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50 best Christmas Eve dinners in UAE

Celebrate the night before Christmas with some delicious turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings

12:00 December 12, 2017
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Friends and family! Our favourite time of year is finally upon us. If you’re looking for a venue to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s 50 dinners to consider for the 24th.

Giardino

Indulge in a luxurious choice of international favourites during Christmas Eve dinner at the colourful restaurant. The delicious buffet spread including appetisers, a cheese buffet, canapes, sushi and sashimi as well as a seafood station and a traditional carving station with a roast turkey and all the trimmings.

Location Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf Cost Dh220 per person, beverages not included Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm

Vanitas

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A homage to classic Italian art, Vanitas creates a unique celebratory Christmas experience. Get together with friends and family for a traditional Italian dining experience complemented by a nice ambience and gracious service.

Location Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf Cost Dh350 per person beverages not included Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm
 

Gaucho

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Gaucho is hosting three days of festivities with a brand new Christmas Brunch Menu with various packages of an extensive choice of dishes served with all the scrumptious trimmings to get you in the merry mood. All of this readily available to you in the decked out restaurant, as well as a brand new fully revamped terrace which offers a breath-taking experience with cool vibes and a chilled atmosphere making it the best place in DIFC to be in the beautiful weather.

Location Gaucho DIFC Cost Dh420 including soft beverages, Dh495 including house beverages, Dh595 including sparkling, Dh595 including premium bubbly, Brunch Extension - Dh100 Timings December 24 from 6pm onwards

Frevo

Add a touch of Brazilian Flavour to your festivities at Frevo, the Brazilian Churrascaria with ‘Christmas in Rio’. Favourite festive specials like turkey, shrimps and scallops as well as the existing meat cuts served tableside. The Churrasco experience will also include a variety of seasonal salads and a selection of Brazilian holiday desserts. The resident duo band will provide live entertainment until midnight.

Location Fairmont the Palm Cost Dh295 including soft beverages, Dh395 including house beverages children between 6 to 12 years dine at Dh195 per child, children up to 5 years dine for free Timings December 24 from 7pm onwards

Azure Beach

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Funky festive beach vibes and classic Christmas favourites set the backdrop for a Christmas Eve to remember at Azure Beach. The beach bar’s “Xmas Loading” party starts early, from midday until late which means you can prepare for the next day’s feast with luxurious festive sushi platters, along with 2 beverages per person, all for just Dh200. With complimentary white sangria with cherries on arrival, and Azure Beach’s funky vibes late into the night, ‘load up’ this Christmas Eve.

Location Rixos Premium JBR Cost Dh200 per person inclusive of welcome beverage, festive sushi platter and 2 beverages per person Timing December 24 from 12pm until late Contact 052 7779472

Mr. Miyagi

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Mr. Miyagi has your back with the biggest Christmas Eve party in town. The three hour brunch will be serving up festive themed beverages, all your favourite dishes, DJ’s and a Xmas glitter makeup station! Feeling competitive? Battle it out in their Christmas-themed karaoke battle with prizes for the show stealers. They will have a whole Peking duck included as well as all that dim sum.

Location Media One Hotel Cost Dh275 including house beverages, Dh375 including sparkling beverages Timings December 24 from 8pm to 11pm Contact 04 4207489

Teatro

Enjoy a festive a la carte menu or 4-course set menu dinner at the cool and creative Teatro.

Location Towers Rotana, Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Dh399 per person including one bottle of grape per couple Children from 0 to 6 years eat for free and kids from 6 to 12 years get 50 per off the price Timings December 24 from 7pm onwards Contact 04 3438000

Celebrities

Celebrities Restaurant and Lounge and the exclusive Private Dining Room are offering a menu of traditional favourites this festive season .Enjoy scallop’s carpaccio, roasted turkey breast with traditional stuffing served with truffle Mousseline potatoes and glazed baby carrots, John Dory Fillet Meunière served with roasted almond, coconut and lemongrass sauce.

Location One and Only Royal Mirage Cost Dh460 per person inclusive of soft beverages, Dh740 per person inclusive of sommelier selection Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm

Flavours on Two

Dine at their special Christmas Eve buffet inclusive of unlimited house beverages.

Location Towers Rotana, Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Dh279 per person including unlimited house beverages Children from 0 to 6 years eat for free and kids from 6 to 12 years get 50 per off the price Timings December 24 from 7pm onwards Contact 04 3438000

Long’s Bar

Long’s will have special festive favourites in their la carte menu this Christmas season. There will also be a live band and DJ.

Location Towers Rotana, Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Dh279 per person including unlimited house beverages Children from 0 to 6 years eat for free and kids from 6 to 12 years get 50 per off the price Timings December 24 from 7pm onwards Contact 04 3438000

Sicilia

The chef will be cooking up a special menu of Italian favourites. Think pizza, pasta, delicious fresh meat and fish, fine cheeses and sauces ‘like-a-momma’ used to make, but with a festive twist.

Location Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai Menu Cost 4 course set menu at Dh225 including soft beverages, Dh325 including house beverage Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm Contact 04 4445613

Mistral

Take an international tour of fine cuisines and free flowing beverages as you ease yourself into Christmas Day!

Location Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai Menu Cost Dh199 including soft beverages, Dh299 including house beverage Timings December 24 from 6.30pm to 11pm Contact 04 4445613

Kalea

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Kalea restaurant includes a dinner buffet filled with an extensive selection of dishes from around the globe including traditional Christmas favourites. A customary turkey carving station with all the trimmings and a glorious dessert showcase with lots of hot and cold options.

Location Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resort Cost Dh195 per person including soft beverages, Dh95 per child Timings December 24 from 6.30pm to 9pm

Jodphur

For Christmas Eve and Christmas day there will be a special 9 course chef’s tasting menu.

Location Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai Cost Dh259 per person for food only, Additional Dh175 for grape pairing Contact 04 5509112

Na3Na3

An elegant festive dinner buffet, featuring dishes like roast turkey with all the trimmings and Yule logs, as well as classic songs and lively pipe music.

Location Address Dubai Mall Cost Dh220 per person inclusive of soft beverages, Dh320 per person inclusive of house beverages, Dh125 per child aged 6 to 11; children aged 5 and under dine free Timing December 24 from 7pm to 11pm Contact 04 4388888

Cabana

A festive dinner that offers guests the chance to dine in a private cabana, or out on the terrace, with views of Burj Khalifa and easy access to the Dubai Mall.

Location Address Dubai Mall A la carte Timing December 24 from 7pm to 11pm Contact 04 4388888

The Restaurant

Enjoy a festive dinner in the setting of The Restaurant at Address. Feast on a 5-course set menu served to your table, which includes a variety of fine plated dishes from beef tartare to poached Guinea Fowl breast while you enjoy music played by the resident DJ.

Location Address Boulevard Cost Dh450 per person including soft beverages, Dh695 including house beverage pairing; 50 per cent discount for children (6 to 12 years), Complimentary for children aged 5 years and below Timing December 24 from 7pm onwards Contact 04 4388888

Armani/Amal

A culinary catwalk for the best of the best of Indian regional flavours and designed to be shared, the festive tasting menu will transport diners from the royal kitchens of the northern nawabs to the coastal communities of the south. Savour tradition with an Indian twist on turkey roulade or watercress shorba, or travel the country with Chettinad-spiced seared scallops, Rajasthani style slow braised lamb and masala scented stuffed Spanish peppers.

Location Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa Cost Four-course tasting menu (Vegetarian Option) Dh450 per person inclusive of soft beverages, 50 per cent discount for children 4-10 years. Children under 4 dine free. A la carte menu also available Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm

Armani/Mediterraneo

Travel from the warm shores of the Mediterranean to the valleys of the Levant for the city’s most expansive festive buffet celebration with a banquet of flavours, the seafood ice bar and dessert display. This season’s festive offerings include chestnut velouté, pan-seared sea bass with artichoke caponata, whole roasted hand-carved turkey and beef Wellington with Yorkshire pudding, sautéed scallops with pumpkin purée, gingerbread financier and a chocolate fountain and festive cookies.

Location Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa Cost Dh350 per person inclusive of soft beverages, 450 per person inclusive of selected house beverages, and 50 per cent discount for children 4-10 years. Children under 4 dine free. A la carte menu also available Timings December 24 available from 12pm to 11pm

Armani/Deli

Classic monochrome design inspiration provides a fashionable backdrop to an on-trend seasonal menu selection of Italian flavours and festive preparations in a relaxed and animated setting suited to families and groups of friends. Colour and flavour meet in our polished vitrines with seasonal flavours such as roasted pumpkin ravioli with ossobucco saffron sauce, caviar dusted langoustine risotto, tuna tartar with sea urchin sauce and a triumphant Monte Bianco with candied chestnuts and William pear.

Location Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa Cost Dh350 per person inclusive of soft beverages,  50 per cent discount for children 4-10 years. Children under 4 dine free. A la carte menu also available Timings December 24 available from 12pm to 11pm

Armani/Ristorante

Italy’s rich culinary history meets Chef Alessandro Salvatico’s creative passion with a pair of bespoke degustation menus created exclusively for the season and guaranteed to deliver an award-winning signature experience. Festive headliners include a parmesan and truffle crème brûlée, glazed spiced veal cheek, grilled Angus beef tagliata, a black truffle gratin or turbot and symbolic seasonal take on our signature Sfera dessert.

Location Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa Cost Six-course Festive degustation menu, Dh550 per person inclusive of soft beverages, 50 per cent discount for children 4-10 years. Children under 4 dine free. A la carte menu also available Timings December 24 available from 6pm to 11pm

Ranches Restaurant

As the anticipation of the big day starts to build up, join the Festive Carvery at Ranches Restaurant. A helping of turkey here, a live duo’s festive tunes there and the warmth of friends and family will create the perfect ambience for an enjoyable traditional festive celebration.

Location Arabian Ranches Golf Club Cost Dh270 per adult, Dh160 per child Timings December 24 from 6pm to 10pm

Mazina

Treat yourself and your family to a magnificent dinner to commemorate the holiday season at Mazina. Feast on a gourmet festive buffet selection, complete with live band and a special visit by the jolly old man.

Location Address Dubai Marina Cost Dh345 per person including soft beverages, Dh495 per person including house beverages, Dh625 per person including bubbly, Dh150 per child below 12 years, children below 6 years dine free Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11.30pm

Ewaan

Savour the authentic flavours of the season with a wonderland of festivities at Ewaan. Ewaan will offer a buffet featuring traditional roasts, pies, pastries and more, complemented with festive beverages. Offering both indoor and al fresco dining, the venue will get a visit from Santa himself, with presents for the little ones.

Location Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai Cost Dh295 (soft beverages); Dh395 per person (house beverages); 50 per cent discount (Children 6-11 years); Complimentary (Children 5 years and below) Timings December 24 from 7pm to 12am Contact 04 8883444

Asado

Make merry the Argentinean way at Asado. This lively venue serves premium and succulent cuts prepared in traditional Asado Criollo-style on a ‘Parrilla’, an open grill in the centre of the restaurant. Reminiscent of an Argentinean country house, the restaurant is the perfect venue to enjoy quality time with family while enjoying a traditional barbecue feast and the tunes of the live Latin band.

Location Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai Cost A la carte, Complimentary for Children 5 years and below Timings December 24 from 7pm to 12am Contact 04 8883444

Thiptara

Create treasured festive memories in the company of loved ones at Thiptara. Meaning ‘Magic at the Water’. This elegant restaurant serves Thai cuisine with an emphasis on Bangkok-style seafood and offers al fresco dining. Celebrate the season at a great location adjacent to Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain.

Location Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai Cost A la carte, only children above 12 years of age will be admitted Timings December 24 from 6pm to 12am Contact 04 8883444

McGettigan's JBR

Grab your favourite Christmas sweater and head down to the McGettigan's JBR’s Jingle Bell Party. You and a partner can enjoy a full turkey dinner with four house beverages each. With a DJ spinning festive tunes from 6pm to 11pm. Get ready to belt out some Christmas classics as you scan the sky for Santa’s sleigh.

Location Hilton JBR Cost Dh400 per couple Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm

Level 7

It's never too early to get a jump on the holiday season with an indulgent Christmas Eve brunch, electrifying beverages and eclectic beats to get you in the mood for the after party.

Location W Hotel, Level 7 Cost Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh450 including house beverages Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm

360 Dubai

360 is hosting a Festive Sunset Brunch including unlimited Pan-Asian platters with sumptuous dim sum, sushi and innovative bar snacks plus house beverages

Location Jumeirah Beach Hotel Cost Dh295 per couple Timings December 24 from 6pm to 9pm

Accents

Take a seat at the festive table to celebrate this wonderful time of year. Delight in a lavish three-course festive menu featuring traditional roasted turkey as well as an exquisite Christmas plum pudding.

Location Intercontinental Dubai Marina Cost Dh240 per person with soft beverages, Dh340 per person with selected house beverages Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm Contact 04 4466669

Lemon Pepper

Feast on decadent Christmas dinner, complete with all the festive trimmings at Lemon Pepper. The Christmas buffet will be offering stuffed turkey and Christmas puddings too

Location M Hotel Downtown by Millennium, Al Asayel St. Business Bay Cost Dh139 per person with soft beverages, Dh199 per person inclusive of unlimited house beverages, 50 per cent off for children below 12 years, Free for children below 5 years old Timings December 24 from 7pm to 10.30pm Contact 04 450 2068

Bistro Des Arts

Enjoy all the festivities on Christmas Eve with Parisian treats such as a truffle cappuccino, oysters, veal on brioche, salmon ‘en croute’, and a black forest. The festive menu will be available all month long in December.  

Location Marina Promenade, The Address Hotel Dubai Marina Cost Dh325- 4 course set menu Timings available from 7.30am to 11pm Contact 04 5511576

Carluccio’s

Unwrap a little bit of Italy this Christmas with an Italian feast at Carluccio’s. A special festive menu has been designed for all UAE restaurants including pear & gorgonzola gnocchi and roasted butternut salad to start, succulent grilled ribeye and chicken involtini for mains and traditional panettone pudding served with warm vanilla custard for dessert.

Location All Dubai outlets except Dubai Mall & all Abu Dhabi outlets Cost Dh99 for 2 courses, Dh119 for 3 courses Timings various

Blue Orange

Spend Christmas Eve by eating at one of Dubai’s amazing buffets, offering live cooking stations in a bright and airy setting, with stunning views over the Arabian Gulf.

Location The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Cost Dh295 including soft  beverages, Dh490 per person including house beverages, Dh590 per person including free flow bubbly  and house beverages Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm Contact 04 5117373

Latest Recipe

Boasting stunning ceiling-to-floor windows overlooking the hotel gardens and the Arabian Gulf, this dining destination is both stylish and contemporary, boasting an appetizing mix of International flavours- the perfect place to indulge in a Christmas feast!

Location The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Cost Dh295 including sparkling grape and house Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm Contact 04 5117373

Jules Bar

Le Meridian’s most dynamic live entertainment bar is opening its door to all the party-goers with a Mexican style three-course menu and a glass of sparkling grapes for Dh199. Let your hair down and groove to some of the popular mixes played by the Skills Band on Christmas Eve and get 30 per cent off on bottled sparkling and house beverages.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Airport Road Cost Dh120 inclusive of 2 regular beverages, Dh199 3 course menu with a glass of sparkling grape Timings December 24 from 7pm to 1am Contact 04 2170000

Long Yin

Long-yin known for its traditional Cantonese dishes and quirky treats is set in the humble Le Meridian by Dubai Airport. Long-yin welcomes family and friends to celebrate this Christmas Eve and enjoy a wide choice of A la Carte with a set menu. Think dim sums, dumplings, pakchoy prawns, fried lobster or wonton noodles with sliced duck and a mango pudding to end with.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Airport Road Cost Dh245 including soft beverages Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm Contact 04 217000

Sukhothai

Sukhothai is offering traditional Thai cuisine with live entertainment on this Christmas Eve.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Airport Road Cost Dh245 including soft beverages Timings December 24 from 7pm to 12am Contact 04 2170000

Anise

International restaurant Anise situated in the iconic InterContinental Hotel DFC, invites friends and family to embrace the festive spirit this Christmas Eve with a dash of seasonal revelry and relish a premium collection of fresh catches from the world’s oceans.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Airport Road Cost Dh 275 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages and bubbly and kids 12 and under dine for free Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11.30pm Contact 04 7011127

Mezza Luna

Gather your friends and family and head down to Mezza Luna this Christmas Eve. Enjoy the festive season with a homemade roasted feast and hearty trimmings paired with delicious sauces and side dishes.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Airport Road Cost Dh120 including soft beverages Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11.30pm Contact 04 7011127

Choix

Indulge in Parisian cuisine this Christmas Eve with a themed three-course dinner at the grand Choix par Pierre Gagnaire, lovingly created by our team of chefs.

Location Le Meridien Dubai Airport Road Cost Dh180 excluding beverages Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11pm Contact 04 7011127

Pierchic

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Indulge in a mouth-watering four-course set menu including coffee and Petit Fours.

Location Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah Cost Dh499 excluding beverages Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm Contact 04 4323232

P&Bs

A laid back favourite, P&Bs offers a two course Christmas menu including a mocktail

Location Madinat Jumeirah Cost Dh250 excluding beverages Timings December 24 available from 11am to 11.30pm Contact 04 4323232

 

Abu Dhabi

Cipriani

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With its panoramic views of the marina and exclusive private dining and VIP area experiences, Cipriani Yas Island is a great location for social gatherings. From intimate family dinners to larger corporate events, guests can expect nothing but exceptional and personalised service. The Festive Set menu includes marinated "radicchio" with "stracchino cipriani", homemade veal “tortellini” with cream, roasted turkey with chestnuts and duchess potatoes, and an unmissable classic, arrigo Cipriani’s own recipe of panettone with “mascarpone” sauce.

Location Yas Island Cost A la carte Timings December 24 from 6pm to 12am Contact 02 65754007

Afyä

Take the festivities outside with a delicious beachside barbeque at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.

Location Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh238 including soft beverages, Dh267 including house beverages Timings December 24 from 6.30pm to 11.30pm Contact 02 5098555

Bord Eau

Spend Christmas with your loved ones at the capital’s favourite French restaurant. Enjoy a carefully-crafted five-course menu featuring classic French recipes prepared with a contemporary twist, including festive savouries upon arrival and appetisers to share, followed by a beef broth with winter roots. The set menu includes slow-cooked Poularde de Bresse and oven-baked organic turkey breast, along with a selection of desserts enough to give diners a taste of Christmas in Europe.

Location Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh450 for a 5 course menu, Dh390 for a four course duck menu and Dh300 extra for the grape pairing Timings December 24 from 7pm to 11.30pm Contact 02 5098555

Bocca

Enjoy an authentic Italian dinner at Bocca for Christmas Eve which will feature an interesting appetiser of marinated Sicilian red prawns with burrata cheese, followed by four choices of mains. Options include homemade spaghetti with seared marinated calamari, risotto with pears and gorgonzola cheese, sea bass fillet with beetroot risotto, and grilled veal tenderloin with truffle sauce.

The four-course menu finishes with a mille-feuille of panettone, mascarpone and winter fruits.

Location Hilton Abu Dhabi Cost Dh229 Timings December 24 Contact 02 6924247

Vasco’s will serve a three-course dinner on Christmas Eve. The menu includes smoked salmon pinwheel with salmon mousse and yasa caviar for starters, followed by pistachio and berry crusted turkey roulade. Completing the meal is a hazelnut yule log with forest fruit chunks.

Location Hilton Abu Dhabi Cost Dh225 for 3 course menu Timings December 24 Contact 02 6924247

Jazz Bar & Dining

This cool bar joins the celebrations with a festive three-course meal, including a marinated turkey with brie cheese salad and slow roasted turkey with pink pepper coated goose liver on thyme red currant jus and sweet potato mash. The smell of Christmas wafts through the venue thanks to the dessert – the mince pie tart is served with cinnamon sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

Location Hilton Abu Dhabi Cost Dh130 Timings December 24 Contact 02 6924247

Hoi An

Hoi An offers a true Christmas meal with an Asian twist through its four-course menu featuring a trio of crab starter followed by a sea cucumber soup. Grilled seabass fillet and the five-spice braised duck are the choices of mains on the festive menu which is completed with the popular Vietnamese dessert of grilled sticky rice banana served in coconut milk. Guests can enjoy Asian flavours cooked using innovative culinary techniques this Christmas Eve.

Location Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh258, Additional Soft Beverages for an extra Dh60, Additional House Beverage Package for an extra Dh120 Timings December 24 Contact 02 5098555

Shang Palace

Experience authentic Cantonese cuisine at Shang Palace with a five-course dinner for Christmas Eve including a round of dim sum, three kinds of soups, a wide selection of mains served family-style as well as baked sweet pastry and coconut pudding for dessert.

Location Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh295 Additional Soft Beverages for an extra Dh60, Additional House Beverage Package for an extra Dh120 Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm Contact 02 5098555

Sofra Bld

Indulge in a traditional Christmas meal featuring your favourite festive delicacies such as a roast turkey along with a wide variety of delicious, mouth-watering desserts set in the midst of an authentic dining souq-style restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the delicious buffet on the outdoor terrace at the Pool Bar.

Location Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh275 including soft beverages, Dh335 including house beverages Timings December 24 from 6pm to 11pm Contact 02 5098555