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“Best traditional lebanese restaurant in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abla's

Abla's
109 Elgin Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia (Carlton)
(03) 9347 0006
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Ranked #137 of 4,031 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Carlton
Brisbane, Australia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Best traditional lebanese restaurant in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Went here for a dinner one night and absolutely loved the food. Nice environment and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Food is absolutely amazing and tasty. Good value for the money. Left he restaurant very satisfied :)

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  • English first
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English first
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Fresh and tasty in the finest Lebanese traditions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Lovely Lebanese food in a nice setting. Alba came around the restaurant and asked everyone how their meals were. I had a peek in the kitchen on the way out and it was full of Lebanese mums cooking and chatting away. Very nice.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Worthy of its longstanding reputation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

My first visit to Abla's in possibly a decade, in the company of a visiting Iraqi friend with a passion for Lebanese food. A really excellent lunch - terrific value banquet at 60$ per head that provides a range of deceptively simple traditional dishes that are each prepared with exquisite care. My friend reminisced about holidays in Beirut in the 1970s and rated the food on a par with the best currently found in the Middle East. The ambience was relaxed for a weekday lunch - not glamorous, but highly professional service. All that it's cracked up to be, and definitely somewhere to revisit soon.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Great home style food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Took a group of visiting Omani engineers here based on TA reviews. Small restaurant with very enjoyable home style Middle Eastern food that the Omanis enjoyed very much. Staff were very accommodating and kindly stayed open later than they normally would..... Wine list was small but solid with pricing appropriate to the restaurant, though if after a special wine better to bring.

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Totally worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I love the familiar ambience of this restaurant. All staff seem to be from the same family, so they treat you very well as they want to keep their business. The main chef, which is a lady, comes to all tables to make sure everything is fine. The food is fantastic and tasty, you can almost taste the love they put in every dish. Every recipe is a success. We've been three times already but I can't wait to come back!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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