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Restaurants in Muscat

International restaurants reside in Muscat's smart hotels including seafood specialist, The Beach Restaurant, at The Chedi Hotel. Thanks to Oman's trading ties with the Indian subcontinent, curry houses abound throughout the city. The spicy northern Indian cuisine of Muttrah's Mumtaz Mahal leads the way. Affordable restaurants producing Omani kebabs cluster in Al Khuwair, while Western fast-food outlets crowd the malls. Last orders are around 11pm. A tip of 15% should be added to the bill.

The Beach Restaurant, Muscat. Courtesy of GHM Hotels & Resorts
The Beach Restaurant, Muscat. Courtesy of GHM Hotels & Resorts
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The Beach Restaurant

Top-end seaside seafood

This is a clever way to peek inside Muscat's stunning Chedi Hotel without spending a fortune. At night, vast seafood platters and Asian fusion fish dishes du jour are served under beach umbrellas at The Beach Restaurant while the Gulf of Oman laps gently in the background. A light menu is also available at lunchtime.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-10.30pm (closed mid-Jun-mid-Aug)

Address

The Chedi Hotel, North Ghubra 232, Al Ghubra, Muscat 133

Telephone

+968 24 524 400

Transport

Taxi

Website

Chedi Hotel Website

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Mumtaz Mahal

Fine Indian cuisine

One of the best Indian restaurants in the Gulf, Mumtaz Mahal is in pole position on top of a hill overlooking Qurm Park in Muttrah. Signature dishes include potato salads flavoured with pomegranate, Punjabi lamb and Mughlai chicken or fish. In the main dining room, the tinkling fountain provides a further backdrop to Urdu musicians.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11.30pm

Address

Muttrah, Muscat 114

Telephone

+968 24 605 907

Transport

Taxi

Website

Mumtaz Mahal Website

Al Khiran Terrace at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, Muscat. © Intercontinental Hotels Group
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Al Bustan Palace Hotel Al Khiran Terrace

Dine under the stars

Under the auspices of French chef Jean-Luc Amann, the Italian-influenced menu at Al Khiran Terrace in Muttrah's Al Bustan Palace has gone from strength to strength. Beautifully situated on a terrace overlooking the pristine beach, the restaurant offers à la carte menus and a buffet along with fine wines.



Opening Hours

Daily lunch & dinner

Address

Muttrah, Muscat 114

Telephone

+968 (0) 24 799 666

Transport

Taxi

Website

Al Bustan Palace Hotel Website

Bin Ateeq, Muscat. Courtesy of Bin Ateeq
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Bin Ateeq

Omani delicacies

Although this is a chain restaurant, with another branch in Nizra, Bin Ateeq is acclaimed for serving some of the finest Omani cuisine in Muscat. Diners congregate on woven rugs at low tables in private rooms. Dishes include spicy lentil broths, thick chicken harees (stew), rice maqbous served with mutton and halva for dessert.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm & 6pm-1am

Address

Al Khuwair, Muscat 133

Telephone

+968 24 478 225

Transport

Taxi

Website

Bin Ateeq Website

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Istanbuli

Street food Turkish style

In the heart of bustling Al Khuwair, Istanbuli is a little taster of Turkey serving up kebabs and chicken shawarma under the shade of sprawling umbrellas. Omanis sit around tables sipping tea and tucking into vast flatbreads piled high with grilled meats. Spicy salads with gherkins are the best option for confirmed vegetarians.



Opening Hours

Daily

Address

Al Khuwair, Muscat 133

Transport

Taxi

6

Woodlands

Dosas and cold beers

Great for vegetarians, Woodlands in Ruwi serves mouthwatering southern Indian food in a simple restaurant decked out in pink and green with cane furniture. Firm favourites are the dosas, small pancakes stuffed with spiced potatoes, followed by mutton served with black lentils and steamed rice, all washed down with an icy cold Indian beer.



Opening Hours

Daily 12.30pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11.30pm

Address

Europecar Building, Ruwi, Muscat 112

Telephone

+968 24 700 192

Transport

Taxi

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