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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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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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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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June 15, 2019

100% excellent service and the food was awesome. I have referred friends and family to your restaurants previously and they have also been very happy. It’s our to -go place on the drive

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 15, 2019

Great overall experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 5, 2019

Lovely cozy bistro! We loved the mussels! We loved the wine and the service was great!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 3, 2019

I've always enjoyed my meals and services at this restaurant. They have managed to maintain the high quality friendly service and good food over the years. A good place to dine on the drive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2019

Will definitely be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2019

Our favorite restaurant - excellent all around.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 22, 2019

Great spot for unusual food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 19, 2019

I highly recommend the Carthage Café! The food is so tasty and fresh. The service is great as well ! The couscous is just fantastic

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 18, 2019

Food was very very good! The flavours were unexpectedly delicious! We had the prawns in lemongrass sauce and mussels for appetizer and then lamb shank and grilled salmon for entree and chocolate ganache for dessert. All of it was very very good! Would definitely recommend to anyone and would definitely go back. Great food and atmosphere!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 11, 2019

Excellent as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 25, 2019

Great evening and meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2019

Lovely, cosy Euro-style bistro...perfect for a romantic dinner! Our reservation yielded the nicest table: in the front corner with windows on two side: ideal for an intimate dinner for two. The food was mostly excellent, especially the French onion soup and spinach salad. The lamb shank was tough. The chocolate ganache cake was superb. The requested decaf latte tasted like plain brewed coffee...a disappointing finish. The service was spotty. Two servers both seemed new and a bit out of their depth. Still, overall, I'll happily go there again for a special occasion.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

March 25, 2019

A lovely experience, great food, and pleasant atmosphere with a European feel.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 21, 2019

Marcelle and the other server were attentive and professional. Marcelle was delightful. He has a very fun personality and made our business dinner fun when it was a bit of a sad occasion for us as we are downsizing as an organization. Thank you Marcelle for your great table service. I will return with my husband for another beautiful dining experience. Thank you Chef for preparing our meal with love and care.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2019

Very different menu from any place on Commercial Drive. Nice small romantic atmosphere with great service. Food is always good, can be outstanding depending on whose in the kitchen

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Always great and consistent food

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 10, 2019

This restaurant has the best mussels in town. Try the Blue Cheese mussels with fries. The sauce sticks to the shells and the mussel meat and is delicious as are the home made fries made from fresh potatoes, not frozen or powdered potatoes. The Nicoise salad was excellent as was the Bouillabaisse. The service is attentive and the atmosphere cozy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Everything was fine except for the reservation . We reserved online and were confirmed for 7 o’clock . A bit later we got a phone call saying we couldn’t come before 715 to 730 . Hmmm

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2019

Friendly, prompt service Ample serving size Nice atmosphere but cold temperature although a heater was provided.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2019

Our fourth visit to the Carthage Cafe was as satisfying and pleasurable as the three previous visits. The Carthage Cafe consistently provides delicious food, a beautiful room, prompt and non invasive service as well as special touches. One of our guests has celiac disease and requires gluten free food. She asked about the Coquille St Jacques as an appetizer. They quickly determined that it contained wheat flour but were able to make it without. It was delicious. The presentation alone makes it worthwhile to order the Tunisian coffee but I am told the Orange blossom water took it beyond the ordinary. Thanks to the well trained staff and skilled kitchen!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2019

Great food as ever

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2019

Completely lack-luster, as well as the food-salty, tasteless and the meat dried out . I’ve wanted to go to this restaurant for years so thought our 23rd anniversary would be a perfect time. I reserved in advanced and mentioned our 23rd celebration and requested a table at the rear of the restaurant. Neither was accommodated or mentioned. Will not recommend and will not return. Unpersonable and not the elegant service, food and atmosphere I was expecting.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

February 15, 2019

The place was lovely and the team was fantastic! It was a very enjoyable Valentine’s date night, with a special menu which was great for my wife. The food was excellent, but I will say the veg options for the set menu were not as intriguing as the veg options on the normal menu...still quite good, but definitely paled in comparison to the meat options. Overall, however, it was a great experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2019

Great atmosphere and service. Food was really good and mussels amazing. I am celiac and lactose intolerant and they had no problem accommodating me and substituted for anything I couldn't eat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2019

Seemed to be a lot of confusion over our reservation but the food and atmosphere were lovely.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

January 27, 2019

First time dining here and will definitely be back. Great atmosphere and the food was sublime. Thoroughly enjoyed this lovely gem of a place...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2019

Service was genuine and friendly, food was delicious and healthy

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 26, 2019

We were so excited to Dine Out at Carthage. We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance. Unfortunately, the night of we got a voicemail from the restaurant saying they cancelled our reservation because they no longer had enough room. They had double booked our table. Could we come back at 8:30pm instead. We ended up calling the restaurant back and asking them to make it right, which after some creativity they did. So the evening started out rocky, but we did end up with a nice table. The food & service however were disappointing. Service was slow to begin, and then the food came out rapid fire, one course immediately followed by another course. We felt rushed. The food was relatively bland which was unexpected. I'm afraid that during Dine Out the restaurants that participate are not prepared operationally for the number of guests. It has been a disappointing Dine Out this year.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

January 26, 2019

Lovely dinner during DineOut Vancouver

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 25, 2019

A lovely evening all around

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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