Make your weekend count with our invaluable brunch guide
Time Out Bahrain staff
For many expat folk, Friday means just one thing – brunch. It’s a timeless tradition for those away from home, a chance to indulge in culinary excess, catch up with friends and let your hair down in equal measure.
To help you make sense of the island’s diverse dining scene, and give you a taste of what each venue looks like, we’ve compiled this slideshow of 30 of the best brunches in town. Happy dining!
Al Waha Brunch with International and regional dishes, chilled as well as cooked to order seafood. Mexican band, face painting, balloon twister - all you can eat buffet. BD22 or BD26 with selected grape. Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Baharat International brunch buffet with special Arabic corner and kids’ bite-sized dishes. Kids’ entertainment and access to the pool. BD28 inc selected beverages, kids six to 12 half price, under sixes eat free. Family package, two adults and two under 12s BD70. 12.30-4pm. Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 000).
BAPCO Club Full roast dinner plus soups, salads and mezze. BD6 or BD3 for five-10 year olds, under fives free. Fri noon-2.30pm. Awali (17 753 377).
Bice Order all you can eat from a selected menu including antipasti, pastas and lots more. BD18++ including hot and cold beverages. Saturday noon-3pm. Moda Mall (17 533 666).
Brazil! Authentic Brazilian rodizio with all the venue's favourites plus a great selection of sushi, seafood and more. BD21++ inc selected beverages. From noon. Adliya (17 826 686).
Bushido Offering a selection of Japanese and international cuisine with live cooking stations. BD24.500++ including selected beverages. Fri. Near the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Seef (17 583 555).
Country Club Glass of bubbly, juices and selected beverages included. BD10, children under 10 half price. Fri 9am-4pm. Jannusan (17 593 593).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Bollywood Brunch Great Indian food in one of the island’s yummiest sub-continental eateries with live Indian music. BD12.950+++ including selected beverages, BD15.950++ with unlimited selected beverages. Last Friday of the month. Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Absolutly Fabulous Brunch Unlimited buffet and drinks with live cooking stations across three restaurants. BD19.950++ (unlimited house beverages) per person; BD15.950++ (softdrinks) per person. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Cucina Italiana Traditional Italian brunch including appetizers or antipasti, pastas, assorted Italian cold cuts and cheeses, breads, salad, fruits and desserts. Various price options from BD8 to BD25 for full brunch including drinks, kids two-12 half price. 10.30am-3pm. Al Safir Hotel, Fateh (17 001 317).
Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Residence & Spa Brunch pool party serves international buffet with six live cooking stations. Free flow of selected brews and beverages. BD24, military BD20, kids between six and 13, BD12.00, under sixes eat free. Fri noon-3pm. Diplomatic Area (17 531 666).
Elite Resort & Spa Aquafiesta one of the best value brunches around with a massive buffet and kids’ entertainment. BD12, half price for kids under 11 plus access to the pool. Muharraq (17 313 333).
Golden Tulip Bahrain Reinvented with an early start and still offering all the great food and entertainment that makes this a favourite party brunch. 10.30am-4pm. BD21++ with beverages, BD15++ with soft drinks, BD7.500 kids six to 12. Pick up and drop off available for groups of 10-25. Golden Tulip Hotel, Central Business District (17 535 000).
Kicks Has fast become one of the island’s most popular party brunches and it’s a smallish venue so make sure to book. The food’s not brilliant but it’s more than compensated for by the atmosphere, specially when the karaoke kicks in. BD16 inclusive of selected drinks. Fri noon-5pm. Hotel Diva, Juffair (39 922 583).
Klouds Discover the K difference with the extensive buffet and live cooking stations plus live entertainment from Rick and Zoe. BD19.500++ inc selected beverages. 12.30-4pm. The K Hotel, Juffair (17 360 000).
La Brasserie Enjoy a lavish buffet or a la carte menu at this 24-hour coffee shop which boasts a warm and friendly ambiance and great service. La Brasserie also offers an excellent selection of beverages. BD10 net per adult and BD5 net for kid. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Elite Resort & Spa, Muharraq (17 313 333).
Le Domain  and Le Sauvage A very grown-up brunch at the top of The Domain with great offerings from the South of France-inspired menu. From BD19++. Noon-4pm. The Domain Hotel, Diplomatic Area (16 000 222).
Legendz New meat feast brunch from the Regency offering nine meaty courses! BD21++ including selected beverages. Fri 11.30am-3.30pm. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Central Business District (17 227 777).
Lemon Tree Brunch with international buffet and live cooking, special corner for kids with activities. BD18++ including selected grape, hops and soft drinks. Kids BD9++. Noon-5pm. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (17 111 999).
Links at the Royal Golf Club Friday carvery is one of the island’s favourites. BD18 (live band), BD27 (selected beverages), BD9.5 for kids under 12. Fri noon-4pm. Riffa (17 750 777).
Masso A chance to taste much of the Masso menu at a brunch price. BD19++ without drinks, BD25 with selected beverages. Fri/Sat. The Palace Boutique Hotel, Adliya (17 721 061).
Mercure Swim and eat at a very family-friendly brunch with a kids’ corner, face painting, kids meals and one child per family eating free. BD12+. 12.30pm-4pm. Mercure Grand Hotel, Seef (17 584 400).
MUJU Restaurant & Lounge Stunning sea views, gourmet delights and live jazz music all complimented with free-flowing beverages. BD25 in advance, BD27 on the door. Fri noon-5pm. The Dragon Resort Hotel, Amwaj Islands (16 039 800).
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Spread throughout the hotel’s three restaurants, with balloons and face painting for kids. BD23.200++ per person, children aged six-12 half price under sixes go free. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Also available Thu eves BD22++. Muharraq (17 460 000).
Ric's Kountry Kitchen Anglo-American food, this is the best place to head after a heavy night. BD16.5 inclusive of drinks, children aged seven-12 half price, under sevens free. Fri 11am-3pm. Near Al Jazeera Supermarket, Juffair (17 725 550).
Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Buffet of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities as well as live cooking stations including pasta, sushi, seafood and rotisserie station plus huge desserts section and chocolate fountain. BD29 inc selected beverages, half price for children aged four to 12. Under fours eat free. 12.30pm-4pm. Seef (17 586 499).
Saraya Authentic Arabic brunch buffet dining around the central fountain in the Arabesque courtyard. BD18 with soft drinks, BD22 with selected beverages. Saturday 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (17 636 363).
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Over the three venues Saraya, Fiamma and Wok, offering a wide range of international foods, live cooking stations – antipasti, wok, eggs and pancakes – ice cream, crepes etc. BD28 inc drinks. Fri 12.20pm-4pm. 105 Zallaq Highway (17 636 363).
Upstairs Downstairs One of the most civilised brunches in Bahrain, choose from a set four-course menu with unlimited house beverages. BD14++. Fri noon-3pm. Adliya (17 713 093).
Warbler Wide range of international foods on the buffet plus a live band and kids’ activities. BD15. Fri. Ramee Baisan Hotel, Hoora (17 290 600).