Comptoir Libanais South Kensington


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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cool, Fun, Traditional
Perfect for
Group dining [8+]
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Bringing to London the colourful and quirky décor that covers the souks and homes of people in Lebanon, Comptoir Libanais is the first big Middle Eastern food chain to hit the streets of the capital. Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. Don’t be put off by the mixture of kitschy prints and bright colours when first entering the restaurant – it’s an insight into the flavour explosion that awaits you.

Lebanese food is fairly simple, but that is what makes it so effective. Still, the menu is varied and exciting. To start, try one of the cold mezze dips like baba ganoush or hummus, served with authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads. For mains, go for the slow-cooked lamb and chicken tagine, or the lamb and halloumi burger with batata harra (Lebanon's answer to fries) – a modern interpretation of a Lebanese classic. Its selection of grilled meat served with vermicelli rice is also great if you are looking to keep things casual.

Alongside the main dining room, each restaurant has a ‘souk’ style shop selling Lebanese ingredients and garments hand-made by women in local Lebanese villages. So if you can’t get enough of the food you had and want to try and recreate it at home, the range of spices, rose water and sweet treats are available for purchase. The home-made basket bags are also super cute.

As stated on its website, when Comptoir Libanais’ founder set up the chain, his dream was to ‘make Lebanese food as popular as Italian food’, and although this may seem like almost impossible task, we’re seeing locations of this chain popping up all over the UK. Maybe it won’t be long before this cuisine is just as widely desired as Italian?

This spacious and bright restaurant is ideal for relaxed lunches, intimate dinners and great for accommodating big groups   


1-5 Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2HE

020 7225 5006 020 7225 5006


Opening Times

All day
Mon 08:30-00:00
Tue 08:30-00:00
Wed 08:30-00:00
Thu 08:30-00:00
Fri 08:30-00:00
Sat 08:30-00:00
Sun 08:30-22:30


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4 Reviews 


02 June 2023  
Food & Drink 1
Service 3
Atmosphere 1
Value 0.5


06 August 2019  
A simple but special menu. Friendly but not in-your-face service. Never rushed. Excellent ingredients. Family oriented. Mediteranean style ambiance that exudes long leisurely mealtimes.

Deborah B

01 July 2018  
Food came quick and was hot, and very tasty, sat outside. Service was good and very good value for money.

Tim Z

17 April 2013  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
I was always a little bit buzzled by all the hype about this place – was it all about Pippa M been seen here for lunch a couple of times when it opened ? Don't get me wrong, the food is good at this place, it's your usual Libaneese/Middle Eastern mezze offering done to a good and high standard. Service is good also bearing in mind the place tends to be full at dinner rush-hour. But I have to say its not way better than a number of other Lebanese places and propably not as good value for money as you can find somewhere else (just maybe a little less fanzy …)
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