The Best Syrian Restaurants in Amman

Photo of Sahar Esfandiari
27 August 2017

The Syrian cooking tradition is one of the oldest in the world, and although the quintessential dishes of the levant region are largely similar, Syrian cuisine has a particular reputation for finesse. Since tragic turmoil in Syria now prevents most tourists from travelling to Syria, Amman is increasingly becoming one of the hubs for sampling Middle Eastern food from across the region, Syrian included. Here are our top picks for the best Syrian restaurants in Amman.

Naranj

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, $$$
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Naranj Restaurant Amman, Amman
Naranj Restaurant Amman, Amman

Naranj is known in Amman to be the most authentic restaurant specialising in Syrian cuisine. There are many speciality dishes available on the menu, including sour cherry kebabs and ‘Sayadiyeh’, a famous fish and rice dish.

Joury - Rosa Damascene

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
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Rosa Damascena, Amman
Rosa Damascena, Amman

Diners at Rosa Damascene can enjoy a range of healthy yet traditional Syrian dishes from the menu whilst enjoying the charming decor of the restaurant. Outdoor seating is also available in the summer months for a more atmospheric dining experience.

Areej al Sham

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Seafood, $$$
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Areej Al Sham Restaurant, Amman
Areej Al Sham Restaurant, Amman

Housed in a Syrian style building with matching decor, Areej al Sham offers good quality Syrian cuisine and a great ambiance. It’s recommended that you time your visit over the weekend so that you can catch the live music on offer.

Bekdash Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Middle Eastern, $$$
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Bekdash Ice Cream, Amman
Bekdash Ice Cream, Amman

Head to Bekdash to give their famous Damascus ice cream a try. Made from mastic and sahlep, the ice cream is then pounded to airy, stretchy perfection and topped with pistachio nuts. If you’re heading over on a summer’s night then brace yourself for crowds of people eagerly waiting in line.