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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Karak Shop

    $ | Fast Food

    This small shop offers the traditional Omani snack and breakfast foods: creamy sweet karak tea and crisp Omani bread stuffed with egg and cheese. ...Read More

  • 8. Karak Taste

    $ | Café

    On the new corniche, across from the Sur Beach Holiday Resort, this small takeaway karak shop makes delicious, paper-thin Omani bread stuffed...Read More

  • 9. Karak Time

    $ | Café

    This small takeaway tea shop at the base of Jabal Akhdar is a great place to stop for breakfast on your way back to Nizwa after a night camping...Read More

  • 10. Lulu Prepared Foods

    $ | Sandwiches

    One of the best dining options in the Dakhiliyah region is the massive Lulu Hypermarket in Nizwa. The prepared foods counter offers all manner...Read More

  • 11. Marlins

    $$$ | International

    Overlooking the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, this poolside restaurant offers a wide international selection of dishes, including a good BLT (with...Read More

  • 12. Mishkak Stand Qurum Beach

    $ | Shatti Qurm | Barbecue

    Each evening after the sun goes down, in a parking lot just past the Shati Street Roundabout, a grill stand appears serving up the popular Omani...Read More

  • 13. Mutrah Souk Snack Shops

    $ | Mutrah | Middle Eastern

    There are many small tea shops in and around the Mutrah souk offering fried Omanized Indian snacks like sambusa , small triangles stuffed with...Read More

  • 14. Old Turkish Restaurant

    $ | Al Khuwair | Turkish

    After midnight on the weekends, waiters rush huge platters of grilled meat, kebabs, french fries, and hummus, and glasses of fresh juice to...Read More

  • 15. Osan

    $ | Middle Eastern

    This simple restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy the traditional Yemeni dish called mandi , which consists of lamb or chicken set...Read More

  • 16. Shuwa Express

    $ | Shatti Qurm | Fast Food

    Shuwa (meat slathered in Omani spices and then slow-roasted in an underground pit overnight) is considered by many to be the most iconic of...Read More

  • 17. Spicy Village

    $$ | Indian

    A well-known Indian chain in Oman with five outlets throughout the country, this family-friendly Indian restaurant offers reliable curries,...Read More

  • 18. Sur Beach Restaurant

    $ | Seafood

    This run-down restaurant has no ambience: the dark dining area offers plastic-covered tables while a leaky air conditioner keeps the space reasonably...Read More

  • 19. Sur Sea Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    Near the souk, this no-frills restaurant serves fantastic local seafood, grilled to perfection alongside a curry dipping sauce and a simple...Read More

  • 20. Sur Star Restaurant

    $ | Middle Eastern

    On the outskirts of town, this popular, ramshackle restaurant serves typical local rice dishes in the traditional way, on the floor of private...Read More

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