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10 Fantastic Family Restaurants in Dubai Perfect For All Ages

by Dubai Travel Planner

When travelling to Dubai with family, finding a dining spot that caters to both adults and children can make the experience all the more enjoyable. Dubai offers a wide array of family-friendly restaurants that not only feature menus appealing to younger palates but also provide an environment where kids can be kids.

Whether it’s eateries with dedicated play areas, menus designed specifically for little ones, or staff that are especially welcoming to families, Dubai has it covered!

The Dubai Travel Planner team all have kids ourselves and have dined out extensively across the city for years, so you can be assured that all our family restaurants listed here have been tried and tested!

We’ll look at everything from casual dinners where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing to more upscale options that offer a taste of local and international cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Dubai

Whether you’re a Dubai resident or just visiting the lively city with your family, here are 10 of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Dubai that you must try!

Handy map here for reference if you’re trying to find somewhere close to where you’re staying!

1. Wavehouse

Our first recommendation for family-friendly dining in Dubai has to be Wavehouse at Atlantis if you want to enjoy great-tasting food and several indoor activities.

Whether you have toddlers or teens, every family member will have fun at this restaurant in Atlantis – though we’d say it’s ideal for families with kids in the 8+ age group through to teenagers.

For starters, there’s a 4-lane bowling alley where you can strike to your heart’s content. Then, there’s a soft play area for the little ones and an arcade game arena for people who enjoy playing games. If you’re up for some thrills before dinner, head over to the Surfs Up wave rider.

When you’re totally famished from all the activities, grab a bite at the restaurant that serves amazing burgers, pizzas, and fast food. Fully licensed, this is one of the perfect places to not only enjoy the food but also let your hair down, as it’s the best family restaurant in Dubai with live music on the terrace.

Where to Find It

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, visit The Wavehouse.

(Insider tip! If you’re staying at Atlantis and the kids love arcade games, make sure you head there during happy hour 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; even if you aren’t planning to eat until later, get your double credits loaded and ready on their play card!)

2. Carluccio’s

How about you take your family out for delicious, fail-safe Italian food? At Carluccio’s, you’ll find the tastiest Italian cuisine, including the all-time favourite pizzas, pasta, risotto, bruschetta, grilled meat, fish, along with a variety of tasty salads.

The best part is that you can enjoy all your favourite Italian dishes with a stellar view of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. And while you enjoy your cheesy meals, your kids can have fun colouring with crayons.

So, whenever you visit the Dubai Mall, you can stop at Carluccio’s for piping hot pizza right out of the oven! Because there’s always an appetite for pizza!

Where to Find It

  • Lower Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall (You can also find them in Dubai Marina Mall and Arabian Ranches)

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, visit Carluccio’s.

3. Phileas Fogg

Phileas Fogg is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants with alcohol in Dubai, so grown-ups can enjoy a meal and drink while the kids are happily kept occupied, too. It’s a little tucked away from the normal tourist areas, but well worth seeking out this stunning venue in suburban Emirates Hills

Phileas Fogg’s diverse menu includes finger-licking appetizers like prawn crackers, halloumi fries, spring rolls, and popcorn chicken. It also has sharing boards that are popular with families and a wide variety of salads. Then there are steaks, burgers, and pizzas, which kids of all ages love.

If your kids are under 12, you can order something from the kids’ menu with miniature versions of the regular meals, like the Little Burger and the Little Pizza, at very reasonable prices

Fogg’s is an all-day restaurant, so you can also indulge in a scrumptious breakfast menu that includes a variety of eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, and cereals. The kids are kept happy with American Pancakes or Little Porky (yup, it’s a licenced pork meat venue, too).

The restaurant’s family-friendly highlight, though, is undoubtedly the shaded kids’ playground, complete with a climbing frame and a carousel. It is best suited to your 4 to 10-year-old crowd who can play independently.

So, whether you visit Phileas Fogg for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you and your kids will have a great time, and the grown-ups can relax and enjoy themselves, too!

Where to Find It

  • Montgomery Golf Club Academy, 7th Street, Emirates Hills

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, visit Phileas Fogg.

4. Benihana

How about some Japanese cuisine for the family? The Benihana Restaurant, located at the Amwaj Rotana, is one of Dubai’s best family dining restaurants with plenty of variety and entertainment.

The restaurant offers the finest Japanese rolls, sushi, an amazing variety of starters, salads, appetizing platters, soups, and decadent dessert varieties. It also has a live food station, which is the best part about the place!

The skilled chefs show off their cutting, slicing, dicing, and tossing skills to entertain the guests; it’s great if you want to introduce the kids to the thrill of trying new cuisines and witnessing their ninja-esque moves!

Where to Find It

  • Amwaj Rotana, JBR, The Walk, Al Sayorah Street, Dubai.

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, visit Benihana.

5. Social House

If you’re not in the mood for a particular cuisine but would rather have a large variety to choose from, the Social House is the place to be for variety, as well as location, location!!

It is one of the best family-friendly restaurants in Dubai Mall, and it has food varieties that include Thai, Malaysian, Korean, and Japanese dishes. Social House also offers the standard fare of tasty pizzas, burgers, and classic fish and chips for the kids.

If you’re in for some healthy dining, you can choose one of the Greek salads—it truly is international dining at its best with a fabulous central location allowing for views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa at the absolute centre of the action in Downtown Dubai

Where to Find It

  • Lower Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, check out their Instagram @socialhousedubai.

Top Tip – we recommend dining here outside of regular meal hours; whilst seeing the fountains from your seats is undoubtedly a highlight, its prime location outside Dubai Mall makes it exceptionally busy at peak times. We find if you get in before 5:30 pm you have a much better chance of getting a good seat for the first fountain show of the evening.

6. Reform Social and Grill

Who doesn’t like to sit back and relax on a Saturday? At Reform Social and Grill, you can get homely vibes, a great view, and even greater food!

Another venue that’s found deep in suburban Dubai, away from the usual tourist haunts, it has a warm and welcoming ambience. If you’re looking to relax with a hearty meal, it is one of the well-known kid-friendly restaurants in Dubai.

The restaurant offers BBQ platters on Sundays, a Schnitzel Tuesday, a Game Show on Wednesdays, Curry Thursdays, and a laid-back Saturday family brunch amidst a serene green surrounding. It has a fun menu specifically for the kids, plus a safe playground for them to explore.

The main menu includes several family platters, starters, curries, burgers, pies, and delicious sides. Reform’s breakfast menu has a special English breakfast, egg varieties, and toasts. They also serve pizza and several desserts.

In short, the Reform Social and Grill is a complete package for a fun day out with your family, including fur babies!

Where to Find It

  • The Lakes, Dubai

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, please visit Reform Social and Grill.

7. The Scene

Looking for a kid-friendly family dining option in Dubai Marina? Look no further than The Scene by Simon Rimmer. This retro family restaurant, situated in the hub of activity, Pier 7, is the perfect choice when you’ve got a family group to please.

Licensed for adults and serving up kid-favourite English Gastropub-style meals, there’s plenty here to keep the kids entertained. The Rimmer’s Roast menu will surely be a winner every Saturday and Sunday, including family entertainment.

Where to Find It

  • Pier 7, Dubai Marina

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, visit thescene.xyz

Top Tip: Make sure you book in advance if you want terrace seats overlooking the marina in winter.

8. Cafe Confetti

As you can assume from the name, Cafe Confetti is a restaurant with “FUN” written all over it. It is one of the best places for kid-friendly dining in Dubai.

If you’re looking for a warm, welcoming, and home-like place to unwind, Cafe Confetti is hands-down the best choice!

Let’s start with the interior: It’s stylish, trendy, and will remind you of a classic British cafe. But that’s not all! It has a dedicated kids’ corner, complete with a vibrant playhouse, several toys, and fun activities that will keep your kids busy for hours!

And while your kids are busy in their little corner, you can catch up with your friends or just relax while sipping a hot or cold beverage and devouring German comfort food.

Their menu is also very attractive, as the gelatos they offer are crafted with such creativity that you and your kids won’t help but order some. Plus, the cozy little cafe also has an impressive breakfast menu, waffles, crepes, salads, pasta, and Italian flatbreads.

If you have toddlers or infants, Cafe Confetti is the best place to dine in Dubai!

Where to Find It

  • Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster U, Al Seef, Lake Level, Dubai

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, please visit Cafe Confetti.

9. Luigia

Luigia has simple recipes with quality ingredients at its core, offering a real taste of Italy in a laid-back setting. The menu includes all of your Italian favourites, from carefully crafted pizzas and perfectly cooked pasta dishes to delicious meatballs and risotto.

Children will enjoy watching the chefs stretch and toss the pizza dough in the open kitchen as well as the dedicated play area, which features a small cinema and a soft play zone. Colouring, toys, books and games are also available.

Where to Find It

  • Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, please visit luigia.ae

10. Ribambelle

Rounding out our top 10 is the brand-new Ribambelle. Promising only ‘the best for the entire family’ and a ‘premium restaurant with high-quality kid-friendly entertainment’, Ribambelle really does look amazing. OPENING JUNE 2024

Boasting great food, a varied events programme, and beautifully designed play areas, Ribambelle is where fine dining meets fun. The open jungle-inspired layout means that children can go off and play while the grown-ups enjoy a leisurely lunch and possibly a cocktail or two.

The carefully designed menu includes a range of soups and salads, pasta, pizza, and risotto. Main courses include miso-marinated black cod, grilled ribeye steak with mashed potato and asparagus, and lamb shank with kabocha purée. Burgers, sandwiches, and lighter bites are also available. Children can choose from chicken noodle soup, chicken piccata, shrimp dumplings, chicken tenders, chicken cutlets, or meatballs. A breakfast menu is also available.

Dessert is always a must with kids, and they really won’t be disappointed Eid at Ribambelle (nor will the adults for that matter). With everything from raspberry pavlova to apple crumble, macarons to honey-cake, there really is something for everyone.

Where to Find It

  • The Wharf, Bluewaters Island, Dubai

For information regarding booking, reservations, and events, please visit ribambelle.ae


Best of the Rest – Family Restaurants Dubai

Dubai truly is an incredibly family-friendly city, and unless you’re looking for ultra-fine dining and nightclubs, you’ll find a family-friendly restaurant everywhere you turn.

We’ve summarised here our current top 10 picks, but depending on where in the city you’re based, you may also want to try:

Dubai Marina/JBR Area

Al Quoz – Al Barsha Area

JLT/Greens

In the ‘burbs

Palm Jumeirah

Jumeirah and Beachfront

Downtown/Business Bay

If you’re looking for time with family and friends over a traditional carvery, you may also want to check out our guide to the best Sunday roast in Dubai.

So, whether you’re a Dubai resident or just vacationing, you’re sure to find something on this list best family restaurants in Dubai to suit every member of the family!


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