The interior of this Lebanese restaurant goes a bit overboard, with faux-stone columns and arches, but the food is consistently good, and the waitstaff is attentive. The extensive menu goes beyond the Middle East to include dishes such as grilled salmon and pizzas, but the best bets are the Lebanese dishes, which include an array of starters such as falafel (fried garbanzo balls), baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant), and a dozen salads that can make for an inexpensive, light meal. It's a good choice for vegetarians. Be sure to order some fresh flat bread to go with your meal. There is usually Arabic music playing, and they have belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a collection of hookahs for smoking on the patio, which is a nice place to eat at night, as long as it isn't full of hookah smokers. The owner also has a restaurant on the Amador Causeway.
Calles 52 and Ricardo Arias, across from Panama Marriott Hotel, Panama City, Panama
Aug 17, 2013
I have been a customer of this culinary institution for nearly three years. In a wasteland of service and sub-standard food quality that defines dining out in Panama, Beirut stands out in all aspects that qualify a good eating establishment. The food is of superb and consistent quality. The service is as somewhat mechanical but effective, the food comes out FAST and HOT. The raw kibbe, which is the benchmark of any quality in any Lebanese restaurant
is exceptional. The traditional dishes are as authentic as they can be and the local seafood food dishes are fresh. The owner, Bilal, is on the floor and in the kitchen every day from 12-12 ensuring that his staff of many, does do their job as HE intends them to perform. Thursday, Friday and and Saturday are Belly Dancing Nights, an entertaining cultural treat, not to be missed. IN summary, if hungry when in Panama-City, go to Beirut in Obario, near the Marriott Hotel.