Manhattan Grill in Dubai: Awesome Place for Steak and a First Date!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Last night, my husband and I went to dinner with our friends from out-of-town who were staying at the Grand Hyatt near Wafi Mall. Since they were exhausted from a long days' worth of fun Dubai activities, we decided to dine at the Manhattan Grill, located on the second floor of the huge hotel.

This was the first time I've ever been to or even seen this hotel and let me tell you, it is MASSIVE!

Here are the specs:
  • It's a whopping 37 acres of land
  • 674 hotel rooms and suites
  • 186 residential apartments
  • 14 restaurants & Bars
  • Award-winning Ahasees Spa & Club
  • Indoor & outdoor swimming pools
  • Golf & Tennis courses
We decided to spend our evening at the Manhattan Grill since I had The Entertainer Coupons. The small restaurant was not as packed as I thought it would be and has a very romantic feel. It has a terrace but wasn't big enough to accommodate 12 people, so we opted to stay inside.
Where all the magic happens
Food Quality
We were given a complementary soup to start off the meal which was in a huge bowl but the portion was so ridiculously tiny that I finished it in 3 scoops! The steaks were cooked to perfection and the side orders were also heavenly. My Nebraska Bone Off Prime Rib Eye was the best I've ever had and I got some mashed potatoes and steamed veggies on the side. One of my friends ordered a steak well-done but got it quite bloody which was unfortunate.

Is this supposed to be an appetizer?!
Nom Nom Nom... Yummy Boneless Prime Rib Eye
If I had to rate the service out of 10, 10 being impeccable, Manhattan Grill would get a 9. We were seated promptly, the drinks, appetizers and food arrived within 30 minutes of ordering. If you lived in Dubai as long as I have, 30 minutes is nothing compared to other restaurants that take up to 1 hour to get the food out. The waiters were very hospitable and kept their calm as 12 hungry people were ordering.

I must admit the prices are the highest I've seen in a while. The starting price of the steaks was from 200 AED ($55) and upwards. The cheapest item on the menu was the fish, but who goes to a steak house to eat fish? The win was also expensive and we downed a few bottles. Even the side dishes were expensive: a small bowl of mashed potatoes was 20 AED ($5). If you are going there, make sure you get some extra cash with you.

Menu Items & Prices
All in all, it was a great meal with a great group of friends and I enjoyed every minute of it. The only thing I could complain about that it was empty and kind of dead, with only 3 tables other than ours. There was also no music or any kind of ambiance, which is OK by me as I hate going to places where I can't hear anyone talking.

Here are the details:

Open 7 days a week
Lunch: 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm to 11:30pm (until 12:00am on Thursdays and Fridays)
Closed for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays
24-hour valet service free of charge Smart casual attire
To reserve, call +971 4 317 2222 or visit

If you have any reviews or have visited this restaurant before, send us an email us at and tell us what you think.


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