Top Places To Eat on New Year in Dubai

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Dubai is a foodie heaven. If you love good food with ambiance and sophistication, Dubai has a lot to offer. Are you in Dubai on New Year’s Eve and still undecided about where to spend the night (or next day)? Here is an exhaustive list of tops places to eat in Dubai.

Top Places To Eat In in Dubai

Eric Kayser, Dubai Mall: New Year’s Eve is the most spectacular event at Eric Kayser. Gastronomy lovers can enjoy Al Fresco dining experience in a beautiful setting with their loved ones, and for those looking for a post card worthy experience Eric Kayser offers unparalleled view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks displays. New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu starting from AED 700 per person for the terrace and AED 1400 per person for the promenade with full Burj Khalifa view. Contact 04 388 2515.

InterContinental Dubai Marina: New Year’s Eve at Accents – enjoy the new year’s buffet and cosmopolitan vibe with stunning views of Dubai Marina. Price: Buffet including soft drinks, AED 395 per person; Buffet including house beverages, AED 495 per person; Buffet including house beverages and bubbles, AED 625 per person. New Year’s Eve at YNot – live DJ and selection of house beverages, grape, creative mixed beverages, hop varieties, cheeses and international style tapas dishes. Price: House beverage package, AED 450 per person; Non-alcoholic beverage package, AED 290 per person. Marina Social – ‘feed me’ or A La Carte menus with the addition of festive delights on the terrace with stunning panoramic views of the waterfront. Price: Minimum spend of AED 850. Call 04 446 6669.

Asha’s, Wafi Mall: delicious Northern Indian styles dishes, buffet selection plus unlimited House beverages from 7:30pm till 1:00am with DJ and 90s Bollywood theme. Priced at AED495 per person, call 04 3244100.

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Hakkasan Dubai, Emirates Towers: special New Year’s Eve menu featuring the restaurant’s renowned Cantonese cuisine. Signature dishes include Crispy duck salad, Charcoal grilled honey Chilean seabass, Stir-fry Canadian lobster with black truffle in supreme stock and Hand pulled noodles with wild mushrooms and chive. The three-course signature menu is 588 AED per person, 788 AED per person inclusive of a welcome cocktail and wine and 988 AED inclusive of a welcome drink, wine pairing, and Champagne. Call 04 384 8484

Mint Leaf of London, DIFC: Indulge in a five-course special menu alongside premium beverages AED 750+ per person with views of Burj Khalifa fireworks. Or indulge at the stylish Lounge & Bar with canapés and select premium beverages for AED 475+ per person. Call 04 706 0900.

Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor at Melia Dubai: An amazing selection of flaming charcoals and grills including Tandoori Curry Leaf Crusted Lobster, Lemon Salt Rubbed Coconut Flavored Tawa Fish, ChickenTikka, Garlic & Pepper- Mint Flavored Lamb Chops and Pickle Spiked ChickenSatay, to name a few will grace your plate. Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor is the perfect place to dine and enjoy a fantastic meal with family and friends before an evening full of New Year’s Eve festivities. Price AED 699 per person with soft drinks and water; AED 799 per person with house beverages; AED 899 per person with premium beverages. Call 04 386 8111

Estrellas Skyline Lounge, Melia Dubai: Take the best seat in the house on the most exciting night of the year! Book your table at Estrellas Skyline Lounge and party on our rooftop before the clock strikes twelve, when you’ll be treated to a spectacular fireworks display set against the amazing backdrop of the Dubai skyline. Prices – In House Guests – AED 200 per couple, Non-Residents – AED300 per person (includes house beverages & canapés until 1am), Non Residents – AED 400 per person (includes premium beverages & canapés until 1am), AED 3,000 – Table of 6 persons includes 1 bottle of premium beverages, AED 5,000 – Table of 10 persons includes 2 bottles of premium beverages, AED 8,000 – Table of max 15 persons includes 2 bottles of premium beverages. Call 04 386 8111

St. Regis Dubai: The evening commences with a welcome drink at Sidra. Ring in the new year in style with the grand buffet set across Brasserie Quartier and J&G Steakhouse. Entertainment features a pianist and a live band as well as a trendsetting DJ after midnight. Priced at AED1,050 per person for non-alcoholic package, AED 1,850 per person for free flow of champagne and house selection until midnight. Call 04 435 5555 for more details.

Cielo, Dubai Creek & Golf Club: internationally recognized DJ Vassili Tsilichristos plays house music against Cielo’s stunning panoramic backdrop of Dubai’s skyline, as well as offering premier views of the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks. The rooftop bar and lounge will be open from 10.00pm through to 4.00am, offering welcome cocktails and canapes on arrival. Prices from table reservations starting at AED 4,000 through to open bar offering at AED 499. Call 04 416 1800 for details.

CLAW, Souk Al Bahar: Packages for the night include AED 449 – Soft drinks and full buffet of signature sizzling & BBQ favourites, with an elaborate seafood bath and two roasted-to-perfection beef and turkey carvery options. AED 499 – House beverages, grapes, hops, cocktails and bubbles with a full buffet of signature sizzling and BBQ favourites, with an elaborate seafood bath and two roasted-to-perfection beef & turkey carvery options. Restricted access to Burj Khalifa fireworks. Call 04 432 2300.

THE BEACH (opposite JBR): all-day events and activities open for free to the public, culminating in a 20 minute long domino effect fireworks show commencing from Downtown Dubai all the way across the coastline of Dubai with an extravagant finale at 12:16am on 1 January 2016.

OKKU Dubai: journey back through time this New Year’s Eve with a ‘Back to the Future’ party to welcome in 2016. Partygoers will be taken through a jukebox of 80’s, 90’s and current tunes by resident DJ Yiannis, while indulging on an incredible menu of OKKU’s renowned first class food and drinks. With two seatings available on the night, there is a gastronomic offering to suit all: one kicking off at 7pm-9.30pm, tailored towards those who are looking to spoil themselves to a lavish early evening dinner before embracing the night ahead and a second seating 9.30pm-late for celebrators looking to dine and OKKU in welcoming the New Year in with a bang. The first seating, costing AED595, will include bubbles, spirits and Italian grape and the second seating, costing AED795, will include spirits, Italian grape as well as premium French bubbles. Call 04 501 8777.

Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates: Ring in the New Year at the exclusive Gala Dinner at Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel’s signature restaurant, Sanabel. Enjoy an international buffet and live entertainment along with access to the rooftop for prime viewing of the city’s fireworks. For families, a dedicated area for viewing the fireworks is available and children will have dedicated entertainment. Prices are AED 999 including house beverages and sparkling, AED 899 including soft drinks, and AED 169 per child (6-12 years of age). Call 04 377 2352.

Atlantis The Palm: New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on the outdoor deck. Complete with a beach setting, a breathtaking view of the resort’s fireworks and The Palm, guests can dine at elegant tables by the water with delicious cuisine including everything from lobster, caviar, barbecue and buffets, complemented by rhythm of a 30-piece live band including free flowing champagne. Prices AED 2,500 – Adult, AED 1,750 – 12 – 20 years. Other resort restaurant packages are available here.

Clinton Street: The specialty dish for the night will be a Nordic Benedict with fresh smoked-salmon and potato pancake, topped with caviar. To treat that sweet tooth, why not go for one of Clinton Street’s homemade cakes and pies, such as the famous pumpkin pie, pecan pie or the classic, unbeatable taste of the New York cheesecake. View of the Burj Khalifa fireworks, AED 150 minimum spend per person. Call 04 4281331.

La Serre: The Bistro will be transformed into a magical garden transporting guests to an enchanted forest in the centre of Dubai. The secret garden soirée will see mystical twists as the night unfolds with an international DJ allowing guests to dance late into the night. Guests are invited to come dressed for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to truly bring the magical backdrop to life. First seatings (7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm), Minimum Spend on F&B: AED 750. Second seatings (9pm, 9.30pm, 10pm, 10.30pm) Minimum Spend on F&B: AED 1,100. Call 04 428 6969.

40 Kong, H Dubai: welcome the new year with an extravagant black-tie party that will see night goers bid adieu to 2015, with the most breathtaking backdrops of the city. A panoramic view of Dubai’s skyline and a peek into the fireworks of Burj Khalifa. Guests will enjoy a set menu, an all-night open bar (excluding champagne) and glamourous NYE Party knickknacks at the price of AED 1,600 per person. Even fashionably late guests planning to make a grand entrance can expect a special package of AED 800 for a 3-hour open bar (excluding champagne) after 1:00 AM. Call 04 355 8896.

Level 43 Sky Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road: Ring in 2016 with a spectacular, unparalleled view of the fireworks from the 43rd floor. In addition to spectacular views of the city’s skyline, the evening features gourmet buffet, premium drinks complemented by a delightful dessert buffet. Priced AED 2,000 per person, call 04 316 9726 or for other restaurant NYE offers.

JA Oasis Beach Tower: Celebrate the New Year at ‘thyme’ restaurant from 8pm – 1am. Priced at AED 450 per person with soft drinks, AED 650 per person with house beverages or AED 795 per person with house beverages and sparkling grape. Call 04 315 4200.

Bateaux Dubai: Cruise into the heart of Dubai’s incredible celebrations as you mark New Year on board Bateaux Dubai. See the city come alive with a dazzling fireworks show and take in enchanting views of Dubai Creek, while revelling in a six-course à la carte dinner, unlimited house beverages, live entertainment and a complimentary glass of bubbly. Time: 8.30pm – 1am; boarding at 7.45pm. Price: AED 1,150 with unlimited soft drinks or AED 1,300 with unlimited house beverages. Call 04 814 5553.

Toko, Vida Downtown: If festive cheer, authentic Japanese flavours and all-night dancing sounds like just the ticket, then head to Downtown Dubai’s coolest New Year’s Eve bash at Toko Dubai. Ring in the New Year at this urban setting whilst tucking into a delicious spread including Black sesame salmon tataki, mouth-watering Smoked BBQ veal ribs and Korean miso glaze, perfectly tender Char-grilled beef filet with chilli sweet soy and a range of sushi and sashimi selections. The live DJ will be churning out trendy beats that’ll have you on your feet, and as the clock strikes midnight toast to 2016 with a firework extravaganza over the Dubai skyline. Priced at AED 495, includes food and soft drinks. AED 845 includes food and selected alcoholic drinks. Kid’s package at AED 245 (ages 5 to 12 years). Call 04 442 8383.

Boulevard Lounge, Manzil Downtown: Boulevard Lounge’s range of signature beverages and delectable canapés will leave you spoilt for choice. A unique beverage menu prepared by resident mixologist offers the perfect selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that cater to your every need whilst the inspiring contemporary menu is sure to tantalize your palate. Priced at AED 950 per person (includes a selection of canapés and wide selection of house beverages). Alternatively dine at The Courtyard with a six-course menu at AED 695 per person with a variety of soft drinks and juices or AED 950 per person (includes a 6-course set menu, unlimited house and premium beverages and 1 bottle of bubbly). Call 04 423 8899

GAUCHO, DIFC: Ring in the New Year in signature Argentine style this 31st December and dine and dance till the early hours, only at Gaucho Dubai. Dinner ticket is priced at AED1,200 per person, and includes a special set menu plus unlimited alcoholic beverages from 8pm till 2am. Bar ticket is priced at AED500 per person, and includes unlimited alcoholic beverages plus canapes from 9pm till 2am. There will be fireworks screened, and a special count down. Call 04 422 7898.

Iris, The Oberoi Hotel Dubai: Expect the finest bubbly and welcome drinks, to be paired with a scrumptious set menu, including international fusion and Japanese specialties true to the lounge’s signature style. Spectacular entertainment will also be on the menu as Iris Dubai will be welcoming a surprise DJ from cult-status WHITE Dubai, dancers in mesmerizing space-like attire and a live violinist. With rooftop views of the city and the iconic Burj Khalifa, what better way to watch the sky fill with breathtaking fireworks with your loved ones as the promising start of a new year approaches. Prices: AED 1,000 includes open premium bar, sharing dining menu, high stools and table, AED 1,500 includes open premium bar, sharing dining menu, lounge area with 1 bottle of bubbly for each 5 persons at midnight, AED 2,000 includes open ultra premium alcohol and dining menu, 1 bottle of bubbly at midnight for each 5 persons and seating with Burj Khalifa view. AED 700 for walk-ins, call 04 444 1444.

Dusit Thani Dubai: Witness Burj Khalifa’s fireworks burst into Dubai’s night sky while indulging in a luxurious International fare and a connoisseur selection of drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy a fiery spectacle like no other. AED 3,800 Table for 4 (with 1 complimentary bottle of Champagne), AED 5,700 Table for 6 (with 2 complimentary bottles of Champagne), AED 7,400 Table for 8 (with 2 complimentary bottles of Champagne), call 04 317 4515.

Pierchic: For New Year’s Eve on the Pier diners can ring in 2016 with a luxurious six course set menu, free-flowing bubbly and live music. The exclusive set menu features classically indulgent dishes like Foie Gras Terrine served with a toasted brioche and Fin De Claire Oysters accompanied with White Sturgeon Caviar, which will be served at the Chic Bar. The main course will be a succulent Wagyu Beef Tenderloin served with parsnip puree, leeks, short rib croquette and shaved winter truffles before finishing with a supremely indulgent Salted Caramel Chocolate served with chocolate crumb and vanilla ice cream. New Year’s Eve on the Pier will be offered from 8pm – 2am with seats inside at AED 4,250 and AED 6,000 for the outside terrace. AED 3,500 for guests aged 12-20 years. Views of Burj Al Arab fireworks, call 04 432 3232.

3in1, Vida Downtown: enjoy a beautiful six course set menu designed to leave you feeling filled and frivolous. Ring in the New Year with the stunning views of Downtown Dubai’s fireworks and the modern décor of VIDA Downtown Dubai, making this your most fashionable NYE yet. Enjoy live DJ entertainment throughout the night in an urban chic setting, where guests can reserve a private cabana, and also enjoy indoor/outdoor seating. Price: AED 695 includes beverages and food, AED 950 includes unlimited premium beverages and 1 bottle of bubbly, AED 4000 includes private cabana, 4pax min, and unlimited selection of premium beverages and 1 bottle of bubbly, and children under the age of five are free. Call 04 428 6823 for details.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck: Featuring a number of unique set menu options, the restaurant will be open from 5pm – 2am; last food order is at midnight. AED 3,000, per person for a terrace on the table (includes a four-course menu, selected premium beverages and a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight) AED 2,500, per person for a table in the main dining room (includes a four-course menu, selected premium beverages and a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight) AED 1,250 per person, minimum spend at the bar area (includes select food and beverages). Call 04 888 3444.

Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre: Ring in 2016 in style and prepare for a dazzling night to remember with a fabulous journey through Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre’s finest food and beverage offerings, guaranteed to stimulate the senses and delight the palette. Begin your New Year’s celebration with a sophisticated soiree in La Fabrique and enjoy a delicious selection of canapés and cocktails to awaken your taste buds, before moving to Medley for a tantalising New Year’s Eve Feast. Meat lovers will delight at the choices on offer dine on a host of tempting dishes, such as Duck foie gras, Beef Tenderloin or the deliciously tender Sliced Leg of Lamb. Alternatively, savour the delicate flavours of fresh seafood delicacies from the oyster bar and sushi corner, before partying the night away under the stars at Azure, the hotel’s chic rooftop pool lounge. Price: AED 1200 per couple, call 04 294 1222.

Fairmont Dubai: The Exchange Grill will host you in elegance as you make your culinary way to midnight with a six-course degustation menu. New Year’s Eve at The Exchange Grill is on Thursday 31 December from 7pm till 11.30pm and is priced at AED 799 per person (with wine pairing and a glass of champagne) and AED 450 food only. Guests can enjoy a complimentary access to the party on the 2nd floor including one beverage. Fireworks viewing available to guests at midnight. Call 04 311 8316.

Olea, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates: Bid farewell to 2015 at Olea, the sensational new Levantine restaurant at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. This grand gala dinner will be served sharing-style, and will include seafood towers and other gourmet delicacies for the most discerning of taste buds, in addition to live entertainment. Prices start at AED 950 per person with non–alcoholic beverages, AED 1150 per person with selected grape and house beverages, and a bubbly package at AED 1350 per person. Contact 04 409 5111.

Qbara Restaurant: Package 1 – AED 850 per person?with Set menu inclusive of soft beverages, Package 2 – AED 1400 per person??with set menu and unlimited selected premium beverages, Package 3 – AED 2250 per person?includes a set menu, unlimited selected premium beverages + unlimited champagne with Car Service. Bar packages also available, call 04 7092500.

Fümé Downtown Dubai Slip into your best party avatar for a New Year’s Eve to remember, sumptuous dinner and great music to welcome New Year in style! For more information and reservations, please visit www.fümé or call Fümé Pier 7at 04 421 5669 and Fümé Downtown at 04 4568784.

Opening times and Locations:
Pier 7 Level 1, Dubai Marina
New Year’s Eve: 7 PM to 2 AM
Price: AED 195 per person / AED 189 alcohol beverage package that covers 4 hours period

Manzil Downtown Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
New Year’s Eve: 8 PM to 2 AM
Price: AED 500 per person / views of Burj Khalifa fireworks

Sofitel Dubai, Downtown: Claim your spot with the best view in town at Sofitel Dubai Downtown’s Grass Area overlooking the jaw-dropping skyline of Downtown Dubai. With a festive food buffet and an open bar with house brands this will be one party you will never forget. Guests will be entertained by a live band, a belly dancer and a solo saxophonist and will enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year. AED 1,500 per person, call 04-503 6111.

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach: Dine alfresco at the cool and relaxed Infini Pool Lounge and take in breathtaking views of the fireworks as they explode above the Palm Jumeirah and coastline to light up the sky at midnight. Feast on a scrumptious choice of seafood such as lobster, crabs and oysters partnered with specially selected free-flowing bubbly while being entertained by a live performance for an unforgettable start to the New Year. AED 1,500 Grand Buffet inclusive of soft beverages, AED 2,000 Grand Buffet inclusive of house beverages. Call 04 448 4733.

Zheng He’s, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam: For New Year’s Eve, a festive buffet is offered from 8pm – 3am inclusive of a bottle of bubbly per couple and access to the Shimmer’s Beach Party. The NYE dinner is offered at AED 2,300 for adults, AED 1,500 for guests aged 12-20 years and AED 750 for guests aged 4-11 years. Call 04 432 3232.

Sama Lounge, Ramada Plaza JBR: Revel as you watch the night sky be galvanized with spectacular New Year’s fireworks display. Sample the refined cuisine wrapped up with live entertainment. REGULAR SEATING- AED 950 per person inclusive of lavish dinner buffet with regular spirits and house beverages. PREMIUM SEATING – AED 1,150 per person inclusive of lavish dinner buffet with regular spirits and house beverages. With the Palm Jumeirah view and includes a bottle of sparkling for 2. Call 04 439 8888.

Al Hadheerah, Bab Al Shams: For those who want to experience traditional, yet equally spectacular New Year’s Eve gala, Al Hadheerah is your ideal host for the night. Starting from AED 999 per person, inclusive of all-you-can-eat Middle Eastern & Seafood buffet inclusive of soft beverages, Arabic coffee, lively entertainment and a fireworks display finale welcoming 2016 in style. Call 04 809 6100


JW Marriott Marquis

Location: Shaikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
Contact: +971 4 414 3000

  • La Farine
    French three course menu in a unique and elegant ambiance.
    Cost: Dh350 per person (including preferred grape)
    Timings: 7pm to 12am
  • Aqua
    Bring in the New Year with breath-taking outdoor views of the city fireworks. Aqua Poolside Grill & Bar Terrace serves its signature canapés and crafted beverages and features DJ Diamond on the decks for a New Year’s Eve party to remember.
    Cost: Dh750 per person (food only) Dh1300 per couple including house beverages
    Timings: 9pm to 1am
  • Kitchen 6
    An award winning buffet at Kitchen6 prepared by renowned and talented chefs promises to be a night of great food. Usher in 2016 with good food and great ambience.Cost: Dh500 per person including house beverages
    Timings: 7pm to 11pm
  • Tong Thai
    Go Thai for this New Year at award-winning Tong Thai and welcome 2016 with an authentic sharing set-menu and a true Thai experience.Cost: Dh500 per person including house beverages
    Timings: 7pm to 12am
  • Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
    Give yourself a Michelin-star NYE at the capable hands of Chef Atul Kochhar. The dramatic setting of Rang Mahal coupled with signature set menu offering five courses of modern Indian cuisine will definitely mark a great start for your New Year.Cost: Dh750 per person including house beverages
    Timings: 8pm to 1am
  • Izakaya
    An upbeat and casual setting for family and friends with a delicious Japanese seven-course set menu could make Izakaya your NYE venue this year.Cost: Dh600 per person including house beverages
    Timings: 7pm to 12am
  • Park
    We all love our white Christmases and New Years and the Park Lounge celebrate just that with a snow-themed party. Enjoy a festive atmosphere, performances by famous DJs complemented by free-flowing beverages.Cost: Dh700 per person including canapés and house beverages
    Timings: 10pm to 1am


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