Byblos Cafe

4.6
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226 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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pablol
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
11 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
8 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

JM
vipJoseM
Washington DC
5 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
9 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Heard mixed reviews from friends so finally decided to try it. Was in the mood for Lebanese/Arabic food. The restaurant is nice inside. We chose to set outside as it was a nice evening. The service was ok. I think it would have been better inside. The food was average at best. We all got different plates. Wife got chicken shawarma, I got beef kebab. Wife’s chicken came out barely warm. Mine was better. Overall the taste was nothing special. Quality was average too. The hummus felt like it was canned. I have had plenty of good hummus in my life. This was not close. There are better options in Tampa for this kind of food and much cheaper.

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Gonzo
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shish kabob is the best in town, and the service is excellent as well. I have had many of their entrees and none disappointed. I do miss their zatar dip and pita bread they used to do prior to ordering but I talked to the manager and he said it was not as readily available and had been seen as too costly to continue which I felt was slightly misleading as I have purchased zatar at other persian grocery stores and it is inexpensive.

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Horus333
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am very familiar with Lebanese cuisine and have lived in Lebanon a while. I loved every dish we ordered, especially the kibbeh nayeh (raw beef), labneh, and cooked kibbeh. The waitress was very attentive and friendly, and seemed happy to work there too, which added to the experience. Will definitely try this place out again next time I have a chance.

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europe
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Anniversary Day, which was New Year 's Eve ❤️. This makes the second time we have enjoyed our dining experience at Byblos❤️

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boilerup
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best grilled octopus ever. Service was excellent and food was plentiful.

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vipsusieq
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had lunch with nine people. Nice menu choices and value for lunch. Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Christmas Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, tasty food, beautiful place!

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Chygrl
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Really expected better. Not impressed with food at all. Restaurant is beautiful, but that was it.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was great !

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vipRickR
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I couldn't recommend to a friend based on this one experience but I will try this restaurant again. The service was truly outstanding and my wife's steak brochette was"good". But I had the chicken shawarma and it was awful. Everything was floating in grease. But our wonderful waitress arranged for some grilled vegetables with no oil on them which filled me up fine.

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vipAwesome
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always they did not fail to impress us with the food and service!

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GregB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great place. There was a large party on this night so it got quite noisy ... but the wait staff more than made up for everything. I would come back just for the service!

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Merric
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there in a Sunday night, so the place wasn’t crowded. The staff was excellent and the food amazing, I tried the Lebanese food for the first time and I love it!!!

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LisaG
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious again. Love the ambiance. Server also great

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NatashaD
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied with my selections and love the level of service! Good is fresh and flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Quiet area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Lebanese cuisine and nice upscale decor.

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vipMaryF
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service!

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KathyM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely interior design, very good Mediterranean food and friendly service. A bit loud, but most popular restaurants are. We'll be returning often.

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Byblos Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

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