16 November 2018Last updated

Dine out

Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas

If, like us, time has got the better of you and you still haven’t planned where to go for the love-ly night, take a look through our top selection of the best choices out there

10 Feb 2016 | 03:29 pm
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Tesoro, Taj Dubai

Chef Julio weaves some Latin magic into the special evening with a carefully prepared 5-course tasting menu to be enjoyed with a gorgeous view of the Burj Khalifa. The dinner includes a glass of fine bubbles and can be enjoyed on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Price: Dh400 per person

04 4383100

Plaj, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai

Savour a romantic BBQ by the beach in Plaj this valentines and sit back and enjoy the marvellous sea views whilst a selection of starters, mains and deserts are prepared as fresh as can be.

Price: Dh250 per person (food only) or Dh295 per person (includes a glass of sparkling grapes)

04 453 0444


BookMunch, Wasl Square, Dubai

BookMunch is offering two very different nights, one for those who are searching for love and those who aren’t! For those on the search, the café will be hosting a Speed Plating night; similar to speed dating but based on food. The ladies fill a Munchbox with canapes and mini-bites laid out by BookMunch and afterwards, the gentlemen choose the box they’d like to try the most and then share it with the woman who prepared it!

Alternatively, you can host a girl’s night in and order bespoke sugar cookies made for you by BookMunch, in the shape of frogs and hearts (following the phrase “You need to kiss many frogs before finding your prince!”). Gather the girls and have a night full of laughs!

Price: Dh140 for a ticket to Speed Plating & Dh15 per cookie.

04 388 4006


Pierchic, Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

The romantic over-the-water restaurant is hosting the dinner for the romantics of Dubai. Head Chef Rosalind Parsk’s five course set menu has been specially designed for the occasion and includes signature dishes, all complemented by a vintage grape pairing chosen by Pierchic’s sommelier. This menu is available on the 14 February from 6.30pm-11.30pm. For a chic but less formal occasion, couples can head to the Pierchic bar for captivating views of the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab and enjoy a bottle of bubbles, served with four complimentary oysters to share.

Price: Valentine’s Day Menu: Dh2,500 per couple or Dh1,800 for the non-alcoholic package.

Pink O’Clock at the Pierchic Bar: Dh650 per couple plus special Valentine’s Day cocktails for Dh65

04 366 6705

Novikov, Sheraton Grand, Dubai

Turn up the romance at Novikov, with a specially prepared menu by Chef Shane MacNeill, including some aphrodisiacs to keep the romance levels up. Couples dining on the eclectic menu are invited to indulge over a bottle of fine bubbles.

Price: Dh1,950 per couple

04 388 8744

Level 43

Level 43, Fourpoints Sheraton, Dubai

Enjoy a gourmet three-course menu concocted especially for the day by Chef Lesti Hastuti, with the panoramic views of Dubai at Level 43. Once you have made your way through the three courses, get yourself ready for the Salsa dance class with professional teachers. Once you’ve learnt the basics, you’re ready to dance the night away on the rooftops!

Price: Dh600 per couple

04 3169726

Aqua, JW Marriot Marquis, Dubai

Dine al fresco beneath the stars on Aqua’s pool terrace, with tranquil surroundings to make the night just about you. Enjoy the five-courses in the candle-lit setting, and savor the bottle of bubbles provided with the table. Book soon as there are a limited amount of tables available.

Price: Dh1200 per couple

04 414 0000

Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza JBR, Dubai

Be transported back to the 1920s in Speakeasy, with a special three-course set menu paired with celebration drinks, all designed to let you have a delightful evening like we were back in a simpler time. A special Valentine’s Day cocktail can also be chosen from an exclusive menu at a special price.

Price: Dh199 per couple (food only) or Dh299 per couple (with a bottle of sparkling grape). Only available Saturday 13th February and Sunday 14th February.

04 4398888


Cipriani, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Celebrate the bright side of love surrounded by a sea of candles. Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day set menu while listening to the romantic sounds of the world-famous harpist – just sit back and enjoy the company you are in.

Price: Dh370 per person for the four-course menu.

02 6575400

Loca, Souk Al Bahar & Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai

For those who aren’t into the romantic side of Valentine’s Day, worry not; Loca is holding an ‘Alternative Valentines’ featuring an all night long happy hour and live football! Don’t miss out on their February food specials, the Mariscada Platter and the Loca Rib-Eye – as well as their usual menu.

Prices: Varying

04 3461111 – Dubai Marine; 04 4494455 – Souk Al Bahar

Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Featuring the most intimate, authentic and romantic ambience reminiscent of the Paris, the city of love, follow the chef as he takes you on a heartfelt journey of French culinary highlights designed to make you see la vie en rose.

Prices: A la Carte

04 5511576

Pronto, Fairmont Dubai, Dubai

Pronto presents ‘Romance in a Box’ – a ready-made, professionally prepared three-course menu for two for you to take home and enjoy. The box includes instructions on how to heat the food properly and present it to impress, as well as red rose petals, candles and 20% discount voucher for a bottle of French bubbly courtesy of African & Eastern.

Price: Dh599 – orders must be made 48 hours in advance and Dh170 extra for delivery.

04 3325555

Arabian night

Arabian Nights Village, Al Khatim, near Abu Dhabi

Swap the gourmet restaurants for a day (or night) in the desert at Arabian Nights Village heritage resort. Once at the village, guests can try camel riding or go dune bashing, after which they can enjoy ‘Bubbles on the Dunes’ at sunset. Once the sun has gone down, guests can enjoy an international buffet dinner with a bottle of grape, while watching the belly dancer and the Oud player before heading home. For those staying overnight, stay in a ‘heritage’ style home with a private terrace and double bed, as well as access to the swimming pool. After dinner, the couple can toast marshmallows over the fire before retiring for the night; with breakfast the next morning and activities before departure.

Price: Day package: Dh700 for two, Dreamy Desert Nights Package Dh2,600 for two. (includes coach transfers to & from Abu Dhabi, food, drinks and entertainment)

02 6769990


Al Bahou, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai

For those couples out there with little ones and no baby sitters, celebrate early at Brunch, with Love. Offering live cooking stations serving up food from around the world, as well as a room dedicated to desserts, this will truly be a sweet affair. Including a range of interactive entertainment, settle the kids down in the movie theatre for a few quiet moments alone – there is also a bouncy castle and a face painter to keep the little ones entertained. 12th February.

Price: Starts at Dh295 per person (soft drinks), children between the ages of 7 and 12 for Dh145 and children under 6 diner free.

04 4445613

Valentines Hotel Stay Packages, The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi

For a romantic getaway, stay in a luxurious one-bedroom villa in serene surroundings. The package includes check-in at the exclusive villa chalet, early check-in and late check-out, day use of a private beach or pool cabana with a choice of Dolce e Gusto or Romantica packages, a buffet breakfast for two in Giornette, romantic room décor, personal butler services and a platter of strawberries dipped in chocolate upon arrival.

Price: Dh2,750++ per room per night based on double occupancy

02 818 8888

Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates

For something a bit closer to home, you can experience a romantic staycation for two. The package includes the room, decorated with petals, as well as buffet breakfast and a complimentary box of chocolates.

Price: Dh1,439++ per room per night (only from 10th-16th February)

04 341 0000