The World’s Masterpiece in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to casual spots, fine-dining favourites and several ‘limited time sensory pop-ups.’ Here are 18 dining experiences you cannot miss should you find yourself in AlUla.
The world-famous Annabel’s returns to AlUla with their signature series of uniquely themed private dining areas, menu favourites and bespoke mocktails inspired by AlUla. Nestled amongst the date palms of Jabal Ikmah, this is a garden oasis inspired by the private members’ club in London. Lushly filled with citrus trees, palms and flowers, this hidden gem offers a set menu and cocktails that use locally sourced ingredients, all add to this unique dining experience.
An authentic Italian restaurant located in the beautiful Al Jadidah District. Nestled on the edge of the Oasis, the restaurant enjoys the peaceful scenery of the valley with the mountains in the background. Open for lunch and dinner, Circolo serves a delicious menu, from carefully crafted small plates to artisan pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven. The menu boasts citrus risotto and fried goat cheese salad with a blood orange dressing using local ingredients.
Entrecôte Café de Paris
Entrecôte is the newest fine-dining restaurant at AlUla Old Town. Originating from Geneva, the Parisian style restaurant is famous for its “Cafe de Paris” secret sauce developed by chef Boubier in 1930. In addition, the restaurant is known for its irresistible yet straightforward single menu formula and will be open for reservations from March 2022.
Forces of Nature
With a limited run of only nine days from 18 February to 26 February, this incredible gastronomic experience draws inspiration from over 200 millennia of human activity in AlUla. Forces of Nature focuses on the elemental beginnings of cooking, using open fires, natural resources, and hyper-local ingredients, with a menu developed by chef Tomos Parry of Michelin-starred Brat in London. Housed within a dramatic setting in the Sha’all canyon, seating is informal and relaxed, with fire pits, lanterns and architectural installations. Perfect for both intimate dinners and larger groups. The restaurant is located in the stunning Shallal area near Hegra and opens daily for dinner.
Incense Road Suppers
Another limited run from 3 March to 11 March offers an immersive dining experience drawing inspiration from the famed incense road trading route. Using spices, aromas and flavours from ancient times, guests will travel along the Incense Trade Route with each dish and drink served in an experience that combines fine dining and storytelling.
Le Maschou brings rich culinary flavours and a sophisticated ambience from the alleyways of France to AlUla. The dreamy interiors are matched with homestyle cuisine, from homemade country bread and a bresaola melon board to wood-fired grilled meats with Provençal herbs. Elsewhere, an authentic array of wood-fire smoked meats will leave customers craving for more.
Chef Jason Atherton’s newest restaurant awaits your arrival. Enjoy an evening on the rooftop of the world’s largest mirrored building with cuisine that takes inspiration from AlUla with produce sourced from local farms and served up in Atherton’s signature style.
Inspired by the timeless traditions and flavours of the Arabian Peninsula, this casual cafe offers traditional cuisine with a relaxing atmosphere. With a wide selection of delicious main dishes, soups and salads, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Expect traditional Saudi plates, confections and refreshing drinks.
Good vibes and great food make up the perfect hangout spot in AlUla. Moon Shell is a peaceful café that serves delicious smoothie bowls, healthy dishes, fresh juices and the finest coffee. Using rich ingredients to satisfy the senses, Moon Shell makes vegan and vegetarian food accessible and fun, combining fruits, nuts and natural healthy sugars.
Located in the Shaden Resort, MYAZU presents contemporary culinary art rooted in Japanese culture and a blend of sophisticated international influences. The restaurant serves modern dishes with the finest quality ingredients. Find this exciting restaurant poolside of the Shaden Resort, with live DJs every Thursday and Friday evening.
Situated at the beautiful outlook area of Harrat Uwayrid, OKTO serves authentic Greek cuisine at the edge of the Earth. Stunning views and delicious food are perfect for sharing with family and friends. Nestled within this outlook, OKTO is an upscale, authentic Greek restaurant developed by chef Ntinos Fotinakis. Arrive at OKTO before sundown to soak in the sights and sounds of the golden hour when the sky’s orange glow adds a magical touch to everything you see.
Pink Camel Pastry Boutique
Tucked away in AlUla’s groves of date palms and citrus trees, this authentic coffee shop made from traditional wooden architecture gives you the feeling of walking through an oasis farm. With terrace-style seating, wooden floors and recycled paper menus, the laidback beauty of the Pink Camel is a must when visiting AlUla. The boutique serves coffee and pastries as well as healthy soups and salads.
SALT has taken its food truck inspired menu off-road by parking its latest branch in front of AlUla’s Elephant Rock. For Juicy burgers and rich shakes, SALT is the place. Open into the night, grab a table and enjoy SALT’s most spectacular view of Jabal AlFil.
Carnivores in AlJadidah should head to SKLT, where they can embark on a culinary experience exploring high-quality cuts of meat served on cast iron skillets. Sleek, stylish and fun, SKLT also has regular live music.
A farm-to-table concept situated in AlUla’s Oasis in the new AlJadidah Village. The farm can host 200 people where families and children can enjoy a day out in the cool shade of palm trees. The beautiful outdoor seating restaurant serves modern dishes fused with authentic Mediterranean flavours.
Tama, meaning ‘here and now’ in Aramaic, is located in the Habitas Eco-Resort. The menu infuses global and Middle Eastern cuisine, using local ingredients and spices traded along the incense route. The ingredients used in Tama’s dishes are sourced from local farms in communities surrounding AlUla, bringing Saudi Arabia’s unique flavours to the table.
Le Moulin Bakery
Delicate French pastries and coffee are served all day long at Le Moulin Bakery in AlUla’s Old Town. Diners can expect flakey croissants, cakes, and classic madeleines inspired by sophisticated French cafes.
Mouthwatering croissants and tasty cinnamon rolls fill the cases at Wacafe. From deliciously crafted lattes and strong cold brew to beautiful, handmade ceramics, Wacafe’s attention to detail delights in AlUla Old Town.