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Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

Well lets start with a reality check here . Food isn't great at this place ! It's regular and depends on your luck sometimes it's delicious sometimes it's dry and as a Libayn I guarantee Libyan food is way better than what you eat in this place. However the location of this restaurant is amazing you don't actually care about... More 

Thank aladinno
Tripoli, Libya
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2013

...but they sell unfrozen fish as fresh!!! the heads of the shrimps were not matching with the rest of the body.... taste of fish just moved out from the freezer. beautiful place but food no, definitely no!!!

1 Thank Camminante2013
Mosta, Malta
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220 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2013

As stated by other people the bureddim earthenware pots experience is a must - lamb or camel meat is cooked within sealed earthenware pots, to keep the juices in and then broken in fromn of you on the table. The food is great, and the atmosphere is unique - it is possible the only restqaurant that can boast a Roman... More 

2 Thank markmosta
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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125 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Beautiful setting outdoors, good food, especially the agara dishes in the earthenware pots; although I could do without the music...

1 Thank A L
San Diego
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2013

Can't believe it's still so intact, right in the middle of the old town. Next door is a working art studio for local artists and a restaurant. This city is just incredible

1 Thank grapevine1
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2013

Next to the arch and other ruins, this restaurant -we were told- used to be museum! Now it serves very well cooked traditional Libyan cuisine, accompanied by Sinatra and Nat King Cole on the piano and live wind instruments! Highly recommended!! Bare in mind that main dishes are enormous so take it easy with the starters. Also, they do not... More 

1 Thank Lydia32
Geneva, Switzerland
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176 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2013

The location is just great, just by the marble arch. Going there at night with the arch illuminated is even nicer. Th food is good. We had a try at the youg camel stew in clay pots which was very good

2 Thank 6voyageurs
Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013

We had lunch at Athar restaurant today and went with the lamb stew cooked in a clay pot, broken open at the table. It was tender, lemony, served with cous-cous and grilled veggies, and was exactly what we had hoped for. The view of the Arch is second to none, and our starter salad, the fatoush, was a real highlight.... More 

1 Thank GDE W
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2013

Fish and meat restaurant. Fresh fish always available. Libyan Soup is a speciality. Enjoyed eating there near the historical Marcus Gate

1 Thank Divitt
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215 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2012 via mobile

A wonderful setting in amongst roman ruins make this setting spectacular. Seats outside are great and you can eat outside until late November. The food is OK, soup was warm but nice and the portions limited in size: a large salad plonked on the table was .... Well OK: had the lamb in the clay pot and it was cracked... More 

1 Thank Gavin J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tripoli Old city, Marcus Aurelius Arch, Tripoli, Libya
  • Location: Africa  >  Libya  >  Tripoli District  >  Tripoli

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?