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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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October 15, 2017

The service was much better this visit. The food is always fantastic every visit. Generous portion great value.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2017

Lovely intimate restaurant.The food is fresh and tasty and the staff friendly and helpful..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2017

The space is tight so go with the mindset of the atmosphere being cozy/intimate and it's fine. This was our second visit and it was as good as the first time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2017

A hidden gem. Really liked it.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2017

Server seemed very inexperienced, so I am sure she will get better. Chico more than made up for her shortcomings.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 3, 2017

Went to this place last night with a friend. After I placed my order (Bouillabaise), I was presented with the special of the day - seafood casserole - with the explanation that they didn't have Bouillabaise! So, what about checking with me first to see if I was okay with that! I didn't order their special to begin with because it had rice and I eat keto! Anyway, I felt pressured to take the casserole since they ALREADY had made it, but was quite disappointed. As for the taste, it was salty, very one note and whatever sauce was there totally overwhelmed the seafood. It all tasted the same! At around 9:50 pm, the server approached us and said they close at 10 pm which was not what their website says. My friend made a note of this but the server didn't seem to care and just repeated that they close at 10!! It was bizarre! Anyway, we paid our bill and left.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

August 24, 2017

Amazing mussles!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2017

Great food paired with lovely red wine and enjoyed with wonderful friends

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2017

Our server Chantal's Joie de Vive was contagious and enhanced a thoroughly pleasant meal.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Food was good and service was excellent. Prices were very reasonable. We enjoyed the evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2017

One of my most favourite restaurants!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 19, 2017

Loved the ambience of the restaurant, it was warm and cozy. Service was good except we were given a lunch menu to browse through during dinner service then we were told could not order from the menu. Can't tell from the menu covers, server should be a lot more attentive. Food was great! Ordered the escargot, mussels and lamb&beef sausage with couscous dish. The sausage was under whelming as it was not flavoured, rest were pretty tasty. Would return to try the lunch menu as same dishes were served but 5 to 7 bucks less.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 12, 2017

Lovely meal, attentive service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 18, 2017

We had a combined birthday dinner. One member of our party eats seafood, but not meat or poultry. There were lots of seafood options - in fact we all had seafood, and all of our meals were great. The atmosphere was lovely. We had a great time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 1, 2017

It was great! Good location, good food, nice spicing and plating, and most important, tasty! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to going again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 30, 2017

THANK YOU FOR A VERY TASTY MEAL !!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 22, 2017

Very nice evening. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 17, 2017

This was our first visit to the Carthage Café; it immediately brought to mind the many small restaurants we visited over the years in Europe. Even more to our delight, the food and service also evoked cherished memories of those same places.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 12, 2017

Very enjoyable meal. Great service. Great food. 5 stars for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Always excellent food and service, have never been disappointed

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 3, 2017

Fantasyc food and service. Pleasant environment.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 2, 2017

Great atmosphere and good service. All 5 diners loved the food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 3, 2017

Always great food and service !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 28, 2017

Our favourite neighbourhood restaurant that never lets us down. Quiet enough you can talk, friendly and attentive service, and great food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

We had a terrific experience at the Carthage Cafe. We had a fun interaction and attentive, able service from Sandra, who was working there for her first day. We ended up meeting both the owner/cook and his wife, and both were personable and delightful. The window tables against the street are the best: quiet, cozy and allowing us the opportunity to follow the Commercial Drive goings on outside. We liked the decor, and our meals were superb. We will be back, and heartily endorse this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 20, 2017

great dinner again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2017

I celebrated my 50th birthday here with my adult children and their spouses. It was a lovely dinner and great service. The food was prepared deliciously and the menu is interesting and flavourful.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2017

Very nice intimate little place with good comfort food and friendy and attentive service. We will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2017

Casually elegant, good service, wonderful food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. Food was good. Service a bit stiff. Interesting to reserve a table and then be placed at a less desirable table without a reservation sign on it. Might as well have just been a walk-in.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

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Have you ever tried Tunisian food? Well, if not, Commercial Drive’s Carthage Café is a great place to start. Serving a mix of Tunisian and French dishes such as escargot and couscous, the dinner menu also includes a mean Turkish coffee. Order it with your meal or dessert to end the night on a classy note.

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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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