Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dining out in Kuwait

OK, I know I posted about restuarants and shops previously but here is an updated list from the American Embassy:

Dining out in Kuwait

Tipping: Not all restaurants require a tip. Look at the bill when it arrives, if it includes a 10% service charge, you do not need to include a tip. (If the service was great and you want to add 5%, go ahead.) Generally, 10% is considered a decent tip.


APPLEBEE’S: Your friendly neighborhood family restaurant on the Gulf. Serving a varied menu from Baja Potato Boats forstarters to Oreo Cookie Bash for the finish. You can have fajitas, burgers and grilled sirloin in between. Also serves breakfast.
Location: Gulf Street right next door to Fuddruckers.
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Weekends 8:00 am – 1:00 am
℡: 240-7536

BUFFALO’S: Specialties are Tex-mex and steaks. Has a stuffed Buffalo in the lobby. Happy Hour on Monday nights, half priced wings.
Location: Salmiya on Salem al-Mubarak street about 1 block from the Gulf Street intersection.
Hours: Weekdays 12:00 pm –12:00 mn Weekends 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
℡: 572-8989

CHILI’S: A chain restaurant serving Tex-Mex. Located close enough to take a stroll to the Kuwait Towers after you eat.
Credit Cards accepted.
Location: Gulf Street, seafront next to the Kuwait Towers.
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 am – 12:00 mn Weekends 11:00 am -- 1:00 am
℡: 245-3300, 245-2200

CREPAWAY: Not really American, a Lebanese chain, but offers much the same items as the chain restaurants with the addition of different types of crepes and a large selection of salads and sandwiches. Modern, hip surroundings with huge screens showing Arabic music videos.
Location: Gulf Road South of Showbiz. On land side near large Burger King
Hours: noon to 12:30 a.m.
℡: 572-3083

FUDDRUCKERS: Lots of burgers, chili, milkshakes, salads, and bakery. A great place for breakfast specializing in scrambled egg platters. Has lower prices than other similar restaurants on Gulf Road. There is also a play area for children.
Location: On Gulf Street across from the Safir Hotel.
Hours: Weekdays 7:30 am -- midnight Weekends 7:30 am -- 1:00 am
℡: 82-1000, 246-0110

GAUCHO GRILL: Great Argentinean steaks.
Location: Palms Hotel on Gulf Road next to eh Radisson SAS.
Hours: 12:00 noon to midnight daily
℡: 566-7370

HARD ROCK CAFÉ: The real thing is now here complete with music, videos, rock memorabilia on the walls and the somewhat familiar menu. Worth going to just for the authentic shirts in the gift shop.
Location: On the water side of Gulf Road opposite the Salmiya Sultan Center. You can’t miss the giant glass pyramid.
Hours: noon to midnight daily
℡: 982-3354

JOHNNY ROCKETS: Authentic 50’s diner right here in Kuwait. Burgers, fries and great malted shakes. Serves great breakfast, esp. French toast.
Location: Salmiya, on Salem Al-Mubarak Street, across from the Zahra Complex. Also a new location in the Marina Crescent.
Hours: 7:00 am – 12:00 am
℡: Salmiya 575-4040, Marina Crescent 575-0404

RIB EYE STEAKHOUSE: This steakhouse has a Western theme and offers steaks, burgers, salads and desserts.
Location: in Crowne Plaza hotel.
Hours: noon to midnight every day
℡: 474-2000 ext. 7100

RUBY TUESDAY’S: The familiar American chain restaurant with the best salad bar in town.
Location: Gulf Road just under the Kuwait Towers.
Hours: Weekdays 11a.m. to midnight, weekends open until 1 a.m.
℡: 244-4454.

TERRACE GRILL: Well-liked steak house. Known for their All-American Black Angus beef, your choice of cut and deliciously cooked. If you are craving meat and potatoes, this is your place. Expensive, but well worth it. Reservations recommended.
Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, Kuwait City.
Hours: Lunch 12:00 nn – 3 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm –11 pm
℡: 245-5550 ext.2288

T.G.I. FRIDAY’S: Soups, salads, grilled food. A nice place to unwind after work and pretend you are back in the States.
Location: On the Gulf Street across from the 3rd Ring Road.
Hours: 11:00 am – midnight, but till 1:00am on Thursdays.
℡: 254-4300


AL BERDAWNY: It’s a new Lebanese restaurant with several decorative dining rooms set around an attractive garden. Specializes in classic and contemporary Lebanese and Mediterranean delicacies.
Location: Salmiya, across the street from the Yacht Club. From the Gulf Road make a right on Amman Street then another right on 3rd street.
Hours: noon to midnight
℡: 566-1117, 566-1118

AL BOOM: Eat on a dhow (traditional local boat.) Great imported steaks. Features a buffet of typical Arabic food consistently good in a unique setting, although it is pricey. It’s a nice place to impress out-of-town visitors. Credit cards are accepted. Reservations are recommended for weekend nights.
Location: Radisson SAS Hotel on Gulf Street.
Hours: 7:30 pm – 12:00mn
℡: 575-6000

AL-NOUBALA PALACE RESTAURANT: Lebanese food in Hawalli. Also does catering. Offers a 25% discount with Embassy badge.
Location: Hawalli, Musa ben Nuseir Street (between Tunis street and route 40, and Beruit street and Ring 4).
Hours: Lunch 12-3, dinner 7pm onwards.
℡: 265-5550, 265-55574

BURJ – AL HAMAM: A waterfront Lebanese restaurant with great views of the Gulf and the Green Island. Shisha (water pipe) is available. Large assortment of mezzah. Credit cards accepted. Recommend reservations.
Location: On ocean side of Gulf Street, right past The Green Island.
Hours: 12:30 nn-3:30 pm, 7:00 pm -11:00 pm.
℡: 252-9095

MAIS ALGHANIM: A popular Lebanese restaurant. The upstairs floor is for shisha smoking (water pipe) outside and in and has a great view of the Gulf and the Kuwait Towers. Ample seating is available in the restaurant’s two floors and it has a kid’s play area. Known for their assorted grilled meat items, plentiful salads, and hot bread fresh from the ovens that just
keeps coming to your table. Good catering. Credit cards accepted. Recommend reservations for large groups and on weekends.
Location: Across from the Kuwait Towers on Gulf Street, on the same side as British & Saudi Embassies.
Hours: 12:00 nn-3:30 pm, 7:00 pm -11:00 pm. Closed Saturdays.
℡: 246-0455/ 6/ 7

PALM PALACE: Excellent hot and cold mezzah. Includes very good food in a garden or inside setting. You can watch bread being baked in the dome oven (in the evening only – lunch has regular pita bread), as well as enjoy the coffee tent and hubbly bubbly (shisha). Catering and home delivery are available.
Location: Hamad Al Mubarak Street in Salmiya, just off the Gulf Street, near the Marina Mall.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: 573-3030, 575-6331, and 571-5283.

SARAI: A new Lebanese restaurant. The décor is excellent and the waiters dress in traditional attire. A good mix of many Arabic tastes. Credit cards accepted. Recommend reservations for large groups and on weekends.
Location: Al Beda complex on Ta’woon St., between Shiik Flamingo and Regency Hotel.
Hours: 12:00 nn - 11:30 pm.
℡: 225-3180

SHATEA AL WATYIA: A traditional Kuwaiti restaurant offering excellent authentic Kuwaiti and Lebanese fare at a reasonable price and very generous portions. The décor is Old Kuwaiti and one of the best in town. Their mezzah (Lebanese appetizers) and Iranian bread are excellent. Afterwards you can cross the street to the Arabic tent and have
hubbly bubbly (sheeshah), tea and coffee. The bill is in Arabic!
Location: Bebehani Complex, behind the Sheraton, Kuwait City.
Hours: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: 242-2077/ 88


Many small fancy bakeries are available in local Co-Ops. You’ll never have to bake!

LA BAGUETTE: Doughnuts, pastries, candy shop, appetizers.
Locations: Salmiya, Hawally, Jabriya, Fahaheel
Hours: 7:00 am. -11:00 pm
℡: (Salmiya) 572-2444, (Hawally) 261-0928, (Jabriya) 5347649, (Fahaheel) 392-2580

MR. BAKER: Delicious pastries, bread, chocolate candy & appetizers. Great service.
Locations: Salmiya off Gulf Street, Jabriya on 4th Ring Road, Al Qurain. New location off route 45 in South Surra.
Hours: 6:00 am – 12:00 mn
℡: 573-2250 (Salmiya), 533-9998 (Jabriya), 543-2250 (Al Qurain)

EDOM CAFE: The small bakery in the hotel lobby café has excellent breads, cakes, candies and seasonal sweets. It’s a great place to get a hostess gift. Also has holiday specialities. They will take special orders.
Location: Radisson SAS

SABLE: Pastries, doughnuts and fabulous cakes almost too pretty to eat. Next day delivery available.
Location: Salmiya, on Hamad Al-Moubarak Street and Hawalli.
Hours: Sat-Tues: 8 am- 11 pm, Wed-Fri: 8 am- 12 mn
℡: 571-0181/ 25


AL BUSTAN: Has buffet for breakfast (no ala carte). Buffet and Ala Carte for both lunch and dinner Credit cards accepted.
20% discount for lunch and dinner with Embassy ID.
Location: Radisson SAS Hotel
Hours: 6:00 am – 10:30 am, 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:30 am
(buffet closes at 11:00 pm)
℡: 575-6000

JEAN’S GRILL: A nice place to have lunch or take a break from shopping at the Sultan Center. Serves an international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a la carte.
Location: Can be found inside each Sultan Center Supermarket area. One large buffet restaurant on Gulf Street is attached to Chi-Chi’s.
Hours: 6:30 am – 12:30 am
℡: Salmiya 571-9620 Sharq Mall 240-9846

KUWAIT TOWERS RESTAURANT: “Kuwaiti hospitality from above the clouds” – so says the ad for this nice restaurant with a spectacular view of the Gulf 82 meters high. It serves international buffet. This restaurant is very popular so make
reservations early, at least 48 hours ahead and confirm again 24 hours prior.
Location: Kuwait Towers on Gulf Street.
Hours: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
℡: 244-4021, 244-4038

SEABREEZE: This 19th floor restaurant at the Safir International Hotel is one of the best in town. Boasts of the most gorgeous view of the city and gulf waters! Credit cards accepted. Open Buffet daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Location: Safir International Hotel, Gulf Street.
Hours: 6:30 am - 11:00 am, 12:30 pm- 4:00 pm (Friday Brunch starts at 11:00),
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
℡: 253-3000


CAESARS: Good Chinese food at medium prices. The Kuwait City one has a private room for 12 persons, which can be reserved ahead of time. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Most popular locations are the ones on Hamad Al-Mubarak St. in Salmiya and on Abu Bakr, Al Siddiq St. behind the Sheraton Hotel downtown. There is a new location in Hawalli off Tunis Street next to the Jarir bookstore.
Hours: 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:45 pm – 11:30 pm.
℡: Salmiya 573-3044, Kuwait City 243-1100

GREENS CHINESE RESTAURANT: Good food, classical and contemporary décor in relaxing surroundings. Moderate to high priced. Reservations recommended.
Location: in Wafra Complex off Gulf Road near intersection with 2nd ring. On land side of Gulf Road opposite T.G.I. Fridays.
Hours: Noon – 11:00pm
℡: 251-9520

GULF ROYAL: Gulf Royal is cheap to moderately priced, has a nice setting and private rooms. Large selection from buffet and ala Carte. Found in the malls too. Credit cards are ok.
They will deliver.
Locations: Salmiya branch is behind the immigration post office near the new City Center. There is also one in the City Center souk. The Hawalli Branch is supposedly the best and is located on the corner of Ibn Khaldoon St. and Cairo St.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: Salmiya 571-0448/ 9; Hawalli 262-2770, 262-2556

LITTLE DRAGON: Three locations. Most folks use take out or delivery. Preferred by many of our TDY folks. Salmiya Restaurant Street location includes tables for dining in.
Hours: Noon to midnight.
℡: Jabriya 532-3583, 531-8388; Salmiya next to Al-Fanar 573-3923; Salmiya Restaurants Street includes dining in open
until 2am 575-7121.

NOODLES: Very good restaurant serving traditional Chinese dishes. Many choices on weekend buffets in both branches.
Take- out and home delivery available. Food is tasty and consistent.
Locations: in Salmiya - on first floor of SANA complex on Hamad Al-Mubarak Street. Look for the big NOODLES sign on the top of the building. Nice atmosphere with a view. (3) New one in Yarmouk in the new co-op, but it’s just for take-out.
Also, now in the new Avenues shopping mall.
Hours: weekdays 11:00 am – 12:00 mn, weekends 11:00 am – 1:00 am
℡: in Salmiya complex 574-9933. Yarmouk 535-3355

THE PEACOCK: Best fine-dining Chinese restaurant in town, but also the most expensive. It is a busy restaurant, so make reservations ahead of time. The setting is pleasant. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Radisson SAS Hotel.
Hours: 12:00nn – 3:30pm, 7:30pm – 11:30pm
℡: 575-600


The same taste as in the U.S. and they deliver all over town. You can find them in most Co-Op areas. Main numbers below for deliveries anywhere.
Call them once and you’re in their computers always!

BURGER KING: ℡ 244-4466
DOMINO’S: ℡ 800-800
HARDEE’S: ℡ 888-333
KFC: ℡ 888-666
McDONALD’S: ℡ 822-000
NAIF CHICKEN: ℡ 808-777
PIZZA HUT: ℡ 246-5050
SHRIMPY: ℡ 802-662
Papa John’s: ℡ 827-272


DALLOYAU: Very charming French café atmosphere. Delicious choices of almonds, chocolates, and pastries. Big on catering.
Location: Mezzanine Level of Al Fanar Shopping Complex on Salem Al-Mubarak St., Salmiya (Across from the Sultan Center)
Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm
℡: 571-5577, 571-2541

LE NOTRE: French gourmet full restaurant with excellent salad bar. Reservations recommended for groups. Can be expensive. The café downstairs serves European style meals including salads, light sandwiches, soups and pastries.
Another location is at the basement of the Al Fanar Mall on Salem Al-Mubarak St. in Salmiya.
Location: Gulf Street next to Fuddruckers and the Kuwait Towers; at basement of the Al Fanar Mall on Salem Al-Mubarak
St., Salmiya; and at the Marina Mall shopping level on Gulf Street.
Hours: Café: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm, Restaurant: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
℡: Gulf Street 80-5050; Al Fanar , 575-8888; Marina Mall 224-4855

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN: Belgian bakery featuring all natural and organic breads, pastries, teas and juices. Has the best bread in Kuwait. Has a nice restaurant serving breakfast and light meals.
Location: in the Palms Resort Complex.
Hours: 7:30 am to 11pm.
℡: 563-3684.

PAUL: A lovely French bakery and restaurant. Offers soups, sandwiches, light dishes, pastries and delicious breads.
Location: In Marina Mall outside opposite the One. Also has a location inside the mall on the lower level of the food court.
Hours: From 7:30 a.m. New Location in the Al Kouts Mall in Fahaheel.
℡: 224-4599/88


ASHA’S CONTEMPORARY INDIAN CUISINE: A new idea for Kuwait. Famous Indian singer, Asha Bhosle now has a restaurant in Kuwait.
Location: Marina Crescent
Hours: 12:30 to 3 pm for lunch, 7 to 11pm for dinner.
℡: 224-4502/3/6

BUKHARA RESTAURANT: Elegant dining with a magnificent rooftop view. It features Indian cuisine and Tandoori specialties.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait City.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:15 pm.
℡: 242-2055

DAWAT: Moderately priced, very good Indian and Chinese food. Accepts credit cards.
Location: Near the Safir Hotel in Bneid Al-Gar. Also has a new outlet in Mahboulla.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
℡: 241-1685, 241-1728

MUGHAL MAHAL: Very tasty at reasonable cost with an endless menu. Eight locations in Kuwait, some with Chinese and Continental Cuisine. Also does catering and take-out. Small fast-food location is in Marina Mall.
Locations: Sharq is the main office location. Another is located on the top floor of Marks & Spencer building in Salmiya.
Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
℡: Sharq: 242-5131/2; Salmiya 1 572-2223/4, Salmiya 2 572-9292/3, Farwaniya 1 472-6126/7, Farwaniya 2 474-0003/4,
Fintas 390-0026/7, Fahaheel 391-5550/88, Marina Mall 224-4523, Jahra 456-5111/222/333,

TIPU SULTAN RESTAURANT: Run by the SAS people. For a panoramic view of the city, have lunch or dinner at this restaurant specializing in Arabic, Indian and international cuisine. They take credit cards.
Location: Oasis Hotel near the Gulf Bank, Kuwait City.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
℡: 246-5489

GREEN LAND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT: Elaborate South Indian Cuisine (Thali-Mumbay) offered with a Chowpatty juice corner. Delicious and inexpensive.
Location: In Kuwait City’s Mubarakiya facing the money changers on Gharabally Street. It is part of the pink Heritage Souk
building. Opposite the tall, brown office building of Al Ahli Bank.
Hours: 9:00am – 11pm. No afternoon break.
℡: 242-4246/ 7


BABA TAHER: Persian cuisine featuring BBQ beef strips, lamb and chicken served with Persian rice and bread. Lovely ambiance – it’s a perfect place to take visiting family and friends. Moderate to expensive. No credit cards.
Location: Restaurant is located on Mezzanine Floor of the Al Tamdin Building on Al-Hilali Street, Sharq. Near the fire
station. Your landmark is the Marafie Sweet Shop on the ground floor.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm , 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm.
℡: 245-6241

SHAHRAYAR: Has wonderful Iranian food in town, but pricey. They have an excellent, but expensive, Friday Brunch buffet, which is the only day you can get Fessengen (chicken in walnut and pomegranate sauce). The buffet also includes
mini hamburgers and hot dogs – a hit with kids. The bread is excellent. Credit cards accepted here.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait City
Hours: 12:30 nn – 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm.
℡: 242-2055

SHIRINBANU: Elegant ambiance with stained glass windows, ceramic tiled arches, water fountain and Persian carpets. There’s even a keyboard player singing Persian songs. Great food too! Moderate to expensive. Reservations are
recommended. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Lower lobby, Safir International Hotel.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:30pm – 11:00 pm.
℡: 253-0000 ext.8154


CIRO’S POMODORO OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE: It’s a quaint place with Syrian décor but serving authentic Italian cuisine. The outside tables are very romantic in the moonlight. A live band plays at night. Has 22 kinds of pizza, each named after a movie star the flamboyant owner met.
Location: Kuwait City behind the Catholic Cathedral, in old Behbehani House No. 4 along a row of restaurants.
Hours: 12:00nn – 12:00mn.
℡: 242-4004

JOHNNY CARINO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN: It’s a wonderful Italian restaurant where anyone can enjoy a cheery atmosphere with people of all ages. Features moderate prices and big portions. May require reservations on weekends.
Location: On Gulf Street near McDonalds, facing Third Ring Road.
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 am – 12:00 mn Weekends 11:00 am – 1:00 am
℡: 266-3050

LORENZO’S: This is a small café with delicious sandwiches, pasta, deserts and coffee. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a wonderful atmosphere with a real Italian cook. Credit cards accepted, except American Express.
Location: Next to the Sheraton Hotel on Al- Sour Street. More visible is the big sign of Furla Shop beside it.
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Weekends 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
℡: 240-0737, 240-0747

LA PIAZZA: Features Italian hospitality, quality food, entertainment, and party service.
Location: Behind Catholic Cathedral near Sheraton Hotel. In old Behbehani Compound, House No. 3.
Hours: 12:00nn – 12:00mn. The pizza oven gets an afternoon break from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
℡: 242-6639

PIZZA EXPRESS: Gourmet pizza from an open pizza oven. Great place for kids parties.
Location: Al Beda complex on Ta’woon St., between Shiik Flamingo and Regency Hotel.
Hours: 12:00 pm – 12 mn
℡: 225-3166

RICCARDO: Expensive hotel restaurant with good Italian food. Stylish ambience.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait City.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
℡: 242-2055

SBARRO PIZZA: Pizza, lasagna, stuffed pizza, salads, ziti, grilled vegetables, etc. served buffet style or take out. Home delivery service possible.
Locations: Main restaurant is in Fashion Way Mall next to the Salmiya Sultan Center. Branches in Salwa, Rhumaithiya, and Shameiya neighborhoods.
Hours: 12:00 nn - 2:00 am
℡: 572-5350, 574-3180 Delivery: 572-5130


EDO: Authentic Japanese Cuisine in a modern, sleek interior. The restaurant menu has a wide selection of dishes. The take out menu is more limited. The food is excellent and light tasting. Credit Cards okay, just not American Express.
Location: Al Shaab Al Bahri, Block 8, St. 80, Villa #5. Take 30 toward the city then take the Shaab exit. Edo is on the right side of the street between Fayrouz (Lebanese restaurant) and Jacques Dessanges (Hair Salon).
Hours: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
℡: 265-9590

KEI: Excellent sushi in an attractive setting. You can watch your food being cooked in front of you Teppanyaki style. It has one private room that should be booked days in advance. Like most hotel restaurants, the price is a bit higher, but it is well worth it. Credit cards ok. There is a new restaurant in the Marina Crescent.
Location: JW Marriot Hotel, Kuwait City, Marina Crescent, Salmiya.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 2:45 pm, 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm
℡: 245-5550

MAKI : Quite good here. Pricey as any Japanese restaurant is, compared to other cuisines. Small but charming place. Has a flat screen TV to keep you occupied while they are preparing your orders.
Location: In Salmiya. Best way to find it is to turn into the road fronting Burger King on Gulf Street. Maki is behind the
building facing Burger King. Also behind the new Crepaway Restaurant.
Hours: 12:00nn – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm
℡: 573-3561

SAKURA: Best Japanese restaurant in town. Excellent catering facilities. Credit cards accepted. Make reservations through Belinda at 473-2100 ext. 7445.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, off 6th Ring Road and Route 55. Has a new takeaway/fast food type shop called Sakura Express in the Fanar Mall in Salmiya.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 12:00 mn
℡: Crowne Plaza: 474-2000, Sakura Express: 571-4242.


HAN KUK KWAN: Excellent Korean restaurant. Very friendly staff. Offers Chinese and Japanese choices, also. Offers 20% discount for all military.
Location: New Park Hotel, Baghdad Street in Hawalli. Right off of 30 onto Bagdad Street, on right hand side.
Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
℡: New Park Hotel: 563-4200 ext. 315.


BURRITOS: Small take-out and delivery restaurant featuring inexpensive Mexican food. Offers tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salads, combinations and various drinks. Free delivery.
Location: Bneid al-Gar near intersection of 2nd Ring and 30.
℡: 252-5143, 255-2233

CHI CHI’S: Similar to the chain in the states. The restaurant has one private room that may be reserved in advance. Shares the space with Jean’s Grill. Credit cards are accepted.
Location: On Gulf Road near the Yacht Club.
Hours: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm
℡: 562-5811

ISABEL’S CAFETERIA: Not a restaurant, but a caterer. Offers homemade Mexican food by the plate or as large dishes for parties. Very tasty! Call one day ahead for plates and two days in advance for large dishes.
℡: 968-7568, 542-9038
Buffalo’s and Chili’s also offer Mexican and Tex/Mex food.


BEIT 7: Features generous portions of Pacific Rim and Mediterranean culinary delights. Menu changes every 6 months. Lovely, homey ambiance! Upstairs floor features a cigar lounge and private rooms. Reservations recommended for groups.
Location: In the Old Behbehani Compound, House # 7, in Kuwait City behind the Catholic Cathedral on Al-Sour St. (near
the Sheraton and Gulf Road)
Hours: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm , 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: 245-0871, 245-0724

BREDZ: Offers an excellent array of salads and hot sandwiches. Great fresh breads and pastries.
Location: Inside Sharq Mall, on the ground floor.
Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
℡: 240-7707, 242-0505

FRESH: Light meals European style served in a nice quiet setting. Wonderful place to go for a quiet leisurely breakfast –great omelets and freshly baked bread and pastries. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great salads.
Location: Salmiya, in the Al-Khalid Complex, between Baghdad St. and Gulf Road.
Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 mn; 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (coffee, tea, salads, & sandwiches)
℡: 562-5838, 563-9616

SQUARE: Enjoy a unique dining experience where the entire setting is composed of squares. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Al-Watiya. In old Behbehani House 5 behind the Catholic Cathedral.
Hours: Noon to midnight every day
℡: 243-7681


FISH MARKET: Choose your own fish from an iced display as you enter the restaurant and tell the chef how you want it cooked (grilled, fried, Thai style, steamed etc.). You pay by the weight of the fish. The sautéed vegetables and soups are delicious. Take-outs are popular. Ask for your 15% discount with Embassy ID.
Location: At the end of 4th Ring just inside Old Salmiya. Park in the lot on the right and you’ll see it.
Hours: Call for opening hours
℡: 575-5522, 571-9746

AL NOUKHAZA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: A splendid hot and cold seafood buffet with a wide array of salads, appetizers and main dishes, and beautiful aquariums all around. You can select your own fresh fish cooked to your taste.
Set price for the buffet includes everything. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, exit off 55 Airport Road.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm, 7:00pm– 11:30 pm
℡: 473-2100 ext. 7333/4.

RAY’S ONE RESTAURANT: This restaurant has a fish festival every Thursday and Friday serving a variety of fish cooked in a variety of ways – fried, steamed, grilled, smoked etc. During the week it serves an international cuisine. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Salmiya on Bejalat Street South of Showbiz and the Ras. It is beyond Pizza Hut and Danah’s Restaurant.
Hours: 8:00 am – 11:30 am, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, and 7:00 pm– 12:30 am
℡: 575-4440/ 1

SS DANAH: The restaurant is upstairs with a gorgeous view of the sea. The decor is like that of a ship, the menu is ala carte or you select what you want cooked from either the live fish, lobster, shrimp, mussels, in the aquarium or the fresh fish on ice. Order from the menu or choose from the wide variety buffet. The lobster is highly recommended. You select the
fresh vegetables you want cooked as well. The scene is similar to a market, the fish are weighed and you are charged
accordingly. Offers 10% Embassy discount.
Location: Salmiya on Gulf Road upstairs from Zorba’s Greek Taverna.
Hours: Lunch- 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm, Dinner- 7:00 pm- 11:30 pm
℡: 571-5124

TOTALLY FISH: The restaurant has a wonderful fisherman’s wharf décor. The menu is a la carte, but you can also choose the seafood that you want from the display counter and have it cooked to order.
Location: Marina Mall, Crescent side.
Hours: Lunch- 12:30 - 11:30 pm
℡: 224-4960.


BAMBOO SHOOT: Worth trying - Royal Thai cuisine is its claim. Can’t beat the fantastic full view of the Gulf from the 19th floor in a Bangkok- decorated setting.
No buffets; a la carte orders only. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Safir International Hotel, Gulf Street.
Hours: Sat. to Tues.: Dinner Only 7:30pm –11:00pm, Wed to Friday: Lunch 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Dinner 7:30pm – 11:00pm
℡: 253-0000 ext. 8882

BLUE ELEPHANT: Definitely the most elegant Thai restaurant with matching imported furniture. Can be expensive but delicious. Has a romantic ambience because it faces the lighted swimming pool and the sea. Offers a 15% discount with Embassy Badge.
Location: At the Hilton Resort in Abu Halifa. Take Fahaheel 30 highway; straight all the way, then exit on 211 on the right side. Go under the overpass and drive straight ahead. Turn right on the 2nd roundabout. Continue ahead and you’ll soon see the Hilton signboard in a few minutes on your left. Make a U-turn where it allows you to get to the other side.
Hours: 12:00nn – 3:00pm, 6:00pm - 12:00mn
℡: 372-5500

THE GOLDEN GATE RESTAURANT: Nice little restaurant with quick and friendly service. Excellent food with a large variety to choose from, including Filipino and Indian food
Location: Fahaheel at the Ahmed Al-Jaber Building.
Hours: Breakfast and lunch - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; dinner - 6:00pm to 10:00 pm.
℡: 391-8838

PATTAYA BEACH: Recommended - small, clean and quick. The portions are ample, the flavors are great, and the prices are very reasonable. All the dishes are freshly cooked and the variety is enough to bring you back again and again.
Location: Mezzanine Floor of the Dawliah Commercial Complex behind the Kuwait Airways Building downtown. Dawliah
is opposite the Al Muthana Complex.
Hours: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm.
℡: 240-8052

PHUKET : Recommended – small, clean and quick. Deliverery is available. The portions are ample, the flavors are great, and the prices are very reasonable. All the dishes are freshly cooked and the variety is enough to bring you back again and again.
Location: Salmiya, Baghdad Street, Al-Aziziya Co. Bldg. Take Fahaheel 30 highway to 4th ring toward Gulf Road, take left
at stop light. Go to right at around about and make right at La Baguette. Restaurant is on your right.
Hours: 12:30 am - 9:00 pm.
℡: 571-4805/6

THAI CHI: Excellent combination of Thai and Chinese flavors.
Location: Al Beda complex on Ta’woon St., between Shiik Flamingo and Regency Hotel.
Hours: 12:30 am - 11:30 pm.
℡: 225-3120.


Coffee Shops are the meeting place for everyone. There are several popular chains you will see everywhere, including STARBUCKS.

BAYT LOTHAN: Bayt Lothan, the art center and school, has a traditional Arabic tearoom, with coffee, tea and light snacks. No credit cards.
Location: Off Gulf Road right next to the Marina Mall.
Hours: 9:00am - 11:00am and 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
℡: 575-5855, 575-5877

LAILA GALLERY: On the bottom floor of Laila Gallery, it is a very popular coffee shop where the stylish Kuwaitis go to see and be seen. It’s a wonderful place for people watching. The shop’s chocolate cupcakes, made by Candy Sultan, are the best in town.
Location: Laila Gallery, Salem Al-Mubarak St. across the street from the Sultan Center.
Hours: Open during regular shopping hours.

LA MAISON DES CREPES: Break for crepes in the lovely garden. Serves soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, and of course crepes.
Location: Basement of the Tala Center, Salem Al-Mubarak Street, Salmiya. Tala Center is very near the Sultan Center Supermarket.
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 5:00pm to 9:30 pm.
℡: 571-0727

ENGLISH TEA LOUNGE at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, downtown Kuwait City. Beautiful atmosphere for afternoon tea! A selection of tea served with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries.
Location: Safat 13058, Fahd Al Salem Street, downtown Kuwait City
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 4:00 PM – Midnight.
Friday hours: 4:00 PM – Midnight.
℡: 242-2055

ZAHRA CAFÉ: Yummy pastries at a relaxing setting. This is one of a few places serving date cakes. Closed Fridays.
Location: at the lower level of the Zahra Complex, between the BMW showroom and the big Eureka Appliance center on
Salem Al-Mubarak St., Salmiya.
Hours: 9:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
℡: 571-7063/4

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