There are so many Instagrammable restaurants in Dubai, that it can be difficult to decide where to reserve a table. But if you’re just looking to increase your follower count, while enjoying a delicious meal (we’re not judging), there are a few special spots that stand out above the rest.
From dreamy beachfront settings to cutting-edge restaurant designs, we’ve found the most Instagrammable restaurants in Dubai.
These most Instagrammable restaurants in Dubai are a treat for your diet
No attention to detail has been spared when it comes to the aesthetics of the beautiful new Italian restaurant, Mura. The Amalfi Coast-inspired restaurant is adorned in hues of dark blue and white, with stunning lemon trees forming to create a leafy ceiling effect. Upstairs there is an outdoor terrace again lined with lemon trees making for a true Mediterranean dining experience.
Mura, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Tel: (0)4 575 5097. @mura_restaurant
Opa is a must visit for a lively Greek dining experience. Upon arriving you will enter a Mediterranean oasis with white mosaic flooring underfoot and beautiful flowers and wildlife reaching out to form a spectacularly beautiful entrance hall. Flowers are a prominent feature, and you’ll find them scattered throughout the traditionally whitewashed restaurant.
OPA, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed, Dubai, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7pm-2am, Thursday and Friday 7pm-3am, Saturday 7pm-1am. Tel: (04) 357 0557. Facebook.com/opadubai
If you don’t make a reservation at SushiSamba for the incredible Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion cuisine orchestrated by Chef Moon, let it be for the stunning interiors that make it one of the most impressive new openings in recent years. Finished in rich colors of burnt orange and brass, this is a very glamorous spot. Coupled with lots of leafy foliage and double-height ceilings, this is one of Dubai’s most photogenic restaurants.
SushiSamba Dubai, Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah, Saturday-Tuesday 7pm-2am, Wednesday-Friday 7pm-3am. @sushisambadubai
Step out of the urban jungle and into a real jungle at Amazonico, DIFC’s three-story restaurant. The decor is a big part of what makes the venue so spectacular, with teal crushed velvet, orange leathers, and mariposas (Amazonian butterflies) found all around the venue.
Amazónico Dubai, DIFC Pavilion, Dubai, daily from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tel: (0)4 571 3999. amazonicorestaurant.com
Shanghai Me, DIFC’s chic East Asian restaurant, is one of the financial hub’s most Instagrammable restaurants thanks to its ruby-red interiors and art deco details that are an ode to post-prohibition Shanghai. But the terrace, now covered for the summer, is where you’ll get the best social media shot, with the space decked out in lush greenery and bamboo detailing.
Shanghai Me, Podium Level, Gate Village 11, DIFC, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Tel: (04) 564 0505. @shanghaimedxb
Inspired by design features of Morocco, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, beautiful Nineveh is adorned in earthy colors with pops of royal red and leafy plants. The cuisine follows the same level of diversity and heritage from the Arab world, where guests can enjoy an expensive menu of authentic dishes.
Nineveh, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, daily from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tel: (0)4 326 6105. @ninivedubai
Piatti on the beach
Inspired by the Amalfi Coast, Piatti is one of the Palm Jumeirah’s most photogenic restaurants. Finished in nautical white and blue, brilliant magenta bougainvillea climb the walls of the indoor restaurant and alfresco terrace. A walk-in antipasto room is an extra Instagram moment. Chef Batuhan Piatti, a former Masterchef Turkey judge, has created a menu of Mediterranean delights such as cherry tomato burrata and sautéed Mediterranean mussels.
Piatti by the Beach, Raffles The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily, lunch 12-4:30 p.m., dinner 7-11:30 p.m. Tel: (0)4 248 8889. @piattibythebeach
The London Project
The botanical British restaurant burst onto the scene with all the flair and flamboyance you would expect. The entire site is draped in foliage, giving an outdoor feel and plenty of opportunities to capture a unique Insta’ shot. With happy hour offerings every day of the week and brunches throughout the weekend, this lively spot is the perfect place to bring friends and visitors.
The London Project, Bluewaters, Dubai, daily, 10 a.m. to midnight. Tel: (04) 580 8570. thelondonproject.com
Profiles across Dubai were awash in pink this year as news feeds were filled with snaps of Bounty Beets’ ‘Hello Beautiful’ wall art. The cute healthy cafe also features an illustration of angel wings and a beautiful central blooming tree so every angle gives you the perfect shot.
Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. @bountybeets
Unleash your inner animal at Pier 7’s Amazon-themed restaurant. Mama Zonia comes complete with jungle greenery, bright upholstery, and even a giant birdcage. Perfect if you’re looking to inject a little more color into your diet.
Mama Zonia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Saturday to Monday and Wednesday 12:00 to 1:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12:00 to 3:00. Tel: (04) 240 4747. mamazonia.com
Flamingo Room by Tashas
This has got to be one of Dubai’s finest restaurants – you’ll spend more time gazing at the lavish decor than your dining companion, so much attention to detail is there. Marble floors, floral light installations and a pretty dusty pink color palette combined with pops of punchy zebra prints…can we say, heart-eye emoji?
Flamingo Room by Tashas, Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 12pm-4pm; 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday). Tel: (42) 447 278. flamingoroombytashas.com
El Chapo Tacos
We would like to know how the creators of this new Mexican spot came up with their concept. The difference is in the details, from the tiny Mexican salt and pepper shakers to the neon signs on the walls. Every time you walk in, you spot something you hadn’t noticed before.
Tacos from El Chapo, Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City every day from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tel: (04) 514 5411. elchapostacos.com