BAHRAIN'S BEST RESTAURANTS, WHERE TO EAT? - July 4, 2024

The Ultimate Dining Guide: Bahrain’s Best Restaurants 2024 Revealed!

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Voted by the leaders of 5-star and 4-star hotels, top food influencers, and select judges, Bahrain’s Best Restaurants Awards 2024 is a hallmark of culinary distinction and celebrates the finest dining establishments on the island.


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Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, American, or Southeast Asian, you name it and Bahrain’s food scene serves it. The F&B sector in the Kingdom forms a vibrant part of its economy and reflects its openness to the world. The archipelago nestled in the Arabian Gulf highlights diverse culinary offerings, blending local and international food traditions.

From luxury dining establishments, beachfront culinary experiences, and upscale restaurants to trendy cafés, food trucks, and traditional joints, food is at the heart of everything in Bahrain.

It’s no surprise that we return year after year to refresh this annual dining guide and at the same time, recognise and celebrate the best dining establishments on the island. With returning favourites, new entries and hidden gems, we’re proud to present Bahrain’s Best Restaurants 2024.

Most restaurants in Bahrain are good, and many are special… but some are extra special. Bahrain’s Best Restaurants 2024 honours these establishments – the best of the best, and the people behind them.


How were they decided?

The winning restaurants for Bahrain’s Best Restaurants 2024 were, as always, decided by a panel of judges – 97 of those including the General Managers and senior management executives of Bahrain’s 5 Star and leading 4 Star hotels, top food influencers, as well as a handful of selected honorary judges.

To our judges, we simply asked them to recommend their five favourite restaurants in Bahrain. We offered no suggestions, categories, price ranges, order of preference, or anything else. The only rule was judges could not recommend any restaurant connected to their own brand.

By following the above method, we ensure the awards are fair, transparent, unbiased, and authentic.


The winners

Of the restaurants voted for, we discovered 41 clear winners. Scroll to find out which restaurant made the list:

The Top 10

Cipriani Bahrain

With over 90 years in the world of hospitality, Cipriani Bahrain’s menu is built on the concept of simple Italian food made to perfection, inspired by the story of Giuseppe Cipriani Sr. The timeless restaurant is decorated in Cipriani’s iconic nautical colours and maritime interiors. Venetian classics and Italian favourites using seasonal, premium ingredients and produce, many sourced from Italian farms, add authenticity to the menu.

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Marassi Beach (residential complex)

Contact: 17003300


Clay Bahrain

Clay brings a culinary experience inspired by Nikkei, a cuisine that blends Japanese-Peruvian culture. The restaurant delivers fresh preparations with intricate and nuanced flavours.

Cuisine: Japanese-Peruvian

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17554545 / 38900029


CUT by Wolfgang Puck

CUT by Wolfgang Puck, located at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, is a modern American steakhouse that impresses with superb meats and striking 180˚ views of Manama. Led by Executive Chef Brian Becher, CUT’s menu features the widest and best selection of beef available, from prime dry and wet-aged beef to premium shellfish and whole fresh fish. Prime Sirloin Steak Tartare, Blue Swimmer Crab, True A5 Japanese Steak, and Chef Becher’s renowned Philadelphia Cheesesteak take place among the signature dishes.

Cuisine:American Steakhouse

Location:Bahrain Bay

Contact:17115044


Fusions by Tala

A world of the unconventional, Fusions by Tala is where ingredients of memory and Bahraini tradition are whipped into a frenzy of new and daring dishes. Tala Bashmi’s love affair with Bahraini dishes helps her capture the ever-changing flavours unique to Bahrain. Fusions by Tala is a synergy of Middle Eastern cuisine and fine dining, where local cooking techniques and ingredients meet culinary renaissance.

Cuisine: Bahraini, Middle Eastern

Location: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Contact: 17746427/6428


Masso

Inspired by the picturesque French Riviera and Amalfi Coast, Masso is a culinary gem with a twist on flavours from Italy and the Mediterranean. One of 2023’s top 50 restaurants in the MENA region, Masso combines natural elegance and charm for “Soulful Fine Dining.”

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Location: Palmyard Hotel, Manama

Contact: 17721061


Mirai Restaurant & Lounge

Mirai brings exquisitely crafted dishes by pushing the boundaries of traditional Japanese cuisine.

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17713113


Monsoon

Monsoon pays tribute to the Palaces of Bali and Temples of the Orient while presenting a diverse menu of Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese food in a traditional Asian setting.

Cuisine: Thai, Japanese & Vietnamese

Location: Manama

Contact: 17749222


ORLA

ORLA is a culinary haven that embodies a vibrant community spirit, offering delicate flavours from across the Mediterranean and Aegean regions.

Cuisine: Mediterranean & Aegean

Location: Block 338, Adliya

Contact: 77939393 / WhatsApp: 33441163


Roka Bahrain

Following the global success of robatayaki cuisine, Rainer Becker’s Roka arrived in Bahrain in 2024. Located amid diners, the robata grill forms an integral design element of the restaurant. The dishes, featuring sushi, sashimi, and selections from the robata grill, are complemented by Japanese-inspired drinks and are designed to be shared at the table.

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: Bahrain Harbour, Manama

Contact: 13343334 / Email: rb.info@rokarestaurant.bh


SUSHISAMBA Bahrain

At Bahrain’s inaugural SUSHISAMBA restaurant, diners can immerse themselves in the vibrant tri-culture of Japan, Brazil and Peru. With a heady mix of flavours, sights and sounds, diners at the stylish poolside restaurant can enjoy delicious cuisine while listening to the beats of a live DJ. With a stunning location on Conrad Bahrain Financial Harbour’s rooftop, the restaurant also offers 360-degree views over both Manama and Bahrain Bay.

Cuisine: Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian

Location: Conrad Bahrain Financial Harbour

Contact: Phone: 77979779 / Email: BahrainReservations@sushisamba.com / WhatsApp: 33779979


The Top 31

Attic

Attic takes inspiration from all corners of Greece to create food that brings together simple and fresh ingredients that form innovative, flavourful dishes.

Cuisine: Greek

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17717780 / 38177177


Bushido by Buddha-Bar

Bushido by Buddha-Bar is a culinary haven blending traditional Japanese cuisine with modern flair. With impeccable service and an inviting ambience, Bushido offers a memorable dining experience for both intimate dinners and vibrant gatherings.

Cuisine: Japanese and Pan-Asian

Location: Seef

Contact: 17583555 / WhatsApp: 37933551


Cafe Lilou

Reminiscent of a 19th-century Parisian brasserie, Café Lilou’s menu offers constant twists and surprises. Café Lilou is an homage to the days of Moulin Rouge and Bohemian flair in design, atmosphere and food.

Cuisine: French

Location: Adliya / Al Aali Mall

Contact: 17714440 / 17583939


Cantina Kahlo

Enjoy exceptional cuisine with traditional dishes paired with an impressive variety of craft beverages, and discover an authentic Mexican restaurant with décor inspired by Mexico’s vibrant art scene.

Cuisine: Mexican

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Contact: 17586425 / Email: rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com


Cico’s Italian Restaurant

Since its establishment in 1978, Cico’s Italian Restaurant has remained a favourite Trattoria-style destination for all generations to enjoy. The cuisine is a blend of northern and southern Italian cuisine offering an array of traditional and modern dishes served in a homely environment.

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17713710


Circa Restaurant & Lounge

Circa embodies the vibrant, daring, and lively essence of South American culture meets Miami’s vibe through its cuisine and ambiance. Boasting bold flavors, inventive cocktails, and captivating rhythms, every element is designed to spark a sense of exhilaration and freedom.

Cuisine: Latin American

Location: Palmyard Hotel, Adliya

Contact: 39927872


Coco’s

Coco’s offers Italian and Mediterranean flavours along with American dishes. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating, with the latter boasting a luscious green venue.

Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17712288


Fatto

Founded in 2016, Fatto is a Pizzeria and Trattoria resembling the traditional Italian flour factories. They offer a modern take on classic Italian dishes.

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Al A’ali Complex / Adliya

Contact: 66778822


Fish Market

Known for its quality of food and service, Fish Market at The Park, Bahrain Bay offers an exceptional view of the iconic Manama skyline. Experience a wide range of seafood delicacies cooked as per your choice. 

Cuisine: Seafood

Location: Bahrain Bay

Contact: 17100800


GB Cafe

GB Cafe prides itself on a distinct culinary approach, crafting every element from scratch. Their commitment to uniqueness lies not only in delivering exceptional flavours but also in ensuring that each dish serves both culinary delight and inherent health benefits. Their culinary philosophy centres around the art of crafting nourishing and flavourful experiences.

Cuisine: Imaginative, globally influenced, and fermentation forward

Location: Qalat Al Bahrain

Contact: 77087768


Gyuto

Gyuto restaurant presents innovative Japanese dining. The menu is a mix of elevated classics and Gyuto creations, perfect for special occasions and culinary exploration.

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: Al Liwan, Hamala

Contact: 77999444


L’Orto

Chef Antonio Camilli, a seasoned culinary artist hailing from Italy embraces the essence of the Italian countryside with a refined rustic approach to Italian cooking. Spotlighting fresh and locally sourced ingredients that celebrate the changing seasons, L’Orto – ‘The Vegetable Garden’, offers a daily evolving menu showcasing Tuscan dishes inspired by the land and sea.

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Manama

Contact: 66733345


Lale Restaurant & Gourmet

Value for money, great food, and a warm staff – Lale is one of the favourite Turkish restaurants in Bahrain. Known for its splendid breakfast menu, diners enjoy a hearty selection of authentic Turkish dishes at this restaurant.

Cuisine: Turkish

Location: Manama

Contact: 17791779

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Legendz Steakhouse

The award-winning Legendz Steakhouse provides a luxurious dining experience where elegant ambience sets the stage for a memorable evening filled with rich flavours and impeccable service, featuring a variety of dishes, including a signature steak tartare or filet mignon, with a choice of sauces and wines from France, New Zealand, and Europe. From hand-selected cuts of prime beef to carefully crafted sides and decadent desserts, every aspect of the menu is designed to delight your senses whether it is for a romantic evening or a lavish night out.

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Location: InterContinental Bahrain, Manama

Contact: 36967701 (WhatsApp)

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Lumee Street Cafe

Lumee is Bahraini slang for lemons and limes and reflects the food which is flavour-packed, fresh and zesty, capturing the essence of Middle Eastern street food.

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Locations: Al A’ali Complex / The Avenues / Saar

Contact: 17434300


Maki

Maki introduces its guests to innovative Japanese Cuisine. The restaurant recently unveiled a new look, offering the art of Wabi-Sabi.

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: Bahrain World Trade Center, West Tower

Contact: 17522733


Manos | The Family Bistro

Manos is a beloved neighbourhood bistro owned and operated by the Babiolakis family for over 20 years, the second generation took over in 2019 and staying true to its ethos of wholesome food, great value, and a family vibe, Manos offers simple and delicious Greek dishes that transport you to a Greek taverna whilst serving up some of the best steaks on the island.

Cuisine: European, Greek, Steakhouse, Bistro

Location: Bahrain Rugby Football Club, Janabiya

Contact: 39893101


The Meat Co.

A premium steakhouse with an international reputation, The Meat Co. is inspired by South African roots. The steakhouse is renowned for serving exceptional cuts of meat.

Cuisine: South African Steakhouse

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17742080


My Café

My Café is an all-day fine dining restaurant and boutique haven, where art and flavour beautifully converge. Adorned with stunning artwork, the space provides a unique backdrop to innovative dishes crafted from the finest quality ingredients. This perfect fusion of ambience and culinary excellence defines our distinctive dining experience.

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Location: Adliya, Block 338

Contact: 37304444 / 77344444


Nirvana

Reflecting the decadent décor of India’s palaces, Nirvana is a fine dining restaurant that offers authentic dishes, including kebabs and grilled seafood, accompanied by live traditional music.

Cuisine: Indian

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Contact: 17586425 / Email: rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com


Nomad Urban Eatery

Nomad is an award-winning urban eatery which introduced a new gastronomic concept in Bahrain. Known for its use of bold and urban flavours, Nomad is admired for its warm and aesthetically pleasing ambience that provides comforting food and service. A great focus is placed on creating homemade dishes using the highest quality ingredients at Nomad.

Cuisine: International

Location: Seef

Contact: 17000330


Oliveto

Offering authentic Italian cuisine, Oliveto’s Chef Antonio Mancini invites guests to try timeless classics, rustic flavours, and original creations. He caters to a wide array of tastes, as every exquisite dish is crafted with love and tradition.

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Adliya

Contact: 17716747


The Orangery Tearoom & Pâtisserie

Blending the essence of European cuisine and vibrant Arabian flavours, The Orangery is an all-day dining destination offering guests a step into the luxurious tearooms of London, Paris, and Vienna.

Cuisine: European with an Arabian twist

Location: Palmyard Hotel, Adliya | The Avenues | Al Liwan

Contact: Adliya – 17369696, WhatsApp: 39719696 | The Avenues – 17281687, WhatsApp 38072762 | Al Liwan – 16638919, WhatsApp: 38838919


RAMENARA

Bahrain’s ever-evolving home of ramen and beyond, Ramenara promises to make you “feelgood” from the very first slurp with an extensive selection of ramen along with bowls and starters rife with the distinct Asian flavours.

Cuisine: Asian

Location: Seef

Contact: Online Reservations


Rasoi By Vineet

Rasoi by Vineet is the first fine-dining restaurant in Bahrain operated by a Michelin-starred chef. Renowned chef-restaurateur Vineet Bhatia takes you on a delectable Michelin-style journey into the world of contemporary Indian cuisine. Offering a modern interpretation of traditional Indian style, the décor uses vibrant colours, imaginative artworks and sparkling crystals to create a dramatic interior overlooked by a team of Indian chefs creating the finest Indian food from the show kitchen.

Cuisine: Indian

Location: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Contact: 17746461


re/Asian Cuisine

Located on the 50th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, re/Asian Cuisine is one of the most elevated restaurant experiences in Bahrain. Led by Executive Chef Brian Becher, the restaurant menu features an innovative selection of Asian dishes crafted with the finest ingredients. The restaurant offers the authentic Japanese Omakase experience by Chef Kiyoshi Udagawa, making it an exceptional destination for authentic Japanese flavours.

Cuisine: Asian

Location: Bahrain Bay

Contact: 17115046


Royal Thai Restaurant

Situated in a grand pagoda on the grounds of a tropical garden, Royal Thai Restaurant offers a mix of traditional and modern Thai food. An exotic atmosphere welcomes diners to the restaurant where one is enchanted by the authentic Asian décor.

Cuisine: Thai

Location: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Contact: 17746421/6422


Sato Japanese Restaurant

The Gulf Hotel’s Sato Restaurant, established in 1983, is popular among guests for its peaceful Zen-like surroundings, Teppanyaki rooms, and sushi bar. A popular á la carte menu is also available and features a wide range of traditional noodle dishes and bento. Sato is the perfect location for those looking for a genuine insight into Japanese cuisine and culture.

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Contact: 17746429/6430


Seoul Korean Restaurant

The restaurant needs no introduction to lovers of Korean cuisine in Bahrain. With Barbecue dining available for families and large groups, Seoul Restaurant is also praised for its Karaoke room and an authentic Korean vibe.

Cuisine: Korean

Location: Adliya

Contact: 33860121


Takht Jamsheed

Taking inspiration from Persia’s royal palace of Takht Jamsheed, the Gulf Hotel’s chic restaurant recreates ancient Persia with stunning visual artworks, replica sculptures and architecture.

The restaurant serves inventive and exotic Persian cuisine specially prepared by a Master Chef and a kitchen team from Iran where guests can indulge their taste buds with an array of dishes while enjoying daily live entertainment.

Cuisine: Persian

Location: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Contact: 17746431/6432


Trader Vic’s

An internationally renowned brand, Trader Vic’s boasts a world-cuisine concept in the heart of Bahrain. Home of the original Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s serves exotic dishes and cocktails in true tiki style.

Cuisine: Global

Location: Seef

Contact: 17586555

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