10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants In Dubai To Savour Authentic Flavours

From the fragrant spices of Lebanese cuisine to the hearty delights of Levantine fare, Dubai offers many options to explore and savour authentic Middle Eastern dishes.

by Priyanka Fernandes
10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants In Dubai To Savour Authentic Flavours

Dubai’s culinary scene is a vibrant mosaic of flavours worldwide, reflecting the city’s cosmopolitan nature and diverse population. However, amidst the myriad global cuisines, the rich and aromatic Middle Eastern flavours remain a cornerstone of Dubai’s gastronomic landscape. From the fragrant spices of Lebanese cuisine to the hearty delights of Levantine fare, Dubai offers many options to explore and savour authentic Middle Eastern dishes. Here’s a curated list of ten exceptional restaurants in Dubai where you can indulge in some of the city’s finest Middle Eastern cuisine.

1. Al Nafoorah 


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Al Nafoorah is a Lebanese restaurant in the Al Qasr Hotel at Madinat Jumeirah. The restaurant offers an opulent dining experience by the resort’s waterways in a beautiful setting. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Burj Al Arab from the terrace while indulging in hot and cold mezze, mixed grills, and Arabic desserts. Chef Ali Fouad’s authentic recipes are a highlight of the menu. Al Nafoorah is an award-winning restaurant perfect for friends and family looking for an exquisite dining experience.

Where: 1st floor , Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
When: Sun to Sat from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 6:30 to 11:00 pm
Cost:  Around AED 450 for two people without beverages

2. Sah El Nom

Sah El Nom Restaurant at Bluewaters Island offers a blend of quirky artwork, vintage glamour, and authentic Syrian cuisine. Enjoy stunning views of Ain Dubai while indulging in classic favourites like cheese, ouzi lamb chops, and the sujuk roll. With additional locations in Bluewaters and Business Bay, Sah El Nom spreads its exclusive Syrian cuisine to locals and expats, fostering community and connection through delicious meals and beautiful surroundings.

Where: Blue Bay Tower – Marasi Dr
When: Sun to Sat from 10 am to 4 am and Fridays until 5 am
Cost: AED 225 for two people 

Also Read: 10 Best Restaurants In Dubai At Great Heights With Breathtaking City & Skyline Views

3. Orfali Bros Bistro

This Syrian-led restaurant on Al Wasl Road, founded by celebrity chef Mohamad Orfali and his pastry-specialist siblings Wassim and Omar, offers Arabic cuisine with a twist. Since two of the three owners specialise in sweet treats, so do save room for dessert. With rotating menus featuring seasonal ingredients and local produce, it’s a favourite among foodies for its innovative take on Middle Eastern favourites. This Syrian-led restaurant is located in the heart of Wasl 51 Mall and offers indoor and outdoor seating options. 

Where: Wasl 51 Mall -Jumeirah 1
When: From midday to 11:30 pm throughout the week
Cost: AED 285 for two people 

4. VAGA Bluewaters


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Embark on an adventure at VAGA, the stunning restaurant on Bluewaters Island. Inspired by the nomadic spirit, VAGA blends Arabic and Armenian traditions for a unique dining experience. From kibbeh and fattoush starters to grilled meats and tagines, each dish is a journey of flavour and presentation. Don’t miss the eye-catching metallic chandelier that sets the stage for a memorable meal. Diners can indulge in Middle Eastern delicacies and the experiential cuisine offered at VAGA.

Where: 34JF+97, Unit D08, Ground Floor, below Dubai Eye, The Wharf – Bluewaters Island
When: Sun to Thurs from midday to midnight and Fri to Sat midday to 1 am
Cost: AED 450 for two people without beverages

5. Ninive


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Ninive, inspired by Islamic culture and the ancient city of Mesopotamia, offers a luxurious dining experience in Dubai. With stunning views and low-level seating, it serves a diverse menu representing flavours from Iraq, Turkey, Morocco, and beyond. Its cuisine blends tradition with modern techniques, served on bespoke crockery to delight refined palates. Focused on reviving culinary traditions, Ninive promises an elegant ambience and diverse menu for a memorable dining experience.

Where:  Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Trade Centre Area,
When: Sun to Thurs from 6 pm to 2 am and Fri to Sat from 6 pm to 3 am
Cost: AED 480 for two people without beverages

6. Al Qbabh Seafood Restaurant

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Right in the heart of the Middle East, Al Qbabh Seafood Restaurant is a prime example among many fantastic Middle Eastern dining establishments. Embracing a focus on Emirati seafood, it captures the essence of traditional fare with simplicity. Step inside to discover an unassuming yet inviting ambience, with cosy chairs beckoning diners to settle in. The show’s star is the giant seafood platters, brimming with the freshest catches of the sea, generously portioned to satisfy the entire family.

Where: Al Awir & Beyond, Dubai
When: Sun to Wed from 11:30 am to 11 pm, Thurs from 11:30 am to 1:30 am, Fri from 11 am to 1:30 am and Sat from 9 am to 1:30 am
Cost: AED 120 for two people 

7. AlFarooj AlShami Restaurant

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Al Shami Restaurant on Al Muraqqabat Road in Deira is famous for its Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Start with freshly baked pita bread and traditional dips like hummus and moutabel. Then, choose from hearty options like falafel, charcoal-grilled chicken, and aromatic mandi. Seafood lovers can enjoy chargrilled calamari salad or spicy fish fillet. It’s a feast for all tastes, promising an unforgettable Middle Eastern dining experience.

Where: 79 Al Rigga Rd – Deira
When: From 8 am to 4 am throughout the week
Cost: AED 115 for two people 

8. Alaya


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Alaya celebrates the region’s vibrant culture and progressive spirit with its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant, open-air terrace, and boutique lounge. Enjoy a rich blend of flavours from both areas, spanning the Mediterranean’s shores to the Middle East’s exotic markets. The luxuriously decorated space fuses Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences with elegant interiors, creating a unique ambience that celebrates cultural diversity.

Where: DIFC-Gate Village 4
When: Sun to Wed from 12:30 pm to 11:20 pm and Thurs to Sat from 12:30 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: AED 660 for two people 

Also Read: 10 Best Restaurants In Dubai For The Perfect Iftar Meal

9. Bait Maryam 

Bait Maryam, named after the owner’s mother, has been serving delicious Levantine dishes since 2017. The restaurant’s heartfelt tribute to Chef Salam Dakkak’s late mother, Maryam, is evident throughout. As a two-time Michelin award winner and the MENA region’s best female chef, Chef Salam offers authentic Middle Eastern meals rooted in tradition. Guests can savour the flavours of home-cooked comfort food straight from the heart at Bait Maryam.

Where: Cluster D – Jumeirah Lake Towers
When: Mon to Thurs from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, Fri to Sat from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm and Sun from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
Cost: AED 220 for two people 

10. Al Fanar

In the nostalgic setting of Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe, guests are transported back to old Dubai, reminiscent of cosy cafes along the Arabian Gulf shore in the 1960s. Since its establishment in 2011, Al Fanar has been a bastion of authentic Emirati cuisine. It pays tribute to the Emirates’ culinary heritage through time-honoured recipes and locally sourced ingredients. Diners enjoy a unique dining experience surrounded by rustic charm in the charming al fresco courtyard. 

Where: Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall
When: From 9 am to 10 pm throughout the week
Cost: AED 250 for two people 

Indulge in opulent Lebanese cuisine at Al Nafoorah, embark on a culinary adventure at VAGA Bluewaters, or enjoy authentic Emirati comfort food at Bait Maryam. Each restaurant on this list offers a memorable and authentic Middle Eastern dining experience. With their commitment to preserving culinary traditions and showcasing the rich flavours of the region, these establishments are sure to delight food enthusiasts and culture seekers alike. So, next time you’re in Dubai, treat yourself to an authentic Middle Eastern culinary journey at one of these top restaurants.

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