Oman is a country cut into two parts. Salalah is the capital of the south part of Oman, the Dhofar province. It is renown for its fruit plantation because of the “Khareef,” an annual monsoon, transforming the desert terrain into a lush, green landscape and creating seasonal waterfalls. Salalah used to be the Sultan’s favorite place to live (despite Muscat) and is now the home of some of the best bars and restaurants in the country. We selected for you 12 of the best restaurants in the city.
Mekong in Al Baleed resort by Anantara brings you the best of Asian cuisines, more specifically those of Vietnam, Thailand, and China. The restaurant has an indoor and terrace area to enjoy al fresco evenings overlooking the romantic lagoon. Each dish is cooked following the centuries-old recipes and the restaurant quickly became an institution in Salalah and wider Oman. Make sure to try the beef pho soup, papaya salad and shaking beef!
Address: Al Baleed Salalah, Oman
2. Dolphin Beach restaurant
This beach restaurant features a white sand beach and a tropical atmosphere overlooking the Indian Ocean. Savor some salad, sandwiches or a burger during the day and enjoy a themed dinner changing every day. From seafood to Lebanese buffet, you will get to taste specialties from around the world each day. Relax with a traditional shisha, or a private tent for families can be reserved for more privacy.
Dolphin Beach restaurant
Address: Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, Po Box 870, 211 Salalah, Oman
Website: Dolphin Beach restaurant
Get out of the classy hotel restaurants and try the best Lebanese restaurant in Oman, Baalbeck. With simple decor, the restaurant serves without any pretension the best Lebanese specialties such as hummus, baba ganoush, kebabs and much more! A black tea is offered at the end of your meal, as this is simply the definition of Arabic hospitality! All ingredients picked up fresh every day and you might see the restaurant’s owners buying seafood at the fish market to serve you only the best for dinner!
Address: 211 Salalah, Oman
4. Al Mina Restaurant & Bar
This beachside restaurant in Al Baleed by Anantara hotel serves Mediterranean specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Get your suntan back on by the pool or by the beach and refresh yourself with innovative cocktails and beverages served throughout the day. Spend an elegant evening in this beautiful setting, smoking the traditional shisha. This venue is a favorite of locals to unwind and smoke the shisha with Arabic tea or Turkish coffee.
Al Mina Restaurant & Bar
Address: Al Baleed Salalah, Oman
Website: Al Mina Restaurant & Bar
5. The island restaurant
Built on the water, this restaurant is often presented as one of the best in Salalah and for very good reasons! The chefs serve you only the freshest ingredients in a beautiful environment. Spend an evening at the restaurant and finish the evening in an informal party with the resident DJ playing your favorite beats, overlooking the sea.
The island restaurant
Address: Juweira Marina, Juweira Marina, Salalah, Oman
Website: The island restaurant
This Lebanese restaurant is located in the Lulu supermarket food court. Despite its unusual location (although it is quite common in Oman and neighbor UAE to find great restaurants in food courts), Tabliyi is a place to absolutely go to if you like Lebanese food. Make sure to try their grills with homemade garlic sauce, a delight for your tastes buds!
Address: Lulu Food Court, Salalah, Oman
Facebook page: Tabliyi
7. Palm Grove restaurant
This seafood restaurant offers panoramic views of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Sit down and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing while sipping on beautiful cocktails. Enjoy a wide variety of dishes served for lunch and dinner, all prepared with the freshest ingredients.
Palm Grove restaurant
Address: Hilton Salalah Resort, P.O. Box 699, 211 Salalah, Oman
Website: Palm Grove restaurant
Another restaurant from the five-star resort Al Baleed Salalah makes it to the top of the 10 best restaurants in Salalah! Sakalan literally means ‘The Land of Frankincense’ and brings you international specialties in a stylish dining room or outdoor terrace. Enjoy a large selection of dishes with the daily buffet, live stations, and a fresh bakery station. Inspiration comes from all corners of the world and this is the perfect place to find something fitting every member of your family!
Address: Al Baleed Salalah, Oman
9. Darbat restaurant
Located in the Crowne Plaza hotel, the restaurant serves a breakfast buffet with a variety of Western and Eastern options and even some surprising vegetarian options. The staff is a true representation of the Arabic hospitality and will assure you get a warm and friendly service throughout your meal. The location in the lobby of the hotel gives you stunning views over the infinity pool and the hotel landscape. An a la carte menu is offered for lunch and dinner.
Address: Crowne Plaza Resort, l Khandaq Street, 211 Salalah, Oman
Website: Darbat restaurant
10. Silk Road
Located at the Salalah Rotana Resort, Silk Road is an elegant restaurant bringing you diverse cuisines such as Mediterranean, Japanese, Asian, and Indian crafted to capture the essence of Eastern cooking meeting Western cuisine. Cocktails are a must-try with some innovative sake and tea fusion.
Address: Al Saadah, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman, PC 215 Salalah, Oman
Website: Silk Road
11. Yamal Seafood Restaurant
Enjoy a buffet meal at the Yamal Seafood Restaurant. The seating is pleasant with a view of the gardens, and the attractive food is a delight to the eye. The relaxed atmosphere and ambiance provide a nice start to your soup entree. The tom yum soup is highly recommended. The range of food choices is amazing and includes those with international inspiration. Take your time and great a real gastronomic experience. If you love seafood, this restaurant will not disappoint. Plus, it is vegetarian-friendly as well.
Yamal Seafood Restaurant
Address: Salalah Garden Mall, Salalah 211, Oman
12. Oasis Club, dine, swim and play
Oasis Club provides a nice environment for a meal, a few drinks, and even a pleasant swimming pool. The restaurant is large and light, with waiter service. The restaurant at the club serves offers an a-la-carte menu for lunch and dinner. You can even enjoy a light ale or a whiskey in the restaurant. After your meal, why not take in a game of bowling or challenge your friends to some arcade games? This is not just a place to dine and head for home. When you eat there you have a whole entertainment experience, plus the opportunity to play a game of snooker. It’s an ideal destination to eat on the terrace and listen to the sound of the ocean.
Address: Port Road | Raysut Industrial Area, Salalah 211, Oman
Telephone: +968 23 219248
Website: Oasis Club
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