Have you been to the Najdi village restaurant in Riyadh yet? I would highly recommended visiting this amazing Saudi restaurant that serves traditional Saudi dishes in a heritage house built like the old houses of the Najd region. Visiting Najd Village restaurant would be a great a learning experience for all expats about the traditional Saudi lifestyle, architecture and of course food! The Najdi Village restaurant is also THE place to take guests visiting Riyadh for the first time.
My favorite Najd Village location is the one set in beautiful surroundings in historical Diriyah al Bujairy square. Read more about Diriyah and find the location of the Diriyah branch of Najd Village in this post: 10 Things to do in Historical Diriyah
The building itself has many interesting details and vividly displays the traditional Saudi lifestyle, decor and architecture. Guests will enjoy not only the delicious Saudi heritage cuisine, but the entire building and little details which make it almost like visiting a cultural museum. Stepping into the restaurant is like stepping back in time.
The restaurant is divided into singles and family sections. The men’s entrance is lined with intriguing artifacts, colorful old doors, cooking utensils, Bedouin jewelry, spices and food items. Guests are lead to an open air courtyard typical to Najdi homes from back in the day when ventilation and light was provided through it. The courtyard is surrounded by the dining majlis and a watermill.
The family entrance is from the side of the building, visitors pass by some antique cars on the way. Najdi style decorations, architecture and friendly waiters dressed in traditional Saudi attire welcome the visitors.
There’s a choice to dine in an open area, tent-like rooms or private rooms decorated to look like Najdi living rooms, majlis. There’s a watermill in the center of an open air courtyard which allows the natural light to enter during daytime and star-gazing during the evenings. The majlis are complete with air-conditioning and fireplaces. The tents are very romantic with lanterns hanging from the ceilings. No chairs or tables here, seating is on cushions on the floor and food is served from traditional plates placed on large straw mats.
The Najd Village restaurant is quiet during daytime but in the evenings and especially weekends it gets very busy and reservations are recommended.
A meal with five dishes would cost around 100 riyals. Portion sizes are so generous that it’s enough for two persons to eat a filling meal and still have some left to take home. Najdi Village is the best place to try unique and authentic Saudi dishes and of course camel meat!
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Hello there! I’m Laura, the founder of Blue Abaya- the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia, established in 2010. Travel has always been my passion- so far I’ve visited 75 countries and I’m always on the lookout for new adventures inside and outside of Saudi Arabia! Follow my adventures in Saudi and beyond on instagram: instagram.com/blueabaya
I should have listened to my self…visit your blog tomorrow morning. It’s midnight here in US and reading this made me hungry! lol!
Thanks for this review. I will keep this restaurant in mind if I visit Saudi someday. Hopefully we’ll see each other! :)
Hi Dianne, I really do hope to meet you one day and maybe I can take yo there for dinner :)
WOW Jazakullah for sharing this place looks fantastic, inshaAllah would like to visit it one day. :) Your photography is great! x
Thank you so much for your postings. Every since childhood I’ve been fascinated by the cultures of the dessert! Your pictures and posts make it come alive for me.
salaam waluakumm sister, :)
how can someone from canada obtain saudi fabrics like the one found on the majlis picture?? :))
I really am in love with saudi fabrics lol. jazak Allahu khayran sis <3
This may come as a stupid question but at which restaurants in Riyadh can expats dine with friends that are male and female? So we would all like to sit at the same table..
Scalinis in DQ is your best bet :)
Other than scalini in DQ can you recommend any other places to dine with male and female friends?
Pancake House DQ :)
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Very nice!! Thank you for this post, I have to visit this place!! :))
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Great blog, and a great posting. i ate there a few weeks ago. Do you know where I can buy majlis Arabian cushions, drapes and soft furnishings in Riyadh?
Thanks Criag, yes you can find those in Souk al Owais and Tayba souk. Both next to each other between King fahd and olaya rd.
Do you have the telephone number for this restaurant so I can make a booking with them?
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THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!
Been in Riyadh for about 45 days now (from Los Angeles, California), all unpacked, settled and ready to explore! I am blown away by how much meaningful and helpful information I’ve found on your site. Planning to go to this Najdi Village Restaurant tomorrow with the family.
Again, thank you for sharing your experience with us newbies~