city.