As the weather gets cooler in Sharjah, foodies and families start flocking to restaurants that offer outdoor dining options. One of the simpler pleasures of the restaurant experience, eating outdoors — or dining al fresco — is a pretty popular activity in the emirate. The food just seems to taste better, and the drinks go down easier in the open air. But which outdoor seating restaurants in Sharjah are worth visiting? From seating options on terraces with spectacular views of the cityscape to airy spaces, here are our picks of the best eateries that offer al fresco dining in the emirate.
Molten Chocolate Café
Kicking off our list of restaurants that offer outdoor seating in Sharjah is the Molten Chocolate Café. The stunning waterfront destination and alfresco seating option make this Sharjah eatery an ideal retreat for visitors during less humid months.
Comprising mostly of sandwiches and options for breakfast, the menu at this café includes everything from the common hot dog and healthy Acai Bowl to a hearty plate of Eggs Benedict. To make the best of the great outdoors, order the Full Breakfast — from crispy turkey meat to perfectly cooked hash browns — and a view of the waterfront, it’s the perfect start to your day.
- Location: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Majaz – Sharjah
- Contact: +971-54-793-1051
- Opening hours: 09:00 am to 12:00 am | 12:00 am to 01:00 am, 09:00 am to 12:00 am (Friday and Thursday)
Shakespeare and Co
Next on our list of best outdoor restaurants in Sharjah is Shakespeare and Co. This place is best known for its unique furniture. Complete with wicker chairs and canopied seating, Shakespeare and Co offer a laid-back outdoor ambience that is perfect for midday lunches and meetings.
This sophisticated outdoor space in Sharjah offers food that is just as exquisite as its unique interiors. From healthy eats like the vegan Detox to exotic mains like Rainbow Pad Thai and the classic Spaghetti Bolognese, there’s plenty to love about the menu at this outdoor Sharjah cafe. For diners looking for a sweet experience under the sun, the dessert menu doesn’t disappoint with popular options like the Fondant Au Chocolat and an assortment of sweet crepes.
- Location: Al Majaz Waterfront, Corniche, Al Majaz 3 – Sharjah
- Contact: +971-6-574-7574
- Opening hours: 07:00 am to 01:00 am
Al Fanar Restaurant and Café
Fancy an outdoor lunch that takes you back to the sixties in the UAE? Visit Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe. Also located at the Al Majaz Waterfront, the ambience at Al Fanar is a reflection of Emirati culture with seating choices that offer amazing views of the Khalid Lagoon. Adding to the experience is the authentic Emirati cuisine with options like a rich fish stew or Saloona Samak served with an option of rice or bread and Tekat Deyay Emarati, chicken kebab marinated in Arabic spices.
- Location: Al Majaz Waterfront
- Contact: +971-6-559-9744
- Opening hours: 08:30 am to 11:30 pm
An al fresco dining experience at Ratios Coffee is truly memorable — especially during evenings when the whole space comes alive with the glow of strategically placed garden lighting. The hipster coffee house serves coffee made from beans sourced all the way from El Salvador, Indonesia and Ethiopia with caffeinated beverages ranging from the AED 20 flat white to your regular espresso. A cup of the special Spanish Latte, with an option to “have it over ice”, is especially popular as an outdoor drink during those hot summer months in Sharjah.
- Location: Shop 1, Ground Floor, Souq Al Shanasiyah, Corniche Street – Sharjah
- Contact: +971-06-555-0770
- Opening hours: 08:00 am to 10:00 pm
With spectacular buffet spreads and an earthy decor aesthetic, Gusti is next on our picks for popular outdoor restaurants in Sharjah. An elegant dining venue that serves “all your favourite international dishes,” themed buffet nights at Gusti’s are a must-try for those looking for all-you-can-eat dining experiences in Sharjah. From the Mediterranean Night on Mondays to the Silk Road night with Indian food on Wednesdays, diners are spoilt for choice. Plus the price is right too at AED 125 per person.
- Location: Sheraton Sharjah Resort and Spa, Al Muntazah Street
- Contact: +971-6-599-0088
- Opening hours: 06:20 am to 11:00 pm
Popular amongst Sharjah’s outdoor dining spaces, Arjwan offers a mixed menu featuring Lebanese, Indian and Emirati cuisine. Featuring a relaxing outdoor dining experience on a terraced space, this eatery is the perfect hangout for anyone looking to enjoy Asian and traditional food under the open sky. An al fresco experience here starts with a Lebanese hot and cold Mezze followed by a choice of soup, traditional Emirati or Indian main courses and concludes with choices in a variety of traditional sweets.
- Location: Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort and Spa, Al Muntazah Street
- Contact: +971-6-599-0088
- Opening hours: 07:00 pm to 12:00 am
Coming up next on our recommendations for restaurants with outdoor seating in Sharjah is Aroos Damascus. This place specialises in Arabic and Middle Eastern food, and with the average price for two at AED 100, it’s the perfect place for anyone looking for the best bargain eateries with a choice to dine outdoors. With choices like Meat Slices with Foul and Tahina, any meat-based dish from this menu can help you make the most of the experience.
- Location: Opposite Emirates NBD, near First Gulf Bank, King Abdul Aziz Street – Sharjah
- Contact: +971-6-573-9900
- Opening hours: 07:00 am to 03:00 am | 07:00 am to 11:30 am, 01:00 pm to 04:00 am (Friday)
If not the food, then the funky and colourful outdoor seating space at Zaroob is enough to make any diner make a beeline for this place. A term that literally translates into “small alley”, the cuisine at Zaroob was inspired by traditional street food vendors in the Levant region with a focus on wholesome and simple cooking.
A popular option in the list of Sharjah’s outdoor dining spaces, sitting at a table at Zaroob feels like you’re visiting a friend’s home by the beach. Offering a choice of Lebanese eats from hand-crafted Za’atar to a range of Wrapped Man’oushe this place is the perfect retreat to bring that special someone for a romantic dinner under the stars.
- Location: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Buhairah Corniche, Opposite Al Fardan Center – Sharjah
- Contact: 052-196-5642
- Opening hours: 07:00 am to 12:00 am
Also considered a good Indian restaurant in Sharjah, Ushna is popular with patrons who love dining outdoors. Plus it’s a great place for any vegetarian members at your party too, with dishes like Palak Paneer and Dal Makhni. This restaurant currently offers complementary services for kids. Valid till the 30th of October 2019, the package is applicable for diners aged 12 and below — offering a free kids meal for every meal purchased by adults.
- Location: Al Majaz Waterfront, Corniche Street, Al Majaz 3
- Contact: +971-06-559-7766
- Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
Rounding up our reviews for best outdoor restaurants in Sharjah is Nando’s. Their legendary Flame Grilled Peri Peri Chicken is one of the many reasons why loyal patrons flock to the place. With a spacious outdoor seating venue, regulars in Sharjah have the option of indulging themselves the al fresco way. We recommend the Pulled Chicken Burger or a side of Mediterranean Salad which goes great with the eatery’s signature dish.
- Location: Ground level, Block D, Al Khan Corniche Street, Qanat Al Qasba – Sharjah
- Contact: +971-6-556-6033 | +971-60-054-2525
- Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
That’s a wrap of our picks for outdoor seating restaurants in Sharjah. Are you on a budget? For eateries that are easier on the pocket, our list of best restaurants in Sharjah can be helpful. Of course, whether you prefer to dine indoors or out in the open, the selection of food is important too. To start your culinary journey, check out our recommendations for Indian restaurants in Sharjah.
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