5 Restaurants On The Outskirts Of Riyadh That Are Worth The Drive


If you’ve got plenty of time on the weekend and you’re itching to try something new, then you should definitely be hitting the road, as there are some hidden gems just outside the city limits. Okay, not exactly some of these will take you over an hour to reach, but you get the point.

1. La Via Lounge, AlKharj

This upscale restaurant is the MVP of Al Kharj’s restaurant scene. Lavia VIP offers all the upscale feels of a fancy downtown Riyadh restaurant, but with better prices and a way more relaxed vibe. Think spacious booths, an amazing indoor garden, and a menu that’s filled with lip-smacking dishes.


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2. Al-Walima, Al-Muzahmiya

Al-Walima in Al-Muzahmiya is about a 40-minute drive from the city, but the views and the food add up to make it worth it. Their grilled chicken is a crowd-pleaser, but the real star here is their mandi—it’s melt-in-your-mouth good.


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3. Zahra, Al-Uyaynah

The kebabs are good, but the shawarma is what steals the show. It’s so good, in fact, that you’d wish they had a branch right here in Riyadh proper.

4. Falik Burger, Al-Quwaiiyah

Road trip down to Jeddah? Keep your eyes peeled for the massive mosque in Al-Quwaiiyah on the right side of the highway—you can’t miss it! In this town, there’s a burger joint with a serious reputation: Falik Burger. Their juicy, smashed burgers are absolutely delicious, and the prices? You won’t find a better deal on a burger this good anywhere in Riyadh.


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5. Hamam Al-Raqi, Huraymila

Hamam Alraqi in Huraymila specializes in pigeon meat. If you’ve never tried it before, this cozy restaurant is a great place to take the plunge. Be warned, though; pigeons are a love-it-or-hate-it kind of deal.


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