“The quintessential Lebanese dining experience, Em Sherif offers guests a taste of traditional home cooking. Chef Yasmina Hayek’s marathon 30-course dinner of mezze platters, all designed to share, is coupled with her mother and restaurateur Mireille Hayek’s infallible service.”
Em Sherif’s 20th position is up from last year’s 22nd.
You can reach Em Sherif Beirut at +961 70 919 119
#19 Tawlet Mar Mikhael, Beirut
Tawlet Mar Mikhael is Lebanon’s iconic Souk el Tayeb restaurant.
The list highlighted Tawlet Mar Mikhael:
“Rotating weekly, the menu at Tawlet could include any variety of dishes from all corners of Lebanon. Dozens of women from villages across the country take turns designing menus that showcase their local recipes. The restaurant provides a space for open conversation – about the dishes, traditions, and significance of the food for local communities.”
Tawlet Mar Mikhael’s 19th position is up from last year’s 28th.
You can reach Tawlet Mar Mikhael, in Mar Mikhael Beirut, at +961 70 919 119
#16 Baron, Beirut
The list highlighted Baron:
“Chef Athanasios Kargatzidis’s Baron is a fun, unfussy, locavore neighbourhood joint hidden in the hip streets of artsy Mar Mikhael in Beirut. Eclectic small plates characterise the seasonal sharing-style menu that changes every few days. Heavy on the vegetables, the food is modern and innovative with Mediterranean and Japanese influences.”
Baron’s 16th position is down from last year’s 12th.
You can reach Baron, Mar Mikhael, Beirut at +961 79 179 099
Last year, 5 Lebanese restaurants made the list; Baron, Liza, Em Sherif, Tawlet Mar Mikhael, and Clap.
1. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai, UAE 2. Tresind Studio, Dubai, UAE 3. Fusions by Tala, Manama, Bahrain (also won Highest Climber Award) 4. Ossiano, Dubai, UAE (also won the Highest New Entry Award) 5. 3 Fils, Dubai, UAE 6. George & John, Tel Aviv, Israel (also named Best Restaurant in Israel) 7. Kinoya, Dubai, UAE 8. Fakhreldin, Amman, Jordan 9. Zooba, Cairo, Egypt (also named Best Restaurant in Egypt) 10. Moonrise, Dubai, UAE 11. Reif Kushiyaki, Dubai, UAE 12. Kazoku, Cairo, Egypt 13. Zuma, Dubai, UAE 14. OCD, Tel Aviv, Israel (also won the Sustainable Restaurant Award) 15. Lowe, Dubai, UAE 16. Baron, Beirut, Lebanon 17. Gaia, Dubai, UAE 18. Myazu, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 19. Tawlet Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon 20. Em Sherif, Beirut, Lebanon (also won the Art of Hospitality Award) 21. LPM, Dubai, UAE 22. Sachi, Giza, Egypt 23. Marble, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 24. A by Yuval Ben Neriah, Tel Aviv, Israel 25. CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Manama, Bahrain 26. Hoseki, Dubai, UAE 27. La Grande Table Marocain, Marrakech, Morocco 28. Coya, Dubai, UAE 29. Shams El Balad, Amman, Jordan 30. Sachi, Cairo, Egypt 31. Masso, Manama, Bahrain 32. Animar, Tel Aviv, Israel 33. Coya, Abu Dhabi, UAE 34. La Closerie, Tunis, Tunisia 35. 11 Woodfire, Dubai, UAE 36. Sufra, Amman, Jordan 37. Iloli, Casablanca, Morocco 38. LPM, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 39. Sesamo, Marrakech, Morocco 40. Milgo Milbar, Tel Aviv, Israel 41. Alee, Amman, Jordan 42. White Robata, Kuwait City, Kuwait 43. Zuma, Abu Dhabi, UAE 44. Jun’s, Dubai, UAE 45. Reif Kushiyaki, Cairo, Egypt 46. +61, Marrakech, Morocco 47. 13C Bar in the Back, Amman, Jordan 48. HaBasta, Tel Aviv, Israel 49. Hakkasan, Abu Dhabi, UAE 50. Bonjiri, Salmiya, Kuwait
The Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants list is organized by William Reed and is based on the opinions and experiences of 250 restaurant industry experts in the region.
The list is compiled by the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, consisting of food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and foodies, divided into six regions. Members vote for seven restaurants, with at least two outside their country, and must have eaten there in the previous 18 months.