5 Al Fresco dining ideas 

Sawa, Marsa Malaz

Such a beautiful hotel and this restaurant on the lower ground floor had an outside terrace overlooking the Pearl and the beach. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers an express lunch on weekdays and brunch on a weekend. The menu is a mix of various cuisines to satisfy most people and the food is superb. 

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Opal, St Regis

Opal has a shaded terrace that overlooks the hotel grounds and the Pearl. It’s the perfect place to take advantage of the cooler weather over some refreshing drinks and good food. They open daily for lunch and dinner and on a Thursday evening they offer a promotion on wine, beer and cocktails and you can select 3 small snacks for 80QR. With the DJ playing chill out tracks it’s the ideal way to start your weekend.

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Elements, Four Seasons

This newish restaurant is one of my favourites. The food is excellent, the service is good and the terrace is lovely. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and also offering a business lunch on week days and weekend brunch. The Saturday buffet for 170QR including water is good value for money. 

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French Olive, Barwa Tower

Located on C Ring Road a fantastic Mediterranean menu inspired by French and Italian dishes. They have lots of tables inside too where you can drool over the patisserie items or you can sit outside on the patio area. The food is reasonably priced and is family friendly. It’s open from 7am – 11pm.

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Spikes Lounge, Doha Golf Course

Open to the public with a large terrace overlooking the course and West Bay, an oasis of green. The menu is made up of ‘pub grub’ such as pie, fish and chips, burgers and pastas. The portion sizes are big so make sure you’re hungry when you go. Spikes also offers an early evening happy hour on drink and a buffet on a Friday. 

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Spikes Lounge, Doha Golf Club

I thought that you had to be a member of the golf club to use the bar and restaurant so hadn’t really thought about eating there. As the weather is getting so much cooler and it’s pleasant to sit outside I made some inquires and realised we could go there as non members so on Thursday afternoon we booked a table via email ( very quick response) and arrived about 1pm. Spikes has a large outside terrace overlooking the golf course, West Bay into the distance and Lusail – it’s really green and the trees, shrubs and flowers make for a lovely setting.

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We were were quickly brought menus which had a good choice of sandwiches, salads, burgers, meat and fish dishes as well as a few daily specials. Between 4 of us we ordered salmon en croute, burger, chicken fajitas and steak pie. I thought the pie was fabulous, it was packed full of tender braised beef and the pastry was light and crispy, it was huge though so half of it was boxed up for later. Greg liked the salmon but said it could have been hotter and our friends enjoyed the burger and fajitas.

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Greg and I shared a sticky toffee pudding for dessert and it was really nice, it would have been better if the fresh fruit it was served with was replaced by a little more toffee sauce. Banana split and the chocolate brownie were also good.

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The bill came to just over 600QR for 4 mains, 3 desserts, 2 beers and 6 soft drinks which I think is pretty reasonable and we will definitely return as the setting is so peaceful – it feels that the dust and hustle of the city is a million miles away! My one criticism is that the service, although friendly was quite slow. As we weren’t in a rush and were busy chatting away this wasn’t too much of an issue but others may find it a bit frustrating.

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