Places to eat in Lebanon

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  • Mediterranee: Sprawling seaside location

    by gaby85 Written May 17, 2013

    Impossible to miss with its sprawling seaside location and distinctive twin peaked roof, the glamorous Swiss hotel Movenpick is a byword for some of Beirut's glitziest nightlife, especially in the summer when the pool becomes an unmissable destination for die hard party animals and hosts a programme of extravagant events. The Mediterranee restaurant caters to the crowds, offering the legendary sumptuous buffet all week, Sunday brunch buffet, seafood buffet on Friday nights and a la carte lunches and dinners. For lavish holidays or a one off treat, you'll be fed very well in splendidly luxurious surroundings.

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    Napaletano: Italian Hometown Cooking

    by SedonaDee Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We walked to this nice, casual Italian restaurant when it was recommended by the personnel and the front desk of our hotel. It is in the middle of the busy shopping area called Hamra. Service was friendly and the food was excellent. Their menu included all types of pastry and pizza choices. They also deliver. Their menu & prices are on their website if you click on it.

    Favorite Dish: We each had a Caesar salad followed by a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms. The large gratings of Parmesan cheese on the Caesar salad were generous and yummy. I love thin crust pizza that is always associated with Neapolitan style pizzas made in a wood-fired oven, so this was perfect for me. I had a red house wine and my husband just asked for a local beer. We don't know the names of either, but both were excellent.

    Napaletano Italian restaurant in Beirut Wood-fired Pizza like they make it in Napoli
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    called sushihouse something.its famous.just ask!: the food and atmoshphere is great!

    by monk911 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    well the japanese restaurant located somewhere near a famous roundabout in city, just ask the location with locals, its fairly new abt 8 months old. the ambience and staff is great. food like standard japnese quality! the damage for 2 people would be around US$ 35 to 45/-including drinks..its a bit average or little more than usual..mind u lebanon aint cheap, but its ok value for money!...
    most restaurants are licensed with alochol like aywhere in the world.."unlike some middleeastern country i know"..
    another restuarant wa called ''CHOPTIXS"..great ambience , service and quality of food..u must try the shrimp balls and the fukoon fried rice, besides other dishes on menu...cost u abt US$ 40/- for 2 people with drinks...
    also the restaurant called lina's cafe is great located in the same hotel i stayed plazahotel at hamra, heart of city so get a great view of the road & people passing by...they have varied menu..sandwiches,salads,appetizers,drinks,coffee's,main-course n' all goodies!..service & food quality was superbb!..average for single person abt US$12/- ...
    there are plenty restaurants on the corniche by the sea, in mountains secluded & scenic areas, city restaurants for all budgets varying from US$ 1-2/- meal to upwards..
    surely will try and visit all those fabulous places next trip...

    thats our food & some cold sake' !! me at a shisha cafe' at hamra!!
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    massyna: lebanese restaurant

    by normaabood Updated Apr 4, 2011

    i like this restaurant very much ( massyna ) lebanese restaurant in the old souk saida city . and the Atmosphere in this restaurant very nice and cozy .
    massyna restaurant saida proudly announces it's special night 3al 3oud every th,fri,saturday . this restaurant for mr Nader Zein

    Favorite Dish: foul and qawrma with eggs and narjeela its very good

    saida restaurant in massyna restaurant massyna restaurant outside massyna inside saida Atmosphere
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    Kabab-ji: Lebanese Applebees?

    by MikenKim Updated Dec 2, 2010

    Kabab-ji seemed like the Lebanese version of Applebees. Cheap, quick service, pictures on the menu and decent food. It was not the best food we had but not the worst. If you need a quick meal I would recommend it.

    Favorite Dish: The mezza were decent. Great fatoosh.

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    Le Chef: Soup Nazi Seinfeld Episode... same experience

    by lalikes Updated May 8, 2010

    Favorite local spot but well known by tourists. This place makes me giggle. The lead waiter (possibly owner) took our order without writing anything down and then would YELL it to the kitchen. "I would like to order some hummus, please" HUMMUS!!! "May I have some more water, sir?" WATER!!! "I would love the lentil soup." SOUP!!! LENTIL!!! You get the idea. The guy was full of character and even though you'd shudder at the moment he screamed to the kitchen, you still felt like you were being taken care of. Food is great, reasonably priced but bring cash.

    We only got one photo outside of the restaurant. We were too afraid to bring out the camera in the restaurant. Not in a bad way. In a respectful way. We wanted to have the real (soup nazi Seinfeld) experience.

    Favorite Dish: Soups and hummus were on spot. Yum....mee.

    Le Chef

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  • Flying Pizza: Great Pizza!

    by Visitbeirut Written Feb 21, 2008

    Try the tasty Pizza with a large variety of toppings. The location is central close to the AUB and Hamra.

    They even have a mobile web page you can view on your mobile phone with the menu, location map, and easy calling link:

    Check it out!

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    Fatoosh Salad

    by DunaKal Updated Mar 2, 2007

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    Although you can eat this salad all year round,but it is an everyday dish on a Ramadan breakfast ( Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims).
    A table would not be complete with out a Fatoosh,(I was taught this from my Lebanese mother).
    here are the ingredients:

    -1Cabbage(chopped).(white or red or both)
    -1Green onions(chopped).and/or red onions (chopped).
    -1/2 Green/yellow or red sweet peper.(diced).
    -1/4 cup fresh Mint leaves(chopped).
    -1/4 cup fresh falt-leaf Parsely.(chopped).
    -2-3 Radishes(diced).
    -1 cup deep fried pita bread cut into sqaures.(or you can bake them for low fat diet).
    -1/4 cup pomegranate pulps(my secret ingredient).

    -1/2 lemon juice.
    -1 Garlic cloves.(sqaushed).
    -1/2 teaspoon Summak powder.
    -1 teaspoon white vinegar.
    -1 table spoon virgin olive oil.
    -1 table spoon dried mint leaves.
    -1 tea spoon pomegranate molasses(my secret ingredient)
    mix all the igredients together,and bon appetit!

    fatoosh Salad
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    Byblos Fishing Club: lovely view

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 16, 2006

    This restaurant located in the citadel of Byblos is lovely, charming, and very intimate, with a wonderful view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is, indeed, a must during your visit to Lebanon.
    But the soul of the place is his owner, Señor Pepe (familiar for José), who in the sixties, during Lebanon golden age, he was a true play boy. He was born in Mexico, from Mexican mother, and migrated to the country of his father, Lebanon, to open several restaurants for the rich people (although he arrived to Lebanon without a peso in his pocket). Still, his Spanish is excellent.
    The restaurant displays many pictures hanging from its walls showing world famous personages, such as Brigitte Bardot, Jaques Chirac, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Fraga Iribarne, a Spanish Minister in Franco’s times.
    Food is delicious, although a little bit expensive (he made me discount, being Spanish!), but the place and Pepe presence and conversation compensate for everything.

    Favorite Dish: lebanese

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    Sea Sweet: The Best Baklava in the World!

    by RawdgerDodger Written Jul 14, 2006

    Sea Sweet must has at least fifty different types of Baklava as well as some other types of sweets for those of us born with a sweet tooth. The outside makes it look like a common bakery but it is anything but common. Usually in the country of USA where I am from, I consider myself lucky just to find one type of baklava.

    Favorite Dish: Baklava is my favorite sweet from this bakery. It is so good due to the many different ways in which they make it. They make some with chocolate and others with pistachio nuts. The list goes on and on. The taste is incredible! To go to Beirut and not go to Sea Sweet is definately a poor judgement call that only hurts your pallate.

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    pain de mie: casual dinner

    by normaabood Written May 18, 2006

    it's a marvellious restaurant i liked the food a lot you can have a big meal for less cost and with high quality food .
    the atmosphere is perfect and cosy old style decor that gives you a glance for an old latin french style ... i found it the best in town .....

    Favorite Dish: they have a lot of good dishes you can start with garlic bread or the crispy calamari and they have a wide variety of salads i found the supreme one is so delicious and the best dish ever i tast was the chargrilled chicken plate with home style pesto pasta the end i finished my meal with the home style brownies and don't forget the grape shisha ooohhhh it's perfect .... i like this place ....

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    Tabouleh Salad: A salad like No other!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The traditional salad for Lebanon.

    It is served in all Lebanese restaurants,made from:
    -minced parsley,
    -minced mint leaves,
    -diced tomatoes,
    -fainely chopped green onions.
    -bulgar wheat.

    seasoned with squeezed lemon juice,
    olive oil,salt and black peper.(and very little of ground cinnimon).

    If you want to eat it like the locals do then eat it with cabbage leaves or lettuce.tear a small piece then scoop the salad with it!!!!!!!!!

    Favorite Dish: It can be cheap but really depends on which restaurant you are having it at!
    And just a little warning here,,,,make sure you look at your teeth after eating it.....a parsley leaf might be stuck there ;-)

    My home made Tabooleh
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    Arayssi Sweets: Baklawa or (Baklava)

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    The famous Lebanese dessert.
    filled with nuts and sugar syrup,,very rich and delicious.
    usually sold by the kilo at the specialised shops,or by a plate at the Lebanese restuarants.

    Favorite Dish: Ma`moul with pistachio nuts. take a look at this site

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    Manakeesh Sajj: Another kind of Manakeesh!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    Lebanese sajj is a flatbread, crisp yet chewy, that gives a little resistance when you tear through it with your teeth.

    Sajj refers to both the bread and the squat, bullet-shaped oven used to cook it.
    Sajj has been eaten since ancient times, long before the birth of Christ.

    Favorite Dish: Try it with the minced meat as well.

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    Manakeesh 4 Breakfast!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    A typical Lebanese breakfast,it`s a kinda of pita bread baked with a herb called Za`tar(Thyme)served with sliced tomatos,cucumber and mint leaves and if you you wish you can also add sliced onions.

    You can also order it with goat cheese then it`s called Manakeesh looks something like a pizza exept it has no tomatoe sauce.
    It`s one of the cheapest breakfasts & a tradional one!

    Favorite Dish: You can find the Manakeesh at any local bakery almost every`s pronounced Mana`eesh in Lebanese accent!
    A zatar Mana`eesh usually cost less than 1$,and the cheese Mana`eesh costs about 1$
    (1500 lebanese Lira).

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