Where to dine during the day in Dubai over Ramadan – 2016

#RamadanDining - Daytime dining in Dubai over RamadanFor those not fasting over Ramadan, where is open for daytime dining in Dubai over the holy month? Well, we’re back with our most popular post of the year to answer that question for you. Like always, with this round-up, we have focused on independent restaurants and cafés open for dining IN from breakfast to sunset. And this year we have a record 114 outlets to be exact (and that’s without the food court joints in the malls which for the first time are open). We have specifically not included establishments in hotels and clubhouses, which will always have restaurants open including those operated by third parties – and we’ve also steered away from those open just for delivery and take-away.

We’re lucky to live in a tolerant society, so let’s be mindful of our Muslim friends, and patient with waiting staff who may be fasting. We couldn’t have compiled this shortlist (read long list!) without Geordie Armani – you can find her post here. All have confirmed their opening hours, but it would be wise to call up in advance. For a similar round-up covering Abu Dhabi, click here.

Jebel Ali

  • 1762 at The Galleries, JAFZA. T; 800 1762. Open weekdays 8am – 4pm.
  • Oregano at Limitless, Downtown Jebel Ali. T; +971 4 8848885. Open weekdays 8am – 4pm.
  • Taqado Mexican Kitchen at Limitless. T; +971 4 8851650. Open daily 7am – 6pm.

Jumeirah Lake Towers

  • Baldwin Cafe at JLT, Cluster V, Gold Crest Views. T; +971 4 447 7024. Open daily 10am – midnight.
  • Café Isan at JLT, Cluster M. T; +971 4 5135289. Open 12noon – midnight.
  • Cocktail Kitchen at JLT, Cluster P, Armada Bluebay. T; +971 56 8280727. Open daily 12 – 4pm and 7 – 11.30pm.
  • Doner Kebab at JLT, Cluster W. T; +971 4 4549522. Open daily 9am – 1am.
  • Flames Grills & Curries at JLT, Cluster D, Lake Terrace Tower. T; +971 4 452664. Open daily 12noon – 11pm.
  • Fraiche at JLT, Cluster Y, Swiss Tower. T; +971 50 8805467. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
  • Friends Avenue at JLT, Cluster T, Fortune Executive Tower, Ground level. T; +971 4 5545813. Open daily 8am – 6pm.
  • G’s Bakery & Cafe at JLT, Cluster F, Promenade level. T; +971 4 3918841. Open daily 7am – 9pm.
  • Hanoi at JLT, Cluster C, Gold Crest Executive building, Promenade level. T; +971 50 5703359. Open daily 12noon – 10pm.
  • Jazz@PizzaExpress at JLT, Cluster A. T; +971 4 4416342. Open daily 12noon onwards.
  • Just Salad at JLT, Indigo Tower. T +971 4 3652222. Open daily 10am – 11pm.
  • Kitchen Nation at JLT, Lakeshore Tower, Cluster Y. T; +971 55 7702712. Open 24 hours.
  • Kteer Tayyeb at JLT, Cluster C. T; +971 4 4338384. Open daily 9am – 1am.
  • La Terrazza at JLT, Almas Tower. T; +971 4 4577033. Open daily from 8am.
  • Little Bangkok at JLT, Lake front, Cluster I, Platinum Tower. T; 800 2264565. Open from 12noon.
  • Mezza Lebanese Kitchen at JLT, Cluster Y, Lake Shore Tower. T; +971 4 5545872. Open daily 11am – 10pm.
  • Marta’s Workshop at JLT. T; +971 50 3798002. Open Sunday to Thursday, 12 – 3pm.
  • Nais Italian Kitchen at JLT, Cluster F, HDS Tower. T; +971 4 4529991. Open daily 11am – 9pm.
  • Nofara Cafe at JLT, Cluster Y, Swiss Tower. T; +971 4 4322023. Open daily 8am – midnight.
  • Pressman’s at JLT, Cluster E, Saba Tower 1. T; +971 4 4308282. Open daily from 7.30am.
  • Public at JLT, Lake Plaza Tower, Cluster T. T; +971 4 4519670. Open daily from 8am excluding Friday.
  • Richy’s at JLT, HDS Tower, Cluster F. T; +971 4 800 742497. Open daily from 11am.
  • Sarnie Station inside Kitchen Nation at JLT, Lakeshore Tower, Cluster Y. T; +971 50 4827756. Open daily 8am – 2pm.
  • Scafa at JLT, Cluster I, Unit 6, Promenade level. T; +971 4 3794044. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am – 4pm.
  • Shawarma Factory at JLT, Cluster I, Platinum Tower. T; +971 4 5547318. Open daily 11am – 10pm.
  • Sheikh & Shake at JLT, Cluster R, Mag Tower, Shop 9-10. T; 800 123456. Open daily 11am – 1am, and until 3am on weekends.
  • Spice Kraft at JLT, Cluster I, Platinum Tower. T; +971 4 3635329. Open daily from 8.30am.
  • Starfish at JLT, Cluster Q, Dubai Gate One, Ground floor. T; + 971 4 4340543. Open daily 10am – 4pm.
  • The Maple Leaf at JLT, Cluster V. T; +971 4 3626213. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
  • White Ambient at JLT, Cluster E, Saba Tower 1. T; +971 4 5147977. Open daily 10am – 10 pm.
  • 77 Veggie Boutique at JLT, Cluster W, Tiffany Tower. T; +971 4 4224116. Open weekdays 8.30am – 10pm, Friday 11.30am – 10pm, Saturday 11.30am – 9pm.

The Lakes

Dubai Media/ Internet Cities

  • 1762 at Dubai Media City. T; 800 1762. Open weekdays 8am – 4pm.
  • Avec at Dubai Media City, Al Thuraya Tower 2. T; +971 4 4303700. Open daily 10.30am – 4pm.
  • Bateel at Dubai Media City, Tower B, Business Central Towers. T; +971 4 4494010. Open daily 7.30am – 9pm.
  • Cafe Martinez at Dubai Media City, Tower B, Business Central Towers. T; +971 4 4428760. Open daily 8am – 2am.
  • Circle Cafe at Dubai Media City, CNN Building. T; +971 4 3915170. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
  • French Bakery at Dubai Internet City, Office Park. T; +971 4 3307367. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
  • Little Bangkok at Dubai Media City, Business Central Towers. T; 800 2264565. Open from 12noon.
  • Little More at Dubai Media City, Business Central Towers, ground floor. T; +971 4 4200100. Open weekdays 8am – 9pm and weekends 9am – 7pm.
  • Lounge Cafe Italiano in Dubai Media City, Arenco Tower. T; +971 4 4533318. Open daily 7.30am onwards. 
  • Oregano at Dubai Internet City, Office Park. T; +971 4 4343010. Open daily 12noon – midnight.
  • Pascal Tepper at Dubai Media City (next to Radisson). T; +971 4 4542408. Open daily 7am – 9pm.
  • Rossovivo at Dubai Internet City, Office Park. T; +971 4 4272477. Open Saturday to Wednesday 11am – 11pm, and Thursday/ Friday 11.30am – 11.30pm.
  • Sushi Counter at Dubai Media City, CNBC Building. T; +971 4 3751096. Open daily 11am onwards.
  • The Kebab Shop at Dubai Media City, Zee Tower. T; +971 4 4538108. Open daily 11am – 1am.
  • The Noodle House at Dubai Media City, Gloria Hotel. T; +971  4 3818065. Open 12noon – 11.30pm.
  • Urban Bistro at Dubai Media City, CNN Building. T; +971 4 362 4330. Open daily 9am – 6pm.
  • Vapiano at Dubai Media City, Thuraya Tower, ground level. T; +971 4 4370786. Open daily 8am – 11pm.

Dubai Marina/ Palm Jumeirah/ Madinat

  • Baker & Spice at Marina Promenade. T; +971 4 3624686. Open daily 8am – 11pm. 
  • Bidi Bondi on Palm Jumeirah, Clubhouse Al Manhal, Shoreline (between buildings 3 & 4). T; +971 4 4270515. Open Sunday to Wednesday 12noon – midnight, Thursday 12noon – 1am, Friday/ Saturday 10am – 1am.
  • Bistro des Arts at Dubai Marina Mall Promenade. T; +971 4 5511576. Open daily from 7.30am.
  • Fume at Pier 7, Level 1. T; +971 4 4215669. Open daily 12noon – 2am.
  • P&B at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. T; +971 4 3666197. Open daily 12noon – 2am.
  • Riva Beach on Palm Jumeirah, Shoreline Building 8. T; +971 4 4309466. Open daily 7am – midnight.
  • Sophie’s Gastro Café on Palm Jumeirah, Riva Complex, Shoreline Building 8. T; +971 4 4515982. Open daily 7am – 9pm.
  • Trattoria Toscana at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. T; +971 4 3666318. Open daily 12noon – midnight.
  • The Meat Company at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. T; +971 4 3686040. Open daily 12noon – midnight.
  • The Scene at Pier 7, Level 4. T; +971 4 4222328. Open daily 12noon – 2am.

Mall of the Emirates/ Gold & Diamond Park/ Al Quoz

  • Apres at Mall of the Emirates. T; +971 4 3412575. Open daily from 12noon.
  • Karam Beirut at Mall of the Emirates. T; +971 4 3412202. Open from 12noon.
  • Salmontini at Mall of the Emirates. T; +971 4 3410222. Open daily 12noon – 11.30pm.
  • Soho Cafe in Gold & Diamond Park, Building 4. T; +971 4 3415335. Open daily 8am – 10pm and on Friday from 12noon.
  • St Tropez at Mall of the Emirates. T; +971 4 3413415. Open daily 10am onwards.
  • Taqado Mexican Kitchen – T; +971 4 3851171. Open daily 8am – 2am.
  • Raw Coffee in Al Quoz 1, corner of street 7a and 4a, warehouse 10. T; +971 4 3395474. Open daily 8am – 4pm.

Jumeirah

  • Bertin Bistro in Al Manara. T; +971 4 3219239. Open daily from 12noon.
  • La Brioche on Jumeirah beach road, Umm Suqueim. T; +971 4 3387110. Open daily 8am – midnight.

Downtown Dubai/ Dubai Mall

  • Fume on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. T; +971 4 4568784. Open daily 8am – 2am.
  • Pavilion on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. T; +971 4 4477025. Open daily 10am – 1am.
  • Taqado Mexican Kitchen – T; +971 4 3310086. Open daily 10am – 11pm, and until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre)

  • 1762 – T; 800 1762. Open weekdays 8am – 4pm.
  • Al Mandaloun – T; +971 4 3637474. Open daily 8am – midnight.
  • Bazxar – T; +971 4 3551111. Open daily from 8am.
  • Bateel – T; + 971 4 3700404. Open daily 7.30am – 5pm.
  • Boca – T; +971 4 3231833. Open daily 12noon – 1am.
  • Burger & Lobster in Burj Daman – T; +971 4 5148838. Open daily 1pm – 2am.
  • Ceviche in Emirates Financial Towers – T; +971 4 3266333. Open daily 11.30am to 10pm and on Thursday/ Friday until 11pm.
  • Cipriani – T; +971 4 3470003. Open daily 12noon – 2am.
  • Dinamico in Sky Towers – T; +971 4 5149899. Open daily 7am – midnight.
  • Dusty’s at Al Fattan Currency House, T; +971 4 3545435. Open daily from 7.30am onwards.
  • Gaucho – T; +971 4 4227898. Open daily 12noon – 11.30pm.
  • Laluz – T; +971 4 3597777. Open daily 12.30pm – 3am.
  • La Petite Maison – T; +971 4 4390505. Open daily 12noon – 3pm.
  • Pret To Go – T; +971 4 3556688. Open daily 8am – 6pm.
  • R Trader at Al Fattan Currency House – T; +971 4 3435518. Open Sunday – Thursday 12-3.30pm.
  • Roberto’s – T; +971 4 3860066. Open Sunday – Thursday 12noon – 3pm.
  • Royal China – T; +971 4 3545543. Open daily 11.30am – 11.30pm.
  • Scotta Espresso Bar in Burj Daman building. T; +971 4  5587090. Open daily 7am – 9pm and from 9am on weekends.
  • Sushi Art – T; 800220. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
  • Taqado Mexican Kitchen – T; +971 4 3515210. Open daily 7am – 11pm.
  • The Gramercy – T; +971 4 4377511. Open daily 8am – midnight.
  • The Noodle House – T; +971 4 3637093. Open daily 12noon – 11pm.
  • Zuma – T; +971 4 4255660. Open daily 12noon – 3pm.
  • Mint Leaf of London at Emirates Financial Towers – T; + 971 4 7060900. Open daily 12noon – 1am, and weekends until 2am.

Sheikh Zayed/ D3

  • Alfies at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Office Tower. T; +971 4 3198088. Open daily 12noon – 3pm.
  • Craft Cafe at D3 (Dubai Design District), Building 10. T;+971 4 5149032. Open Saturday to Thursday 8am – 4pm.
  • ET Sushi at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Office Tower. T; +971 4 3198088. Open Sunday to Friday 12noon – midnight
  • Fibber Magee’s in Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed road. T; +971 4 3322400. Open daily from 12noon.
  • The Ivy at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Office Tower. T; +971 4 3198088. Open daily 12noon – midnight.
  • Tokyo At The Towers at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Office Tower. T; +971 4 3198088. Open daily 12noon – 3pm and on weekends until 3.30pm.

Wafi

  • Asha’s at Pyramids. T; +971 4 3244100. Open daily 12.30 – 3pm.
  • Carter’s at Pyramids. T; +971 4 3244100. Open daily 12noon – 2am.
  • Thai Chi at Pyramids. T; +971 4 3244100. Open daily 12noon – 3pm.
  • Cactus Cantina at Pyramids. T; +971 4 3574441. Open daily 12noon – midnight.

Bur Dubai

Dubai Festival City

  • Hard Rock Cafe at Festival Centre (next to Marks & Spencer). T; +971 4 2328900. Open daily 12noon – 2am.

DAFZA

  • Little More at DAFZA. T; +971 4 2977550. Open weekdays 8am – 7pm and weekends 9am – 6pm.
  • Pret To Go at DAFZA. T; +971 4 2566949. Open daily 8am – 5pm.

Studio City

  • Caporilli’s – T; +971 55 2377344. Open daily 7.30am – 6.30pm.
  • Circle Cafe in the EIT building, ground floor, shop no 2. T; +971 4 2766283. Open daily 10am – 9.30pm.

If you come across any other outlets, then please do drop us a comment here, or via your favourite social media channel using the hashtag #RamadanDining, and we will add them to the round-up.

On a separate note, if you’re looking to purchase booze over Ramadan, here’s a list from The Tasting Class of where you can stock up. In addition, we’ve seen another first this year with some licensed restaurants serving alcohol during the day. No doubt that will make a useful post for next year 😉 If coffee is your preferred tipple, check out Coffee, Cakes And Running’s guide here of coffee shops that are open.

Happy summer 🙂

FooDiva. x

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22 Responses to “Where to dine during the day in Dubai over Ramadan – 2016”

  1. Garry W June 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Wow, thus really is a comprehensive list – it must have taken a lot of time to compile – congrats to you and GeordieArmani

    • GA June 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

      thank you Garry 🙂

    • Maria June 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

      The Dubai Media City Kebab Shop refused to serve food at 6pm, they said lunch time was over so i guess their claim to be open continuously till 11pm isnt correct. Thanks…just want to save others going through the trouble of going all the way when you are hungry, only to be told that they cant serve and then having to look for another place to drive to!

      • FooDiva June 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

        Very naughty of them Maria. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll amend.

      • The Kebab Shop DMC June 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        Hi Maria. Apologies for your unfortunate experience. Can you provide some further details about the incident please, so we can follow it up. We always do our best to fulfill all orders througout the day in Ramadan, unless it is very close to iftar time. The normal cut off for orders before iftar is around 6.30pm to 6.45pm (6.30pm on Fridays due to the expected weekend rush) after which the attention turns towards getting the buffet stocked and ready for the breaking of the fast. Normal opening hours are 11am to 1am through the year, including Ramadan. Please drop an email to media@tks.ae or call Sahil on 04-4538108. Many thanks. The Team at TKS DMC

  2. GA June 2, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Another year down my friend, it was a pleasure to work with you on this 🙂

  3. omar June 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Hey. I own a restaurant in JLT and am open in Ramadan. How do I get on your list?

    • FooDiva June 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Omar – if you’re open for dining in during the day, please send me the name, website, telephone and opening hours. Thanks.

  4. Wendy June 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

    A few places are open in Dubai Investment Park as well. Panos, Mr Toad’s, Nuevo restaurant, Costa Coffee (Premier Inn), .

    • FooDiva June 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Are these all in Premier Inn Wendy because we are focusing on outlets outside hotels? Thanks.

    • John June 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

      The Costa in dip is open only for takeout.

      • Wendy June 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

        The Costa in Premier Inn is open for Dine in. And yes all the venues mentioned are in Premier Inn.

  5. Sue June 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Oriental Chef at Silicon Oasis is NOT open for fine in til sunset!!! Now I’m stuck out and ravenous ?

    • FooDiva June 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Apologies Sue but they told me they were. I will remove them from the list. We often find restaurants don’t know in advance, but just say they are open to play it safe. The closest to you is going to have to be the Premier Inn in Silicon Oasis.

  6. Gwawr June 9, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Anything in Business Bay? I’m 33 weeks pregnant and currently stood eating takeaway in the very small office kitchen at lunch time. A dine-in option anywhere nearby would be amazing. I haven’t seen anything in Bay Avenue, although Taj has a restaurant open (soup of the day is 50AED!). Thanks GA

    • FooDiva June 9, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Sadly not any independent outlets according to our research. Aside from the Taj, the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay has a new German bakery that I hear good reports of so that may be worth a visit? Or else the nearest to you are Pavilion and Fume in Downtown. Hope this helps GA 🙂

      • Gwawr June 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Thanks GA. Such a missed opportunity that not even one of the amazing Bay Avenue restaurants are dine in hey. Walking-distance is also an issue for me at this stage/in this heat, otherwise I’d be straight over to the Pavillion 🙂 Great work on researching this by the way, saved me a disappointing lunch time stroll!

  7. Bernadette June 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Where can I find out which restaurants are serving drinks during the day? I have seen this mentioned in several forums now but never a mention of which venues….

    • FooDiva June 12, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Hi Bernadette – there’s no official list as restaurants have been asked to be discreet about promoting it. Pretty much all licensed restaurants are now serving alcohol in the day, but it’s best to call up in advance. Next year we should be able to pull together a guide for you 🙂

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