Best Family Restaurants In Dubai - A List Of Themed Restaurants

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Dubai is a dining haven, dishing out cuisines from all around the globe in settings that range from quaint hole-in-the-wall cafes to lavish gourmet restaurants (some of which have made their way to the city’s very first Michelin guide lately). While there are several places where you can take your children along for a nice family meal, some restaurants that go the extra mile to create a space where kids feel truly welcome. Here are some of the best restaurants.

1. Mondoux

Mondoux Dubai

Liven up your day and enjoy every moment. Mondoux offers you modern and experiential gastronomy. Spoil your taste buds with tasty meals and drinks prepared daily with fresh ingredients. Relax with a cup of fragrant coffee, tea or hot chocolate or recharge your energy with a fresh lemonade or smoothie. Meet with friends and enjoy a glass of delicious wine or a cocktail, enjoy pleasant moments with delicious and healthy meals, which we can also prepare for vegetarians and vegans. Sweeten your life with delicious unprocessed desserts, cakes, pancakes and other incredible delicacies. Mondoux. All you eat is love.

There is a dedicated kids’ corner where the little ones can enjoy themselves while the adults are tucking into a meal, and Mondoux also hosts the Sweeties Culinary School for Kids to hone the skills of budding young chefs.

2. Luigia Dubai

Luigia Dubai

With its refined mix of reds and greys complemented by wood floors and shelving, creates an elegant space for enjoying family-style Italian dining. The restaurant, which is a tribute to the comfort cooking of Italian nonnas (grandmothers), features a long list of pizza and pasta dishes as well as a selection of appetizers known as sfizi fritti (literally ‘fried cravings’) and a solid wine list.

Luigia believed that good food has a way of bringing families together and that anytime people gather, family history is made. 

Our restaurant is inspired by the passion, love and attention to detail that our grandmothers put into their cooking to make family gatherings memorable. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, an intimate family dinner or a grand reception, know that Luigia will serve you flawlessly, hosting your party like it is our own celebration, just how Luigia would do. Because once you are at Luigia, you are part of our family too. 

This is how we honor our legacy and stay true to our Italian roots.

3. Baker's Kitchen

Baker's Kitchen

Run by German duo Sven Mostegi (the baker) and Heike Vogt (the chef), this charming Marina eatery aims to offer clean, healthy food that doesn’t compromise on taste. There is a large variety of vegan and vegetable-focused options, and various dietary preferences are accounted for. The menu also features a helpful nutrition breakdown with the description of each dish – from breakfast plates to sandwiches and intriguing fusion dishes.

There is a kid’s play area on one side of the restaurant that is a little adventure zone – it has a wood jungle gym, a slide, play mats and soft toys. Combined with the peaceful waterfront setting, it’s a great spot for a weekend brunch with the family.

4. Masha And The Bear

Masha And The Bear Restaurant Dubai

This quirky themed restaurant on The Walk in JBR has become a popular spot for birthday parties. It is named after a well-known East European animated show and models its décor after it as well. The restaurant is primarily designed to cater to children, with a multilevel play area, lots of soft toys and play items, plus regular meet and greet sessions with character mascots and cooking classes for children.

The food is a mix of European dishes, and there is a particular focus on Eastern European delicacies and staples.

5. Solo

Solo Dubai

An award-winning restaurant located in the Raffles Hotel, Solo is one of the best options for Italian cuisine. It features a modern take on some very classic dishes, highlighting regional specialties, and is known for its lavish Saturday brunch.

Children can enjoy the outdoor play area at Solo or watch a movie indoors. A bouncy castle is put up during brunch.

6. Phileas Fogg

Phileas Fogg

Located in the clubhouse of the Address Montgomerie at Emirates Hills, Phileas Fogg is named after the central character of the famous Jules Verne novel – Around the World in 80 Days. The décor drops you right into the 19th century, featuring booth with tan leather seating and wooden shelves packed with old-world curios such as transistor radios, rotary telephones, copper kettles, and more.

Inspired by Jules Verne’s novel ‘Around The World in 80 Days’, Phileas Fogg made a wager that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days or less. Fogg and his French servant Passepartout depart from London and travel onto many places including Suez, Bombay, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York and return to London on the 80th day. 

Every element of Phileas Foggs tells a unique part of his journey, from the wacky decor to the Worldly menu this venue is sure to transport you ‘Around the World’ but are you ready for the adventure?

7. The Scene

The Scene Dubai

For a true taste of home, The Scene by Simon Rimmer is the ultimate gastro pub experience in both Dubai Marina and Yas Island. A homegrown brand with a focus on proper British classic food, that is authentic, seasonal and nostalgic. Alongside daily specials and top deals on food and drinks, there’s something for everyone at the Middle East’s favourite British Restaurant.

The Scene is Dubai’s top choice for hearty pub grub and retro twists on British classics. The menu is an eclectic and thoughtful collection of foodie favourites, top British nosh and proper pub dishes.

8. Schoko Fabrik Cafe

Schoko Fabrik Cafe

Falling under the umbrella of the Schoko Group, who are also responsible for Masha and the Bear, this is another café concept that is geared primarily towards children. The quirky space on Bluewaters Island includes a three-level play area with a slide, ladders, and more, plus an activity space with drawing surfaces, building blocks and a play kitchen.

The menu offers a decent selection of option, with a large focus on breakfast and on sweet treats.