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Restaurants in Qatar

Qatar serves a blend of traditional and modern food from around the world. Top-end luxury hotel chains bring with them ample options for fine dining. Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Marriott, InterContinenal, Radisson and St. Regis are only some of the hotels that stand on the small 11,571 Qatar peninsula.
It is best to keep your passport on your person at all times if you are planning to eat out in any five-star restaurant in the country as you may be asked for identification. Alcohol is not served in certain developments of Doha, like Pearl Qatar, so it’s best to check with the restaurant before making reservations.


Voted the Best Contemporary European restaurant in Doha, Aroma serves a business lunch 'Rushed for Time'. Select from a choice of starters, mains and desserts. 
Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha
+974 4405 3333

Belgian Café

Belgian Café is a place for friendly banter and pub grub – mussel pots, chunky fries and meatballs. Drinks are often sold at a reduced price during happy hour.
InterContinental Doha
+974 484 4444 
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This restaurant features authentic food from the subcontinent served alongside live music. The kitchens at Chingari are home to traditional clay ovens, which impart an earthy flavour to the food.
Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
+974 4428 1428

Il Teatro

Il Teatro is the place to go in Doha for contemporary Italian cuisine in a plush, upscale setting. The restaurant boasts an outdoor terrace with views of the Arabian Gulf. Weather permitting al fresco tables can be booked at the restaurant.


Nobu Doha is the world’s largest, and showcases acclaimed Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s signature new style Japanese cuisine, as well as new creations infusing local ingredients representative of the region.

Four Seasons Hotel Doha
+974 4494 8888

La Mer

Situated on the 23rd floor, French seafood restaurant La Mer offers excellent views of Doha’s skyscrapers and the Arabian Gulf. If you wish to dine in seclusion, the Le Ciel private dining room can be booked. The private room exclusively serves La Mer’s menu, has crystal chandeliers and seats up to 25 guests.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha
+974 4484 8000

Gordon Ramsay

This celebrity-owned restaurant boasts an avant-garde style of fine dining. Michelin-starred Chef Gilles Bosquet prepares special three-course menus from time to time. Smoking and children below the age of 12 are strictly not permitted so plan your evening accordingly.  
The St. Regis Doha
+974 4446 0105

Saffron Lounge

The world’s only Indian chef to have two Michelin stars to his name, Vineet Bhatia makes Saffron Lounge a platform for non-greasy, flavourful food from all the regions of the subcontinent. 
Cultural Village, Opposite New Exhibition Centre, Doha
+974 4408 0808

Wok Mee Noodle House

Enjoy traditional culinary recipes from Indonesia, Thailand, China and Vietnam, in this South East Asian restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner and serves staples such as Thai fish cakes and steamed tiger prawns.
Mövenpick Tower & Suites
+974 4496 6600

Al Adhamiyah Iraqi Restaurant

This traditional restaurant has an open woodfired barbecue and offers rustic Iraqi food.
Souq Waqif
+974 4432 4326

Eli France Café

This café is a local favourite for bakery items, cakes and pastries. Eli France also serves waffles, sandwiches and burgers. It hosts a Friday buffet in its Doha City Centre branch. 
Al Shamal Road, near the Ramada junction, Doha
+974 4435 7111/222


Head to Mykonos for Greek food served in a relaxed holiday vibe and outdoor seating.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay, Doha
+974 4484 4444

JW’s Steakhouse

Marriott’s tried and tested steakhouse is a favourite haunt of Qatar’s meat lovers.
Doha Marriott, Khulaifat, Doha
+974 4429 8888

Khan Farouk Tarab Café

The Khan Farouk Tarab Café was inspired by Cairo’s opulent Golden Age era, when King Farouk ruled Egypt in the 1950s. It serves food from the country accompanied by sheesha. Relive the past while enjoying the speciality Egyptian Kushari tea and listening to live music from the bygone times.
+974 4408 0840 – 44

Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge

Enjoy luxurious Turkish cuisine and an assortment of sheesha flavours in a relaxed and softly lit environment, while taking in the most breathtaking views of Doha.
+974 4408 2000

L’wzaar Seafood Restaurant

Locals lovingly call it the fish market – L’wzaar offers a smart-casual dining experience where sea food is selected by the customer and served with a side dish of choice. Starters and appetisers can be selected from the menu and served sauce.
+974 4408 0710 / +974 4408 0711

Mamig Armenian and Lebanese Restaurant

A scenic terrace and al fresco seating areas, Mamig or grandmother is a great place to try home-cooked food from Armenia.
+974 4408 0800

La Gelateria Fina

After enjoying traditional cuisine in luxurious settings, head for this fun and busy ice cream parlour serving an assortment of delicious flavoured Italian ice cream.
+974 4408 0777

Al Tawash

An Arabic joint in Souq Waqif to enjoy grilled meat and such traditional dishes such as Harees and Kabsa. The restaurant remains reasonably priced, especially for local dishes.
Souq Waqif, opposite the Waqif Art Centre
+974 44 982 002

Bandar Aden Restaurant

Bandar Aden specialises in authentic Yemeni food. The menu offers several authentic Yemeni meals, including salta and fahsa, and desserts such as such as maasob and arika.
Souq Waqif
+974 44375503


The Moroccan restaurant portrays a traditional setting, stylishly uplifted by modern elements and chic, vibrant colours. Serving traditional Moroccan dishes like harira soup, tagines, couscous and pastillas, Argan seats a capacity of 44 guests and is open every day 12pm-11pm.
Souq Waqif at Al Jasra Boutique Hotel
+974 44336888

Al Matbakh-Rooftop Grill

Offering views of The Corniche, Museum of Islamic Art and Fanar, Al Matbakh is a fine-dining experience in Arumaila Boutique Hotel. The menu offers premium Wagyu beef, Angus tenderloin, New Zealand lamb and the freshest seafood from Gulf waters.
Souq Waqif at Rumaila Boutique Hotel
+974 44336777


National anthem of Qatar
Official name
Dawlat Qaṭar (State of Qatar)
Form of government
constitutional emirate with one advisory body (Advisory Council [351])
Head of state and government
Emir: Sheikh Tamim ibn Hamad Al Thani, assisted by Prime Minister: Sheikh Abdullah ibn Nasser ibn Khalifah Al Thani
Official language
Official religion
Monetary unit
Qatari riyal (QR)
Currency Exchange Rate
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Total area (sq mi)
Total area (sq km)
Urban-rural population
Urban: (2015) 99.2%
Rural: (2015) 0.8%
Life expectancy at birth
Male: (2014) 76.4 years
Female: (2014) 80.4 years
Literacy: percentage of population age 15 and over literate
Male: (2012) 96.9%
Female: (2012) 95.8%
GNI per capita (U.S. $)
(2015) 85,430
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