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Byblos Cafe, Tampa, FL

Byblos Cafe

4.5
4.5
409 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Surprise your senses. Enjoy an upscale yet comfortable & quaint setting. A Restaurant and Bar with an Unmatched Ambiance. A unique South Tampa destination where we combine our Lebanese cuisine with a unique Mediterranean flair.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Lebanese, Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 805-7977

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Full Service Catering or just delivery of catering parties; call us for availability and pricing.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a large room Semi private that can accommodate up to 40 people. In addition we have a beautiful Bar/Lounge area very romantic and quaint featuring a bed area, two VIP areas etc,.... Please check our website for more pictures. In addition we have outside patio area for smoking Hookahs and cigars.

  • Private party contact

    Aida Mattar: (813) 805-7977

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    West Bay to Bay Blvd.

  • Parking details

    On street parking and also a large additional parking lot from the back of the restaurant on the east side. Coming from Macdill heading south make a left on Bay-to-Bay and immediate left before the railroad tracks to get to the parking.

  • Entertainment

    Belly dancing every Friday & Saturday nights. We will also be starting late night parties with DJ on Saturday nights around October please call to confirm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 409 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Healthy

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tampa

    Kid-friendly

  • Tampa

    Healthy

  • Tampa

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entire experience was excellent

    Byblos CafeResponded 1 day agoHi, Thank you for your great review! We hope to see you back soon!

  2. JP

    JohnniePasta

    Tampa

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Well ve back

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 24, 2023Hi JohnniePasta, Thank you for your great review! We hope to see you back soon!

  3. DC

    DeniseC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    This place is a great value. Really tasty food, nice ambience, attentive manager. But the wait staff, and in particular our server, looked frazzled and over booked. We saw our waiter a total of three times throughout the evening: once to take our order, once to cash us out. He was very pleasant when he was at the table. But dinners out are as much about the service experience as anything … and there really was very little service. That said, we’ll be back. Hoping it was just an “off” night and that maybe they had some call outs so were short-staffed.

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 24, 2023Hi DeniseC, Thank you so much for your review...We always want everyone to have a good time at Byblos, so we are sorry to hear that we fell short. We hope to do better for you next time.

  4. TP

    ThomasP

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time coming here. I had the beef and chicken shawarma with vegetables. The Shawarma was great. They had a garlic lemon paste that complimented it perfectly. The vegetables were cooked perfectly. My wife had the lamb shank, wonderful flavor. I also ordered the zatar fries with the harissa aioli, just because I wanted.

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 16, 2023Hi ThomasP, Thanks so much for your positive feedback and good vibes. We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to your next visit.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    I ordered a medium stake and it was rare. When they tried to cook it again was more than well done

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 16, 2023Hi, Thank you for your review...We always want everyone to have a good time at Byblos, so we are sorry to hear that we fell short. We hope to do better for you next time.

  6. CS

    ColbyS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and are from Nashville, a great food scene, and truly loved Byblos. Started with the Hummus and Falafel. She opted for the filet and I had the lamb chops. Very fresh and flavorful. Atmosphere was great and kept a contemporary but Mediterranean vibe. We sat outside and the music was a bit loud, but it was New Year’s Eve so no big deal. Definitely a repeat visit.

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 2, 2023Hi ColbyS, Thank you so much for your positive rating of your recent visit to Byblos...We are happy that you had a great time with us, and we hope to see you again when you next visit Tampa!

  7. GB

    GaryB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic atmosphere! Very European. The music is loud but that's the style. Has a lovely bar. Belly dances do dances and the manager is always coming around getting you into the mood to clap and enjoy the atmosphere. Great date and group meet up for food and drink. It's a lot of food but you are supposed to eat, talk, drink, dance and do it again throughout the night. Totally recommend this place.

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 2, 2023Hi GaryB, Thanks so much for your positive feedback and good vibes. We're happy that you're happy, it means the world to us and to our entire team at Byblos, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  8. RC

    RogerC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Under new management it has lost all It’s character and the food overall was tired/ without flavor and nothing was authentically Lebanese.

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 2, 2023Hi RogerC, We think you may have us confused with another Byblos restaurant, possibly in Miami? Byblos in Tampa has been owned by the same owners and has been a part of the local Tampa community since 2001.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Service was sub par. Atmosphere was very cool and chic

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 2, 2023Hi, Thank you for your review...We always want everyone to have a good time at Byblos, so we are sorry to hear that we fell short. We hope to do better for you next time.

  10. FO

    FlorinO

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Appetizers were babaganoush and humus plates quality was OK but amount on the lower side. The main dishes were Lamb shank like a stew with vegetables very tasty. Lamb/Chicken kebab was very good and tasty. Overall was great food but I gave only 4 stars because for the value was a little expensive. I would recommend to my friends and I would go back.

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 2, 2023Hi FlorinO, Thank you for your kind words and lovely review. We are always happy to hear feedback, and we are pleased that your experience was positive!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dinner, service was great, thank you Ace. Food was fantastic

    Byblos CafeResponded on January 2, 2023Hi, Thank you for sharing your kind words...It means the world to us and to our entire team at Byblos! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  12. TO

    TOMG

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our experience at Byblos was great. So much delicious food to choose from and we enjoyed our server’s recommendation. Our server explained everything well, was mindful to our needs and made our experience a pleasure. We will come back!

    Byblos CafeResponded on December 5, 2022Hi TOMG, Thank you so much for your review, We are happy to see you had such a great experience at Byblos, and that you're pleased with your server's choice! Hope to see you back again soon!

  13. c

    cakebread

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    If you like Mediterranean food, this is the place to go… we went last night and ordered the Feast of Lebanon and it was delicious ! It served three people and we didn’t finish it… We’ve been coming here for years and it’s still delicious . I highly recommend it.

    Byblos CafeResponded on December 5, 2022Hi Cakebread, Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Byblos, and we want to thank you for being such a loyal customer....It means the world to us and to our entire team at Byblos! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was there yesterday with my husband for our anniversary the service and food was great !

    Byblos CafeResponded on November 28, 2022Hi, We're happy to see that you had a great experience with us at Byblos and that you had an enjoyable Anniversary! Thank you for sharing.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coming from 2 Lebanese cousins, the food and the service was excellent.

    Byblos CafeResponded on November 22, 2022Hi, Thank you for sharing your kind words...It means the world to us and to our entire team at Byblos! We look forward to serving you again in December!

  16. W

    Wedjal

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good dinner. We cannot complain!

    Byblos CafeResponded on November 22, 2022Hi Wedjal, Thank you for your great review and good vibes! We hope to see you back soon.

  17. SM

    SamanthaM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service and ambiance was perfect but the calamari is frozen not fresh. Everything else was ok.

    Byblos CafeResponded on October 17, 2022Hi SamanthaM, Thank you for your feedback, Samantha. We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy our calamari, we usually receive great feedback about it. Our seafood is always fresh but we will pass on your comment to our culinary team so they are aware. Thank you again for dining with us and we hope you'll give us another chance in the future.

  18. KI

    KentIsland99

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Went to dinner on Saturday night - we sat outside because it was a nice warm night. The restaurant is located on a main road and the outdoor seating is directly on the road noise it quite load. Service was very good even though the drinks were a little slow coming out. Food was very different than what we are used to but still very good and would go back to try it again. We had the lamb chops which was excellent and the rigatoni with shrimp was very good, sauce was very light.

    Byblos CafeResponded on September 27, 2022Hi KentIsland99, Thank you for your review...We are happy to see you had such a great experience at Byblos. Hope to see you back again soon!

  19. DS

    DeborahS

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you dinner for girl friend

    Byblos CafeResponded on September 27, 2022Hi DeborahS, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

  20. JC

    JenniferCavaliere

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal. But the bar drinks are a little over priced. Food is spectacular

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

  21. AC

    AsheshC

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    The food quality is definitely decreased since before the pandemic. I think they need to invest into a better chef that knows exactly how Mediterranean food should be cooked.

    Byblos CafeResponded on September 27, 2022Hi AsheshC, Thank you for your review...We always want everyone to have a good time at Byblos, so we are sorry to hear that we fell short. We hope to do better for you next time.

  22. t

    teleskimochic

    Orlando

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There was a foul odor in the restaurant, and we were not well received. We had to leave.

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Teleskimochic, We are so sorry to hear of your poor experience at Byblos and hope you will accept our sincerest apologies. We are committed to providing great customer service and we would like to make things right. Please give us a call at 813-805-7977 to determine how we can provide you with a solution.

  23. J

    Jojo

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Jojo, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

  24. PG

    PatrickG

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Server was engaged and knowledgeable about this food, food was great, but then when we wanted our check she disappeared. Went to bar to try to pay, and there were servers hanging around chatting. But I guess that is what the staff shortage is doing.

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 15, 2022Hi PatrickG, Thank you so much for your review! We have taken note of your feedback... We hope to see you again soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lamb shank was fantastic per usual. My co-worker’s kafta was over cooked with no flavor profile. They were more like mini burnt hamburger patties, instead of the usual savory minced meat patties that we were hoping to enjoy. However, he filled-up on the delicious hummus and seafood ceviche and we had a great time with excellent service.

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 15, 2022Hi, Thank you so much for your review! We have taken note of your feedback... We hope to see you again soon!

  26. I

    Irish17

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent!

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 2, 2022Hi Irish17, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  27. RY

    ReynaY

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The management was very accommodating with our reservation. Very willing to change our table depending on the number of guests which was wonderfully appreciated. Byblos was also accessible, the food was excellent and the atmosphere fun yet calm. The belly dancing was a nice and exotic surprise. Will definitely come back.

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 2, 2022Hi ReynaY, Thank you so much for sharing your great experience with us at Byblos. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Birthday lunch

    Byblos CafeResponded on August 2, 2022Hi, Thank you for your great review! We hope you had a great Birthday!

  29. NJ

    NJfood

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Large portion and yummy Lentils soup, great appetizers- humus, cauliflower, falafel, baba ganush, fried calamari.

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi NJfood, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

  30. FM

    FrankM

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been coming here for over 10 years. I love the food and the people who work here. Even with all the post pandemic ups and downs, they have been the most consistent with their service and quality. This is one of the places that would really make me sad if they ever had to close down. It's one of the very few places in Tampa where you can get a genuinely good service and food, in a comfy and chic atmosphere that doesn't feel like one of those endless cookie cutter restaurants with cookie cutter names and cookie cutter menus.

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi FrankM, Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review., and thank you for your continued support over the 10 years! We are always happy to hear feedback, and we are pleased that your experience with us at Byblos is always a positive one. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Food and service was amazing!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

  32. K

    Kent

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Father’s Day Staff very nice and good food.

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi, Thank you for your great review! We hope to see you back soon!

  33. F

    Foody

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Byblos! Falafel the best and our salmon and grouper were excellent. Will definitely return!!!!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi Foody, Thank you for sharing your kind words...It means the world to us and to our entire team at Byblos! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  34. PM

    PatM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From our drinks, Fig Martinis, to our dessert, Budino, every selection was delicious and presented beautifully. Lamb chops were well seasoned and accompanied by a unique risotto. Appetizers of Dolmas and Falafel set the bar and the chops exceeded my memory of past dinners. Our evening was made more enjoyable by the staff and owner who stopped by to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We are definitely coming back!!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi PatM, Thank you so much for sharing your kind words...It means the world to us and to our entire team at Byblos! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  35. w

    wineguy

    Naples

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Sat outside at sundown = a mistake. Hot direct sun. Noisy traffic too. Excellent food and service. Will return.

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi Wineguy, Thank you for your review...We always want everyone to have a good time at Byblos, so we are sorry to hear that we fell short. We hope to do better for you next time.

  36. A

    Arthur

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food tasted great, the prices were fair, but the service was a little slow for my liking. After being seated and ordering our drinks, it took 15 mins to receive our drinks and to see out waitress again. It was a Saturday night around 8:30pm so I don't know if that had something to do with it.

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi Arthur, Thank you for your review...We always want everyone to have a good time at Byblos, so we are sorry to hear that we fell short. We hope to do better for you next time.

  37. S

    Susette

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    The best thing about Byblos is the fig martini with orange blossom and lemon...TO DIE FOR! I am in search of the ingredients so I can make it at home. The Tabbouleh and Kibbeh Nayeh were outstanding. However I'm surprised that a Lebanese restaurant didn't have any lamb items. So I ordered the beef shish kabob and I could not detect any middle-eastern seasoning. The beef was tender, but it should have been marinated to impart a truly Lebanese flavor. Same with the "seasoned" veggies. Pretty bland overall. But...Oh! That fig martini!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi Susette, Thank you so much for your review! We have taken note of your feedback... We hope to see you again soon!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated right away, service was very quick, server was very pleasant & friendly, every item we ordered was delicious!!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

  39. JN

    JoyN

    Tampa

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delish!!!! And while they were very busy the service was wonderful. The manager was very kind to our party as well. First time visiting and we will be back!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi JoyN, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We will pass on your comments to the team! We hope to see you again soon!

  40. MP

    MichaelP

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had Mother’s Day Brunch and it was amazing! Great food! Great Atmosphere!

    Byblos CafeResponded on July 8, 2022Hi MichaelP, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

FAQs

Byblos Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Byblos Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 409 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Byblos Cafe

2832 South Macdill Ave., Tampa, FL 33629

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West Bay to Bay Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Lebanese, Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    On street parking and also a large additional parking lot from the back of the restaurant on the east side. Coming from Macdill heading south make a left on Bay-to-Bay and immediate left before the railroad tracks to get to the parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Belly dancing every Friday & Saturday nights. We will also be starting late night parties with DJ on Saturday nights around October please call to confirm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 805-7977

  • Catering

    Full Service Catering or just delivery of catering parties; call us for availability and pricing.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a large room Semi private that can accommodate up to 40 people. In addition we have a beautiful Bar/Lounge area very romantic and quaint featuring a bed area, two VIP areas etc,.... Please check our website for more pictures. In addition we have outside patio area for smoking Hookahs and cigars.

  • Private party contact

    Aida Mattar: (813) 805-7977

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