- Telephone 0131 667 9919
- Seasonal times May have later opening hours during the Edinburgh Festival, check website for details.
- Food served Mon–Sun 11am–11.30pm.
- Average price £7 for main dish and side (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.beirutrestaurant.co.uk
Edinburgh's only specialist Lebanese restaurant serving a wide selection of mezze, grills and stews.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This well-established Lebanese restaurant has a deserved reputation for producing authentic, high-quality Middle Eastern cooking. It’s more formal than many of its counterparts but the welcome is warm and the service swift. Set in a spacious white-walled room with exposed wooden beams, there’s an almost overwhelming selection of hot and cold mezze on offer. Alongside the usual stuffed vine leaves and hummus there are more unusual dishes such as marinated chicken liver, or pickled baby aubergines. Main courses range from a selection of grills to stews, each dish distinctly spiced, as well spicy Lebanese sausages, quail and sea bass. A generous portion of traditional meatballs is moist, the sauce spiked with preserved lemons and the plate decorated with sumac. The Lebanese puddings are worth trying too, whether it’s rice pudding infused with rosewater or the pistachio and coconut creation that is Beirut Nights. The quality and range of dishes ensures that Edinburgh’s only specialist Lebanese restaurant retains a loyal following.
- High point: Distinctive dishes cooked with real commitment
- Low point: Menu is very lamb-heavy
- Notable dish: Beirut Nights
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Middle Eastern music
- Capacity: 60 (14 outdoors)
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2010
- BYOB: Wine £3 per bottle; beer £1 per person corkage