4 Jeddah restaurants to visit for local cuisine on Saudi National Day

So much seafood to choose from…

The National Day weekend has arrived, and to help you get in the spirit, we’ve found local restaurants in Jeddah to help you celebrate the spirit of Saudi heritage and pride.

Here are four restaurants in Jeddah that are a must-visit over the long weekend.


Saudi cuisine is as diverse as it comes and represents so many tribes, communities, and geographical locations within the Kingdom, and Jeddah, known as the Bride of the Red Sea, is really all about the seafood. Head to Twina, a waterfront park and restaurant in Jeddah, to try dishes prepared with the freshest local fish caught straight from the sea.

Twina, Corniche Al Hamra, Jeddah, daily 1pm to 1am. Tel: 055 667 3857.  twina.net

Abu Zaid

Abu Zaid is a lifestyle restaurant that’s all about appreciating local Saudi cuisines. There are 20 branches across the Kingdom, many of which are in Jeddah, and offers fast, affordable, and delicious local food. Special mentions go to the mutabaqh, which offers a huge range of fillings, all of which are delicious.

Abu Zaid Restaurants, multiple branches, 6am to 1pm & 6pm to 2am. Tel: 9200 03670. www.abuzaidrest.com

Al Nakheel


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Al Nakheel is one of the most contemporary local restaurants in Jeddah but doesn’t compromise on heritage when it comes to hospitality and taste. The atmosphere is casual, comfortable, and homely. Expect comfortable couches and big screens playing football as families and friends enjoy delicious hearty meals, including barbecued meats and locally caught seafood.

Al Nakheel, Corniche Road Palm Garden, Jeddah, daily noon to 1am. Tel: 055 544 2969. @alnakheel_ksa


Maqadeer aims to offer a little something for everyone, and it does a great job at it. Guests can expect traditional dishes such as saleeq as well as more contemporary options, including pasta. The decor fits perfectly with the menu and blends local and modern decorations. It’s one of the best options for traditional comfort food in Jeddah.

Madadeer, An Naim District, Jeddah, daily 1pm to 1am.Tel: 054 483 1950. @maqadeerres

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