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Local cuisine, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Arabic
Welcome to Zahli - A modern take on traditional Middle Eastern flavours. Zahli Restaurant, located on Sydney’s iconic Elizabeth Street in Surry Hills, brings an exceptional culinary experience to life. It allows patrons to get a feel for the culture and tradition of authentic Lebanese dining, drawn from one of the country's most exemplary regions- Zahlé. We have created an environment, atmosphere and menu that is a modern take on age-old Middle Eastern foods. We take pride in delivering excellence – in taste, service, experience and memories. Our award-winning meals curated by our Executive Chef are a testament to what Zahli is all about and the joy we have brought to our local community, international
$9 - $46
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Arabic
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 18 March 2022

Lived and worked in the Middle East for four years and the food here is as good if not better than I got anywhere in the region. Service and staff were also professional and friendly. Definitely worth trying.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 27 February 2022 via mobile

We walked in a heavy downpour to get to Zahli and it was definitely worth it! We love Middle Eastern food and it didn’t disappoint us at all! We each ordered the 3-skewer mixed grill, a tabbouleh salad, flavorful pita bread and a side of...delicious rice pilaf. The minced lamb and cubed lamb kebabs were out of this world. The chicken kebab was great as well. Adela was our host. She was über friendly, helpful and enjoyable to talk with.l The next time we come to Australia, Zahli is definitely on our menu!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 20 February 2022 via mobile

My partner and I went for dinner. The food was alright … my chicken, rice and lentils and some Deeps ..; the reason I gave 3 starts is because when we ordered, the waiter asked us if we wanted sparking or still (and we ordered...the still), he brought the bottle of water already open.. it was weird .. anyways..when I asked for the bill, they charged the water .. I was surprise as I thought it was tap water .. the manager said… sorry it was still and you have to pay for it… I told her the waiter did not give me the option tap or “Expensive over price water”.. I think it is dishonest not tell the customer that when they ask about what type of water you want.. it should be really clear if it is tap (which is also still water) or overprice still or sparkling … I think it is not right .. I never going back there ..More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 12 February 2022

Authentic and delicious Middle Eastern food and impeccable service. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant 👌

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 28 January 2022

This restaurant is a must visit! Food and service is phenomenal. Mohammad was so attentive and made the whole experience grand.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 28 January 2022

Mind blown. First class service (Mohammad esp. Denisa also grand). Honestly, book now, get in. Delicious.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 23 January 2022

The service was efficient and timely. Only one staff member was wearing a mask properly. The rest of them were wearing them under their noses and one man (?manager or owner?) went around with his mask under his chin hugging people. In the middle of...the Omicron epidemic. Unfortunately there is no option to BYO and no gluten free or alcohol free beer nor any cider. There was a limited collection of wine by the glass, plus spirits and cocktails. We had the eggplant as an entree. This was tasty but very skimpy- five paper thin pieces of egglant with a nice garlic/butter sauce. For our mains I had lamb which was cooked beautifully and my partner had barramundi with a middle eastern sauce. He did not like the sauce at all and neither did I. It was heavily loaded with cinnamon and this did not work with the fish. Whilst this flavour is not unusual in a middle eastern restaurant we both found it overloaded with the cinnamon rather than a more subtle flavour which would have been preferable.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 22 January 2022 via mobile

Zahli Modern Middle Eastern restaurant has the best Middle Eastern food that I have ever eaten.All the ingredients we had were fresh. The food is so delicious. I especially loved all the different Lebanese dips and Lebanese salads. The lamb was the BEST I've ever...eaten. Parking was no issue as the is plenty of off street parking spots. We were very impressed with the Covid rules that were in place. Well done Zahli. The atmosphere was amazing. We were looking forward to having Lebanese sweets as they are our favourite.Next time for sure as we ate so much food and we were full. The staff were so nice and very patient. We will be definately be going back and look forward to the next time. I rate this restaurant 10 out of 10 BIG CALL I KNOW. TRUST ME.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 16 January 2022 via mobile

Our favourite place to eat when visiting Sydney. This restaurant ticks all the boxes. Sensational food with every dish an authentic flavour sensation!!! The vibe and decor are friendly and relaxed delivered with class. If these are not reasons enough to love this place the...personable service will hook you (as it has for us). The owner and all the staff are so warm and welcoming you instantly feel the genuiness of their hospitality. Well done to you all and we will see you again soon !!!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 4 December 2021 via mobile

Food and service are amazing. You won’t be disappointed. This is the best Lebanese food we’ve eaten. We’ll definitely be back.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Response from Zahli_Restaurant | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Dear Davie, Zahli is open only for dinner on NY day , first booking at 6:00pm. Best you make a booking via our website to confirm your reservation. Just so that you’re aware, a 10% surcharge is applicable on public... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zahli

Yes, Zahli offers takeaway services.

Zahli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5