Bait Al Wakeel

Price guide: Budget

Bastakiya, Dubai

Price guide: Budget

Bait Al Wakeel

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#11 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Bait Al Wakeel

Nestled in heart of old Dubai and overlooking the creek, this isn't to be missed.

There are many waterside restaurants across Dubai, many serving fantastic food. But the majority are part of hotel resorts and generally rather pricey. For something a bit different and away from the usual Dubai-style glitz and glamour, head to Bait Al Wakeel. Hidden down an alley amid the lively mayhem of the textile souk and built on a platform overlooking the Dubai Creek, this is a great spot to watch the traditional abra taxis cross the water and the large wooden dhow boats sail up and down. 

Food and drink: 

It's a mix of Arabic and seafood here, with excellent lamb kebabs, grilled calamari and lemon-tinged salad. It might not be served with the same pomp and pizazz as other Dubai eateries, but the quality is good and the setting sublime.  

Recommended dishes: 

Try the classic Lebanese shish tawouk, a chicken kebab you're unlikely to forget in a hurry (especially if you liberally apply the intense garlic dip).

Ambience: 

It's extremely informal at Bait Al Wakeel, with the merry sound of eating and chatting accompanied by the parps of the Creek traffic. It's very popular with tourists, or expats with visiting relatives.  

Service: 

While far from five star, there's little room for complaint. You might have to ask again for the bill, but that's about it.  

Location: 

This is Bait Al Wakeel's unique selling point. It's sat on a wooden ledge over the Dubai Creek in the 'old' Bastakiya part of town. It's not the easiest to find first time. You'll need to head into the vibrant textile souk and take a little alleyway towards the creek. If lost, just ask one of the various textile or bric-a-brac salesmen.  

Price advice: 

It's inexpensive here. A meal for two should cost around 100 dirhams. Unfortunately, it doesn't serve alcohol (it would be the perfect spot for a bottle of wine).  

More information on Bait Al Wakeel:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Middle Eastern, Seafood
Address:
Bastakiya, Dubai
Telephone:
04 353 0530
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily noon-11.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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