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Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
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  • 33
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  • 9
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
this is where the Romans ate

That's right this is indeed a restaurant within the ancient ruins of a Roman city. They serve up traditional Libyan fare including baby camel cooked in a clay pot which they break in front of you!, come here at night the atmosphere is fantastic.... only down side is its quite pricey

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Stephengollan
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Edmonton, Canada
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Tripoli, Libya
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31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

One of the best restaurants in Tripoli. With live music and nice view of arch of Marcus. The place is clean and the service is perfect and they have delicious food. Especially don't forget to try the jarrah.

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Edmonton, Canada
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39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

That's right this is indeed a restaurant within the ancient ruins of a Roman city. They serve up traditional Libyan fare including baby camel cooked in a clay pot which they break in front of you!, come here at night the atmosphere is fantastic.... only down side is its quite pricey

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Tripoli, Libya
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

it is a nice place to go for the warm summer nights. the food is pretty good and the value for money is average. but the atmosphere is what makes the place

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tripoli
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good resturant , nice view , cheap cost and very good location in old city of tripoli . It's good for couples, friends , and business

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I have eaten many times at this little oasis. With its open front looking out onto a 1st century, perfectly preserved, Roman arch it is a very romantic setting. The food is tasty, traditional Libyan fare and well presented. As others have said, the traditional local dish of Libyan soup is very good here as is the goat casserole. The... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I know that Tripoli is a no go zone now but once it blows over and you make it there, Al-Athar restaurant is probably the best place to have your first dinner out in Tripoli. The food is quite good. Try the Libyan soup and you will be hooked for life. The signature dish is the baby camel tender meat... More 

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Luanda, Angola
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Food was generally always good. Restaurant is clean and service is attentive. For something different, try the stews cooked in pottery and cracked open and served at your table. Fish is always good there as well.

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Tripoli-Libya
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This restaurant is located in the heart of Tripoli and next to archaeological Roman Arch of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, also it overlooks one of the old mosques in Tripoli, which one must visit, and in front of one of old hotels also not far from the museum and the Martyrs' Square, and within a walking distance of the old city,... More 

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Berkswell, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very authentic Libyan/North African food with the magnificent Marcus Aurelius Arch as a backdrop. Fresh bread made to order and great Libyan Soup and seafood. Some nights with live music. The ambiance is unbeatable in Tripoli. Consistently good after many visits.

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ankara
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you want to have your meal at a remarkable place you are at the right restaurant. This restaurant hosts the Aurelius Arch. Prices are fair. And the quality of the food is very good. Strongly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
  • Location: Africa  >  Libya  >  Tripoli District  >  Tripoli

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic

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