Madaba CIty has lots of local roadside stalls and eateries, offering anything from middle eastern sandwiches, assorted shawarmas, koftas, falafel, mezze, pita pizza breads and more. We ordered a take away in one of the road side stalls here before going to mount nebo, however since the letterings outside are arabic and the owners hardly know english, I do not know the name.
the road side eateries here are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday and there are a lot of these at madaba.
Favorite Dish: since I want to taste Jordanian Brea, I ordered the jordanian lamb sandwich (really large!) of which a can of softdrink, som crackers and a banana is included, for a price of JD 9 (US $ 13). these stalls also sell lamb and chicken and beef shawarmas at JD 3 per order, kofta meatballs at JD 4 per order, crunchy falafels at JD 2 per order, Mezze;s with pita bread at JD 2.50 per order.
For lunch or dinner, Haret Jdoudna is probably the best place to eat in Madaba. It is housed in a charming old stone villa in the heart of town, built using a few recycled Roman-period materials, with a beautiful courtyard. It also contains a small shop selling local arts and crafts, ranging from scarves and clothes, to soaps and mosaic work. The restaurant offers a wide selection of mezze and grills and it does serve alcohol. Service may not be the fastest and the mezze is not the best in Jordan, but the lovely ambiance more than makes up for it.
This local eatery serves delicious falafels and other simple Middle Eastern mezze. It is a no-frills place with tables, and a great place for a quick inexpensive meal. It is located on Talal Street, a short distance from St George Church.
This express restaurant is right accross from the Saint Georges Church, it has a nice place where we can sit outside enjoying their mouth-watering shawerma, I was told by our guide this is the #1 express restaurant in Madaba....The owner greeted us, spoke perfect english, and treated us for a cup of coffee...My family and I are 100% satisfied....Thank you for the greatest hospitality...
Favorite Dish: Shawerma....
Popular with well dressed local people. You better share the grilles and order mezze of your choice. There are a lot on menu and hard to chose. Any mezze with Aubegine and Mushroom is my favorite. Salads are fresh, grilles are so tasty... oh, and Arabic Breads fresh from oven!! Anything we ordered was a hit.
One of the best restaurant we had during our trip in Jordan.
The restuarant's atmosphere is great, however, the service and management are appalling. I am an expat in Madaba and I used to frequent Haret Jdoudna because of the relaxing environment. Unfortunately, I witnessed the management and staff treating the locals and expats poorly on several occassions. For example, they discriminate against the locals by only seating them in the back of the restaurant and not in the nicer area with the tourists. However, they all pay the same inflated prices. The management is only interested in exploiting the tourist groups. What used to be a great place to spend the evening has now become an overpriced tourist trap. There are better places to go in Madaba where the service, prices, and food are far better.
On the same road as the St. George's Church is possibly Madaba's most famous eatery, the Haret Jdoudna. Inside the cool courtyard there is a cafe and a restaurant. The cafe serves up cheap snacks and strong coffee, the restaurant has a fine range of dishes, at a very good price, with a wonderful local ambience. It's popular with locals, tourists, and the few ex-pats that live in the city.
They have English menus, English speaking staff, and is a great place for vegetarians as well as meat eaters.
Good location, nice environment, excellent lebanese food
Really the place to eat in Madaba.
Garden and terrace available.
Favorite Dish: Assorted mezze