One of the oldest cities in the world, Lebanon’s capital Beirut has established a dining scene that draws on its ancient history. Today’s Lebanese cuisine features traditional ingredients like Middle Eastern herbs, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Beirut’s position on a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea allows for fresh seafood to serve as a staple in local dishes, flavored with regional spices for distinct Lebanese flair, though the seaport has also created a way to introduce international cuisine to the city. These are our picks of the best restaurants in Beirut.
In the Achrafieh district, Em Sherif restaurant is fine dining of the old world. The decor recalls that of a lavish, antique mansion in the Oriental style. A seasonal menu encompasses local delicacies from manakish zaatar to lahme mechwiye. After an elegant meal, head out to the terrace for a shisha (hookah) as part of the traditional experience.