We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dining with clients (Business trips in Dubai)

Exclusively sponsored by Visit Dubai

In Dubai for work and planning to dine out with clients or prospects? Whether it's breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, the city brims with restaurants to help you set the right tone and seal the right deal. From on-trend Japanese 'izakaaya' lunches to Michelin-starred eateries for top-end cuisine, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to making a brilliant impression.

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

11 Places

5 City Tips

Print
Map

11 Places

Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera

Restaurants

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie

Restaurants

Observatory Bar & Grill

Restaurants

Folly by Nick & Scott

Restaurants

Zuma

Restaurants

Intersect By Lexus

Restaurants

Pierchic

Restaurants

Al Hadheerah

Restaurants

At.Mosphere

Bars & Clubs

Nusr-Et

Restaurants

Dinner in the Sky

Restaurants

Visit Dubai's City Tips

  • Always book in advance for Dubai's restaurants. They fill up quickly, especially in high season
  • Dress code is usually smart/casual
  • Taxes and service charges are automatically added to most bills, but it's still customary to tip wait staff 10-15%
  • Dubai has more than 9,500 restaurants, so take your time and choose carefully to match the client and occasion
  • Most fine dining spots are open daily, with typical opening times of 12pm to 3:30pm, and dinner times often till midnight and beyond
  • Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, Grill)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    One of the newest stars on Dubai's dining firmament, this super-sleek brasserie sits on the top level of the dhow-shaped Dubai Opera, and makes a classy spot for a business outing. The décor balances contemporary and classic, and the menu follows suit, with fresh seafood and prime steaks to die for.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Chef Sean Connolly is one of the southern hemisphere's most respected, with eateries in Sydney, Auckland, Adelaide, and elsewhere.
    • Don’t miss the seabass 'cooked in a bag' with red prawns, or the king crab linguine: both draw ace reviews.
    • Set a relaxed note for your meal and conversation with an aperitif at the rooftop bar, which commands stirring views of the Burj Khalifa.
    • Pull out the stops by combining dinner with an opera or show at Dubai Opera. The restaurant serves a pre-theater menu and stays open till the early hours.
    • Open Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm till 2am, and Sunday thru Thursdays from 5pm till 2am.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #815 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    • "Perfect at all points'' 14/11/2018
    • Nothing So Special 10/11/2018
    • Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
    Address:
    Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Dubai 9440
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 362 7312
    Price range:
    US$54 - US$109
    Hours:
    Fri
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Thu
    5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie
    Restaurants (French, European)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Looking for something different to please your clients? Upturn their expectations of Dubai's 21st-century glitz at this upscale spot at the Vida Downtown. Awash with cream decor and boudoir-like furnishings, it's a calm oasis of French bistro elegance where you can talk business discreetly over classic Parisian-style food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Request a seat beside the floor-to-ceiling windows to overlook Downtown Dubai's skyscrapers or the Vida's pool.
    • Expect a la carte lunch and dinner menus: perfect for letting clients order exactly what they fancy.
    • Try the Kobe tenderloin fillet with optional added sprinkles of black truffle for a meal par excellence.
    • Ask for one of the circular tables if you're in a group of six or seven. They're ideal for collaborative discussions.
    • Advance booking is recommended, especially for specific tables. Lunch is 12pm-3:15pm, and dinner 7pm-11pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #457 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • NOT A Romantic lunch and truly not worth it. 18/10/2018
    • delicious breakfast! 15/10/2018
    • La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie
    Address:
    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Vida Downtown, 1st Floor
    Dubai 128862
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 428 6969
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Observatory Bar & Grill
    Restaurants (Bar, International, European, Grill)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Bowl your guests over with one of Dubai's best views at the Observatory and Grill on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel. Located high above Dubai Marina, the panoramas over the waterside towers and the exceptional food are a contract-winning cert.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want a relatively quiet-but-impressive lunch venue to talk over projects and contracts, the Observatory's views and mellow vibe hit the spot.
    • Must-tries from the a la carte menu include seabass with your choice of rub, or tenderloin steak--all straight from the wood-fired grill.
    • Enjoy stellar views of the Palm Jumeirah from the bar before hitting the restaurant for the breathtaking Marina vistas.
    • The Observatory is open daily from 12pm to 1am, making it ideal for a late lunch or dinner.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #259 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Romeo 12/11/2018
    • Romeo 12/11/2018
    • Observatory Bar & Grill
    Address:
    Al Sufouh Road
    52nd Level Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
    Dubai 66662
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 319 4000
    Price range:
    US$40 - US$60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Folly by Nick & Scott
    Restaurants (International)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    When it comes to entertaining clients, it's hard to top this ultra-elegant club-style venue in Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah. With a choice of Arabian-style terraces and dining spaces, it offers everything from quiet nooks to private balconies to suit your business needs.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Folly offers different menus for different dining spaces, so you can tailor your experience to your client.
    • For a casual lunch, opt for dishes such as monkfish cheeks and lamb saddle with whipped pine nuts.
    • Book the Communal Table for up to 10 guests. Set on a private balcony overlooking Madinat Jumeirah's windtowers and waterways, it's ideal for a laid-back group meal.
    • Open every day: 12pm-2:30pm on weekdays, and 12:30pm-3:30pm on weekends. Dinner is served nightly from 7pm-11pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #326 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cheese & Wine 06/11/2018
    • Ok but not one for a return visit 17/10/2018
    • Folly by Nick & Scott
    Phone:
    +971 4 430 8535
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$204
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Zuma
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    In the heart of Dubai's International Financial Centre (DIFC), Zuma couldn't be better placed for a client meal. With its steel-and-granite interior and vibrant ambience, it's spot-on for a casual lunch or after-work dinner. Plus, it's fashionable Japanese dishes will prove you're right on trend in the culinary stakes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Expect informal dining with course after course brought to your table for a'sharing' experience.
    • Choose a round table for sociable work lunches or a tucked-away spot for a higher-stakes meet and eat.
    • Don't miss the best-selling specials: miso-marinated black cod and robata-grilled jumbo tiger prawns.
    • Find Zuma in DIFC's Gate Village complex.
    • Opening times vary: 12pm-3:30pm Sunday-Thursday, and 7pm-12am Saturday-Wednesday. The timings extend slightly from Thursdays to Saturday nights.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It s Zuma... 15/11/2018
    • Asian delights 12/11/2018
    • Zuma
    Address:
    Gate Village 06, DIFC
    Dubai 506620
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 425 5660
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Thu - Fri
    7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Sat - Wed
    7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Intersect By Lexus
    Restaurants (International, European)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Great for media types wanting an artsy venue, this funky café-eatery echoes the sense of luxury and lifestyle of the Lexus brand. The quirky interior is matched by the menu, which comprises an artisanal mix of organic, vegetable-based and light meat and seafood dishes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Intersect's gallery-style interior of books, art, and techy statement pieces provide plenty of conversation points.
    • Choose the Business Lunch menu for a light midday meal that will leave you office-ready for the afternoon.
    • Favourites include the chickpea salad with hazelnuts and the French picalou chicken.
    • Intersect is located at Gate Village Building 7 in Dubai's DIFC.
    • The restaurant serves business lunches from 12pm-4pm, breakfasts from 8am-12pm, and is open 8am-12am Sunday to Friday.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #397 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Luxury in every detail 02/11/2018
    • Great restaurant for business lunch 29/10/2018
    • Intersect By Lexus
    Phone:
    +971 4 355 9524
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$82
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:00 AM - 11:45 PM
    Fri
    1:00 PM - 11:45 PM
    Other:
  • Pierchic
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Perched on private pier jutting into the Arabian Gulf, plush Pierchic serves up top-quality seafood alongside epic views of the Burj Al Arab and Arabian Gulf. The location and menu together make it a slam-dunk for impressing clients—especially if they're new to Dubai.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book well in advance and ask for a window table for the best Burj Al Arab views.
    • While the menu focuses on seafood, there are lots of meat and vegetarian choices available, too.
    • If time's short or the sun's too hot, swap walking along the pier for a ride in one of the chauffeured electric carts.
    • Pierchic can be hard to find as it's not on the roadside. Access it via the pool area of the Al Qasr hotel in Madinat Jumeirah.
    • Open from 12.30pm-3pm and 6pm-11pm Sundays thru Thursdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #418 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just Super Food in Dubai's Most Romantic restaurant setting 12/11/2018
    • Dinner 11/11/2018
    • Pierchic
    Address:
    Al Sufouh Road
    Madinat Jumeirah
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 432 3232
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$200
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Al Hadheerah
    Restaurants (Seafood, Barbecue, Middle Eastern, Arabic)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Give your clients the full Arabian-desert experience at this al-fresco restaurant at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort. Drive to the resort tucked into the dunes outside Dubai and enjoy Emirati cuisine under the stars, along with live entertainment. Perfect as a post-project celebration or impressive welcome-aboard for a new client.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take a seat at the Majlis-style tables and feast on Bedouin-inspired spit-roast lamb, mezze and grilled fish.
    • Your meal comes with live music and falconry displays for true Arabian flavour.
    • The Bab Al Shams Resort lies south of the city on the Al Qudra Road, about an hour's drive from Downtown Dubai.
    • Open daily from 7pm to 11:30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #441 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    • Alhadheera 13/11/2018
    • Great dinner in the desert! 13/11/2018
    • Al Hadheerah
    Address:
    Al Qudra Road
    Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
    Dubai 8168
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 809 6194
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • At.Mosphere
    Bars & Clubs
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Wow prospects and clients with a meal at At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa. If they can tear their gaze from from the phenonemal views, they'll love the exquisite cuisine, whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • At.mosphere is the world's highest-located restaurant at an incredible 442 meters above ground.
    • Reserve a window table for added wow factor, especially at sunset.
    • Star turns on the haute cuisine menu include oysters and Wagyu tenderloin—simply delicious.
    • The Business Lunch menu offers a choice of two starters, two mains and two desserts—perfect for a relatively light meal.
    • At.mosphere is open for breakfast 7am-11am, lunch 12:30pm-4pm, and dinner from 6pm till midnight.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 75 Nightlife in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Atmosphere lounge on 122nd floor 13/11/2018
    • Great location, was expecting more from food served 10/11/2018
    • At.Mosphere
    Address:
    Burj Khalifa Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    122nd Floor
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 888 3828
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Nusr-Et
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Barbecue, Turkish)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    It's all about food and showmanship at this acclaimed Turkish steakhouse, the brainchild of meat chef Nusret Gökce, aka the internet sensation known as 'Salt Bae'. Soak up the buzz and noise, and enjoy the rituals that accompany the mouth-watering dishes: a brilliant way to toast a successful deal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • With luck, you might just get to see Salt Bae himself. His signature ribeye slicing and salting routine is pure gold.
    • Must-tries include the steak sushi heralded by its very own fire show.
    • Don't miss the baklava and ice-cream: it gets rave reviews.
    • You don't have to be a carnivore to enjoy: the menu includes fish and seafood specials.
    • Find Nusr-Et at the Jumeirah Beach Four Seasons Resort's Restaurant Village. It's open daily 12pm- 3:30pm and 7pm-1130pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #594 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    • Meat as far as the eye can see 12/11/2018
    • Worse Nusr-Et restaurant 12/11/2018
    • Nusr-Et
    Address:
    Jumeirah Beach Road
    Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 407 4100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Dinner in the Sky
    Restaurants (International)
    See more photos
    Visit Dubai Says:

    Transform an ordinary business lunch or dinner into an event your clients will never forget with the Dinner in the Sky experience. Take your seat, savor the thrill as a crane hoists your table 50 meters above the ground, and then drink in the superlative aerial views over Dubai's skyline as you eat, drink, and discuss.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Book individual seats or go all out to impress with a private corporate booking: the table seats up to 22.
    • Expect a 3-course lunch or dinner served by a presenter and waiting crew.
    • The table rotates mid-air so everyone gets the best of the views.
    • Diners are strapped into their seats, but double-check with guests that they have a head for heights.
    • Time slots for lunch and dinner are around 90 minutes, including an hour in the air.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #862 of 7,135 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Definitely a must do! 15/11/2018
    • How High! 13/11/2018
    • Dinner in the Sky
    Phone:
    +971 50 925 6341
    Price range:
    US$163 - US$231
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo