Where to Eat in Tunis: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 14, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Founded by the Berbers in the 2nd millennium BCE, the city of Tunis has been controlled by Phoenicians, Romans, Arab Muslims, the Ottomans, the Spanish, the French and the Germans, finally achieving independence as the capital of Tunisia in 1956. This history has made Tunis a mélange of ancient and modern cultures. The medina is a network of narrow alleyways, mosques, mausoleums, palaces and a souq where shoppers haggle over the price of everything from filigreed gold to inexpensive souvenirs.
Things to do in Tunis

1. ROMANESCA

29 Av. Ahmed Tlili Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Mediterranean, European Dinner, Lunch
Excellent
42%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

ROMANESCA

Reviewed By Frank D - Malta

Great place to savor Italian food with a Roman accent at its best in the heart of Tunis. Great pasta dishes an excellent "antipasto" spread and varied main courses. Small so reservation might be needed, Friendly staff and Italian owner who speaks a number of languages. Taaxi ride from Av Bourguiba should set you back around 5 dinars about 2 euros.

2. Chez Slah

14 Bis Rue Pierre de Coubertin, Tunis 1000, Tunisia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Mediterranean, Tunisian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 +216 71 258 588
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 479 reviews

Chez Slah

Reviewed By connaught - Taipei / London

The bill came out at 120 TD for two people. Service was Brusque but professional, and the three courses (plus wine) all delicious. We basically ordered exactly what the waiter recommended; it seemed that the menu was an irrelevance. Tables very close together but still afforded a sense of privacy. Had to wait 15-20 minutes as showed up after 8pm without a reservation and every table was already taken.

3. Dar El Jeld

5-10, Rue Dar El Jeld | 5, Rue Dar El Jeld, Tunis 1006, Tunisia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +216 71 560 916
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 822 reviews

Dar El Jeld

Reviewed By Suzysecret - Rome, Italy

This restaurant is in a beautiful palace very elegant we soft folk live music, it was a big surprise. They offered a starter free with harissa and sardines, then we had a mechouia salad and fish with bric. Super delicious, kind stuff, not expensive, very recommended!

4. Le Grand Cafe du Theatre

Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis 1001, Tunisia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Cafe, European, Tunisian, Mediterranean Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +216 71 334 186
Excellent
22%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 186 reviews

Le Grand Cafe du Theatre

Reviewed By D K - Florida

Le Grand Cafe offers so many different choices in large 3 separate Seating floors.
We liked their pasta offerings. Please be careful that Le Grand uses harissa sauce (Tunisian hot sauce) in lieu of tomato sauce that if one orders a pasta with arabiata, it could be stingy spicy. Le Grand is very conveniently located on Habib Bourguiba where everyone comes to stroll, eat and enjoy tea or coffee.

5. Cafe Verde

La Goulette, Tunis, Tunisia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Mediterranean, Tunisian Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
34%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Cafe Verde

Reviewed By JerryTheRugGuy - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pricey and noisy and you often do not know the price until the bill comes. Location and food are ok. Very popular.

6. Restaurant Dar Slah

145, Rue de la Kasbah | La Medina 1006, Tunis, Tunisia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Tunisian, Mediterranean, Halal Lunch +216 71 261 026
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Restaurant Dar Slah

Telephone: +216 71 261026

Reviewed By S C

It was a bit difficult to find the restaurant amidst the winding lanes of Medina. Once i got there... all i can say is that enjoyed every bit of it. The staff were very courteous.. food was excellent.. the looks, the taste, smell.. all my faculties were activated. I had lamb cooked in the oven with potato.. Recommended.

7. La Closerie

Km.16,Sidi Fredj, la Soukra, Tunis, Tunisia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, International, Mediterranean, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +216 71 765 537
Excellent
33%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 247 reviews

La Closerie

This is the most popular (and en vogue) restaurant in Tunis now. It serves a French-Italian-Tunisian cuisine. La Closerie's food is delicious, and it's excellent for people watching (particularly of the Tunisian jet-set). You can find some information about it in French on the Tunisian restaurant website resto-tunisie: http://www.resto-tunisie.com/restaurant-la-closerie-,tunisie,484.html

Reviewed By 100countriesManagua - Managua

A great place to eat, or should I say to dine, because the excellent food is accompanied by a great atmosphere. Skillful waiters know the ins and outs of the menu. The fish is fresh and keep some space for the Deserts.

8. El Ali

45 Bis Rue Jemaa Zitouna La Medina, Tunis 1006, Tunisia Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, Seafood, European, Grill, Tunisian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$196 +216 71 321 927
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 359 reviews

El Ali

El Ali restaurant & Café is charming, an oasis of peace away from the chaos of the medina streets.when you step into it, you feel as through you've walked straight into someone's house; a home of the past.You have to come and see to discover how tasty are the recipes, how beauty is the place and how intense is your evasion when stretch out into it's different levels reserved to a restaurant, cultural café and an airy and greenery terrasse.

Reviewed By BaghdadSuzanne - Brussels, Belgium

I ordered lamb shanks, the service was very good but the food was lukewarm. I did not return it as I figured that it wold be reheated and the meat would then be inedible. A shame.

9. El Walima

35 Rue Du Liban, Tunis 1002, Tunisia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, Tunisian, Halal Lunch, Dinner +216 71 840 309
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

El Walima

Reviewed By Amhelmy - Montreal, Canada

I visited this restaurant with very high expectations. It was claimed to be one of the best in Tunis. Unfortunately, beyond its tasteful decor and ambiance, the quality of the food didn't really live up to expectation. It's possible that Ramadan's pressure affected the quality of the food.
Issues included a drab looking salad, they appears to have been prepared several hours before serving. The boreka was cold and greasy, and the main dish also appeared stale. I ordered a soft drink, and it was luke warm when it was served.
Service is good however, so no problems there. I will be visiting it again and hopefully the quality will be what others reviewers seem to have experienced.

10. Il Ritrovo Degli Artisti

12 Rue Mohamed Triki | Ennasr ll, Tunis 2035, Tunisia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +216 71 813 610
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Il Ritrovo Degli Artisti

Italian restaurant, located in one of the most modern and comfortable districts of Tunis, Ennasr II. Begins the activity the 13th June 2007 with one extraordinary idea, to export in North Africa the freat and diversified Italian kitchen. The professionalism of the Italian staff and the excellent quality of the Tunisian products (meat, fish) gave at the restaurant the quality we have set from the outset.

Reviewed By Me M - Ottawa

Welcoming was not that good. A person talking with an italian restaurant wanted us to wait up stairs because the table was being prepared. They did not serve s at the same time and then they apologized bit nothing else.
Pizza was saggy and average.
This was not a wow at all.
I am disappointed by service who brought bread but no plates. Servers did not smile.

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