Underwater dining is the latest luxury travel trend and thankfully Dubai’s underwater restaurants really deliver. Although underwater dining opportunities are located worldwide, Dubai is considered a hotspot for tourists looking to enjoy this bucket-list dining experience.
Dubai is an exceptional melting pot of both food and culture, offering some of the world’s most luxurious dining experiences. Underwater dining is not only unique but it’s a great way to spend time in a calm, serene environment with exceptional seafood.
Geared toward luxury, these spaces are for those checking off a bucket-list experience. They are also popular for celebrating special life events such as wedding proposals, honeymoons, or milestone birthdays.
Dubai’s 3 Best Underwater Restaurants
When it comes to fine dining, it doesn’t get much more romantic than an underwater dining experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or you’re just looking to impress your date, these are Dubai’s best three underwater dining experiences.
1. Ossiano Underwater Bar & Restaurant – Atlantis Dubai
Considered the most romantic underwater bar and restaurant, Ossiano describes itself as a progressive fine dining experience inspired by the oceans and the seas. The cuisine is fresh European, showcasing some of the best produce from around the world with each ingredient served at its peak. Seats are limited and in high demand so be sure to make a reservation.
The emphasis at Ossiano is the exceptional 10-course tasting menu which is described as an edible storyline with one creative masterpiece after the next. Guests are made to feel individually cared with featured chefs personally attending to each diner’s needs directly at the table. Although clearly high-end, diners notice the cozy and relaxed atmosphere, leaving them to feel as though they are dining among friends.
Ossiano also has a special feature that sets it apart from the other underwater dining experiences in Dubai. Guests can pay to have a diver come to the window to hold up a special message for their loved one, with the most popular question of course being, “Will you marry me?”
Of course, Atlantis Dubai is also a popular stop for newlyweds celebrating their honeymoon in the UAE. As an underwater restaurant, Ossiano sits on the lower level of the Atlantis, The Palm, one of the most extravagant hotels in Dubai.
If your pocketbook allows for a dining experience here, do not hesitate to make a reservation. As a highly acclaimed one-star Michelin restaurant, its consistent superb reviews only prove that guests never leave Ossiano disappointed.
Tasting Menu: Starting from AED 1,095 or USD 298 per person/USD 500 per person with wine pairing
Tip: Four Best Excursions in Dubai
If you’re looking forward to going on a guided tour of Dubai, make sure it’s one (or more) of these excursions below. In short, these are the four most popular excursions to go on while visiting Dubai.
- Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Desert
- Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Level 124 or 125 Combo Ticket
- Red Dunes Safari, Camel Ride, BBQ & Al Marmoom Oasis
- Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
2. Ristorante L’Olivo at Al Mahara – Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab has eight restaurants spread across the resort. However, the highlight is Al Mahara, one of Dubai’s best underwater restaurants. The dining room sits inside a floor-to-ceiling 700,000-gallon aquarium, offering fine Italian cuisine and fresh seafood. The restaurant is also vegan, gluten-free, and child friendly with a special menu geared toward children.
Recently, the restaurant underwent a revitalization, morphing into a pop-up version of Andrea Migliaccio’s Ristorante L’Olivo, a two Michelin-star restaurant located in Capri, Italy. As a result, if you desire to dine here then a reservation is recommended.
Most guests choose to experience the 5-course tasting menu, of course, a fine wine pairing is also available. With a limited menu, some suggest that the best part of their underwater dining experience at Ristorante L’Olivo Dubai is the mesmerizing ambiance.
Tasting Menu: Five-course tasting menu starts from AED 900 or USD 245
3. Atlantis Dubai Neptune Underwater Suite
Offering pure opulence and luxury, the Atlantis Dubai underwater suites is where couples go for the ultimate romantic escape. Each ocean-themed suite is constructed with floor-to-ceiling windows providing underwater views of the Ambassador Lagoon. It is considered by many travelers to be the world’s best underwater resort experience.
The Neptune and Poseidon underwater suites provide two levels of living space—the top floor is above water and the bottom floor is below. The top floor houses the living room which is spacious and bright.
Accessed by a private elevator, the lower level is where the magic happens with an underwater bedroom and bathroom. The multi-level suites prevent any feeling of claustrophobia that may arise from being “underwater” for too long.
While not really one of Dubai’s underwater restaurants, instead, this suite is for those seeking a more private escape. Although the room comes with Club Lounge Access, many travelers choose to take advantage of the 24-hour private butler service.
For example, guests can order exquisite dishes prepared by one of the resort’s celebrity chefs and request the butler set up a table next to the aquarium window. Another option is to soak in the huge bath while sipping on chilled champagne as stingrays and sharks swim by. Of course, breakfast in bed is available with exclusive in-room dining experiences.
When you book an evening in one of the underwater suites, you are gifted the privacy to focus solely on each other on a romantic one-on-one escape. Ready to make a reservation?
Book Now: Atlantis Underwater Suites cost about AED 26,170 or USD 7,125 per night on the hotel website. However, if you make the reservation through Booking.com you can save nearly USD 1,000 per night.
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