Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, is a popular tourist destination for people from the Arab world as well as the West. While in Beirut, you’d find a blend of culture especially when it comes to the cuisine. Traditionally Lebanese cuisine is a blend of different Mediterranean and Arab cuisines. But there is also international cuisine with many reputable restaurants and recognised chefs. Here listed are five of the best restaurants in Beirut as recommended by travellers to this great city.
If you want a great example of Lebanese cuisine, this is definitely the restaurant you should be going to. Apart from the great food, the service is great and many travellers are impressed with the view, although some say it doesn’t stand out enough at night. Their special Lebanese delicacies are enjoyed by most diners. However, some people may find this restaurant a bit on the high end in terms of price.
If you want a place where you are sure to get the same great taste every time you dine, then Karam located in downtown Souk Bazerkene is where you want to be. This restaurant serves Lebanese delicacies that are always so fresh and richly flavoured. Some people loved the Mishawi dish while others prefer the fatoush salad served with mixed grill. To add to the flavour, the service is great. Nevertheless, the price may deter some people from enjoying this place as well.
If you’re looking for where to get the best burger, then Ferdinand is the place. This non-smoking restaurant is noted for its cool music and very helpful staff. It is conveniently located in the Hamra area and very accessible too. The drinks are also good and for its location, and it is reasonably priced.
If you are tired of Lebanese food and want something more western, you can make a stop at the roadster diner and you are sure to feel like you just found yourself back in the west. This restaurant is a chain and can be found in different parts of the city. It serves burgers, steaks, and even sandwiches. It is a great place to go with the kids. To its advantage, it is fairly priced and offers takeout.
You probably got it from the name but if you didn’t, this is an Italian restaurant serving a whole lot of Italian delicacies. This is a clean and elegant restaurant located in Rue Georges. If you are on the lookout for some good Italian food, this is where you should be heading to—but keep in mind it is high end and some dishes like the fish in salt will skyrocket the bill.
Obviously, you can never go hungry in Beirut with some of the best restaurants that serve food that will suit all budget ranges. From purely Lebanese to other western cuisine, there is a whole lot to choose from. From dine-in to takeout you can have it all in this beautiful Mediterranean city.