Experience The True Taste Of Dubai At These 12 Emirati Restaurants

By Rachel George


Dubai is a melting pot of various cultures and cooking styles. Most restaurants have authentic Asian and Middle Eastern-influenced cuisines with a contemporary twist. You will experience bites of Indian, Lebanese, and Mediterranean flavor, but of course, you won’t find any pork.

Looking for a taste of Dubai? Try one of these 12 restaurants. 

 Seven Sands 

Located on the Beach, this restaurant’s menu translates traditional Emirati cuisine for a modern twist and is known for its shark meat and cool sea views. Their famous homemade Emirati Bezar seasoning controls the aroma in the restaurant and is a mix of 20 various herbs and spices. 


Enjoy mouthfuls of shakshouka served on mini khameer bread, khaleeji spices, spicy tomatoes, paratha, and large selections of rice dishes. Between the food and ambiance, Logma mirrors Dubai’s flair for combining the traditional with the contemporary.

Cafe Blanc 

Start your morning with a cup of Arabic coffee at the Dubai Mall. The grilled marinated skewers come highly recommended for lunch with marinated chicken/kafta and your choice of rice or potato wedges. 

Wafi Gourmet

Wafi Gourmet is one of the city’s leading Lebanese restaurants, offering authentic Mediterranean dishes made from traditional cooking techniques for a unique dining experience. It’s located next to the majestic Dubai Fountains.

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Seafood Market

Book a reservation at the only authentic Far Eastern-style seafood restaurant in Dubai that offers a vast selection of fresh, daily caught fish and shellfish. Shop for your favorite fish accompanied by a wide variety of vegetables and tropical fruits.

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Appreciate Emirati cuisine and culture over an interactive dinner with locals at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where the motto is “Open Doors, Open Minds.” Established in 1998, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, hoped to enlighten others on Emirati traditions and customs.

Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove is the go-to-spot and not just for the amazing 360 views. Founder, Yianni, brought his passion for cooking, grown from South Africa to Dubai, with a signature hand-roasted coffee and their scrupulous cakes. 

Karam Beirut

Nothing tastes better than authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation. The Karam family wanted to bring a sense of hospitality to the dinner table, sharing their culture and ‘generosity’ so that’s what they did with Karam Beirut.

Khaymat Al Bahar

Enjoy an authentic Lebanese dining experience right on the beach. Favorites include Suman Fillet with chili sauce, Khaymat shawarma, and other tasty delights. Each main course is served with hot bread and dessert.


Celebrity chef Maroun Chedid used his innovative cooking skills to blend Lebanese and Emirati meals for a true culinary experience. Recently renovated, the restaurant boasts green and white color schemes and a striking olive tree in the lobby.



This eclectic contemporary breakfast and lunch restaurant features Asian, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian influenced dishes in an international buffet. The decor draws inspiration from the most expressive part of the body, hence the image of beautiful faces along the walls. 

Cargo Dubai

Meet, mix and mingle with guests while savoring from delicious Asian fusion street food. The restaurant reflects Hong Kong in the 1960s, paired with wood interior and a breathtaking view of the Dubai Marina.

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