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The Observatory

#165 of 8,888 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
The Marina
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Al Sufouh Rd | 52nd Level Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai 66662, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 319 4795
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12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

absolutely not impressed neither by the food (average and very few options when you eat vegetarian) nor the service (that i found cold - plus ordered some bread that never came). Prices are quite high given the quality of the place. i dont think i will renew the experience.

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Thank Helene L
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This located on top floor of Mariott Hotel and ya its known for the view and no doubt the view was amazing. You can see the curvature of Jumiera Palm from here. We went there during sunset and what a beautiful view we got. The service can be improved a bit. Also the menu is also very good and you... More 

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Thank foodiefork
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi foodiefork, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor. I am delighted to hear you have enjoyed the amazing view of The Palm Jumeirah during sunset and our selection of happy hour offers. We appreciate your valuable feedback in terms of service and bar food menu and we will be taking it into... More 

Belgium
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been there for a drink and it was pretty nice but if you don't get there early you won't get a table. Living in the neighborhood I'd rather go at the bar at the ground floor of the hotel than the observatory. Many smokers and the bar is not properly ventilated. If you get lucky the windows will be... More 

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Thank j01216
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi j01216, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor. We appreciate you getting back to us and it is feedback from guests like you that we will surely improve and excel. I am glad to know you have enjoyed the views of what The Observatory could offer. Thank you once again for your... More 

Stockport, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited this restaurant with our 2 young children (8 and 2) twice this week as we absolutely loved it! Great views from the top, extensive drinks / food menu for adults and children alike, wonderful service and really good value for money! I can suggest the Malay shrimp curry and the lobster....wonderful!!!

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Thank Happygirl313
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Happygirl313, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your fabulous experience here in Trip Advisor. I am delighted to learn you and your family has enjoyed our food and beverage varieties while gazing at the wonderful views of The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. We appreciate you have recommended dishes to our readers. We look forward having you... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an amazing dinner experienced together with my friend last night.. However the hostess I don't know what's her name but I think she needs to develop her self to be more approachable and use appropriate words most especially when she received a call kindly encouraged her to put smile whenever she received and talk while she is in... More 

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Thank rald88
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi rald88, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor. We appreciate your valuable feedback in terms of the hostess; rest assured that we will provide the necessary training to refresh our associates. I am delighted to know you had a lovely evening with us and have enjoyed our food and beverage variety. We... More 

newcastel
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for a happy hour drink, mainly for the amazing views of the Palm and Marina.Wasn't disappointed either...The cocktails and G&T's went down very nice whilst watching the sun set. Definitely recommended for early drinks.

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Thank miloNewcastel
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi miloNewcastel, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor! We are happy to hear you had an amazing time with our Happy Hour offers while enjoying the sun set views of The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. Thank you for recommending us to the readers. Come and visit us again in the near... More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the happy hour here, although price reduction isn't huge, it remains fair value for Dubai and view alone is worth a few drinks. Great for tourists and residents, I spend ages picking out the details like a real life google map. Entertainer vouchers can be used for the restaurant and drinks. Food above average. Book early for window seat!

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Thank Matthew P
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Matthew P, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor. It is great to know you have enjoyed our Happy Hour selection while mesmerize by the amazing view of The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. We do look forward welcoming you back. Best Regards, Christian Aoun Operations Manager More 

Level Contributor
54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been an unpleasant experience over a well planned dinner at the Observatory a remarkable restaurant where we enjoyed numerous special events over the past years and enjoyed the delicious food with the warm hospitality. But last night the reluctance of the staff as we asked four times to change table allowing a spectacular view to our special guest... More 

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MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Nada W, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor. My sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused during your recent visit and that we have fallen short from your expectations. In regards to the table arrangements, kindly be informed that we have a reservation first book basis. We do try our best to... More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mypartner and I spent an evening here recommended by our hotel. The views are amazing, just dont look down! lol The food was exceptional.

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Thank lianne y
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi lianne y, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor! We are delighted to learn you have enjoyed the food and views of The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. We look forward seeing you again! Best Regards, Christian Aoun Operations Manager More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Views are special - had pre dinner drinks after a boat trip in the Marina. Arrived around 7pm and easy to get a table view of the Palm. Good choice and service. Will try food next time. Nice spot for drinks if you are in the Marina

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Thank Pitmans4
MarriottHarbour, Operations Manager at The Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Pitmans4, Thank you for visiting The Observatory and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor! We are delighted to know you have enjoyed the views of The Palm Jumeirah and our drink offers. We look forward welcoming you back again! Best Regards, Christian Aoun Operations Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$60
Cuisine
Bar, International, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 01:00
Monday
12:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 01:00
Thursday
12:00 - 01:00
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Al Sufouh Rd | 52nd Level Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai 66662, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Marina
  • Neighbourhood: The Marina
  • Phone Number: +971 4 319 4795
Description
Located on the 52nd floor of our hotel, The Observatory offers magnificent 360-degree views across Dubai Marina. Stop by the restaurant and bar after work for a happy hour or indulge in a spectacular bubbly brunch buffet in Dubai.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Marina

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The Marina
It’s hard to believe that only a decade ago there was no marina. Opened in 2003, the man-made marina runs along a 3km stretch of shoreline. A heady mix of luxurious hotels, apartment buildings, and cafes, the marina hosts regular community events and markets, and is a wonderful place to while away an afternoon or evening. Spectacular at night when the skyscrapers glisten, here you can enjoy dinner on the beach next to the sea, or visit a high-rise bar in a hotel for a magnificent view across the Gulf and the man-made Palm Island, with the world-famous Atlantis Hotel at its end. The Walk at Jumeirah beach Residences is a pedestrianized stretch leading to a new development: The Beach. It’s one of the few places where Gulf nationals mix with tourists and Western ex-pats. It’s a popular place to show off your supercar for an evening, so watch out for Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and Ferraris in abundance.
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