Popular restaurants in Riyadh in 2020

From smart Italian restaurants to casual cafés, here’s where to dine in KSA’s capital in 2020

Popular restaurants in Riyadh in 2020
Azzuro

Riyadh has heaps of top-notch restaurants for dining out, so if you’re looking to eat in the KSA capital in 2020 you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are plenty of well-known names to be found in the city – from swish world-famous Italian Ciprani, to high-end Japanese restaurant Nozomi, as well as more low-key familiar spots such as Paul Bakery. Whether you’re after a fancy feast or quick bite to eat, you won’t be hungry in Riyadh.

Azzuro

For dinner with a unique view, check out Azzuro. The Italian restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh overlooks the huge, palatial indoor swimming pool. As one of the most popular and famous hotels in the capital, you can expect a luxury experience if you’re dining here, as well as an authentic Italian menu of dishes whipped up by the Sardinian chef. Plus, you can always pop next door to the hotel’s bowling alley for a little post-dinner sporting competition.
The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh (+966 11 802 8333).

Ciprani Riyadh

This world-famous chain will be familiar to fans of Italian food. This restaurant has a classic vibe, with all the items on the menu you’d expect from pizzas to pastas and grills. There’s a lively atmosphere and it’s one of the most popular restaurants in the city. It’s high-end and the fancy décor reflects this, with crisp tablecloths and a sharp, sleek aesthetic. If you’re looking for a swish experience with super service, head to Ciprani Riyadh.
Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Road, Riyadh (+966 11 277 6700).

Hong

Another popular restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, this modern Chinese has a top menu to pick from with recommendations including duck and dim sum. Furnishings are opulent, with plenty of traditional red décor, a Chinese symbol of good luck, while all meals start with an authentic tea-pouring ritual.
The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh (+966 11 802 8333).

Kampai

This sleek Japanese restaurant is pretty cool, and if you’re looking for seafood or sushi it’s a top option. The furnishings are chic, the vibe is trendy and dishes are prettily presented.
Prince Muhammed Bin Abdulaziz Road, Riyadh (+966 11 461 7601).

Najd Village

For traditional Arabian cuisine in Riyadh, Najd Village is top of the list. Both the setting and dishes are super-authentic and if you love mezze you’ll be thrilled by the selection on offer here. Najd is the region in the middle of KSA where the Saudi capital Riyadh lies and the cuisine relies on dates, wheat and dairy, and dishes at Najd Village focus on the traditional. For a true taste of Saudi Arabia, pop this one on your list.
Al Olaya (+966 92 003 3511).

Nozomi Riyadh

For modern Japanese food, look no further than Nozomi Riyadh. This swish restaurant originates from the high-end area of Knightsbridge in London, so you can expect a suitably swanky experience here. There’s also a family area, as well as private dining rooms. Food-wise there are set menus and á la carte, with dishes prepared in three different kitchens – the robata grill, sushi bar and hot kitchen.
Musad Bin Jalawi, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh (+966 9200 09686).

Paul Bakery & Café

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a flaky pastry, fully loaded sandwich or cup of coffee, Paul is always a reliable choice. The world-famous bakery chain has a branch in Riyadh and for a pit stop while out and about you can’t go wrong, especially at breakfast time. There are several locations, including in Al Hamra Mall.
www.paularabia.com.

Sultan Steakhouse

Craving for steak? Carnivore in your party? Look no further than this super steakhouse. If it’s a juicy cut you’re after you can’t go wrong at this popular spot. It’s on the pricey side but the experience is worth it, plus the décor is lavish and impressive.
Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd (+966 55 563 3706).

The Globe

This famed restaurant is the signature eatery at Riyadh’s Al Faisaliah Hotel. One of the most stunning places to eat in the city, The Globe boasts amazing views from its sky-high vantage point, set within a dramatic three-storey dome at the top of the hotel. The menu is modern European and it’s a special spot to enjoy dinner. Dishes include everything from short rib to Alaskan king crab, all prepared expertly.
Al Faisaliah Hotel (+966 11 273 2005).

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