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10 UAE Restaurants with Outdoor Seating to Make the Most of the Breezy Summer

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While al fresco dining is an experience usually reserved for winter, dining outdoors in breezy summer has its own unique charm. Below, Vogue Arabia rounds up some of the best spots in the UAE to make the most of the current weather.


Cinque, Five Palm Jumeirah


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Offering you an amorous Italian menu, Cinque at FIVE Palm Jumeirah is reminiscent of the atmosphere at the Amalfi Coast. Overlooking the FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s Social pool, this restaurant offers diners the mouthwatering South-Italian classics. While some iconic dishes from Amalfi, such as ‘Insalata di Carciofi’ and ‘Polpo Scottato’ are highlights on the menu, the Dubai-based branch also features unique appetizers such as the Gold Sheikh burrata, giving the menu its own exotic twist. The highlight of the dessert menu is the Nocciola, a hazelnut mousse and truffle mushroom ice cream.

04 455 9989,

Twiggy by La Cantine


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Hyatt Dubai Lagoon brings Twiggy by La Cantine, from the same team as the one behind established culinary hotspots such as La Cantine du Faubourg, Ninive and Lana Lusa. This summery atmosphere guarantees to offer you a relaxed experience with Mediterranean touches and a huge sushi selection, along with a boho white sand beach leading to a 100-meter infinity pool that encapsulates the laid-back atmosphere of the South of France. The grills happen to be some of the most noteworthy dishes on the menu, including juicy jumbo prawns and the buttery black Angus rib-eye. Finish your meal off with pineapple carpaccio, with passion fruit and coconut sorbet.

04 602

SOL Beach Lounge and Bar


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Located just by the beachside, the SOL beach lounge and bar is inspired by the vibrant energy of the Mediterranean. The alfresco restaurant offers a wide array of international dishes such as calamari, gamba and braised short rib. Alongside the decadent food, the open bar also serves sundowners for those who fancy drinks with the view overlooking the Arabian Sea.

+971 7228 8844,

Maison Mathis


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Located at the Al Hamra Golf Club, Maison Mathis pays tribute to the rich heritage of Belgian culture, mining deep inspiration from the European legacy of the pleasures of comfort food. The delicious menu, from which the highlights are their tender steak, croque monsieur, and fresh grilled salmon, is reminiscent of the freshness of homecooked meals.

07 243 8633,


Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Cafe


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Named the first authentic Emirati restaurant since 1997, the Arabian Tea House restaurant and café offers a refreshing experience of traditional Arab hospitality. The tea house offers a place of calm and quiet for visitors after a busy day in the city. The highlights on the menu include the grilled halloumi cheese sandwich, harees, Turkish coffee, and laham machboos.

06 561 2686,

Buonissimo Restaurant & Cafe

Serving a huge array of cuisines, Buonissimo is one of those restaurants that is hard to miss. The cozy environment coupled with the professional hosts makes the experience truly memorable. The restaurant offers a wide array of breakfast dishes, the best of which include egg shakshouka, brioche french toast, and a salmon croissant sandwich. The highlights of the main menu restaurant include the saffron seafood risotto and burnt seafood paella.

06 593 2660,


The Grove Restaurant


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Serving authentic Levantine and Emirati food, The Grove entails the gorgeous views of Ajman’s blue lagoons. The restaurant offers a wide selection of Arabian food, with a modern twist.  Some of the favorites from the menu include the cheese borek, lamb chops, kebab khashkhash and muhammara hummus.

058 831 7543,

Impero restaurant

Impero is a restaurant that brings together international and Middle Eastern cuisines by adding a contemporary touch to dishes. The homegrown restaurant offers a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, using the freshest ingredients from farm to table. The best dishes on the menu include lamb kabsa, herbed chicken, and cheese rolls.

050 965 0910,

Abu Dhabi

Finz Restaurant

Mimicking the vibes of a yacht club, Finz boasts a diverse menu of seafood. The restaurant is situated on the beach in an inventive wooden-like structure affording a view of the sea and Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. The menu predominantly focuses on seafood and uses a myriad of cooking methods such as the tandoor and wok. Highlights on the menu include the seabass, seafood biryani and Atlantic cod.

02 697 9350,

Mosaic Restaurant

A casual dining joint, Mosaic offers authentic Lebanese food in a homely setting. The restaurant is owned by a couple who value diversity and color in their dishes. The highlights on the menu include the kibbeh-bil-laban which is a dish cooked inside hot yogurt, and the fatteh with eggplant, which is layers of fried eggplant soaked in a variety of sauces. The highlight of the restaurant? The chef’s love for the food preparation process and the fresh ingredients he uses.

02 633 6376,

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