The historic city of Muscat is a striking mix of ancient Oman buildings and modern architecture, of golden beaches and mountains.
As the capital of Oman, Muscat is a popular destination for tourists as well as business travellers, and is home to a range of fantastic restaurants.
Olivos Restaurant & Terrace
The trendy Olivos Restaurant & Terrace is a great place to visit for a themed dinner or delicious buffet in Muscat.
Breakfast diners can sample a range of foods at the tasty Super Breakfast Buffet, or enjoy a wide range of cuisine at the lunch and evening buffets. Vegetarians, too, will find themselves well catered for at the buffets, and everyone can enjoy the simple and delicious a la carte menu of international favourites.
Themed meal events at this restaurant in Muscat include the fun outdoor BBQ evenings each Thursday, where customers can eat delicious food with unlimited selected beverages, and then relax in the pool. Friday nights at Olivos Restaurant & Terrace sees the restaurant hosting the weekly ‘Friday Bubbles’ lunch, where diners can enjoy unlimited sparkling wine with their meal, and cool down with a free dip in the pool.
A special event coming up at Olivos is the Valentine’s Day Dinner, where patrons can enjoy a romantic meal with unlimited beverages, and a guaranteed give away for the ladies.
Olivos Restaurant & Terrace is located in our stylish Radisson Blu Hotel Muscat, just 15 kilometres from Muscat International Airport.
For a different taste of modern Muscat cuisine, head to the bright and colourful Just Grilled. Winner of Oman Today’s Restaurant Awards for “Best New Comer” in 2011, Just Grilled serves a variety of international foods, from Arabic to Greek and Italian.
Just Grilled offers soup, salad, burgers and sandwiches but grills are, of course, the speciality here. Patrons select their dish of choice from a range, which is then freshly grilled for them on an open counter. Just Grilled has lots of vegetarian options on the menu, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Regular competitions to win free meals are run on the Just Grilled Facebook Page.
The Beach Restaurant
The Chedi Muscat is home to The Beach restaurant, open for dinner from September to May each year on the hotel’s stretch of private beach. In this upmarket restaurant in Muscat, diners can relax by the water in an airy dining room lit by candles and fire bowls.
Seafood is the speciality at The Beach Restaurant, such as French oysters, caviar, locally caught lobsters and sea bream. A selection of entrees and mains, along with a good wine list, make this a popular restaurant in Muscat.
Before heading to The Beach restaurant for a calming evening meal, visit the nearby Grand Mosque, a gift from Sultan Qaboos to the nation. Modestly dressed non-Muslims can visit the mosque every day except Friday, from 8:30 until 11 am. The stunning exterior of the building is matched by a beautiful interior, decorated with murals, marble columns, stained glass panels and art.
First established in 1997, the atmospheric Kargreen Caffé is a great place to visit for a taste of authentic Omani food.
Head to Kargeen Caffé for an early dinner and sit outside in a courtyard filled with illuminated trees, or indoors for a more traditional Arabic dining experience. Try the soups, bread and fresh fruit juices, and traditional Omani shuwa.
Close to the Mutrah Fort, a piece of landmark architecture in Muscat, is the popular Kurkum Restaurant, which specialises in modern Indian cuisine.
Kurkum Restaurant has a diverse menu, with options like fish cakes, butter chicken, crispy prawns and coconut rice. It also offers a Chinese menu with favourites like dim sum, lots of vegetarian choices, and a range of fresh salads.
While you’re at Kurkum Restaurant in Muscat, make time to visit Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art. Here you can find out more about the customs of the Omanis, see international costumes, and browse collections of International and Local modern art.
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