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Al Balad

Lebanese, Mediterranean
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headquarter sahel alma Lebanon | Nejmeh Square, Beirut, Lebanon
961-1-985375
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Offering you Innovative Combination of the Finest IngredientsOpen since...
Offering you Innovative Combination of the Finest IngredientsOpen since 1999 in the heart of Beirut, Al Balad restaurant introduced the concept of Lebanese dining in a casual atmosphere. This proved to be a success and soon enough, expansion began in Lebanon and the Middle East. We, at Al Balad, preserve Lebanese traditions in each of our exquisite recipes, which are based on the most innovative combinations of the finest ingredients. We owe our reputation to the equation that combines fusion cuisine, a charming setting and convivial staff. Our customers can enjoy this experience in either Downtown Beirut or Jounieh.Downtown: 1145 ahdab streetJounieh: sahel alma facing platea Dbayeh: blueberry squareWe also have branches in KSA, Kuwait, Qatar and soon in Egypt
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
nice food, nice location

The food is excellent, mezze, main course, grilled staff just everything. I love the location of this restaurant in the heart of Beirut.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Garbo58
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Beirut, Lebanon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Beirut, Lebanon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The food is excellent, mezze, main course, grilled staff just everything. I love the location of this restaurant in the heart of Beirut.

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Baghdad, Iraq
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85 reviews 85 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Al Balad restaurant will offer you a Lebanese dining in a casual atmosphere. the salads are really great . . . I loved the fresh ingredients

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Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The restaurant is located in the middle of the downtown. Their food is delicious, try their barbecue and starters. The prices are somewhat high.

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Elkhart, Indiana
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154 reviews 154 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The food is excellent Lebanese food. One recommendation - have a local do the ordering - or less you'll miss some of the variety of food. Service is a bit slow. But overall nice restaurant with great food!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

It has been among my favourite lebanese restaurants .. the Taboula was amazing... Halloumi with oregano was splendid .. great kebbeh .. great lahm beajin .. cool beverages and atmosphere .. the location and the settings has been very nice.. super friendly staff .. over priced food but the experience is totally worth it.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Visited Jounieh branch. Our second visit. The restaurant setting and outside terrace are excellent . The food was NO FLAVOR. FATTOUCH was so sweat, Tabouleh with no oil / salt / pepper. Grilled meat was ok , chicken taste below average. Hommes was good, and potato cubes offered with main dishes was not good idea. Prices are acceptable and service... More 

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Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I do enjoy sitting in Beirut's down town at the only remaining restaurant. Al Balad meaning (down town) is one of my favorite Lebanese food resto. they showed consistency in terms of service and food quality throughout the years. they were the pioneers in such concept for Lebanese dishes. All the dished which I have tried are tasty and fresh.... More 

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Livermore, CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We really enjoyed our lunch at Al Balad both times we have visited. The standard mezza is excellent--good hummus, fatoush, etc. The mixed grill could be improved with slightly higher quality meat for the kofta, but this is a minor complaint. Highly recommended!

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Delicious experience with a friend. Everything we tried was spot on and I loved that we could order several things and share.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Food tasted very good but we waited an eternity for hot bread to arrive then all of a sudden we had enough hot bread to feed three tables. Service is poor. We even had to pay some plates we didnt order.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: headquarter sahel alma Lebanon | Nejmeh Square, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Location: Middle East  >  Lebanon  >  Beirut
  • Phone Number: 961-1-985375

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Offering you Innovative Combination of the Finest IngredientsOpen since 1999 in the heart of Beirut, Al Balad restaurant introduced the concept of Lebanese dining in a casual atmosphere. This proved to be a success and soon enough, expansion began in Lebanon and the Middle East. We, at Al Balad, preserve Lebanese traditions in each of our exquisite recipes, which are based on the most innovative combinations of the finest ingredients. We owe our reputation to the equation that combines fusion cuisine, a charming setting and convivial staff. Our customers can enjoy this experience in either Downtown Beirut or Jounieh.Downtown: 1145 ahdab streetJounieh: sahel alma facing platea Dbayeh: blueberry squareWe also have branches in KSA, Kuwait, Qatar and soon in Egypt

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