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The Best Dubai Restaurants Offering Dinner with a Side of Live Entertainment

Dubai has earned a name for itself by being home to a long list of exciting spots and venues for folks with varied interests. For those who are in the quest for a gastronomical experience coupled with live entertainment in the city, here are three exciting places you can visit now.


Photo: Courtesy of Papillon

The intimate venue in the heart of Dubai is a unique multi-sensory dining affair with contemporary cabaret performances and much more. A restaurant and show with a twist, Papillon has returned for its second season with brand-new creative performances brought to life by the vision of local talent Layla Kardan and her creative team.

Photo: Courtesy of Papillon

This season, Papillon’s new Wednesday evening brunch, Madame Butterfly, will take diners on a journey involving trained dancers, contortionists and a jaw-dropping tango show among many other acts of entertainment at AED 395 per person. The menu is carefully curated and overseen by Chef Vinod Mani, offering a blend of sharing and la carte courses. The 8pm to 11pm dinner and show package also comes complete with three hours of unlimited pour, supported by exceptional service and sensational short bursts of entertainment to create a night that will be forever etched in your memories.

Photo: Courtesy of Papillon

For those planning to party all night, the place also camouflages into a lively nightlife venue with resident DJ Niara taking the experience to a whole different level by playing the best of 80s and 90s perfectly paired with delicious cocktails that will leave your taste buds wanting more., 050 2524098

The Theatre, Dubai

Photo: Courtesy of The Theatre

If the thought of tables filled with exquisite dishes along with music and plays going on in the background excites you, then head over to The Theatre. Located at the Fairmont Hotel, SSR, The Theatre is all ready to start summer with a range of new acts from a ‘Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’ to ‘Greek Superstar’ and a super talented acrobatic couple with the venue having all the ingredients for a gripping night out planned by creative director Guy Manoukian himself. Being a fervent performer, Manoukian has always mesmerized his audience by putting up spectacular shows and bringing together new acts.

Guy Manoukian. Photo: Courtesy of The Theatre

From incredible performances like The Greatest Showman being brought to life and Greek superstar George Veros’s enchanting voice descending like a warm blanket of happiness, the ability to captivate guests with their artistic performances is exactly what keeps the crowds coming back for more., 04 2222268


Photo: Courtesy of Tabu

Located on the 23rd floor at The St Regis Downtown in Dubai is the high-end, authentic, yet modern Japanese restaurant, Tabu. Although equipped with a stage and performances, it does not identify as a dinner-show venue and instead prides itself on extending the theatrics beyond the stage to its food, beverages, and service style.

The highlight of the new restaurant is its new experience named Sansetto, The Tasting Hour, which includes a delectable five-course tasting menu every day from Sunday to Friday for AED 195 from 6pm to 8pm. It entails a multi-sensory dining experience and theatrical gastronomy with a menu that serves Chef Roberto Segura’s favorites coupled with a sophisticated, avant-garde culinary journey.

Photo: Courtesy of Tabu

The menu offers Japanese flavors with a dramatic twist and caters to all tastes and preferences beginning with starters that include the salmon tataki maki, furikake with balsamic pearls and passion fruit and black tempura calamari with yuzu garlic aoli. For mains, a selection of mouth-watering dishes such as the patagonian toothfish with sushi rice, served with aji and sake or the must-try spicy miso half corn-fed baby chicken. Another chef recommendation is the wagyu beef kushiyaki with foie gras, anticucho sauce, chives and crispy garlic. Dessert options include the lava chocolate toban yaki with passion fruit ice cream and crumble and mini popsicles. The restaurant also offers a selection of vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes., 04 4569 455

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