After eating their way around the city, Time Out Dubai held their 11th annual celebration of the very best restaurants in Dubai. The Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards took place in late March 2016, and here are 5 of the best restaurants in Dubai.



A new champion for 2016, but a deserved one. Coya not only serves the best food in the city, but some of the best dishes the team have eaten anywhere. It’s popular and has been since it opened. Staff are very cool and very nice, helping you order and navigate the menu if you like. They do that in other places of course, but here it feels very natural. It can be argued that Coya also kicked off the current Peruvian food trend in the city. It did it first, and still does it better than anyone else.
Also winner for Best Americas.

Play restaurant & lounge – BEST NEWCOMER (Fine Dining)


A restaurant that opened with an air of exclusivity, this new “Mediterrasian” eatery takes the two cuisines and puts together dishes to stunning effect. From chef Reif Othman, who set PLAY up after moving from Zuma, expect amazing sashimi, creative sushi, and meals without a single flaw. An unbelievably good new restaurant has arrived.

Pad Thai – BEST THAI


Yes, it has been around a while, and yes, it’s popular with tourists. But it’s also absolutely fantastic. From the moment you step on board the abra that will take you to the restaurant, every element of Pai Thai brings a sense of occasion. Of course, the food has to be good too, and it is. In fact, it’s excellent. Only the cold-hearted wouldn’t love an evening here.



This makes it a hat-trick of trophies for Zuma this year, each one entirely deserved. There are others that come close to taking Zuma’s crown, but each time we go back it seems to get better. With a team that really care about the restaurant and have a passion for improving it, the experience is always going to be hard to beat. The food is simply stunning, and with a newly revamped menu, things look like they’re only going in one direction.
Also winner for Best Brunch, Business lunch

Solo Bistronomia & Vino Bar – Best Italian


A real individual on Dubai’s Italian culinary scene. That could easily apply to the venue or Solo’s chef, Corrado Pani. A (naturally) passionate cook, this restaurant is his vision, brought to life by an exceptional team. Solo’s décor is like no other in this category and there’s an ability to make hearty meat and pasta dishes into something you want to eat over and over again. Among the prettier starters and desserts, the kitchen’s eye for artistry is also apparent. From best newcomer last year to best Italian this year, Solo continues to impress.

Read the full Time Out article here 

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