Perched on the rooftop of Arumaila Boutique Hotel, this Indian restaurant really impresses with its traditional but unique flavours in a lovely setting. The views here are immense, you can see the skyline if you look straight and the Souq if you look down. The food menu has some irresistible items like the duck curry, butter chicken and samosa chaat.
Arumaila Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif (4433 6712).
There is no place in Doha with a better outdoor setting than Al Mourjan. The food is as perfect as the views. Dine here and then tell us you’re not impressed by Doha’s beauty. Go on, we dare you.
Al Corniche (4483 4423).
It’s one thing to have absolutely delicious Arabic food, but it’s a whole other thing to have delicious Arabic food with unbeatable views of Doha. This restaurant is in the sea, so expect bright blue scenes and tasty mezzes and mixed grills alongside.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara (4040 5050).
What was Admiral’s has been transformed into an incredible new venue with fabulous marina views, chic interiors and a large outdoor terrace. This swanky spot is ideal for those keen to sample its signature mixology and cuisine while listening to chilled-out beats. If you book the brunch here, you’ll be really impressed with the views.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).
Easily one of Doha’s most Instagrammable spots, Boho Social is every camera-lover’s dream. From the Bohemian chic décor to the marvellous sea views, you’re sure to have a fantastic time here. The menu is a fusion of flavours from all over the world. The ideas are simple but well executed with great use of fresh, local ingredients. Make sure you stick around for the sunset, to watch the place transform into a stylish evening venue.
Katara Cultural Village (7765 5285).
Burj Al Hamam
Burj Al Hamam is right on the waterfront at 1 La Croisette, which means you’ll get a gorgeous view of the marina and the open sea ahead. Capture the last of the dying light at sunset and it’s truly a spectacular spot to be at this time. There are loads of Lebanese restaurants in Doha that will serve you all the classics at a more reasonable price, but you’ll be hard pressed to have your dinner in a more beautiful and sophisticated location.
The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5238).
Fresh, healthy and organic is the philosophy guiding Chef’s Garden. The bulk of the menu features vegetables produced on-site and at a local farm. They are the main attraction and used creatively in international dishes. The lush setting of Education City gardens make for stunning lunchtime views.
Education City, Al Luqta (4409 5041).
At one of the best locations in Souq Waqif, this Syrian restaurant really hits the spot with its authentic flavours, efficient service and top ambience. It’s not typically the view you’d expect – blue seas and lush greenery – but it’s better with the lively, buzzing souk ambience and live music.
Souq Waqif (4475 9088).
Evergreen Organics feels every inch a health food spot, and it’s one of the most pleasant café settings in the city with beautiful canal views from Qanat Quartier.
The Pearl-Qatar (4472 0437).
We love the location of this adorable little Asian restaurant, right by a canal in Qanat Quartier. It’s surprisingly super easy on the pocket, despite the location, and we love everything here including the crispy, shredded beef and the dim sum.
The Pearl-Qatar (4417 7880).
IDAM by Alain Ducasse
Dining here is an extraordinary experience – immense and exquisite décor by Philippe Starck, unparalleled views of Doha’s spectacular skyline and the chance to sample Alain Ducasse’s contemporary French Mediterranean cuisine with an Arabic twist.
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4488).
Indego 360 by Vineet
Look no further if you’re aiming for Indian cuisine in a breathtaking setting, with panoramic views. Set over three stunning levels, Indego has a wow factor second to none. Chef Vineet Bhatia’s food is always reliable, delicious, creative and brilliantly presented.
The Pearl-Qatar (4417 7022).
La Casa Twenty Eight
This cosy restaurant really hits the spot with homely cuisine and comfort foods. The interiors are beautiful, the outdoor terrace is vibrant with live music and it’s the best spot to enjoy a leisurely meal in the area with stunning Medina Centrale views.
The Pearl-Qatar (3333 4883).
Words don’t do justice to the magnanimity of this celebrity chef-owned restaurant. Gaston Acurio’s La Mar goes above and beyond from the striking décor and the incredible food to the service and overall experience. Dine outdoors and you’ll get to sit on a deck right by the beach. It’s an out-of-Doha experience.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
If your idea of a relaxing meal involves sitting by the water and hearing the gentle hum of waves rolling onto the shore, there’s little contest to La Veranda. The outdoor seating is the epitome of seaside dining, offering prime views across the Corniche into old town Doha.
Sheraton Grand Doha, West Bay (4485 3000).
This Armenian-Lebanese restaurant has wooden benches, a terrace with good views, beautiful fountains in a stunning outdoor setting and even gorgeous cutlery. The menu is elaborate, the flavours are top-notch and the food is some of the town’s tastiest.
Katara Cultural Village (4444 0060).
You’ll get to ride a golf cart across a small bridge with Maldives-style overwater villas on either side to get to the restaurant. With large glass windows and views of Qatar’s shimmering turquoise waters from everywhere, Marsa Katara is a top spot for lunch in particular.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 0202).
Megu’s modern Japanese fare makes mundane-sounding dishes, like crispy asparagus, anything but. The stylish, uncomplicated food allows each ingredient to really shine and the stunning interiors and outdoor terrace make this a memorable meal. There’s a teppanyaki bar too now.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5237).
Words just can’t describe the beauty of this architectural marvel of a structure. Built right in the middle of the sea, Nobu Doha has three levels of awesomeness – a dining and drinks level with incredible décor and brilliant views, a bar with the best happy hours and ladies’ nights in town and a rooftop where some of the best parties in Doha happen. The service goes above and beyond, but the shining star of the Nobu experience is the food. If there’s one fine-dining experience you absolutely must have in Doha, it’s this one. It’s also our worthy winner of Restaurant of the Year 2019.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha (4494 8600).
Nozomi is a top option for an elaborate evening out to sampling some incredible Japanese dishes. The menu deftly combines dishes that highlight minimalistic Japanese cuisine with a pinch of European influence and any food connoisseur will know Nozomi means business. The restaurant has large windows with plenty of bright light livening up the space. You can see the majestic Marsa Malaz structure right in front and the sea on your left.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5089).
This popular chain by Salt Bae serves some seriously slick steak in the most entertaining way possible. The food is splendid but the service takes hospitality to a whole new level. And if you get a chance to dine outdoors, you’ll need a few minutes before every course to admire Doha’s splendid turquoise waters that you’ll be sitting right above. It’s worth every penny you spend.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel (4442 9339).
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, opt to dine at on the floating platform, Qatar’s only one. You’ll be in the middle of the sea and it’ll be a magical meal.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara (4040 5050).
This luxury Turkish restaurant boasts beautiful, sophisticated interiors and food that’s even better. From the kasarli koftes to the Adana kebabs, every dish here is worthy of this award. Recep Usta is fancy, but the food lives up to the visual hype. Sit outdoors for stunning views of Al Hazm Mall and Doha.
Al Hazm Mall (4444 4606).
This spot is reminiscent of a Chinese club with dragon motifs and incredible dumplings. Besides the incredible Peking duck, you’ll be wowed with the stunning views of West Bay’s skyscrapers right in their midst. Golden hours here are probably the best.
Shangri-La Hotel Doha, West Bay (4429 5295).
Smat is a super venue – it’s located right on the Corniche and along with your brilliant fusion Qatari meal, you’ll have wonderful sea views right in front of you.
Oriental Pearl, Corniche (4410 6666).
Sofra has a long, exciting list of the best food of the Levant region along with some regional delicacies. Sit outdoors to catch the streetside action and stunning views of Al Koot Fort.
Alwadi Hotel Doha MGallery, Msheireb Downtown Doha (4009 9666).
Is there a better way to spend an intimate evening out than in a revolving restaurant that gives you a panoramic tour of Doha as you dig into tantalising international cuisine? We don’t think so. If you’re into the views, you’ll get to see all of Doha from here.
The Torch Doha (4446 5600).
If there’s one restaurant that really does top-quality pan Latin American food, this is it. If you sit indoors, you can still catch sea views with lots of light coming through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The outdoors are more casual and just as beautiful.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5101).
Marcel Wander’s distinct design elements prevail in Walima’s whimsical and wonderful outdoor terrace with striking views. Large porcelain pots, white cabanas, lush plants – you have to see it to believe how beautiful this spot is. The terrace has been expanded and the views across West Bay are impressive. Have your dinner here or just enjoy a few drinks.
Mondrian Doha (4045 5555).
The dim lighting, gorgeous views from the 61st floor of Kempinski, perfect music and serene ambience all come together creating an atmosphere perfect for date night or any special occasion. Overall, a perfect pan-Asian experience.
Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3560).