Oman Restaurants

Traditional Omani food is a marriage of rustic Bedouin dishes of rice, meat, and preserved fish, plus the plentiful, sweet dates that grow abundantly in the country, all infused with the diverse flavors of the spice route. The East African island of Zanzibar, as well as port cities in Persia and South Asia were once part of the Sultanate, and local versions of foods like biryani, pulao, and coconut-enriched vegetables have become part of the Omani canon of dishes. Great examples of local cuisine can be sampled at restaurants in Muscat, along with a wide offering of international options, from sushi to American fast food. In the capital and other coastal cities, like Sohar, Sur, and Salalah, fantastic fresh fish, prawns, crab, and giant squid called cuttlefish, are on offer even at humble restaurants. Options in the mountains and deserts of the interior are more limited, though simple sandwich shops, restaurants serving Yemeni-style mandi (a dish of rice and tandoori-cooked meat), tea shops offering Omani bread with various fillings, and casual Indian restaurants can be found almost everywhere.

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  • 1. Al Mandoos

    $$$ | Middle Eastern

    Celebrity chef Issa al Lamki opened Al Mandoos, and though it has since changed ownership, the food still bears his elegant touch, with authentic...Read More

  • 2. Kargeen Caffe

    $$$ | Middle Eastern

    Tucked away behind a strip mall in the posh Madinat Sultan Qaboos neighborhood, this popular restaurant is a tranquil place to spend the evening...Read More

  • 3. Seeb Mishkak Grillers

    $ | Barbecue

    North of Muscat, just in front of the Seeb souk, each evening a row of cement grill stations open and the air fills with the scent of charring...Read More

  • 4. Tea House

    $ | Al Khuwair | Café

    Cars queue in front of this little café from morning (opening time is 8 am) until closing (around midnight). Honking horns draw over waiters...Read More

  • 5. The Beach Restaurant at Chedi Muscat

    $$$$ | International

    The most notable of the sophisticated dining venues in the Chedi hotel is the aptly named Beach Restaurant, which is built on Atheiba Beach...Read More

  • 6. Turkish House Restaurant

    $$ | Al Khuwair | Seafood

    Run by a former fisherman who personally selects the restaurant's fresh seafood selections from the Mutrah market each morning, this is the...Read More

  • 7. Zanzibar Island Restaurant

    $ | African

    The East African island of Zanzibar was part of the Sultanate of Oman up until 1965, when many, like the owner of this casual eatery, returned...Read More

  • 8. Al Angham

    $$$$ | Shatti Qurm | Middle Eastern

    Al Angham impresses with opulence, both in its design and on your plate. The high-ceilinged dining room is adorned with intricately carved wooden...Read More

  • 9. Al Mandi Al Dhahabi

    $ | African

    Just across the main road from the Nizwa Souq, this restaurant serves wonderful Zanzibari dishes like coconut curried shrimp, fried chili and...Read More

  • 10. Al Mas

    $$ | Indian

    The bare-bones restaurant in the Bowshar International Hotel doesn't look like much, but the biryani (basmati rice layered with masala spices...Read More

  • 11. Althoq Turkish Restaurant

    $ | Turkish

    This is the only restaurant in Bahla, and you might be skeptical of this run-down-looking Turkish café, but the private family rooms inside...Read More

  • 12. Bait Al Luban

    $$ | Mutrah | Middle Eastern

    At the northern end of the Mutrah Corniche, the exquisitely designed "House of Frankincense" offers diners a taste of authentic Omani dishes...Read More

  • 13. Beach Pavilion Restaurant

    $$$$ | International

    The secluded seaside restaurant at the exclusive Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton, which is about ½ hour from central Muscat, is one of the most...Read More

  • 14. Begum's

    $ | Al Khuwair | Indian

    The small size of this relaxed North Indian eatery—it has only has a dozen tables—only partially accounts for it being perpetually jam-packed...Read More

  • 15. Bin Ateeq

    $ | Middle Eastern

    This well-known franchise serves Omani cuisine in a no-frills environments the traditional way: on large silver trays set down on the floor...Read More

  • 16. Bin Ateeq

    $ | Middle Eastern

    Traditional Omani restaurants are few and far between, and this one gives a rare introduction to the regional specialties in a traditional setting...Read More

  • 17. Cafe at Wadi Bani Khalid

    $$ | Middle Eastern

    This simple café is the only dining establishment for miles around, and it serves up good fresh juice and an inexpensive buffet lunch featuring...Read More

  • 18. Camilia Cafe

    $$ | Turkish

    Amid the towering buildings in the Central Banking District (CBD) in Ruwi, this Turkish standby is the best dining option in the entire area...Read More

  • 19. Eastern Pastry and Juice

    $ | Bakery

    The unassuming exterior of this shop gives you no sense of the fantastic, freshly-made baked goods made within. The stone-fired oven roars right...Read More

  • 20. Filafil Restaurant

    $ | Middle Eastern

    This ramshakle takeaway restaurant on a busy street in the business district of Ruwi is appropriately named, as it turns out the best falafels...Read More

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