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11 of the most family friendly restaurants in Dubai

by Danni B

Going out for meals with children can be stressful and finding places that will entertain the kids is a must! Here are our best picks of family friendly restaurants in Dubai to make your day out with the kids in Dubai not only easier but memorable too!

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1. Black Tap – Downtown, Mall of Emirates & Dubai Marina

This restaurant is super kid-friendly, has a kids menu and even offers birthday packages for those wanting to celebrate here. Their giant milkshakes are loved by adults and kids alike! They’re so huge make sure you get one to share!

You’ll find branches across Dubai so no matter what area you live, there’s a Black Tap not too far away!

Key information & prices:

Style: American fast food burgers
Area:
Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates & JBR

Kids meals start from 35 AED ($9.50 USD)
9 & under

Website
Reservations: +971 04 399 9076

2. Wavehouse – Palm Jumeirah

Here you’ll find great-tasting food and many indoor activities also. Not only will you find food but you’ll also find family friendly entertainment, including a bowling alley, arcade games and even a soft play area.

Though you may be asking, why is it called Wavehouse? Because it’s main attraction is the wave machine. Though you don’t need to surf if you don’t want to, you can still enjoy the none water based activities and food if you wish!

Birthday parties are also available here.

Key information & prices:

Style: International
Area:
Palm Jumeirah

Kids meals start from 25 AED ($7 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 04 426 2626

3. Rainforest Cafe – Festival City

Be prepared to enter the jungle! This rainforest-themed cafe is located in Dubai Festival City and ideal for families with kids wanting to eat out in Dubai! Children can wander around and experience animatronic animals and learn as they go.

The restaurant features a wide range of food from Arabic to burgers to European style. So you should find something to suit any fussy eaters in your family.

This is also one of the most affordable places to eat since the kids menu includes a drink, side and dessert all for 45 AED ($12 USD)

Key information & prices:

Style: Various international & Middle Eastern dishes
Area:
Festival City

Kids meal including a side, drink and dessert for 45 AED ($12 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 04 236 2727

4. Masha and The Bear – JBR

Based on the Russian cartoon of a little girl and her adventures with a bear who saves her from danger. So of course the food matches the cartoon’s origins with Russian dishes being served. It also features a multi level play area.

They also are able to host birthday parties along with having workshops and events. Also on Mondays you can get a free dessert when you order a coffee.

Key information & prices:

Style: Russian, Middle Eastern & International
Area:
JBR

Kids meals start from 25 AED ($7 USD)

Website
Reservations: 800 62742 (800 MASHA)

5. Origins – Emirates Hills

Located inside Vida Hotel this wholesome healthy restaurant has an outdoor play area, perfect for keeping the kids entertained either before or after your meal. The restaurant is even pet friendly too with a doggy park so you really can take every member of your family out if you desire!

I did find the adult portions a little bit small for the price and I would expect higher quality due to the hotel venue but prices are in line with the rest of Dubai. The view and location is really nice to make up for it!

Also the play area is a little bit far away from where you sit to eat but is on the same floor. So depending on the age of your children, you might need to go supervise either before or after your meal. There are also board games available.

Key information & prices:

Style: Healthy European
Area:
Emirates Hills

Kids meals start from 35 AED ($9.50 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 04 872 8888

6. Phileas Fogg – Emirates Hills

Yet another restaurant based on a fictional character, this time based on a novel about an explorer called Phileas Fogg of course. The restaurant is located in the beautiful Emirates Hills. You’ll find lots of travel theme items throughout the British pub style venue along with a giant air balloon outside.

There’s an outdoor play area for the little ones and a good selection of kids dishes on the menu. They also have fun nights out for the family such as Quiz night, music nights and kids entertainment shows every week.

Key information & prices:

Style: British, Asian & International
Area:
Emirates Hills

Kids meals start from 15 AED ($4 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 (0) 4 572 4477

7. Baker’s Kitchen – Dubai Marina

This is hands down one of my favourite places to go in Dubai because it was opened by a truly passionate baker from Germany who flies many of his ingredients from back home to Dubai. He really makes a lot of effort to make you feel welcome and I always take my friends here whenever I get the chance!

On top of supporting a locally grown business, you’ll find an awesome kids corner and even classes for kids to attend where they can learn the art of baking or even making sushi.

One of the best hidden gems of Dubai! Plus has views over Dubai Marina! What more could you want?

Key information & prices:

Style: Healthy European
Area:
Dubai Marina

Kids meals starting from 17 AED ($5 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 56 824 0790

8. Carluccio’s – Downtown, Dubai Marina & Arabian Ranches

Not your typical child friendly option, this is perfect for families who want a more adult feeling restaurant but still has options for the kids by providing crayons and an activity book. Plus you’ll enjoy yummy Italian food!

The Marina branch is close to the Marina so you can enjoy a leisurely walk afterwards or have a wander around the mall. The Dubai Mall branch is within reach of the Burj Khalifa or Dubai Mall. Check out my 24 hour itinerary for Dubai if you want some ideas on other things to do in Downtown Dubai!

Key information & prices:

Style: Italian
Area:
Downtown, Dubai Marina & Arabian Ranches

Kids meals starting from 20 AED ($5.50 USD)

Website
Reservations: Branch Contact Numbers

9. The Scene – Dubai Marina

One of my favourite places for a classic British Sunday roast. The Scene is located in the beautiful Pier 7 at Dubai Marina with stunning views across the marina. You’ll see luxury yachts casually floating by. So make sure to book in advance to get the best seats on the terrace.

If the view isn’t enough to amuse the children, their brunch on Saturdays are the perfect family day out with kids under 6 eating free!

Key information & prices:

Style: British & Mixed International
Area:
Dubai Marina

Family Bruch
Every Saturday: 12:30pm till 3:30pm
Under 6s eat free
Ages 7-12 49 AED ($13 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 4 422 2328

10. Reform Social & Grill – The Lakes

Yet another British gastropub that caters to families! If you’re wanting somewhere with a large outdoor area for the kids to play, this spot is ideal! After all, kids can end up spending so much time inside in Dubai that it’s great to find somewhere they can get a bit of fresh air! It’s also a nice view for the adults right by the water

Reform also does different events throughout the year and I’ve been here before for an outdoor BBQ which was really tasty! Similar to The Scene, they offer a family friendly brunch. You can easily watch the kids play while you enjoy your food on their outdoor wooden benches.

Key information & prices:

Style: British & European
Area:
The Lakes

Saturdays
Every Saturday – 3pm till 7pm
Kids eat free and free activities
*Booking requiring

Kids meals start from 35 AED ($9.50 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 4 454 2638

11. Eat Well – Zabeel

This casual lunch spot is a hidden gem in Dubai and features an incredible view of the Dubai skyline. It has activity corners for children to keep themselves entertained and kids menus. The food is also very healthy so if you’re wanting something different from the typical kids meals menus featuring burgers and fries, this is a great option for the health conscious parent!

Key information & prices:

Style: Healthy International
Area:
Zabeel

Kids meal including a drink and dessert for 40 AED ($6 USD)

Website
Reservations: +971 54 476 6326

Conclusion

All of the above are great options for having a nice meal with the kids and while Dubai is often seen as an adults play ground, it can equally be very family friendly. If you’re looking more for a family restaurant in Dubai, I recommend Eat Well or Bakers Kitchen. If you’re wanting somewhere to be more of a family friendly day out then I highly recommend Reform Social & Grill on a Saturday or The Scene’s Saturday Brunch.


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