Until relatively recently, it was fairly rare for a restaurant in Dubai to allow pets. But now it's becoming commonplace. While most places allow our furry friends outside only, a few also welcome them inside.
Some also serve up gourmet treats for pooches, too. There are even three restaurants on this list that actually give you a discount for bringing your dog along.
Read on to find out more ...
Pets allowed inside and outside
Kave, The Story of Things
This Alserkal Avenue spot has a lot going for it – it runs workshops and classes, offers food and even allows you to customise bikes. It also allows dogs inside and out, as long as they’re on a leash. Doggy treats and water are also available.
Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday closed, Monday 11am-6pm; Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz; 055 102 4469; thestoryofthings.com
OUIBar + Terrace
Radisson Red Hotel Dubai Silicon Oasis is a fully pet-friendly hotel, and its main restaurant, OUIBar + Terrace, is open to four-legged guests, too – both inside and out. They'll get their own water bowls and can even order ice cream and other snacks from the doggy menu.
Open daily 6.30am-2am; Radisson Red Hotel Dubai Silicon Oasis; 04 571 4343; radissonhotels.com
Club Vista Mare is a pretty pet-friendly place, and this Caribbean restaurant takes it up a notch by offering 20 per cent off guests’ total bill when they bring a dog on Sundays and Mondays. They also have doggy ice cream and crisps available – and our four-legged pals are allowed in seating areas both inside and out.
Open Sunday-Thursday 10am-1am, Friday-Saturday 9am-1am; Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah; 04 554 2665; palmbaydubai.com
Single Fin Cafe
Take your pet to this cool surfer-inspired cafe on Jumeirah Road, where dogs are welcome on the terrace and inside. Water can be provided.
Open daily 7am-7pm; Jumeirah Road; 04 321 1309; surfingdubai.com
Social Company allows dogs inside. They’re given fresh water, too. If you fancy going upstairs to pan-Asian restaurant Lah Lah, you can take your furry friend along in the dedicated pet lift. They're only allowed outside there, though.
Open daily 7am-10pm; Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens; 04 519 1111; jumeirah.com
Urban Bar & Kitchen – UBK
This popular JLT bar and restaurant welcomes pets every Saturday and Sunday between noon and 5pm. They’re allowed both inside and outside, and you'll get a 50 per cent discount on food when you bring your pooch.
Open daily noon-1am; Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT; 04 438 0000; movenpick.com
Pets are allowed outside only
1762 JLT Stripped
Dogs are welcome to park themselves outside with their owners, who can tuck into the full range of 1762 goodies at this JLT restaurant hub. Snacks in the form of Raw Cut are available for dogs, as is water.
Open daily 8am-midnight; JLT One, Jumeirah Lakes Towers; 800 1762; 1762.ae
Take your pooch to this restaurant at the Ernie Els-designed golf club and tuck into the hearty international menu – think burgers, baps and pies – on the terrace. Water is provided.
Open daily 6am-midnight; The Els Club, Dubai Sports City; 04 425 1000; elsclubdubai.com
Aprons & Hammers Beach House
The Palm West Beach branch welcomes pets in the non-smoking outdoor areas. Water can be provided.
Open daily noon-midnight; Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah; 04 589 5444; apronsandhammers.com
Arrows & Sparrows
Bowls and fresh water are available for your pets out on the dog-friendly terrace of this cosy neighbourhood cafe.
Open daily 9am-6pm; Emaar Business Park, The Greens; 04 558 8141; arrowsandsparrows.com
Famous for its Instagram-worthy interiors, health-conscious Bounty Beets is also now noted for its dog-friendly garden and they provide water to our furry friends. Staff advise making a booking in advance, however, as there are only five tables in this area.
Open daily 8am-10pm; Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina; 04 511 7373; bountybeets.com
Breeze Beach Grill
You can indeed enjoy the breeze and barbecue treats with your best furry friend at this Club Vista Mare hot spot. Dogs are allowed outside, and there’s doggy ice cream available to buy, too.
Open Sunday-Wednesday noon-midnight, Thursday noon-1am, Friday-Saturday 9am-2am; Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah; 04 568 3000
Brunch & Cake The Pointe
The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah is predominantly dog-friendly and this little cafe is a favourite among pet owners. Pooches can laze about on the terrace. Water can be provided.
Open Sunday-Wednesday, 9am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday, 9am-11.30pm; The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah; 04 580 0437; instagram.com/brunchandcakeuae
Take in the water views from The Pointe as you and your pooch dine at this casual American hot spot. Dogs are allowed in the outside area downstairs, and there’s even dried food available for them. Water is given free, too.
Open Sunday-Wednesday noon-midnight, Thursday noon-1am, Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 11am-midnight; The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah; 04 580 7983; meatpackers.ae
Dubai Marina is home to this cafe that’s particularly popular in the morning. It also welcomes pets on the terrace, so you can enjoy a brew and breakfast with your furry friend. Doggy treats and water are available.
Open daily 7am-8pm; Dubai Marina Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina; 04 319 4000; marriottharbourdubaidining.com
This casual eatery is popular for breakfast and lunch, and you can take your pet along, too. You’ll have to eat outside, but that just means you can enjoy the sea views. Dog treats by Taste of the Wild, plus water, are available.
Open daily 8am-10pm; Palm View East, Palm Jumeirah; 04 557 0984; instagram.com/ellaseatery
Not only is this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant now welcoming pets, it’s also got a dog menu created in collaboration with UAE raw pet food company, Furchild Pets, so your pooch can enjoy chowing down alongside you. They're allowed on the terrace.
Open Thursday-Saturday, 9am-midnight; Sunday-Wednesday, 9am-11pm; The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah; 04 587 3111; ilpassaggio.com
Jones the Grocer Palm Jumeirah
The new Jones the Grocer cafe is not only in a great location, but it’s also pet-friendly, as is the general Palm West Beach vicinity. Dogs are allowed outside and water will be provided on request.
Open Saturday-Wednesday, 8am-10pm, Thursday-Friday 8am-midnight; Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah; 054 998 6162; jonesthegrocer.com
This bar at pet-friendly hotel Vida Emirates Hills has a doggy playground complete with ropes, balls, tunnels and more. It is currently closed because of Covid-19 restrictions, but will reopen in March. Origins, the hotel's restaurant, also welcomes pets.
Open 4.30pm-3am; Vida Emirates Hills, Al Naseem Street; 04 872 8888; vidahotels.com
This chic Bali-inspired bar at Palm West Beach happily welcomes pets to its outdoor area. Water is provided.
Open Saturday-Wednesday noon-midnight; Thursday-Friday noon-1am; Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah; 04 572 3444; kokobay.co
Zabeel House is particularly beloved by pet owners, not just because they can take their dogs inside Social Company downstairs, but they can also whisk them up to this popular pan-Asian kitchen and bar. They can do so in a dedicated lift, which will take you straight to the restaurant from the ground floor. Free water bowls are available, as pups are welcome on the lawn outside.
Open Saturday-Wednesday 11am-midnight, Thursday-Friday 11am-2am; Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens; 04 519 1111; jumeirah.com
Water can be provided at this French bistro to keep furry friends cool and hydrated. You can take them along with you to the outdoor area in the boulangerie downstairs.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 7am-2am, Monday 7am-1am; Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai; 04 528 3779; laserre.com
LDC Kitchen + Cafe
Dog bowls are on offer to keep your pooch hydrated as you while away the hours on LDC Kitchen + Cafe’s foliage-strewn terrace.
Open Saturday-Wednesday 7am-midnight, Thursday-Friday 7am-1am; One JLT, Jumeirah Lakes Towers; 04 320 9669; instagram.com/ldckitchen
Lime Tree Cafe & Kitchen
Anywhere a branch of Lime Tree Cafe and Kitchen has a terrace, then your dogs are allowed to dine with you in outside areas. That includes in Al Quoz and Sheikh Zayed Road, but the Jumeirah spot is particularly beloved by pet owners, as there’s shade. Free water is available.
Various timings and locations across Dubai; 04 325 6325; thelimetreecafe.com
Maiz Tacos and Good Burger
The restaurant, which hosts two brands, has announced it's gone dog friendly. Pooches are allowed to lounge around outside as you have your fill of Mexican meals or burger and fries. It’s conveniently located next to the park in JLT.
Open Thursday and Friday, noon-11pm, Saturday-Wednesday, noon-10pm; Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lake Towers; 04 514 4712; instagram.com/maiztacos
MasterChef, the TV Experience
You can take your pooch to the terrace of this acclaimed restaurant, but just make sure you book ahead. When you take your dog, the team will take 20 per cent off your total bill. Water is available.
Open Saturday-Thursday noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Friday 1pm-4pm and 7pm-11pm; Millennium Place Marina, Al Marsa Street, Dubai Marina; 04 550 8111; masterchefdxb.com
The art-inspired Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown is also pet-friendly, and not only are they allowed to stay in the rooms, but they’re also welcome on the terrace of ground-floor restaurant Open Sesame.
Open daily 6.30am-11pm; Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, Marasi Drive; 04 210 2210; hotelindigodubai.com
The restaurant at pet-friendly hotel Vida Emirates Hills also allows dogs to accompany guests on the terrace. Water is provided. The bar, Junipers, also allows dogs on its terrace, where there's even a little playground for them.
Open daily 7am-11pm; Vida Emirates Hills, Al Naseem Street; 04 872 8888; vidahotels.com
Reform Social & Grill
This family-favourite British gastropub is also a popular spot with pooches. They can hang out on the grassy lawns, and the restaurant even has a special menu with meals by UAE raw pet food company, Furchild Pets. They also host regular events for bulldogs and their parents.
Open daily 8am-midnight; The Lakes; 04 454 2638; reformsocialgrill.ae
This Levantine spot at The Pointe welcomes dogs to lounge about on the terrace, while you enjoy the Lebanese food and views of the fountain show. You may be asked to move tables if someone nearby complains about your animal, however. Water is available.
Open daily noon-midnight; The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah; 04 584 6777; samakje.com
The only JVC spot on this list is this neighbourhood joint that serves up fun fusion food and has gone pet-friendly. Furry friends are allowed in the outdoor area, and water is available.
Open daily noon-10pm; Condor Castle Residence, Jumeirah Village Circle; 04 240 0204; socialicious.cafe
Tania’s Tea House
Tania’s Tea House is famous for its Insta-worthy interiors and picture-perfect food, but did you know it also has a pet-friendly terrace? Water is available, too.
Open daily 9am-8pm; Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim; 04 324 0021; taniasteahouse.com
The Cycle Bistro
This paleo cafe in Motor City might not scream dog-friendly, but pets are indeed allowed to accompany patrons in the outdoor area. Water and bowls are provided.
Open Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday 8am-7.30pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-5.30pm, Wednesday 8am-8.30pm; Dubai Autodrome, Motor City; 04 425 6555; thecyclehub.com
The Duck Hook
Take your pets to this family-friendly pub, which serves up European-style meals, and enjoy an afternoon hanging out in the vast outdoor area.
Open daily 11.30am-midnight; Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills Estate; 800 666353; dubaihillsgolfclub.com
The Irish Village
The Garhoud branch of this popular Irish restaurant has a shaded dog-friendly patio. You’re allowed to take your pets as long as they’re on a leash and you have some way to clear up poop.
Open daily 11am-1am; Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud; 04 282 4750; theirishvillage.com
The Pangolin Restaurant and Lounge
This two-floored spot features dual concepts: The Lowlands on the ground floor and The Highlands rooftop terrace. Pooches can accompany you downstairs in the outdoor seating area. Water is available.
Open Saturday-Wednesday 7.30am-midnight, Thursday-Friday 7.30am-1am; The Els Club Extension, Dubai Sports City; 058 573 2594; thepangolindubai.com
The Tap House
Gastropub The Tap House is another Club Vista Mare spot that allows pets on the patio, where you can all take in the sea views.
Open daily noon-1am; Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah; 04 514 3778; thetaphouse.ae