12 Great Places To Eat In Beirut, Lebanon

Best places to eat in Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut is the vibrant capital of Lebanon. This big and lively city is one of the greatest hubs in the Middle East and you’ll find many activities and attractions to enjoy there. In this article, we’ll focus on one of the most famous traditions of the country: its cuisine! Indeed the Lebanese food is well-known all over the world but what’s better than going straight to its roots to enjoy the best of it while being in the country? In this article, we’ll focus on 12 great restaurants to eat at while discovering the capital.

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1. Barbar

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Posted by Barbar Restaurant on Monday, 3 April 2017

If you’re looking for late night and daytime food cravings, then, Barbar restaurant is the place to go. Opened as a humble bakery in 1982, the place and its thirty tables is nowadays famous for its manakish, its snack and offers a huge variety of sandwiches. Renowned as the classic late night snack spot (opened 24h), and also a popular family restaurant, Barbar is made of several small stalls including a juice shop, a bakery, etc.,… where you’ll be able to taste some of the best Lebanese foods ever: maajanat, sandwiches, as well as delicious lahambajin and the spicy steak sandwich, the small crab sandwiches and fresh hot falafel and much more!

Barbar - Hamra - Restaurant

Address: El Akhtal El Saghir, Bayrut, Lebanon

Facebook page: Barbar - Hamra - Restaurant

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2. Laziz

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Posted by Photos on Saturday, 2 July 2016

Set right in the heart of Hamra district in Beirut, in Laziz, and here you’ll enjoy down-to-earth Lebanese cooking in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Featuring a very large choice of food of both cold and hot dishes (including grilled meats and other great healthy and delicious specialities), this restaurant will also bring you a great experience inside the Hamra district, a chance to sit back, to relax with an enjoyable meal seating inside or outside looking at the life of the place. A great immersion into the Lebanese cuisine.


Address: Hamra Square Center, Main Street, Hamra, Beirut

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3. Mayrig Restaurant

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Posted by Mayrig on Tuesday, 13 June 2017

If you’re looking for a great Armenian restaurant in Beirut, then Mayrig is the place to be. Located at the far end of Beirut’s Gemayzeh quarter, the restaurant feasts its guests with a vast range of various cuisines (from Armenian to Lebanese passing by Mediterranean). At a fair price, you’ll get there the best Armenian food of the city and also enjoy the very welcoming and warm atmosphere of the place along with the efficient and fast service.

Mayrig Restaurant

Address: Pasteur Street, Beirut, Lebanon

Website: Mayrig Restaurant

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4. Abu Naim

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Posted by ‎Abu Naim - أبو نعيم‎ on Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Going to Abu Naim for dinner is a pleasant, fresh and delicious journey where you’ll discover a vast range of hot and cold typical mezzes, grilled meats in a warm Lebanese restaurant. From its kibbeh nayyeh (minced raw beef) and marinated lamb brains, here you’ll find plenty different dishes made from fresh ingredients, hand-picked by owner Abu Naim himself to please your tastebuds and fulfill your expectations.

Abu Naim

Address: Abdel Aziz St., Hamra, Facing Piccadilly Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon

Facebook page: Abu Naim

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5. Enab Beirut

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Posted by Enab Beirut on Monday, 11 September 2017

This purely Arabic restaurant serves incredible meals such as tabbouleh, fattouch, hommous, sojouk, r2a2at, 2asbe, batata harra, kafta, and offers the traditional flavors of Lebanon with modern home-style cooking. Here you’ll appreciate the Lebanese hospitality in a peaceful atmosphere.

Enab Beirut

Address: Armenia, Beirut, Lebanon

Facebook page: Enab Beirut

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6. Al Halabi

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Posted by Al Halabi Restaurant on Tuesday, 18 July 2017

This amazing restaurant might be serving some of the best Lebanese food in the Middle East. Here you’ll enjoy the oriental atmosphere, the clean and fully furnished space of the restaurant along with the high-quality food. Here’s definitely a different taste of Lebanon but still featuring the traditional dishes made with fresh ingredients on the go. If you’re looking for delicious and tasty food, here’s the place for you!

Al Halabi

Facebook page: Al Halabi

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7. Al Soussi

Posted by El Soussi Resto on Wednesday, 19 November 2014

One of the unmissable Lebanese breakfast/brunch places of Beirut! Hidden at the dead end in Mar Elias district since 1975, this amazing place serves some of the finest dishes the world has ever talked about… hummus, fatteh, kawarma, bad ghanam, chicken liver, etc. Here you’ll be blown away by the tasty smell of fried food, grilled meat and all the other delicious dishes prepared with passion by the Soussi family. Forget about everything you’ve heard about Oriental food and just let yourself go!

Al Soussi

Facebook page: Al Soussi

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8. Aunty Salwa

Posted by Pumpkin Resto on Saturday, 25 March 2017

This place, located in the Hamra district, features some of the tastiest vegetarian foods of Beirut for a really affordable price. Here you’ll enjoy the healthy food, the friendly atmosphere and the cosiness of the restaurant. Pleasing to both veggies and non-vegetarian travelers, Aunty Salwa has a great range of dishes and last but not the least, the staff here is one of the friendliest of the town and you’ll really enjoy being welcomed and served with a smile!

Aunty Salwa

Facebook page: Aunty Salwa

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9. Boubouffe

Posted by Boubouffe restaurant traiteur on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The best sandwiches in ashrafieh, one of the very best shawarma in Beirut … well, Boubouffe has many advantages and a great reputation in the city. This Armenian restaurant, more than being delicious, has also a welcoming and polite staff working in a tastefully decorated setting. A place you must go, even just to enjoy its great atmosphere.


Address: Charles Malek, Bayrut, Lebanon

Facebook page: Boubouffe

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10. Lala Chicken

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Posted by Lala Chicken on Wednesday, 7 June 2017

If you’re looking for a wonderful location to eat in, then Lala Chicken is for you. But don’t be fooled by the name, this place has an extensive choice of delicious seafood. Here, you’ll enjoy the quick, professional and friendly service while enjoying a high-standard meal in a great atmosphere.

Lala Chicken

Facebook page: Lala Chicken

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11. Karam

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Posted by Karam Beirut on Thursday, 1 September 2016

Karam al Bahr is located in Zaitunay Bay, just two steps away from the beautiful Mediterranean sea and it is the perfect venue for lunch or dinner with a wonderful view. There, you’ll discover the restaurant’s wide range of fresh delicious fish and the other famous exquisite Lebanese dishes.


Facebook page: Karam

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12. Rafic al Rashidi

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Posted by Samer Rafic Al Rashidi Products on Tuesday, 16 July 2013

If you’re looking for a surprising and tasteful restaurant experience, you should think about trying the Rafic al Rashidi where you’ll enjoy many different kinds of food, from the traditional Lebanese dishes to the delicious cheese atayif, a weird, new but memorable experience not to miss.

Rafic al Rashidi

Address: El Achrafiyeh, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Facebook page: Rafic al Rashidi

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Experience Lebanese cuisine!

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With these 12 restaurants in Beirut, you’ll experience and fall in love with the great, proficient Lebanese cuisine! A great insight into the culinary tradition of the country!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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