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Al-Athar (The Ruins)

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Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 20
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 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
Most recent review
Teasty food and nice view

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
merolib
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tripoli
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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tripoli
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
10 helpful votes 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

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