Multicultural cities have the most diverse, exciting food scenes. The available options for cuisines and dining experiences are endless.
Whether you are craving Asian, British, or Mediterranean fare or old-fashioned comfort food, you will find them easily in a multicultural city.
As one of the most well-known multicultural cities in the Middle East, you won’t be disappointed by Doha’s culinary scene. Qatar’s capital city is home to some of the most popular restaurant chains.
Doha also has several homegrown dining establishments and eateries that have also managed to make their way to the top of the best places to eat in this city.
Where to Eat in Doha
Whether you are a tourist or a local, here are the seven best restaurants in Doha you have to try:
1. Jamie’s Italian
The brainchild of renowned British chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver, Jamie’s Italian is one of the most famous Tuscan-inspired restaurants in the world.
As its name implies, Jamie’s Italian is known for its Italian food. The menu showcases authentic recipes from Italy that combine seasonal and year-round premium ingredients.
The menu includes a variety of classic and contemporary Italian entrees, pasta, soup, secondi, salad, and pizza. The restaurant is also known for its amazing selection of desserts and house beverages.
The restaurant has a kid’s menu as well that can satisfy your picky little eaters.
Must-try dishes: Jamie’s Burrata, Margherita Arancini, Prawn Linguine, Chicken Casarecce with Pomodoro, and Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese
Jamie’s Italian is located in Doha Festival City.
2. P.F. Chang’s
If you are craving Asian food and want to eat in a cozy, casual setting, head to P.F. Chang’s.
Founded in 1993 in Arizona, USA, P.F. Chang’s has slowly worked its way into the international food scene. The brand currently has over 100 restaurants in various parts of the world, with two in Doha.
P.F. Chang’s is known for their Asian dishes that are made from scratch every day. The chefs hand-roll dim sum, chop and slice meat and vegetables, and cook nearly all dishes in traditional woks.
The restaurant’s recipes are simple, which feature a small number of clean, exceptional ingredients, all carefully selected for their flavor and nutritional benefits.
Must-try dishes: Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Original Dynamite Shrimp, Cecelia’s Dumplings, Mongolian Beef, and Signature Lo Mein.
P.F. Chang’s has two branches in Doha: one in Doha Festival City and another in the Villaggio.
3. Bubba Gump
If you haven’t tried eating at Bubba Gump, a famous American seafood restaurant chain, you have the chance to do so if you’re in Doha.
Inspired by the beloved character in one of the best Hollywood movies of all time, “Forrest Gump,” Bubba Gump is a restaurant that specializes in shrimp dishes that are meant to be shared by at least two diners. However, you can also enjoy other seafood, Southern, and Cajun cuisines here.
Bubba Gump’s menu is also inspired by the other characters from Forrest Gump. The interior has several memorabilia from the movie displayed around as well.
Must-try dishes: Shrimper’s Net Catch, Forrest’s Seafood Feast, Lt. Dan’s Surf & Turf, Shrimp Po’ Boy, and Run Across America Sampler.
You can dine at Bubba Gump in Doha Festival City.
4. Shake Shack
Hot dogs, burgers, and milkshakes are always crowd-pleasers. Satisfy your craving for these comfort foods at Shake Shack.
Shake Shack is known for their made-to-order mouthwatering burgers, tasty flat-top hot dogs, milkshakes, and frozen custard.
Since 2001, this fast-casual restaurant chain continues to preserve and, at the same time, innovate the culinary traditions of classic American burger stands. All dishes and beverages use fresh, high-quality ingredients.
Must-try dishes: ShackBurger, SmokeShack, ShackStack, New York Style Hot Dog, Crinkle-cut Fries, and Classic Hand-spun Shakes.
Shake Shack is located in Doha Festival City.
5. Three Sixty
If you are looking for a unique dining experience in Doha, make a reservation at Three Sixty.
Three Sixty is the only revolving restaurant in Doha. It is located on the 47th floor of The Torch.
The restaurant moves and completes a full rotation every 90 minutes. This experience gives diners a superb panoramic view of the city and bay while they enjoy their choice of dishes from traditional and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.
Three Sixty’s menu includes a selection of appetizers, salads, pasta, and other meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, and desserts.
Must-try dishes: Lobster Thermidor, Chef’s Special Seafood, Oriental Grill, Mozzarella Pesto Ravioli, and Um Ali with Kunafa Topping.
Three Sixty at The Torch is located in Aspire Zone, Doha.
6. The Cellar
The Cellar is one of Doha’s go-to restaurants for a fine-dining experience. It is an upscale restaurant that has a Spanish and Mediterranean menu.
The restaurant is known for its Spanish tapas. They even offer unlimited tapas during their weekend brunch and other special events.
The Cellar’s outstanding tapas selection includes chicken liver pâté with caramelized pear, grilled asparagus with cheese fondue, saffron and parmesan arancini, and bite-size whoopie pie.
Other must-try dishes: Spicy Cataplana, Lobster & Prawn Cataplana, Bacalao a la Vizcaina, and Paella Negra, and Crema Catalana.
The Cellar is located at the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha.
7. Al Sufra
In English, Al Sufra means “the dining room.” This award-winning restaurant has stayed true to its name and has gained a reputation for being one of the best places to eat in Doha.
Al Sufra is a Levant-inspired restaurant. Its menu is a mixture of dishes from Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria.
Al Sufra stands out from the other dining establishments in the city since its menu offerings also follow the festivals and seasons of the Levant. Because of this, you have a variety of salads, bread, mezzeh, and seafood and meat dishes to choose from.
It also has a coffee lounge, an open terrace, and an a la carte dining area.
Must-try dishes: Kibbeh Bil Karaz, Chicken Makloubeh, Kharouf Michwi, Seafood in Clay Pot, and Yubriq.
Al Sufra is on the ground floor of Marsa Malaz Kempinski, a five-star resort at the Pearl Qatar.
Whether you are at the mall or in other places in Doha, give your palates an adventure and satisfy your cravings by trying out these restaurants.
AUTHOR BIOHisham Elzubeir is the Marketing Manager at Doha Festival City, the largest entertainment, fashion, dining, and shopping destination in Qatar. The mall has more than 400 international