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 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Itin Restaurant

    $ | Middle Eastern

    Just off the freeway, surrounded by undeveloped construction sights, this tiny restaurant doesn't even have tables and chairs. Go inside and...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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