Brunch in Doha may be an institution, but that doesn’t make finding the best one an easy task. Navigating a plethora of restaurants and securing all the information you need to make that all-important decision of how your weekend is going to turn out is far from pleasant. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work – eaten eggs (by the dozen), savoured seafood, devoured desserts (we can barely look at a cake now) and consumed calories (a whole lot of them), to rid you of your despair.
From the upscale to the under-the-radar, this is the only go-to guide you’re ever going to need for brunching in Doha.
For the laid-back yet sophisticated
Easily the place to go for any occasion that’s special, Hakkasan Doha’s set menu includes the signature Peking duck and dim sum varieties such as Chilean sea bass siu mai, as well as mains and dessert. The fried dim sums here are a real treat.
QR238 (selected teas), QR308 (soft drinks), QR438 (selected beverages). Fri noon-4pm. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0170).
La Mar by Gastón Acurio
This classy venue has a sumptuous Friday Peruvian lunch to experience featuring ceviches, tiraditos and causas with live music playing. La Mar’s alfresco seating is possibly one of the best in town, so we recommend booking a table outdoors. Special handcrafted mixed beverages cost QR49 each.
QR295 (food and water). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
It doesn’t get classier than Nobu Doha’s marvellous Friday brunch. Enjoy all the speciality dishes such as black cod and rock shrimp along with some mouthwatering options such as lobster quinoa risotto and wagyu rib eye. There’s an entire section dedicated to oysters, king crab, foie gras and ceviche. And a terrace for sundowners.
QR355 (soft drinks), QR565 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).
Opal by Gordon Ramsay
Gather all your friends and head to this Saturday brunch from the celeb chef’s restaurant, with contemporary British favourites and free-flowing beverages.
QR250 (soft drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0105).
Sel & Miel
Saturdays are super sophisticated at French brasserie Sel & Miel. With its modern design and gourmet roots, The Parisian Saturday Brunch adds a touch of glamour to the Doha brunch scene, featuring a wide selection of French appetisers, main courses and desserts served on the trolley. Some of the dishes you can look forward to are the crispy duck leg confit and the seafood cocktails. There is a live illusionist and once you’re done, you can enjoy pool access for free.
QR250 (soft drinks), QR375 (enhanced beverages). Sat noon-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8514).
Laze all morning and then head out to catch the 2pm to 6pm affair. There are lots of photo ops (selfies, specifically) thanks to the golden hour light. It’s an á la carte brunch with some brilliant Cantonese signature dishes including the eight treasure chicken broth, butter pepper crispy cod and Sichuan-spiced braised chicken dry noodles among others. The special dim sum delicacies include a Hong Kong-style barbecue chicken bun, purple spicy spring vegetable dumplings and crab meat and seaweed rolls. This superior new menu is not the only brunch highlight – there’s live jazz entertainment and an after-brunch lounge party hosted by DJ Plastik. And the views. Let’s not forget the views.
QR320 (soft drinks), QR420 (special beverages). Fri 2pm-6pm. JW Marriott Marquis, West Bay (4429 5295).
This Saturday brunch is more for the lazy than the sophisticated, although The Cellar is quite a cosy, elegant space. The Saturday Lazy Tapas Brunch features a top selection of finger foods and unlimited drinks.
QR199 (soft drinks), QR338 (three-hour beverage package), 50 percent discount for children between six and 12. Fri 12.30pm-5pm. Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).
For the budget brunchers
Start your relaxing weekend at this lazy Friday lunch buffet with a few breakfast items thrown in. Choose from the egg station or sausages and lean cuts. There’s also a selection of hot main courses and desserts.
QR99 (soft drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Centro Capital Doha, Al Jazeera Street (4455 5000).
You won’t know the true meaning of a family-friendly afternoon until you’ve tried Eatopia. There’s so much for kids to do from foosball and air-hockey to building blocks and colouring sheets. You can also pay a little extra and sign them up for pizza making or cupcake decorating classes while you enjoy a fuss-free, tasty brunch. But that’s not what makes this brunch special. It’s the price tag – QR90 for adults and QR30 for kids.
The spread includes salads, mezze, cold and hot appetisers, main courses and desserts from various cuisines. There are live cooking stations every week, too. And naturally, kids have their own spread with mini burgers, hot dogs, nuggets, pizzas, fries and more.
QR90 (adults), QR30 (kids). Fri 12.30pm-4.30pm. Unlicensed. The Gate Mall, West Bay (4020 6400).
For the stylish
This fancy Asian spot is the perfect place to get dressed and dine in Doha’s great outdoors. The Froze Brunch is a mix of Asian and Provence flavours with live entertainment and gorgeous marina views. The backdrop can’t get much better than this and there’s a DJ playing upbeat tracks to keep things lively. The food is top-notch and there’s very little to fault at this brunch.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR495 (selected beverages), QR595 (premium beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).
Market by Jean-Georges
There are a few places in Doha for the uber stylish and Market is near the top on that list. From salads and hors d’oeuvres to the highly acclaimed sushi spread, there’s plenty to love about this brunch. Live vocal jazz sets the tone for the contemporary ambience, along with eight food stations offering a wide range of delicious dishes. And not surprisingly, the desserts are some of the best in town.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR450 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135).
For the social media savvy
The late breakfast experience at Deli Kitchen is perfect if you’re looking to put on your best daytime outfit and visit a plush, luxurious resort on the weekend. The award-winning chefs put out an impressive spread from 11am until 4pm packed with continental breakfasts, freshly baked flats, barbecues, a steaming Asian corner filled with mouthwatering dumplings and baos, and a raw bar with the freshest ceviches.
A DJ will set the mood and if you’re health conscious and all about that wellness life, pass by the special wellness pop-up which will introduce you to some of the treatments at Al Messila Ladies Wellness Retreat.
Make sure you pack your pool outfits because the price also includes access to the Grand Pool, a top spot tp capture those perfect pool shots. It’s just what you need after a brilliant breakfast.
QR220 (soft drinks). Fri 11am-4pm. Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, 970 Um Al Sneem Street (4445 0000).
If not for the food, La Veranda is a must-try for its beautiful seaside setting. There’s lush greenery with the backdrop of the glittering turquoise waters and once you’re done clicking all those pictures, try this sumptuous garden brunch with lots of Italian and barbecue favourites including signature pass-arounds.
QR295 (soft drinks), QR475 (selected beverages), 50 percent off for children aged six-12, free for children under six. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Sheraton Grand Doha, West Bay (4485 3000).
The Omakase Lunch at Zengo is a celebration of food and a mixture of colours and flavours. Head here on a Friday for a truly unique culinary experience using fine, fresh and artistic ingredients with some of the best views in the city (seriously). Your followers will thank you for all the vibrant and wonderful additions to your feed after this.
QR300 (soft drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3560).
For the gluttons
There are 100 dishes at this buffet. Don’t even bother counting, just trust us, and work on a plan to get at least 50 percent of that in. The food is excellent and there’s live music, a kids’ zone and drink stations.
QR280 (soft drinks), QR479 (premium beverages), QR99 (children six-12), free for kids below six years. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Oryx Rotana Doha, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).
If you’re expecting a lot from a brunch called Unique Friday Brunch, you’ll find plenty to rejoice about. There’s a different theme every weekend and it includes all our favourites such as ribs and brews, salmon and tuna, risotto and truffle and many more. Add some of Doha’s finest handcrafted drinks to the mix and you have a top Friday brunch option. There’s a resident DJ, too.
And while we’re on the subject of gluttony, you might want to also book in for the self-explanatory Steaks and Burrata Brunch on Saturdays at Coral.
QR295 (soft drinks), QR420 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
We’re always up for street food and the new brunch at Crossroads is right up our alley. You’ll get to try an array of street eats from around the world, served to your table on sharing platters. Choose from dishes cooked on hot grills and in tandoors, fresh shellfish specialities, stir-fried Thai favourites, Spanish tapas and tasty vegetarian dishes. And there’s live entertainment, too.
QR225 (soft drinks), QR425 (selected beverages). Fri 12.30pm-11pm (four hours). Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 5000).
Le Cigalon Restaurant
Go here for rich selection of Oriental and international dishes, seafood and sushi displays, live cooking stations and tempting dessert and ice cream corners.
QR250 (soft drinks), QR125 (kids between five-ten years). Fri noon-4pm. La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street (4428 8698).
The Royal Thai Brunch is just what foodies need for a relaxing Saturday afternoon. There are authentic dishes from different parts of Thailand, a live DJ and a truly vibrant Asian atmosphere that complements the food.
QR195 (soft drinks), QR325 (selected beverages), QR375 (enhanced package), 50 percent discount for kids six to 12, free for kids below six years. Sat noon-4pm. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Fereej Bin Mahmoud (3359 8514).
If you’re looking for a mid-morning feast with vast amounts of food in a simple set up, look no further. Explore world favourites such as foie gras and Peking duck. From the tandoori to the tagliatelle, everything is tremendous at the JW Decadence Brunch.
QR280 (soft drinks). Fri 12:30pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis, West Bay (4429 5295).
With Arabic, Thai and loads of other international favourites such as ouzi, sushi, shawarma and live stations, this promises to be a fun brunch with some really good grub.
QR220 (soft drinks), QR320 (house beverages), 50 percent discount for kids six-12, free for kids below six years. Fri noon-4pm. Dusit Doha Hotel, West Bay (4004 4444).
What makes a good brunch if you’re with family? Fantastic food and fun for the little ones, of course. The Square does just that, but takes it up a notch in both departments. You can brunch to your heart’s content at Parlez-Vous Brunch? and don’t even have to worry about the kids for a second.
French flavours from around the world are highlighted here and truly, the focus is all on plain good food. Experience cuisines influenced by French culinary arts over the years and have a taste of flavours from the Indo-China region, French Caribbean, North Africa, Pondicherry in India and many more. We’re talking salmon coulibiac, veal blanquette, cod fish cake, Vietnamese pho, Moroccan pastilla, mussels mariniere, beef bourguignon and Pondicherry bread pudding, among loads of other specialities. There are live and interactive kitchens on hand, too.
Kids can enjoy at the Aladdin Kids’ Club with fun games and activities.
QR275 (soft drinks), QR415 (selected beverages), 50 percent discount for children between six and 12. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (7021 8803).
For the alfresco eaters
Doha Golf Club
This super fun Saturday brunch is great to spend some time with family friends in the vast green expanse of Doha Golf Club. The Picnic Brunch features plenty of live stations, engaging and fun activities for kids and a really great atmosphere.
QR185 (adults), QR90 (kids aged six to 12). Fri 12.30pm-onwards. Doha Golf Club (4496 0716).
This brunch has the advantage of walking through the beautiful alleys or alongside the Corniche at Souq Wakra before you reach. The restaurant itself has a brilliant outdoor terrace that’s perfect for alfresco brunchers.
There’s Mediterranean, Arabic and international cuisines with live cooking stations and indoor seating areas with private dining rooms if you’re looking for an intimate afternoon affair. Shisha is available, too.
QR199 (food only), 50 percent discount for kids six-12, free for kids below six years. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Souq Al Wakra Hotel (4428 7888).
Experience the unique Brunch at The Palace at Sawa featuring plenty of live cooking stations and indoor and outdoor seating areas. It’s perfect for the entire family thanks to the Kempinksi playroom where the kids can keep busy. The alfresco experience is far superior here with Marsa Malaz’s lush backdrop.
QR330 (soft drinks), QR445 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl–Qatar (4035 5011).
The St. Regis Doha
Really giving meaning to the word grand, the massive buffet at the Grand Brunch spans more than 2,500 sq m, spread across Opal by Gordon Ramsay and Vine, with numerous live stations for food and beverages, plus live music. There are activities for children, too.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR450 (selected beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0105).
For the fans of family fun
This brunch features dishes from all over the world. It’s great for families and those seeking a good ambience with entertainment and live music, too.
QR250. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).
Al Odaid Restaurant
It might be an hour’s drive away, but it’s totally worth it. You’ll get to brunch in an exclusive location where the sea meets sand dunes along with good food, shisha and beverages. If you’re wondering what’s at the buffet, you’ll find cold and hot sections, live stations, lots of Oriental specialities, fresh bakery items and desserts. It’s the perfect day out for the entire family. Make an evening of it by the beach.
QR250. Fri 12.30pm-5pm. Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort (4021 4000).
Try this family brunch where everyone gets free access to the swimming pool, and children can play in the outdoor playground that’s right next to the restaurant.
QR175 (per person, including pool access). Fri 12pm-4pm. Ezdan Hotel, West Bay (4496 9600).
The Be Social brunch includes a fresh seafood selection and passadores who walk around slicing up fresh cuts. There’s a Latin band to keep things lively and a special corner with entertainment for the little ones.
QR250 (soft drinks), 50 percent discount for kids six-12, free for kids below six years. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park, Najma (6641 5504).
This family-friendly brunch features lots of international dishes and a Camp Safari Kids Club for the little ones.
QR199 (soft drinks), QR349 (selected beverages), QR99 (kids between six-12). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha, West Bay (4009 5530).
Well, you don’t really have to sit on a flying carpet to journey through delicious dishes from across the world. But you will be in an Arabian fairytale with carpets draped on the wall and hanging from the ceiling. If you’re confused about where to start, head over to the Tex-Mex counter first – there’s a carving trolley, live fajitas station, chimichangas, tacos and nachos with salsas, guacamole and sour cream. Then make your way to the Asian corner, followed by the Arabic and the barbecue station.
The kids can live it up with a range of fun activities including balloon twisting, face painting and plenty more.
QR210 (soft drinks), QR50 (kids six-12), free for kids below six years.. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Torch Doha, Al Waab (4446 5600).
For the partygoers
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Try this à la carte brunch with international, family-style sharing dishes. The brunch comes with great beverage options and live DJ entertainment. The best part is the menu changes every week here. There are live beverage stations, too.
QR315 (soft drinks), QR465 (premium package). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4045 5999).
Start your weekend with some fresh guacamole prepared right in front of you. There are loads of tacos, ceviches and plenty other Mexican delicacies which you can enjoy along with some Latin beats. There’s a mixed beverage station, too, where you can craft your down drinks.
QR250 (soft drinks), QR390 (full package). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Kempinski Suites & Residences, West Bay (4405 3560).
Enjoy unlimited drinks and finger food on the rooftop of Doubletree by Hilton Doha while singing along to your favourite hits during the After Brunch Karaoke here. The views are top.
QR220. Fri 5pm-9pm. DoubleTree by Hilton, Al Meena Street (5079 3208).
Santa Monica Breakfast Club
If this brunch served only breakfast items, we’d still sing its praises. It’s vibrant, fun and will transport you to the West Coast with its Californian vibes and live music.
QR290 (soft drinks), QR390 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt Hotel, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1240).
Partygoers in Doha, we’d be really surprised if you haven’t already collected some of your most embarrassing but fun moments at the stylish, funky and vibrant Bubbalicious brunch. There’s delicious food, great live music and balloons released at 3pm to really get the party started.
QR360 (soft drinks), QR480 (selected beverages), 50 percent discount for kids six-12, free for kids below six years. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Fereej Bin Mahmoud (3359 8514).
We’ve recently discovered chin chin means cheers and that explains why the Chin Chin Brunch is one of the liveliest in Doha. There’s a DJ and a live band sometimes. You can find the best Asian street food as you stroll through the markets of Southeast Asia.
There’s everything from dosas and duck to satays and shellfish. And yes, there’s crispy shredded crab rolls, too.
Finish off with ice cream rolls, obviously. But there are loads of other options for desserts.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR450 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135).
It’s the ultimate party featuring signature dishes and drinks, impeccable service, impressive views and a great line up of DJs and entertainment. The STK Dare to Brunch is an indulgent affair and our favourite truffle wagyu sliders are served as part of the menu. After a while, you’ll want to get up and dance.
QR325 (soft drinks), QR450 (special beverages). Fri noon-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8588).
Escape to a tropical island with unlimited themed signature drinks and some barbecue bites. There’s live entertainment from a DJ and band, too. The weather is perfect for this outdoor brunch in winter.
QR295 (selected beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Hilton Doha, West Bay (4423 3222).
The Pier Club Yacht Party is the latest addition to alfresco party brunches in Doha and you can’t go wrong with a brunch on the marina. There’s a live DJ, three-course platter and unlimited drinks.
QR245. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8600).
For surf and turf lovers
The Lobster Brunch features a mouthwatering selection of lobster dishes featured along the wide selection of gastronomic delights that this brunch is known for.
QR350 (soft drinks), 50 percent discount for kids six-12, free for kids below six years. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Sheraton Grand Doha, West Bay (44 853 000).
This brunch does traditional carvery, pies, fresh salads, international delights and an array of tempting desserts. It also comes with some cool perks. You get free swimming pool access from 7am to 3pm and a 15 percent beverage discount voucher at Inginuity which can be utilised until 7pm.
QR190 (soft drinks), QR345 (special beverages), 50 percent discount for kids six-12, free for kids below six years. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Doha, C Ring Road (4428 1555).
There’s a huge display of chilled seafood including a fresh oyster bar, tapas and antipasti, a steamship carving stall, a Peking duck stall, Mediterranean classics, Indian dishes and desserts from all over the world at Olive Oil’s Market Brunch. You also get to pick your favourite meats from the butcher’s shop and have it grilled to your liking.
QR249 (soft drinks), QR369 (selected beverages), QR449 (premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. City Centre Rotana, West Bay (4445 8888).
This award-winning Latin American spot really knows how to do a meat-lovers brunch. Experience the art of Latin American cuisine with a choice of starters from the buffet or have it served straight to your table. For meat lovers, the Rodizio service will be the highlight. And while you savour every bite of that juicy tenderloin, a live Latin band will keep you entertained throughout the afternoon.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR450 (selected beverages), QR99 (kids from six-12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5101).