Dubai, the largest city in the UAE, is one of the most popular travel destinations today. The city has been popular ever since, and there’s a good reason behind this. Aside from its unique and culturally rich atmosphere, Dubai has been seen as one of the richest places in the world. Thus, it’s no wonder why a lot of tourists gather in this gorgeous city in the desert to witness its natural and architectural wonders.

Though Dubai has been seen as a place where you can marvel at their towering buildings and enjoy their magnificent culture, you definitely need to have a taste of their own food as well. If you want a gastronomic experience, then going to Dubai’s different restaurants, whether local or not, should be a part of your bucket list. And because traveling wouldn’t be complete without eating out, you should prepare yourself a list of some of the most well-known and Instagram worthy restaurants in Dubai.

If you don’t know where and what kinds of restaurants you should include in your list, then there is no need to fret. This is especially true to all first timers in Dubai, but luckily, there are so many great restaurants that you can dine in while you’re in the area and here are 10 of them:


If you want a surreal experience while dining out with friends or family, the Ossiano is a marvelous spot because it’s located underground and surrounded by the Ambassador Lagoon’s aquariums. Like your dining under the sea, the restaurant has that enchanting underwater appeal.

They focus more on seafood which is served fresh and arranged beautifully. Here, you’re not only rewarding your taste buds with great food, but you’re also feasting with your eyes because of the amazing atmosphere this restaurant has created, making one of the most Instagrammable places to dine in Dubai.

You can visit Ossiano at the Atlantis the Palm, Crescent Road. They are open from 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM from Sunday to Friday, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, and 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Sunday.

STK Dubai Downtown

For all the steak lovers out there, the STK Dubai Downtown is the best place to be and also one great if you’re looking to get some pictures to spice up your Instagram feed. This restaurant is not just a simple one because it will surely impress you when it comes to their indoor environment. The area definitely looks like it came from a nightclub, plus the waiters are very energetic when they serve you your meal while dancing to the beat of the music.

If you want a lively atmosphere with good food, the STK Dubai Downtown does not only boast its amazing array of great steak choices but also their stunning interior design.

They are open 6:00 PM to 1:00 Am from Saturday to Thursday and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Friday. You can visit the restaurant at the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel.

Crab Market

Another great seafood spot is the Crab Market. So, if you’re a fan of eating crabs – no matter how it’s cooked, then you shouldn’t miss this place. The environment at the Crab Market is leaning more on the contemporary style. The place has a bar table and windows that are so huge that you can clearly see the city below in full view.

Not only does the place offer really tasty crabs, but they also have a whole lot of other food choices. This gem, although difficult to find as it’s located on the 15th floor of the Emirates Financial Towers, is still flocked by a lot of people.

Crab Market is located on the 15th floor of the North Tower, Emirates Financial Towers. They are open from Sunday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

The Blacksmith

For a sumptuous feast, you can eat all the southern-styled food that you like. The Blacksmith is one of the first southern themed restaurants in Dubai. So, if you’re craving for some juicy steak or a plate of rustic fries, then you know where to go. The owner, Orelle Young, is a well-known restaurateur when it comes to barbeques.

The food offered here is straight to the point – no fancy names and arrangement, just good food. They also have a wide array of drinks that are top-notch. What’s more awesome is that the prices of the food on the menu are totally reasonable.

The Blacksmith is located in Wyndham Dubai Marina. They are open from Sunday to Monday from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays from 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM, and Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

La Carnita

Vibrant and stunningly beautiful, the La Carnita, which is located in the Intercontinental Dubai Marina, is a Middle Eastern restaurant that does not only provide robust plates of mouthwatering foods but also offers a place where old school hip-hoppers and R&B lovers can enjoy the loud music while eating and enjoying the atmosphere of this exciting restaurant. Because of its vibrancy, the La Carnita is also deemed as one of the most Instagram places to eat in Dubai, due to all of the awesome wall paintings.

La Carita is located in the Intercontinental Dubai Marian. The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday from 6:00 to 12:00 AM and Friday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

La Petite Maison

One of the fastest growing restaurants right now is the La Petite Maison. It’s a French restaurant, so if you want to have a taste of the Mediterranean cuisine, then this is the place to go. The atmosphere inside is rustic, making it a homey and heartwarming place.

Their menu changes from time to time, and because of this, people flock all over the world just to have a taste of their revolving menus. La Petite Maison is surely a grand destination where you can spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy good food at the same time.

La Petite Maison is located in Gate Village 08 DIFC and is open from Monday to Sunday within these time schedules – 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM or 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM.

Al Iwan

If you want a lavish feast while enjoying a stunning scene, then this Persian restaurant will give you just that. Their menu is created to provide the customers that luxurious vibe. The area is decorated in red, gold, and black colors and grandiose themes.

Despite the kingly style of the restaurant, the food, on the other hand, is hearty and rustic. If you’re a lover of Arabic cuisine, then you’ll definitely enjoy a fulfilling meal here at Al Iwan as they have a huge variety of such meals and everything is cooked to suit the Arabic taste buds.

You can reach Al Iwan on the 1st floor of the Burj Al Arab. They are open from Monday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

The Queens Grill

Truly an exquisite dining spot that is fit for royalty, the Queen’s Grill is known for its trendy and experimental menus and their exquisite taste for interior designing. Despite their adventurous streak, the place has adopted a simpler approach when it comes to preparing their meals. They have 2 menus – a six-course testing set and a vegetarian one.

However, there is always an element of surprise every time you eat at the Queen’s Grill. As mentioned, because they add a little bit of experiment onto their menus, you’ll surely have an exciting feast. Aside from their awesome food, their services and staff are top-notch as well, thus making the Queen’s Grill a must-visit in your list of Instagrammable places in Dubai to dine.

You can find the Queen’s Grill at the QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid. They are open daily starting from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm.


If you are craving Asian food, Zuma will fill your tummies with awesome Japanese food. The restaurant is found at the heart of Dubai, so it’s easily accessible. It specializes the Izakaya style of dining, a Japanese custom where food is shared. At ZUMA, this style of eating is done in a very lavish manner.

When it comes to atmosphere, the place is cool, simple, and elegant; there is definitely a contemporary feel to it. In terms of the food, it’s all fresh and truly satisfyingly good.

ZUMA is located at Zuma, Gate Village 06 DIFC, Dubai. They are open from 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM from Sunday to Wednesday and 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM from Thursday to Saturday.


For an exquisite and unique experience, Babel is a wonderful Lebanese restaurant that does not only serve fresh, high-quality food but also give the customers a stylish décor – two floors that feature an indoor seating, an open balcony, a seafood table, a shisha spot, and a licensed bar.

There is a variety of food to choose from here – fish, soup, salad, mezze, meat, and the like. Aside from the Lebanese-inspired menu, they also boast of their adventurous streak wherein they infuse Lebanese ingredients with other unique ones.

Babel can be found at Jumeirah’s beachfront destination at La Mer. The restaurant is open every day from 12:00 PM until 12:00 AM.

Engagement & Hashtag tips

If you’re looking to increase engagement on your Instagram photo, then here are a few quick tips that might help you get a few more likes and interaction:

  • Make sure you stand out from the crowd with gorgeous edits of all your pictures, using Lightroom presets!
  • Ask for a feature from a hotel you’re staying at, tag them in or message them
  • Tag in the UAE and Dubai tourist boards or check that the attraction has their own page
  • Add a location to your post – check what’s most popular
  • Use a series of Dubai related hashtags
  • Use generic popular hashtags like #dubai #uae #travel #wanderlust etc
  • Share your picture on Facebook Instagram groups

Try these hashtags:

#dubai, #dubailife, #mydubai, #uae, #visitdubai

Also, try tagging in these accounts:, @dubai, @dubailifestyle, @mydubai


There you have it, that was our list of the most Instagram worthy restaurants in Dubai. So, no matter what your taste is, you’re sure to get an exquisite meal with an incredible dining experience, whichever restaurant you choose.


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Kelly Bullock