10 date night spots that'll set the right vibe
Looking for the perfect spot for your next date night? Well, we're here to help. Ahlan! found 10 local restaurants that will set the mood for a romantic night out.
La Carnita – Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Marina
A Mexican restaurant true to its roots, La Carnita with its neon lights, cool beats and delish food is a treat to the eyes, ears and mouth. Situated in the basement of the Intercontinental Hotel, this Mexican spot isn’t one to miss. A beautifully cultivated menu that does wonders on its customers. From quesadillas to tostadas, tacos to spiced Mexican fries, churros to tres de leches cake, this Mexican resto has EVERYTHING.
Thanks to the upbeat vibe, rustic interior and a playlist full of top beats, this is the perfect spot to get to know each other, eat good food and build a connection.
Don’t you just love some mexcellent food?!
Average cost – Dhs 470 for two (approx.)
Opening hours – 6pm to 1am
For reservations visit https://www.lacarnita.ae/
Play Restaurant & Lounge – The H Hotel Dubai
This restaurant is for all those who like approaching life in a playful way. So if you’re looking for a unique vibe or just a new spot to chill out and get to know each other at, this is the place. The concept at Play is to feed the soul as well as the body – they surely are re-writing the rules of dining.
Get ready to be spoilt by the choices of food items available. An extensive selection of dishes to suit a variety of palettes, this just keeps getting better!
Your date’s going to be so impressed.
Average cost – Dhs 670 for two with alcohol (approx.)
Opening hours – 6pm to 2am
For reservations visit https://www.playrestaurants.com/
The Thai Kitchen – The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai
Nothing like trying out a new cuisine with someone you’re kinda into!
The Thai Kitchen, known to be serving authentic Thai food made by their native chefs, is an award-winning restaurant serving views not only of the outside, but also from the inside courtesy of its three live kitchens.
Thai Kitchen gives the chance to spend quality time with your date, enjoy signature dishes including spicy pomelo salad, roasted red duck curry and the iconic coconut ice cream for dessert while also gushing over the stunning views of the Dubai Creek.
Average cost – Dhs 335 for two (approx.)
Opening hours – 7pm to 12am
For reservations visit https://the-thai-kitchen.thepromenadedxb.com/
Gaucho – Dubai International Financial Centre
Mmmmm. What’s better than Argentinian food on a first date? Go on, we're waiting.
Gaucho Dubai, known for its fine dining and an even better ambience, is the classiest spot you could take your date. Choose from a vast selection of dishes including empanadas, steaks right from Argentinians farms or pionono with dulce le leche cream.
Average cost – Dhs650 for two (approx.)
Opening hours – 9:30am to 11:30pm
For reservations visit https://www.gauchodubai.com/
Lima Dubai – City Walk
Next up, Peruvian cuisine! Lima Dubai offers a complete package to diners with its fun and youthful interior, great quality food and a vibe that’s impossible to feel elsewhere. Choose from a menu featuring Peruvian classics such as Ceviches, Tiraditos, Causas and Anticuchos.
Oh plus, Lima is suuuuper instagrammable, meaning the two you could squeeze in some cute pics too. Win-win?
Perfect setting for your evening escape!
Average cost – Dhs400 for two (approx.)
Opening hours – 12pm – 1am
For reservations visit https://www.limadubai.com/dubai
Weslodge Saloon – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay
The perfect blend of rock and roll chic, this elegant North-American diner is a unique spot to dine at with your date. Weslodge serves up some serious American classics, including short ribs, fried chicken, chicken wings and mac & cheese. YUM. The atmosphere at Weslodge is super lively with a DJ playing some sick tunes accompanied by a bar for some drinks.
A fun and lively night, for sure.
Average Cost – Dhs600 for two (approx.)
Opening hours – 7pm to 2am
For reservations visit http://www.weslodge.ae/
Toro Toro - Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Emreef Street
Bringing the passion, food and energy of South America to you!
With its interiors giving you the right vibe and the food bringing South American flavours your way, Toro Toro is the perfect spot for a romantic night out! Ceviches, tacos, antojitos, plato Fuertes and churrasco - all your favourites are on offer. This place has got the BEST of Latin American in one cozy yet funky resto.
Average Cost - Dhs650 for two with drinks (approx.)
Opening hours – 7pm to 1am
For reservations visit https://www.torotoro-dubai.com/
Loca Bar Restaurant – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Yes, another Mexican joint. Because you can never go wrong with Mexican.
Loca has broken all stereotypes of Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico. In fact, this spot is as Mexican as it gets. The chefs are from Mexico and the food is pretty darn authentic.
Not only is their food GREAT, but the restaurant setting is also apt for dining, enjoying drinks, watching sports and live music or just to socialise with someone special. Offering over 40 dishes, your date will certainly find something they like on the menu.
Average Cost - Dhs400 with alcohol (approx.)
Opening hours – 12pm to 2am
For reservations visit http://www.locauae.com/
Noir Cocktail Lounge & Bar – Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates
Get ready to enjoy one of the best ambiences in the city. This cocktail lounge is a sophisticated yet provocative spot. Offering tempting signature drinks and stylish concoctions, Noir is definitely unique. Apart from its HUGE array of drinks, Noir is also known for great food. Certainly one of the most romantic spots in the Al Barsha area.
Average Cost – Dhs400 for two with alcohol (approx.)
Opening hours – 5pm to 3am
For reservations visit https://www.kempinski.com/en/dubai/mall-of-the-emirates/dining/noir-dubai/
The China Club – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
FINALLY some Chineseeee! Enjoy the mouth-watering flavours from the Pecking, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisines at The China Club. Savour a traditional Yum Cha feast of dim sum, noodles and rice dishes or an a la carte menu from the variety of dishes available at this popular Chinese resto.
Average Cost – Dhs300 for two (approx.)
Opening hours – 12:30pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm.
For reservations visit https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-dubaideiracreek/restaurants#/the-china-club