Dubai dominates as Mena's 50 Best Restaurants list unveiled for 2024

Five dining spots from the emirate make up the top 10

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Dubai’s Orfali Bros Bistro has retained the top spot in Mena’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

This was followed by Tresind Studio, Ossiano and Moonrise – all in Dubai – while Cairo’s Khufu rounded out the top five. Dubai’s 3 Fils, which won top honours in 2022, followed by Fakhreldin in Amman, Em Sherif in Beirut, Fusions by Tala in Bahrain and ODC Restaurant in Tel Aviv made the top 10.

Abu Dhabi had two restaurants make the list as new entries this year, with LPM Abu Dhabi at No 39 and Talea by Antonio Guida at No 48.

“Our sincere congratulations go to Orfali Bros Bistro, which sets a new standard in creativity, innovation and food presentation, complemented by an intimate service style,” said William Drew, director of content for Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants.

“We are equally proud to see restaurants from so many different cities represented on this year’s list, showcasing the abundant diversity of cuisines across the region.”

Orfali Bros, created by three Syrian brothers in 2021, is a modern, minimalist venue in Jumeirah. Its menu is an exercise in boundary pushing, experimenting with taste, textures and ingredients to create something unique, from red umami prawns to fluffy pides in various creative flavours.

Last year, 18 of the 50 restaurants listed were from the UAE, while this number has risen to 20 this year.

Six restaurants were chosen from both Israel and Egypt; five from Jordan; three each from Morocco, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia; two from Bahrain; and one each from Qatar and Tunisia.

The restaurants are chosen by a panel of 250 anonymous voters, who can select seven venues each from across the region.

Mena’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024

  1. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai
  2. Tresind Studio, Dubai
  3. Ossiano, Dubai
  4. Moonrise, Dubai
  5. Khufu’s, Cairo (new entry)
  6. 3 Fils, Dubai
  7. Fakhreldin, Amman
  8. Em Sherif, Beirut
  9. Fusions by Tala, Manama
  10. OCD Restaurant, Tel Aviv
  11. Kinoya, Dubai
  12. Kazoku, Cairo
  13. Zuma, Dubai
  14. 11 Woodfire, Dubai
  15. Sachi Giza, Giza
  16. Baron, Beirut
  17. Boca, Dubai (new entry)
  18. Shams El Balad, Amman
  19. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai (re-entry)
  20. George & John, Tel Aviv
  21. Jun’s, Dubai
  22. Marble, Riyadh
  23. LPM Dubai, Dubai
  24. Zooba (Zamalek), Cairo
  25. Nomi, Monash (new entry)
  26. Animar, Tel Aviv
  27. La Grande Table Marocaine, Marrakesh
  28. Bait Maryam, Dubai (new entry)
  29. Sufra, Amman
  30. Reif Kushiyaki, Dubai
  31. Tawlet Mar Mikhael, Beirut
  32. 21 Grams, Dubai (new entry)
  33. Sachi Cairo, Cairo
  34. Milgo & Milbar, Tel Aviv
  35. Gaia, Dubai
  36. Alee, Amman
  37. Lowe, Dubai
  38. Izakaya, Cairo (re-entry)
  39. LPM Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi (new entry)
  40. Lunch Room, Riyadh (new entry)
  41. Row on 45, Dubai (new entry)
  42. +61, Marrakesh
  43. Opa, Tel Aviv (new entry)
  44. 13C Bar in the Back, Amman
  45. Sesamo, Marrakesh
  46. Alba by Enrico Crippa, Doha (new entry)
  47. Cult Bistro, Tunis (new entry)
  48. Talea by Antonio Guida, Abu Dhabi (new entry)
  49. Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Manama
  50. Kuuru, Jeddah
Updated: February 16, 2024, 10:16 AM