Enjoy your Dubai Christmas lunch at restaurants all across the city.
Christmas is coming, and everyone is all set for a roast dinner to celebrate Christmas Day in Dubai?
It’s time to dig in and relish turkey, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, helpings of gravy and dollops of cranberry sauce, there’s so much that’s looked forward to and more. If you like to go out when it comes to festive feasting, we’ve got a list of the top Christmas Day brunches in Dubai. These are options to suit all price ranges, whether you’re looking for a budget banquet costing less than Dhs200 or are willing to try something a bit more extravagant.
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Try this wide-ranging bargain meal. The original Japanese restaurant in d3 is placing on a special meal, starring four pieces of fried chicken, marinated overnight with umami-filled, fresh herbs and spices, fried to a perfect crisp. The golden fried chicken is attended by a bowl of house-special coleslaw and crispy French fries to follow. You can have Hakata cheesecake, sweet and fluffy, for a festive feed with friends.
Dhs99 per package (soft drinks). Sat Dec 26, 12:00 onwards. Dubai Design District
Enjoy a Turkish spread at this chilled out restaurant at Mall of the Emirates.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (+971 4 377 2353).
Offering a nice break from your kitchen this season, get set to dive into a social garden setting with your friends and family or a year-end festive dinner with colleagues. Enjoy a delicious festive set menu cooked to perfection at Chival.
Dhs165. Daily noon onwards. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk Dubai (+971 4 403 3111).
Bytes Restaurant, Bar and Pool
Enjoy a festive buffet with turkey, goose, Dibba Bay oysters, mince pies, yule logs and more. Along with it, there’s a live DJ, carol singers, Winterland kids’ zone and a visit from Santa.
Dhs189 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs89 (kids aged four to 12). Fri Dec 25, 12:30 – 16:00. Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, Sheikh Zayed Road (+971 54 793 1424).
There’s Christmas Day buffet at this casual newcomer in Bur Dubai.
Dhs139 (soft drinks), half price (kids aged seven to 12), free (kids under six). Fri Dec 25, 12:00 – 16:00. BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Bur Dubai (+971 4 352 4444).
Get to try a special festive tasting menu at this café in Dubai Marina.
Dhs150 (juice and dessert). Fri Dec 25, 19:00 – 23:00. Tamani Hotel Marina, Dubai Marina (+971 4 318 3755).
Couqley French Bistro & Bar
Couqley French Bistro serves flavours of the season as well as their most popular items and combined it all into a Festive Winter Menu. The festive menu allows customers to order a two-course meal, including the choice of a starter and main, with the additional option of a glass or bottle of grape.
Dhs189 (two-course). Fri Dec 25, noon onwards. Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (+971 4 514 9339).
The Playhouse Brunch celebrates the festive spirit with gingerbread house decorating, letters to Santa and more.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs80 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six), Dhs 45 per child (additional for Gingerbread House activity). Fri Dec 25, 12:30 – 15:00. Swissôtel Al Ghurair, Deira (+971 4 293 3000).
There’s Christmas crowd karaoke and a lot more at this festive party brunch.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs350 (sparkling). Fri Dec 25, 2pm-5pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
Have the festive buffet and try the live barbecue station featuring turkey with all the trimmings, carved roast beef, Christmas pudding, plum cake, and more.
Dhs129 (soft drinks), Dhs189 (house beverages), half price (kids aged seven to 12), free (kids under seven). Fri Dec 25, 12:30 – 16:00. Dubai Investment Park (+971 4 889 3888).
There’s a buffet at this family-friendly Christmas Day brunch. Roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, gravadlax, Brussels sprouts and roasted chestnuts and more festive treats are on the menu.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs95 (house beverages). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah & Hilton Dubai The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (+971 4 318 2319).
This family-friendly festive brunch offers unlimited treats, sharing platters, live stations and free-flowing beverages.
Dhs139 (soft drinks), Dhs219 (house beverages), Dhs259 (bubbly). Fri Dec 25, 12:30 – 16:00. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (+971 4 212 7550).
Visit this family-friendly restaurant for a festive buffet plus a visit from Santa, and a special kids’ area.
Dhs199. Fri Dec 25. Pullman Dubai, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (+971 4 567 1159).
There’s a special festive brunch at this terrace in Business Bay. Dishes include veggie gyoza, sushi, turkey and more. There will be festive entertainment, too.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (regular house beverages), Dhs499 (premium). Fri Dec 25, 15:00 – 19:00. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (+971 56 775 4777).
The Boston Bar
Get to order a three-course meal at this casual pub in Old Dubai.
Dhs195 (house beverages), half price (kids aged seven to 12), free (kids under seven). Fri Dec 25, 12:00 – 17:00. Jumeira Rotana, Satwa (+971 4 270 7777).
The Irish Village
Are you looking for a proper Irish Christmas? The Irish Village is hosting a Christmas dinner at both venues – in Garhoud and Studio City – on Christmas Day. It’s the only menu available at the pub between noon and 4pm, so get ready for a full on festive feast. Dishes include prawn cocktail, stuffed mushrooms, roast beef, veggie Wellington or roast turkey, plus homemade Christmas pudding or apple pie for dessert. Kids get a main course plus vanilla ice cream for Dhs55. Booking is online only and menu choices must be made in advance.
Dhs160 (food only), Dhs55 (kids under 12). Fri Dec 25, 12:00 – 14:00. Garhoud (+971 04 282 4750); Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City (+971 4 241 8444).
Trattoria by Cinque
You’ll get tasty Italian-style lunch, with loads of sharing dishes from chef Giuseppe Pezzella and plenty of fun. The kids’ club is free for children aged five to 12.
Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged five to 12), free (kids under five). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. FIVE Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Village Circle (+971 4 455 9989).
Get ready for an afternoon of browsing at this casual spot in JLT, as the feast kicks off at 11:00.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs449 (sparkling), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri Dec 25, 11:00 – 16:00. Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, JLT (+971 4 574 1111).
Head to Zoco for a Mexican fiesta with classic dishes, free-flowing drinks and plenty of activities for kids.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs425 (bubbly). Fri Dec 25, 12:30 – 16:00. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City (+971 4 437 0044).
Love Parties’ well known We Brunch: After Dark has a Christmas edition and it’s all set to be a bigger hit. Expect international dishes and a lively vibe.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs399 (bubbly). Fri Dec 25, 20:00 – 23:00. InterContinental Dubai Marina.
With its Bedouin-inspired tents scattered beneath twinkling desert skies, the al fresco restaurant has a Middle Eastern buffet feast, featuring traditional festive favuorites with oriental flair.
Dhs315 (soft drinks), Dhs480 (house beverages), Dhs160 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). Fri Dec 25, 19:00 – 23:00. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR (+971 4 318 6150).
Aprons & Hammers
Have a nice Christmas Day brunch at this seafood restaurant.
Dhs350++ (soft drinks), Dhs395++ (house beverages), Dhs495++ (bubbly), Dhs75++ special menu (kids under 12). . Fri Dec 25, 12:00 – 15:00. La Mer and Palm Jumeirah (Beach House: 04 589 5444; La Mer: +971 04 388 8670).
Secret Parties is hosting a special festive edition of their party brunch at this chic Belgian restaurant.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparkling), Dhs695 (bubbly). Fri Dec 25. The Ritz Carlton DIFC.
Casa de Tapas
This Spanish restaurant has a tapas brunch, all served to the table, plus a special live paella show. There’s also flamenco, a band and DJ.
Dhs335 (house beverages), Dhs375 (sparkling). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Deira (+971 4 416 1800).
Gather the gang and head to Sheikh Zayed Road for a festive family lunch. Cascades goes all out at Christmas, and if you have fussy eaters in your fam you’re sure to find something for everyone. There’s a massive buffet laid out with holiday favourites including slow-roasted turkey, foie gras terrine, plus festive desserts and more. There’s even a kids’ corner with loads of Christmas treats, so you needn’t worry about them feeling left out.
Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs110 (kids aged six to 11). Fri Dec 25, 12:30 – 16:00. Fairmont Dubai.
This stylish lounge in Dubai Marina has rooftop views over the Marina and is a trendy place to check out for brunch. There will be signature dishes, as well as festive specials – along with free-flowing drinks. The poolside lunch is ideal to make you feel at home in Dubai.
Dhs675 (house beverages), Dhs925 (bubbly), Dhs275 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (+971 04 317 6000).
This all-day dining spot at Grosvenor House has all the festive favourites, and is ideal for families.
Dhs675 per adult (selected house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs925 (house beverages and bubbly), Dhs275 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (+971 04 317 6000).
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai JBR
Have a private festive brunch in The Lobby Lounge, with a private butler, free-flowing sparkling and festive treats.
Dhs1,000 per person. Fri Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton, JBR (+971 4 318 6150).
The special festive edition of Toro Toro’s Brunch will take place on Christmas Day, offering diners three hours of unlimited starters, mains and desserts, accompanied by free-flowing selected beverages.
Dhs675 per adult (selected house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs925 (bubbly), Dhs275 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri Dec 25, 13:00 – 16:00. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (+971 4 317 6000).
Yacht Club Restaurant
This stylish spot at Bvlgari Resort is all set to offer a delicious Italian seafood menu. There will be festive dishes as well as classic Italian fare.
Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (house beverages), Dhs1,000 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged four to 12). Fri Dec 25. Bvlgari Resort Dubai, Jumeirah 2 (+971 4 777 5433).
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