Authentic Lebanese cuisine is a doorway to Middle Eastern culture with a taste of rich Levantine flavors and a notable influence of Mediterranean and French cuisines.
If you are on a healthy diet but still want flavorful food, a Lebanese restaurant should be your first choice. Instead of using butter, Lebanese cuisine makes extensive use of olive oil, which adds nutritional value while enriching the flavor. This unique cuisine has gained popularity in South Florida because of its transformative use of spices and herbs that add flavor, fragrance and color to any dish. But beware, if you do not like garlicky and citrus flavors, it is not for you!
11402 NW 41st St.
Miami, FL 33178
Layali Miami, which translates to Miami nights, is a traditional Lebanese restaurant and hookah lounge in Doral. It was designed to showcase Lebanon’s wild nightlife with its pop Arabic music and trendy décor. This is a spectacular spot if you are looking to spice up your dining experience. You get to watch a belly dancing show while enjoying a three-course dinner. They also meals that include a number of appetizers, kebabs, rice and a soft drink on the side. these range from $29 to $60 depending on the quantity. There is a selection of lamb, beef, chicken and shrimp kebabs. They also have a range of Middle Eastern desserts including knafeh, and baklava.
30 NW. 34th St.
Miami, FL 33127
Located in Wynwood, Magdoos serves its food in “mezze” style which means a variety of small plates featuring a combination of cold and hot food, including vegetables, meats and dips. They are most famous for their kibbeh nayyeh, priced at $16, which is made of minced raw lamb mixed with fine bulgur and spices. It is often served with mint leaves, olive oil and green onions. Magdoos has an energetic ambiance a seamless fusion of authentic Middle Eastern food and urban modernity. It has indoor seating and an outdoor terrace that makes it ideal for casual or fine dining. You can enjoy a hookah with a cocktail or go for their soulful Middle Eastern food, or simply do it all!
Delights of Beirut
7400 SW. 57th Ave.
Miami, FL 33143
If you are looking for the most authentic shawarma in Miami, this is the place to go. Delights of Beirut, in Coral Gables, brings a taste of home with their popular chicken shawarma sandwich. At $12 a sandwich, you get grilled spicy chicken covered with a signature garlic sauce or “toum,” some homemade pickles all wrapped in a fresh pita bread. Because shawarma is usually eaten as fast food, Delights of Beirut relies on takeout orders but has a table or two for dining in.
3480 Main Hwy Suite 100
Miami, FL 33133
On the higher end, Amal puts a contemporary twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine. Incorporating core Middle Eastern ingredients like lamb, chicken, yogurt, and chickpeas into state-of-the-art recipes. Amal stands out with its breakfast selection or “terwika” by serving manakish which is a popular Lebanese flatbread topped with cheese, za’atar and minced meat. They also serve fatteh and shakshuka, two prominent Levantine breakfast items.
192 NE 3rd Ave.
Miami, FL 33132
Even though Caffe Tonny is a cafe and a deli, it just had to be on the list. Located ainthe heart of downtown, this humble place serves great Middle Eastern platters with hummus, falafel, grape leaves and a spinach pie for $13. They also have Arabic tea, which is a staple in any Lebanese outing.