The definitive guide to Dubai's best steakhouses
Don’t settle for any old bit of rump, check out our guide to the best steak restaurants in town.Peter Iantorno November 23, 2014
Dubai is hardly short of options for meat lovers, but with so many choices serving up such a wide range of food, finding the best place to satisfy your carnivorous cravings is far from an easy task.
That's why we've done the hard work for you and made our definitive list of the very best steakhouses in Dubai. Sure, this list may have been done before, but with new and exciting restaurants opening all the time in Dubai, this updated version includes some gems you probably haven't tried.
The Rib Room
Building on the success of its Emirates Towers branch, The Rib Room has just opened another restaurant - this time in the stunning surroundings of the opulent Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. With a name like The Rib Room, it's no surprise that the ribs and slow-cooked brisket are pretty special, but where this restaurant really excels is with its steaks.
Serving only the finest varieties of meat, including melt-in-the-mouth 500-day grain-fed Master Kobe, you won't find a more tender steak anywhere in Dubai. And it's not just meat that this place does well, as with each steak you get one starch (such as duck fat chips, truffle mash or Pecorino risotto), two vegetables (including heirloom beets, roasted butternut squash and savoy cabbage) and a sauce, jus or flavored butter. Are you also drooling? Details: Jumeirah.com
From America to London to Singapore and now Dubai, CUT is famous for it's fine-dining twist on the traditional steak restaurant. Located in a prime position on the sixth floor of the Address Downtown, there can be no doubt that CUT has is a serious contender in the race to be Dubai's best steakhouse.
The brainchild of celebrity Austrian chef, Wolfgang Puck, the restaurant takes the very finest ingredients - including delicious dry-aged Kobe beef imported from Japan - and transforms them into innovative, delicious dishes using groundbreaking cooking techniques. Served alongside the vast array of steaks are a plethora of spectacular sides, from soft polenta with Parmesan to the popular creamed spinach with fried organic egg. Details: Wolfgangpuck.com
When it comes to meat, nobody does it better than the Latin Americans, which is why the authentic Latin American cuisine served up at La Parrilla is some of the best available in Dubai. Situated on the 25th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, boasting stunning views across the Arabian Gulf and of the Burj Al Arab from its peaceful rooftop terrace, it's an extremely special venue.
And the food certainly matches the views, with classic Latin American dishes such as crispy soft-shell crab, grilled octopus and scallop ceviche complementing the stunning selection of Argentinian steaks. For those with a sweet tooth, the classic warm churros served with a variety of sauces, including dulche de leche, is guaranteed to hit the spot. Details: Jumeirah.com
Taking the average steakhouse up a level - or 68 levels to be exact - Prime68 is a modern steak restaurant located on, you guessed it, the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. Once you've finished gawping at the views from the tallest hotel in the world, you'll notice the interior is markedly different from the usual dark, leather and wood-filled steakhouses and is, in fact, light and airy, with high-gloss floors and sleek, cream-coloured chairs.
But by the time the steak arrives, you're unlikely to care about the interior or what the view looks like. Classic steakhouse favourites given a modern twist make for an interesting and, above all, tasty meal. If you want to give your steak an extra kick, the special Prime68 rub can be added - and we advise you do just that. Slap on a grilled Canadian lobster tail and a side of crispy onion rings and you've got yourself a meal just as stunning as the view. Details: jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
This Southern-inspired steakhouse is about as American as you can get without hoisting the US flag and belting out a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. Crisp white tablecloths, maroon booths and smart waiting staff (or 'servers') dressed in black waistcoats and red ties leave you in no doubt that you're in for a good ol' all-American experience.
The food matches the ambiance with classic, bold flavours coming in the form of entrée complements such as the blue cheese crust and brandy and pepper sauce, which go with typically tantalising steaks - the massive 620g Cowboy Ribeye is recommended for those with an America-sized appetite. Details: Ruthschris.ae
Is this New York or is it the Palm? From the inside we could swear we're in the Big Apple, with exposed brick walls adorned by stylish canvases of New York's famous yellow taxis, but a glance out of the window over the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf tells us different.
The food is big on size as well as flavour. Hungry diners - or just those with a point to prove - will no doubt be tempted into going for what the menu calls "The Man's Choice": the giant Tomahawk steak. We'd be quite content however with a beautiful piece of 21-day-aged, grass-fed tenderloin, accompanied by a portion of crushed prawn potatoes. Details: west14th.ae
Found inside the cavernous tourist trap that is Atlantis The Palm, you'd be forgiven for presuming that Seafire would be a tacky attempt at a steakhouse, full of flip-flop-wearing holiday makers straight off the beach and screaming children running around everywhere. However, much to our surprise, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Seafire uses beautiful ingredients such as Master Kobe Wagyu beef, which has extra-high marbling for a supremely succulent and juicy steak, to create simple dishes that pack a serious flavoursome punch. The Waygu rib-eye is not to be ignored. Details: Atlantisthepalm.com
An upmarket steak restaurant, Gaucho prides itself on being high-end while retaining its distinctly Argentinian flavour. Starting with anything other than one the their ceviches would be a travesty - the sampler, offering shrimp, tuna and scallop is a great way to get the best of everything.
In terms of steak, the giant Cinta De Ancho Rib-Eye is tempting, but we're suckers for the Churrasco De Lomo, a spiral cut of tender fillet marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil for a full 48 hours before making its way on to your plate. Details: Gaucho.co.uk
We don't know how they've managed it, but MJ's Steakhouse has created a little piece of Manhattan in the Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeriah. Set along the resort's serene waterways, the New York-themed restaurant has a sleek, modern interior, somewhat at odds with the excessive grandeur of the hotel - but somehow it works.
Serving up what they proudly proclaim to be "the best steak in Dubai", alongside some luxury add-ons - we like our fries with Parmesan and truffle, and our foie gras perfectly pan-seared - MJ's Steakhouse is staking its claim to be the best in the city. Details: Jumeirah.com