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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Kurkum

    $$$ | Mutrah | Asian

    Steps away from the Mutrah souk, overlooking the sea, this fine-dining restaurant stands in sharp contrast to the cheap tourist-trap cafés that...Read More

  • 7. Marina Café

    $$$ | Shatti Qurm | Lebanese

    Cloistered in the ministries district, just behind the U.S. Amassador's villa, Marina Café sits directly on the beach, its glass walls offering...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Memories

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    Dar El Ezz, the first fine-dining "restaurant" to open in the Dakhiliyah region, is actually more of a dining complex with multiple restaurants...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. White Coffee Shop

    $ | Fast Food

    At the end of the Corniche, directly across the bay from the Al Ayjah watch tower, this small coffee stand serves milky tea, cardamon-scented...Read More

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