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St. Elmo's Seaside Brasserie

Zaitunay Bay, Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #224 of 463 restaurants in Beirut
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: An escape from the dreary restaurant grind, St. Elmo’s serves elevated pub grub in a retro-urban seaside setting. Packed with ‘crowd pleasing fare’, the look is simultaneously rough and quaint, in a struggling-artist sort of way. The restaurant owes it’s name to St. Erasmus of Formiae, the patron saint of sailors who is affectionately known as St. Elmo’s. Attempts at culinary categorization are futile since St. Elmo’s is more seasonal and inventive than Beirut’s best brasseries but cheaper and more accessible than what you find at the great bastions of haute cuisine. Specializing in down-home dishes like rich and gooey 'Mac & Cheese', the 'Classic Fish & Chips' and a plethora of other sudo-traditional foodstuffs, St. Elmo’s has managed to capture the elusive mix of style and spirit of ‘the perfect day at the beach’.Designed by 'Enfant Terrible', Joey Ghazal and Interior Architect, Aal Chammaa Batal the space is slavishly decorated with the kind of carefully distressed nautical vintage stuff that Joey and his friends scavenged at back alley garage sales and flee markets. This calculated clutter, gives the space the sense of character and neighborly belonging. The bar lounge scene at Elmo’s is a phenomenon unto itself, rising to a fever pitch, as diligent boozehounds work their woozy way through bone-warming specialty drinks, like the ‘Dark and Stormy’, the ‘Captain’s Daughter’ and the ‘Bloody Mess’. The cure for the common meal, St. Elmo’s serves round-the-clock comfort food accompanied by a slim, unpretentious wine list at very reasonable prices. Don’t forget to leave room and reward yourself with one of their delectable desserts, like our famous 'Deep Fried Mars Bar' and 'Soft Centre Chocolate Chip Cookie'.
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Beirut, Lebanon
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had dinner here with friends It is located on the new harbor in downtown beirut, sit outside in summer, it is a bit hot but they provide fans and the atmosphere is great, although they could put some music. The menu is diversified they have everything from appetizers to main plates including salads, sandwishes and desserts. The prices are... More

Beirut, Lebanon
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

St Elmos brasserie in Zaytouna bay in Beirut is not impressing. The service is very slow and i have to remind the waiters all the time of your order. The food is expensive and quality is average. Only the seating is good

1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Did'nt enjoy very small portions , expensive ,not flexible in menu , manager didnt visit our table , slaw service & waiters .. will not visit again .

1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Very small portions according to the bill we paid. Not flexible with the menu . Fish & chips made with beer they cannot do without , fajita cannot be made mix . I will not come back to this restaurant

Beirut, Lebanon
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you feel that you need a quick escape IN BEIRUT, St Elmo's is surely the place to be. First of all, you should def try their exquisite Sangria! Great Atmosphere. The food is great, whether the seafood, burgers or steaks! As for the desserts, I bet you'd fall in love with their freshly baked cookie!

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Nice location - Good Food (Fish and Chips is nice, and don't miss the hot cookie as a desert) - Good cocktails - Good atmosphere

Beirut, Lebanon
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

St. Elmo's is located on the nice and distinguished Zaitunay bay on Beirut seaside. We had a fine dining experience in terms of food quality, menu variety, and overall atmosphere but unfortunately the service was very slow and not very attentive

3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I usually come here for the refreshing sangrias but I tried the food this time and it was great! Atmosphere is very chill! Service can be a little better, but i still enjoyed my visit! ..St. Elmo's, always a good choice!

3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My friends and i went to St.Elmos yesterday to celebrate our friends birthday. A bunch of us went earlier for happy hour and loved the place, the service is excellent, the staff was nice and friendly, the drinks were great. Later on as the rest of our friends started arriving for the dinner party, we were seated and everything and... More

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
329 reviews 329 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I stopped by here after having walked from the AUB hood to the Souks via the Zaitunay Bay and back. I needed to rest my feet! I ordered the local draft beer, Almaza, and got peanuts and carrot sticks to munch on. Outside with a view of the marina, it was a nice refreshment.

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