Roswell >Food & Dining > Byblos
10684 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA | Directions 3007534.025723 -84.360141
Dishonest with bad service – Be careful of accepting any special anything here. I and my girlfriend went and were offered $2 wine, only to find that each glass was $10 on our bill. When we argued the bill, we were told that 2 glasses were required at $10 each. Nearly every waiter barely spoke English. The food is good, but this place lacks the most essential element of all.. honesty.. and the core staple of any restaurant.. service.
Nice atmosphere, but food well below par – I am originally from Dearborn, Michigan and had my choice of excellent Arabic restaurants since Dearborn has the second highest population of Arabs in the US (Toledo Oh, has the highest). After relocating to Georgia I have been on a hunt for really good Middle Eastern cuisine. Byblos was definitely NOT it!! The restaurant decor was lovely and the service was excellent but the food was HORRIBLE and expensive!! My husband ordered the Lamb Kabob, and I ordered the Chicken Shawarma we also got an order of Hummous. His Lamb Kabob was just ok in flavor, but it was a small porion ( I think it was 5 or 6 small cubes) for the price ($17.95). My Chicken Shawarma was terrible, it was the consistency of tuna straight out of the can. It was somehow very wet and the meat was very dry at the same time (strange huh?). I took a few bites and couldn't bring myself to eat any more, it was that gross. Then there is the hummous. It was lumpy, gritty, very wet and not very flavorful, not at all what I am used to from back home. I prefer a hummous that is creamy, smooth (almost the consistency of peanut butter), and great flavor. Overall I was very dissappointed in the food, but as I said the service, atmosphere and decor were indeed excellent. So if you have never had Arabic food before, you may very well enjoy this experience. But I believe it is not for someone with Middle Eastern dining experience
Deplorable Service, we must have gone on a bad night. – My husband and I love Lebanese food and were thrilled that there was one in the Atlanta area we had not tried. The restaurant is beautiful. We went on a Friday night and a large party had just left when we arrived. We waited to be greeted for over 5 minutes. Finally, someone came and got us a table. We were given menus and it wan't until 20 minutes when someone finally came and spoke to us about ordering.
The food came out quickly (we had the mezza). The food was very good. They have great hummus and outstanding stuffed grapevine leaves. After we were done, we waited about 30 minutes for our check and finally flagged someone down. We would have liked to have tried dessert, but who knows how long we would have been there for that.
I hear great things about their buffet, I'd consider going back for that. It's possible we caught them on an off night. We live inside the perimeter and with so many great options (Mezza, Lawrence's) I wouldn't be to eager to drive out to the Roswell area again for it. I'm always willing to give places a second chance.
Buffet was excellent – Tried the Saturday lunch buffet for $8.95. They had 2 different soups, pita & hummus, several cold dishes, and 3 hot dishes. They also had desert, but didnt try that. I sampled a little bit of everything and it was all delicious. Lebanese food is very flavorful with many different spices being used. This was my first time trying Lebanese food, so it was nice that I'm guessing the owner, without me even asking, told us what each dish was at the buffet. The Sunday brunch is supposedly even twice as big. I will definitely be going back to try different selections.
Worth the Drive – If you want authentic Lebanese, it is definately worth the drive to Roswell. Wonderful flavors and excellent choices abound and the owners don't dissappoint if you ask for reccomendations. The Sunday brunch was a terrific value and everything we tried was great.
Approachable, healthful Lebanese food in an unremarkable strip mall is worth the trip. – The Scene
Pleasant but somewhat bare, the restaurant's dining room has sunny walls, terra-cotta photomurals, an open kitchen, stonework and numerous water pipes on display. Roomy booths provide the best seating options. The hospitable owners double as servers and will gladly explain unfamiliar menu items, but are rather lackadaisical about refilling glasses and clearing plates.
Start with the excellent, if somewhat pricey, combination platter of 10 hot and cold mezzas, which includes tabbouleh, hummus, spinach pie and falafel (Ask nicely and the staff will even substitute items). The combination chicken and beef shwarma is flavorful, but dry, as is the whole fried tilapia; condiments or sesame sauce save both. For dessert, the katayef, a lick-your-lips, half-moon-shaped pastry stuffed with walnuts and glazed with honey, trumps the more familiar baklava.
My Experience in Byblos – This quaint restaurant set off in Alpheretta adds to the spice of the people. The great family run restaurant reminds you that there is a great place to go with friends and relax or as a prelude to your night on the town. The live music Friday and Saturday nights really leaves you with insight to the great arab culture within the restaurant especially with the belly dancers. The groups singing or dancing leave you with a smile. The food provides the colorful palette of the arab cuisine. The variety of meat, seafood, and poultry. It is an experience to dine there and the food is the cherry on top. To close the deal, don't forget to try the large hookas (water pipes) offered there. The argileh is an arab specialty and is an interesting way to smoke tobacco. There are different flavors to try. Usually the apple tastes best.
A Perfect 10! – Eating in Byblos is an overall enchanting experience. The excellent service greatly compliments the excellent cuisine. I highly recommend Byblos to anyone looking to have an authentic Lebanese dining experience. To add to the unique atmosphere there is a belly dancer who will entertain you while you are eating; and if youd like you can even join her.
Hip Exotica! – Wow! Incredible food...super nice friendly people...Mega Beautiful Dancers! Live entertainment.
My director friend from NYC couldn't believe this place existed in Roswell.
Get down there on a Saturday and step into another world!
They also have special events on some Fridays.
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