Byblos Restaurant - Boston

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$30 and under
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Lebanese
Maurice Daaboul and family’s Byblos is the Boston area’s premier eatery since 1996 for authentic, homemade Lebanese cuisine. Located in the heart of Norwood, Massachusetts, Byblos offers all the best features of Lebanese dining, including a large hall where feasts are laid out in traditional Lebanese Maza style to the tune of live Arabic music and oriental belly dancing. At Byblos we pride ourselves on bringing freshness, authenticity and service to our valued customers.

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TedS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food & entertainment excellent. Service was a little slow.

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Fussy
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There are three different dining rooms. One of them has an oud player/singer and a belly dancer. The music starts at 7 and the belly dancer comes on at 9. You cannot order from the menu in the “entertainment room” but the sampling option turned out to be pretty good. I’m guessing if you ordered off the menu in the other dining rooms during this time the service would be sketchy but don’t know that for sure. The show itself was quite entertaining.
If it is the food you are after I would avoid that time and go earlier. And definitely make a reservation, at least on the weekend.
The owner is on site all the time and very attentive to his guests and oversees the entire staff.

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vipGranny
New England
71 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Byblos a few times a year. The food is phenomenal. Because the cuisine is largely gluten-free, and they absolutely understand cross-contamination issues, we often take visiting celiac family there.

This visit was notable for the quality of service. It’s always good, even very good, but this was exceptional. It was European in touch (table hierarchy observed, which was a treat), and advising our grandson against medium-rare lamb. That was done gently, and with respect (he’s 13, was treated as an adult). We adored the server.

The only negative was just a personal thing with me. Cooking temperatures for chicken and pork have been lowered. Two pieces of my chicken kabob weren’t edible to my taste. They were quickly replaced by the server who said he absolutely understood what I was saying.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was quite slow. It took two hours from the time we sat at the table until we had any cooked food.

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vipDave
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Byblos. The food is great and the wait staff are attentive and know the menu. It’s a great venue and we’ve never had a bad meal. We highly recommend Byblos. (The falafel is incredible and the specials are always great)

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vipChansky
New England
56 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is our second time back and we did enjoy the food.

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Kirk
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun and festive. Enjoyed the food, service and music so much. Some guests talked very! loudly in the music dining area at their tables over the music during the performance part of the evening. Borderline disrespectful to the musicians. I found this distracting to my enjoyment of the music and dance that was very high level musicianship. However, We will come again! The dinner service pace is slow and fills the evening.

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CLIFFH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Was disappointed in the meal. Food was bland. Our waiter did nothing to make the meal memorable. He seemed putout that he had to serve the 4 of us. I thought the food lacked taste and was fairly pricey for what was received. Overall I would not go back.

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MatthewF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Byblos has become one of our favorite restaurants. The food is excellent, the staff professional, helpful and attentive, and the setting is very comfortable. The flavors are fresh and vibrant, the portions generous, and everything we tried was top-notch. We look forward to our next visit.

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voomel
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food. Harsh cleaning liquid smell. Staff great. Lovely.

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Nandrew
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Byblos has very tasty Middle Eastern food, including the best falafel I've had since I was in Jerusalem. Portion sizes were large; I took a lot of my food home. As my friend and I were leaving, we could see that they were about to have live music. I don't know if the music is only on Saturdays, but it looked like it would be worth hearing.

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StevenN
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no other restaurant for Lebanese food!! Outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We waited about 5 minutes to be seated. Once we were seated, our server was very nice. The food was amazing. The belly dancer and live music were very entertaining. Highly recommend and will definitely return!

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vipDave
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always outstanding and owners are so involved in the restaurant making sure everything is as it should be. Everything is done right! We have never had a bad experience at Byblos and we go there regularly.

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DavidG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Byblos is one of my favorite restaurants with good Middle East food at a reasonable price.

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NMK83
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the service and entertainment. Must go!

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vipnotafoodie
New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant. We eat here often. People are very friendly. Food is incredible. Always fresh. Always delicious. And host Maurice is one of the nicest people anywhere.

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Rustyswife
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun night. We had excellent seats. Opted for family style dinner and it was the perfect choice with a taste of the menu for everyone. Our server was very efficient, thoughtful and didn't interrupt our party at all. The entertainment and dancing was a high point.

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vipGladysS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lebanese food in the boston area we love it there

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vipdebco
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was good. However, don’t understand why no lunch menu on Sunday. Wanted to add chicken to salad, only way to get chicken was to order a chicken kabob meal.

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viplovetoeatout
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food
Owner and staff so nice
Belly dancing a plus
Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food is amazing! Try everything!

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vipDave
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and have been coming for years. The food is fantastic and the servers are equally at good as the good. They make you feel at home. Their specials are incredible.

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vipJamesW
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced. A “one size fits all” rice or fries on almost every entree. Some waiters exhibit attitude. Food should be better seasoned and quality for their prices.

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LTTA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but expensive! We ordered the mezza for four and we got played barely enough for four. The Kabab plate had four pieces of each kind which is unusual for Lebanese restaurant and hospitality. Hummus plate was the individual size!
Also the place could use some updating: the tables are old and the ambiance is dim.

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DianaG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS! Many vegetarian options, and the falafel and hummus were terrific. My husband liked the lamb kebob. Next time we'll come later to see the belly dancing.

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Marc
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think it’s a good place. Maybe the food had different spices and that make it heavier. However in general very authentic Lebanese restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The band and belly dancer on Friday nights really makes Byblos a destination for a special occasion. They have set menus with a perfect selection of food. They also have a large selection of Lebanese beer and wine.

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vipGranny
New England
71 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Byblos. We go fairly often, and it never disappoints. I had the beef kabob, which I adore. My husband and 2 friends adored the lamb shank special, our niece had the kafta kabob, and was delighted.

The trick is. It to get stuffed on the pickles, pita and hummus. The best hummus anywhere, by the way.

Gluten free options abound and are well understood.

It’s always such a pleasure there.

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Barb
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best falafel anywhere!
Music and belly dancing on weekends is fun but also loud so if you want a quiet dinner, check the timing on this.

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal, the mezze for four people was downsized to accommodate the two of us. The fatoush and tabouleh salads were both very good, as were all of the appetizer samples and the entree meal which included beef, chicken and kafteh meats along with a delicious rice pilaf and grilled vegetables.

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DavidF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must visit restaurant for excellent Lebanese fare. The Kibbee Balls are the best around. The Baba Ghannouj is so smooth and creamy with subtle beautiful flavor. The Hummus is spectacular as well.
The chef's specials of the day are consistently amazing. We had a Lamb Shank presented in an unbelievable garlic and other spiced red sauce.
The restaurant is elegantly adorned with lovingly placed photos of Beirut neighborhoods obviously with great significance to the friendly and outstanding owners.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive from JP but it is so very much worth the drive. For a little variation, and I might add a little louder alternative, go on Saturday evening and enjoy the traditional dance and music. It's fun!

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LauraC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, what a great experience! This was our first time here and we thought it was fantastic. The service was top notch and the food was amazing. The quality and quantity was superb. The Hommus was fresh and delicious. All our entrees were well prepared and very tasty. We will definitely be back.

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vipStylingrace
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Byblos came highly recommended to us but it was a total disappointment. There was a birthday party going on which I can understand but perhaps the function/event space should be separated from the dining space. The carpet and ambience were old, dirty, and dated. The dishes and silverware had grease stains. The food took very long to come in between courses, we got there at 8:45 pm and we didn't get our third course which we ordered around 9 until 10 pm. We don't eat beef and the rice had beef in it. It would have been nice for them to elaborate on the contents of the items. We asked for warm pita bread and we never got it. The lamb was undercooked, we asked for medium well.

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ChrisL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect. Attentive but not intrusive. Hommus and grape leaves appetizers an excellent start. Lamb kabobs charred nicely, tender, and cooked as ordered (light pink ctr in our case). As were the grilled veggies. Ambiance quiet, but we were there early so noise may increase later in the evening. Overall, a great dinner. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration
As usual everything was outstanding one of my favorites

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vipGregG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would ALWAYS recommend Byblos. They are the best restaurant around, run by wonderful people. Never had a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding!

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vipCaseyT
New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for Father's day and couldn't have been happier with the delicious food and excellent service

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Vklane
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing restaurant! Food is authentic and quantity size is large. Great place to take the family !

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