Restaurants in Riyadh
Travellers will be pleased to know that Riyadh has a great
selection of restaurants to choose from and visitors will be
spoiled for choice.
Middle Eastern fare might dominate the dining out scene, but there has been an increase in international eateries springing up in recent years, creating even more choice for avid foodies. Now, everything from spicy Indian fare to good old American favourites like cheeseburgers and fries are on offer. Head to Tahlia Street for both fine dining and cheap eateries where the bright lights and catchy slogans of fast-food outlets like McDonald's and KFC line the street too.
Many travellers will opt to dine at their hotel restaurant where many of the five-star eateries are owned by celebrity chefs and provide a one of a kind dining experience. Travellers should note that these hotel restaurants have done away with segregation between men and women, as well as the family section but they should not be alarmed if they come across this in other restaurants.
Service charge is usually included in restaurant bills but a tip of 10% is the norm.
One of the most popular restaurants in Riyadh, La Piazza is a great Italian restaurant located in the Sheraton Riyadh. Serving a selection of pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes, the restaurant has a sophisticated and romantic atmosphere, and is known for its excellent service. La Piazza is open daily for dinner.
Address: Sheraton Riyadh Hotel, corner King Abdullah Road
Telephone: +966 1454 3300
The Villa restaurant is a favourite with foreigners due to its range of Thai and Filipino dishes, including noodles, curry, beef, chicken, fish, and other seafood options. The ambience is relaxed with plastic tableware that belies its quality menu. It has a segregated family section.
Telephone: (0)1 482 2749
Rated as one of Riyadh's best Lebanese eateries, La Campagne may, at first glance, appear roomy and spacious but this popular restaurant can be heaving with hungry patrons on busy nights. The fresh mezze and a shaded terrace area create a winning recipe on a warm summer's day. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: Tahlia St, Olaya
Telephone: (0)1 416 2006
The globe's idyllic location on top of Al Faisaliah Tower in a golden geodesic orb is incredible and there's no guessing how this popular restaurant got its name. Specialising in modern European cuisine, guests can gawk at panoramic views of the city while enjoying a delicious, mouth-watering meal high above the city. Open for lunch, dinner and high tea on weekends. Bookings recommended.
Address: 4148, King Fahad Road, Olaya
Telephone: (0)1 273 2000
A dining affair to remember, this Japanese eatery combines tradition, Zen décor and incredible authentic cuisine and has become the finest of its kind in Riyadh. With a delicious selection of sushi, imported Norwegian salmon and udon, lovers of Japanese fare will not be disappointed.
Address: Al Oraoba Street
Telephone: (0)1 460 5672
The Noodle House
Don't let the name fool you, this Thai restaurant in the upscale Centria Mall has much more than just noodle dishes. The food is pricey, but the pan-Asian inspired dishes and the juice cocktails are wildly popular. It has a family section.
Telephone: (0)1 293 9969
Mama Noura Juice Center
Mama Noura is a 'singles only' restaurant that is popular in Riyadh due to its fresh food and quick service. the falafels, schwarmas, fatayers, and mezzes are complemented by their custom juice blends, ranging from orange and apple to pomegranate and tamarind.
Telephone: (01) 462 8144
This restaurant is popular for its Turkish dishes, including mezzes and their famous sesame bread. It has a large, curtained family section, or you can sit on the 2nd floor overlooking the 'animal garden'.
Address: Talateen Street
Telephone: (01) 464 9336
Serving Lebanese and American food, Al-Najdiyah Village is a favourite restaurant with tourists in Riyadh. Diners relax on large cushions on the floor, and enjoy traditional Nadji dishes in an authentic Bedouin atmosphere. The restaurant is open to women and families on Fridays only, so booking ahead for those days is essential.
Address: Al-Takhasusi Street
Telephone: +966 1 464 6530
This trendy restaurant is riding the recent boom of steak eateries that have opened in Riyadh in the last five years. A wide selection of good-quality cuts is accompanied by a salad bar and non-beef menu items like grilled jumbo shrimp and chicken kebabs. The most popular dish on the menu however, is the sticky ribs. Steaky has a family section as well as a children's playroom.
Address: Musaad Al Angri Street, near Al Jazeera Super Market
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