Top Choice Turkish in Jeddah


With appealing decor and a comfortable atmosphere, Yildizar is a local institution serving a splendid mix of Turkish and Lebanese food. Dishes range from grilled quail and boneless pigeon to caviar, fabulous fish di…
Seafood in Jeddah

Green Island

Spread across the water in the form of little chalets on stilts – complete with glass floor panels that reveal the fish below – Green Island is a little worn around the edges but remains the place to come if you’re …
Middle Eastern in Jeddah

Reem Al Bawadi

In the heart of North Jeddah, opposite King Faisal Hospital, this two-level Lebanese eatery with outdoor dining offers a sweets counter on the ground floor and family dining upstairs. Appetisers start at about SR15,…
Seafood in Yanbu

Seafood Time

This out-of-the-way establishment is Yanbu’s best-kept secret. Family dining is on the 2nd floor. The decor is simple, but the dishes are some of the best in town. Try a half-kilo of barbecued shrimp, fresh chicken,…
Turkish in Jeddah


The decor is contemporary, if a bit cold, but the food provides a taste of authentic Turkey – it's no wonder that the restaurant draws many Turkish expats. The Tarsus kebab is a local favourite, while the lamb shish…
Cafe in Jeddah

Green Island Café

Owned by the same people as the classy Green Island restaurant, this is a splendid spot for a sunset cocktail or morning coffee and cake. Open to both men and women, this is one of Jeddah’s best-kept secrets. The ou…
Indian in Taif

Mirage Indian Restaurant

Although light on atmosphere, with small touches of Indian decor, the Mirage offers an excellent biryani rice dish cooked with saffron and accompanied by marinated chicken or lamb. A traditional treat for the timid …
Turkish in Yanbu

Iskenderun Restaurant

Canary coloured, cheap and cheerful, this is Yanbu’s favourite eating establishment. Try the speciality: the shwarma skandar, served with a secret sauce (SR20). Mixed grills, Turkish pizza, barbecued hamoor fish and…
Middle Eastern in Taif

As Shafa

Off Shubra St, behind the Saudia office, As Shafa serves delicious Saudi/Turkmenistan dishes, including manti (like ravioli; two pieces SR2) at unbeatable prices. It’s much admired locally, but there's no family sea…
Middle Eastern in Jeddah

Al Nakheel Restaurant

Styled like a traditional tent (with open sides to let in the sea breezes), this is the place to come for a taste of Jeddah. It’s wildly popular. The food is good, with seafood a speciality.