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“An arborescent experience in great taste, culture and hospitality”
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Ranked #61 of 17,292 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $46
Cuisines: Lebanese
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Odeon / Saint-Michel
Description: It was in 1984 that Kamal Nassif, heir to the Ambassador of the Lebanese Gastronomy in France, had the good sense to open Loubnane, continuing the work of his uncle: Rachid Youssef Makhoul, who was the first to try their luck dice 1952 by Chez Rachid, the delights of Lebanon, the only Lebanese restaurant in France. - Quality, home, passion has always been the currency of all establishments that Rachid Kamal and his brothers had the pleasure to know you over the years. - If the history of Lebanon is as complex as rich, what about her Gastronomy? Varied, fine and full of paradoxes, you will find in each of the dishes offered a delicious perfume of the Middle East, a subtle blend of spices and a story that Kamal and his team will surely tell you. - The Loubnane is one of those magical places or form has nothing to envy to the bottom; take time to discover the 13th Century Private rooms in the basement, drenched in history, they will transport you somewhere in the Land of Cedars or the meal is much more than a break in the day ... - It's your turn, close your eyes and let yourself be lulled by the favorite cuisine du Général de Gaulle ...
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“An arborescent experience in great taste, culture and hospitality”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

This was on so many levels a most delightful experience. To start, we were greeted in this lovely, intimate type of setting by a beautiful young lady in exotic bright green garb, who ushered our server soon followed by the owner himself, Kamal Nassif whose son runs the place. This is the third generation of a family who introduced Lebanese cuisine to Paris in the 1950s and counted Charles de Gaulle as a fan. The generational experience shows in the warmth and effortless hospitality that's lavished on you. I was lucky, my favourite dish - molokhia - the dish of Ancient Egyptian nobility, was the Sunday special. And was it ever good! Fresh, the leaves expertly kept from turning viscous by the timely application of lemon in the preparation, you could tell they master this dish perfectly. We had mezze beforehand of baba ghanouj whose eggplant tasted grilled and delicious, also makanik delicate sausages and tabbouleh. Everything was in a league of its own from anything ever tasted before. For dessert, we had miniature stuffed crepes, "kattayef", in a rosewater syrup with crushed pistachios before the ultimate delectable top-off to an already incredible meal: the Nassif family's trademark ashta ice cream made by Kamal himself. You don't get a more personal touch than if a (very skilled) member of the family decided to spoil you senseless. It was so touching and left us satisfied beyond compare. This is a place to return to because not only will you not get enough of the food, you'll want to go back for this great family. Warm smiles, complicit glances at your gluttony and the friendliest treatment make Loubnan a very special place indeed.

  • Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great food, portions and decoration”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Great food, very generous portions and smiling owner and chef prepares the food himself , with his kids waiting on the tables .
The portions were excellent and the price was reasonable, and the decoration of the place is authentic. Overall a great find in Paris, and just moments walk away form Notre Dame and the busy St Michel area!

Visited August 2012
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Yes this restaurant is excellent from the kitchen to the table. The attentive staff is always available for service, and/or suggestions. This restaurant, established in 1952, was the first Lebanese restaurant in Paris. We had high hopes , my husband being of this descent, his mother teaching me the old ways, and we were not disappointed. We have our favorites, tabouleh, kibbee nayee, kafta, hummus, baba ganoosh, and of course the home made pita. We sat there relishing every bite, with a bottle of red wine from the Bekka Valley, with happy memories of his parents. The owner spent time with us, when the lunch crowd thinned out about 2:30, recalling his experiences, and allowing us some time to finish, before they closed at 3pm. I would highly recomment "Loubnane", for a delightful,gastronomic experience.

  • Visited June 2012
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The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent food, friendly service, cozy Lebanese restaurant”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local friend and we were not disappointed. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive all the way from taking our table reservation and at the restaurant throughout dinner. Very cozy restaurant, attentive staff (I think we met them all) and excellent food and desserts. We took the full mezze menu. Both adults and children enjoyed the dinner. Really a hidden Paris gem. We will be back!

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Thank PandyH
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed December 9, 2011

Went there without a booking , we were in a hurry, and they let us dine as long as we would finish before 21.15...was all very nice,fast service :), one of the best Lebanese I know. Would love to go back there for a less hasty dinner.

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