The best places for evening eating in Bahrain this Ramadan
Time Out Bahrain staff
Al Areen Palace & Spa The Wadi Tent features traditional Arabian décor and is separated into areas for families, VIPs and corporate guests. They are serving a lavish iftar buffet with live cooking stations, while during ghabga you can enjoy another buffet, alongside live entertainment from Kawkab Al Khaleej. You can also request a set menu and shisha any time from 6pm to 2am. Or head to the resort’s Middle Eastern venue Saffron Al Areen for an a la carte dinner, from sundown onwards. Iftar: sunset-10pm, BD14++ (weekdays), BD16++ (weekends); Ghabga: 10.30pm-1am, BD16++ (weekdays), BD18++ (weekends). Al Areen Palace & Spa (1784 5000).
Al Fanoos Tent The Dragon Hotel & Resort has unveiled its Ramadan tent, Al Fanoos, which overlooks the Arabian Sea, featuring fine Mediterranean cuisine, shisha, traditional board games and live instrumental entertainment, alongside an array of other activities. Iftar: sunset-8.30pm, BD7 net (free for kids under ten). Ghabga: 9pm-2am, BD9 net (free for kids under ten). The Dragon Hotel & Resort, Amwaj Islands (1603 9800).
Al Khayma Ramadan tent With Moroccan-inspired décor, The Ritz-Carlton’s Ramadan tent takes you on a sensory journey. Extravagant buffets are available for iftar and ghabga, while a four-piece band entertains through ghabga. VIVA Elite members get the opportunity to test drive a Rolls Royce. If you’re looking for something more special, you can also book your own private pergola with dedicated silver service and complimentary shisha. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD24++; Ghabga: 9pm-2am, BD26++; Pergolas through iftar and ghabga: BD250++ (up to six guests). The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 6499).
Al Noor Tent The Al Noor Tent at Elite Resort & Spa is hosting iftar and ghabga buffets with traditional entertainment. The buffet spread features a range of international dishes, including Bahraini favourites, and during ghabga, you can enjoy the oud and tarab players, as well as traditional board games. Shisha is also available. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD8.5++. Ghabga: 8.30pm onwards, BD12.9++. Elite Resort & Spa, Muharraq (3627 5444).
Al Thurayya Tent Feel the spirit of Ramadan at the InterContinental Regency Hotel’s special tent during iftar and ghabga. The buffet features all of your Ramadan favourites while trio Dori Abboud entertains and shisha is served. Iftar: sunset-9pm, BD13++. Ghabga: 9pm onwards, BD15++. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama (1722 7777).
Aroma Café This family-friendly café is featuring the best of traditional Arabian food in a lavish buffet, which is available all evening. Parents can also drop their kids off in the play room to enjoy movies, drawing, table football and more. Open sunset-3am, BD8+. Aroma Café, Seef Mall (1756 2828).
Art Rotana All-day dining restaurant Choices is hosting iftar and ghabga buffets with traditional Ramadan dishes and Arabic sweets galore. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD15++ (weekdays), BD17++ (weekends). Ghabga: 9pm-1am, BD15++ (weekdays), BD17++ (weekends). Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (1600 0111).
Baharat in Le Meridien A daily iftar buffet is available, while a la carte selections are available for suhoor. If you go during the ghabga hours, a special Arabic coffee service is offered and live traditional music is there to entertain. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD16++. Ghabga: 9pm-2am, price dependent on consumption. Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, Seef (1717 1000).
Bayti This Manama-based restaurant, which is noted for its contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine, is offering a varied buffet for iftar showcasing many of their gourmet dishes. These include modern classics such as rose hummus, pineapple tabbouleh and the famous chocolate shawarma to finish. The spread also features a live grill station. Iftar: from sunset, BD7+ including one soft drink. Bayti Restaurant, next to Bahrain Financial Harbour (1722 9778).
Bushra at Bushido The Ramadan offering, which previously earned Caterer’s ‘Top 10 Iftars in the Middle East’ accolade, returns to Bushido for the fourth year in a row. This modern Arabic dining venue, featuring contemporary dishes such as pink hummus and mathrooba balls, also boasts live cooking stations including the teppanyaki kitchen, carvery and wok station. The bar manager is whipping up interesting beverages from tea infusions to exotic mocktails and labans. Upstairs, you can also enjoy a la carte service and shisha. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD15++ (weekdays), BD17++ (weekends). Ghabga: 9pm-1am, BD13++ (weekdays), BD15++ (weekends). Prices inclusive of beverages. Bushido Restaurant & Lounge, Seef (1758 3555).
Capital Club This exclusive members-only club is opening its special Ramadan tent to both members and non-members alike. The tent is located in the Harbour Mall, featuring private majlis areas and lounge seating. It provides an authentic iftar experience with Arabian delicacies, international offerings and Ramadan beverages. Meanwhile, an a la carte selection and buffet service is available for suhoor. Mohammed Aseeri is also providing traditional entertainment on his oud. Open from sunset onwards. Prices start at BD15 per person. Special discounts when booking for 100 people or more. Bookings are required. Harbour Mall, level 3, East Tower, Bahrain Financial Harbour (1710 0100).
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay Al Bahrain Ballroom has been dressed up in modern Arabesque décor and features a buffet spread, live music by the traditional oud player and a shisha lounge. Tuck into a selection of traditional Bahraini dishes, as well global cuisine, alongside live cooking stations. Meanwhile, all-day dining spot Bahrain Bay Kitchen, and American steakhouse CUT by Wolfgang Puck, are serving a la carte selections. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD25++; Ghabga: 9pm-2am, BD26++. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, Manama (1711 5500).
Golden Tulip The stalwart hotel has upgraded its tent facilities to a sophisticated offering, which can accommodate up to 500 people. Choose from an a la carte ghabga selection, with a variety of packages on offer. Meanwhile, Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant is serving an iftar buffet with live cooking stations. Iftar: from 6pm, prices start from BD9.9++; Ghabga: 8pm-2am, prices start from BD8.5++. Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel, Diplomatic Area (1753 5000).
Gulf Hotel For iftar, choose to dine at the all-day dining restaurant Al Waha, where a buffet featuring international and traditional Arabian cuisine is on offer. Plus, if you book and dine here you’ll get chance to win a voucher for ghabga. Alternatively, Iranian restaurant Takht Jamsheed is also hosting a sumptuous buffet spread. For ghabga, head to the traditional Khaimat Al Khaleej Ramadan tent, where international and traditional Arabian dishes await. If you book and dine here, you’ll get chance to win one iftar voucher daily. Iftar: sunset-9pm, BD17++. Ghabga: 9pm-2am, BD16++ (weekdays); 9pm-3am, BD18++ (weekends). The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (1771 3000).
Houseboat This pan-Asian restaurant is serving a selection of Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine in a buffet for iftar. They also have a set suhoor menu. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD8++. Houseboat Adliya (1760 0018), Houseboat Amwaj (1601 0321).
La Med at The Ritz Head over to The Ritz-Carlton’s international all-day dining restaurant for a great iftar spread. Iftar: from 6.30pm, BD18++. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 6499).
Mövenpick Bahrain Hotel The daily international iftar buffet spreads across both The Gallery and Silk’s restaurant, and you can book your own Arabic couch for seven to 12 people. You can also book a private banquet for either iftar or ghabga. Iftar: from sunset, BD18.1 net (groups of 25 and above pay BD15.7 net). Banquet pricing for iftar starts from BD14.5 net (minimum 100 people); ghabga prices start at BD15.7 (minimum 50 people). Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq (1746 0017).
Nicole’s Mediterranean Restaurant Head out to Bahrain’s newest Mediterranean restaurant where they’re serving a special a la carte Ramadan menu with plenty of new items, including a mezze set and tapas set. Open from 7pm-3am, BD10++. Nicole’s Mediterranean Restaurant, Adliya (3514 0504).
Paul Bakery and Restaurant The iftar set menu available at popular mall-based café Paul, provides a selection of one traditional soup, two salads, three main courses and one dessert, alongside Jallab or Amareddin beverages. Paul is also open for takeaway orders throughout the day. Available sunset-midnight, BD9.9. Paul Bakery & Restaurant, City Centre Bahrain (1717 2321) and Seef Mall (1758 0073).
Ranin at Trader Vic’s This year, Ranin is completely new and sporting a refreshing novel reinvention aiming to surprise guests, juxtaposing white and black for a less traditional iftar and ghabga experience. Traditional dishes are served, artistically echoing the monochrome theme décor. This includes creations such as black squid and charcoaled tiger prawns in pasta with white truffle foam and black summer truffle shavings. Starters and desserts are served buffet-style, while main courses can be chosen from the a la carte selection. Live music is performed five nights a week by DJ Hanna who’s presenting a contemporary background mix of ambient Arabic beats and ethnic sounds. Open from sunset onwards, available for iftar and ghabga. It’s BD12++ from Sat-Wed and BD14++ from Thu-Fri. American Express card members receive free unlimited beverages. Trader Vic’s, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 6555).
Sheraton Bahrain The Awali Ballroom at Sheraton Bahrain has been decked out and features a lavish iftar buffet with international dishes and live cooking stations. Guests can also get chance to win devices and exciting prizes, thanks to a partnership with VIVA. Iftar: from sunset, BD15.9++ on weekdays and BD16.9 on weekends. Children four to 12: BD8.5++; under fours go free. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (1753 3533).
Sofitel Thalassa Sea & Spa The hotel sports a beautiful Ramadan tent decorated with Arabian furniture, where ghabga is served, as well as shisha. Saraya Restaurant is also hosting an iftar buffet. Each buffet features traditional recipes with modern twists. Iftar: from sunset, BD19++. Ghabga: Until 1.3am, BD19++. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (1763 6363).
Swiss-Café The Swiss-Belhotel’s vibrant Swiss-Café has a special daily iftar buffet available with plenty of international favourites in focus, as well as traditional Ramadan juices. For every booking of five adults, one more person gets to dine for free. Iftar: sunset-10pm, BD9++. Price includes beverages. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef (6631 0041).
The Glow – Ramadan Lounge A brand new Ramadan offering is located in the gardens of The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. The Glow – Ramadan Lounge by Jaguar, Land Rover is a 13-metre high, dome-shaped pavilion, complemented by transparent verandas and a rotating car display. Enjoy the luminous décor, fusion cuisine and state-of-the-art architecture. Shisha is also available at an extra cost. Iftar: sunset-8pm, BD24++; Ghabga: 9pm-2am, BD26++. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 6499).
T-Spoon at The Westin This quaint but sophisticated café is serving a ‘break your fast’ buffet, featuring a special Ramadan laban smoothies menu, Arabic coffee, juiced, dried fruits and nuts, and Oriental sweets. Open daily from sunset-1am. T-Spoon, the Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 1000).