IN THE NEWS

“In the three years since it opened, The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill has become one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai. This week the owners of the brasserie have announced a second opening: The Maine Street Eatery.”

- The National

 

“Restaurant Team of the Year 2018”

- Caterer Awards

 

“Highly Commended Best Seafood 2018”

- Time Out Dubai

 

“Best Seafood Highly Commended 2017”

- Time Out Dubai

 

“Winner of Best Seafood Restaurant, 2016”

- BBC Good Food Awards

 

“The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill, is one of the most ambitious projects in the area, and it’s already making Dubai’s diners sit up and take notice.”

- What’s On

 

“Independent Restaurant Team of the Year 2018”

- Caterer Awards

 

“The big-ticket feature of the space is the terrace, which, during my visit, was draped with strings of fairy lights, creating a charming environment perfect for unwinding after a long day at work or for celebrating a special occasion.”

- Savoir Flair

 

“All in all, expect wholesome, honest food, great service and a hip vibe. The Maine’s formula for a great dining experience is spot on - I see this fast becoming a city favourite.”

- BBC Good Food

 

“Hipster central - chefs and barmen with Shoreditch beards and tattoos, seaside stripes and checks, wood panelling, glam chandeliers and specials chalked up on a blackboard - collectively easily embodying 'shabby chic'.”

- Ahlan Magazine

 

“A big thumbs up. Maine is an unpretentious, gimmick-free restaurant with great food at affordable prices. Time to make molluscs Monday’s, Tilapia Thursday’s and seafood Saturday’s part of my new routine.”

- The National

 

“Everyone's Talking about The MAINE”

- Edgar Daily

 

“A cracking bar”

- Time Out Dubai

 

“Top Ladies Night in Dubai!”

- Shortlist

“Joey Ghazal, RestauraNteur of the Year 2018”

- Caterer Awards

 

“Best Restaurant & Bar, 2017 ”

- Time Out Awards

 

“Winner of Best Newcomer, 2016”

- What’s On Awards

 

“The Maine is one of the city’s (and our) favourite hangouts for top seafood, lively ladies’ nights and a brilliant Friday brunch.”

- What’s On

 

“The entrance to the city’s hottest spot for oysters and people-watching is hidden beneath the loading docks of the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Dubai Marina. The classy seafood restaurant features marble tabletops, green antique banker lamps, and an exposed brick wall inside, but try to grab a seat on the outdoor terrace for views of the Arabian Gulf and the not-yet-completed Dubai Eye ferris wheel.”

- 3o Best Restaurants in Dubai, CNTraveler.com

 

“50 Best Restaurants in the Middle East 2019”

- Esquire ME

 

“The MAINE Man: Joey Ghazal is changing Dubai’s Dining Scene with premium casual concepts in unexpected spaces. There aren’t that many owner-operators who are designing their own restaurants, working the floor and getting involved in everything from the menu to graphic design and social media. Joey Ghazal is one of the few and he’s carving out a space in a sector he pioneered in Dubai”

- Caterer Magazine

 

“Walk through the doors and you find yourself in the midst of a chic, vibrant, unpretentious venue that ups your cool factor just by being there.”

- The National

 

“In terms of the design, the vibe, and the food, the Maine is a hidden pearl on JBR. It tackles a lot but does so very well – this place is definitely worth ‘shelling’ out for.”

- What’s On Dubai

 

“The Beachside haunt for hipsters with as much meat as fish on the menu.”

- Ahlan Magazine

 

“There’s a theatrical flair to the dining experience, perhaps a nod to Ghazal’s time spent in London studying acting, and working as a waiter on the side.”

- Vogue Arabia Man

 

“A Big Thumbs Up!”

- The National

 

“Every Hand's A Winner”

- Debonair Magazine

“Best North American & Caribbean Highly Commended 2018”

- Time Out Dubai

 

“Favorite Seafood Restaurant 2017”

- What’s On Awards

 

“Dubai’s Best New Restaurant”

- Thehuntr.com

 

“We can’t recommend the food enough – after all The MAINE did pick up a Highly Commended gong in the seafood category at our Restaurant Awards this year. Oysters are, of course, the order of the day, but the lobster roll is top notch, too.”

- 3o Best Restaurants in Dubai, CNTraveler.com

 

“The MAINE attracts an eclectic crowd of young urbanites who enjoy downing fresh oysters and good old-fashioned cocktails. The post-industrial design aesthetic with a laid-back New England feel is artistically displayed by the black and white tiled flooring, marble table tops, delicate mother-of-pearl chandeliers, and a relaxed outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy chilled background tunes. A great venue to come with the family or chillout with friends.”

- Eat App

 

“Top 30 Restaurants in Dubai”

- CN Traveler

 

“A delicious night out”

- OK Magazine

 

“MAINE is a stylish seafood restaurant, tucked away in the loading bay of the Doubletree by Hilton in JBR. It’s a bright, modern space and ticks all the hipster boxes – craft hops, waiters with braces and facial hair, and, most importantly, good food.”

- TIME OUT Dubai

 

“Maine is extremely popular with the ladies, and that was proven by me being one of the only men in the restaurant. No wonder the manager walks around with a big smile on his face. I too, know what it feels like to be able to comp a bottle of champagne to a table of pretty ladies! Not all heroes wear capes; some also bring bubbles.”

- Food Sheikh

 

“Shucks Gee Golly, Mister”

- Esquire ME

 

“New England Sophistication”

- Insideout Magazine

 

“The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill, is one of the most ambitious projects in the area, and it’s already making Dubai’s diners sit up and take notice.”

- What’s On Dubai