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“Surprising ambiance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Farid

Restaurant Farid
Ranked #1 of 171 Restaurants in Dakar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Cotonou, Benin
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Surprising ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

In a rather somber street, in the very center of Dakar, entering the door of this restaurant, really creates un expected surprise view of a largely open air restaurant. A very modern ambiance creates a nice environment for the nice lebenanese meal served by very kind personnel. Sometimes it takes a while before they notice you need another drink or something like that, so don't hesitate to insist.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank JosvanA
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Shanghai
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An Oasis in Dakar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

After several days in Senegal, our group decided to venture beyond our hotel and found this recommendation on Trip Advisor. A little hard to find, but eventually found a door across the street from the Hotel Farid which opened into a huge garden courtyard. Great ambiance, and delicous Lebanese food. One in our party is from Lebanon, and gave it good marks. We ordered several cold and hot dishes, all of which were prepared very well. The only complaint is that the service was slow and difficult at times to flag down a waiter.

Overall: Very happy to find this restaurant, and will return on my next trip to Dakar.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank pjolicoe
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Bordentown, New Jersey
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Under-whelmed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Maybe I caught Restaurant Farid on a bad night but I had such an unsatisfactory experience there, I doubt I ever will go back. The combination of poor service, high prices and small portions added up to a dreary evening. Though I was the only patron there (it was early in the evening), the waiting staff spent most of my time there gossiping in loud voices with one another. My Lebanese mixed grill came without any rice or potatoes or salad – just a few cut onions. The mixed grill was tasty but amounted to only a few bites. That is unusual for a Lebanese restaurant. The best thing about this establishment is its décor which is very pleasant. However, there are far better and cheaper places to eat in Dakar.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank NewJerseyGuy
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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The best restaurant in town. We lived in Dakar for a couple of months and tried many different restaurants but Farid was simply the best. The service is outstanding and welcoming, and the atmosphere is relaxed and cosy. After passing through the heavy wooden doors you feel like entering an relaxing oasis. The food is delicious and fresh, I especially recommend the "brochette de boef".
The prices are good and fair, keeping in mind that the foodquality is equisite. For a dinner of similar quality in Europe you would have to pay more than twice as much.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Spex275
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Ngaparou, Senegal
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137 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Best Lebanese cuisine in Dakar served on an enchanting terrace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

A wonderful family-run joint in the downtown Plateau district of Dakar.
It's not too easy to find it on your first visit there - on the one-way Rue Vincens but keep looking till you find it - as it's a gem of a restaurant and not to be missed.
The food is delicious and truly authentic Lebanese. Forget about main courses - just concentrate on the mezze which just keep on arriving at the table every 10 minutes.
Relaxed ambiance and very friendly welcome and service and the tables are laid out on an enchanting terrace.
Alastair J - 13th June 2013.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Alastair J
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