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24 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BU
  • Telephone 0131 667 9919
  • Seasonal times Festival open till 1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
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Photo of Beirut

Mezze, grills and stews from the heart of Lebanon in the heart of Edinburgh.

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A charcoal-scented haze hovers promisingly over Beirut’s dining room, where carved wooden panels are suspended over close-quartered tables, lit by traditional coloured-glass lanterns. Its Southside location and BYOB policy make Beirut an unsurprising favourite with students. A broader demographic is attracted by a wide-ranging menu with prices to match, and an unexpected delight of a wine list featuring memorable vintages. Feeling indecisive? Head straight for the banquet-style set menu for two or four. Alternatively, start small with thick, oil-slicked dips such as smoky baba ganoush or citrusy hummus to ensure you leave room for what follows – although baskets of complimentary Lebanese flat bread may put paid to that plan. Mixed kebabs with tender chicken, minced and marinated lamb, are caramelised where meat meets charcoal, while hearty chunks of aubergine and potato come unencumbered by cheese in Lebanese-style vegetarian moussaka. Digestion permitting, rose-water infused rice pudding is a game changer for those still scarred by thick-skinned school-dinner versions of the dessert.

The List's rating






Gill Thomson visited Beirut on 23 January 2019
  • High point: Truly brings something to the table for all
  • Low point: Rough-hewn wooden serving platters perhaps a branch too far
  • Notable dish: Charcoal-grilled skewers of seasoned minced lamb, marinated lamb cubes and chicken cubes, served with rice and garlic sauce.
  • Average price: £8.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Own driver, Just Eat and Uber Eats
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Lebanese music
  • Live entertainment: None
  • Capacity: 60 (14 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 65
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle
  • BYOB: Wine £4.50; beer £1.50 corkage