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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Tokyo Taro

    $$ | Japanese

    There may be a new crop of sushi restaurants appearing throughout the capital, but it is worth the drive to Ruwi to experience this one, the...Read More

  • 10. Udupi

    $$ | Indian

    With limited dining choices in Salalah, a restaurant that does one thing but does it well is often your best option, and Udupi fits the bill...Read More

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