FACT’s definitive guide to eating out in the Saudi capital.
From A.O.K Kitchen to Yauatcha, the Saudi Arabian capital is full of respectable restaurants. So whether you’re in search of international heavy-hitters like Mr Chow COYA, LPM and ROKA or local hotspots that have stood the test of time, here are the best restaurants in Riyadh.
The latest opening in the upmarket King Abdullah Financial District, A.O.K Riyadh offers a unique dining experience that doesn’t just cope with dietary requirements but wholeheartedly caters to them. Incidentally, A.O.K. stands for ‘All is Okay’, translating to a brand philosophy of curating a feel-good dining experience that accommodates everyone – puppies and small dogs included. Made using quality ingredients that are from small and artisanal producers, A.O.K Kitchen’s menu offers wholesome dishes inspired by the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean and California. Think: Acai bowls and gluten-free blueberry pancakes for breakfast to seabass ceviche and homemade gluten-free gnocchi to take diners from day to night. Read FACT’s full review here.
Bagatelle Riyadh effortlessly brings the vibrant spirit of St. Tropez to Saudi Arabia, radiating an abundance of joy and zest for life. While it may lack the sun, sea, and sand, it compensates with an atmosphere of laid-back coolness nestled in the heart of the city. Renowned for its French Mediterranean cuisine, Bagatelle’s signature dishes include Eggplant Parmigiana, Riviera Salad, and Whole Farm Chicken. Special desserts have also been added to cater to Saudi tastes, ensuring a satisfying conclusion to the dining experience. Read FACT’s full review here.
Meat lovers will be falling knife over fork for Beefbar Riyadh, and – as the name suggests – it’s all about beef, glorious beef. The new restaurant in Riyadh is bringing some of the glitz of Monaco to Saudi Araba. You’ll find opulent Art Deco touches across the Riyadh restaurant, which boasts high ceilings, tall curved mirrors, gold hues and plush cream seats. Sure, Beefbar includes exclusive imported beef cuts and there’s a gold steak for the gram, but it is not a pretentious dining experience. Instead, it aims to change your expectations about the classic steakhouse – for example, you’ll even spot a cheeky emoji print on the plates. Read FACT’s full review here.
This cherished Los Angeles-based eatery is the brainchild of Gianni and Nicola Vietina, the creative minds behind Madeo Ristorante. Located in Via Riyadh, Bianca promises to be an all-day dining destination, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its menu draws inspiration from the diverse culinary backgrounds of its owners, blending Italian, Argentinean, and French influences. Anticipate a delectable array of freshly baked organic bread and indulgent pastries, as well as culinary offerings like tomato bisque, avocado toast, Croque madame, and grilled gamberoni.
The glamorous Riyadh outpost of Flavio Briatore’s luxury hospitality brand Billionaire has already seen huge success in Dubai and now offers captivating dinner shows in the Saudi capital. A multidimensional playground, with performances very much at the core of the experience, Billionaire Riyadh has handpicked the most talented singers and dancers to create a thrilling spectacle of luxury entertainment. Here, gastronomy reigns supreme with extraordinary food presented with an elegant and theatrical touch. The new Asian selections on the menu include lobster salad and short ribs in addition to sushi, sashimi, and the Billionaire brand’s signature maki rolls. Among the Italian offerings are house-made spinach and ricotta ravioli, Wagyu-beef carpaccio, and burrata with cherry tomatoes. Read FACT’s full review here.
Located within the new Ramla Terraza, this Latin American restaurant specialises in serving exquisite Argentinian steaks, setting the bar high for carnivores in the city. Brute is the brainchild of the team behind Argentinian steakhouse, Gaucho, ensuring a commitment to excellence and a passion for exceptional dining. While savouring the Argentinian steaks, allow yourself to be captivated by the live entertainment that includes a roving guitarist.
Café de L’Esplanade
Experience the renowned Parisian Brasserie, Café de L’Esplanade, as it debuts its first branch outside of France at Bujairi Terrace. This beloved eatery, cherished for its laid-back atmosphere, invites diners to indulge in a delightful fusion of flavours, showcasing signature dishes that seamlessly blend French culinary traditions with innovative twists. From delectably cooked oysters to comforting broths, succulent steaks, and beloved French favourites, the menu offers diverse dishes that cater to every palate.
Carbone at Mansard Riyadh, a Radisson Collection Hotel, pays homage to the timeless charm of mid-20th-century Italian-American restaurants in New York. The restaurant was created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick and its New York outpost has attracted A-list diners including Adele, Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez, the Kardashians and Travis Scott. In Riyadh, diners can expect expertly-crafted Italian dishes served in an elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere.
Embark on a captivating culinary journey that transports you from the mountains of northern France to the modernity of Riyadh. Nestled in a warm and convivial setting in KAFD, Chalmont presents centuries-old recipes and an unwavering passion for culinary excellence. At Chalmont, every plate designed by Chef Jacques Ruivo is a hero dish from the Burrata to the Beef Rossini.
Bringing the essence of the French Riviera to Riyadh, Chez Bruno enchants diners with its culinary mastery, already earning one coveted MICHELIN star in France. Prepare to embark on a gastronomic journey that celebrates classic French recipes and the opulent flavours of truffle. Renowned for its earthy aroma and distinctive taste, this prized ingredient is masterfully incorporated into each dish, elevating the dining experience to new heights.
Indulge in a carnivorous feast at Chi Spacca, where meat takes centre stage in all its glory. This renowned restaurant from chef and restauranteur Nancy Silverton, inspired by Italy and born in Los Angeles, has now made its way to Via Riyadh, offering a tantalising experience for steak enthusiasts. With a name that translates to “she or he who cleaves,” Chi Spacca emphasises exceptional cuts of meat. At Chi Spacca, meat lovers can savour a range of carnivorous delights prepared with the utmost skill and passion, including succulent steaks, delectable pies, and ribs.
With locations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New York, Miami and now Riyadh, Cipriani is a name associated with upmarket Italian dining. Decked out with Murano glass chandeliers, blue and white terrazzo flooring, high gloss oak tables and bespoke blue leather chairs, Cipriani Riyadh is undeniably chic. The Italian dishes are prepared using only the finest, purest ingredients and feature Cipriani’s signature beef carpaccio, the light and moreish langoustine scampi al forno and a selection of appealing selection of homemade pasta and pizzas. Ensure you save room for the vanilla meringue dessert – we promise you won’t regret it.
Let’s give a warm round of applause to Clap. Having proven popular in Beirut and Dubai, this acclaimed Japanese restaurant is now open in Riyadh’s Ramla Terraza. From inviting long banquettes to intimate countertop dining and private dining rooms, there is a space for everyone. The meticulously curated menu showcases a wide range of culinary delights, from delectable bites and flavorful starters to exquisite raw dishes, signature rolls, sushi, and sashimi.
Cova Il Ristorante
With a history dating back over two centuries, Cova stands as one of Italy’s most venerable pasticcerias, steeped in tradition and excellence. Transported to Bujairi Terrace in Riyadh, diners can embark on a culinary journey where artisanal Italian authenticity and creative craftsmanship intertwine, resulting in an exquisite array of elegant Mediterranean dishes. Indulge in the timeless classic of Risotto alla Milanese, savour the exquisite textures of carefully crafted pasta dishes, and delight in the freshness of seasonal salads that showcase the region’s best produce.
Promising COYA’s signature ambience and famous vibes – plus a number of tantalising dishes that are unique to the brand – the luxurious new COYA Riyadh in the city’s Sulaymaniyah district keeps guests well and truly entertained. Featuring a live, open ceviche counter and an indoor terrace with a DJ corner in addition to the main dining area and outdoor garden terrace, COYA Riyadh translates into a unique aesthetic with a cultural touch. As for its most distinct feature? The indoor dining area under the veranda, where a variety of elements have been used to create a warm and luscious environment. Expect all of your COYA favourites including slow-cooked beef ribs glazed with miso, corn-fed baby chicken with panca chilli and salmon with miso, not forgetting the Insta-worthy COYA dessert platter.
Renowned chef Akira Back joins the ranks of celebrated culinary figures who have opened restaurants in Saudi Arabia. Nestled within The Esplanade, Dasha entices diners with a tempting menu that showcases the flavours of Cantonese Dim Sum, Crispy Prawns and the classic delight of Peking Duck. For those seeking a touch of musical indulgence, Dasha offers a private karaoke room that encourages guests to sing their hearts out.
El Camino serves marvellous Mexican food in KAFD. The venue is packed with personality and brings South American food as well as fun to the Saudi capital. El Camino is a vibrant spot, which celebrates Mexican culture. The décor boasts cool cacti, colourful sombreros, fringed lamps and shelves lined with vases. The food menu spans starters, seafood, burritos, tacos, quesadillas and desserts. The dishes include Chili Poppers, Guacamole Dona Lupe, Nachos, Shrimp Kupuri, Quesabirrias, Queso Chelito and White Fish Ceviche. Plus, the specials include El Camino Sliders, Filete Chemita and Rice Pasilla.
Em Sherif Café
Nestled within the enchanting Leysan Valley, Em Sherif Café invites you to experience authentic Lebanese delicacies in a whole new light. Every ingredient is meticulously handpicked, from the vibrant produce to the succulent meats, with a commitment to surprising and delighting guests through innovative dishes. Among the signature dishes, you’ll discover the famous Lebanese Tabbouleh in three variations, classic creamy hummus adorned with roasted pine nuts, Mloukhiye bel Zeit featuring jute leaves in fragrant olive oil, and the flavoursome Kishk and Awarma. Em Sherif Café has become a culinary sensation across Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE, enchanting diners with its exquisite Lebanese fare and warm hospitality.
Few restaurants can captivate the attention of today’s top models, but Ferdi possesses an irresistible charm that has enticed the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid to grace its Parisian doors. With successful branches in Geneva and London, Ferdi has introduced its refined ambience to Saudi Arabia. While toys may form an essential part of the decor, Ferdi caters to an audience of chic adults, offering a sophisticated dining experience that combines elegance with a touch of playfulness across a menu of delectable seafood and vibrant salads.
Flamingo Room by tashas
Bringing together Flamingo Room by tashas, the retail haven Collective Africa, and the enchanting African Lounge, this unique establishment is situated within the upscale dining enclave at Bujairi Terrace. Flamingo Room by tashas embodies the essence of African glamour, delivering a unique dining experience that spans from lunch to dinner. On the other hand, African Lounge takes its cues from the opulent tented safaris of the continent, presenting an array of elegant afro-fusion dishes, delectable pastries, sweets, a sumptuous afternoon tea spread, and refined mocktails. Meanwhile, at Collective Africa, the luxury retail store inspired by Africa, guests can peruse a meticulously curated selection of designer clothing, home and tableware, and exquisite objets d’art. As for the Stargaze Garden, its rooftop location will provide panoramic vistas of the Wadi Hanifah riverbed, promising tranquil moments beneath the twinkling stars.
Gymkhana has established itself as a distinguished purveyor of contemporary Indian cuisine since its opening in Mayfair, London, in 2013. Now, the restaurant’s renowned signature dishes are available in Via Riyadh. Savour dishes such as the Chettinad Duck Dosa with Coconut Chutney, the aromatic Kid Goat Methi Keema with Salli and Pao, the Wild Muntjac Biryani, and the indulgent Duck Egg Langoustine Bhurji with Malabar Paratha. These culinary creations have garnered a wide array of admirers, ranging from renowned celebrities like Taylor Swift and the Beckhams to FACT’s editor-in-chief.
The Hakkasan brand has earned global acclaim for its exquisite Cantonese cuisine, setting a standard of excellence in the culinary world. With its London and Dubai branches already boasting MICHELIN Stars, Hakkasan has brought its renowned reputation to Riyadh, embracing the stylish and sophisticated ambience inspired by Shanghai. The menu showcases an array of signature dishes that have garnered acclaim worldwide, including grilled Chilean Seabass in honey, Crispy Duck Salad, and delicate Dim Sum. Hakkasan Riyadh redefines the boundaries of Cantonese cuisine amidst the traditional architecture of Bujairi Terrace.
The esteemed Chinese restaurant has reopened its doors at the vibrant Midtown complex on As Sulamaniyah Road. Take a seat on the stylish patterned furniture and prepare to embark on a gastronomic adventure. Hualan’s signature dish, the whole Peking duck, steals the spotlight with its succulent flavours and crispy skin, while the honey beef, glazed king prawn, and a colourful array of dim sum burst with vibrant flavours.
Il Baretto Riyadh
The Riyadh outpost of Il Baretto is famed for its à la carte offering, featuring Italian favourites and modern classics. As the first restaurant to open in King Abdullah Financial District, Il Baretto brings a true taste of Italy to the heart of Riyadh. Drawing influence from regional Italian specialities, the menu combines Italian classics, including veal Milanese and salt-baked seabass, with modern classics such as lobster linguine and wild seabass carpaccio. The northern Italian-influenced pizza, cooked in an open wood-burning oven is not to be missed. Read FACT’s full review here.
Situated in the vibrant Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh, KAYZO distinguishes itself from Oud Square’s coffee shops and casual eateries through its elegant ambience and inviting terrace. The restaurant showcases a sleek design, seamlessly blending Japanese minimalism and a regal blue colour scheme across its surroundings. The restaurant offers a variety of beloved Japanese favourites, including Beef Tataki, Marinated Yellowtail. Volcano Shrimp and the ever-popular Japanese Chicken Sando. Expect contemporary interpretations of Japanese classics in a simple yet upbeat setting. Read FACT’s full review here.
Located in the heart of Riyadh’s vibrant Al Safarat neighbourhood, La Maschou promises diners an epicurean journey through French cuisine. The original La Maschou can be found in Cannes, but the Riyadh outpost captures much of the charm of the French flagship, with brushed stone walls, atmospheric lighting, bold artworks and antique mirrors. The rustic ambience is complemented by hearth-roasted ingredients from the open fire, where popular choices include dry-aged beef, roasted chicken and salmon fillets.
With romantic touches of burgundy, soft peach and subtle hints of gold, L’ami Dave at Mansard Riyadh, a Radisson Collection Hotel overlooks a stunning plaza. Instilled with a sense of old-world luxury, the elegantly attired waitstaff will guide guests through a menu that celebrates the finest raw ingredients, premium charcoal-grilled beef, and classic French delicacies, such as escargots and foie gras. To complete the culinary experience, L’ami Dave’s dessert program features a selection of made-to-order soufflés.
Les Deux Magots
Imagine the scene: Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, and Pablo Picasso all step foot into a restaurant. No, this isn’t the start of a joke, but an actual occurrence that took place, albeit at different times, at Les Deux Magots. This Parisian establishment has been a cherished destination for the bohemian crowd since 1885. Drawing inspiration from its Paris counterpart, Les Deux Magots in Via Riyadh offers a menu of classic club sandwiches, omelettes, succulent steaks, and freshly baked viennoiseries. To learn more about this chic Parisian café, be sure to check out our FACT first look.
Long Chim, a name that translates to “come and taste” in Thai, draws its inspiration from Thailand’s vibrant markets and bustling street food stalls. With its esteemed MICHELIN star in Bangkok, this culinary gem transports modern Thailand’s flavours to the heart of Riyadh, courtesy of the renowned chef David Thompson. From the moment diners step through the doors of Long Chim, they are transported to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where the scent of sizzling woks fills the air and where each dish is a testament to flavours and aromas that define Thai gastronomy.
Renowned for its ingredient-led French Mediterranean and Niçoise-inspired cuisine, LPM Riyadh offers everything we’ve grown to love from the LPM brand. Here, diners can expect fine dining in a stunning setting, complemented by fantastic service and a lively atmosphere. Like its global counterparts, the Riyadh venue is achingly chic with white walls, quirky artwork, and a menu of signature dishes, including burrata, snails with garlic butter, and lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine. Don’t skip the vanilla crème brûlée or LPM’s world-famous cheesecake for dessert. Read FACT’s full review here.
With two locations in Riyadh, in addition to restaurants in Jeddah, Al Khobar and London’s trendy Mayfair neighbourhood, Lusin has well and truly captured the hearts of Saudi residents. The popular Armenian restaurant (Lusin means ‘moon’ in Armenian) serves dishes rooted in tradition and renowned for distinctive aromas and flavorful preparations. Relish the rustic environment whilst tucking into centuries-old Armenian ghapama, stuffed lamb, Armenian harissa, manti and pomegranate puff pastry.
Maiz in Bujairi Terrace is an exquisite restaurant that celebrates the richness of Saudi cuisine. From the dimly-lit interiors adorned with dramatic decorations to the vibrant terrace boasting traditional Najdi architectural elements, Maiz invites diners to immerse themselves in an authentic Saudi experience. The menu is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to authenticity and innovation, showcasing dishes from all 13 of Saudi Arabia’s provinces and infusing them with a contemporary twist. The result is a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, where classic Saudi dishes are elevated to new heights.
Famed West Hollywood dining destination Madeo Ristorante plans to open two new restaurants across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. First up is Madeo in Via Riyadh, owned and operated by Alfio Vietina along with his wife, Elvira Buffoni, and sons Gianni Vietina and Nicola Vietina. The menu will feature traditional Tuscan dishes, pairing the freshest local ingredients with premium European elements. The new venues in Riyadh and Jeddah will feature a warm colour palette with brass and wood accents, curved booths, and a semi-open kitchen.
Bringing Italian hospitality and Provençal charm from Antibes, France, to Riyadh, Mamo Michelangelo can be found at one of the Saudi capital’s most recognisable addresses – Al Faisaliah Hotel. A charming setting, colourful crockery and an ingredient-driven menu combine to create an instantly memorable meal full of Italian charm. Unmissable dishes from the menu include the creamy burrata from Napoli, lamb shoulder perfectly cooked in the wood-fired oven, and the signature truffle focaccia. Wrap up your experience with a sweet treat with a choice between traditional tiramisu or the zesty lemon tart. Read FACT’s full review here.
Ranked 30th on the inaugural MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Marble offers an intimate dining experience anchored around the craftsmanship of butchery. The restaurant can be found in Riyadh’s Turki Square and is a haven for all things meat. With just four items offered with a side of fries, Marble’s brisket, ribs and rib-eye steak have captured the attention of carnivorous Saudi citizens. However, it’s the Marble burger encased in a brioche bun and topped with caramelised onion, cheese, and marble sauce that has become the talk of the town.
Derived from the Armenian language, “Mayrig” translates to “little mother.” As the pioneering Armenian restaurant in the Kingdom, Mayrig pays homage to the countless Armenian mothers who have preserved the country’s cherished culinary legacy throughout the years. Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean region, Mayrig’s menu features healthy olive oil-based dishes that tantalise the palate with a harmonious blend of flavours, temperatures, textures, and colours.
Paying homage to the rich culinary cultures across India, Dubai’s homegrown restaurant Mohalla has taken up residence at The Esplanade. The restaurant houses two levels of seating, offering both indoor and al fresco options, and a statement bar. The open kitchen, meanwhile, allows diners to catch a glimpse of the behind the scenes action, much like the street food outlets of India. Mohalla Riyadh’s menu echoes that of the Dubai branch, except for a few special kebabs curated exclusively for diners in Riyadh. Signature dishes here include the likes of raj kachori, avocado papdi chaat, keema pao, spicy chili chicken, Rayalaseema prawn curry, tender chicken kebab, raan biryani, and the always-popular jalebi.
We’re not talking about the boardgame but the popular restaurant, which already has branches in both the Diplomatic Quarter and KAFD. Monopoly’s newest branch serves the brand’s beloved pizzas and fusion cuisine.
Morini may have just opened in Riyadh but this New York-style Italian Restaurant is already causing a stir. Situated inside Riyadh’s Jareed Hotel, this authentic Italian eatery comes to us from Altramarea Group, the team behind Dubai’s vibey Marea restaurant. The chic dining room is decked out in a cream colour scheme and features black and white portraits across the walls, whilst an intimate balcony overlooking the dining room offers the ideal spot for an intimate meal. When it comes to the menu, diners can expect homemade gnocchi, octopus and pan-seared salmon. Read FACT’s full review here.
From London’s Fitzrovia to Riyadh’s upmarket Al Faisaliah Hotel, Meraki presents modern Greek cuisine in a stunning contemporary setting. With a reputation as one of the Saudi capital’s most luxurious dining experiences, diners can escape to the Cyclades with a menu of beetroot carpaccio, prawn souvlaki, courgette and feta rigatoni, grilled seabass, lamb pregola, and truffle rice. Beautiful interiors and a sun-soaked terrace transport guests to the Aegean Sea without leaving KSA.
This Latin American restaurant has recently made the jump from London to Riyadh and, in the process, has become one of the city’s hottest reservations. Expect an atmospheric dining room adorned with monkey motifs and plenty of tropical foliage. From the menu, diners can tuck into tacos, sushi, ceviche and meats from the robata grill. However, when it comes to dessert, you’ll want to order the show-stopping ‘Spnk The Mnky’ – a piñata made of active charcoal and filled with a selection of petit fours, truffles, fresh berries, dulce de leche candies and lollies.
A-listers including Adele, Bella Hadid and Justin Bieber have been spotted at Mr Chow. With restaurants across America, from Beverly Hills to New York City, the celebrity hangout has finally opened in Riyadh. The Mr Chow menu in the Saudi capital has been curated by Executive Chef Jia He. The highlights include the Chicken Satay, Green Prawns, Peking Duck and handmade noodles. Guests will also be able to watch the Insta-worthy hand-pulled noodle show.
Whether in Jeddah or Riyadh, Myazu has become a go-to for contemporary Japanese cuisine. Expect modern dishes formed using traditional culinary techniques and top-quality ingredients that create a harmonious balance between smoky, sweet and spicy. Having gained the highest ranking for a restaurant in KSA at the MENA 50 Best Restaurant Awards at number 15, Myazu’s menu highlights include gyoza, tempura, sandos, carpaccio, sushi, maki rolls and meat from the robata grill.
Situated in Laysen Valley, NAC has been transported from London to Riyadh and brings a taste of France to the Saudi capital. Expect classic dishes instilled with a creative twist, including creamy mushroom risotto, crushed burrata, torched cauliflower and veal schnitzel. NAC is the place for fancy French fare in the Kingdom, open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Riyadh’s culinary scene is now graced by the presence of esteemed chef Akira Back, who has opened not one but two restaurants (with more on the horizon). Situated within The Esplanade, Namu takes its inspiration from Korea and presents a menu brimming with freshly prepared meats, seafood, vegetables, and authentic Korean dishes. What’s more, you have the option to grill the meats to your liking on your very own tabletop barbecue.
Najd Village is a restaurant that combines Saudi’s history and heritage into one memorable dining experience. Here, you can indulge in the flavours of traditional Najd dishes, including Kabsa, Jareesh, Al-Qursan, Al-Tatli, Al-Hanini, and other Saudi Najd delicacies. With an ambience that reflects the Saudi heritage, the seating arrangements draw inspiration from the glorious history of Najd, ensuring a unique and captivating atmosphere.
Esteemed Japanese restaurant Nozomi has returned to Riyadh’s vibrant dining scene. Having already captured the hearts of food enthusiasts in Al Khobar, this upmarket culinary haven brings its critically acclaimed cuisine to the buzzing Al Olaya district. Nozomi, meaning “wish” and “desire” in Japanese, perfectly encapsulates the essence of the restaurant’s philosophy. Expect an elegant ambience where a blend of modern sophistication and traditional charm creates an inviting atmosphere for diners to indulge in sushi and sashimi.
SaltBae’s worldwide domination continues with the latest opening for Nusret Gökçe’s Turkish restaurant empire. The 28th global Nusr-Et restaurant opening sits happily at the far end of U Walk and offers everything that diners have come to know and love about the brand. Interactive dining is the name of the game at this Turkish steakhouse, with the Riyadh menu featuring all of the expected signatures, including lokum, meat sushi, the Nusr-Et sizzling tenderloin and the ever-popular Nusr-Et burger. So let the salt sprinkling commence.
When it comes to Japanese destination dining in Riyadh, it has got to be Okku. The multi-faceted restaurant offers several eye-catching spaces with locally designed Japanese contemporary artwork, feature pieces and furniture. An enormous Moon Jelly Fish Tank flanks Okku’s main dining area, but there’s also an open plan sushi bar, robata grill kitchen and a walled Japanese garden. However, when it comes to the food, it’s the ‘O’ style signature dishes that you want to try, offering an appealing selection of robata grilled fresh fish and meats.
It’s all about meat, meat, meat at Porterhouse, and that’s clear from the moment you enter, from the carving knives on the wall to the fridge with prime cuts on display. The Saudi born brand feels like a classic New York steakhouse, and the menu includes a wide range of meats cooked just the way you want. Take your pick from a 250g New Zealand grass-fed tenderloin to a 800g dry-aged Australian Angus steak for two. If you try one thing, make it the wagyu sando – it’s return-worthy good. So, settle into the black leather sofas, admire the rustic interiors, from the piles of logs to the open kitchen, and get ready to be wowed by the marvellous meats.
If A-list celebrities like Al Pacino and Kate Moss consider Raoul’s worthy of their patronage, then it’s certainly a restaurant that the rest of us should check out. This renowned New York bistro has been delighting diners with its Parisian cuisine since 1975 and is now open in Via Riyadh. Among the signature dishes that deserve special mention are the Escargots à la Bordelaise, Lobster Thermidor, Raoul’s Burger and the indulgent Steak Au Poivre. Read FACT’s full review here.
The latest opening from MFC capitalises upon the popularity of the brands Japanese concepts, Kayzo and Myazu but adds a robata twist. Opening at The Canopy by Oud, Robata looks to capture the energy of contemporary in an Insta-worthy environment. Expect charcoal grills, meat, seafood and vegetables straight from the robatayaki grill.
The Riyadh output of contemporary Japanese restaurant ROKA offers a la carte and tasting menus to diners. Suppose you’ve visited ROKA in Dubai, Istanbul, Kuwait or London. In that case, you know exactly what to expect, and that’s excellent signature dishes such as salmon tartare, black cod and king crab dumplings, sea bream fillet and lamb cutlets with Korean spices plated to perfection. If you’re searching for a vibey Japanese dining experience, look no further. Read FACT’s full review here.
Renowned for its chic establishments in London, Doha and Dubai, Rüya has opened in Riyadh’s vibrant AlDabab neighbourhood, bringing with it the rich culinary traditions and diverse cuisine of Türkiye. At the core of Rüya’s concept lies the intention to introduce Anatolian cuisine to the world, offering a tapestry of flavours and culinary delights. Translating to ‘dream’ in Turkish, Rüya strives to deliver authentic tastes and embodies heartfelt hospitality and exquisitely designed spaces, ensuring a truly enchanting dining experience.
San Carlo Ciccheti
This chic but casual Italian hotspot has opened in both Riyadh and Jeddah and is known for its pleasing menu of pizza, pasta and everything in between. Foliage hangs seductively throughout the dining room, where chairs upholstered in turquoise leather provide pops of colour that are almost as vibrant as the cuisine. The octopus salad, truffle and parmesan risotto and calzone fritto would be our personal picks from the menu, but you can’t really go wrong. Come hungry, as you’ll want to devour everything.
Founded in 1984 by Gino Santin, Santini stands as one of London’s oldest family-run restaurants and is now open in Leysan Valley. The thoughtfully curated menu of Italian signature dishes includes Crab Salad, Homemade Fettuccine Lobster, Milanese Santini and Truffle Mushroom Lasagne. Drawing inspiration from Santini’s brand mark, the artichoke, the restaurant has used the ingredients throughout its interior styling.
Originally established in 1851 by a youthful fishmonger named John Scott, Scott’s stands out among the five oldest dining establishments in London. Scott’s Riyadh echoes the essence of its Mayfair flagship, portraying a refined dining milieu adorned with timber-panelled walls, rich burgundy leather seating, glistening silver-leaf mirrored partitions, and a bar adorned with stingray features at Via Riyadh. The culinary offering encompasses classic seafood and fish selections intertwined with an array of seasonal game and meat delicacies. Notably, the house speciality, oysters, takes pride of place, showcased at the sophisticated oyster bar within Scott’s.
Immerse yourself in an opulent affair at the charing Signor Sassi villa in the heart of As Sulimaniyah. Having already captured the hearts of diners in London, this renowned Italian eatery has seen A-listers such as Rihanna, Lionel Richie, and FACT’s editor-in-chief amongst its esteemed guests. With over one hundred dishes on the expansive menu, expect generous portions of authentic Italian cuisine but don’t leave without trying the signature spaghetti lobster and tempting tiramisu. Read FACT’s full review here.
What Social Pizzeria lacks in size, it makes up for in its quality pizzas. The Neapolitan pizza bar has a wood fire oven and countertop seats, so you can get a slice of the action and the top-tasting pizzas. The restaurant is bright and zesty with floor-to-ceiling windows, plush teal seats, lemon motifs on the wall and lemon plants on the shelves. The vibe changes in the evening, as children are not allowed after 7pm and there are queues to get in. Take your pick from classic pizzas like beef pepperoni, margheritas and, if you want to indulge, truffle-topped ones. The local’s favourite is the Arabian Beauty, which is topped with aubergines. The menu also includes pastas, salads and lasagnes. Oh, and since you’re in an Italian restaurant, it would be rude not to end the night with a gelato.
Spago by Wolfgang Puck
Chances are, Wolfgang Puck has catered to more A-list celebrities than you’ve had hot dinners. For over two decades, he has held the prestigious role of being the go-to chef for the Academy Awards. The name “Spago” translates to “string,” reflecting the delicate artistry and attention to detail that permeate every dish. With an impressive 40-year history in Beverley Hills, Spago is now open in Via Riyadh offering a beautiful blend of Italian and West Coast cuisine. Don’t miss the Fried Blooming Whole Seabass or Spago Kunafa.
Saudi restaurants come and come, but Suhail stands out from the restaurant crowd. In Arabic, the name means brightest star, which is a fitting moniker for a restaurant that is lighting up both Riyadh and AlUla’s dining scene. Local favourites are given an upgrade, from the jareesh soup (traditional vegetable soup) to the chicken kabsa (rice and spiced roast chicken served with tahini sauce). The restaurant is understandingly elegant and inspired by the soaring rocks in the AlUla desert – there are high ceilings, gold hues and tables nestled in quiet corners.
More is more at Sultan’s Steakhouse, as it is set in a sprawling venue and has an extensive menu. So, come with your crew and come hungry, as there is meat. Lots of meat. Whether you’re after the 1.1kg tomahawk, Sultan’s king meatballs with cheese or the golden black burger, the menu aims to please with meat in a variety of ways. While there is a section labelled non-meat lovers, we have to warn you: it only includes chicken cutlet and salmon. The massive restaurant includes floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor seating, plus an open kitchen and live cooking stations.
Sumosan restaurant has gained fame for its innovative fusion of flavours, offering a contemporary interpretation of Japanese cuisine. Under the expertise of executive chef Bubker Belkhit, Sumosan in Riyadh showcases a diverse selection ranging from sushi and sashimi to delectable meat dishes, truffle hamachi tiradito and lobster salad. Renowned as a celebrity hotspot worldwide, Sumosan has become a go-to destination for famous faces, attracting the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cheryl Cole, and Tamara Ecclestone. We expect the restaurant to lure A-listers to its Riyadh location too.
Located in historic Diriyah’s Bujairi Terrace, Takya is a Saudi-owned fine-dining establishment that blends traditional Saudi cuisine with a captivating contemporary twist. Brace yourself for a culinary journey where the diverse flavours of the Kingdom are skillfully reimagined across a rich collection of dishes. From aromatic spices to locally sourced ingredients, every element is meticulously curated to celebrate the rich culinary tapestry of Saudi Arabia.
If it’s good enough for Cristiano Ronaldo, then it’s good enough for us. The footballer and Riyadh resident is one of the backers behind Tatel, a restaurant that draws inspiration from America’s prohibition era in the 1920s. Tatel has a renowned reputation for its exceptional Spanish haute cuisine and the menu features Crispy Eggplant, Grilled Octopus, Mushroom Cannelloni with Rice, Seabass Ceviche, Slow Cooked Beef Ribs and Spicy Chicken Terrine. Indulge your sweet tooth with the decadent desserts, among which stands the iconic Tate World Famous Cheesecake. Tatel’s popularity has already spread to renowned locations such as Beverley Hills, Madrid, and Riyadh.
Towering 267 meters above Riyadh, The Globe is one of the most impressive restaurants in Saudi Arabia, with its sky-high views over King Fahad Road towards the twisted structure of Al Majdoul Tower. Come for the views and stay for the food because the seven-course tasting menu of modern European cuisine is worth every Riyal. Thin slithers of Salmon Gravlax, generously stuffed Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, and a rich Chocolate Tart served with hazelnut crunch and Chantilly are just some of the surprises that await. For a restaurant that redefines dinner with a view, look no further. Read FACT’s full review here.
Tokyo Riyadh is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in the capital – not only has it been open since 1985, but so many locals rave about the food. While there are two branches, the As Sulimaniyah one is where its food story started and where yours should, too. The staff and price point are not intimidating, so you can make your way through much of the menu. While the restaurant serves the usual sushi and sashimi, check out the impressive list of noodles, soups and salads. Plus, the taco starters may pass you by on the menu – as you’re in a Japanese restaurant, after all – but they’re oh-so good.
Villa Mamas transcends the boundaries of a mere restaurant and becomes an opulent rendition of restaurateur and chef Roaya Saleh’s home. Within its walls, Saleh masterfully blends local, seasonal, fresh, and organic ingredients, creating a symphony that nourishes the body and the senses. Drawing inspiration from cherished childhood memories and voyages across the Middle East, Villa Mamas Riyadh stands as the fourth manifestation of this extraordinary concept, having originated in Bahrain before expanding to Abu Dhabi and London. Indulge in the irresistible crispness of prawn fritters, savour the harmonious combination of cherry and lamb kofta, and delight in the aromatic allure of chicken machbous.
WAGYUMAFIA celebrates the remarkable qualities of Japan’s most renowned beef. Since its inception in 2016, WAGYUMAFIA has garnered international acclaim, thanks in part to the introduction of it Kobe Beef Chateaubriand Cutlet Sandwich. This extraordinary sandwich, hailed as the world’s most expensive, has captured the imagination of many and inspired countless imitations. Building upon the success of their Tokyo restaurants, WAGYUMAFIA Riyadh will present a dining experience that embraces the essence of omakase. Guests can expect a menu featuring signature dishes that have defined WAGYUMAFIA, alongside exclusive creations crafted solely for the Riyadh location.
YAKINIKUMAFIA by WAGYUMAFIA
Prepare for an extraordinary dining experience at YAKINIKUMAFIA by WAGYUMAFIA, where theatricality takes centre stage. This innovative concept elevates the Japanese tradition of grilling meat over an open flame. The menu features sustainably raised, single-breed wagyu cuts, prepared using butchery techniques that minimise waste and maximise flavour. YAKINIKUMAFIA also allows full customisation, allowing you to tailor your dining experience to your preferences. However, the true showstopper is the rare cut wagyu, expertly paired with YAKINIKUMAFIA’s signature wagyu bone broth.
You know your dim sum is in safe hands, as Hakkasan, the dining heavyweight, is behind Yauatcha. While Hakkasan specialises in high-end dim sum – the Dubai branch is located in the Atlantis, The Palm, no less – Yauatcha is all about accessible dim sum. Even though there’s a cheaper price point, there’s no scrimping on quality. Instead, the menu meets all your Chinese food cravings with dim sum platters, baos, cheung fun rolls, noodles and seafood dishes. Plus, the décor is playful with a cherry blossom tree, bright lime chairs and views of the capital.
Riyadh residents and visitors apparently can’t get enough of Japanese cuisine. Yokari at Centria Mall combines modern and traditional cuisine, where craft and technical precision are displayed through a vibrant range of Japanese dishes, fused with a delicate and atmospheric dining experience. Gyoza, tataki, tacos, tempura, maki rolls and robata grills all take pride of place on the Yokari menu, however, our personal favourite is the crispy rice cakes topped with seared wagyu beef and edible gold leaf.