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Searching for the perfect setting for your next big date-night or celebratory dinner? Look no further than what can be described as one of the most romantic rooms in the city — Carthage Café on Commercial Drive. Vancouver’s only Tunisian restaurant, Carthage serves classic French and Tunisian fare using fresh ingredients and exotic spices.

Opened in 2006 by brothers Zico and Mohammed Draoui, the room itself has an intimate, authentic charm unlike anywhere else in Vancouver. With its bay windows, glossy 85-year-old mahogany floors and walls, candle-lit tables and fine-dining service, Carthage has mastered the Parisian bistro vibe. Not surprisingly, Carthage draws a strong French crowd. “When I opened here I discovered there was a big French community in Vancouver,” says Zico.

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Ratings & Reviews - Carthage Café

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 3.6/5
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The restaurant was exceptional along with the hosts and servers. Food was really good. Will definitely visit you again.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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june8059
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Great spot - excellent food and service! We will be returning on Tuesday evening and looking forward to it!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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They were rude and unaccommodating for the second time. Terrible customer service.

Service: 1/5
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January 6, 2019

Great food and service. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2019

We were hosted by the wonderful Marcel who ensured our evening was perfect from start to finish. Delicious food & ambiance. Small recommendation for the winter time: if there could be more heat in the restaurant this time of year, it would greatly appreciated :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2018

Such a lovely atmosphere and great service. The food is consistently good each time I visit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

Excellent food, services, and ambiance.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

Very nice cozy atmosphere, nice gentle music, atmospheric. Good for conversation. Very nice food, generous portions. Nice service, very pleasant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 21, 2018

I have dined at the Cartage Cafe several times and it is one of my favorite restaurants on Commercial drive when I want something with a nice ambiance. The service was excellent as always and we both really enjoyed the specials. I also highly recommend the mussels and one of their various lamb dishes. I will return again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2018

Outstanding restaurant! This was my second visit and it was fabulous. Wonderful service and atmosphere. The food is impeccable and reasonably priced. There are not many places like this in Vancouver. It's quickly becoming one of my favorites!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2018

The server seemed not very experienced and very nervous. Food was good. Restaurant is nice. Would have liked a better dining experience though.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

December 2, 2018

Lovely evening. Nice ambiance, waiter Marcel was excellent and food was very tasty. Thank you, Carole

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2018

The food was incredible and it is a very cozy atmosphere. Marcel was lovely and able to accommodate our fairly large reservation! Would happily and eagerly return!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 22, 2018

Really fantastic on all levels.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2018

It is always a pleasure to have a meal at Carthage Cafe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2018

The restaurant was a first for us and we found the food a pleasant change from the usual west coast fare. Service was great, food was well prepared and tasty. Altogether a very pleasant experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

A long term resident of Commercial Drive, Carthage Cafe recently became my go-to place. Partly for the food, partly for Marcel! I just purchased a place in a different part of the City and Friday was my last night in the neighborhood as a resident after 18years. I chose Carthage Cafe for the 'last dinner' with friends and each one of us loved every moment. Seafood casserole was sublime and the lamb chops divine. I may be moving, but I will be back for dinner/lunch often. Merci Merci Merci

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

Our entire experience was marvellous. It was our first time at the restaurant and we’ll definitely go back soon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2018

It was very good overall. Some enjoyed their dinner more than others but overall was good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 22, 2018

We have been to the cafe several times and have always been very impressed. This time we brought 2 very good friends and they have quickly become fans as well. All of our meals were excellent and our waiter was delightful. The atmosphere is a lovely combination of quaint and elegant and we will be sure to return soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2018

I have been to the Carthage Café before but had not been there for about 2 years for no other reason than we never seemed to get into that neighborhood. Well that will change. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and service, excellent food worth returning for.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2018

Everything was truly excellent! Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2018

Our meal was great. The service was prompt and courteous, and the food delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2018

The food was dreadful: everything over cooked and without flavour -- both the Chicken Tagine and the mixed grill plate were unacceptable. We should have sent it all back to the kitchen but it seemed too much trouble at the time We won't be returning. I would rate it zero stars if that rating were available

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

September 8, 2018

Excellent good food nice atmosphere

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2018

Thank you for a wonderful evening! The food was delicious and the portions were plentiful. The aioli mussels...so good! Our server was extremely animated and lots of fun.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2018

Best meal we have had in a long time. Waiter was attentive to our personal needs as well as our meal service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2018

Our second visit to this lovely restaurant. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly service, reasonable prices and excellent food...what more could you want.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2018

Loved this little neighborhood restaurant. Nice quiet decor. Friendly service. The food was wonderfully prepared. Lamb shanks with couscous and chicken Tagore cooked to perfection.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2018

I have been here many times and I love your restaurant but our service was terrible. I can't remember such poor, unorganized, disinterested service from anywhere. Our waitress was a young girl who was not just incompetent, but she didn't even seem to care that she was doing a poor job. If it wasn't for an excellent older female server, I think we'd still be sitting there waiting to pay.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

June 23, 2018

A favorite place to eat with consistently good food and friendly atmosphere. Service very good and the service staff was quick to read our mood hanging back and not bugging us to order right away allowing us to visit. Great place , we'll be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 21, 2018

Thanks for the very friendly atmosphere and the good food. Happy to have this wonderful restaurant in our neighbourhood.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 18, 2018

Not as good as the last time we went.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

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At Carthage Café, the rustic room will warm your heart while the authentic French and Tunisian cuisine will fill your bellies. The restaurant offers a wide array of wines from British Columbia and abroad, as well as delightful cocktails created in house. They make their couscous in the traditional method and their mussels are as close to perfect as you will find. The menu also features a truly tender AAA Alberta beef. All desserts and sausages are made in house by chef and owner Zico Draoui.

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