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Top Ten Seafood Restaurants in Dubai

03 May 2019

Tickle with your taste buds and go for a dive in the deep waters tasting some of the mouthwatering seafoods away from the conventional eating patterns. Dubai has a lot to offer and it leaves no stone unturned in relishing the culinary delights of the people flocking from all across the globe. Drifting from the chicken, beef and lamb, it is another fun experiencing the tastes of the vast seafood word.

Be it a smoky lobster or a grilled crab or a deep fried fish, the seafood cravers have a table full of choices when it comes to eat their scrumptious meal. There are a number of restaurants serving delicious seafood cuisines in Dubai. To name a few, let’s pose a glance at the top ten seafood restaurants in Dubai.

seafood restaurants

Flooka

flooka seafood restaurant dubai

With beautiful surroundings facing the beachside, Flooka takes you into the exotic Mediterranean world with its aromatic flavors and dishes. The seafood at the place has a traditional Arabic touch to it with the fishes marinated in the fragrant Arabic spices. The ambiance of the restaurant is very soothing and relaxing with the interior reminiscing of a traditional Mediterranean restaurant. The décor of the restaurant is furnished with the wooden flooring giving it a contemporary touch amidst a heritage effect.

The menu of Flooka is no less inviting with a sumptuous array of meals initiating with the starters and culminating with the mouth watering deserts. One of the must try starters are fish tawook marinated in the Arabian spices and charcoal grilled. With the tannour bread freshly baked in the clay oven, the main course is followed with ‘samak-bil meleh’, fish tossed and cooked in rock salt. There are a number of fishes and shellfishes displayed in the ice and you can get it cooked suiting your tastes be it charcoal grilled or cooked in clay oven. You could also go for a deep fried fish if you wish to.

Booking a table on terrace is recommended giving a beautiful unobstructed view of the beach. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday (12noon- 3:30pm and 7:00pm-midnight) and Friday and Saturday (12pm to midnight).

Location: Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah 1
Contact: +971 4 346 1111

Peppercrab

Peppercrab Restaurant

Delight your culinary senses with the enticing flavors and some exotic dishes at Peppercrab. Housed in the plush Grand Hyatt, the restaurant presents a unique seafood experience. The view of the live kitchen makes the dining even more interesting. Being a seafood restaurant, the menu quintessentially predominates with succulent fishes and crabs tossed in mouthwatering sauces.

The highlighting feature of the menu is few famous Asian and Singaporean dishes with a unique Peppercrab twist to it. The place has a perfect family setting with some exotic dishes on the table be it the Singaporean roasted duck or the chilli and pepper crab. The restaurant has also lately introduced Makan-San Brunch on Fridays which offers a wide variety of delicacies like fresh oysters, boiled lobster tail and dim sum to name a few. The Brunch costs AED 249 per person including soft drinks and AED 100 for children from the age of 6-12. Kids below 6 dine for free.

The restaurant will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in its own way with a special la carte menu served during 7th to 13th February.

Open 7 days a week (7:00pm to 11:30pm)
Thursdays and Fridays (7:00pm to 12am)
Friday Brunch (12:30pm to 4:00pm)

Location: Lower Lobby Level, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 317 2221

Ossiano

Ossiano seafood restaurant

Housed in Atlantis Palm, this is something definitely going to entice you with its style and grandeur. Swirling down the spiral gaze, one cannot stop gazing at the vibrant fishes peeping through the vast aquarium waters. The décor and the style of the restaurant are undoubtedly plush and stylish not to forget the succulent seafood served at the place. The diners enjoy a relaxing time with the seats facing the fish tank making it certainly a centre of attraction. The dishes served in the menu are delicious with a number of European cuisines dominating the menu card. The portion size is also good and goes perfectly when celebrating any special occasion of your life. The aromatic flavors of the signature dishes take you to the rich Mediterranean world with the fragrant smell of the spices captivating you in its charm.

The restaurant is open 7 days a week and the dining time starts from 7pm to 11:30pm.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 426 2626

Bu Qtair

Bu Qtair Dubai Restaurant

Located in the high locales of Jumeirah, one might be expecting a high end plush restaurant with all class and extravaganza. But the modest and humble appearance of the place will take you by a surprise. This place is not about ambiance but about taste which definitely puts it in the best spot. It’s a simple seafood café serving the happy customers some of the best fishes and prawns caught freshly on a daily basis. The specialty of the restaurant is its unbeaten fried fishes with finger licking spices. Over the passing years, the restaurant has stood erect unchanged among the changing styles of foods and dining experiences.

Talking about the seating area, outside the restaurant there are a few plastic tables and chairs for the ones who want to enjoy their food in the backdrop of a phenomenal beach view. There is no fixed menu as the choices of the fishes depend exclusively on the fishes caught on the day. This pocket friendly place is a must visit for someone looking for fresh seafood with all simplicity and no pomp and show. The mode of payment is cash and the place is open seven days a week.

Location: Road 4d, Near Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim
Timings: 10:30am-3:00pm, 6:30pm-11:30pm

Al Mahara Restaurant

Al Mahara Restaurant Dubai

Now this is definitely something which might cost heavy to your pockets but definitely not to your style. The luxuries often do not come for free and a dining experience at Al Mahara restaurant is surely to be one of them. Localed in the seven star Burj al Arab, talking about the food and flavors with a full extravagant affair would be like showing a torch to the sun. With a cosmic aquarium set on a wall ceiling inhabiting some of the rarest sea species, the first look itself defines what is in the waiting.

The menu predominantly reads some of the best lobsters, oysters and fishes with a gentle sprinkling of the exotic flavors making it exclusively different. The service is amazing and well deserved for the price you pay. The deserts are a must try. It's an ideal place to celebrate any occasion making to the list of one of the must go places in Dubai. The restaurant is open seven days are week. Kids below 5 dine for free and kids from 6-12 pay 50 percent on la carte but there are no discounts on kids menu. Children below 10 are allowed only during the lunch time. The timings are from 12:30pm to 3:00pm (last order 2:30pm) and 7:00pm to 12 midnight (last order 11:30pm).

Location: Ground Level, Burj al Arab, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 3017 600

Wavebreakers

Wavebreaker Seafood Dubai

Looking out for a relaxing time amidst a soothingly comfortable ambiance, then this could be a place for you. Located at the Hilton, the Wavebreakers provide delicious barbeque grills and seafood with one of the signature dishes at the place being the fresh Canadian lobster which is picked and cooked straight from the tank. It is a cool place to hang out with your friends or enjoy the sands alongside the view of the lovely beach. The service of the staff is good and they work to their best making the visitors happy. You can relax with a shisha or enjoy some thrilling sporting event screened on the plasmas. So next time if you wish to spend some time in tranquility, then you can head on to Wavebreakrs.

Location: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort Beachside, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 318 2319

Red Lobster

red lobster seafood restaurant dubai

Now if you are seafood fan and do not want to shed quite a bit from your pocket, then hop up at the Red Lobster restaurant. Housed in the bustling Dubai Mall, the restaurant can serve you the twin purpose: shopping with dining. The place has a good variety of seafood choices ranging from the shrimps to some nicely grilled fishes. The fishes and the shrimps grilled on the wood fire tinges the dishes with its unique flavors. As goes with the name, the lobsters at the place must definitely be given a try. The ambiance at the restaurant is relaxing in the backdrop of a lively mall atmosphere.

Quite a few number of dishes in the menu are a must try including the Live Lobster Thermidor dipped in white parmesan sauce which enjoys the tag of being the signature dish at the restaurant. Another pick could be a lobster tail or lobster nachos or pasta to be named a few. There are many more dishes placed on the menu card to suit your palate buds. So if you are looking for some good English seafood, then this place can be a good option to go for.

Location: Lower Ground Level, Near the Fountain, Dubai Mall, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 351 3131

The Fish Market

The Fish Market Restaurant

Taking to the bylanes of a typical South East Asian fish market, the Fish Market restaurant is not a new name for the Dubai seafood lovers. Placed at the Radisson Blu in the heart of Deira creek, the exotic view from the restaurant is an icing on the cake. Watching the lovely and colorful dhows sailing in the creek waters is indeed a mesmerizing view from the restaurant.

With a vast expanse of the seafood at your disposal placed on the fish counter, you can choose the fish of your choice and also make it cooked in the way you want it to. The restaurant personnel are no less friendly and help you out if you are not able to decide on the fish you want to select or how you want the dish to be cooked. The choices are vast varying from a traditional Thai curry to a regular stir fried fish. The restaurant is open seven days are week.

Opening Hours: 12pm-3pm; 7pm-12midnight

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Banyas Road, Deira Creek, Deira
Contact: +971 4 448 9039

Fish Basket

Fish basket restaurant Dubai

Although the place might not be tagged as one of the happening places of Dubai nestled in a plush five star property, but the Fish Basket restaurant has a bigger treat in waiting i.e. the food. The Lebanese based cuisine is enticing and mouth watering with a huge array of fishes and seafood displayed on the ice bed. Equally inviting are the staff and the complimentary salads and the dips offered at the place. The ambiance of the restaurant is very humble without any pompous show or extravaganza with the food being the essence of the restaurant.

If are new at the place or do not have much idea about the seafood, then go for a fried hammour or a grilled red snapper which is a must try at the restaurant. The hammour comes with a juicy dip of a homemade tartare sauce. The creamy hummous and the other seafood dishes go well with any kind of dish you are going for. The snapper, presented in a beautiful way, comes in a sizeable portion so it is a good idea to share the whole fish and enjoy the treat.

Location: Oud Metha, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 336 7177

Ocean Basket

Ocean basket restaurant

Ideally located in City Centre Mirdif. Nice and spacious venue with comfortable seating with a touch of South Africa.The menu offering a good choice of various seafood be it the black cod or the prawns or sushi. The seafood platter is a good choice which included fish fillet, prawns, squid, french fries and rice. The dishes are very presentable with a good taste and the service by the staff is also friendly and good. Their portions are big and filling so if you would like to taste some fresh seafood then we suggest you check out this gem.

Location: Level 1, In Front of VOX Cinemas, Mirdiff City Center
Contact: +971 4 2854895

Sakina Habib

A creative freelance writer/editor living in Dubai, specializing in the areas of travel, food, education and lifestyle.