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Diafa Fish Restaurant is one of the nicest restaurants in Libya. The food, which is predominantly seafood, is excellent and the service is very good too and will come as a pleasant surprise if you have been used to the standard of service in the Funduq al-Kebir's restaurant. The restaurant is also nicely decorated, which makes it a nice place to spend an evening.
This restaurant is probably the most popular one on Tripoli for groups of foreign tourists and so it is usually fully booked. It is, therefore, advisable, to make a reservation. It is also expensive by local standards. You need to be aware that the price given for each fish is per 100gm, even though this is not stated on the menu. The stuffed squid is excellent and reasonably priced. Squid is the cheapest seafood everywhere on the Libyan coast.
The Diafa Fish Restaurant is less than a kilometre from Tripoli's fishing harbour, so the fish is always fresh here.
I would say that if you are looking for somewhere to go out in the evening in Tripoli, then this is a good choice.
Updated Mar 23, 2007
Address: Sharia al-Baladiya
Phone: 021 444 5757
Safir Restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Tripoli. It describes itself as a 5* restaurant. It serves a range of high quality North African dishes, incluidng tajine and couscous. The average price of the salads is 2.75 LD, the soups 3 LD and of the main dishes 14.50 LD.
It is just along the road from Diafa Restaurant and it is popular with foreign visitors too, but as there are two floors, there is no need to make a reservation. The staff speak excellent English. One of their specialities is stuffed quail, but In a city where it is not easy to find a restaurant serving rice, the best dish is the seafood paella.
Updated Mar 23, 2007
Address: Sharia al-Baladiya
How often do you get to enter a restaurant by walking through a Roman emperor's triumphal arch? That's what you do at Tripoli's Marcus Aurelius restaurant. In winter, you'll have to be content with sitting inside and looking at the view through the windows. Come spring and tables are set up on the terrace - fantastic!
Favorite Dish: The menu at the Marcus Aurelius features all the standard Libyan dishes you'll find in most restaurants, but the cooking is quite superior to some. Soup (of course!) to start, good crisp salads and then a wide choice of meat and fish dishes, tagines, couscous, pasta and stews. I rarely eat desserts, so can't comment on those dishes but I seem to remember there wasn't a lot on offer.
I ate here twice and - after the soup and salad - really enjoyed both dishes I ordered - a fish couscous dish full of beautiful fresh fish and pumpkin chunks in a spicy broth poured over the couscous - hearty, lots of flavour - good, gutsy cooking; and a more delicate dish of fish in lemon, herbs, garlic and oil served with well-cooked pasta. Portions are generous, there's excellent fruit juices on offer, this is a popular restaurant with locals and ex-pats and deserves its reputation as one of Tripoli's best places to eat.
Updated Feb 6, 2007
Address: You can't miss the arch
Everywhere you go in Libya the one thing you can be sure of is that you will find somewhere to stop for tea. Enjoying the passing parade from a teahouse in a square or a park in Tripoli, under fragrant pine trees at Leptis Magna, a roadside cafe out in the country, sitting on a blanket with Tuareg in the desert, in cool Ghadames courtyard ... wherever you are, taking time to sit and relax over a glass or two of tea is a time-honoured tradition and one to enjoy often during your time in Libya.
Favorite Dish: Your tea will be served in different ways, depending on where you are. Strong and sweet always (you'll need to say "no sugar" if you prefer it that way, otherwise it will come with the sugar already in it). If you like mint tea, ask for "chay na'ana". In Ghadames it will probably come with a spoonful of peanuts in the bottom of the glass - you can eat them when you've finished. Tuareg tea is very green and very, very frothy and may have a strong taste of desert sage - we picked our own.
It will almost certainly cost 1/2 or 1LD wherever you have it.
Updated Feb 8, 2006
This Lebanese restaurant served what turned out to be the best meal we had during our stay in Libya. The food was excellent, reasonably quick service and the staff were very friendly.
Favorite Dish: We ordered
* Swarma (chunks of meat grilled on a spear)
* An extra potato dish (which turned out to be ordinary fries)
*Tabuleh (a salad of cracked wheat with lemon and tomatoes)
*Felafel (chick pea patties). We ordered one each, but really only needed one between us as there were nine on the dish!
*Baba ganoush (a mixture of mashed aubergines and spices)
Everything was absolutely delicious, it is hard to pick a favourite.
Bowls of freshly made bread kept appearing throughout the meal, and we were even given a small bag of them to take away.
Written May 1, 2005
Address: Sharia al-Gargaresh, Tripoli
These four towers are shaped like four upside down bottles.In fact they are positioned in a way that when you see them from the outside perimeter you only see three at a time!.....just amazing piece of work!
Favorite Dish: There are international restaurants inside these towers which house prestigues companies operating in Libya and the interiors have beutiful interior design.
Updated Feb 20, 2005
Address: just on the outside the city of Tripoli
A little lebonese restaurant on the street behind the Grand hotel, just known as the Lebonese.
Unique Qualities... the fact that when I first went to tripoli it was the only restaurant.
Favorite Dish: A dish they do just like a Meze, loads of little snacky things, the best thing was the hot bread with meat or cheese and loads of spicy dips.
Written Sep 8, 2002
Elburai risturant (((( since 1800 ))))
1:A famous local dish is couscous, which is a boiled cereal (traditionally millet, now fairly often wheat) used as a base for meat and potatoes. The meat is usually mutton, but chicken is served occasionally from 2.500 to 5.000 LD .
2:Sherba is a highly-spiced Libyan soup from 2.000 to 3.500 LD
3:Bazin, a local speciality is a hard paste, made from barley, salt and water from 2.000 to 4.000 LD
Favorite Dish: couscous ,Sherba ,Bazin,Libyan tea
Written Aug 25, 2002
A very nice restaurant specialising in seafood. Everything was very tasty and there was a choice of seafood or steak for those people who don't like fish. I was told the steaks were very nice too.
Written Apr 30, 2005
Phone: 091 210 8527
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