Libano Restaurant

4.1
39 Reviews
£25 and under
Lebanese
Welcome to Libano, our home located in London, Balham High road, where we invite guests to celebrate life and share sundry blends of modern and traditional Lebanese cuisine.

Our goal at Libano is to unify our guest’s cultures and spirits with our own, expressing passion and generosity in the cuisine we share.

Our attentive staff ensures that your entire dining experience at Libano is stellar from beginning to end.

Each passing of our shared plates and the breaking of fresh Levantine pita opens up a new conversation.

Whether part of a party of fifty or a party of two, your experience throughout our elegant, yet comfortable space is eventful. We are sharing our long held Lebanese-Mediterranean traditions with a modern contemporary twist.

You will feel both close to home and apart of something new.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 39 people are saying
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PamelaC
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It took ages to get served and service was rushed and it was freezing outside ! Sat too close to others as we could hear all conversations !

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DinnerDate
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was delicious but I think it must be an indoor only venue usually as it was not well set up for outside - no outdoor heaters or anything so it was very cold when we went. Would go back in warmer weather or when we can sit inside though!

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SimonaP
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It is way overpriced for what it is. Poor quality of ingredients and small portions. The owner and staff are really nice but unfortunately I wouldn't come back for the food.

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Lizzie
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service! We would go again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a terrible experience the atmosphere was negative as soon as I walked in. The first thing I noticed was the failure of the restaurant to adhere to COVID regulations and social distancing with tables positioned close together. I was originally sat next to the toilets and asked to be moved. I was served my food without any cutlery and it was cold by the time the waiter came back with a fork and knife. I decided to complain however the manager was rude and dismissive and I left without eating. I will not be recommending this restaurant to my friends and family.

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Polly
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and friendly service. Food came quickly and was nice and fresh.

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vipSarahA
London
43 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely mid week dinner, super tasty and great service. Looking forward to being regular customers.

AJ
AtifJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easily booked a table for two online using OpenTable. Was greeted on arrival. Service was good, we were given a starter of fresh homemade lentil soup which was delicious. Our food arrived quickly and was hot, tasty and fresh. Would happily return.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We had a horrible experience. Would never go there ever again!! The owners were fuming that we only ordered four dishes between the three of us TO START, with the intension of ordering more later AND also that we only ordered soft drinks, not wine. The owners publicly humiliated us and destroyed our night by announcing to the restaurant that we weren't spending enough money and hadn't ordered enough to cover their costs so we it was not worth their while to have us there. They said their minimum spend was £15 per person, although this is not stated ANYWHERE, and when we calculated how much we had spent, it already came to £18.5 per person. Money was not an issue for any of us and we simply just wanted to order as we went. The man went on about it for rough 5 to 10 minutes in front of the entire restaurant.

The food was delicious but the service and overall experience was horrible. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this! I have never had such a horrible dining experience before.

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KatieB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and very nice atmosphere. Will definitely return!

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vipShazzam
London
56 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is incredible! The food is like nothing I have ever enjoyed before, certainly within the UK. It's tasty, well done and served with brilliant attitude, kindness and care. Love this place and will keep coming and keep getting our needs met by takeaway too!!

Thank you!

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ChrisC
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We had a great time. Great staff and brilliant chef...

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NYCinLON
London
75 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A lovely local with great food. We always enjoy it.

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Debbie
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They need way more staff here. Had to wait ages for drinks to arrive and then only once we asked for them.

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BethC
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

If you’re worried about Covid and social distancing don’t bother trying to eat here, there were no attempts made at distancing so we ended up leaving as we were not comfortable that sufficient measures were being taken.

It’s a shame as the food looked very nice and we were really looking forward to eating here.

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MarilenaY
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Extremely disappointed with this restaurant and seriously concerned about their (lack of) adherence to government guidelines around social distancing. Upon arrival (I had made a booking for 2), we were ushered to the tiny back area of the restaurant which was absolutely rammed with tables.

The person leading us to our table actually asked another customer to stand up to give us his chair as 5 people were sitting on a 4-seater table. We were sat around 30cm away from the other customers - so no distancing in place whatsoever.

We waited at the table for around 15 minutes without menus or anyone paying us any attention. Seeing as there were only 3 people manning a VERY packed restaurant, it was no wonder they could not keep up with their service.

That, and the fact that no consideration was given for our safety, led us to just leave the restaurant and look for something else. Thankfully there are lots of other lovely places to eat around Balham, otherwise it would have ruined our evening.

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Revi
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Authentic vibe and amazing food! Really good value for money.

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Lovetodine1
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

This place is a little gem for authentic Lebanese food. Really tasty but rather small portions with no trimmings as you would generally get in Mediterranean restaurants. No bread served with mezze etc.

Service is dismal but worth putting up with for the food. Order more than you normally would as mentioned- portions small.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, but we thought the set menu was a bit overpriced.

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HannahA
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little restaurant run by a family. The decor is modern and clean, the food was yummy and I’d definetly recommend this place to everyone!

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Kirsten
London
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoy going to Libano
Can highly recommend the Jawaneh and lamb Shish
Great asset to the neighbourhood

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JennieC
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great, reasonably priced food and a lovely restaurant. The service was good, even though they were very busy. Will definitely be visiting again!

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Karim
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's lovely to see a proper family run restaurant on the high street. The food was fantastic, especially the hummus and the babaganoush! The service was great, we were welcomed promptly and were very well looked after! Will definitely be back very soon! Loved the decor, it was modern but still felt cozy and unpretentious! Shukran Libano

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Sarah
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, decent portions. Great that you can BYOB, but corkage is a bit expensive at £5 for a bottle of wine. Only issue was that they couldn't find our booking but managed to fit us in anyway so worked out okay. Felt it was a little cramped for social distancing purposes.

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Leevi
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, however I was refused my request for a virgin mojito as the kitchen was apparently too busy. I think that the restaurant should instead better manage their booking system or their on duty staff if they are too busy to provide what a customer has ordered.

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NicolaT
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant - incredible service and they allow you to bring your own wine which is a nice touch. Food was fresh, tasty and good quality 100% would recommend to a friend.

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MartaR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place was really lovely, authentic and excellent food and the owner was super friendly and nice. Nice atmosphere would recommend 😁

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Nicely decorated.
Understaffed so the service was slow and chaotic.
Was served a lamb shank that was FROZEN in the centre.
Do not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very slow service so couldn’t enjoy the food

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EleanorE
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at the restaurant. We had a table with lots of space around it which made us feel really comfortable and the food was really amazing. I’ll definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, exceeded expectations. Got a variety of mezze dishes and couldn’t fault any. Would definitely return!

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FrancescaL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. This restaurant is BYOB for a £5 surchage which we didn’t realise Until we got there but places to by something nearby. Lovely service and the owner is very keen to impress in this new restaurant. It was a little quiet but that is no surprise for a new restaurant under the current climate.

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HayleyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food & excellent service. Clear precautions in light of COVID-19 which made for a safe and reassuring visit which meant we were able to enjoy our visit & a break from the restrictions. Would definitely recommend & go back

JN
JN123
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a friendly, family atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

HB
HeidiB
London
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beaut interior, delicious food, great value for money, lovely owner! All in all would definitely recommend. Excellent dining experience!

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SimonP
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Really pleased Libano has opened. We had the tabouleh, moutabal and chicken wings as a starter which were all great, followed by the lamb shish.
I recommend you get down there before all the restaurants are closed!!

JL
JasL
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service. Juices are freshly pressed as well. Looking forward to my next visit.

LH
LexiH
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service! Definitely recommended :)

FAQs

Libano Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Libano Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8265 1415.

Libano Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 39 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.