These are my favorite Arabic restaurants as they do not only feature great, typical Arabic food but have a great location and/or nice atmosphere. Some of them are a bit outside of Amman but when you live here, you will be happy to see something different for a change. These are also nice spots to take visitors. The listing is in alphabetical order and you will find a map at the bottom of this page.
Haret Jdudna (Madaba)
Haret Jdudna (Our ancestor’s Neighbourhood) is a very nice restaurant located in the heart of Madaba. It is located in an old castle-like traditional house including a big dining hall, a courtyard and a terrace (open in summer). They have a small souvenir shop, a huge variety of mezze and the other typical Arabic BBQ meat such as kebab and so on. Also, since Madaba is mainly inhabited by Christian people, Haret Jdudna is probably one of the few if not only place, that serves traditional Arabic food and beer at the same time. You can smoke Shisha there, too, of course. Sometimes they have music events, we were lucky to experience the great Iraqi singer Ilham Al-Madfai there once.
Levant (3rd Circle & Abdoun – Taj Mall)
Levant close to 3rd Circle, just behind the Hotel Royal serve typical Arabic/Lebanse cuisine. They have some dishes that originate from Armenia and specialties such as certain type of Kubba, Kofte or a single Shawerma served per person. The interior is nice and modern and the restaurant is not too big, which is nice. In summer you can enjoy the terrace as well.
Kan Zaman (between Amman and Airport)
The restaurant is placed a bit outside of Amman, towards the airport, a bit East of IKEA. They have excellent Mezze and Mashawi (grilled meat) and they also serve beer. The location is very exceptional as it features a huge hall in nice old horse stalls with a huge grill inside. They also have a massive terrace outside open in summer, also for certain occasions. Prices are at the upper end but they serve excellent food and in an awesome atmosphere.
Sufra Restaurants is located just off Rainbow street in an old house. They have traditional tiles on the floor, see the picture, bake their own bread (khubz) and have a balcony as well as a terrace open in summer. The size is not too big, which is good. You can order some of their pan-baked dishes, which are very tasteful. It is a cozy, quiet place.
Zajal is a very nice spot downtown. You will find the restaurant next to the stairs with the flower pots. They have several levels, inside and outside and nice decorations, which makes it a great spot to hang out. Like most of the larger restaurants, it is well suited for bigger groups. It is recommended to reserve a seat before. The terrace outside is very green. The selection of food is similar as in most Arabic restaurant and they offer some international dishes such as Pasta or steak as well. For dessert, you might just go a few meters to the original Habiba sweets downtown to grab some Kunafeh.
Zuwwadeh offers Lebanese food and is a great spot, just 10-15 minutes outside of Amman, on the edge to Fuhais. The new location features a huge hall with nice interior and lots of space. The walls, ceiling, and floors have a nice Arabic design and are lit by huge chandeliers. They have a great range of Mezze and grilled main dishes. It is pretty much like in all other Arabic restaurants. However, the food is of great taste, fresh but also pricey. In summer you can sit outside on the big terrace next to palm trees, enjoy a nice view while listening to the water fountain.
On Fridays or Saturdays, it is a good idea to reserve a table up front. Depending on the time you go, you can enjoy listening to some traditional Arabic music.
Here is the map with the location of the restaurants