8 dining venues to visit for Dubai Food Festival 2023

Sponsored: The 10th edition of the Dubai Food Festival, taking place from April 21 to May 7, aims to showcase Dubai’s exquisite gastronomic experiences

The highly-anticipated Dubai Food Festival is back with a packed 17-day programme aimed to showcase the best of Dubai’s culinary offerings, from five-star gourmet dining to hidden gems. Here’s what to look forward to at the renowned food festival:

Surf Club

Situated on Palm West Beach, the beach, bar, restaurant, and resort boutique offers a special set menu featuring signature dishes, all prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Tuck into a choice of starters from Salmon Avocado Roll, Oven Baked Feta With Sourdough Toast or Honey Glazed Short Rib, followed by hearty main options of Moules Mariniere, Saffron Risotto or Spaghetti Al Tartufo. End of a delightful note with Profiteroles.

AED200 per person. For reservations, contact +9714 589 5444. Visit website.

Logs & Embers

Logs & Embers invites you to experience its lip-smacking Dubai Food Festival set menu brimming with dishes such as the Honey BBQ smokey chicken wings with blue cheese dip, Loaded waffle nachos with smokey brisket burnt ends, 12-hour slow and low smoked short rib burger in a charcoal bun, cherry garlic chutney and L&E BBQ sauce, and the L&E smokehouse platter.

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Ría Restaurant & Beach Bar

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Ría Restaurant & Beach Bar brings forward a tranquil, upscale dining atmosphere to relish in Levantine cuisine, inspired by the fresh Mediterranean shores. Enjoy beachfront dining and explore a sharing-style menu, which includes a choice of one hot or cold starter, one salad, and one main course with selected side dishes.

AED150 per person (minimum 2 people) for a choice of one starter, one salad, and one sharing main course. Email reservations@riarestaurantbar.com. Visit website.

Ibn AlBahr

Nestled within Club Vista Mare, the renowned Ibn AlBahr presents a sumptuous seafood-driven lunch or dinner set menu to tantalize your tastebuds. Indulge in a wide selection of hot and cold mezza, main courses including Grilled fish, Grilled shrimp’s provincial and Fried ladyfish, and delectable desserts to conclude the hearty dining experience.

AED250 per person. Call +9714 553 9575. Visit website.

KoKo Bay

Experience the spirit of Bali at the beachfront restaurant Koko Bay with a three-course set lunch menu featuring a choice of starter, main course, and dessert alongside a signature mocktail and beach access. The menu showcases a fusion of Far-Eastern-inspired flavours with favourites such as Shiro miso baked Alaskan black cod, Apulian burrata risotto, KoKonut lemongrass burnt Basque cheesecake, and Tres leches cake.

April 24-May4. Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 3pm. AED245 per person. Visit website.

February 30

Homegrown Beirut concept February 30 introduces a sublime set menu showcasing an array of options for diners to choose from. Menu highlights include Seafood tacos, Greek salad, Chicken karaage, Grilled baby squid, Olive marinated lamb cutlets, Mango passion fruit soufflé, and Baklava cheesecake.

AED250 per person. Call +9714 244 7200. Visit website.


Samakje is offering a special dining experience titled Thursday Night Dinner, as part of the Dubai Food Festival. The menu features a variety of seafood dishes with a Lebanese and Mediterranean twist, all prepared using fresh ingredients. Enjoy a choice of salad, cold mezze and hot mezze, followed by a satisfying main course choice from fried fish with Phoenician fries, Grilled fish fillet with vegetables, or a Shish tawouk platter.

Every Thursday from 7pm. AED170 per person. Sharing-style menu for two persons. Email Reservations@samakje.com.

Peaches & Cream

Peaches and Cream welcomes diners to a delightful experience featuring delectable dishes to choose from including the Sea bass ceviche or Watermelon halloumi for starters and a Rib eye steak, Chicken souvlaki or Bucatini alla salsa di funghi for mains. For the ones with a sweet tooth, opt for the decadent Cheesecake or Pavlova to end the meal.

AED150 per person including tasting menu. Call +97152 947 4552. Visit website.