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9 Open-Air Restaurants In Saudi Arabia For Al Fresco Dining

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As the weather gets cooler and the gatherings get back to normal, outdoor dining is definitely on everyone’s mind. So, whether you want a delicious meal complemented by a cool breeze and afternoon sun, or if fine dining under the stars is your kind of menu, here are some great restaurants to share a great meal with family and friends, offering the kind of ambience and relaxation that will keep you coming back.

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Located in Riyadh, Jeddah, Platto (which literally means plate in Italian) offers a delectable fresh Italian dining experience. Step into the space and enjoy great interiors and an outdoor experience with the ambience of scenic Italy, a pizza area influenced by Tuscan hill towns, and playrooms and gelato shops for the kids. It’s no wonder they were named winner of best casual dining restaurant in the kingdom, and received the Saudi Excellence in Tourism awards. 


If you’re looking for award-winning Indian cuisine in Riyadh, then consider Zafran Indian Bistro. Their highly skilled chefs specialize in some of the finest North Western Indian dishes packed with flavors, but light to the stomach. Zafran has contemporary interiors that match the atmosphere and lighting that will give diners a relaxed feeling, and offets the option to dine outdoors. 


This is a Miami Beach-style restaurant and one of Jeddah’s most frequented hotspots. Located in Fakieh Aquarium, Blue Ocean specializes in seafood and international cuisines. It also has a simple, clean, white-and-blue themed interior design that goes well with the seafood establishment, and an outdoor dining area by the sea. 


Located at Palm Garden, Jeddah, Al Nakheel is a popular restaurant with a great outdoor dining experience by the sea. This diner specializes in Lebanese and international cuisines, but it’s also a great spot to enjoy a shisha with friends.


If you’re staying at the Park Hyatt in Jeddah, Nafoura is a restaurant to try. It serves up Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines based on seasonal, organic produce. It has a modern interior design that gives diners a relaxed dining experience, and a great outdoor area with a breathtaking view of the sea. There is also an open show kitchen, and a terrace featuring a traditional Middle Eastern grill station. 


If you love coffee with an urban Dammam setting, then you should try out Maze Cafe. This cafe deals in specialty coffee, but it also serves food to diners. It’s mostly an indoor establishment, but it does have a simple, outdoor sitting area by the entrance. 

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