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Al-Athar (The Ruins)

Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
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Ranked #2 of 61 restaurants in Tripoli
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Restaurant details
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
ankara
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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San Diego
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Can't believe it's still so intact, right in the middle of the old town. Next door is a working art studio for local artists and a restaurant. This city is just incredible

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Next to the arch and other ruins, this restaurant -we were told- used to be museum! Now it serves very well cooked traditional Libyan cuisine, accompanied by Sinatra and Nat King Cole on the piano and live wind instruments! Highly recommended!! Bare in mind that main dishes are enormous so take it easy with the starters. Also, they do not... More

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