Byblos has been a staple in South Tampa since opening in 2001. It’s best known for authentic Lebanese food: kabobs, hummus, and felafel to name a few. As time passes, trends and preferences change, so Byblos’ owners made the decision to adapt and renovate. I had the opportunity to chat with co-owner Roger Stephan, and it was really incredible listening to his stories about methods and traditions from Lebanon and how he and his brother brought that here. His passion for the culture, restaurant, and Tampa was radiant. I hadn’t visited prior to the renovation, but was completely blown away upon walking in.
A brand new, open floor plan allows the energy to permeate throughout the entire restaurant. Accents of whites and blues tie in the classic Mediterranean feel. As for the food, one of the big changes made was expanding the culinary options to go beyond Lebanon. At first glance, some guests may opt out of going just because they’re not sure if they like Lebanese food or even know what that entails. The enhanced menu has something for everyone: shrimp pasta, scallops, chicken, vegetarian dishes, etc. Typically, I’d play it safe with one of those but was feeling adventurous and thought, “when in Lebanon”. And we got exactly that: a dish for two called “Taste of Lebanon”. Holy food!! It just keeps coming. Pictured below is some of the food that came with our dish, including an assortment of cold apps, hot apps, and the most DELICIOUS chicken kabobs I’ve ever had.
Byblos is open for walk-ins, and reservations can be made on Yelp. Be sure to check out their new happy hour, available every day from 4 – 7PM (it includes $4 apps too)!