Amman - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Lots of them and great. BBQ, sushi, even mexican (though not great). Indian is decent too. You can get everything delivered on Careem or Talabat. - Aug 2023

Talabat, Careem, and Eat Delivery allow you to order from almost any restaurant. Lots of variety/cuisines of varying authenticity. - Aug 2023

Lots of services. Restaurants are plenty and good, and less expensive than DC. - Jul 2023

Everything is available, home delivery is very popular. There are so many restaurants / cafes. - Mar 2023

Talabat and Careem are the restaurant delivery services. All the major grocery stores also will deliver. You can get any kind of food you want here. Lots of great options but generally quite expensive- I would think it is comparable to NYC prices. - Jul 2022

Most anything you need is available. There are an abundance of restaurants, from fast food chains like McDonald's and Pizza Hut to high-end classy restaurants with virtually all types of international cuisine. I will say that the local Jordanian cuisine was my favorite. Takeout is also so abundant, you can even get McDonald's delivered at midnight (which I did once). - Oct 2021

Delivery is really taking off due to COVID and the current curfews/lockdowns (early 2021). There are a few gems in the embassy neighborhoods for cheap, local fare. You can find higher end restaurants throughout Amman, many that are excellent and decently priced. You can also find several American chains like McDonalds, Hardees, Popeyes, PF Changs, and others. - Apr 2021

Extensive delivery system, but the use of plastic and styrofoam is upsetting. - Feb 2021

Everything under the sun is here. Check Talabat delivery service for options. As with when you live in foreign countries, the Chinese food is never as good as when you lived in China, etc. Set your expectations accordingly. But do enjoy all the Middle Eastern food you can. There are also restaurants and delivery options that understand and cater to people with allergies and food restrictions. - Jan 2021

Food is fabulous here for the most part. Middle eastern food is delish. They have plenty of Indian, Thai, burgers, and pizza. They have sushi but I miss good sushi... its off and kinda weird here. Eat all the Mexican you can before coming here. Fast food America stuff includes: McDonald's, KFC, Popeyes, BurgerKing, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Pinkberry, Starbucks, Costa Coffee.... - Dec 2020

All takeout foods available. - Sep 2020

You can get most things delivered, but there wasnt anything amazing. People like a burger place called Fatty Dabs. - Sep 2018

Local restaurants are very good. Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. Talabat is the local app for restaurant delivery. It is quite good. Restaurants can be pricey if they are specialty, but many are reasonable. - Sep 2018

Great restaurant scene, wide variety. Jordanians love eating out! Although they do tend to start much later than we were used to. Prices are a bit high but there are a lot to choose from. Some of the eating out is the "to be seen" scene and there is a lot of just lounging smoking hookah so I wouldn't necessarily say that the quality makes it foodie heaven. - Mar 2017

Great food. Every neighborhood has a favorite schwarma or falafel place, and you will find the best hummus in the world. If one gets tired of the local food, there are many different restaurants, and almost anything can be delivered. - Jul 2016

Everything from McDonald's to Popyes to Pizza Hut. does delivery which is awesome. However, the local food is amazing. delivers everything! - Mar 2016

Lots of fast food options, delivery options, and chain restaurants--anything you want, you can get. - Mar 2016

Lots of local choices, also Chili's, Applebee's, Burger King, and some other fast food restaurants that I can't remember. Everything here can be delivered to your door. Even donuts. - Nov 2015

Why would you eat American fast food when you can eat fantastic Arab food? But if you have to: McDonald's, Subway, Chilis, Fridays, Burger King, Popeyes, KFC, PF Changs, Pappa Murphys, Pizza Hut. There is ok Thai and Indian. But seriously, stick with the local Arab food! Our favorite Arab restaurants are Hashems, The Great Amman and Levant. Burger Shack makes good American burgers--though way overpriced. Also, most food is available for delivery through - May 2015

Every kind of American fast food, plus a lot of local shawarma/falafel joints. I don't really eat at the American chains but you can easily have a feast of hummus, falafel, etc for under 5JOD a person and it's delicious! - Mar 2015

Pretty much everything. Of course some favorites are missing (Chik-Fil-A anyone?) but Abdoun has Chili's, PF Changs, Buffalo Wings & Rings, a lot of fast food,and of course every form of Arabic food you could want. We have Caribou Coffee, Starbucks (one is even drive-through), Costa, and tons of Arabic coffee shops/cafes. Prices look like American prices (3JD for a Starbucks coffee) but 70fils=US$1 so the prices are about a third more once you convert. - Jul 2014

They have everything in Jordan except great chefs. Every chain restaurant you can imagine is here, as well as stores. The prices tend to be higher than the U.S. though not exorbitant for food. The best restaurants are Middle Eastern places like Sufra, Fakhr al-Din, and Levant, though there are also some good Asian places like Yoshi, Umami, and Vinagarette, though they really don't have a chef culture or inventive food choices. - Mar 2014

They have all your favorite American fast food restaurants in the malls here, for about the same price as in the States. Decent restaurants charge quite a bit, like US$40 for lunch for two. We don't go out to eat much. There's a drive-thru Starbucks near the Embassy. When I used it the other day, I rolled down my window and my youngest asked why it smelled outside. It's not perfect here, but things are modernizing. There's a Chili's with a play area that we like. We also like to get falafel sandwiches and hummus takeoutlocally, which is very affordable (like US$1.00/sandwich). - Dec 2013

Burger King, McDonald's, Chili's, and other franchises. The cost is comparable to the U.S., maybe a bit more expensive. - Aug 2013

McDonald's, Burger King, Papa Johns, KFC, Popeyes, Hardees, and many others are around at about DC prices. - Jul 2013

All fast food places are here, they deliver, and their prices are reasonable. But we don't like to order from them when Middle Eastern food is healthier, just as fast, and just as cheap. - May 2013

All of the American fast food you could want. Also good Arabic restaurants (and pretty much everything else) but nothing is cheap. You will pay twice as much as you would in the States to eat out somewhere decent. - Mar 2013

Everything is available here. McDonald's, Lee's Fried Chicken, KFC..and those are just up the street from where I live!There are many fantastic restaurants here. Jordanians really understand service. Prices at American chains are about 40% higher than in the US.A great meal at my favorite sushi spot costs some, but you can get schwarma and falafel for very little. I haven't found an amazing Italian restaurant yet, but I can cook pasta at home. Fahkra Al Dein should not be missed. Seriously, Amman has a lot to offer. - Apr 2012

All kind of restaurants from American fast food and casual restaurants (Chili's, Applebee's, etc), and a wide variety of other restaurants. Many of the high end restaurants are quite mediocre, but still have the crazy price tag. It's a bit frustrating as prices have risen remarkably in Amman in the past 5 years, it's hard to find a good value anywhere. Amman sees itself as a very cosmopolitan city and offers a wide range of restaurants and a number of price points...unfortunately that cosmopolitan feel is largely a veneer and the quality of the food here is not high. That veneer cuts across many facets of life here, not just the food... - Mar 2012

Fast food is widely available, both Western and Arab. The Middle Eastern restaurants (fast food and upscale) are great, there are a couple of Asian restaurants that are okay, several European/American/bistro style restaurants that are also okay. Meals in a "real" restaurant are priced comparably to major metropolitan cities in the U.S. - Mar 2012

Cheap--under $5 per person for dinner at a casual dining place. Street food is under $1. - Oct 2011

They are ALL here. One of the funniest sights I ever saw was some pretty cool and hip Jordanian twenty somethings hanging out by their car eating a bucket of KFC. - Aug 2011

McD's, Subway, Burger King, KFC, Fuddrucker's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's pizza, Chili's, Houston's steak house, Quiznos, Popeye's, Hardee's. All are very affordable if not cheaper than the U.S. - Aug 2011


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