The Best Restaurants in Muscat, Oman


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Muscat is chock full of things to do, places to go, and fine dining restaurants to delight upon. No matter if you are interested in traditional Omani cuisine, Indian fare, or international eats, there is an abundance of delicious eateries to choose from in the capital city of Oman. Use this list to assist you with deciding between the array of restaurants from the best seafood choices to the best traditional Omani gastronomies.

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Best Overall: Bait Al Luban

Bait Al Luman

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harat a'shamal street مسقط OM MUTTRAH CORNICHE OM، Muscat 130, Oman
Phone +968 24 711842

Situated across from the fish market in the Muttrah souk area is Bait Al Luban, an Omani staple restaurant in Muscat. It is housed in a traditional khan i.e. guesthouse and offers gorgeous views of the sea. Visitors are greeted with complimentary water infused with frankincense to give you a taste of Omani culture. Classic Omani food is available on offer including the famed shuwa, which is a marinated meat roasted in an underground fire pit for over six hours. The restaurant came highly recommended by chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain for a reason. A visit would be incomplete without trying the Omani dessert named after the restaurant Bait Al Luban, which is an Omani date cheesecake topped with ruby sauce.

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Best Traditional Omani: Ubhar Restaurant

Ubhar Restaurant, Muscat Oman

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Al Kharjiyah St مسقط OM, مسقط 100, Oman
Phone +968 24 699826

Ubhar Restaurant offers a modern day take on traditional Omani food offering the likes of everything from halwa pastries to slow roasted camel shuwa. Situated near the famed Royal Opera House Muscat, it’s a great choice to combine with dinner and a show. The décor is upscale and offers both traditional Omani style seating or western chairs to choose from. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample the frankincense ice cream, a sure fire desert local to Oman.

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Best Seafood: Bait Al Bahr

Bait Al Bahr

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Muscat, Oman
Phone +968 24 776565

Within the confines of the Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort Muscat is the high end Bait Al Bahr seafood restaurant, known for offering fresh catch of the day straight from the gulf. It is located right on the beachfront between Al Waha and Al Bandar hotels which make up the Shangri-la complex. In addition to fresh catches of seafood from Omani kingfish to sea bass, diners can enjoy any selection made to order grilled, steamed, or pan fried. Fresh oysters and Omani lobster spiced to perfection are also available.

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Best Steakhouse: Asado South American Steakhouse

Asado South American Steakhouse

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40 Way, Muscat 112, Oman
Phone +968 22 377777

If you crave a meaty steak after exploring Oman than there is no better option than Asado South American Steakhouse located in the Sheraton Oman. It serves up a wide selection of cuts including sirloin, ribeye, wagyu beef, and also tomahawk. The restaurant features stylish designs and offers additional fanciful eats such as Brazilian mango mouse cake and a ceviche that is sure to bring a smile on your face.

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Best Indian: Mumtaz Mahal

Mumtaz Mahal Restaurant, Muscat Oman

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Box 1142 Qurum OM, مسقط 114, Oman
Phone +968 24 605979

One of the most well-known restaurants in Muscat is Mumtaz Mahal, home to authentic Indian cuisine. It features several beautifully decorated dining halls, as well as a stunning terrace view seating area. It has won the “Best Indian Restaurant” award 10 times in Oman due to its authentic preparation of classic Mughlai and Punjabi specialty dishes.  These includes the likes of tandoori prawns, chicken tikka, and mutton curry. Several delicious vegetarian options are also available including palak paneer and smoky eggplant bharta. Another favorite of locals and expats include a scrumptious Hyderbadi biryani.

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Best Breakfast: Mani’s Café Oman

Mani's Cafe Muscat

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Marsa 2، Muscat 130, Oman
Phone +968 9975 5912

Situated in the cosmopolitan neighborhood Al Mouj is Mani’s Café Oman, a popular restaurant for expatriates and locals to congregate. One of the top choices on the menu for breakfast includes spicy eggs topped with mozzarella and chili for an extra zing. The eggs benedict with a side salad is made to perfection as well as their sweet French toast topped with maple syrup and a side of freshly brewed coffee.

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Best Fine Dining: The Restaurant at the Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Muscat

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133 18th November St, Muscat, Oman
Phone +968 24 524343

It doesn’t get much fancier than dining at the prestige The Restaurant at The Chedi Muscat hotel. The immaculate design features a stunning crystal chandelier and opulent blue chairs, in addition to a baby grand piano with performers from around the country playing tunes while you dine. The cuisine offerings range from Middle Eastern to Asian and Western. Dining options include everything from oysters and sashimi to pad thai or an amazing Omani seafood grill of king fish, hamour, and lobster tails.

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Best Italian: Tuscany

Tuscany Restaurant, Muscat

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Grand Hyatt Muscat, Shatti Al Qurm، Muscat, Oman Muscat OM, مسقط 133, Oman
Phone +968 24 641189

As the Grand Hyatt’s signature restaurant, Tuscany brings a high level of charm and taste to the capital city. Guests can feel like they stepped into a Roman temple with its conventional designs and artwork. The outdoor terrace offers sweeping views of the Gulf and a romantic setting for a date night. Favorite dishes include specialty pizzas, risotto, and pastas. The finest selection of wines are also available to pair with your classic Italian dish.

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Best Chinese: China Mood

China Mood Restaurant, Muscat Oman

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Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Muttrah Muscat OM, مسقط 114, Oman
Phone +968 24 764444

Positioned within Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel is the upscale China Mood restaurant. The fine-dining establishment offers one of the best selections of Chinese food in Muscat, with dishes like pan-fried lamb chops, duck spring rolls, foie gras dumplings, as well as Beijing duck paired with a rich plum sauce and pancakes. There is also a special chef menu from time to time to keep your eyes peeled for specialty dishes on offer.

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Best for Brunch: D’Arcy’s Kitchen

D'Arcy's Kitchen

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Muscat, Oman
Phone +968 24 600234

Located in the Qurum beach area of Muscat is D’Arcy's Kitchen, a staple for expats and locals alike for their choices of breakfast and lunch meals. The ambience of D’Arcy’s offers a characteristic at home feel and the restaurant is famed for their all-day breakfast offerings including English country breakfast and traditional American breakfast. Patrons can also enjoy delicious sandwiches, burritos, and brioche French toast.

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The Best Restaurants in Muscat, Oman