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Review of Byblos Restaurant

Byblos Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 114 Restaurants in Norwood
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Lebanese
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: 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.
Reviewed 8 June 2017


BYBLOS is a great, Lebanese restaurant lead by a wonderful and worldly owner, born in the Middle East but whose second home is the Italian part of Switzerland, and who through quirks of fate wound up in in the Boston area, the easily accessible downtown Norwood.

His name is Maurice and he is so CHARMING and DISARMING that you feel instantaneously a member of a big family and at home in global village. (The customers come from the four corners of the earth).

The place reminded me of the classic Lebanese meals I enjoyed at Marroush Restaurant, a few streets up from Harrods Department store in London. I can still smell the Lamb Kebabs and beef Kebabs, or Dover Sole cooking on the charcoal brazier

I believe that at Byblos Cafe (Norwood) human connectivity is the secret specialty item on the menu not just the wonderful purple Turnip pickles and Olive appetizer you are served immediately upon entering.

A nod to the the beautiful Nellie, Maurice's sister in law about what Mezze you would like and within minutes you are served warm Spinach Pies, and wonderful bowls of the most sumptuous Hummus and Baba Ganouj you have ever had in your life, garnished with a puree of olive oil parsely, and roasted garlic.

Every waiter and waitress is ready to strike ip a conversation if you initiate it ( and will leave you to yourself if you don't) as if you had grown up in the same Mediterranian Village went to the same elementary school, worked in your family Groceria, Mercedes dealership, Rolex Watch Shop then than by some miraculous coincidence wound up bumping into each other for lunch at Byblos restaurant, 1000s of miles away.

There are dozens of delicious dishes on the Dinner and Lunch Menus (reasonably priced), so many in fact that this reviews would have to be the length of a Sunday New York Times Magazine Article to due justice to describing them.

To make some attempt at brevity, I recently went to Byblos Cafe with some family members , and to keep things simple we ordered the Byblos Family Platter #2. The Menu said "For Two". but in reality portions were so generous that there was plenty for the three of us. (Actually we had enough for almost four)

We were served the deluxe combination platter of traditional Middle-Eastern dishes . The dishes include Fattoush Salad with lovely Pita Chip,s and Parsley Lemon Dressing, Hommus, Baba Ghannouj,

Then just about the time that you have used up all the available real estate in your stomach my friend the Russian waiter brings a second big platter, Chicken Kabob,
Kafta Kabob, Kibbee Layers, Grape Leaves, Grilled Vegetables, and rice. Price $49

I am a very busy business man and enjoy writing Yelp and Trip Advisor Reviews as a way of unwinding. Yet for me Byblos, is not the kind of restaurant that is "One and Done," ie go there once or twice and then rarely if ever again.

As Byblos is one of my favorite restaurants in the greater Boston area I make it a point to go to Byblos, at least 2 or 3 times a month, and when I don't I almost feel guilty when I walk in the door, and see Maurice with his outreached hands and big friendly smile.


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2  Thank RobertHargrove
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We attended a function recently and given there were 100 people there our expectations weren't very high. We were totally off base; the food was delicious.

I cannot measure service fairly given the nature of the visit but we enjoyed the atmosphere, not overly done but neat, attractive and comfortable.

The food is the story here. Hummus was top notch as was the pita; kibbie, grape leaves, kabobs and lamb/bean stew; all were authentic and delicious.

We can't wait to return and try many different menu items.

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2  Thank fcarr
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

This is a wonderful dining place.
All food is prepared well.
Great pita.
Service was good, and the owner friendly

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1  Thank Danno12345
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

Decided to try Byblos for a quiet Sunday dinner and sample good Middle Eastern fare, as we did not feel like driving to Opa in Providence this day. The grilled dishes were fine, but the real star of the day was the Lebanese garlic butter slathered over our mixed grill and pita bread. The hoummous was home made and tasty, as was the marinated steak tips, but the only negative are the prices that don't reflect downtown Norwood. This bucolic area does not command those prices.

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1  Thank GabeyBaby
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Excellent food, excellent service. Completely unexpected on the main street in Norwood. The menu is really interesting. Will have to return!

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