Top 10 vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Dubai

The best places in Dubai to take your vegetarian date.

EDGAR staff September 24, 2015

You’re preparing for that big date on the weekend, and you need to pick a restaurant for dinner. Just one problem: your date is vegetarian. So that means you can only go to a vegetarian restaurant, or she’ll have to settle for a salad at a steakhouse, right? Wrong!

We asked the team at online vegetarian platform for their recommendations, and it turns out their team knows of plenty of great dining options that serve up a feast for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike! Here’s their top 10:

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie

La Serre has an upscale look with simple and elegant décor, and large glass window panels offer up amazing views of Emaar Boulevard. The food is French-Mediterranean and is just fantastic. There’s a great selection of very non-traditional salads that swap out the old ‘lettuce with dressing’ for more creative options such as their signature lentil salad. They’ve also got plenty of vegetarian main course offerings.

Top tip: Request a table by the window so you can soak in the gorgeous view.
Best vegetarian dish: Tomato and mozzarella tortelli with pesto and truffle oil.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 400.
Details: Vida Downtown Dubai Hotel. Visit


With a reputation for grilled meat and seafood, Zuma might not be the obvious choice for a vegetarian meal, but you’d be quite surprised. There’s a large variety of vegetarian food that’s served sharing style, but it’s so good that you just may not want to share! The restaurant also has a cool contemporary look and the lounge has dim lighting that’s just right for an evening with a special someone.

Top tip: Book a table in the lounge upstairs for a more relaxed dining atmosphere.
Best vegetarian dish: Tomato and myoga tartare.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 650.
Details: Gate Village 06, DIFC. Visit


Tired of the old-fashioned Indian curry? Tresind is the place to go for a delicious new take on Indian food. As Dubai’s first restaurant to use molecular gastronomy, Tresind is completely redefining Indian cuisine. If you’ve ever wondered how popular Indian snacks might taste as a sorbet or a soup, you’ll find your answers here. That may sound a bit crazy, but taste speaks for itself.  

Top tip: Go heavy on the appetisers, as they are better than mains.
Best dish: Chaat trolley.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 400.
Details: Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. Visit

Indego by Vineet

Indego has long been a staple of Dubai’s high-end Indian dining scene. Opened by world-renowned Chef Vineet Bhatia more than a decade ago, the restaurant represents his philosophy of evolved Indian food with progressive takes on classic dishes and innovative flavour combinations.

Top tip: Order the vegetarian set menu to get the most out of the meal.
Best dish: Daulat ki chaat (dessert).
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 650. 
Details: Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina. Visit


Hakkasan needs no introduction for well-travelled foodies. If you’re looking for a fun night out and a great Chinese meal, this is the place to go. The restaurant has a very elegant look with perfect mood lighting and an awesome bar. The food is served sharing style, and there’s an extensive vegetarian selection.

Top tip: Start off with some pre-dinner drinks at the bar, as they have great cocktails.
Best dish: Tofu and aubergine claypot.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 600. 
Details: Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Visit

JG Kitchen

One of two side-by-side restaurants opened by master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Four Seasons Resort, JG Kitchen is a bit more relaxed than its neighbour, the JG Dining Room, but still good for a formal night out. The food is a mix of contemporary American and European cuisine, with fresh flavors and little creative touches here and there.

Top tip: If you’re going with someone extra-special, try the dining room instead.
Best dish: Black truffle and fontina pizza. 
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 550. 
Details: Four Seasons Resort. Visit 

Busaba Eathai

Nothing says romance like a stroll by the beach. After (or before) taking a walk along JBR, why not enjoy some delicious veggie Thai food? Busaba Eathai is tucked away in a corner, making it a nice, cozy spot that’s well worth seeking out to enjoy some tasty veggie curries and pad Thai.

Top tip: Request a few substitutions here and there for a larger variety of vegetarian dishes.
Best dish: Aromatic butternut pumpkin curry.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 200.
Details: The Beach at JBR. Visit

Pantry Cafe 

If you’re looking for more of a casual hangout with excellent food, check out Pantry Café at Business Bay. It has a very relaxed vibe and a delicatessen atmosphere. As far as the food goes, there’s a little bit of everything, from tapas to burgers to risotto.

Top tip: It’s great for a weekend brunch date.
Best dish: Quinoa burger.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 200.
Details: Business Bay. Visit 

Royal China 

With liberal touches of deep red and chandeliers inspired by traditional hanging lanterns, Royal China certainly knows how to create a refined, elegant environment. You can order a la carte or choose from their vegetarian set menu, offering a wide array of shared dishes. If you’d prefer to keep it light, there’s even a dim sum menu with excellent veggie options.

Top tip: There’s plenty of veggie variety here, so go vegetarian with you date for the evening.
Best dish: Vegetable crispy thin tofu pastry wrapped in pancakes.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 350.
Details: Precinct Building 4, DIFC. Visit

Marina Social

Maybe you’d like to combine fine-dining food with a casual ambiance. If so, Marina Social has you covered and they even have a separate vegetarian menu! Renowned chef Jason Atherton is all about creating the perfect dining experience with the right combination of food, service and atmosphere. What better place could there be for a date night?

Top tip: Move over to the dessert bar at the end of the meal for a little dessert tasting session.
Best dish: Italian beef tomato with buratta and 25-year aged balsamic vinegar.
Cost for two (without alcohol): AED 500.
Details: InterContinental Dubai Marina. Visit is an online vegetarian platform for recipes, features and a “Grassy Perspective” on restaurant reviews. Founded by Dubai-based food blogger Sumati Menda, it is targeted towards vegetarians, vegans, or anyone who enjoys vegetarian food once in a while. Check out the website and follow @veggiebuzz on Instagram.