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St. Elmo's Seaside Brasserie

Zaitunay Bay, Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #139 of 455 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
Beirut, Lebanon
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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!

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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 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

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Beirut, Lebanon
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39 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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

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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!

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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

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New York City, New York
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267 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Beirut, Lebanon
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The food there is great especially the cookie, sangria, mac & cheese and the fish & chips. The waiters are friendly and helpful It's a great place to go on a warm afternoon by the sea.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Good sangrias and nachos!! the fish and chips could use some fine tuning to make it perfect! I recommend going late in the afternoon or at night as its too hot during the day, even with ventilation!

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Nice, France
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14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

First of all I want to give credit to the staff, that seemed to try hard, but the whole place seemed very unorganized and like most of the staff were very new and didn't know their jobs. We started out by ordering drinks right away. We ordered a pitcher of beer which didn't come and neither did menus. We asked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

I have been to Lebanon numerous times and have been told to try st elmos resturants today was the day I have been won over Im now a permanent resistant here and will be a permanent regular customer the food to customer service to atmosphere is perfectionist reminded me just like home Australia from fresh mushroom in my favourite dish... More

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