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Middle Eastern Food | Asian Food | Western Food


Doha has lately seen a growing numbers of international restaurants. Major chain restaurants, such as Burger King, Cook Door (from Egypt), Domino’s Pizza, Hardee's, KFC, LeNotre, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, McDonald’s, Subway, sushi restaurants, The Butcher Shop & Grill (from South Africa), thai food restaurants and many other are available in Doha.

Apart from these chain restaurants, there are also plenty good Middle Eastern, Asian and Western food restaurants in major hotels. However, for visitors travelling with small children, they need to check with the respective restaurants, since a few of these fine dining restaurants don’t accept visitors with small children.

Throughout Ramadan (the Islamic fasting month), all restaurants are closed during the day and will be open after breaking the fast to early morning (before fasting commences). However, restaurants located in major hotels are allowed to open for business.

It is a local practice in Doha to see customers honking from their cars to call restaurant’s staff. These customers will stay in their cars while waiting for their take-away food. Sometimes people do smoke in restaurants, though more and more restaurants apply the no-smoking rule strictly.

Many restaurants, mostly small and medium, have home delivery services, with or without additional charges. Small restaurants usually do not accept electronic payment and do not serve any alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks are available only in restaurants at major hotels and the Pearl. Tipping is not required unless you are happy to do so. Some restaurants may apply service charges.

Listed below are a number of independently selected restaurants and cafés (sponsor free) by JoTravelGuide.com. Details mentioned include location, opening hours, price range, whether or not booking is required, alcohol availability, and so on.

The price range is based on one main dish (unless otherwise stated), excluding government tax and service charges, whenever applicable. As a reference, a small bottle of soft drink (or a can) costs around QAR 4 to QAR 6 and a small bottle of mineral water costs around QAR 8. A cup of coffee costs around QAR 10.

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Some restaurants below are anonymously "tested" by our contributor in Doha and gave his own personal comments on the "Remarks" colomn.

= It's okay to visit if you are really hungry and have no other options
= they have good food with reasonable prices
= I would definately go back


AL MANDARINE

Though it is famous mainly for its juices, Al Mandarine has a few Middle Eastern dishes and other on its menu too. Al Mandarine has a few locations, such as in Ramada signal area and Souq Waqif.


Location : Souq Waqif or Ramada Signal
Telephone : +974 4425588 (Ramada), +974 44633748
Price range : avocado cocktail QAR 25, Humus QAR 10, roll cheese QAR 15, mixed cocktail QAR 14
Facilities : free Wi-Fi (in Ramada)
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, book shop, hotels, clinics/chemists
Remarks : credit card payment available and free Wi-Fi in Al Mandarine Ramada.

Visited by our contributor and said it's among his most frequent visited restaurants in Doha, especially for its fruit cocktails.

ASSAHA LEBANESE VILLAGE RESTAURANT

The restaurant serves mainly Lebanese dishes, fast food snacks and oriental dishes as well.


Location : Hamad Al Kabir St, Airport Rd
Telephone : +974 55492534, 55250276
Opening hours : daily
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, hotels, shops
Nearby attractions : Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, Museum of Islamic Art, the Corniche
Remarks : free delivery.

AL TAWASH

Al Tawash is located in Souq Waqif that specializes in local (Qatari) dishes. Opened its business for the first time to public in 1999.


Location : Souq Waqif
Telephone : +974 44982002
Website : www.altawash-qa.com (currently not maintained)
Opening hours : daily, 12pm-12am, Thursday-Friday till 12:30am
Price range : from about QAR 30 to QAR 70
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, hotels, shops
Nearby attractions : Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, Museum of Islamic Art, the Corniche
Remarks : credit card payment available and free Wi-Fi in Al Mandarine Ramada.

Visited by our contributor and believed it's a nice restaurant with delicious Qatari dishes.

HABEEB TURKISH RESTAURANT

A small but busy restaurant during lunch and dinner.


Location :

Al Matar Al Qadeem St (near Jaber bin Hayyan St.)

Telephone : +974 44678503, 44764744, +974 55301968
Opening hours : daily, 24 hours
Price range : from QAR 4 to QAR 40
Nearby facilities :

ATMs, barbershops, chemists, internet café, shops

Remarks : cash payment only. Staff speaks limited English.

Visited by our contributor and his comment: a good value for money restaurant and didn't mind coming back for lunch if were in the area.

HOT BREAD BAKERY

This small bakery is quite well known among the locals. It serves mostly Middle Eastern type of breads, as well as “pizza”.


Location : Al Matar Al Qadeem St (corner of Ali Husein bin Ali St)
Opening hours : daily, 5am-1am, closed on Friday
Price range : around QAR 3
Nearby facilities : ATMs, barbershops, chemists, internet café, shops
Remarks : cash payment only. Staff speaks limited English.

Visited by our contributor and said nothing really special here.

LE GOURMET LEBANESE RESTAURANT

The restaurant serves mainly Lebanese dishes, though they have pasta and sandwiches as well on the list.


Location : Souq Waqif
Telephone : +974 44362156, 44361789
Email : info@legourmetrestaurant.com
Website : www.legourmetrestaurant.com
Opening hours : daily, 8am-midnite
Price range : from QAR 35 to QAR 70, breakfast menu from QAR 20, coffee from QAR 12
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, hotels, shops
Nearby attractions : Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, Museum of Islamic Art, the Corniche
Remarks : serving only breakfast menu till 12:30pm. Accept credit card payment.

Visited and tried by our contributor.

SARAI

This Syrian restaurant is located inside Villagio shopping mall and offers a variety of Kebab.


Location : Villagio Shopping Mall, near the Ice Skating ring (food court area)
Telephone : +974 44135246
Opening hours : daily, 12pm till midnight
Price range : from around QAR 40s
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, shops
Nearby attractions : Aspire Park, Khalifa Stadium
Remarks : accept credit card payment. Sarai also serves non-alcoholic beer.

Visited by our contributor and personally believed it can be an option for travellers who would like trying the region's dishes..

SHEBESTAN PALACE

This is an Iranian fine dining restaurant in Doha. Shebestan has a nice setting, where guests can also see the chef makes the Iranian bread, which will be served prior to your orders.


Location : Al Sadd Road (in front of HSBC Bank)
Telephone : +974 4422266, 44321555
Fax : +974 44320777
Opening hours : daily, 12pm-12am, except on Thursday-Friday open till 1am
Price range : appetizer from QAR 18, main dishes from around QAR 35-170
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, hotels, hospitals/clinics/chemists
Remarks : accept credit card payment and do home delivery, take away. Though guests may find other guests smoking in the restaurant, it has a family section (for those with children). People suggest also to try its mixed grills or kebab.

Visited by our contributor and said it's a restaurant with a nice setting and decent dishes from the region.







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