Beirut Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1385 Robert St S

    West St Paul, MN 55118

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  • 651-457-4886

About Beirut Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED

Food

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I am finally venturing out in my new neighborhood and have hit some good eatin' establishments...workin' mans/woman's food and Beirut Lebanese Restaurant is a pleasant change from that norm. Although, very reasonably priced for the quality.

I ordered Spinach Pie, which came with a side of tabouli and rice pilaf. I was a little reluctant as tabouli and I haven't had great times together, it has always been too lemony or too garlicky. I haven't had, until today, a tabouli that made me do anything other than shrug my shoulders, but this was different. Substantial, flavor filled parsley and bulgar, with a gratifying blend of oil and fruity zest. It was completely satisfying and refreshing.

The rice pilaf was earthy, well-seasoned and simple.

Spinach Pie is not my first choice, but, since I was going to a new restaurant I wanted to try something I normally wouldn't get...so, before I knew what was happening, I had ordered it. I was pleasantly surprised. Delicate and buttery phyllo dough surrounding a rich onion, spinach and spice mixture, cooked perfectly. Fresh and hot.

Also, I closed off the meal with less than dynamic baklava. Served cold and with, what I believe, a rose petal infused simple syrup. Which may be spectacular in lower quantities, but this was quite aromatic, and a little too overpowering to the dessert. In my opinion, would have been much better with less flavor in the syrup and served warm.

4
★★★★☆

I am finally venturing out in my new neighborhood and have hit some good eatin' establishments...workin' mans/woman's food and Beirut Lebanese Restaurant is a pleasant change from that norm. Although, very reasonably priced for the quality.

I ordered Spinach Pie, which came with a side of tabouli and rice pilaf. I was a little reluctant as tabouli and I haven't had great times together, it has always been too lemony or too garlicky. I haven't had, until today, a tabouli that made me do anything other than shrug my shoulders, but this was different. Substantial, flavor filled parsley and bulgar, with a gratifying blend of oil and fruity zest. It was completely satisfying and refreshing.

The rice pilaf was earthy, well-seasoned and simple.

Spinach Pie is not my first choice, but, since I was going to a new restaurant I wanted to try something I normally wouldn't get...so, before I knew what was happening, I had ordered it. I was pleasantly surprised. Delicate and buttery phyllo dough surrounding a rich onion, spinach and spice mixture, cooked perfectly. Fresh and hot.

Also, I closed off the meal with less than dynamic baklava. Served cold and with, what I believe, a rose petal infused simple syrup. Which may be spectacular in lower quantities, but this was quite aromatic, and a little too overpowering to the dessert. In my opinion, would have been much better with less flavor in the syrup and served warm.

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The Beirut Restaurant is an excellent choice for some delicious middle eastern food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for its food and dining experience.

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The Beirut Restaurant is an excellent choice for some delicious middle eastern food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for its food and dining experience.

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Fast seating, the food is wonderful and the menu offers a variety of dishes. The portions are quite large so plan on sharing!!

2
★★★★★

Fast seating, the food is wonderful and the menu offers a variety of dishes. The portions are quite large so plan on sharing!!

Pros: Fast service, great food

Cons: Location

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I love the food but the Friday night entertainment (bellydancer) at 8pm is another great reason to go. The tabouli and baba ganoush are really terrific. I recommend going with a group and having the Mezza. It will more than fill you up. The restaurant is small so I recommend reservations. Completely casual, very friendly, lots of fun.

4
★★★★☆

I love the food but the Friday night entertainment (bellydancer) at 8pm is another great reason to go. The tabouli and baba ganoush are really terrific. I recommend going with a group and having the Mezza. It will more than fill you up. The restaurant is small so I recommend reservations. Completely casual, very friendly, lots of fun.

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Fresh and homemade in a nice setting that's still casual and kid-friendly. Great service, and some of the best Middle Eastern food I've had in the Cities.

2
★★★★★

Fresh and homemade in a nice setting that's still casual and kid-friendly. Great service, and some of the best Middle Eastern food I've had in the Cities.

Pros: the food

Cons: nothing

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If you enjoy food that looks beautiful, tastes exquisite, smells wonderful, makes people feel good, as well as brings people together-then you will treasure this dining experience. My husband and I left the restaurant completely full after enjoying Beirut's Ameer combination dinner (Falafel, chicken kabob, and lamb with bread and tubule salad, mezza (a generous sample of numerous signature dishes). We also tried the kibee (beef with lamb served raw) and sampled the baklava and enjoyed some nice strong Lebanese coffee. I was floored by the quality of the meals. ABSOLUTELY delicious. We will definitely return and next time we'll bring our kids. We loved the belly dancing and live music. I was very impressed with the feature dancer who was so beautiful and talented. She engaged the audience and really invited everyone to share her dancing. We also loved the in-house band. WOW! The lead singer (John) really has a great voice-makes me wish I spoke Arabic so I could understand what he was singing about! My one criticism? Stay away from too many Araks (it's an alcoholic beverage popular as Lebanon's #1 cocktail) whew! I love the taste of black licorice but after a few sips my head was spinning.

2
★★★★★

If you enjoy food that looks beautiful, tastes exquisite, smells wonderful, makes people feel good, as well as brings people together-then you will treasure this dining experience. My husband and I left the restaurant completely full after enjoying Beirut's Ameer combination dinner (Falafel, chicken kabob, and lamb with bread and tubule salad, mezza (a generous sample of numerous signature dishes). We also tried the kibee (beef with lamb served raw) and sampled the baklava and enjoyed some nice strong Lebanese coffee. I was floored by the quality of the meals. ABSOLUTELY delicious. We will definitely return and next time we'll bring our kids. We loved the belly dancing and live music. I was very impressed with the feature dancer who was so beautiful and talented. She engaged the audience and really invited everyone to share her dancing. We also loved the in-house band. WOW! The lead singer (John) really has a great voice-makes me wish I spoke Arabic so I could understand what he was singing about! My one criticism? Stay away from too many Araks (it's an alcoholic beverage popular as Lebanon's #1 cocktail) whew! I love the taste of black licorice but after a few sips my head was spinning.

Pros: Top notch food, friendly service, beautiful dancing and live music

Cons: Large groups have an automatic gratuity. Mixed drinks and beer from the bar's a little pricey.

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Years ago-The Port of Beirut, we always called it "the Port", name changed, but still the most awesome food for the garlic lover in me.
I served there about 18 years ago & owner Joe was a wonderful cook who obviously taught his son well, wife Rita always had warm smile, nice family run business.
I see a reviewer's chicken was dry, must have been a rare bad night for the cook. I have never had a bad meal. While there one Wednesday for dinner, I saw a couple I used to wait on! They still go EVERY Wednesday to this special place.
Fri & Sat nights packed, but worth reservation and/or wait. Belly dancer at 8 on Fri & Sat, 2nd show Sat at 9 with live arabic music! Wonderful atmosphere.
My office is nearby so go for lunch at least twice monthly, many co-workers now hooked & nothing but good reviews from them.
My fave lunch, the Byblos-a combo of Shawarma(also known as gyro meat but way better than Dino's) and Falafel, MMMMmm! Always must have the fresh flatbread & garlic. Kabob meals are hard to resist, as the rice they serve with is sooo delicious, moist, buttery, must try!
Never a Tabouli fan (though my friend liked it) so I always substitute the house salad which is another garlic lovers dream (but whomever made it yesterday for me went a little nuts on the salt, my one slighlty bad experience in 20 years : ) My friend yesterday had the meat pie, said it was really delicious. I got my usual fave with a side of rice that was so huge I shared it with the group much to their delight.
Can't say anything bad about this place, Joe seemed to have a passion about his food, I remember him yelling to get the food out the split second it was up, "Yella-Yella"(hurry) he was very concerned about the quality of his food, putting his heart into making it-I could see why he did't want a server bringing down the quality by letting it cool! Baklava was oh so wonderful, haven't tried it lately though, next time I go I'll for sure save room for it! I believe Rita homemade it.

2
★★★★★

Years ago-The Port of Beirut, we always called it "the Port", name changed, but still the most awesome food for the garlic lover in me.
I served there about 18 years ago & owner Joe was a wonderful cook who obviously taught his son well, wife Rita always had warm smile, nice family run business.
I see a reviewer's chicken was dry, must have been a rare bad night for the cook. I have never had a bad meal. While there one Wednesday for dinner, I saw a couple I used to wait on! They still go EVERY Wednesday to this special place.
Fri & Sat nights packed, but worth reservation and/or wait. Belly dancer at 8 on Fri & Sat, 2nd show Sat at 9 with live arabic music! Wonderful atmosphere.
My office is nearby so go for lunch at least twice monthly, many co-workers now hooked & nothing but good reviews from them.
My fave lunch, the Byblos-a combo of Shawarma(also known as gyro meat but way better than Dino's) and Falafel, MMMMmm! Always must have the fresh flatbread & garlic. Kabob meals are hard to resist, as the rice they serve with is sooo delicious, moist, buttery, must try!
Never a Tabouli fan (though my friend liked it) so I always substitute the house salad which is another garlic lovers dream (but whomever made it yesterday for me went a little nuts on the salt, my one slighlty bad experience in 20 years : ) My friend yesterday had the meat pie, said it was really delicious. I got my usual fave with a side of rice that was so huge I shared it with the group much to their delight.
Can't say anything bad about this place, Joe seemed to have a passion about his food, I remember him yelling to get the food out the split second it was up, "Yella-Yella"(hurry) he was very concerned about the quality of his food, putting his heart into making it-I could see why he did't want a server bringing down the quality by letting it cool! Baklava was oh so wonderful, haven't tried it lately though, next time I go I'll for sure save room for it! I believe Rita homemade it.

Pros: Good portions, delicious stray from your normal fare

Cons: only bad breath from all the garlic I eat there!

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I go to this restaurant a lot because it's close to home, but if I lived a distance away, I would certainly travel, for it's that good. I always get excellent food, friendly/great service, and never have to wait. I have lebanese relatives and I can get take-out and bring it home to serve them a wonderful meal. They package it in a way that it stays piping hot until you are ready to eat it.

This is my favorite lebanese dining spot, and by far the best place to eat on S. Robert Street!

2
★★★★★

I go to this restaurant a lot because it's close to home, but if I lived a distance away, I would certainly travel, for it's that good. I always get excellent food, friendly/great service, and never have to wait. I have lebanese relatives and I can get take-out and bring it home to serve them a wonderful meal. They package it in a way that it stays piping hot until you are ready to eat it.

This is my favorite lebanese dining spot, and by far the best place to eat on S. Robert Street!

Pros: Perfect authentic lebanese food, fast, friendly service

Cons: Can't think of any

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Simillar to the other reviews, I went there on a weeknight my fiancee and other than the staff, we were the only people there the whole time. So if you want a nice quiet romantic dinner this is the place. I can't say anything bad about the food but it wasn't anything out of this world either. I suppose after having tasted some of the best lebanese food ever, compliments of my brother in law's mother from beruit, nothing can really compare. Still I tried to have an open mind but still was not too impressed. So like I said it's a good place that's worth a try but it's up to you if you want to go back.

2
★★★★☆

Simillar to the other reviews, I went there on a weeknight my fiancee and other than the staff, we were the only people there the whole time. So if you want a nice quiet romantic dinner this is the place. I can't say anything bad about the food but it wasn't anything out of this world either. I suppose after having tasted some of the best lebanese food ever, compliments of my brother in law's mother from beruit, nothing can really compare. Still I tried to have an open mind but still was not too impressed. So like I said it's a good place that's worth a try but it's up to you if you want to go back.

Pros: very quiet, nice staff, decor was cool

Cons: food wasn't special, plus it was a bit , over priced

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I have been to the Beirut on several occasions and never had a bad experience. I love the hummus, and garlic sauce. Lamb and Chicken is very good. A family owned and operated restraunt from a family that fled Beirut. Authentic cuisine and friendly staff. Recommend reservations on a Friday or Saturday night there is a belly dancer on these night for a short time.

2
★★★★★

I have been to the Beirut on several occasions and never had a bad experience. I love the hummus, and garlic sauce. Lamb and Chicken is very good. A family owned and operated restraunt from a family that fled Beirut. Authentic cuisine and friendly staff. Recommend reservations on a Friday or Saturday night there is a belly dancer on these night for a short time.

Pros: great service, fresh food

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I can only second the review above. The menu is very limited (calling it Beirut, I would have expected more choices than the staples of Middle Eastern restaurants). The chicken kabob was very dry, the gyros was ok, but there are lots of places around town where you can get that. Empty on a Thursday night at 8. Good service.

1
★★☆☆☆

I can only second the review above. The menu is very limited (calling it Beirut, I would have expected more choices than the staples of Middle Eastern restaurants). The chicken kabob was very dry, the gyros was ok, but there are lots of places around town where you can get that. Empty on a Thursday night at 8. Good service.

Pros: service, parking

 

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