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Al-Athar (The Ruins)

Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
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Ranked #2 of 62 restaurants in Tripoli
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • Turkish first
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English first
Tripoli-Libya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I eat the four one week during a business trip. All the food are served in abundance dish. All the food are tasty but The Sea food algatara it's fantastic. Excellent sax music live every day.

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Sandton, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Third week in Tripoli and I knew I had to find out for myself what the rave was all about with this restaurant. First off, my stuffed calamari was considerably good and with more than a decent proportion. The fresh oven baked bread (yes, they made it when we arrived) matched well with the different sauces they served as starter.... More

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Cetinje, Montenegro
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The second night I was in Tripoli I was taken to this restaurant. The location is great, next to the ruins on the terrace, very pleasant sitting outside in December. I had young camel stew, very testy. Came there twice and was really happy with the food and with the atmosphere. Must be visited while there.

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tripoli
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Well lets start with a reality check here . Food isn't great at this place ! It's regular and depends on your luck sometimes it's delicious sometimes it's dry and as a Libayn I guarantee Libyan food is way better than what you eat in this place. However the location of this restaurant is amazing you don't actually care about... More

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Tripoli, Libya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

...but they sell unfrozen fish as fresh!!! the heads of the shrimps were not matching with the rest of the body.... taste of fish just moved out from the freezer. beautiful place but food no, definitely no!!!

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Mosta, Malta
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99 reviews 99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

As stated by other people the bureddim earthenware pots experience is a must - lamb or camel meat is cooked within sealed earthenware pots, to keep the juices in and then broken in fromn of you on the table. The food is great, and the atmosphere is unique - it is possible the only restqaurant that can boast a Roman... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Beautiful setting outdoors, good food, especially the agara dishes in the earthenware pots; although I could do without the music...

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