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Restaurants in Damascus

The Damascus restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over SP1,700)
Moderate (SP900 to SP1,700)
Cheap (up to SP900)
These Damascus restaurant prices are for a three-course meal per person, including half a litre of wine, which is only available at the more expensive restaurants. Tax and service included.

Expensive

Club d'Orient

Cuisine:

Club d'Orient is a prestigious and glamorous restaurant in the modern town where expensive but excellent French-Mediterranean cuisine is dished out to Damascus's well-heeled crowd. Book ahead. Alcohol available.

Address: off Midan Nejmeh, Sharia Mrewed, Damascus,
Telephone: (011) 332 7518

Moderate

Al-Dar 111

Cuisine:

Set in a modern multi-level Oriental courtyard palace, the al-Dar serves delicious Arab and fusion cuisine to a mixed crowd of expats, young Syrians and independent travellers. Food is served alongside a good selection of Lebanese wines and arak , an anise-flavoured liquor Syrians drink with their mezze .

Address: Bab Touma, 6 Sharia Assieh, Damascus,
Telephone: (011) 542 3232

Arabesque

Cuisine:

Another converted grand old house with a wonderful rooftop terrace filled with plants overlooking the old city and Mount Qassioun. Arabesque makes a change from the normal Syrian restaurants with a menu of pasta dishes, salads and mostly Mediterranean dishes.

Address: Christian Quarter, Next to the large Greek Orthodox church just off Straight Street, Damascus,
Telephone: (011) 543 3999

Cheap

Beit Jabri

Cuisine:

This richly decorated restaurant is located in one of the quarter's oldest houses. It was built in 1737 around a courtyard with a central fountain and lemon and jasmine trees. It's a great place to eat cheap but well-prepared mezze and salads. The service is very attentive but there is no alcohol because of the Beit Jabri's proximity to the mosque.

Address: signposted in a side alley southeast of the Ummayad Mosque, Midan as-Sawwaf, Damascus,
Telephone: (011) 541 6254
Website: http://www.jabrihouse.com/

Leila's

Cuisine:

This cheap Damascus restaurant enjoys a stunning location with a rooftop terrace overlooking the old city and, by night, the flood-lit mosque. It serves excellent Syrian food, but not alcohol.

Address: , Alley off the southeast corner of the Ummayad Mosque, Damascus,
Telephone: (011) 544 5800

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Cham Palace

The Cham Palace, located right in the heart of the city, is one of the oldest luxury hotels in Damascus. The rooms command great views over the city and Mount Qassioun and the lobby is a popular meeting point for Syrian businessmen. The hotel has five good restaurants, including the Étoile d'Or, the city's only revolving restaurant, on the top floor.

Omayad Hotel Damascus

Centrally located, Omayad Hote Damascus is a popular four-star business hotel in Damascus. The hotel has a grand lobby and spacious soundproofed rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV and a free Wi-Fi internet connection.

Sultan Hotel

For many years now the best budget option in Damascus, the Sultan is popular with travellers for its excellent location near the old city, its friendly and helpful staff and the basic, but clean rooms with an unchanged motel-style1960s décor. It is advisable to book ahead.

Four Seasons Hotel Damascus

The Four Seasons Hotel is the top hotel in town, and with 23 storeys it has become a landmark on the Damascus skyline. Set in a landscaped park, opposite the National Museum, it is only a short walk from the old city. The rooms are sumptuously decorated and have great views over Damascus and the Barada River.

Beit al-Mamlouka

Damascus's first boutique hotel is in a grand 17th-century city house, built around a central courtyard with fragrant citrus trees and a fountain. The eight luxurious bedrooms are each decorated in a particular style reflecting a period of history and using traditional Syrian furniture and crafts.

Beit Rumman

Beit Rumman is a recent addition to Damascus's burgeoning boutique hotel scene. Located in Bab Touma, Beit Rumman is a converted, 17th-century house complete with its own cellar and courtyard. It offers six bedrooms, each uniquely decorated.