Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai

Dubai’s population comprises of more than 2 million Indians and therefore, here you can find the best flavors of India, as the aromas of Indian cuisine has beautifully mingled with the cosmopolitan environment of Dubai.  Here you can select from a  wide range of  Indian flavors like foods from Malabar coastal region, Punjab, Chettinad, Lucknow, Hyderabad.  There are many varieties of Indian restaurants all over in the city, luxury hotels, Malls which carries the richness & legacy of ancient heritage and therefore whenever you are traveling to Dubai, then go for Indian Food tour to cherish Indian feast & celebrate your special moments. Presenting you the Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants in Dubai. 

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai
The magic of Indian flavors

The list of Indian restaurants in Dubai is endless but I have picked a few of them which I have tried personally many times with my family and friends.

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai  |  Must try food in Dubai

MAHARAJA BHOG A perfect style of royal feast and served with lots of love. Thali style of eating with many varieties of delicacies and here flavors of Rajasthan and Gujarat are dominating the food scene. 

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai
Royal feast at Maharaja Bhog

LOCATION – Discovery Gardens & Al Karama (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5543459  &  +971 4 3964744

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 90

WHY MAHARAJA BHOG – Pure Vegetarian, Food is served with love, Lots of varieties starting from starters to desserts in one Thali(plate), Affordable rates.

USHNA – A fine Dining restaurant in Souk Madinat Jumeirah is perfect for romantic dinners.  USHNA means warmth and therefore dining here reflects passion and warmth. Served with love, the classical Indian cuisine in a contemporary style. Here you will find North Indian food.

LOCATION – Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 368 6506

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 280

WHY USHNA – Very delicious Food, Welcoming Staff, Rich, and Fine Dining, Located at one of the famous tourist attractions.

 GAZEBO– A Royal Indian Journey in Dubai which serves excellent North Indian, Mughlai cuisine.  The Gazebo is an award-winning restaurant with its unique Biryani with full of delightful aromas.  The descendants of Bawarchi’s and Rakabdars ( chefs in Mughals households) are recreating amazing dishes using 200 years old recipes. 

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LOCATION – There are many branches of it all over UAE, but I have tried in JLT Branch (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5269321

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 130

WHY GAZEBO – Warm Hospitality by welcoming Staff, Amazing aromas and delicious food, Beautiful Ambiance with lots of seating place with outdoor and indoor areas.  

CALICUT NOTEBOOK RESTAURANT – Calicut (Kozhikode) is located on the Malabar coast of India and so as the name suggests, you will find pure Malabar coastal style of Indian cuisine here.  Though the location of the restaurant is not great you must try it for tasting Keralite cuisine.

LOCATION – There are many branches of it all over UAE, but I have tried in Al Barsha Branch. (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 3549166

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 85

WHY CALICUT NOTEBOOK – Traditional Malabari cuisine, Affordable rates, vegetarian can also get many varieties here

INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT An award-winning restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine with rich royal interiors.  Here you will find finest of Mughlai and North Indian flavors.  

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants in Dubai
Face behind the delicious flavors of India Palace restaurant, Meeting with staff & chef

LOCATION – They have many branches all over the city. I have tried this one – Bahar 10, The Walk, JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences).   (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 4370279

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 175

WHY INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT – Royal Hospitality, very Delicious Food like Kebabs, Curries & special Biryanis, Located very close to tourist attraction.

ZAFRAN North Indian style cuisine which offers superb views of Dubai Marina. Classy, modern interiors with delicious food served with beautiful views. Read my full review of Zafran by clicking this.

LOCATION – Ground Level, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 399 7357

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 180

WHY ZAFRAN – Dining with super views, delicious food.

PURANMAL A savory & Indian sweets(Mithai) restaurant shop with around 18 outlets in the city. I have tried the Discovery Garden one and so referring that to you all.  If you love Indian sweets(Mithai), savory snacks (Namkeens), Indian Street food (Chaats) then go for this. They also provide delicious Indian breakfast early in the morning.

LOCATION – They have 18 outlets but I am reviewing for Building No. 8, Discovery Gardens (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5260710

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 100

WHY PURANMAL – Pure vegetarian, Many varieties of Indian sweets, snacks, savory items and street food options, Breakfast is great here. 

RAJDHANI STREET A pure vegetarian restaurant where Indian food is served with a fusion of western style. Flavors from Maharashtra, Gujarat & Rajasthan are seen prominent here.  Read my full review of Rajdhani Street by clicking this.

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai
Pizza Dhokla from Rajdhani Street, JLT

LOCATION – Platinum Tower, Cluster I, JLT (Jumeirah Lake Towers). (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5269336

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 110

WHY RAJDHANI STREET – a Unique fusion of Indian & western cuisine, Beautiful presentation of food, Innovative dishes with unique varieties & Pure vegetarian.

YELLOW CHILLI BY SANJEEV KAPOOR Signature dishes by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor are served here. In this restaurant, you can have a gastronomy tour of India as you can taste flavors from Dhaba style (Highway eateries) to signature dishes of 5-star hotels.

LOCATION – There are 5 outlets in the city in which I have tried this – CLUSTER U, Jumeirah Lake Towers – JLT (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5260499

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 150

WHY YELLOW CHILLI – Signature dishes designed by celebrity chef himself and many varieties.

PEPPERMILLThis restaurant presents magical dishes which evolved in India during many rules & invasions from colonial eras. Unique dishes evolved in the history of Indian cuisine during many rules and Peppermill offers you with inventive recipes by incorporating new ideas to age-old recipes.  Read my full review of PepperMill by clicking this.

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai
Chaat Platter from PepperMill

LOCATION – Located at 2 places in Dubai Mall & Dubai Festival City mall. I have reviewed for – Level 1, Waterfront, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City. (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 2881587

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 205

WHY PEPPERMILL – Dining with super views of Laser /Musical fountains show, Very delicious food, Magical flavors of spices, Located nearby tourist attraction. 

GHARANATraditional Indian food from royal households which are classified into Punjab, Rajasthan, Lucknow, and Hyderabad. You can enjoy food with live Indian songs and Music Band. Read my full review of Gharana by clicking this.

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants in Dubai
Dinner with Live Entertainment at Gharana

LOCATION – Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Barsha (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5260704

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 250

WHY GHARANA – Live Entertainment with Dinner,  Singers singing to your favorite Bollywood Tunes, Ghazals and Sufi Music. 

BOMBAY BRASSERIE, TAJ DUBAI  Dine authentic Indian food prepared by selected chefs in royal ethnic interiors and top of that you get an unobstructed view of the tallest building of the world – The Burj Khalifa. A classy artistic style of bar, live open kitchen, vibrant colorful interiors are perfect for sophisticated and fashionable dinner choice.

LOCATION –  4th Floor, Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 4383222

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 425

WHY BOMBAY BRASSERIE  – Dining with super views of Burj Khalifa, delicious food, Highly Hospitable staff as they make your special moments more lovelier. It is a Taj’s(reputed hotel brand) signature restaurant.

MUMTAZ MAHAL INDIAN SPECIALITY RESTAURANT – An award-winning restaurant located in historic lanes of the city is serving classy north Indian style cuisine. As the name suggests Mumtaz, you can see paintings and glimpses of Taj Mahal in every corner of this restaurant. This restaurant offers live entertainment in the form of Bollywood songs and dances in the evening with dinner. 

LOCATION – Arabian Courtyard Hotel, Al Fahidi Street, Meena Bazaar (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 3519111

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 200

WHY MUMTAZ MAHAL– Live Entertainment and if you love Indian Bollywood songs(both old & new), Ghazals, Sitar Players with classical music too, then try this. Located at the historic center of the city. Authentic Mughlai interiors.

TIPS TO BE CONSIDERED – MINI GUIDE TO INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI

  • It is better to book tables in advance, especially on weekends to avoid huge rush and queue.
  • Some restaurants have Valet Parking, so call them before.
  • There are a lot of spices in Indian cuisine and so before ordering check with your waiter for Very spicy, Medium(Normal) Spicy and Less Spicy.
  • You can find a lot of vegetarian varieties in all Indian Restaurants as vegetarianism is very common in Indian lifestyle.
  • For Fine Dining restaurants category, check deals on Groupon or Entertainer. They offer discounts to many credit cards also.

Now, my Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants in Dubai ends here for today and will be adding more in future to it.

I would love to hear all your experiences and favorite Indian restaurants in Dubai. So what is your favorite Indian restaurant in Dubai?

NOTE – This is not a sponsored post and I have paid everywhere for all of my dining experiences. Being a vegetarian, I have tried only vegetarian food in these restaurants and presenting my reviews based on this.



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112 Comments

  1. I love the different flavors of India but slightly prefer the North Indian Cuisine. I actually visited Zafran during my last Dubai visit and loved it. All the other restaurants look amazing too. I guess next time I visit, I won’t have wonder where to eat. Thanks for these suggestions.

  2. I’m not very familiar with the different Indian cuisines but I’m not surprised that there are so many Indian restaurants in Dubai. Very smart move to locate so many of the restaurants near or at tourist destinations. I love spicy food but good to know to specify the level of heat when ordering. All the dishes look delicious!

  3. I’m glad I can ask the level of spiciness as I’m a complete spice wimp! Saying that, I like the look of the Peppermill restaurant the most, mainly from the photo you posted! Also, Ushna sounds like a romantic place for dinner, and also a chance to try some North Indian cuisine too.

  4. It’s always nice to be able to find a taste of home in other countries. Traveling is amazing, as are new cuisines. But sometimes you just need something a bit more “comfortable” in your belly. A great overview of the Indian options in Dubai!

  5. Wow this post is going to be so helpful, especially for vegetarian Indians when they visit Dubai! Love that there are so many options there in the Indian cuisine (although i love arabian cuisine as well). I would love to try out Gharaana, more for the ambiance and performance.

  6. Woohoo, I love Indian food and I’m going to be stopping in Dubai for a couple of nights in the new year. So excited to find this. If you had to choose just one of these, which one would you recommend?

    1. All restaurants are having unique amenities, it now depends what you prefer like superb views, location , rich ambiance or live music. I prefer all and visit them regularly as per my mood that day.

  7. Ha!!! This is mouth watering… Few months back I had tweeted that, when you’re far away from your place, a perfect date need not be secluded, but a crowded restaurant that serves your authentic food would do! This does exactly that!!!
    Maharaja Bhog is just spectacular. I really didn’t expect a pure-veg restaurant in Dubai!
    Authentic Kerala restaurant that serves Appam??? I’m drooling now…

  8. I had no idea there are so many Indians in Dubai. No wonder they have so many Indian restaurants there. I wish we had such a big selection in our area too. My husband and I are great fans of Indian food. There are plenty of Indian restaurants in Los Angeles area, but none close to where we live.

    1. Anda, you must visit Dubai sometime and I assure you would really enjoy here with many food options around the world here. It is great that you and your husband love Indian Food.

  9. I really enjoyed this mini guide of Indian restaurants in Dubai. I love Indian food and I’m planning a trip to Dubai next year so I will certainly keep this guide in mind and try several of them while I’m there!

  10. One thing I love about the culture of India is their foods! Oh my it is always a different experience visiting Indian restaurants event here in Manila. Hope when I visit Dubai, I will check these place, and for now I will pass this on to my Dubai-based friends.

  11. I have been to Dubai last year and I have always wanted to try Ushna. The food looks amazing! I can’t wait to go back to Dubai and visit it. I might reconsider other places listed here as well. It makes me hungry now!

  12. Some of the dishes in your photographs look so incredibly delicious! You’ve done a thorough research in Dubai! I’m in India currently and will not be visiting Dubai anytime soon, so I’ll just have to indulge on the yummy Indian cuisine here 🙂

  13. Wow, such a thorough restaurant compilation! Dubai’s opulence is reflected in the decor and menus of these restaurants. Indian food does indeed have magical flavours! I’d love to try some of them on my next visit to Dubai, I do love me a good thali!

  14. I love Indian food! Growing up in SA meant I could go to some awesome restaurants. The next time I’m in Dubai I will find these Indian restaurants, they all look fantastic!

  15. I have never been to Dubai, and frankly, had no idea there are so many Indian restaurants. But thank you so much for sharing, already the first picture on this post got me drooling! I think I’m having Indian tonight 😉

  16. Over the last few years, Indian food has become one of my favorite types of cuisine. I never realized how much of Dubai’s population was Indian, nor did I think about getting such great food here! That gives me yet another reason to go to Dubai!

  17. There’s always authentic food especially if there’s a reasonable population in staying in a country. So these list for Indian restaurants looks yummy and with good ambiance

  18. what a fabulous guide – I am definitely saving this for when I make it to a visit to Dubai. I have an Indian blogging friend who lives there – Now you are making me want to visit so soon!

  19. I am such a big lover of Indian food, and this just made me hungry. All the portions looks so delicious. I have been to Dubai years ago, but I can’t really remember if we had Indian food there or not. After reading this, I would definitely try out some of these restaurants.

  20. I spent 4 months in Dubai and I wish I saw your guide before then! I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the next time when I go.

  21. thanks for sharing this information. That blog is very useful for every Indian who wants take Indian food outside India. Definitely it’s helpful for me when I go dubai

  22. I just loved the picture through the wine glass. Its so beautiful. There are so many Indian Restaurants in Dubai.. wow! What a delight it would be to try cuisines from Malabar coastal region, Punjab, Chettinad, Lucknow, Hyderabad. I would love to take my time to work on the Royal feast at Maharaja Bhog. It indeed looks like a king’s meal 🙂 Calicut Notebook Restaurant is such a cute name. Never heard of Pizza Dhokla even in India. Haha. Trying unique dishes at Peppermill will be definitely on my list. Loved this mini guide and would let all my friends know about this when they plan a trip to Dubai.

    1. Thanks Navita, there are many unique Indian restaurants in Dubai and believe me, some foods from India which I was not knowing earlier, I have tasted here in Dubai.

  23. Having Indian food that too outside India, is always a treat specially when you are based outside. And Dubai seems to be flooded with a plethora of Indian restaurants offering all kinds of yummy Indian dishes. Not only do the dishes look tempting, the decor also oozes the desi vibes.

  24. What a lovely mini guide to Indian restaurants in Dubai! I always find these type of information very useful when traveling abroad.

  25. I’m pretty oblivious when it comes to Dubai – but these eateries could make me change my mind. Then again – if I travel that far for Indian food, then I better go straight to India, right?!? However, it’s good to have this list for the next layover in Dubai.

  26. I had no idea that there were so many Indians and Indian restaurants in Dubai, thanks for the info! You have put together an amazing list with all necessary details. When we plan a trip to Dubai, we will definitely check some of these out. I am also vegetarian and I can’t wait to taste those delicious spicy dishes!

  27. It’s been years since I visited Dubai, and we have been talking about going. We love our Indian food, so this will be a great resource! The royal feast at Maharaja Bhog in particular looks AMAZING.

  28. Wow, this is a super detailed guide! Very helpful and informative. I love Indian food, so I’ll definitely check out one or two of these places when I’m in Dubai

  29. I’ve been in Dubai for over 7 years myself and I’m Indian but I hardly explore Indian cuisine outside! I feel like I can make better Indian food at home myself haha. But for street food such as bhel puri etc, I love Puranmal! I used to have one in my office building earlier and ended up having snacks there every evening. Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor was another one I tried with my mom, she was quite happy! You didn’t feature Asha’s, I’ve heard that is also quite good, though I haven’t tried it yet. I’d probably take my relatives to Gharana or Mumtaz for their Ghazal singers, I’m sure they’d appreciate that.

    1. Yes Medha, I have to try still many Indian restaurants in Dubai. Asha’s is also in my list. In future upcoming post, I will try to mention some more worth visiting Indian restaurants in Dubai . I also love cooking and try to cook myself, but this post helps travelers to find their favorite restaurants.

  30. Really helpful.. not only for Indians who live are having plans to visit UAE , but also for everyone who has developed taste buds for Indian cuisines. From your list, I personally like Rajdhani as I am fond of Rajasthani food.. Gharana seems to come up with Royal ambience.

  31. That’s an impressive range of Indian cuisine that is available in Dubai. Particularly love the sound of the Mithai shop Puranmal. We are visiting Dubai for first time in a couple of months time so I will keep this list to hand for our time there!

  32. It’s always a relief to find foods that are origin to you whenever you travel anywhere in the world. And now in Dubai visitors can’t only find one or two Indian restaurants, and they all look delicious and authentic.

  33. It’s always a relief to find foods that are origin to you whenever you travel anywhere in the world. And now in Dubai visitors can’t only find one or two Indian restaurants. What’s important, they all look delicious and authentic.

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