Byblos Cafe

4.6
247 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Surprise your senses. Enjoy an upscale yet comfortable & quaint setting. A Restaurant and Bar with an Unmatched Ambiance. A unique South Tampa destination where we combine our Lebanese cuisine with a unique Mediterranean flair.
What 247 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRobert
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Turned us away 10 minutes before closing. Unprofessional. If your sign says open till 10 stay open till 10!

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SarahF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Lebanese food! Huge portion sizes! Plenty of leftovers for another meal or snack. A tad pricey though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an unexpected, wonderful girls night! Thank you so much. Also so nice to try Lebanese wine 😉

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vipFabulousFoodie
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is superb. I’m never disappointed. Our server was friendly and considerate. Great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We drove over an hour away for our 9 PM reservation we get in and they say sorry we’re closed.

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JeannetteS
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is ALWAYS fresh and delicious! Great wine and cocktail choices...love, love, love Byblos!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner, Emma’s great

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

For my anniversary, I was surprised by By los and OpenTable to showing up to find out By los was closed! What an awful anniversary surprise gift! I have zero confidence in OpenTable or Byblos now. Very disappointing and I will have to share my awful experience with everyone I know due to lack of notice from both Byblos and OpenTable and the lack of response I’ve received from my complaint email to OpenTable.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here is going above and beyond. I went with 3 of my friends and we had a fantastic dinner, enjoying the sights of Palma Ceia, with exceptional service. We left and came back to my house. After they left, I realized I couldn’t find my phone. Where was it? Byblos! When I called, Lilly said she had it and put it in the office for me to pick up tomorrow, unless I could get there quickly. Lilly waited for me to get there to pick up my phone! That is great service! She wasn’t even mad that I was stupid enough to forget it! That is the 3rd time I’ve been there and I will be back. Much thanks Lilly! You are a God-send!

Overall, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Service is above and beyond any expectations!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely return!

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Irish17
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a great Mediterranean setting! Staff was courteous and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Honestly didn’t enjoy the entrees at all

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vipAlexB
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to have dinner on Friday or Saturday night.

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding.

We had the table for 2 offering and there was enough food for 3.

Along with the table for 2, we had the kibbeh nayeh. The meat was fresh and tasted delicious.

Two diners thought the food was as good or better than what they would have ordered in Lebanon.

We arrived about 5:30 on a Saturday evening and the place was 80% filled when we left. Therefore, I recommend making reservations especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

We live 4 hours away from Tampa and would travel 4 hours each way to eat there again.

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vipCVG2019
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Texture of chicken and beef was off.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor and fantastic service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never received a seat or table after checking in with our reservation. We left after about 20 minutes of waiting and confusion. Always enjoy the food here, not certain what is off

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vipCook
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! The service was great as well!

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MatthewD
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I made a reservation for my girlfriend's birthday, as this restaurant had all of her favorite foods on the menu. We dressed up nice and drove over half an hour to get there, only to realize the restaurant was CLOSED. The reservation had been confirmed through OpenTable and both Google and Google Maps indicated the restaurant was open. Further, there was nothing on the website advising that hours had changed or that the restaurant was closed. Completely ruined the special night I had planned.

I gave a 1/5 overall and for service, but gave 3/5 for the other options because I don't have any reason to assume the food, ambiance, and value are less than average.

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vipAlyvp
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone was welcoming and we asked for a specific seat which was not a problem. The food selection and options are amazing (I am gluten free) and I was allowed to taste 2 wines before I made a decision on what to drink. I will absolutely be back. Mediterranean food is my favorite!

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vipGarfish
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We will return and recommend it to anyone who likes Mediterranean food.

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vippablol
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it was during the outset of COVID the staff and food were awesome. The restaurant was super clean and service was on point. Please give them more business. This local spot is so deserving!

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OpaT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ariel, our server was very pleasant and did a very nice job. This was our first - but not our last visit.

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vipMatthewS
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The Taste of Lebanon for 2 was really for 3...

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service; friendly staff ; plenty of food; atmosphere very hip

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Excellent service and food. Always a favorite spot

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vipJoseM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints and, even with the new safety measures, they make you feel welcome and at ease. Wonderful service and great help on selecting our wine. We usually stick with the traditional favorites but love the variety for those days when something different sounds good. We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipSEN2010
Tampa
86 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a get together of old friends- and an enjoyable occasion it was. The place generated happy conversation and the food was good. We had the gyro, chicken shawarma, kebabs and kofta with lentil soup, eggplant appetizer and plenty of pita w/hummus. Dessert was delicious baklava. Loved the antique murals on the wall. Service was old world warm and gracious. An evening we will remember- and Byblos was much a part of it.

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AlanA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I like the old one better. Atmosphere and quality of food was much better.

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JoeA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Poor service. Waitress did not bus our table before the meal came. Not very attentive or very good at explaining the menu. Very loud inside. Made it very hard to hear or have a conversation. Food was good but was so loud we might not go back.

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AsheshC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The restaurant is very loud, hard to have conversation with the people at your table. The music is blasted for no reason, it should be turned down to make a better environment to have a nice dinner.

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JohnJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. pleasant atmosphere. Prices are not bad for a south Tampa restaurant.

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vipStevenF
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was well prepared and attractive. Food was cold.

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vipfoodie
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I was very disappointed in service at Byblos Cafe. Our waiter acted like it was an inconvenience to bring more water to the table. He never smiled and rarely checked on us. The 20 minute belly dancer 's performance is accompanied by very loud music where it is impossible to hear from one another. The loud music and the bad service created a disappointing and unpleasant dining experience.

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SalinFL
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, comfortable seating, excellent and attentive service but not obtrusive, delicious food. Love coming here.

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ShelleyB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A group of fourteen foodies met for lunch. Everyone had a good time. We were not rushed, our meals came out almost at the same time, and separate checks were provided without complaint. The biggest hits were the grilled octopus and the shish kabob. Those with any chicken dish said the chicken was a little dry.

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SandyH
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just a little bit too loud for a conversation once the belly dancing started.

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vipStevenE
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We hadn’t been back to Byblos in several years but we remember the chicken schwarmama and chicken kabob to be better dishes before. For one thing the platters used to come with a salad mixture which complemented the main dish very nicely and the tzaziki and humus were larger portions. The atmosphere is now modern and to our taste perhaps less inviting than the more rustic cozy atmosphere that we remember.

FAQs

Byblos Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Byblos Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.