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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Lebanese House

    $ | Lebanese

    Fresh, authentic Lebanese food is a nice change from Salalah's ubiquitous shawarma and Indian restaurants. This compact, family-run restaurant...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Nizwa Fort Coffee House

    $ | Café

    Directly between the Fort and the Souq, this little coffee shop sits on prime real estate. Although there are only a few bistro tables out front...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Pakistani Take-Away

    $ | Indian

    This nameless café next to the petrol station when you first enter the township of Bidiyah is pretty much the only real restaurant in town....Read More

  • 20. Rawazen Restaurant Ibra

    $$ | Turkish

    Known locally as "the pink restaurant" because of the vibrant exterior, this is simple Turkish place is a favorite of Ibra residents. The mixed...Read More

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