Islamabad Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Islamabad

April 9, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Serving as the capital of Pakistan since the Sixties, Islamabad was built according to a carefully organized plan, divided into sectors along a grid of clean, tree-lined streets. The city is sheltered by the Margalla Hills, the foothills of the Himalayas and the home of rare species of leopard, deer, birds, and even porcupines. Several hiking paths end at Daman-e-Koh, a picnic spot with a splendid view of the entire city, including the massive modernist Faisal Mosque and even the Rawal Dam.
Things to do in Islamabad

1. Texas steak house

Sadar, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Steakhouse, American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
34%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Texas steak house

Reviewed By Salman C

We visited after college. And it had old potatoes and steak was also not up to the mark. The renovation might have to do something with it. 2 years ago they served the best steaks but now. ... sad

2. KHIVA Restaurant

House # 64, Main Margalla Road | Jinnah Super Market, F-7 Markaz, Near Saeed Book Bank, Adjacent Pizza Hut, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan (Formerly Khiva) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Asian, Pakistani, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 +92 337 7077774
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 238 reviews

KHIVA Restaurant

House # 64, Main Margalla Road, Sector: F-6/3, Islamabad. 1st house of sector F-6/3 on Main Margalla Road after Hill Road or last house of F-6/3 before Hill Road. Near Shalimar Cricket Ground, Hill Road, Said Pur Village, Margalla Hills

Reviewed By Inam K

The Khiva restaurant , one of the best for central asian cuisine , has changed its location from Margalla road to the Jinnah supermarket in F 7 SECOR, keeping all its speciality, ambiance and friendliness with its clients.operating from the top two floors of the southern plazea and having in front the main free car park in the markaz it is the most convenient restaurant for meals. its main and speciality dishes like khiva salad, kabuli pulao , dam pukht, lamb karahi, seekh kababs and BBQ item have not lost its zing, aroma or excuisitness. the staff is efficient and price affordable. recommended rooftop fpr family night dinners.

3. The Monal Restaurant

9 KM, Pir Sohawa Road, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Barbecue, Asian, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$235 - HK$7,848 +92 51 2898044
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 900 reviews

The Monal Restaurant

Reviewed By Asad U - London, United Kingdom

We enjoyed the food here, went for a birthday party. The service in nicer restaurants in Pakistan is generally good and Monal isn't any different. The food was good, not the best I ever had however that could be down to individual palate.
Wasn't blown away by it however if you're there, it can be a good choice.

4. Kabul Restaurant

College Road | Jinnah Market, Islamabad, Pakistan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Barbecue, Asian, Afghani, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +92 51 2650953
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

Kabul Restaurant

Reviewed By Maya R - Greater London, United Kingdom

I always visit this restaurant. the ambiance isn’t the greatest and the service is delivered poorly but the food is great. Always fresh and all their Afghan dishes are superb. I love eating here regardless of the service because it is one of the greatest Afghan food places. The price is reasonable For the location. A must try if you don’t mind the poor service.

5. Des Pardes Restaurant

Saidpur Village, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking Pakistani, Barbecue, Asian, Middle Eastern, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$1,570 +92 51 2320008
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

Des Pardes Restaurant

Des Pardes restaurant SaidPur offers a unique blend of Mughlai Cuisine with fine dining services, We invite all who like to explore & love Food. Its Located in the base of Margalla hills in Mughal-era village & to the east of Daman-e-Koh in Islamabad. The village has the foot prints of various civilization, including Greek Buddhist, Mughal & the colonial period. You can enjoy the view of margalla hills & Daman-e-Koh. You can also visit gurdawara in the back of Des Pardes Said Pur Branch.

Reviewed By Muhammed K - Islamabad

Located at Saidpur village is a well managed restaurant. We love to have Pakistani food especially Barbecue. Food quality is good. It is little bit expansive. Place is very beautiful.

6. Hardee's

Rana Market Sector F-7/2, Islamabad, Pakistan Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
21%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

Hardee's

Reviewed By SMH739 - Islamabad, Pakistan

The location of the Restaurant is good but the dining space is a little cramped. Food franchise remains true to original. Service is polite and efficient.

7. Chaaye Khana

University Road | Shop # 11, Block B United Bakery Plaza Supermarket, F-6 Markaz, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Fast Food, Grill, Cafe, Asian, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night +92 51 8312192
Excellent
33%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

Chaaye Khana

Reviewed By Bushra I

Kind of a regular visitor, food and environment is good, but it's a bit expensive for pocket because of additional taxes. stakes are best, but cream caramel is a deception...

8. Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Aga Khan Road, Shalimar 5 | Islamabad Marriott Hotel, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +92 51 2826121
Excellent
68%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

A truly authentic Japenese Restaurant. As you dine with us you will not only savour the sumptous flavour but also the spectacular design that actually makes you feel that you are actually in Japan. Sakura is made to capture your heart and soul imagination

Reviewed By heddomcq - Alexandria, Virginia

For sure the best place for sushi in Islamabad, but not the tops when compared to other places - even Monrovia Liberia was far far better! The tempura is a bit greasy but still good. The sushi is nice - several options have been designed by customers. A nice alternative to many places in the twin cities, and one of the two top restaurants in the Marriott.

9. Tuscany Courtyard

F-6/3, Kohsar Market, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Valet Parking, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +92 51 8445544
Excellent
33%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Tuscany Courtyard

Reviewed By Shahid P - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I've been to Tuscany quite a few times and have tried fish and chicken dishes. They are well prepared and the chefs have put some effort in making them. However there are two detractors, one that the portions are huge, can't be finished alone, and secondly that the taste is usually a bit on the rich side, which makes eating the whole meal slightly difficult.

10. Andaaz

Said Pur Village, Islamabad, Pakistan Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Pakistani, Asian, Middle Eastern, Balti, Eastern European, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +92 301 8445511
Excellent
34%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Andaaz

Reviewed By flyfisher66 - Islamabad, Pakistan

The restaurant is very artistically furnished and leaves an impressive first impact the moment one enters. Service is very nice too and staff is very caring. The food is reasonable, nothing spectacular about it but overall, the restaurant is too overpriced. The amount of money that a couple might spend here on a reasonable dinner would be enough for a dinner buffet in Serena or Marriot, which of course is a better choice.

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