The top 50 places for Christmas lunch in Dubai
Whether you're in Marina, Downtown or by the Creek, everywhere in Dubai has a festive meal being served on December 25th.December 9, 2015
It’s that most wonderful time of the year… when you can stuff your face with as much food and drink as possible, and no one is morally allowed to pass judgement.
Being a city saturated with dining outlets, Dubai is in no way short of Christmas lunches. So to make life a little easier for you, we’ve narrowed down what we think are Dubai’s top 50 places for a fantastic festive meal on Christmas day.
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Bur Dubai / Deira / Creek
Casa de Tapas
The Spanish favourite is offering a festive menu throughout December, building up to the brunch feast on Christmas Day with a live Flamenco dancer to boot.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 12.30-4pm, soft drinks AED 249, house drinks AED 299, sparkling AED 349. casadetapas.ae
Stunning views of the Dubai Creek and equally stunning food from the Park Hyatt’s three signature restaurants make for a very classy Christmas day brunch.
Park Hyatt, 12.30-4pm, soft drinks AED 595, sparkling AED 895. dubai.park.hyatt.com
One of Dubai’s classic party brunches, the Christmas day brunch is set to be even more wild than usual, with a lavish buffet and free-flowing Bollinger.
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, 1-4pm, sparkling AED 599. lemeridien-dubai.com
As well as a festive buffet featuring all the Christmas classics, Santa will be dropping into the restaurant to hand out presents to the little ones.
Pullman Deira Creek City Centre, 12.30-4pm, soft drinks AED 199, house drinks AED 220, sparkling AED 450. pullman-dubai-deiracitycentre.com
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
Enjoy a classic three-course Christmas meal with Italian flavours while a choir sing your favourite festive carols, before a DJ takes over to add extra festive ambiance.
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel, 12-4pm, soft drinks AED 259, house drinks AED 319. vivaldidubai.com/en/
Italian fine-dining joint Roberto’s is wishing its customers a buon Natale with a special Christmas brunch serving all the classic Italian Christmas favourites.
DIFC, 12-4pm, soft drinks AED 350, house drinks AED 450, sparkling AED 495. robertos.ae
Artisan cold cuts, home-made terrines, freshly shucked oysters and a delicious crispy skinned turkey are just a few of the delights you can expect at American restaurant Delphine this Christmas day.
The H Dubai, 1-5pm, soft drinks AED 300, house drinks AED 450, sparkling AED 650. delphinedubai.com
What better way to start your Chirstmas day than with a festive a la carte brunch at Prime68? Expect the finest cuts of meat and jaw-dropping views.
JW Marriott Marquis, 12.30-4pm, house drinks AED 495. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho is offering a sumptuous five-course set menu this Christmas day, supplemented by unlimited cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks.
DIFC, 12-4pm, AED 650. gauchorestaurants.ae
Everyone’s favourite Japanese restaurant Zuma is offering a seasonal twist on its signature brunch on the 25th, with a grand festive dessert display set to be the centrepiece.
DIFC, 12.30-4pm, soft drinks AED 420, house drinks AED 540, sparkling AED 595. zumarestaurant.com
Rivington Grill is dishing up a hefty slice of classic British Christmas fare, with an exclusive festive set menu served over two sittings on the big day.
Souk Al Bahar, 12-5pm, AED 350 food only, drinks packages range from AED 50 to AED 350. rivingtondubai.ae
For a Christmas day spent at altitude, Iris, the 27th-floor terrace of the Oberoi Dubai, is offering a festive edition of its popular Le Brunch, complete with snow decorations and a live band.
The Oberoi Dubai, 1-5pm, soft drinks AED 360, house drinks AED 460, Prosecco AED 560, champagne AED 650. irisdubai.com
There’s an option for everyone this Christmas at The Ivy, with three three-and-a-half-hour sittings of the festive set menu from morning through to night.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 11.30am-midnight, soft drinks AED 599, house drinks AED 849, sparkling AED 949. theivydubai.ae
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
As well as a four-course festive evening dinner (AED 450), CUT by Wolfgang Puck will be offering a special Christmas brunch in the daytime.
The Address Downtown, 12.30-4pm, soft drinks AED 290, house drinks AED 440. theaddress.com/en/hotels/cut-by-wolfgang-puck.aspx
Argentinian steakhouse Asado uses an open grill in the centre of the restaurant to prepare the perfectly cooked meat for its Christmas day brunch.
The Palace Downtown, 1-4.30pm, soft drinks AED 550, house drinks AED 650. theaddress.com/en/hotels/asado.aspx
Family-friendly restaurant Boulevard Kitchen is serving up a bumper festive brunch, where children under five years old eat for free.
Manzil Downtown Dubai, soft drinks AED 295, house drinks AED 395. vida-hotels.com/en/manzil
Expect smoked salmon, winter root vegetable soup, a tender roast turkey and fruit-filled Christmas pudding on Dusty’s delectable three-course Christmas set menu.
DIFC, 7pm-midnight. AED 250 including welcome drink. dustysdubai.com
The Christmas day brunch at CLAW promises to be full of fun, frolics and fantastic food and drinks. Wear your best festive jumper for a chance to win a special prize!
Souk Al Bahar, 12-4pm, soft drinks AED 229, house drinks AED 329, cocktails AED 399. clawbbq.com
Mediterranean restaurant Boca is getting into the Christmas spirit with a special festive menu available at any three-hour seating throughout the day.
DIFC, 12-10pm, soft drinks AED 295, house drinks AED 395, sparkling AED 550. boca.ae
The Black Lion
For a casual Christmas option, laid-back gastropub The Black Lion is offering a special three-course brunch menu featuring American-inspired festive favourites.
The H Dubai, 12-4pm, soft drinks AED 395, house drinks AED 545, sparkling AED 595. theblacklion.ae
Lively New York-style seafood restaurant Catch is offering a special Christmas dinner on the 24th and 25th, including the excellent egg nog mason jar for dessert.
Fairmont Dubai, 7pm-2am, AED 490. catch.ae
Jumeirah / Madinat
Burj Al Arab’s ground-floor fine-dining seafood restaurant Al Mahara is offering either a four-course lunch menu or a sumptuous six-course evening meal this Christmas.
Burj Al Arab, Lunch 12.30-3pm, AED 1,175, Dinner 7pm-midnight AED 1,290. jumeirah.com/en/burj-al-arab
Venetian fine-dining restaurant Segreto is hosting a ‘very Italian Christmas’, with a special four-course festive menu focused on fresh seafood.
Souk Madinat, AED 350. jumeirah.com/en/restaurants--bars/segreto
Anglo-French bistro Café Rouge is wishing its customers a joyeux Noel with a special Christmas menu, featuring a classic chestnut-stuffed turkey with all the trimmings.
Souk Madinat, 12-3pm, AED 250. caferouge.ae
The Christmas Day Brunch at Zheg He’s offers a modern Chinese interpretation of festive classics, plus a jaw-dropping view of the Burj Al Arab.
Mina A’Salam, 12-4pm, soft drinks AED 550, house drinks AED 650. jumeirah.com/restaurants--bars/zheng-hes
A seriously upmarket option, the Christmas Day Seafood Brunch at stunning over-the-water dining destination Pierchic consists of a luxurious three-course menu with free-flowing drinks.
Al Qasr, 12-4pm, soft drinks AED 650, house drinks AED 800. jumeirah.com/en/restaurants--bars/pierchic
Latin-American-themed restaurant and grill La Parrilla is serving a sharing-style Christmas day brunch on the 25th, with award-winning tango dancers on hand to add to the party atmosphere.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, house drinks AED 650. jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/la-parrilla
The Four Seasons’ international dining venue is holding a grand Christmas day brunch buffet, with live music and activities laid on for the little ones.
Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach, soft drinks AED 450, house drinks AED 600, sparkling AED 750. fourseasons.com/dubaijb/dining/restaurants/suq
Opt for a signature New York style Christmas meal with the JG Kitchen a la carte brunch, including special festive dishes.
Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach, 12-4pm, a la carte pricing. jean-georges-dubai.com
JBR / Marina / Media City
A.O.C. French Brasserie
Traditional roast meats, a tasty festive barbecue on the terrace overlooking the sea, homemade Christmas cookies and gingerbread are just a few of the treats on offer at A.O.C on the 25th.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, 1-4pm, soft drinks AED 230, house drinks, AED 320, sparkling AED 495. sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com
Held on the Gulf Lawn and Caravan restaurant, the Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s Christmas day brunch includes an unlimited festive feast, a live band and even a visit from Santa.
Ritz-Carlton Dubai, 1-4pm, soft drinks AED 595, house drinks and sparkling AED 995. ritzcarlton.com
Brazilian eatery Fogueira is hosting a special festive buffet with live turkey carving station, 15 different unlimited cuts of meat, salad bar, side dishes and dessert buffet, plus stunning views over Dubai Marina from the 35th floor.
Ramada Plaza JBR, 12.30-3.30pm, soft drinks AED 315, house drinks AED 425, sparkling AED 875. ramadaplazajbr.com
Celebrity chef Jason Atherton’s restaurant is celebrating its first Christmas in Dubai with a special a la carte menu available either in the restaurant or on the terrace with stunning panoramic views of the waterfront.
Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 12-9pm, minimum spend AED 500 per person. marinasocialdubai.com
Traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, classic cranberry sauce and lashings of gravy is just part of the extravagant festive spread at new restaurant Brasserie 2.0.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, 1-4pm, soft drinks AED 450, sparkling AED 600, champagne AED 850. leroyalmeridien-dubai.com
The Westin’s traditional Christmas feast will be as grand as ever, with Hunter’s, Spice Emporium and Blue Orange joining together for one of the city’s biggest and liveliest brunches.
The Westin, 1-4pm, soft drinks AED 590, house drinks and sparkling AED 850. westinminaseyahi.com
Media One’s ninth-floor venues are joining forces this Christmas to offer a full day and night of festive fun, with the day brunch at Crab Tavern, followed by free-flowing drinks at Spirito.
Media One Hotel, Crab Tavern brunch 1-5pm, Spirito 6pm-3am, soft drinks AED 300, house drinks AED 550, three-hour Spirito drinks package AED 300. crabtavern.ae
One of Dubai’s liveliest party brunches, Christmas day at China grill promises to be rowdier than ever, with live entertainment, free-flowing drinks and delicious Asian cuisine.
The Westin, 1.30-4.30pm, house drinks and sparkling AED 680. chinagrilldubai.com
Zero Gravity Festive Garden
Zero Gravity’s ground floor will be transformed into a festive garden on the 25th, with traditional food stations, a barbecue, live music and beachside picnic spots.
Zero Gravity, 3-9pm, unlimited food with 12 soft drink vouchers AED 320, unlimited food with 12 house drink vouchers AED 420. 0-gravity.ae
Bistro Des Arts
The four course set menu includes classic Provençal dishes including escargots in garlic butter, saumon Fume and Fine de Claire oysters. Bœuf en croute and Saint-Jacques Rôties continue the theme.
The Address Dubai Marina, lunch and dinner sittings, AED 295 food only, AED 450 selected beverages. bistrodesarts.ae
Both locations of this quirky, hearty restaurant will be serving up traditional Christmas meals with a table-sharing brunch set menu. Diners can also choose something unconventional though, if a smoked salmon tart or tender rib eye steak appeal to you.
Pier 7 and Downtown, food package AED 195, drinks package AED 189. fume-eatery.com
RIVA Beach Club
Everybody’s favourite beach club is offering specially tailored hampers, fit for two people, each filled with caviar, turkey pie, Christmas crackers and more. Pre-order in advance and take the hamper home with you when you’re done. Drinks sold separately.
Palm Jumeirah, AED 600 per hamper for two people, AED 325 for one. Two soft drinks included. riva-beach.com
For those less fussy about the traditional trimmings and simply want to gorge on meat, Frevo's Gaucho Christmas brunch will be serving 15 cuts of meat in its typical Brazilian style with sides from the Minas Gerais region. A duo band and Samba dancers entertain.
Fairmont The Palm, AED 395 per person. fairmont.com/palm-dubai
You can be sure the Waldorf Astoria restaurant will be putting on an abundant selection of international cuisines and festive classics in this Christmas Day brunch.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, 1-4pm, soft drinks AED 395, house drinks AED 550, bubbly AED 695. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
Fork & Cork at Crescendo
Who ever said Thai surroundings doesn’t go with a traditional Christmas meal? Live music from Crescendo’s band and a festive raffle draw at the end of brunch, this is a good one for large groups.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, starting from AED 345. dubai-palm.anantara.com
A Christmas meal location like no other, enjoy the seafood set menu surrounded by the awesome views of the Ambassador Lagoon and its ocean life. A live band will keep you entertained all evening long.
Atlantis The Palm, 7-11.30pm, AED 995 per person. atlantisthepalm.com/restaurants/ossiano
For legendary Japanese cuisine, head to Nobu’s high brunch and indulge in the live stations of seafood, beef and sushi. Don’t ignore the special desserts on offer either. Still Christmas, just not as you know it.
Atlantis The Palm, 12-3, soft drinks AED 385, house drinks AED 585. atlantisthepalm.com/restaurants/nobu
Want to spend Christmas Day surrounded by luscious greenery, pretending you’re not in the desert? There’s no better place than here. A la carte festive menu, gifts for the kids and a Santa visit before noon.
Al Barari, a la carte. thefarmdubai.com
Reform Social & Grill
You’ll do well to find a more classic British Christmas day experience than at Reform. The gastropub has entertainment for the kids including a visit from Santa.
The Lakes, 12-3pm, soft drinks AED 415, house drinks AED 465, sparkling AED 615. reformsocialgrill.ae
The smart and elegant Christmas day brunch at Le Classique offers a five-course set menu, with a mix of classic dishes and French flair.
Emirates Golf Club, 12-3pm, AED 460 for adults, AED 95 for children. dubaigolf.com/emirates-golf-club
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
One for chocolate lovers, the Christmas Chocoholic brunch features a traditional turkey carving, gingerbread and mince pies, alongside the Sheraton’s renowned Chocolate Room.
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, 12.30-4pm, soft drinks AED 175, house drinks AED 275, bubbly AED 375. sheratondubaimalloftheemirates.com