Located by the ancient port of Tyre, le Petit Phoenicien is a low-key restaurant run by a local family. Their speciality is seafood, but they also serve delicious regular Lebanese mezze, including some meat dishes. The restaurant has outdoor seating with good views over the tranquil port, and only in Tyre does such a simple restaurant have on its terrace fragments of Roman columns and a base that go unnoticed on a daily basis! Le Petit Phoenicien is an ideal place to stop for lunch when here on a day trip, but do not expect anything exceedingly fancy. It also serves alcohol.
If you ask any local about the two best restaurants around tyre, they will surely tell you one of two: Le Petit Phoenicien also known by the family name as 'Hadeed' (see other restaurant tip for details) or Salinas Restaurant. This restaurant is situated on Mina street, very close to the Rest House. Although is not located on the shore, there is only a small street that separates it from the sea (this picture was taken off of the pavement after crossing that road). This restaurant is known for its delicious food (you can have grilled/fried fish & prawns, paella, and other non - seafood dishes).
This place is more commonly knowin in Tyre as 'Hadeed' - the family name of the owner of this restaurant. It is located in the Old Tyre, next to the port...If its warm, and you decide to sit outside in the sun, you will be sitting on the docks, right next to the fishing boats of the local fishermen... The restaurant owner has been in business for so many years and its a family-owned business, so you kinda feel at home. If you are confused about what to choose, you can ask for recommendations and the waiters are most likely to help you out with your choice.
This restaurant is generous, has lots of fresh great seafood..but for those who arent too fond of that, there's the option to select something else (chicken/meat/nice lebanese vegetarian mezze)...You can also end your meal with a shisha.