In pictures: Best Christmas brunches in Dubai
Complete guide for the festive season according to price, family-friendly or party
Christmas is the time of year to spend with your family, share gifts and reconnect with those you may have lost touch with over the years. It’s the time of year to make new memories and cherish old traditions… Or you could stay in Dubai and pick one of these amazing Christmas brunches to gorge yourself silly on, instead. Under DHS 300
\nThis pub has great deals all year round, but Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a glass of grape for Dhs99? That’s a real gift. If turkey isn’t your thing, you can also order steak at this traditional English watering hole, instead.
\nDhs99 (one glass of grape). Noon-2am.
\nThe usual picnic brunch takes on a festive twist on Sunday December 25. For one day only, the basket will be filled with Christmas goodies, as well as the regular sandwiches, salads and breads. If outdoor seating isn’t your thing, you can also dine inside the restaurant.
\nDhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (selected beverages). 1pm-5pm.
\nA four-course family-friendly sharing menu will be on offer, with dishes such as turkey with trimmings, an oyster bar and foie gras featuring. There will be entertainment in the form of a Christmas choir, festive music and a visit from Santa Claus, too.
\nDhs175 (food only), Dhs275 (grape). Kids prices on request. 12.30pm-4pm.
AL MANSOUR DHOW
\nCelebrate Christmas Day aboard a two-hour cruise along the Creek in this traditional wooden dhow. The buffet will include a wide selection of festive dishes including roast meats, vegetable sides and desserts.
\nDhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged four to 12). 8.30pm-10.30pm.
BESH TURKISH KITCHEN
\nJoin Santa Claus and carol singers for an extravagant brunch at this Turkish restaurant, which will have an array of live cooking stations.
\nDhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs329 (house beverages), Dhs429 (sparkling grape), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 13). 1pm-4pm.
\nSpend Christmas here and you’ll get a festive menu and drinks package with menu choices including 12-hour braised lamb, vegan paella and wagyu beef tagliata.
\nDhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs540 (bubbly), half price (kids aged 8-12) free (kids under eight). Daily noon-midnight (three-hour packages). Until Jan 1 (excluding New Year’s Eve).
\nThe popular gastropub will be serving a British-style three-course set menu featuring traditional favourites with all the trimmings, accompanied by a live band.
\nDhs275 (food only), Dhs195 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs125 (kids aged four to 11). Noon-4pm.
\nDine al fresco at this restaurant for an altogether different Christmas experience. Ewaan is offering both a festive dinner featuring traditional roasts, pastries and pies, and a gourmet buffet brunch with traditional and contemporary cuisine. Festive music from a live band, plus a visit from Santa Claus await and guests can turn their hands to gingerbread-making, too.
\nDinner: Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 7pm-midnight; Brunch: Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs700 (house beverages), Dhs850 (premium bubbly), half price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm.
\nThis New York-Italian-themed restaurant will be providing both a festive brunch and a four-course Christmas dinner in the evening, with items including pizza prepared in a wood-fire oven and home-made pasta being served.
\nBrunch: Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs545 (house beverages). Dinner: Dhs300 (food only). Kids prices and times on request.
jones the grocer
\nThis Christmas, the restaurant is cooking up a three-course meal, which includes traditional roast turkey or roast leg of lamb. And those with a sweet tooth will love the festive mince pies for dessert.
\nDhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs450 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids under 12). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nThe festive buffet at Kaleidoscope will offer a selection of cuisines from around the world, plus there will be a visit from Santa.
\nDhs220 (food only). Kids prices on request. 12.30pm-5pm.
\nHead here if a traditional Christmas buffet accompanied by gifts from Santa Claus and a theatrical display is all you want for Christmas.
\nDhs219 (soft drinks), Dhs260 (house drinks), Dhs450 (bubbly), kids prices on request. 12.30pm-4pm.
\nIf you don’t want to go down the traditional turkey dinner route, this Thai brunch – entitled the Feast of Xahar – will be on the menu from noon until 4pm. Dishes will include seafood and curries.
\nDhs270 (food only), Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages). Kids prices on request. Noon-4pm.
Perry & Blackwelder’s
\nThe smokehouse and barbecue specialist will be offering a three-course Christmas dinner throughout the day. It will include traditional roast turkey and Christmas pudding, while a resident DJ will play festive tunes.
\nDhs250 (food only). 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-midnight.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
\nFrunch on Christmas Day – “Let’s Frunch with Santa Claus” – will feature a three-course sharing-style dinner in an Italian way across three spaces (Certo, Icon Bar and Icon Lounge).
\nDhs199 (food only), Dhs269 (house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs99 (kids aged five to 11). 12.30pm-4pm.
Ranches Restaurant & Bar
\nIf it’s a proper festive family feast you’re after, get down to Ranches Restaurant where you’ll get to enjoy turkey with all the trimmings, while kids can take part in a range of activities, such as face-painting or let loose on the bouncy castle, and Santa will come bearing gifts, too. Parents can bring along a gift to be presented by him if they wish.
\nMembers: Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs150 (kids aged six to 12). Non-members: Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs170 (kids aged six to 12). Noon-4pm.
\nItalian chef Ronda Locatelli’s team have created a special set menu for the occasion that will be served with festive favourites from his home country including, of course, panettone.
\nDhs190 (three courses), Dhs240 (four courses). Prices à la carte for kids. Noon-3pm.
\nChristmas lunch at this restaurant features traditional festive dishes as well as cuisine from the Far East and the Middle East.
\nDhs135 (soft drinks), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm.
The Talk Restaurant
\nEnjoy a festive buffet with a family feel at either The Talk Restaurant or Soul Restaurant & Bar. It will feature live carving stations, a selection of desserts and performances from a jazz singer and a saxophonist. A kids’ corner will be set up, Christmas carols will be sung and Santa Claus will pay a visit, too.
\nDhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs175 (kids aged six to 12) free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nThe Irish pub’s Christmas Day brunch promises to be packed with traditional songs from the Emerald Isle as well as games and live music. If its a no-nonsense Christmas dinner you’re after, just like it would be at home, this could be the one for you.
\nDhs199 (two house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm.
The Market Place
\nYou’ll be able to tuck into a wide range of international cuisines at the Christmas brunch buffet here.
\nDhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-3.30pm.
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
\nThe venue’s usual brunch – filled with cheeses, cured meats and Italian dishes – will be given a festive twist. Expect a few Christmas treats and roast meats, and there will be entertainment from a choir, too.
\nDhs209 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house beverages), Dhs369 (premium beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
DHS 300 - 500
\n101 DINING LOUNGE & BAR
\nFor a chic, upmarket Christmas Day lunch, look no further than this restaurant, boasting beautiful Palm Jumeirah views. There will be a selection of Mediterranean fare, including tapas, complete with bar and resident DJ for post-meal celebrations.
\nDhs450 (food only), Dhs550 (one glass of bubbly), Dhs250 (kids aged six to 12). 12.30pm-6pm.
\nKick off your Christmas proceedings with brunch, before a DJ takes over the venue with a marathon play list.\nDhs450 (house beverages).
\nBrunch 1pm-4pm; 360° festive party 4pm-3am.
A la Turca
\nThe Turkish restaurant’s Christmas Day brunch will have live stations serving cuisines from around the world as well as kebabs. There will be festive roasts and vegetables available and a live band will provide the entertainment for the afternoon.
\nDhs315 (soft drinks), Dhs480 (house beverages), Dhs630 (bubbly), half price (kids aged three to 14), free (kids under three). 1pm-4pm.
\nA classy Indian restaurant with Dubai Fountain views, this is the place to head if you want to impress guests. The venue will have a set menu of modern Indian cuisine inspired by a traditional British Christmas. So, among other culinary marvels, you can expect turkey curry. But better than you get at home, of course.
\nDhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages). 7pm-11pm.
\nDishes from France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and more will feature at this buffet celebration on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This is your classic brunch, done with style. And with a few Christmas dishes thrown in.
\nDhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), half price (kids aged four to ten), free (kids under four). Noon-11pm.
\nThe family-friendly Christmas brunch will feature festive dishes such as a roast turkey and cranberry sauce main course, and mince pies and gingerbread for dessert. Santa Claus is also set to pay a visit, armed with festive gifts for the kids.
\nDhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12) free (kids under six). 12.30pm-3.30pm.
\nSpend the afternoon indulging in the festive buffet here, to the sounds of a live jazz band. Dishes will include such signatures as oysters and smoked salmon. Expect a live carving station and traditional trimmings, too.
\nDhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house beverages), Dhs895 (bubbly). 1pm-4pm.
\nThe restaurant will be open for a buffet-style Christmas lunch with traditional roast turkey and live cooking stations, as well as a dinner option, featuring carved meats and a fresh seafood station. Music will keep the vibe upbeat throughout the afternoon.
\nLunch: Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs850 (bubbly), half price (kids aged four to 12). 1.30pm-4pm; Dinner: Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), half price (kids aged four to 12). 7pm-midnight.
Bread Street Kitchen
\nIndulge in a taste of London with a festive celebration at Bread Street Kitchen. Enjoy a selection of Gordon Ramsay’s interpretations of modern British cuisine including tasty vegetables, expertly roasted meat and Christmas puddings. There will also be a live singer throughout the brunch.
\nDhs450 (house beverages). Kids prices on request. 12.30pm-4pm.
\nAs well as traditional turkey with all the trimmings, the extensive brunch menu will include dishes such as tomahawk steak, sushi and fresh seafood, as well as a dessert station. The festive experience will extend to live music, an outdoor play area for kids, carols from The Ritz-Carlton choir and an appearance from Santa Claus.
\nDhs310 (tea and coffee), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs155 (kids aged six to 12). Noon-4pm.
\nBoth afternoon and evening brunches will be on offer on Christmas Day at this JLT venue, with dishes such as turkey ballotine and cranberry stuffing, as well as trimmings, oysters on ice and grilled tuna and a Christmas pudding dessert, all included.
\nAfternoon brunch: Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs600 (bubbly), Dhs200 (ages 21 and under). 1pm-5pm; Evening brunch: Dhs500 (house beverages), Dhs675 (bubbly), Dhs200 (ages 12 to 21). 8pm-1am.
\nThe huge ballroom will be transformed into a festive village on Christmas Day. A traditional roast with all the trimmings will be cooked up for the occasion, while there will be live cooking stations producing festive fare. Entertainment from a magician and band should keep the whole family pleased.
\nDhs345 (soft beverages), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs645 (bubbly), half price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
Delphine Restaurant & Bar
\nLive cooking stations will feature traditional turkey and more. A selection of desserts will also be on offer at this festive brunch. A band will perform live and Santa Claus will pay a visit.
\nDhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs625 (bubbly) Dhs200 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nTurkey with all the trimmings and a range of seasonal desserts will be coming out of this kitchen for this Christmas brunch. Family-friendly entertainment will be provided and kids aged three to 12 will get to play in the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club free of charge.
\nDhs355 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages). Kids prices on request. 12.30pm-3.30pm.
Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill
\nA gourmet meal of slow-cooked duck breast, chickpea cream ravioli and the Frankie’s turkey will be served to a soundtrack of live jazz. The seasonal menu will also be available on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
\nDhs325 (food only). 6pm-11.30pm.
\nTraditional Brazilian street food is the flavour of this brunch, which will also feature marinated turkey and other cuts of meat, plus a selection of desserts.
\nDhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs545 (house beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm.
\nHave an adventurous Christmas Day feast at the festive Wanderlust Brunch, which will have more than ten live cooking stations and more than 365 dishes on offer.
\nDhs395 (house beverages). 1pm-4pm.
\nIf your idea of Christmas dinner is feasting on Argentinian steaks, this is the place for you. There will be a special set menu available on the day. It isn’t especially festive, but for meat-lovers it will be delicious.
\nDhs380 (food only). Noon-6pm.
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\nGet your booking in for Christmas Day and celebrate with dishes made specially for the occasion. Items include scallops with Brussels sprout purée and pomegranate, wagyu beef tenderloin with figs, and sous vide turkey breast and green beans.
\nDhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs625 (bubbly). Kids prices on request. 1pm-4pm.
\nA festive buffet featuring a live carving station, seafood dishes such as smoked salmon and oysters and lots of traditional trimmings. A live jazz band also await you on Christmas Day.
\nDhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house beverages), Dhs895 (bubbly), half price (kids aged four to 12), free (kids under four).
\nGet your teeth into a festive brunch including salads, seafood turkey and traditional desserts such as mince pies and Christmas pudding.
\nDhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (bubbly), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nThe afternoon festive buffet will boast an al fresco dining option taking in views of the golf course and the Dubai Marina skyline. Little ones are well catered for, too, with a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy castle and secret presents among the array of activities.
\nFrom Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs590 (house beverages), Dhs220 (kids aged six to 11). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nThe Christmas buffet includes carved roast turkey with all the trimmings as well as a choice of seafood and traditional Middle Eastern dishes. There will also be a live band, a Christmas choir and Santa Claus will be dropping by.
\nDhs485 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs260 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs130 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids aged under six). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nBrunch and dinner at the venue from Jason Atherton and headed by Tristin Farmer will be an à la carte affair with a set menu inspired by a British Christmas dinner. Expect inventive takes on turkey, trimmings and pudding.
\nDhs415 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs695 (sparkling grape), Dhs795 (bubbly), half price (kids aged under 12). 12.30pm-3.30pm (brunch), 6pm-midnight (dinner).
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Lounge
\nYou’ll get to share lots of Mexican dishes at this Christmas Day brunch, while a two-piece band and a DJ provide the entertainment. So, it might not be particularly Christmassy in the customary sense, but you’ll be enjoying the festive period on the sunny shores of Dubai, so perhaps you’re not too fussed about tradition anyway.
\nDhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (house beverages), half price (kids aged four to 12). 1pm-4pm.
McGettigan's Madinat Jumeirah
\nSit by the picturesque waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah and enjoy a three-course Christmas Day meal. McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah’s offer will boast a traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings and five house beverages. Walk-ins are welcome, but it could get busy.
\nDhs349 (five house beverages), Dhs399 (unlimited house beverages). Noon-4pm.
\nAt “The High Brunch” you’ll feel as far removed from your mum’s dining room table as it's possible. No soggy carrots or burned roasties here, this is a Japanese masterclass in seafood, sushi, beef dishes and more.
\nDhs385 (food only), Dhs585 (house beverages). Noon-3pm.
\nFor a home away from home experience, Palermo will be putting on a traditional Christmas spread complete with live cooking stations. Children can enjoy pony rides, a bouncy castle and much more festive entertainment during the afternoon.
\nDhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs110 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids aged five and under). 1pm-4pm.
Reform Social & Grill
\nWinner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Pub Food award this year, this gastropub in The Lakes is good choice for your festive meal. It will be hosting a three-hour à la carte Christmas brunch, featuring a four-course set menu with options including roast turkey, confit duck leg, chicken liver pâté, raspberry and chestnut pavlova, and a three-hour drinks or four-hour drinks packages.
\nDhs435 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house drinks), Dhs635 (sparkling grape). Kids prices on request. Noon-3pm (drinks served until 4pm).
\nChoose from a Christmas Day lunch filled with traditional dishes or a four-course set dinner menu at the restaurant spearheaded by Gary Rhodes. There’ll be soups, roasted vegetables succulent turkey and more.
\nDhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs580 (house beverages), half price (kids aged four to 12). Noon-3pm (lunch), 8pm-midnight (dinner).
\nRoast beef will be the star of this steakhouse’s traditional take on the festive season. A live band will help to get the atmosphere going through a playlist of seasonal hits.
\nDhs395 (food and a welcome drink). Kids prices on request. 12.30pm-4pm. Kids prices on request.
\nA home-style three-course set menu at this British restaurant includes traditional roast turkey and a Christmas pudding for dessert.
\nDhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs100 (kids aged six to 12). 1pm-7pm.
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\nSavour a six-course degustation menu designed by the chefs at this fine-dining venue. The courses, they say, will take you on a traditional Italian Christmas journey, accompanied by live music. It will be served on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, too.
\nDhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs650 (house beverages). 6pm-11pm.
\nTake in the panoramic views of the beach and the Burj Al Arab from this restaurant. Entertainment for kids will be provided alongside the festive-themed Christmas feast.
\nDhs685 (house beverages and a glass of sparkling grape), Dhs750 (house beverages and bubbly), Dhs520 (kids aged 12 to 20), Dhs175 (kids aged four to 11). 1pm-4pm.
\nExpect a huge buffet brunch with live cooking stations serving cuisines from around the world. There will also be roast turkey to mark Christmas Day. There will be unlimited bubbly, plus a live jazz duo and it all takes place in the hotel gardens.
\nDhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs1,095 (house beverages and bubbly), Dhs350 (kids aged five to 12). 1pm-4pm.
JW Marriott Dubai
\nSpend Christmas Day in the celebratory settings of JW Marriott Hotel Dubai’s The Market Place, Bamboo Lagoon and Hofbräuhaus, with buffets and live cooking stations serving up cuisine ranging from Asian to Bavarian, plus activities for kids.
\nDhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids aged 6 to 12); 50 percent discount applies until December 10 (excluding Kids price). Noon-4pm.
\nChristmas Day brunch features cuisines from around the world and a cracking roast turkey section. There will also be a live band playing festive favourites.
\nDhs685 (house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs750 (house beverages and bubbly), Dhs520 (kids aged 12 to 20), Dhs175 (kids aged four to 11). 1pm-4pm.
\nMediterranean seafood dishes are presented beautifully here, so what the meal may lack in traditional festivities, it will make up for in class and exquisite flavours. A live band will provide the entertainment. And then there’s that beautiful aquarium backdrop.
\nDhs995 (set menu). 7pm-11.30pm.
\nTuck into grilled seafood and enjoy views of the Arabian Gulf, plus live entertainment. There’s no real Christmas theme here, but you can chill out and enjoy the food, all with the sand between your toes.
\nDhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs1,095 (house beverages). Kids prices on request. 1pm-4pm.
\nSix courses will be served for the set menu option of this Christmas Day feast, including pan-roasted turkey and pan-seared sole fillet. The afternoon buffet will have a carvery, oysters and festive desserts.
\nDhs650 (buffet including house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm; Dhs750 (set menu including house beverages). 6pm-midnight.
\nEnjoy a sizzling seasonal feast, plus Saffron’s signature Asian dishes and beats from the resident DJ, Santa will also pay a visit.
\nDhs595 (house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm.
\nThose who haven’t experienced The Ivy yet might want to booking Christmas at the restaurant – it’s closing in the New Year. The festive brunch will feature live music and has sitting times spanning the whole day.
\nDhs599 (soft drinks), Dhs849 (house beverages), Dhs949 (sparkling grape), Dhs1,199 (bubbly), Dhs299 (kids aged four to 12). Sittings at 11.30am, 4pm and 8.30pm.
\nAll-you-can-eat international fare will be the order of this Christmas brunch. Under 12s can play at the Kids’ Club free of charge.
\nDhs599 (bubbly). Kids prices on request. 1pm-4pm.