Vapiano Restaurant in Dubai Review

The Ambiance and General Experience at Vapiano Restaurant Media City 

I went to Vapiano Dubai for a quick lunch on a breezy Friday afternoon in March in Dubai’s Media City. This Italian-themed restaurant is known for its relaxed atmosphere and fresh homemade pasta, pizzas, and salads.

At the reception counter, I was handed a plastic card that would be used to load and charge my order. I had not encountered such a payment system until then, and I was curious about its benefits. Perhaps if you went in a large group, you could get your individual cards to simplify splitting bills at the end of your meals. As a solo customer, however, you would find it rather inconvenient, as you have to be mindful of not losing the card since losing it would incur a fee of 150 Dhs. The restaurant prides itself on offering a relaxed and laid-back dining experience but having to worry about losing a plastic card while eating adds unnecessary stress.

Anyway, after ordering, I took a table inside the restaurant but later changed my mind and sat outside on the patio because the weather was pleasant, albeit a little sunny. I asked a staff member to open an umbrella over my table, and they gladly did so.

Outdoor patio at Vapiano Dubai

Food Quality at Vapiano Restaurant Media City 

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Fresh homemade calzone at Vapiano Dubai

My freshly made Calzone was served to me after only 10-12 minutes of waiting. I did not know what to expect as I had never had a calzone before. It was a folded pizza stuffed with meat, sauce, and mozzarella. Its shape reminded me of Gujiya, a sweet Indian pastry. The bread’s outer layer was slightly crunchy, which I enjoyed. The filling was also good, but the flavors were a little too subtle for my taste. I wished the filling was more flavorful even though I appreciated its simplicity and freshness. The pizza was big enough to feed two light eaters.

My verdict for Vapiano Restaurant Media City 

After finishing my meal, I went back to the reception area to return the plastic card and pay for my Calzone, which cost 60 Dhs. Was it worth it? I think I have had better pizzas at a lower price. I liked the ambiance, so I might return to try out their pasta dishes next time. 

My Rating



  1. Do Vapiano restaurants in Dubai serve alcohol? – No, it does not.
  2. Can you smoke or vape at Vapiano restaurants in Dubai? – I went to the Media City outlet; they have an outdoor patio where you can smoke or vape. 

Have you been to Vapiano? Let me know your experience in the comments section below.

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