Being in Dubai and not enjoying the food platter of Dubai is a shame, especially if you are a foodie. That is why we are here for foodies who wish to pamper their taste buds with great food while on a layover at Dubai. When you are hard pressed for time and can’t travel too far into the city, try these 7 great restaurants near Dubai airport.
These restaurants are sure to be a great treat for your taste buds and you will catch your next flight with your tummy full of sumptuous food and heart full of sweet memories.
1. Seafood Market
A delightful experience for every seafood lover, Seafood Market is not only a regular place for the frequent flyers but also for the locals. The place boasts of a nice ambience, great and positive vibes and fresh ingredients. Although considered to be a bit overpriced, the restaurant’s exceptional taste makes up for it. While at Seafood Market don’t forget to try the Deep fried soft shell crab with salt, chili and pepper and mango jubilee for dessert.
Location: Lobby Level, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud
Opening Hours: 12:30 PM till 5 PM, 7:30 PM till 11:30 PM
Approx. cost for 2: AED 400 (without drinks)
2. The Irish Village
Longing for a pub with a true Irish experience? Visit The Irish Village, we promise it won’t disappoint you. Loyalist of the place swears by its chilled out ambience and amazing service. Take a seat in the garden and enjoy a relaxed layover with great drinks (try Jagerbomb) and sumptuous food. While at the Irish Village, do try their Fried Calamari. Every now and then the place has some great bands playing live to add to the overall experience.
Location: Next to Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud
Opening Hours: Everyday from 11am till 2am
Approx. Cost for 2: AED 450
Famous for its ‘DRUNCH’ (drinks + brunch), Warehouse lives up to its name and packs a good punch of service and taste. With a nightclub moody lighting and ambience perfect for cozy dining, Warehouse is also known for its Sushi. With an apt garden and lounge sitting, the place offers a relaxed time for its guests.
Location: Le Meridien Fairway, 51st St – Dubai
Opening Hours: 12pm to 3am (Happy hours- 4pm to 7pm)
Approx Cost for 2: AED350
4. Casa Mia
People specially come here to enjoy its lovely terrace ambience. Yes, Casa Mia beautifully amalgamates the exotic home cooked Italian cuisine taste with its beautiful terrace arrangement. With personalized service and yummy tasting food, Casa Mia is one of the most preferred places for tourists looking for authentic Italian near to the airport.
Location: Meridian Village terrace, Garhoud
Opening Hours: 12.30pm till 4pm and 7.30pm till 11.30pm
Approx Cost for 2: AED 500
5. Rodeo Grill & Bar
Known as one of the best places for steak in the city, Rodeo Grill & bar has spacious seating and a very calm and cozy ambience, perfect for travelers looking for a quiet time to relax after covering half of the journey. Offering a good wine selection, perfectly cooked steak and delicate seafood items on the menu along with an attentive and personal service, Rodeo Grill & Bar promises to make your evening a delight.
Location: Ground Level, Al Bustan Rotana, Casablanca Road, Garhoud,
Opening Hours: 12pm to 3pm and 7pm till 12am
Approx Cost for 2: AED 600
Craving for authentic Japanese food? Benihana is your place to be. Decent ambience, great food and affordable rates make Benihana a favorite of the locals and tourists. While the guests can opt for private dining, Benihana also has a theatre dinning concept that allows you to enjoy your food socially with others. While the place is loved for its sushi, their Teppanyaki night is also fairly popular. For buffet lovers, Sunday, Wednesday and Tuesday nights are the best, but make sure to book in advance.
Location: Ground Level, Al Bustan Rotana, Casablanca Road, Garhoud
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Opening Hours: Only evenings from 7pm to 11.30pm
Approx Cost for 2: AED 400
7. 40 Kong
Have some extra time? Move a little farther for a delicious treat of international cuisine to 40 Kong. Known as one of the best restaurants near airport area with an exquisite view of Bur Dubai, this rooftop open air restaurant has a breathtakingly beautiful and refreshing location. The seating arrangements are quite stylish and the overall vibe is great. Sip- in some of their signature cocktails while munching on the zucchini chips (recommended- its yum) while enjoying the sea view on three sides.
Location: 40th Floor, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area
Opening Hours: 6pm till 3am
Approx Cost for 2: AED 300
If you’ve ever been to Dubai and have stayed there, you would know that food makes an integral part of the lives of people there. With a plethora of options and specialty restaurants of almost every possible cuisine in the world, the foodies of Dubai are spoilt for choice. The restaurateurs always have to be on their toes to impress their guests and stay on their list of favorites. Even the frequent flyers who visit the restaurants during layovers swear by the warm hospitality,