Rue Pasteur, Gemayze
One of the most romantic spots in Beirut, the Loris restaurant is named after a socialite who once lived there. Call ahead to reserve a spot on the patio, where you can smoke hookah (mint and apple mixed together is especially good) under twinkling lights. The chef’s modern twists on traditional Lebanese and Armenian dishes like manti (beef and pasta in a yogurt sauce) and muhammara (a spicy red pepper dip) are fantastic. You really can’t go wrong, even if you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine.
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