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Joe Penas

$$ - $$$
Bar, Mexican, Pub
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Boutros St | Gemmayzeh, Beirut, Lebanon
+961 1 449 906
18:00 - 01:30
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 01:30
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Beirut, Lebanon
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

It has been our favorite place for a really long time but this time was very disappointing! We went last Friday to enjoy a drink with bunch of friends and chose the set menu. Food is tasteless, Fahita's have only looks alike but the taste could be anything but Fahita's. Over expensive for the service, food and overall experience. The... More 

1 Thank yara e
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199 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice location in Mar Mkhayel! The music is nice and the place is very casual. It was really crowded when we went therefore, the service was very slow and even i ordered a drink that never came to the table. The food is tasty and specially the sizzling items in addition to the nachos. The staff is friendly as... More 

Thank Nay_Mouawad
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

its a place that you can chill.. have nice food and drinks! cool music, very good clientele and nice service.. its a place u should try whenever in beirut.

Thank Sevag D
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Food was very average,the tacos were burned and tasteless,to pay 35000 for this plate is rip off.Ambience was fine,service was ok .there are other better places to eat.Will not come back

Thank mad611
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The place itself and the location are indeed very nice and convenient... ..but thats as far as the good things go. FOOD: the food is honestly bad or average, to say the least. Any mexican fast food will serve you something much better. PRICE: and it is waaaay overpriced, particularly for what they serve. Dishes have +15,000Ll of what they... More 

Thank Alvaro A
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Ambiance was great. And staff were friendly . Food was tasteless and chicken Cesar salad missed the chicken . Service very slow. Only a pub to socialise and have a drink. Don't go there hungry as you will really get disappointed. Have. Dinner at home and go for a drink. the bar is really good

Thank andrew s
Beirut, Lebanon
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We wanted to try the new location in Mar Mikhael since we used to go often to gemmayze. The place and location are nice although we preferred the Gemmayze one. The food was good as usual and the service too same for the drinks. The only negative point is the terrace venue, tables and chairs are ok, but are too... More 

Thank halacm
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248 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The first time we passed to try the newly opened branch in mar mkhayel was not super positive: we sat at the bar to have a drink. The only true welcome was from the floor manager, the bartender seemed to have a bad day: we were not even offered carrots and nachos like others on the bar. However we still... More 

Thank HARBeirut
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125 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I had a great pleasure to be at Joe Penas for a few drinks in May. The atmosphere was great and the barmen knew their job pretty well and had a great sense of humor, The setting is casual but well set with an outside courtyard. Great place to be with friends.

Thank Eric F
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We went on a Friday night, we were 2 couples, the place was not full, my wife asked for a drink from the menu, the waiter told her that this one will take 30 minutes and will upset the barman! So she changed, still we had to wait for 20 min to get our drinks. Food taste is below average.

Thank Camil I

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Mexican, Pub
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
18:00 - 01:30
18:00 - 01:30
18:00 - 01:30
18:00 - 01:30
18:00 - 01:30
18:00 - 01:30
18:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boutros St | Gemmayzeh, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Location: Middle East  >  Lebanon  >  Beirut
  • Phone Number: +961 1 449 906
An old house that's been transformed to a mexican restaurant serving up delicious margaritas

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?