10 Best Outdoor Romantic Restaurants in Dubai

by Danni B

Looking for the best outdoor romantic restaurants in Dubai for a special occasion?

Embark on a culinary journey while enjoying the twinkling lights of the city of Dubai. As a long-term resident who got engaged in Dubai, I’ll give you the low down on the best romantic outdoor restaurants in the city!

Enjoy exquisite cuisine, low-lit surroundings and stunning views with the perfect intimate atmosphere. No need to spend hours scouring the city or searching online, this list is everything you need for valentines.

1) Ristorante Loren

Outdoor terrace area with seating and vintage Italian riveria decor at Ristorante Loren
Photo from Ristorante Loren

Hidden away at the beautiful Palm West Beach on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Ristorante Loren captures the spirit of the 60s & 70s Italian Riviera.

The menu features traditional Italian fare and boasts exquisite flavours that’ll transport you to the heart of Italy. The charming and professional staff adds to the charm of this fantastic lesser-known restaurant.

Make sure to try the pistachio ice cream and take a romantic stroll along the beach or promenade after your meal for a truly magical evening.

Information

Food: Italian
Location: Palm Jumeirah
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 12 am

Starters from 40 AED
Mains from 85 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 557 8293

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2) Vanitas

Photo of Danni B from Danni in The Desert sat at the table on the outdoor terrace Vanitas restaurant, Versace Hotel Dubai during a romantic meal with the hotel in the background
Seafood special dish at Vanitas Dubai with a table covered in red rose petals for an engagement and the view of Dubai Creek in the background

Located inside the stunning Versace Hotel, this option looking over Dubai Creek with its terrace surrounded by Palm Trees is an incredible option that gets overlooked from other lists. The entire hotel is romantic, not just the restaurant.

You’ll be treated to fine dining Italian served on the finest of Versace crockery in this exquisite establishment. There’s a range of dishes from pan seared seabass to wild chicken ravioli.

Insider tip – Compared to Europe, most restaurants in the Middle East cook the meat and fish well done to suit local tastes. If this isn’t your preference, just let them know to cook it less.

This is where my husband proposed, the photo above before he popped the question, it’s a super romantic venue and the staff go all out to help you with your special occasion.

Be aware however the terrace is small, so outdoor seating is limited.

Food: Italian
Location: Downtown Dubai
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 11 pm

Starters from 75 AED
Main courses from 150 AED
Website
+971 4 556 8805

3) Bice Mare

View of Dubai Fountain and the tables of Bice Mare in Dubai set up read for guests on their outdoor terrace
Photo from Bice Mare

Overlooking Dubai Fountain is the wonderful BiCE Mare, an acclaimed Italian seafood spot on the second floor of Souk Al Bahar.

Its award-winning cuisine blends seafood delights and classic Italian favourites, including pizza and pasta. The restaurant backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain are sure to not disappoint your partner.

After spending four months in Italy, I’m very fussy with my Italian food and Bice Mare doesn’t disappoint. The impeccable service and friendly staff add to the charm of the venue.

To secure a table on the outdoor terrace, advanced booking is a must.

Information

Food: Contemporary Italian
Location: Downtown Dubai
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 12 am

Starters from 49 AED
Main courses from 126 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 423 0982

4) Pure Sky Lounge

View the outdoor dining area of Pure Sky Lounge & Restaurant with Ain Dubai and Blue Waters across the sea
Photo from Pure Sky Lounge

Perched on the 35th floor, this rooftop lounge offers captivating views of Dubai Eye and the sea for a perfect romantic atmosphere. Nestled in JBR, it’s ideal for a romantic post-dinner stroll.

The menu now features burgers, salads, and grills, plus a range of drinks which are perfect to accompany watching the sunset.

The venue has a laid-back ambience and the open-air terrace is a refreshing treat with the soothing sea breeze.

Awarded ‘Best Rooftop Dubai’, it guarantees an unforgettable experience for those searching for a romantic and scenic dining destination.

Information

Food: International
Location: Dubai Marina
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Hours: 5 pm till 1 am

Tapas from 35 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 374 7888

5) La Cantine Du Faubourg

The lively outdoor terrace filled with people at the restaurant of La Cantine Du Faubourg with Trade Centre building skyline in the background
Photo from La Cantine Du Faubourg


La Cantine Du Faubourg is a hidden gem in Dubai, a culinary oasis for couples seeking a romantic outdoor dining experience. With every dish crafted as a work of art, this restaurant takes you on a delightful journey through authentic French cuisine.

The warm atmosphere and top-notch hospitality, make it a must-visit!

The outdoor seating area is known for its perfect ambience and stunning skyline view along Sheikh Zayed Road. Bon appétit!

Information

Food: French
Location: Trade Centre
Dress code: Smart elegant
Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 11 pm

Starters from 49 AED
Main courses from 126 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 352 7105

6) Thiptara

A table set up outside and ready for diners at Thiptara with Dubai Fountain going off and abra boats floating across the water
Photo from Thiptara

For a romantic night out, this Thai-inspired gem offers Asian fusion cuisine with a breathtaking outdoor terrace overlooking the mesmerizing Dubai Fountains.

The name translates to ‘Magic at the Water,’ the restaurant specializes in delectable Bangkok-style seafood, creating an enchanting dining experience enhanced by its romantic ambience with a candlelit dinner.

The Palace Downtown, a 5-star luxury hotel on Old Town Island near Souk Al Bahar, provides the perfect romantic setting with its Arabian old-town architecture. Surrounded by courtyards, water features and greenery. Perfect for setting the mood.

Information

Food: Thai Seafood & Asian
Location: Downtown Dubai
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Hours: 6 pm till 11:30 pm
Saturday lunch sitting 12:30 pm till 3:30 pm

Minimum spend 375 AED per person for the outdoor terrace

Starters from 75 AED
Mains from 95 AED
Reserve Online
Tel: +971 4 428 7961

7) Roberto’s

The DIFC and Downtown Dubai skyline view lit up at night from the outdoor seating area of Roberto's Restaurant in DIFC

Nestled in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Roberto’s is the epitome of sophisticated Italian fine dining, offering over a decade of culinary excellence. Renowned for its refined ambience and great service, it’s the ideal setting for a special night.

Indulge in classic Italian staples, from fresh pasta and authentic pizzas to flavorful risottos and tantalizing seafood dishes. Roberto’s sets the stage for a memorable dining experience.

The Dubai skyline view from the restaurant‘s outdoor terrace is equally incredible, looking towards the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.

A true classic of Dubai that is much loved by residents.

Key information

Food: Contemporary Italian
Location: DIFC
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 3 am

Starters from 95 AED
Mains from 150 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 386 0066

8) Mama Zonia

A curved outdoor terrace at Mama Zonia i Pier 7 with the sun setting in the background over Dubai Marina
Photo from Mama Zonia

The building is called Pier 7 and offers a variety of dining options catering to different culinary preferences, however, Mama Zonia restaurant stands out as a perfect romantic option with its outdoor terrace overlooking Dubai Marina.

Mama Zonia sits on the 2nd floor and serves Peruvian cuisine in an Amazonian jungle-themed restaurant. Perfect for those wanting something a little bit different for their special date.

Prices are reasonable for the high-quality food, complemented by the staff who create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Information

Food: Peruvian
Location: Dubai Marina
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 2 am
*Restaurant closes earlier

Starters from 33 AED
Mains from 99 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 240 4747

9) Fish Beach Taverna

White wooden table and chairs set up close to the sea, sun set on the beach at Fish Beach Taverna in Dubai Marina
Photo from Fish Dubai

Set right on the beach with a boho Santorini theme, this is the ideal spot for couples who want something a bit more casual feel while still delivering the romantic feel. It’s also a lot easier to walk over sand with flats on compared to high heels!

As you may have guessed by the name, this seafood restaurant has amazing dishes for those who love fish and shellfish. Serving a Greek and Turkish food fusion.

I went here to meet a potential husband after my conversion to Islam, it didn’t work out but the restaurant and food were lovely. The staff are both friendly and attentive.

Information

Food: Greek Seafood
Location: Dubai Marina
Dress code: Smart casual
Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 11 pm

Starters from 49 AED
Main courses from 115 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 582 6111

10) Ce La Vi

A high up outdoor restaurant terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa at Ce La Vi Dubai
Photo from Ce La Vi

For an enchanting outdoor dining experience, Ce La Vi is one of the hottest venues in town!

Situated on the 52nd floor of the infamous Address Sky View Hotel, this addition to Dubai from Singapore offers spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa. The menu features contemporary Asian delights, steak, and Italian cuisine, a hit among Dubai’s discerning diners.

Make sure to plan ahead, as this sought-after spot gets booked up in advance! Especially the outdoor terrace tables.

Information

Food: Contemporary Asian
Location: Downtown Dubai
Dress code: Smart elegant
Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Hours: 12 pm till 3 am
*Restaurant closes earlier

Starters from 85 AED
Main courses from 185 AED
Website
Tel: +971 4 582 6111

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