Best Restaurants in Amman

If you are on the hunt for the best restaurants in Amman, then you are in the right place. Whether you are looking for fine dining or a small family-run restaurant whose seats spill into the sidewalks, there is no shortage of great places to eat in Amman.

Amman is a city of contrasts, with its age on display in the heart of the city at the Amman Citadel. Yet, it is no stranger to all of the modern convinces with Samsung stores littered among the narrow, winding streets, a large selection of five star hotels and fast food franchises situated next to popular Jordanian restaurants.

Jordan is arguably one of the best countries in the Middle East when it comes to food. (I mean you are welcome to try and change my mind, but after spending a week eating in Amman, you are more than likely going to agree with me). Heavy with Palestinian influences, you will also find bedouin dishes that have been perfected over centuries. It is characterized as Levant or Eastern Mediterranean, but due to its favorable position along traditional trade routes, you will find many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes served in Jordanian restaurants today.

After reading this list of the best restaurants in Amman, you should have no trouble keeping your stomach full, whether you have one day in Amman or one week!

Best Restaurants in Amman

Jordan Food - Amman Restaurants

Hashem Restaurant Amman

Known for:

  • Excellent Food for just a few dollars
  • Vegetarian / Vegan friendly
  • Serving the King and the Royal Palace
  • Open 24 Hours
  • Oldest Restaurant in Amman serving traditional Jordanian street food
  • Its Listing in Lonely Planet 

What to Expect

Hashem Restaurant is the most well-known restaurant in Jordan and has been doing business for over 80 years. Despite its appearance, it will seat King Abdullah II, celebrities in town, locals, and tourists alike. It is a must for any foodie! You will find Hashem Restaurant in every guidebook about Jordan as one of the best and most famous restaurants in Amman. It is also included in one of my suggestions for the best breakfasts in Amman.

Dining on plastic chairs, this 24-hour vegetarian restaurant serves up excellent falafel and hummus and I guarantee you will leave with a full stomach! It serves a set mezze-style menu with falafel, hummus, babaganoush, picked veggies, and more. It does have indoor seating and outdoor seating

If you arrive right at dinner time, expect it to be busy with locals and a few tourists wanting to try Hashem’s well-known dishes. Try and pick a non-peak hour to visit if possible. At peak times you can see lineups down the street on account of its excellent food, cheap prices, and strategic location downtown.

A meal at Hashem for two people will cost about 4 JD – 10 JD.

How to get here?

Located in the center of downtown, pretty much anyone can direct you towards this Amman Restaurant if you are close by. Pop it into google maps and look for the teal sign.

hashem in downtown amman
From the outside, Hashem Restaurant does not look like one of the most famous restaurants in Jordan. It has served the King and Royal Family, celebrities, locals and tourists. The sign color has been updated in recent years (the old sign was yellow and green). Photo by Lindsay Nieminen.

Al Quds Amman Restaurant

Known For:

What to Expect:

A local haunt with sweets and typical Jordanian dishes, visit Al Qids for Mansaf or Maklubeh. Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan. Served on a large platter with a thin flatbread, mansaf is a bed of rice topped with lamb and a fermented yogurt sauce called jameed. If you ask just about any Jordanian what food you should try while in their country, mansaf will be the top answer.

How to get here?

Al Quds is located in heart of downtown Amman.

What is Mansaf Jordanian Food
Read more about Mansaf and food culture in Jordan!

Tawaheen Al-Hawa (the Windmills Restaurant)

Known for:

  • Fine dining
  • Excellent Service
  • A huge mezze selection

What to Expect

Known as the “Windmills Restaurant” in English, Tawaheen Al-Hawa offers a fine dining experience in Amman. It is a massive restaurant with multiple rooms, and seats guests at square tables.  The Windmills Restaurant has a set menu starting with messe, then mixed grille, and then the desert is an assortment of fruit and baklava style pastries.

The mix grille includes an assortment of appetizers, known as mezze. Mezze includes hummus, babaganough, moutabel, pickled veggies, and more all beautifully plated and worthy of your next instagram photo!

What to Try?

The Windmills has a set menu so no need to worry about deciding what to order. Try the Jordanian sausages that arrive with the appetizers and save the hummus for dipping your meat into. They are known as one of the best places for appetizers in Amman.

How to Get Here

The Windmills Restaurant is located near Al-Waha circle on Wasfi al-Tal Rd, Jubilee GardensAmman, Jordan

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Just some of the Mezze from the WIndmills Restaurant

Abu Jbara

Known For:

  • Excellent Hummus and Fateh
  • Cheap Prices
  • Attentive Staff

What to Expect

A typical sized, casual middle eastern restaurant, with outside and inside seating. It is a local favourite and a steady stream of locals eat here from morning until night. It is clean and inviting. Their staff is attentive and dishes appear almost instantly after ordering. Make sure you try the fateh, which is a mixture of bread and chick peas and covered with pine nuts and olive oil.

What the Locals order

Try the fateh and the hummus with chicken shawarma on top. You will not find better hummus anywhere! You can also get foul and moutabel.

Fateh is similar to hummus with mashed chick peas, but tahini and pieces of pita bread are added and it is topped with pine nuts and the flavourful green olive oil you will find all over Jordan!

If you want to add some meat to your meal, the staff will prepare hummus with shwarma from the shop next door. All you have to do is ask. Order “shai bi na’na” – tea with mint – to go with your meal. Even in the hot of summer, this refreshing tea tastes excellent with your meal.

How to get here?

My favorite location of Abu Jbara is located off the second circle. It has a blue sign and is on the left hand side of the road if you are coming from the second circle. About a block or two from the circle, close to a big sweets shop! There is parking on the street.

You will also find other locations in Amman.

If you want a deep dive into food culture in Amman, check out Amman Food Tours! It is an evening you will not soon forget! (Bring your appetite!)

Jordan Food - Amman Breakfast Fatteh
Definitely try the fatteh and order hummus with shwarma on top!

Best Deserts in Amman:

Jabri

Known For:

  • Sweets and pastries

What to Try

This bakery serves up a yummy baklava style dish that satisfies any sweet tooth. They have a few locations in Amman. The one I like is close to Abu Jbara off the second circle.

Sweets in Jordan

Habibiah Sweets

Known For

  • Kunafa

What to Expect

The most popular Kunafa in Amman will be found at Habibah in downtown Amman. Kunafa is a must for you to try while you explore Amman and you can watch it being freshly made at Habibah. Situated in a tiny alley, you will likely find the alley packed with locals and tourists, enjoying their dessert with a foam plate and plastic fork.

There are two types of kunafa, most easily explained in English as “soft” or “rough.” One is topped with shredded wheat (kheshna) and the other is topped with semolina… (na’ma). Try both and see which one you like better. A small portion is around 1-2 JD.

How to get here?

Located downtown in Amman, it is across from the police station and in a small alley next to the main branch of the Arab bank. While Amman’s downtown is full of twists and turns, almost anyone can point you in the direction of Habibah!

If there is a huge line up you can go into the retail shop next door and get the exact same thing.

kunafa from habibah while on amman food tours
Kunafa from Habibah with Jumana from Amman Food Tours. Photo by Lindsay Nieminen

Best Coffee Shops In Amman

Wild Jordan

What to Expect

Stunning views of the city, Wild Jordan is a gift shop and cafe with food and drinks with locally produced goods supporting locals. Managed by the RSCN (Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature) it is marketed to locals and international visitors as a sustainability project in the country.

Price-wise, Wild Jordan is on the high-end for coffee.

Books at Cafe

What to Expect

An Expat hangout and popular with visitors, books at Cafe is located next to an English language bookstore on Jabel Amman. It opened in 1997 as the first internet cafe in Amman and has evolved into a welcoming space for locals and visitors. It makes a great working space during the day and a funky evening hangout serving drinks.

It is not much of a local hangout, but a popular stop for the English speakers who call Amman home. Books at Cafe is also a LGTBQ friendly establishment as well as a popular place to visit at night in Amman!

Dessert in Aqaba Ice Cream and Shisha

Where to get a drink in Amman

Alcohol is legal in Jordan and pretty easy to find in Amman! Most 4 and 5 star restaurants in Amman will have a bar serving drinks to hotel guests and visitors. There are also liquor stores in town where you can buy an assortment of wines and spirits.

Jordan has an emerging wine market and you can taste some local wines (which are also usually cheaper than imports due to high import taxes on Alcohol). There is also a few craft beers made in Jordan

Arak is also something to try while you are in the country. It is a Middle Eastern liqueur has a strong liquorice taste.

Books @ Cafe

As mentioned in the Cafe section, Books @ Cafe offers a welcoming space to read and work during the day and an evening hangout to get a drink.

Nirvana

On Rainbow Street you will find Nirvana Restaurant which serves up local beers and spirits

nirvana restaurant and cafe and bar in Amman
Nirvana has a selection of local beers and spirits

Bonita Inn & Tapa bar

in Jebel Amman (near the Intercontinental Hotel) you will find the Bonita Inn, Restaurant and Tapa Bar. They have full bar service and a cute atmosphere!

bonita inn bar

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