Restaurants

Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Tawlet

There are loads of great restaurants in Beirut, but there's only one that commands the respect of every farmer, chef and foodie in the country – and that's Tawlet. Showcasing farm-fresh (often organic) produce and p…
Top Choice Armenian in Beirut

Mayrig

Beirutis of Armenian descent tend to head to this elegant restaurant in Gemmayzeh if they want to celebrate a special occasion, and once you've eaten here you'll understand why. The food here is among the best in th…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Café Em Nazih

Tucked away in true urban style under a hostel and in the shade of an overpass, this excellent semi-open space brings together locals and foreigners, students and artists. It's a venue for cheap beer, weekend gigs o…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Baron

Located in the Mar Mikhaël design district, this locavore restaurant is very much at the forefront of Beirut culinary trends. Innovative, modern creations using traditional Lebanese ingredients are the signature, wi…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Loris

It's an upbeat, social scene at this enjoyable cafe-bar-restaurant hybrid. The elegant garden and glitzy interior of this sizeable villa make it look like a high-end spot, but prices are surprisingly reasonable. Gre…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Liza

Epitomising Beiruti chic, Liza serves expertly prepared nouvelle Lebanese food in surroundings that have graced the pages of many international design magazines. Prices are remarkably reasonable considering the qual…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Onno

Exceptionally welcoming service and a convivial atmosphere make this one of Hamra's best dining choices for traditional food. A range of tasty hummus dips and salads are accompanied by lamb's brains, ram testicles a…
Middle Eastern in Beirut

Mezyan

Mezyan is a Hamra institution. This restaurant-bar has occupied a few locations over the years, serving small plates of Lebanese, Syrian and Armenian mezze to a lefty crowd. Friday nights at the latest incarnation, …
Italian in Beirut

Tavolina

Every suburb needs an Italian trattoria, and it would certainly be nice if all were as impressive as this one. Serving up plump bruschetta, handmade pasta, piping hot pizzas and well-executed classics such as cotole…
Lebanese in Beirut

Babel Bay

On the boardwalk around the marina, a seat on the raised platform terrace here is a prime Beirut spot on a sunny day. Unlike some of the other places in this strip, the food is classy and worthwhile, with fresh fish…