Best restaurants in Tunisia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hammamet

    Resto L'Ommima

    This delightful diner, where gingham red-and-white tablecloths clash with traditional North African tiles, is worth seeking out even (and especially) if you have full-board lodgings. Even if you think you've sampled local grub, L'Ommima's home-made meals are miles above standard Tunisian offerings. The menu, written on a streetside chalkboard, changes daily, with options that've included fish-soup starters and stuffed sheep's stomach with couscous.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Medina

    Dar El Jeld

    Pass through the bee-yellow front door in this 18th-century mansion and a magnificent courtyard dining space will be theatrically revealed. Start with the mixed appetiser plate (delicious!) and then consider ordering a local speciality such as sebnekhia (octopus with beans and spinach), kabkabou (fish and tomato stew) or lahma m'jamra (stuffed lamb shoulder). At dinner, there's live oud music. Bookings essential.

  • Restaurants in Tunis

    La Cuisine

    Hidden away on the 4th floor of an average-looking building, this excellent restaurant and its young chef take good food seriously. The small seasonal menu changes regularly, offering modern takes on local classics (which you can watch being whipped up in the open kitchen). A real departure from standard Tunisian or Mediterranean fare, it is highly recommended. There's no alcohol served.

  • Restaurants in Tunis

    Mezza Maison

    Tucked away at the back of the Odeon car park, this Lebanese restaurant is on the expensive side for Tunisia, but the food quality and quantities justify the price. The selection of hot and cold meze is spot on, with fluffy falafel and tangy fattoush (salad of toasted bread, tomatoes, onions and mint leaves) making up just a small part of the feast.

  • Restaurants in Tunis

    La Seine Patisserie

    Dessert lovers with dietary requirements should make a beeline for La Seine, which caters to a range of intolerances. It's possibly the only place in Tunis to serve proper vegan cakes as well as a wide selection of sugar- and gluten-free offerings. Fancy a particular cake? This lovely bakery takes specific orders to feed sweet-toothed cravings.

  • Restaurants in La Marsa

    Bistro Nippon

    Oozing simple Japanese cool, Bistro Nippon serves up a wide range of tasty and hearty soup and noodle dishes in this small but trendy restaurant. Well-balanced flavours and excellent service have made it a firm local favourite. On warm evenings, enjoy the breeze through the open-fronted sliding doors and sip on a speciality Japanese tea.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Centre Ville

    Le Carnot

    Heralding the long overdue arrival of contemporary chic in Centre Ville, this hybrid bistro/cafe/bar in the Institut Française de Tunisie will come as a delightful surprise to travellers willing to pass through the building's security cordon. Sit in the courtyard or the comfortable cafe-style interior to enjoy one of the seasonally driven dishes listed on the chalkboard, or merely have a drink.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Medina

    Café Culturel El Ali

    This is indeed a cultured hideaway. A converted house with atmospheric wood-beamed ceilings, stained-glass windows and a rooftop terrace, it serves excellent breakfast platters, hot drinks and fruit smoothies in its lovely upstairs salon. At lunch, vielle marmites (meats slow-cooked in terracotta) and other traditional local dishes are enjoyed in the elegant mid-level dining rooms. No alcohol.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Centre Ville

    Chez Slah

    Though located in an unprepossessing pocket of Centre Ville, this fish restaurant in a 19th-century villa is worth seeking out. Super-fresh fish of the day is served whole by weight or there’s a range of fillets, all served with frites (French fries) and shakshuka (peppers, onions and tomatoes with eggs). For dessert, fresh fruit is served with generous dollops of whipped cream.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Medina

    Doken

    There are many delights in the medina, but very few are food related. An exception to this rule, Doken serves excellent Mediterranean-accented food (including vegie options) at ridiculously low prices. Opt for a set three-course menu or order à la carte – we highly recommend the quiche and tarte au citron, as the chef has an expert hand with pastry. No alcohol.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Carthage

    Tchevap

    This classy restaurant is much-loved by local residents in Carthage, the most affluent neighbourhood in Tunis. The vibe at lunch is agreeably laid-back; dinner is busy and can be noisy. The menu is Italian, with pasta dishes particularly impressive (try the spaghetti aux fruits de mer). There's also an excellent wine list. Bookings are advisable for dinner.

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sfax

    Le Corail

    Known for its ultra-fresh seafood, this upmarket choice offers private dining rooms downstairs and a large restaurant space on the 1st floor. The food is excellent – start with the brik (savoury flaky pastry) and then move on to grilled fish, risotto or spaghetti with fruit de mer (seafood), or a seafood couscous (order this in advance).

  • Restaurants in La Marsa

    Ivy

    Hipster hotspot Ivy hits the breakfast spot with vegan friendly smoothie bowls and a range of fresh juices. The menu has a focus on healthy but tasty eating – think beetroot hummus, spinach and chickpea salad bowls. The boho-inspired interior of hanging baskets and colourful throws make this cafe a pleasure to eat in. It's set behind La Marsa Corniche.

  • 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).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kairouan

    Sandwich Stand

    Head to this busy sandwich stand next to Bab Ech Chouhada in the medina to enjoy a fabulously fresh and tasty sandwich stuffed with a mix of mechouia (paste made with green pepper, tomato, onion, garlic and spices), harissa and egg, and then topped with crisp pommes frites, chopped coriander and a dusting of salt. Utterly delicious.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gabès

    Restaurant Fruit de Mer

    This hugely popular open-sided restaurant near the port serves up the best seafood in town and has plenty of staff on hand to efficiently keep the crowds happy. The grilled fish or braised mussels and octopus are both worth your time, as is the calamari farçi, a Tunisian favourite of squid stuffed with rice, greens and chilli.

  • 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.

  • Restaurants in Gabès

    Restaurant Mazar

    Formerly the Oasis, this restaurant adds a touch of class to the usual fare, with both Tunisian and Franco-Arabe dishes served up in elegant if not baroque dining rooms. Premium prices reflect the surroundings and owner’s aspirations, which makes it a shame that there’s no wine or other alcohol served to accompany the meal.

  • Restaurants in Douz

    Restaurant Le Rendez-Vous

    A cheery restaurant tricked out in orange and blue, with dining room walls dedicated to the motor rallies that have always passed through the area. Or you can head through the back to the intimate courtyard or the terrace for fresh air. Couscous and all the Tunisian favourites are here, with meat grilled over coals out front.