8 Unusual And Unique Restaurants In Dubai For A Culinary Adventure Unlike Any Other

From dining underwater to indulging in a meal amidst the desert dunes

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Unusual And Unique Restaurants In Dubai For A Culinary Adventure Unlike Any Other

Amidst the towering skyscrapers and bustling streets, this city boasts an eclectic mix of cultures, flavours, and cuisines. For those seeking a dining experience that transcends the ordinary, Dubai offers many unique and unusual restaurants that push the boundaries of gastronomy. From dining underwater surrounded by marine life to indulging in a meal amidst the desert dunes, each establishment promises an unforgettable adventure for the senses. Join us as we explore eight of the most unique restaurants in Dubai, where innovation meets indulgence, and every bite tells a story.

1. Ossiano


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Dive into a dining experience like no other at Ossiano, nestled within the iconic Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai. This underwater restaurant immerses guests in a mesmerising world of marine life as they savour the Mediterranean and seafood delights crafted by Chef Gregoire Berger, recipient of Ossiano’s first Michelin star. Perfect for special occasions or intimate dinners, Ossiano’s serene ambience and extensive grape beverage selection ensure an unforgettable culinary journey.

Where: Atlantis, The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai
When: Sunday to Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm
Cost:  Around AED 2100 for two people without beverages

2. At.mosphre

Perched on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, At.mosphere boasts the world’s highest restaurant title.  At.mosphere offers breathtaking vistas of Dubai, making it perfect for a special celebration. The menu features international delicacies like caviar, wagyu beef, and foie gras, complemented by an extensive grape beverage selection. The lounge area provides a perfect backdrop for pre-dinner beverages or post-dinner nightcaps amidst the breathtaking cityscape.

Where: Burj Khalifa, 122nd Floor – Downtown Dubai
When: Sunday to Saturday from 7 am to 2 am
Cost:  Around AED 900 for two people with beverages

Also Read: 10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants In Dubai To Savour Authentic Flavours

3. Sonara Camp Desert Dining


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Nestled within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Sonara Camp offers a unique restaurant and dining experience under the desert stars. It is designed like a traditional Bedouin village and exudes an intimate ambience with authentic Arabic decor. Guests indulge in traditional Arabic cuisine amidst live music, belly dancing, and fire shows. Sonara Camp also offers camel rides, sandboarding, and falconry for an unforgettable desert adventure.

Where:  Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Dubai
When: Sunday to Saturday from 4 pm to 10:30 pm
Cost:  Around AED 1720 for two people without beverages

4. Pierchic


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Pierchic, a seafood restaurant perched over the waters of the Arabian Gulf, offers stunning ocean views and the Dubai skyline, including the Burj Al Arab. Renowned for romantic dinners, its menu features fresh seafood delicacies. Pierchic promises an unforgettable dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating complemented by impeccable service.

Where:  Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat jumeriah – Dubai
When: Sunday to Thursday from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm to 10 pm and Friday to Saturday from 1 pm to 2:45 pm, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Cost:  Around AED 1200 for two people without beverages

5. The Pods


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For a unique dining experience with stunning city views, visit The Pods restaurant on Dubai Creek. It features five private pods, each with its own design, where you can enjoy international cuisine and grape beverages while taking in the scenic skyline. The Pods promises an unforgettable culinary journey, perfect for special occasions or intimate dinners.

Where:  Bluewater Island – Bluewaters Island – Dubai
When: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 1 am and Saturday to Sunday from  8 am to 2 am
Cost:  Around AED 500 for two people 

6. Dinner In The Sky

Experience Dinner in the Sky, an exclusive dining adventure that elevates you 50 meters above ground for a breathtaking meal. Securely strapped into your seat, you’ll ascend into the sky by crane to enjoy a gourmet feast prepared by top chefs. This view of Dubai’s skyline is perfect for adventure enthusiasts and unique dining.

Where:  Al Sufoh – Al Seyahi St – next to zero gravity – Skydive – Dubai
When: Monday to Sunday from 2 pm to 11 pm
Cost:  Around AED 1400 for two people 

7. Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe

Transporting guests back to 1960s Dubai, Al Fanar Restaurant and Café in Dubai Festival City Mall offers an authentic Emirati dining experience. With traditional decor and a menu featuring grilled fish, lamb chops, and Arabic bread, it’s perfect for those seeking an immersive taste of Emirati culture. Enjoy traditional Arabic music and dance performances for added ambience.

Where:  Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall
When: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm
Cost:  Around AED 250 for two people 

Also Read: 8 Best South Indian Restaurants In Dubai To Satisfy Your Cravings

8. The Boardwalk

Set within the scenic Dubai Creek Marina, The Boardwalk offers an unusual floating dining experience with breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline. Specialising in fresh seafood, the restaurant’s menu features a variety of mouth-watering dishes skillfully prepared by talented chefs. From classic options like grilled prawns to exotic flavours such as spicy octopus, there’s something to suit every palate. 

Where:  Dubai Creek Resort – Port Saeed – Dubai
When: Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 12 am and Saturday to Sunday from  11:30 am to 12 am
Cost:  Around AED 380 for two people without beverages

Embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other in Dubai, where towering skyscrapers meet eclectic flavours and cuisines from around the globe. From dining underwater at Ossiano to floating above the cityscape at Dinner In The Sky, each of these unique restaurants promises an unforgettable experience for the senses. 

Cover Image Courtesy: The Pods and Dinner In The Sky

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