While visiting Petra for the first time, looking for a place to have lunch or dinner is probably not high on your priority list. But thats ok, this list of the best Wadi Musa restaurants will take the guesswork out of it for you! There are dozens of restaurants in the area, that most refer to as Petra and most that cater to tourists who are visiting the UNESCO site. Whether you are looking for a buffet lunch or a typical Jordanian dish after exploring the site, or maybe you want to learn how to cook some basic middle eastern cuisine the Jordanian way, there are plenty of options while you stay in Wadi Musa and visit Petra.
When you finish this post, be sure to read my guide to transportation in Wadi Musa. If you do not have your own car, you will want to know about taxis and locals offering rides.
Al – Wadi Restaurant
Al – Wadi Restaurant ets excellent trip advisor reviews. Is located uptown in Wadi Musa, not near the Petra Visitors Centre (about 20 minutes walk from Petra Visitors centre). According to Trip Advisor, it is one of the best restuarnts in Petra.
Red Cave Restaurant
This restaurant is well located for those leaving the Petra Visitors center. It gets mixed reviews, either people love it, or dont.
My Mom Recipe Restaurant
My Mom Recipe has second-floor dining (no elevator). They offer a buffet for lunch and dinner a la carte. My mom recipie has mid range prices. This is a good place to order Mansaf if you want to try Jordan’s national dish.
Palm Court Restaurant
Located on the main street close to the visitor’s center and Petra Palace hotel. The Palm Court Restaurant is a new restaurant in Wadi Musa. Mid-range prices between 8-12 JD for a meal. Food is flavorful, order the Middle Eastern dishes.
Spend about 2 hours preparing Jordanian dishes and then dine on the fruits of your labor. Usually from 7-9pm. Often, you will help prepare lentil soup, tomato casserole, tabouli salad, and chicken.
The Basin Restaurant
Located in Petra at the end of the main trail (before you find the trail to the Monastery), you will find the Basin Restaurant. The Petra Basin Restaurant serves buffet lunch for visitors to Petra. It is about 17 JD. Alcohol is served here.
Cave Bar (Petra Guest House Hotel)
The Cave Bar is located in the Petra visitors’ center. The Cave Bar offers an upscale ambiance and a great way to finish off Petra by Night! It has Five Star prices for drinks and food.
Lunch buffet is served here and the dinner menu is a la carte. Al Qantarah offers a nice atmosphere, it was an old house that was converted into a restaurant and offers a glimpse of traditional home building in the Middle East. It is located near the car parking lot for the visitors’ center.
Looking for Alcohol in Wadi Musa?
If you are staying near the Petra Visitors center, there are not a lot of restaurants that serve alcohol. Besides the Cave Bar, Petra Palace, Movenpick Hotel both serve alcohol. There are no liquor stores in Wadi Musa. You are better off to bring a bottle from Aqaba or Amman.
Jordan Travel Resources
Travel Insurance for Jordan
There are a few other things to think about when it comes to travel. The first thing is travel insurance. Whether it is an emergency room visit for something as simple as strep throat, or an emergency appendix surgery, or an unfortunate moped incident things do go wrong when people travel every day.
I highly suggest travel insurance and a good policy. I personally never travel without it, and I even checked into my policy about care for my children if I am ever in an accident or hospitalized. There are just too many things to think about.
You can find out more information and buy your travel insurance here.
Jordan Travel Planning Posts
In order to help make your visit to Jordan as memorable as possible, I have created a number of resources from planning guides to local eats.
- Your hotel may be uptown in Wadi Musa, here is some information on getting from Wadi Musa to Petra
- If you have just begun the planning, check out 101 Things to do in Jordan to give you some inspiration on the places you want to make sure you have time to see.
- Rental Cars are very popular in Jordan, get a quote on renting a car before you arrive.
- If you are working on a self-drive itinerary or plan to see the country independently, there is a guide on getting around in Jordan.
- If you are thinking of booking a tour, or wondering how much hassle a self drive itinerary can be, check out this post I have on the best Jordan tours to book.
- For your time in Amman, check out top things to do in Amman and where to eat. This post has the best breakfast in Amman
- If you are looking for restaurants while you visit Aqaba on the Red Sea, check out Best Restaurants in Aqaba
- Save on Air BNB: If you are planning on booking an Air BNB during your trip (or anywhere for that matter), use this link to save on your booking.