Ramadan 2021: 30 of the best iftars in Riyadh you have to try
Ramadan Mubarak, everyone…
Celebrate the month of Ramadan with these delicious treats. From traditional Arabic dishes to international flavours, we’ve rounded up some of the best iftar deals in Riyadh.
This Lebanese restaurant is serving up traditional dishes on its iftar menu. Dishes for this four-person set meal include lentil soup, stuffed kibbeh, cherry kebabs, lamb ouzi baked in oven, and Umm Ali (bread pudding). Live stations are also available.
Beitward Lebanese Restaurant & Café, U Walk, Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd, King Saud University, Riyadh 11564, Coordinates: PJQH+M5. SAR195 for adults, SAR75 for children. Tel: 055 908 3351. @beitward.riyadh
Burj Rafal Hotel
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There are two iftar options this Ramadan: you can choose to dine in at Turkish restaurant Tugra or Aroma, which serves Arabic favourites and modern dishes. Enjoy 20 per cent off for bookings made through Morecravings.com
Burj Rafal Hotel Riyadh, King Fahd Rd, Sahafah District, Riyadh 11564. SAR275 for adults, SAR137.50 for children aged six to 12. Tel: 011 511 7880. @burjrafalhotel
Enjoy a four-course menu in this elegant restaurant. For just SAR119, you’ll get a drink, soup, an appetiser, one main course, and dessert. Highlights include mozzarella with tomatoes and avocado salad, king prawn and saffron risotto, lamb shank, and lemon cheesecake.
Caffé Concerto, U Walk & Al Nakheel Mall. SAR119 per person. Tel: 053 000 3784 / 053 000 3486. @caffeconcertosa
Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road Hotel
Make the stunning city skyline the perfect backdrop to an exclusive iftar experience on the top floor of the spectacular Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road. Offering a lavish spread of traditional Ramadan dishes, personalised service, Arabian decor and a sweet escape, this private sunset iftar makes meals with loved ones even more memorable. The specially curated menu begins with Arabic coffee, warm soup, hot and cold mezze made with the freshest ingredients to enjoy after a long day of fasting, hearty main course options that are sure to please, traditional Middle Eastern desserts made with rich pistachios and fresh cream, as well as Ramadan drinks.
Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road Hotel. SAR700 per person (including Ramadan beverages). Tel: 011 521 0000. @courtyardriyadhnorthernring
Tuck into traditional favourites from local and regional cuisines with the option to dine indoors or on the beautiful terrace.
Dhifah Restaurant, 7089 Abi Bakr As Siddiq Rd, An Nada, Riyadh 13317, Coordinates: RM3F+JC. SAR149 per person. Iftar menu is served daily from sunset to 8pm. Tel: 055 505 3364. @dhifah_sa
Doubletree by Hilton Riyadh
The hotel’s casual dining restaurant has curated a special ‘bottomless iftar’ menu for guests looking to break their fasts with traditional Arabic dishes with a twist. The menu is also designed to encourage diners to try and share all dishes. Do look out for the Chef’s culinary highlights every day. For an even sweeter deal, the hotel is also offering a complimentary room when you book their iftar menu for two.
In keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, Elements has prepared a splendid iftar family style set menu, serving delicious authentic flavours enhanced with spectacular Ramadan decorations that embrace the spirit of the holy month.
Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. SAR350 for adults, SAR160 for children (ages 5-12). Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh
Em Sherif Café
This delectable iftar spread includes traditional hot and cold mezze, juicy grills and an assortment of delicious desserts, along with refreshing Arabic beverages. We love that the main course for the set menu changes on a daily basis.
Em Sherif Café, The Zone, Takhassusi St, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 11564, Coordinates: PJJX+HQ. SAR295 per person. Tel: 9200 17617. @emsherifcafeksa
Enjoy a special Ramadan set menu at Gürkan Sef all through the month. The iftar spread will include a drink, a choice of lentil or chicken soup, goat cheese salad, an assortment of appetisers, and a main dish of short ribs risotto, mix grills or chicken meatballs. To finish, choose between Umm Ali, crème brulee and Arabic milk pudding for dessert.
Gürkan Sef, The Zone, Takhassusi St, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 11564, Coordinates: PJJX+WM, daily 5.30pm to 2.30am. SAR159 per person. Tel: 011 411 9920. @gurkansefalriyadh
This Japanese restaurant on Tahlia Street serves two types of set menus featuring a range of sushi and other dishes such as chicken gyoza, truffle pizza, chocolate fondant and more.
Kampai, Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Almaz Plaza, As Sulimaniyah. Iftar set menu starts from SAR190 per person. Tel: 011 461 7601. @kampai.sa
Celebrate with your loved ones over an iftar spread featuring Ramadan favourites, Arabic specialties, and grilled meats.
La Brasserie, Plaza Level, Al Faisaliah Hotel. SAR397 per person. Tel: 011 273 2005. @labrasserieruh
Le Méridien Riyadh
Iftar takes place at Milwan all-day dining restaurant where you’ll be served with a range of Arabic delicacies.
Le Méridien Riyadh, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Road, Al Woroud District, Riyadh 11544. SAR270 for adults, SAR145 for children aged six to 11. Tel: 011 826 6666. @lemeridienriyadh
Offering a two-person iftar set menus of traditional and Middle Eastern dishes with modern flavours. Each set menu includes soup, salad, main course and side dishes. Available for dine-in, pick-up and delivery.
L’eto Caffe, multiple locations. SAR129 for vegetarian main course, SAR159 for meat main course. Tel: 011 213 2223. @letocaffe.sa
Break your fast with a selection of chef specialities at Nobu. You’ll get a welcome starters, seafood soup, cucumber rolls, crispy shiitake salad, creamy spicy rockshrimps, a choice of ribeye or salmon for mains (served with steamed rice), and mochi and Nobu cheesecake.
Nobu Restaurant, Second floor, Nobu Hotel Riyadh, King Fahd Rd, Al Anoud Tower 2, daily 6pm to 1.30am. SAR485 per person, minimum of two. Tel: 011 297 8300. @nobuhotelriyadh
Served from 5.30pm to 8pm daily, its iftar set menu offers eight types of appetisers, two soups, a main dish, and desserts along with Arabic coffee and water.
OffWhite Lounge, multiple locations. SAR155 per person. Tel: 050 546 8633. @offwhitelounge
Ovvi Lounge & Restaurant
A unique iftar featuring a four-course set menu with sharing starters, main courses and desserts, as well as three soups to choose from and a selection of Ramadan beverages. With a range of sharing starters, guest can sample the truffle hummus with black lavash bread, beetroot quinoa salad, stuffed vine leaves, Fattoush salad, dates carpaccio, meat samosas, cheese and chicken stuffed puff pastry, brisket spring rolls, seafood kibbeh and mini manaqish. For mains, there are stuffed whole baby chicken, striploin steak and black seabass with roasted vegetables, along with creamy spinach and rice pilaf for sides. End the meal with desserts and refreshing fruits.
Ovvi Lounge & Restaurant, Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Al Awal Rd, Al Mohammadiyyah, Coordinates: PJGV+JJ, daily 5.30pm to 7.30pm for iftar. SAR325 per person. Minimum serving per table is 2. Tel: 9200 07638. @ovvi_sa
Pampa Grill welcomes Ramadan with an iftar menu featuring Argentinian specialties in a chic, open-air setting. Indulge in an unlimited offering of starters, charcoal grilled meats and desserts.
Pampa Grill, Ninth Floor, Narcissus Hotel & Residence Riyadh, Olaya St. SAR333 per person. Tel: 9200 00777. @narcissushotel
Red Chilli Restaurant
Enjoy this Ramadan menu for only SAR39. It includes dates, samosa, potato fritters, cucumber salad, beverages, and gulab jamun for dessert. For main course, you can choose between chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, mixed vegetables or dal tadka. All mains will be served with biryani rice, plain rice or tandoori bread.
Red Chilli, Prince Abdulrahman Bin Abdulaziz St, Al Murabba (opposite Crowne Plaza Riyadh), Riyadh 12628 & Khurais Rd (near National Guard), Riyadh 12821. SAR39, sunset to 7.30pm. Tel: 054 100 6475. @redchilliksa
Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel
This extensive iftar menu features a number of traditional Arabic and international dishes along with Arabic sweets and Ramadan beverages.
Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel, Olaya St. Al Olaya, Riyadh 11564. SAR240 per person. Tel: 011 447 9888. @roshrayhaan
With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Rosso is perfect for those looking to break their fast in an intimate gathering while experiencing favourite Ramadan dishes from the Executive Chef’s tailor-made family style set menu.
Rosso, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. SAR350 for adults, SAR160 for children (ages 5-12). Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh
Located on the ground floor of Courtyard Northern Ring Road hotel, Seven offers a special menu fit for the whole family. With dishes that change daily, the contemporary restaurant will be adorned with traditional decor that perfectly captures the spirit of Ramadan. Dine with loved ones with superior quality dishes, impeccable service, and a majestic ambiance that encapsulates the warmth of the season. Book via Morecravings.com to enjoy a 20 per cent discount.
Seven, Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road Hotel. SAR180SAR per person (including Ramadan drinks). Tel: 011 521 0000. @courtyardriyadhnorthernring
If you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern-inspired iftar for the family, with a selection of hot and cold mezza served to the table, then Siraj is the place to be. This year’s lamp-inspired Ramadan theme will captivate you with its gastronomic offerings and authentic spiritual ambience. For an ultimate royal treatment, you can choose to have your iftar with a special setting by the lavish indoor pool. Plus, you get to enjoy 20 per cent off for bookings made through Morecravings.com
Siraj, The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. SAR335 per person. Tel: 011 802 8333. @ritzcarltonruh
Iftar dishes at Shimmers features a range of mezze including hummus, kibbeh eggplant tabbouleh and more, mixed grills with rice, Arabic desserts and drinks.
Shimmers, Veranda F&B Complex, Exit 5, Northern Ring Rd, Al Ghadir, Riyadh 11564, Coordinates: QM85+VP. SAR180 for adults, SAR90 for children. Tel: 057 030 0009 / 9200 21260. @saudi_shimmers
There’s plenty to suit all ages at this family-friendly iftar. This eclectic, vibrant venue offers unlimited food and drinks for only SAR185. Featuring a variety of cuisines with curated offerings of more than 35 menu items, ranging from traditional to Italian, Japanese and Turkish grills, it’s the perfect place to gather.
Street 9, Ath Thumamah Road, King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh 32508, Coordinates: RPMM+JP, daily 5pm to 4am. SAR185 per person. Tel: 050 889 6880. @street9_sa
Dig into a set menu of traditional Arabic dishes, featuring hot and cold mezze, salads, meat and seafood dishes, Middle Eastern desserts, traditional Ramadan juices and Arabic coffee.
Teatro, Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, 6623 Eastern Ring Rd, Ghirnatah, Riyadh 13241. SAR310 per person. Tel: 011 408 8656. @hiltonriyadh
Texas de Brazil
Enjoy a churrascaria iftar like no other at Texas De Brazil. For just SAR239, you can savour all-you-can-eat grilled meats and salads.
Texas de Brazil, Rubeen Plaza, Northern Ring Branch Road, Hittin, Riyadh 11564. SAR239 per person. Tel: 011 211 1850. @tdbsaudi
Enjoy a memorable iftar experience at The Globe. Savour a selection of local and international flavours with striking views of Riyadh skyline in the background.
The Globe, 11491 King Fahd Rd, Al Faisaliah Tower. SAR515 per person. Tel: 011 273 2005. @alfaisaliahhotel
Opt for a table on the terrace to dine under the moonlight for an extra special iftar. Choose from the specially curated family style set menu designed by The Grill talented chefs to tantalize your taste buds.
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The Grill, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. SAR350 for adults, SAR160 for children (ages 5-12). Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh
Where East Meets West
Bring your family to a culture-filled evening and indulge in the hotel’s choice of Arabic and East Asian flavours.
Where East Meets West, Ground floor – lobby level, Narcissus Hotel & Residence Riyadh, Olaya St. SAR280 per person. Tel: 9200 00777. @narcissushotel
Iftar menu is served at two of the hotel’s restaurants – Naya, which offers Lebanese cuisine and Horizon, where an extensive selection of international cuisine awaits. You’ll be entitled to a 20 per cent off when you purchase its dining vouchers.
Voco Riyadh, King Fahad Road, Opposite of Ministry of Interior Riyadh. Prices vary. Tel: 011 457 9999. @vocoriyadh
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