There’s no doubt that one of the greatest pleasures you can have when travelling is tasting the local cuisine or trying different eateries. On that front, Kuwait City offers a wide variety of restaurant options for all kinds of budgets. A good deal of them fall on the low or middle categories, with high end or haut cuisine restaurants more common in hotels.
It’s worthwhile mentioning that most of the good restaurants serving Middle Eastern food are Lebanese or Iranian.
On this post I prepared a list of restaurants of different standards, where I ate in the Kuwaiti capital. I do hope it will be useful for your visit!
High Standard – Eating in Style
This Italian restaurant is located at the Hotel Missoni Kuwait (yes, from the famous Florence fashion house) and the décor reflects Missoni patterns and colours. The hotel is located in the Salmiya area, on boasts amazing views over the Arabian Gulf. The restaurant imports all ingredients from Italy and some dishes have a local touch. It’s the perfect place for a business dinner or to celebrate a special occasion in style. Service is just what you’d expect from a top 5-star hotel: impeccable!
Cucina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Main dishes, such as the delicious veal escalope with spinach, lemon sauce and pine seeds, cost around 10Kuwaiti dinars (£22, USD35, €28).
Address: Symphony Complex, Arabian Gulf Road, Salmiya, Kuwait. Telephone: +965 2577 0000
The name seems impossible to pronounce, but the food is impossible to resist! Shahrayar means the great king, and that’s exactly the way you’ll at the Hotel Sheraton Kuwait‘s Iranian restaurant.It opens for lunch and dinner only. A formal dress code is required.
Address: Fahd Al-Salem Street, Safat, Kuwait. Telephone: +965 2242 2055 (from the UK 800 325 45454, from the US 1800 325 3589, from teh UAE 800 0411 3231).
Mid Range: Comfort & Good Taste
3- Signor Sassi
Address: There are two in Kuwait City, one at 360 Mall and another on Arabian Gulf Road, right beside the Kuwait Towers. Telephone: +965 2241 8893.
Eating on a Budget
Another restaurant on Arabian Gulf Road, right on the Corniche, a stone’s throw from the Kuwait Towers. The restaurant offers a varied choice of sandwiches served with chips or salad. Like all restaurants of this American chain, service is informal and pleasant.A chicken sandwich with orange juice will cost you around £13 (USD20, €16).
Address: Arabian Gulf Road, near the Kuwait Towers. Telephone: +965 2245 2200.
5- Kuwait Souk
Kuwait City souk has a variety of small open air and indoors restaurants, offering a wide range of cuisines, from Indian to Egyptian.Prices, as one would expect, are way lower from almost anywhere else in the city. You will also have the opportunity to sample a small dish here and there, making for a great experience. Many Kuwaiti families, as well as expats visit the outdoor restaurants. In summer it’s better to visit late afternoon, when the temperature is milder.
6- Mais Alghanim
I found this Lebanese restaurant, in operation for over 60 years, on Tripadvisor. It’s ranked number 2 on the website and I proved and approved of it! Service is informal, canteen style, and one can try kebabs, sea food and meat directly from the grill. It’s another eatery in the vicinity of the Kuwait Towers – just opposite.
Mais Alghanim is open from midday to 11pm, closing on Sundays. They also offer the take away option.
Address: Arabian Gulf Road, Sharq (opposite the Kuwait Towers). Telephone: +965 2225 1155.
What about you, do you have any restaurant recommendations in Kuwait City? Let us know!