Best restaurants in Northern Tunisia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bizerte

    Le Sport Nautique

    This highly regarded restaurant with breezy terrace is quite simply one of the best in the north. Fresh fish, cooked in any number of ways (grilled, baked, with cream and herbs, with roasted almonds etc), is the house speciality, although land-based-meat lovers will have plenty to choose from, too. The appetisers and freshly baked bread are other highlights.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    Le Petit Mousse

    The corniche’s most upmarket fish and seafood place, this elegant establishment also serves French dishes such as coq au vin. It has a balmy, candlelit veranda with sea views, as well as a terrace catching the evening breeze. The sitting area downstairs in the garden serves a more informal menu of grilled meat and pizzas (mains 8DT to 12DT).

  • Restaurants in Sidi Ali El Mekki

    Rastacabana

    There's not very much Rasta-flavoured about this wooden beach restaurant, but it does deliver the good food and good times that its painted slogan outside promises. In the mornings it's mostly drinks only as you have to wait until around midday for the fresh seafood to arrive and coals on the barbeque to fire up. Trust us, it's worth it.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bizerte

    Restaurant Le Grand Bleu

    A genuine Italian restaurant run by an Italian family, right down to nonna on the till. Le Grand Bleu offers a nice change from Tunisian tuna. There are a dozen or so home-made pasta dishes (all excellent), pizzas and meaty mains, such as veal escalopina.

  • Restaurants in Tabarka

    Restaurant Khemir

    Simple and reliable seafood dinners from this long-established favourite. It doesn't look fancy, but what you miss out on in marina views, you make up for in terms of attitude-free service. A few meat and couscous dishes, plus the usual starter salads round out the menu.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    La Bizertine

    One of Bizerte's posher pastry shops, though they also do pizza slices, filled baguettes and ice creams. The almond croissants are simply perfection.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    Le Phénicien

    This giant Phoenician warship in the old port is pretty hard to miss. It's actually a rather upscale fish and seafood restaurant that's popular with well-off Tunisians. The food is better and considerably less tacky than the concept might suggest, and the tables on the upper deck afford superb harbour views. Alcohol is served.

  • Restaurants in Maloula

    Restaurant Chez Mouldi

    This simple thatched beach hut amid the rocks and sand of Maloula beach serves up pretty simple grilled fish and soft drinks. Opening hours are unreliable. The setting is truly idyllic, particularly in the evening light, which seems more intense here than anywhere else in Tunisia.

  • Restaurants in Tabarka

    Restaurant Touta

    A popular alcohol-serving restaurant in the marina – look for the old French 2CV parked outside. There are a few tables outside but mostly its fresh linens are inside so diners can drink without offending passersby. The menu is unsurprisingly heavy on the seafood.

  • Restaurants in Tabarka

    Restaurant Le Minar

    This popular restaurant on the edge of the marina serves good seafood, including a 15DT set menu with brik (flaky savoury pastry), a meat or fish main and soft drink. Sit outside to people watch – you can also come early for decent breakfasts and crêpes.

  • Restaurants in Tabarka

    Le Palmier

    This cheap-and-cheerful place is one of a series of similar restaurants on this stretch of street. It has a good set menu featuring staples such as grilled lamb cutlets, prawns, calamari and fish cooked over coals; it has outside tables and jolly management.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    Jendoubi

    A popular canteen, with gargantuan portions and fast turnover. There's grilled chicken and the like, but if you follow the big fish mural outside and the exhortation 'couscous aux poissons tous les jours', then you won't go too far wrong.

  • Restaurants in Sidi Ali El Mekki

    Restaurant Cap Farina

    This red-roofed restaurant set slightly back from the beach serves salads and delicious fresh fish and seafood, barbecued on pine cones. Book ahead on weekends.

  • Restaurants in Ain Draham

    Restaurant L’Escale

    Near the main town roundabout, L'Escale serves great roasted chicken, stews and couscous.

  • Restaurants in Béja

    Dar Beja

    Smart Tunisian restaurant that manages to stretch beyond just couscous, with an interesting selection of stews like kamounia (beef cooked with cumin), good chorba (soup) and even a few salads featuring local white cheese.

  • Restaurants in Cap Serrat

    Hébergement Serrat

    This pleasant open-fronted cafe and restaurant overlooking the beach offers up grilled fish along with salads and the occasional couscous and Tunisian stew. Eat under the thatched umbrellas on the lawn, freshened by the sea breezes.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    La Cuisine Tunisienne

    A cheap-and-cheerful corner eatery with a good choice of traditional Tunisian standards. Not gourmet by any standards but offers reliable good value and healthy portions.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    Indoor & Outdoor Markets

    Two blocks west of the port’s southern end is Place Bouchacha, now the centre of a vast outdoor and indoor market where locals come to find both edibles and durables.

  • Restaurants in Bizerte

    Café Ksiba

    Facing the old port and the fake Phoenician warship restaurant, with good coffee and a smattering of tables on the pavement.