Loca

Price guide: Budget

Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai

Price guide: Budget

Loca

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#31 of 40
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Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
4.1
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Nightlife, No fuss

Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Loca

A lively Mexican restaurant serving Dubai's best selection of international beers.

If you find yourself in Jumeirah one evening and fancy a pint or two without much fuss, you won't find a much better spot than Loca, the supposedly-Mexican-themed-but-nobody-really-notices bar/restaurant just left of the entrance to the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and my local. Aside from perhaps the city's best menu of international ales (and that's including Old Speckled Hen) they do a reasonable burrito too to soak it up afterwards.  

Food and drink: 

It's pretty much all Mexican here, from beefy (or chickeny, it's up to you) burritos, to sizzling ribs to made-at-your-table guacamole. For the cost, it's pretty good quality. Drinks-wise, you've got an excellent selection of ales from all over the world (except, naturally, the Middle East).  

Recommended dishes: 

I particularly like the ribs, mainly because after 7pm on Monday's you can get a sizzling plate of them, plus a pint, for only 70 dirhams.  

Ambience: 

It's very casual in here and can get quite rowdy at weekends (Thursday and Friday evenings). Don't worry about dress code - I've wandered in wearing flip flops and swimshorts (the public beach is just next door) without any fuss.  

Service: 

Usually fine, but the bar can get a bit crowded at the weekends.  

Location: 

Loca is sat just to the left of the Dubai Marine Beach Resort, the ageing but bar-packed resort in Jumeirah just over the road from the Jumeirah Mosque and The Lime Tree Cafe.

Price advice: 

Most dishes cost between 40 and 80 dirhams. There's a decent Friday brunch from midday-4pm, which serves four courses, plus unlimited drinks for 255 dirhams.  

More information on Loca:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Mexican
Address:
Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily noon-3am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Loca? Would you recommended it?