Doha's Best Restaurants

Time Out selects the best places to eat in Doha Comments

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The Time Out team of anonymous reviewers have tried hundreds of restaurants in the city, all with the aim to find the best of the best. This is our biggest ever! We have more restaurants nominated, bigger waistlines and a larger expenses bill (sorry, boss). The winners will be unveiled at our Restaurant Awards, taking place at the Grand Hyatt on May 20. Here’s your guide to our picks in the city.

How do we choose our nominations and winners?

Our panel of food experts have all been eating their way around the city with the aim of finding Doha’s best eateries. Restaurants have to be open for at least six months to be considered, except as a newcomer, when they must be open a minimum of three months. Here’s our quite incredible compilation of nominated restaurants for the 20 categories considered.

Our panel of food experts have all been eating their way around the city with the aim of finding Doha’s best eateries. Restaurants have to be open for at least six months to be considered, except as a newcomer, when they must be open a minimum of three months. Here’s our quite incredible compilation of nominated restaurants for the 20 categories considered.

Afternoon Tea

Winner
La Mer
That afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s flagship fine dining restaurant is the first indication that this will be a sumptuous experience. Each table is positioned to make the most of the 23rd floor wraparound view of the marina and waters separating West Bay in the distance. Fine bone china, polished silverware and oversized pots of tea are mere extras to what are unequivocally the best scones in Doha.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

Highly commended

Sarab Lounge
Billed as the ultimate afternoon tea lounge in Doha, Sarab Lounge certainly corners the market on superlatives. It offers the most impressive collection of teas, topping 100 varieties. Each order comes with four mini scones, warm and gloriously buttery, served with proper clotted cream.
St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0126).

Other nominees:
Al Jalsa
Al Jalsa exudes the charm and exoticism of the Arab world with its warmth, hospitality and stunning interiors. Moroccan lamps, plush cushions and split-level seating create an opulent yet relaxed space, ideal for holding meetings or unwinding with company. A chocolate scone is among the trio served at afternoon tea with canapé style sandwiches and classic French desserts – all accompanied by a variety of blended teas with Oriental influences.
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Seasons Tea Lounge

Nestled off the main lobby of the hotel, Seasons Tea Lounge offers plenty of sunlight and serene views of gardens and sea. A popular spot for suits and business meetings, the lounge serves an afternoon tea that inadvertently takes on a more corporate, business feel. Nearly everything is petite and bite-sized, disappearing before you know it.
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

Tea Lounge
Afternoon tea without the usual pomp. Because the Tea Lounge is essentially an extension of the hotel lobby, the atmosphere is more bustling than relaxed – ideal for a business-oriented tea service. There are three different options, a classic one with scones, sandwiches and sweets; another designed for chocoholics; and a premium version, which includes two varieties of tea for true lovers of this tradition.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Torch Tea Garden
A garden among the clouds. This café on the 21st floor is a sassy sanctuary, decked out in roomy garden furniture with vibrant cushions and a verdant canopy overhead. Afternoon tea is quite avant garde – instead of a three-tiered stand, the food is served on a slate; dips come in shot glasses; the sandwiches are open-faced; even the scones are re-invented and taste more like hot-cross buns.
The Torch, Al Wabb Street, Aspire Zone (4446 5600).

Victoria
A haven for those who love their leaves, Victoria offers more than three dozen teas. All of the white, black, green, semi-fermented and dark varieties are intricately described with flavour notes, leaf infusion time and water temperatures. The décor resembles a manor library, adding tradition to the experience. Smoking is also permitted in this intimate venue, which shapes the composition of the clientele.
Grand Heritage, Aspire Zone (4445 5555).

W Café
The biggest scones in town, afternoon tea at the W Café is anything but a timid affair. As if that wasn’t enough of a draw, there are five different sandwiches, all made with traditional sliced bread, and big enough to make a meal. The mega scones are served with a twist, crème Chantilly instead of clotted cream, in keeping with the hotel’s proclivity for improvisation.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5353).

Bar Food

Winner
Champions
If you want a traditional bar-themed place to sit, relax, chat with mates and take your pick of TV screens available to watch the football or other sports, Champions is your location. Offering a typical bar menu to cater for British, American and other tastes, it ticks all the boxes of a sports bar, with starters, sliders, other types of burgers and a “knife and fork” selection for those who want a hearty meal.
Marriott Marquis Doha City Center Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Highly commended
Belgian Café
You want good mussels (really good mussels) and some Belgian refreshments to help them down? Then there really is only one place to come in the city – here! Furthermore, the bar itself is vibrant, fun and bubbly, though a little smoky. With snacks, salads, platters, main courses and more, it is a great place to eat and drink in the city, with an ideal bar food menu to suit all tastes.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Other nominees:
Admirals
A’Hoy! If you want good bar food with great views, look no further. Admirals, by the waterside, is a great place to relax when the weather is ideal, and good to sit inside, too. It’s got proper bar food – you’ve got your selection of burgers, nachos, and other cooked meals, such as pretty decent fish and chips dish for those with an appetite.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8506).

Habanos
One of the classier spots in town, this bar is ideal for people of any age to come and chill in a typical lounge bar surrounding, with an impressive selection of cigars on show and to purchase. The bar food menu is small but mighty, with a mix of seafood, ribs and chicken dishes, as well as a cheese board and a few dessert options. There’s a band in the evening to play smooth lounge music as well.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

Jazz at Lincoln Center
First and foremost, you have to pay 100 riyals to enter, but you do receive a complimentary refreshment. That said, this is a great spot for a couple to chill out and enjoy some high end bar food. Wait for the live jazz, and you’re in for a treat with the moody lighting and relaxing chairs and sofas making it ideal for a wind down, with an exciting menu to match. Service is hit-and-miss, but if that’s not of your concern, book for a rather special evening.
The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Rose & Thistle
British pub grub, plenty of noise and a good football match. Sounds good? Then come to Rose and Thistle! The food is actually very good, too, with a small selection at very reasonable prices. Four choices of salad, “finger bites” that are actually more than that, curries, burgers and a selection from the grill comprise the menu. It is a little dark but the selection of refreshments are ideal to have a nibble and enjoy your favourite team play.
Horizon Manor Hotel, Jabr bin Mohd St. (4445 5470).

The Lounge
Set in a suave and swanky surrounding and with a piano beautifully appointed in the corner, this is a place of sophistication to come after work. The menu is as varied as you would need, with some “speciality” meals, including the camel burger, and the refreshments selection is extensive. A little bit dark though for those that like a different bar atmosphere.
Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3325).

Trader Vic’s
There is a great selection of refreshments, a super décor and wonderful views to embrace here. But the food should not be discounted altogether. A small menu with nibbles, sushis, sides, main dishes and sandwiches mean you can relax and fill yourself up in the colonial vibe bar. The Japanese and Hawaiian theme of the menu is also pretty cool, if a little expensive. There will be flaws but, for bar food, it’s well worth a visit, or ten.
Hilton Hotel, West Bay (4423 3118).

Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

User reviews:

Posted by: Anwaar on 06 May ' 15 at 11:05

I love California Tortilla. Especially the Chips & Guacamole!

Posted by: ameet on 06 May ' 15 at 10:25

the group of individuals we had the business lunch in aroma kempinski residences& suites Doha, creative and passionate chefs involved fully hand touch works.

Posted by: emanuella on 06 May ' 15 at 10:23

Best lunch, best ingredients best chefs, creative and unique for sure we will come back

Posted by: Ling Gabrinao on 01 May ' 15 at 11:56

Vote for California Tortilla. Good food.

Posted by: sherylene bautista on 29 Apr ' 15 at 18:03

I like the the lounge in kempinski residences and suites..its nice bar restaurant and ofcourse the coffee shop..

Posted by: natalia on 29 Apr ' 15 at 17:21

aroma @best business lunch @kempinski residences and suites loved it

Posted by: patrcia on 29 Apr ' 15 at 07:33

The Lounge @ Kempinski Residences& Suites Doha, we had a best bar food.
Tuna burger in black bun, camel burger, and best nachos in town and calamari with black garlic dip.

Posted by: Moustafa Edris on 28 Apr ' 15 at 10:44

I vote for California Tortilla

Posted by: Levy Ramirez on 21 Apr ' 15 at 13:43

Very relaxing ambience with a lovely view from the terrace. Great music from the Cuban band which goes to the concept. Wide selection of Cuban han-rolled cigar.

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