Reviews, pictures, contact and booking details for the best seafood restaurants in Bahrain, part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
A good selection of fresh fish can be a tricky thing to come by, but we know where in Dubai does shrimp, seabass, scallops and all that jazz best. It’s all in the technique when it comes to serving up something so flexible when it comes to creating top dishes. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant to put their shellfish and more to the test, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
With an amazing vista and top-class chefs, La Mer is a refined seafood restaurant at the stunning five-star Sofitel hotel. The restaurant is tastefully decorated; simple white walls and dark wood floors allow the sea views to take centre stage. Staff are friendly, professional and, importantly, they know the menu, and come armed with suggestions for a great meal. The typical French dishes are creative, stunningly-presented and well-prepared. With each mouthful the chefs’ skills and understanding of seafood are demonstrated. For a special, romantic evening, La Mer is always top on our list and it’s won the Best Romantic award for a number of years. It might be expensive, but it’s well-worth the treat, especially if you’re looking to impress your loved one.
The Fish Market, located at Al Bander Hotel & Resort, is a Time Out favourite. Overlooking a private beach and sea, this is a perfect setting for a great seafood restaurant. A display boat holds a bountiful choice of fresh fish, shellfish and a giant white shell offers lobsters nestled on a bed of ice. The staff are friendly when helping with your food choices (it’s very easy to misjudge and over-order). Even if you do end up with mountains of seafood, everything is well-cooked; flaky, juicy, crunchy (where it should be) and flavourful. Your stomach will certainly be satisfied, although your wallet will take quite a bashing as this top-quality seafood comes at a steep price. Despite that, it’s always busy here on weekends, so make sure you book your table in advance. Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy the warm, relaxed atmosphere that’s great for families, friends and date nights. There’s something for all tastes (as long as you like seafood, of course) and the venue and atmosphere here are hard to beat.
You could easily drive straight past this unassuming spot, but you’ll be missing out on some great food if you do. Located on Budaiya Highway, in Jidhafs, this humble roadside Bahraini seafood spot is an island gem. The menu consists of a bewildering number of fish and meat dishes (where no prices are indicated) and it’s difficult to make an informed decision, so it’s important to trust your waiter (we recommend that you do). What you’ll get is fresh salad and succulent seafood cooked how you like it. All delicious and wholesome. Order a takeaway or go with a bunch of friends and enjoy this great little roadside fish house.
With a huge neon sign atop Burgerland on Budaiya Highway, it’s pretty hard to miss La Marine as you drive by. Which is just one of the reasons why the place is so popular. It’s large and clean, with family booths and tables perched by the upstairs windows. Every day you can choose from a giant buffet or pick from an extensive menu that’s filled with fusion fish dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world. It might not be five-star dining, but for a casual, family-friendly evening out, it’s a decent choice if you fancy some grilled fish or perusing the buffet.
La Perle pays tribute to Bahrain’s traditional pearl fishing past and is a quiet seafood restaurant based at the Novotel Al Dana Resort. Choose a table overlooking the sea and dive into (excuse the pun) a lovely selection of fresh seafood dishes from the buffet or à la carte menu. The food is served by your friendly wait staff, beautifully presented and, for the most part, expertly prepared. Unfortunately, La Perle lacks customers and atmosphere, despite having attentive staff and decent, affordable food. Maybe if a little more care was given to the surroundings this would enhance its popularity with the potential to rival similar seafood restaurants on the island.
This restaurant is similar to a rustic, seaside bistro, except it’s in the heart of Manama in Sheza Tower Hotel. It might not be the grandest of locations, but it's certainly nothing to scoff at. There are blue and white cloths on the tables and shabby-chic, wooden chairs, alongside nautical-inspired décor and a large fish tank. It’s all very kitsch. It tends to be quite quiet, but the staff are keen and friendly, and the food, which includes fresh fish, shellfish, sushi and international à la carte selections, is all reasonably priced and well-prepared. Overall it’s a quaint little restaurant that could improve if a little more attention is given to the atmosphere (the music needs re-thinking) and if staff could offer more guidance. It’s one to visit for a quick, casual, mid-week meal.
The Crowne Plaza’s seafood restaurant is a veritable aquatic paradise. Adorned with seahorses, shells and starfish lights, plus aquariums of fish set in stone pillars, it’s as though you’ve stepped into underwater garden. There’s a fish market display, so you can choose your fresh catch, and an extensive à la carte menu to pick from. Similar to many other restaurants on this list, you can choose whether your fish is steamed, grilled or fried, then pick from a large selection of complementary sauces. Staff here make useful suggestions and, in general, the food is cooked well. It’s expensive for what you get, but the nautical surroundings and relaxed atmosphere are enjoyable.