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headquarter sahel alma Lebanon | Nejmeh Square, Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #93 of 503 Restaurants in Beirut
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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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144 reviews 144 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 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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Sydney, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

My first experience at albalad was in 2009 in downtown branch ; I was told about this place and I was extremely surprised with their innovative Lebanese dishes.after a year and a half I visited their jounieh branch , it was yummy exept some minor issue that could happen since I believe that beirut is a unstable country and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The food is great, I advise you to try the kibbeh one of my favourite..... As for dessert halawi ice cream is yummy .... Waiters are friendly and nice, fast service ....

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

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