The 10 Best Saturday Afternoon Brunches in Dubai 2023

We've collected the latest scores from the major review aggregators, for every Brunch venue in Dubai and used them to determine the Best Saturday Afternoon Brunches in Dubai.

The overall rating for each restaurant is determined by an algorithm which considers a variety of factors in order to give as balanced a result as possible. If you would like to read more about how it works our methodology is explained below.

Without further ado, here are Best Saturday Afternoon Brunches in Dubai:

1
Saturday Brunch at Brass Monkey
AED 350 House beverages
Bluewaters Retail District, Bluewaters Island
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
Over 21s only
Verified 29th Jun 2023
5.0
836 reviews
4.3
1,949 reviews
2
Saturday BBQ Brunch at Urban Bar & Kitchen (UBK)
AED 399 House beverages
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
All ages welcome
Has terrace
Verified 29th Jun 2023
5.0
1,849 reviews
4.2
1,130 reviews
3
Saturday Brunch at The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill
AED 440 House beverages
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Saturday afternoon, 12:00 - 16:00
Not suitable for children
Has terrace
Verified 29th Jun 2023
4.5
639 reviews
4.6
1,349 reviews
4
The Rite of Siam at Pai Thai
AED 395 House beverages
Jumeirah Al Qasr, Al Sufouh
Saturday afternoon, 12:30 - 15:30
All ages welcome
Has terrace
Verified 10th Jun 2023
4.5
3,104 reviews
4.5
1,208 reviews
5
The Cure at McGettigan’s JLT
AED 123 House beverages
Voco Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
Saturday afternoon, 10:00 - 15:00
All ages welcome
Has terrace
Verified 29th Jun 2023
4.0
947 reviews
4.2
3,336 reviews
6
Nomad Brunch at Soul St
AED 349 House beverages
FIVE Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC)
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
All ages welcome
Has terrace
Verified 8th Jun 2023
5.0
1,286 reviews
4.7
1,273 reviews
7
Saturday Saffron Brunch 2.0 at Saffron
AED 495 House beverages
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
Over 21s only
Has terrace
Verified 16th Jul 2023
4.5
4,586 reviews
4.4
2,154 reviews
8
Naughty Noodles Brunch at Maiden Shanghai
AED 450 House beverages
FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
Over 21s only
Has terrace
Verified 8th Jun 2023
5.0
2,053 reviews
4.6
766 reviews
9
Saturday Sky Brunch at Al Dawaar
AED 369 House beverages
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira
Saturday afternoon, 12:30 - 16:00
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Verified 24th May 2023
5.0
3,336 reviews
4.5
1,855 reviews
10
Secret Jungle Brunch at Mama Zonia
AED 425 House beverages
Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 17:00
Not suitable for children
Has terrace
Verified 29th Jun 2023
5.0
1,549 reviews
4.3
782 reviews

The Runners-up

There were so many in this category that we had to include a few that didn't quite make this main list, but still remain strong contenders.

Brunch 105 at La Cantine du Faubourg
AED 485
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road
Saturday afternoon, 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday Tiki Hula Hula Brunch at Trader Vic's Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
AED 450
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
Afternoon Feast Brunch at Prime68
AED 495
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday Taste of Thai Experience at Thiptara
AED 450
The Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai
Saturday afternoon, 12:30 - 16:00
Rio Brazilian Saturday Brunch at Fogo de Chão
AED 499
Central Park Towers DIFC, DIFC
Saturday afternoon, 12:00 - 16:00
Signature Saturday brunch at Roberto's
AED 495
Gate Village 1, DIFC
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00
Mexican Brunch at Puerto99
AED 390
Bluewaters Retail District, Bluewaters Island
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 17:00
Notting Hill Carnival Brunch at The London Project
AED 450
Bluewaters Retail District, Bluewaters Island
Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 16:00

Methodology

Background

Here at BrunchBrunch HQ we've been pondering the question of how to assign ratings to Brunches in order to be able to show our audience the best Brunches in Dubai.

The obvious answer would be to go and visit them all, and give them a rating. This idea, however, falls apart completely when you look at the sheer quantity of Brunches that are now running in Dubai. Over 300 and counting. We would have to attend at least two Brunches per week, every week, for three years!

Not feasible.

Other best-of lists

There are many best Brunch lists out there, from small blogs to major publications, but there's rarely any objective methodology behind the rating system. The reality is they are usually sponsored articles, and while having a large marketing budget sometimes correlates with restaurant quality, it is not reliable.

We wanted to produce a best Brunch list that is objective, reliable and fair; at least as fair as possible given the limitations. We wanted the customer reviews to speak loudest, and allow smaller hidden gems to rank alongside the big-budget brand restaurants.

Let the computer do the work

We racked our brains and decided the fairest way to rank Brunches would be to develop an algorithm that takes into consideration the customer review scores from the most widely-used and trusted (or the least untrusted, to put it more accurately).

Given that a Brunch is a weekly event hosted by a restaurant, we're using the restaurant's rating as a proxy for its Brunch offering. Whilst there are some Brunch-specific reviews, there are simply not enough of them to be of use when comparing hundreds of restaurants.

Source data

We settled upon TripAdvisor as being one of the most reliable, given that they have a fairly good anti-fraud system to help moderate the reviews. The second most widely-used review platform is Google reviews. They are becoming more ubiquitous, as nearly everyone has a Google account nowadays, and the sheer quantity helps to mask any spam. None of these systems are perfect, but to the best of our knowledge, they are the best there is out there.

In additional to the review sites, we take into consideration the local magazines that are renowned for their restaurant reviews, notably Timeout. Timeout has a 3- to 5-star rating system, and their team reviews many of the restaurants that host Brunches in Dubai.

WhatsOn magazine was also a strong contender as they publish fairly in-depth reviews, however the algorithm said 'no,' as they do not generate an overall score for their reviews.

Methodology

We'll spare you the maths, but in simple terms we take the average review scores from the above institutions, and weight the score based on the number of reviews. A restaurant with a high number of reviews has a 'stronger' score, as far as our algorithm is concerned. Restaurants with a moderate number of reviews would have a slightly weaker average score, and restaurants with very few reviews are ignored entirely.

We give a stronger weighting towards the TripAdvisor rating as they are a dedicated review site and make use of fraud detection technology, which helps increase the trustworthiness of their overall rating. Finally, restaurants with a 5-star Timeout rating get a slight boost. It is important to note that a restaurant is not penalised in any way for not having a magazine review.

Caveats

Our system has a slight bias towards restaurants that have been open for a long time, as it takes time for new restaurants to accumulate sufficient reviews. Rest assured that we regularly update the scores, and we do so more frequently for new restaurants.

If there is a Dubai Brunch that is not on this list and you think it should be, we recommend going and leaving a great review on TripAdvisor or Google, and tell your friends!

If you have any suggestions for how we can improve this list further then we'd love to hear them. You may reach us using the contact link below.