What is the Oldest Restaurant in Kuwait?

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Someone posted an interesting query in the Kuwestions section, what is the oldest restaurant in Kuwait? One reader suggested Mais Alghanim which is possible since its been active since 1953, but I’m curious if there is anything older that is still around and active?

The two photos here were taken from the Mais Alghanim photo gallery [Here]


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  1. Bu_Jassem says:

    if you looking for oldest restaurant in kuwait, way before Mais Alghanim and still working, you’ll find that in Soug AlMubarakiya, you need to do a little digging.

    if u need first burger restaurant well it was in 1964 by Haroun Alrasheed restaurant.

  2. izzyq8 says:

    A restaurant in salmiya claims to be the oldest

    Approximate location : 29.3464388, 48.0874824

  3. Mais Oui Mais says:

    Does the Hunting & Equesterian Club predate Mais?
    They had a restaurant there.

  4. Fahed says:

    I think Mais AL-Ghanim is the oldest resturnat, though it was called Al-Ghanim Cafeteria and was exclusively serving al-Ghanim industries workers.

  5. Jarrah says:

    Wimpy is a year younger than mais, its been open since 1954
    I think Haroon Risheed opened up in 1964
    The oldest cafe in kuwait is the historic bo nashi now known as dar bo nashi

  6. Abdullah says:

    The oldest restaurant in kuwait is a restaurant in Souq Mubarkiya that sells grilled liver, hearts, and home-made laban as well as dates.It was owned by the late Salman Ismaeel Ibrahim. The place is small and modest and has a few articles dating from 1982 which state it is the oldest restaurant.

  7. Buzz says:

    Opposite “Haroun Alrasheed” on Fahad Al-Salem street there was a restaurant called “Abu Nawas”. They served shawerma and other Lebanese food. It was there in the 1960s. My guess it was established in the early sixties just like Haroun.

  8. Buzz says:

    It just occurred to me, Nawarat Al Asli, نوارة الأصلي the famous falafel restaurant was established in the 1960s and it’s still operating. In fact, they’re on Talabat.

  9. Fahad says:

    Mark,
    There is a restaurant in Kuwait City called Al-Tabeey (التابعي) I was told a long time ago that they are the oldest. I called them, and they confirmed they first opened in 1954. You can call them on 2266 0603, and verify for yourself.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/%D9%85%D8%B7%D8%B9%D9%85+%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B9%D9%8A%E2%80%AD/@29.3709674,47.9814416,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x34f94a6cb53dacdf!8m2!3d29.3709674!4d47.9814416

  10. MYD says:

    mais alg is my favourite restaurant the staff and food is really good.

  11. Ahmas says:

    The palm labenaese rest.
    Pizza Hut lol
    Hungry bunny lol
    Wendy
    Canary
    And I’m old lol

  12. forzaq8 says:

    isn’t Falafel Sharaf old ? ” فلافل شرف ”
    not sure when it was first opened

  13. A Kuwaiti Lexicographer says:

    The first restaurant in Kuwait opened in the early 1920s In the Bread Market in Mubarakiya. The Indian owner, Abdulmutalib Abdulmanaf, opened it during the reign of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. However, the Municipality shut it down in 1940 after rumors about its choices of ‘meat’ went viral. Sadly, these rumors were spread by jealous canteen owners. Their business plummeted due to Abdulmutalib’s success.

  14. Rasha says:

    Falafel sharaf in sharq

  15. Mohammad says:

    oldes accordiong to some claim is
    Al Raeel Al Awal (الرعيل الأول) , translate to the first generation
    in soug Al mubarikiya ally, off algharabally street

    https://goo.gl/maps/Bz3KtqJzXpC2

  16. Musaed says:

    Then What is the Best Restaurant in Kuwait?

  17. Khan says:

    Definitely want to know this, then perhaps we can go there together. 😎

  18. Ali says:

    Mais Alghanim Restaurant considered to be the oldest pne that still in business,
    However other restaurants that started in the thirties and forties and some of the biginning of fifties are not in Business anymore,
    Haroon Alrashid considered new and not in Business.
    Mais is still running by Emil Barakat three Sons.


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