1. Zeng He’s
Renowned for its excellent cuisine and luxurious ambiance, Zheng He’s is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in town. The outdoor terrace is situated on the creek of the Madinat Jumeirah. Dimly lit and quiet, guests can peacefully enjoy the restaurant’s superb cuisine while looking onto the abra boasts which pass and listening to the soft sounds of the water. This is certainly one of the more romantic spots in Dubai. Don’t forget to try the prawn and caviar or squid ink dumplings and one of Zheng He’s acclaimed duck dishes.
Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
2. The Boardwalk
This long-time favorite al fresco restaurant offers a magical setting and yummy international dishes. The restaurant is located on three pile platforms on the Dubai Creek so that you can enjoy firsthand the busy activities of the creek life while munching on specialties from around the world. While this not a gastronomic adventure, you can expect to be satisfied from a plate of fish and chips or a nice Caesar salad.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
3. Eau Zone
One of the more romantic spots in town, Eau Zone is located in the stylish One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel. The setting is magical: wooden jetties surround a lagoon-shaped pool lit with many warm candles. The menu is decidedly fusion with good European dishes given a slightly Asian twist. This is a lovely al fresco spot worth the extra bucks.
One and Only Royal Mirage
4. Sho Cho
Another long-time Dubai favorite is the inventive Japanese restaurant Sho Chos at the Dubai Marine Resort and Spa. The outside terrace overlooking the Persian Gulf is consistently packed, even on weekdays. The menu is highly innovative and rarely fails to impress. Try the king fish with jalapenos or a good beef teriyaki.
Dubai Marine Resort & Spa
A marvelous seafood restaurant built on a private pier at the Al Qasr Hotel, Pierchic is the epitome of a romantic al fresco restaurant. The breathtaking location leaves you feeling as if you’ve left Dubai and are now at sea and the stunning view includes a panorama of the Burj Al Arab, Palm Island, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and Dubai Marina. While there try the lobster and carrot falafels with Tasmanian trouts and also the scallop starts.
Al Qasr Hotel