February 17, 2013 Lebanon Middle East

2012: Best French Restaurants in Lebanon


2012 was the year of French Bistros. A trend nowadays in Lebanon with many restaurants opening every month. The best ones, of which few FineDining places are listed below.

Chez Sophie, Mar Mikhael I love Chez Sophie to an extent that my heart dropped when I passed-by a few times and saw that it was closed… I asked around and found out that they were renovating the place and needed a month to complete. The month passed-by slowly until they finally opened again. I was eager to find»more…

Le Talleyrand, Kantary Le Talleyrand is indeed one of the oldest fine dining restaurants in Beirut. When Le Talleyrand first opened seven years ago, none of the existing fine dining restaurants had seen the light – Chez Sophie,Chez Jean-ClaudeLa Table Fine  and Burgundy where only ideas or concepts. (Read more)

Le S.T.A.Y, Beirut Souks This year, the Chaine Des Rotisseurs, Lebanon Bailliage organized their special Induction Gala dinner at the restaurant S.T.A.Y in Beirut. The occasion was not just special because it was organized at Three Star Michelin- Chef Yannick Alleno‘s restaurant, but because Chef Yannick flew in to Beirut from France especially for the occasion. Who is Chef Yannick Alleno:  »more…

La Table Fine, Jounieh A while back I wrote about my dining experience at La Table Fine and the details of why I enjoyed it. I like La Table Fine’s fine dining experience and to be honest, it’s the only high end cuisine in Lebanon’s Keserwan and Northern region. La Table Fine, part of my Top 10 best French »more…

Chez Jean-Claude, Achrafieh One of the best around. Few French bistros compare to Chez Jean-Claude, it suits all types of get-togethers and offers some of the most delicious French food in the city.   I never understood why Chez Jean-Claude is not as known as many other places in Beirut. The prices are better, the food is tastier, »more…

Burgundy, Saifi It’s a great place, but way too expensive.  With a world renowned chef, I understand that you’re paying for more than just the taste – you’re also paying for the ambiance, status and the art of cuisine. But frankly, I still felt that the prices were too high. (Read More)

Le Petit Gris, Gemmayze Tucked in the heart of busy Gemmayze, Le Petit Gris, a small French bistro owned by Makram Rabbat, Gilles Assaf and Mazen Chehab, is a new gem you’ll urgently have to visit. It is located along the tiny street of the Sacre-Coeur school. Arriving at Le Petit Gris, you are welcomed into a casual fifty square »more…

Goutons Voir, Dbayeh The last time I visited Goutons Voir was earlier this year at its Achrafieh branch, just when the trend of French bistros was starting to see the light in Beirut. Ten months later, I went back to Gouton Voir, but this time in it’s new location in Dbayeh’s Junction Five. As an overview, everything in»more…

Coquelicot, Gemmayze Coquelicot, as I already mentioned previously is one of the nicest French Bistros to open in Beirut lately. I tried the place a couple of weeks before its official opening and tried their special dishes – and positively, I enjoyed and expressed my appreciation already. Today I went there again for lunch, the Bouillabaisse way. »more…

Couqley, The Alleyway Gemmayze Named after Chef Alexis Couquelet… There are certain places in Lebanon that somehow leave a certain something in your mind… Couqley is one of those places. There’s something about the place… maybe it’s location, maybe it’s the food. But the last time I was there, I was a bit disappointed and hope that the incident »more…  

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