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Restaurants in Muscat

Restaurants in Muscat range from dining in world-class hotel restaurants to simple Arabian cafés. The Muscat restaurants below have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over OR15)
Moderate (OR10 to OR15)
Cheap (up to OR10)

These prices are for a three-course meal per person without drinks, tax and service included.

Expensive

Al-Tanoor Restaurant

Cuisine: International

For a fine dining experience in a gorgeous seaside location, it's worth venturing out to this luxurious resort, about 20 minutes through the mountains from Old Muscat. Offering authentic flavours of the Middle East, this understated venue has chefs on show in four open kitchens. Go early for a sunset aperitif in the neighbouring bar.

Address: Qantab, Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2477 6565.
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/muscat

Mumtaz Mahal

Cuisine: Indian

In a capital city with nearly as many Indian expats as resident Omanis, it's praise indeed to call this one of the best Indian restaurants in Muscat. With a hilltop perch overlooking Qurm Natural Park, it is a sophisticated choice for a working lunch or a special dinner, known for its tandoori grills.

Address: Qurm, Way no. 2601, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2460 5979.
Website: http://www.mumtazmahal.net

The Beach Restaurant at The Chedi Muscat

Cuisine: Seafood

From the impeccably cooked seafood to the romantic seaside views, The Beach Restaurant is the jewel in the crown of the Chedi's restaurant offerings. Tuck into some of the best-dressed lobster in the country whilst looking out over the Gulf of Oman, but be sure to wear your finest threads as it's a formal restaurant.

Address: Qurm, Off 18th November Street, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2452 4343.
Website: http://www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat

Moderate

Begum’s

Cuisine: Indian

Serving up tasty Indian cuisine, this is a Muscat must-visit when you have a craving for curry but don't want to blow your budget. Located just off Sultan Al Qaboos Street, Begum's is renowned with locals and visitors for its excellent Mughlai delicacies, friendly atmosphere and beautifully presented biryanis.

Address: , Bediyah House Building, Bawshar Street, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 9307 0808.

Khargeen Caffee

Cuisine: Omani

This buzzing outdoor cafe is the perfect place to while away an evening, sipping on minty lemonade and eating kebabs, hummus and tabbouleh (bulgur salad). Highly popular with the in-crowd, diners either relax cross-legged on Arab-style divans or sit among the potted plants in the magical little courtyard.

Address: , Medinat Qaboos Shopping Complex, Al Bashair Street, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 9925 3351.
Website: http://www.kargeencaffe.com

Slider Station

Cuisine: American and international

When nothing but a burger will do, head for Slider Station, a popular industrial-styled chain that serves its thick meat sandwiches on a sushi-style conveyor belt. Don't miss the dynamite burger, which comes with cheddar, jalapenos and spicy chipotle ranch sauce. Just be sure to leave room for dessert.

Address: Shatti Al Qurum, Oasis By The Sea, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2469 8990.
Website: http://www.sliderstation.com/oman/home

Cheap

Bin Atique

Cuisine: Omani

Omani food is not to everyone's taste, but if you're keen to try some, this sit-on-the-floor restaurant, catering mainly for homesick businessmen from out of town, is one of the few places to sample genuine local cuisine like ma owl (a dish garnished with dried shark) and qaboolisamakhkenadh (king fish with biryani rice).

Address: , Al Khuwair Street, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2447 8225.

D'Arcy's Kitchen

Cuisine: International

For those who just can't imagine life without bacon (albeit beef bacon) and eggs for breakfast, steak pie and chips for lunch and beans on toast for tea, this homely, immensely popular British café is a short distance from a nap on the beach. The coffee is decent as well.

Address: Madinat As Sultan Qaboos, , Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2469 9119.

Shang Thai

Cuisine: Thai

Inside the Muscat Grand Mall, this lime-coloured restaurant offers an affordable and authentic taste of Thailand with dishes like plaphad prick Szechuan (stir-fried fish with Szechuan sauce) and gang panaeng (spicy Thai red curry). Its weekly buffet is particularly cheap. If you really enjoy your meal, learn how to cook it with Shang Thai's onsite cooking classes.

Address: , 1st Floor, Tilal Al Khuwair, Muscat,
Telephone: +968 2200 6644.
Website: http://www.shang-thai.com

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The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi is the original luxury hotel in Muscat, and arguably still the best. A true icon of the city, it combines traditional Arabic design elements with Asian-inspired minimalism, so a stay here feels like a true escape from the city. It also boasts the longest (and one of the loveliest) swimming pools in the Middle East.

Crowne Plaza Muscat

With cliff top views over the Gulf of Oman, this 4-star resort is popular with holidaymakers intent on working on their tans – and no wonder, given the sparkling swimming pools, private beach and sun-soaked terraces. Its fitness centre has tennis and squash courts as well as a sauna and steam room.

Hotel InterContinental Muscat

Tastefully decorated and festooned with luxury extravagances like swimming pools, tennis courts, sauna and Jacuzzis, this 5-star beachside hotel offers the upmost luxury without breaking the bank. Just a short hop from the Grand Mosque, the InterContinental is set among a glorious garden of palm trees. It also has five excellent restaurants and numerous bars.

Ibis Hotel Muscat

By far the best budget accommodation option in Muscat, you can count on the Ibis chain to deliver a cheap stay to a decent standard. This 3-star hotel might be no frills, but the rooms are modern, clean and comfortable, and have all the necessary amenities, including decent Wi-Fi.

Marina Hotel

For this price don't expect the Ritz. Overlooking Mutrah fish market this is a simple harbourside hotel offering great views of Muscat's famous corniche. It's basic and its basement bar can be a little noisy but its location is within walking distance of Mutrah Souk making it convenient for sightseeing.

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

Though just a short drive from the city centre, you'll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Muscat at this secluded 5-star gem. Actually encompassing three luxurious hotels, it's an oasis of calm, beauty and fantastic fine dining. Its tastefully decorated rooms are huge and come with air-con, Wi-Fi and flash TVs. A real treat.