Best restaurants in Tunis

  • 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.

  • 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 La Marsa

    Lapero

    A welcome addition to the casual eating scene in Tunis, this new tapas and pintxos restaurant already has a firm fan base among La Marsa residents. There's an extensive menu and a warm welcome from the young owner. The home-made tortilla chips and range of salsas are a real highlight, and make sure you save space for churros.

  • Restaurants in La Marsa

    Breizh Bistrot

    Excellent galettes (savoury buckwheat-flour pancakes) and crêpes can be enjoyed in this friendly, attractively designed cafe whose comfortable sofas and sunny sidewalk seating are wonderfully inviting. Freshly squeezed fruit juices and salads are also on the menu, and the extensive selection of crêpes (including from a build-your-own crêpe bar) will appeal to both sweet and savoury tastes. No alcohol.

  • Restaurants in Sidi Bou Saïd

    La Villa Bleue

    This hotel restaurant in Sidi Bou Saïd's upper village is a real treat. Set in a beautifully restored dar, the lavishly tiled dining room is a comfortable and elegant space in which to enjoy refined Tunisian/French cuisine accompanied by wine from an international and Tunisian list. In summer, it's possible to dine on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. Bookings essential.

  • Restaurants in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Le Chargui

    There's great budget dining at Le Chargui, where you can feast on brik (savoury filled pastries), tasty fish couscous, fresh salads or grilled merguez (spicy sausage) in a whitewashed, open-air courtyard with tables and rug-covered cement benches. The popular fast-food stand at the entrance sells sandwiches (3DT to 5DT) and pizza (5DT to 8DT). No alcohol.

  • Restaurants in Centre Ville

    Gourmandise

    Though a branch of a big national chain, this modern bakery and cafe is worth a visit for its delicious, freshly made sandwiches and its keenly priced meal deals (coffee, juice and pastry at breakfast; soup, sandwich and cake at lunch). The French-style pastries and cakes are good; Tunisian sweets are disappointing. There's a dining space at the rear.

  • Restaurants in Carthage

    Neptune

    There is a classically charming feel to Neptune, with waiters in bowties ready to serve with a smile. Whilst the interior may be uninspiring, in the warmer months you can pick your perch on the restaurant's quaint terrace with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean and Cap Bon coastline and make your selection from the seafood-heavy menu.

  • Restaurants in Tunis

    Fiat Caffè

    Quirky and unique, this lunchtime favourite is situated at the back of a Fiat showroom. Undiscovered (except by locals in the know), this place offers up a good range of pasta dishes and a few delectable desserts.

  • Restaurants in La Marsa

    Il Gelato

    In an area densely packed with ice-cream shops, Il Gelato stands out not just for its range of flavours, but also for its dairy- and sugar-free options (the dairy-free dark chocolate ice cream is a rich, gooey heaven). If a scoop isn’t enough, fill up a half-litre tub to take away. Environmentalists will rejoice at the in-store plastic-spoon recycling policy.

  • Restaurants in Centre Ville

    Chez Nous

    Endearingly old-fashioned, this local institution first opened its doors in 1935 and ever since has been serving reliably prepared classics such as steak aux poivre (pepper steak) and magret de canard à l'orange (duck breast in an orange sauce). The ambience is charming, with comfortable banquette seating and jazz on the sound system. The three-course lunch menu offers excellent value.