Restaurants

Top Choice Middle Eastern in Muscat

Kargeen Cafe

With a choice of open-air and majlis-style dining (on sedans in small rooms), this excellent restaurant has spilt into a courtyard of illuminated trees to create a thoroughly Arabian experience. Make sure you try Ka…
Top Choice Omani in Muscat

Bait al Luban

You know you're somewhere unique when the complementary water is infused with frankincense. This delightful restaurant, housed in a renovated khan (guesthouse) that was built 140 years ago and which used to charge b…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Nizwa

Al Mandi Al Dhahabi

A popular venue with Western expats and visitors, this friendly restaurant serves standard Middle Eastern fare despite its billing as a specialist in Omani and Zanzibari food. That said the mandi (rice and meat) dis…
Omani in Nizwa

Bin Ateeq Restaurant

Part of a small chain of Omani-style restaurants, this is one of the few places where you have the opportunity to sample genuine local dishes. It is just a pity that the restaurant hasn’t risen to the challenge of i…
Omani in Muscat

Fastfood ‘n’ Juice Centre

East of the main entrance to Mutrah Souq on Mutrah Corniche, this thoroughly typical local-style restaurant with tables on the pavement is an ideal place to people-watch over a shwarma and a chi libton (tea-bag tea …
Omani in Muscat

Ubhar

This Omani restaurant (with seating at tables rather than on the floor) offers an avante-garde menu. Camel features among other traditional meats. Leave room for dessert – the frankincense ice cream and halwa pastri…
Omani in Nizwa

Al Duhli Restaurant

This simple venue with seating on the pavement has one of the best night-time views in Oman. Situated opposite the souq, the cafe overlooks the fort and mosque, both of which are lit up spectacularly at night. It se…
Omani in Sur

Zaki Restaurant

Located next to the Oman Oil petrol station, this popular local chain serves the best rotisserie chickens in town, complete with Arabic bread, chopped salad and tasty dhal. If the roadside location doesn’t appeal, t…
Middle Eastern in Muscat

Al Boom & Dolphin Bar

This intimate, licensed restaurant, with large windows and a terrace overlooking the harbour, is a good place to get a feel of Muscat’s age-old relationship with the sea. A few marine favourites find their way on to…
Middle Eastern in Muscat

Cafe Chef A

This delightful, light-spangled addition to Mutrah's streetside restaurants offers cosy indoor dining on sedans under Turkish lanterns, or trestle tables alongside Mutrah's promenade. Try the date milkshake or opt f…