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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
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Tripoli, Libya
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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
32 helpful votes 32 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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
37 helpful votes 37 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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