Visit these fine dining restaurants when you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to treat yourself…

Riyadh has a plethora of worthy destinations when you want a great meal. But if you’re looking for something extra special, Riyadh’s fine dining restaurants offer the kind of atmosphere, service and cuisine that take dining out to the next level.

From international exports and seasoned stalwarts to exciting new concepts, these are the top restaurants in the Saudi capital.

Lusin

 

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Combining contemporary elegance and unparalleled service, Lusin takes every guest on a gastronomic journey through centuries of Armenian traditions – one of flavour, aroma, texture and decadence. It’s the punchier, earthier flavours where Lusin’s menu sings. Our personal favourite is the cherry kebab – rich but light, almost brazenly luxe and yet practically a comfort food.

Lusin, Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Centria Mall, MMXM+49 & Northern Ring Branch Road, An Nakheel, QJ2F+4C, Sat to Wed 8.30am to 12.30am, Thurs 8.30am to 1am, Fri 12.30pm to 1am, Tel: 920 002 690. @_lusin_

Mamo Michelangelo


At the mere mention of Mamo, how could one not get excited about a glamorous French Riviera import taking root right here in Riyadh? Mamo maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to French-Mediterranean flavours as its Antibes namesake. Mamo’s signature offerings include their flavourful veal Milanese, the fresh truffle pizza and the burrata salad. What we love the most is the restaurant’s charming interior – the perfect setting for a five-star dining experience, using old materials from Italy and Provençe to create an authentically elegant ambience.

Mamo Michelangelo, Al Faisaliah Hotel (South Wing), daily 12.30pm to 3pm, 7.30pm to 11pm, Tel: 920 000 874. @mamomichelangeloksa

Myazu

 

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From the same company behind Nozomi Garden at Oud Square in Diplomatic Quarter, Myazu is the group’s first homegrown dining concept. The restaurant boasts an open kitchen that houses a robata grill and sushi counter with wrap-around counter seating. A compelling feature is Myazu Arts, which features the mocktail bar and DJ counter, and acts as an intimate area for high-profile guests and private gatherings. Among the restaurant’s best-seller dishes are marinated yellowtail sashimi, popcorn shrimp with spicy sauce, and crispy sushi rice with salmon and tuna tartare.

Myazu, Musad Bin Jalawi, MPX3+WX, daily 12.30pm to 12.30am, Tel: 920 009 686. @myazusaudi

Nobu


Please your palate with world-famous Nobu cuisine at Nobu Riyadh. Located on the second floor of Nobu Hotel, the spacious dining room features a large fish-scale wooden structure and table settings that set the tone for the meal. The fare famously splices Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, and many of the dishes have become iconic the world over. An example is the miso black cod, which has set the standard for haute cuisine Asian mains. Other signature dishes include the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and the little Peruvian tacos stuffed with lobster or king crab. For a big-name meal, Nobu is fine Japanese dining at its absolute best.

Nobu Restaurant, Nobu Hotel, King Fahd Road, Al Anoud Tower 2, PM4G+G7, Mon to Thurs noon to 3pm, Fri 1pm to 4pm, dinner daily 7pm to midnight, Tel: 011 297 8300. @nobuhotelriyadh

Okku

 

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This multi-award-winning restaurant needs no introduction. The experience begins when you enter the dark, superlatively slick surroundings of Okku, greeted by life-sized samurai statues. Food-wise, Okku wowed us with its innovative twists on Japanese favourites. Servings are modest, but each bite reveals incredible textures and flavours, such as the salmon sashimi with chopped red and yellow pepper, micro cress and spring onion in ginger citrus-soy vinaigrette. Prices can be eye-watering, but this hotspot is still a must-visit.

Okku, Tahlia Street, Al Olaya, MMWJ+3Q, daily 1pm to 1am, Tel: 011 442 2929. @okkuriyadh

Spazio


If you’re cool with heights, you may as well go all the way out. Perched on the 77th floor of Riyadh’s Kingdom Tower, this A-listers’ restaurant melds opulent dining with elegant interiors and a panoramic view of the city to boot. Kick off your gastronomic journey here with starters such as duo salmon tartare with black caviar before moving on to the mains, which include veal tenderloin Rossini-style with foie gras, braised endives, spinach quenelles and black truffles with morel sauce.

Spazio 77 Restaurant & Lounge, Kingdom Tower, 77th Floor, Al Urubah Road, PM6F+GM, daily 9am to 11.30pm, Tel: 011 211 1888. @spazio77

Suhail

 

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Suhail has a talent for changing the way people perceive and experience Saudi cuisine, marrying tradition with modernity – both in the kitchen and with its suave interiors. Serving up sharing plates, the flavours here certainly aren’t shy. Beautifully spiced dishes on offer are made even more tempting by perfect presentation, which is all part of the well-heeled package. Don’t miss the lamb mugalgal and plenty of the saj bread to mop up the leftovers. Portions are petite, but the prices are fully justified. Overall, Suhail promises sensory joys, prettily presented.

Suhail, Northern Ring Rd, An Nakheel, QJ2F+5H, Sat to Wed 1pm to 12.30am, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 1am, Tel: 920 002 690. @suhail_saudi

Villa Palma

 

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Tucked away in the Sulimaniyah area, Villa Palma transports diners to the Mediterranean sea’s sandy coasts through a gamut of comforting dishes. The culinary team has created a colourful and innovative menu inspired by the landscapes, the sea and the mountains of Greece, Italy, Spain and the South of France. Expect dishes bursting with flavour like chargrilled octopus with hazelnuts and salsa verde, and the perfectly seasoned and pleasingly unpretentious slow-baked salt-crusted seabass.

Villa Palma, Abdullah Bin Hamdan, As Sulimaniyah, MMWV+VW, Mon to Sat 7pm to midnight, Tel: 920 035 500. @villa_palma

Walton St. Scalini


Bringing upscale Italian fare to the city is the acclaimed restaurant Walton St. Scalini (not to be mistaken with Scalini Restorante in Diplomatic Quarter). Like its counterparts in London, Doha and Dubai, this institution features plush deep-blue interiors and the restaurant’s trademark wall of fame, filled with celebrities’ faces. The creamy burrata with cherry tomatoes and the paccheri pasta with parmesan and shavings of black truffle are favourites with the regulars.

Walton St. Scalini, Signature Centre, Hateen District, Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Road, Exit 2, QJ63+2X, daily 1pm to 4pm, 7pm to 12.30am, Tel: 011 477 7753. @waltonstscalini

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Zuma

 

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The dining scene in Saudi Arabia is set to welcome many world-famous names, and one of them is none other than Zuma. Known for its izakaya-inspired shared dining, Zuma’s famous plates include marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf, sliced yellowtail and salt-grilled seabass. Early this year, Zuma arrives as a pop-up at Riyadh Oasis, but a permanent address is expected to open later in the year. No doubt, this will be high on the list as Riyadh’s top restaurant.

Opening soon. @zumariyadhofficial

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