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“A wonderful dining experience”

Em Sherif Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 1,093 Restaurants in Beirut
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $42 - $65
Cuisines: Lebanese
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Em Sherif is a distinguished Oriental-themed restaurant providing its guests with an unsurpassed first class dining experience. Em Sherif herself carefully takes food supervising matters into her own hands and makes sure clients are served delicious food that is adoringly cooked daily with the freshest and highest quality products. The restaurant is intent on providing guests with the finest entertainment provided by a nightly live band. This restaurant is the perfect place for those seeking to enjoy 'Tarab' and traditional Oriental music played by talented band members on the time-honored instrument, the 'kanun' that magically infuses a sense of musical euphoria. Fabulous Oriental lunches and dinners are offered in set menus and served in a luxurious setting. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of the best French, Italian and Lebanese wine and champagne, along with quality Lebanese "Arak" in beautiful blue glasses. Em Sherif is the perfect venue for corporate lunches, family dinners, lunch gatherings and romantic dinners with a capacity of around 100 people. Operating Hours: Daily from 12.30 P.M. To 4:00 p.M. And 8:30 p.M. To 12:00 a.M.
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

We visited the restaurant with friends for dinner and it was the best dining experience we had in a very long time. All the courses served were magnificent. There was a live band that played songs the diners requested which added a nice touch to the experience. The only downside is that the waiters were very rude. One waiter spilled my glass of water on my purse and mobile and didn’t even apologize. However the manager was very accommodating and professional.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank daydreamer03
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Sgr O, Guest Relations Manager at Em Sherif Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2020

Hello there,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us.
It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your culinary journey with us at Em Sherif Restaurant and you loved our food and live band. We deeply apologized for what happened earlier with our waiter and will make sure to deliver your message to our management.

Looking forward to serving you anytime soon.
Have a nice day!

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Reviewed February 2, 2020

this one is a difficult one to review, so allow me to cut this into sections:
- food: fantastic, local, authentic, but way too much. I just hate to think how much goes to waste ! We might have managed to eat 30% of it?
- service: for that highly acclaimed place, very, very poor. Anywhere from the appearance (uniforms looked awful, wrong fits etc.), to very poor English (only two gentlemen spoke good English), lack of attention to details etc.
- The worst was bringing all these wonderful dishes with no explanation what they are - kind of: here you go, next dishes arrived.
- sommelier - non existent at all. Luckily, I knew two wineries in Lebanon and asked for these specific wines, as no one was able to explain / encourage / offer anything else
- it is more of a local overall social experience vs purely a culinary one
- nowhere close, with the current staff (matter of a lot of training, if aspiring at all) to get to a Michelin level place

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020

I visited Em Sherif for a birthday meal with my partner. The food is outstanding, the best that I have eaten in Lebanon. Stand out dishes were the shrimp, chicken and raw meat. For the diversity & quality of the food I think the price is fair.
My one big issue with the restaurant is the amount of food that is served. There is just far too much of it for 2 people to eat. I was unable to eat much of the hot mezze and also had no room for dessert either. There were 4 hot mezze dishes that neither of us could eat - as we were too full and I asked one of the waiters if I could take it away, to prevent food waste- as it would just go in the bin otherwise. I was told Em Sherif has a ‘no take away policy’. This is quite frankly unacceptable, as that food would have just gone in the bin, and created a large amount of waste which I find distressing and sad.
I was planning on coming back to Em Sherif when family come to stay in April but until I have a response on this issue of food waste, I will be reconsidering where to take them.

Date of visit: January 2020
2  Thank gemmasP2830RZ
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Reviewed January 17, 2020 via mobile

I was looking for the definitive mezze dinner in Beirut and found it at Em Sherif. My fixed price dinner consisted of 15 or so cold dishes, 8-10 hot dishes and 6 deserts. Everything was delicious.

Service was disappointing. It was very good at the beginning but once a group of 18 arrived we were ignored. My water glass sat empty for 30 minutes. It took a long time to get a bill. No one checked in us for extended periods of time.

Reservations can only be made by phone, not email.

Prices are reasonable. We cashed in dollars elsewhere and paid in Lebanese pounds to take advantage of the favorable unofficial exchange rate. I was told by third parties that the restaurant would accept US $ but at the official rate.

Date of visit: January 2020
1  Thank JMK-Pittsburgh
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Taste the best of the Lebanese cuisine at Em Sharif restaurant. Tasty food and many to choose from so you don't know where to start from.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank 659cristelc
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Sgr O, Guest Relations Manager at Em Sherif Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2020

Dear Sir,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us.
It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your culinary journey with us at Em Sherif Restaurant and you loved.

We look forward to serving you anytime soon.
Have a nice day!

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