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Cuisine type

  • Tunisian,
  • French,
  • Mediterranean,

Dishes

  • Mussels,
  • Fish,
  • Seafood,
  • Couscous,
  • Steak,

Features

  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,
  • Reservation,

Atmosphere

  • Intimate,

Products and Services

  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
1851 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A6
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
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  • $26 To $60,

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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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Lind8694
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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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marl9809
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They were rude and unaccommodating for the second time. Terrible customer service.

Service: 1/5
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October 20, 2019

My second visit to the Carthage. I love the old-world atmosphere and the excellent, traditionally prepared food. I also appreciate the professional, but very natural, non-corporate service of the wait staff. My only small complaint would be that things seemed slightly disorganized last night. However, that did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 9, 2019

The food was great, the service a little slow at first, there were several tables seated at almost the same time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 22, 2019

The salad dressing on the pear and blue cheese salad was far too heavy and sweet. The mussels and lamb chop couscous were good, but very salty. The seafood casserole was very good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 12, 2019

Carthage has been a favourite place of mine for fresh mussels for the last couple of years. On my most recent visit, I brought my family from out of town for their first meal in Vancouver. It was unfortunate that the experience was disappointing this time around, as we waited almost an hour for our mussels to arrive. We went for a fairly late dinner (7pm), and by almost 8 pm, we were starving as we chew down the only items on our table, a few thin pieces of bread. The waitress came to apologize a couple of times for the delay, which was nice of her, but it still doesn't explain the almost 1 hr wait time for a mostly empty restaurant with max 3 tables seated. Overall, the food was still great, was just disappointed with the long wait time which made my family very unhappy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

September 11, 2019

We love this restaurant, especially the atmosphere, food. I was disappointed that the restaurant didn't seem to have gotten the birthday request I made through the online booking message. But we enjoyed it nevertheless.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2019

Didn’t taste the same as before

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2019

When I got to restaurant they knew nothing about the reservation. We say and waited for awhile. The server came and we ordered sparkling water. We sat again and he finally came out with a little water in a bottle and said that was all they had then offered us another type of water at a discounted price we ordered wine and finally got some menus waited sgsin until another server came over and said that they were out of the wine and to pick another bottle so when I did they were out of that as well. She blamed to lack of supply on the fact they just got new management. At that point we cut our losses and left.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

August 1, 2019

Loved our experience as always. Food was Great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, but unfortunately the service we experienced was unfortunate. We waited for over 2 hours to receive our appetizers, and well over 3 for our mains, even though we were the first group in the restaurant. The restaurant was short on cooks, but instead of informing customers with accurate wait times, they neglected to tell us until well into waiting, and then were not forthcoming about how long it would take. Furthermore, we were the first table to arrive, but every table in the restaurant ended up blgeyting food on the table before us, making us the very last table to receive food and the last table to leave. The food was tasty, but overshadowed by the terrible service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

July 30, 2019

We were seated at a nice table by the front window. The lamb and merguez couscous was delicious. There was an ample and varied portion of vegetables. The meats were tender and tasty. The dish was not served spicy. The profiterole dessert was also excellent. We had 2 drinks which were so-so; not particularly strong. I found the prices reasonable for this meal. The service was attentive and paced. I especially liked that we were left to talk, not constantly interrupted, not pushed to eat or order other courses hurriedly. I would definitely go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2019

Hidden gem. Excellent food. So tasty and not at all overly spicy. Excellent service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 25, 2019

Really good food, but the server was run off her feet, meaning gaining her attention was hard. Once ordered the food was at the table quickly. Was delish :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

June 24, 2019

My daughter and I had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 21, 2019

It was an unusually good meal in all ways. We loved all our dishes, the service was very excellent, even though the server was very busy, and we enjoyed the traditional atmosphere. One of us was even impressed with the cutlery.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 22, 2019

We were served by the owner/chef because her server did not show up for work. She kept telling us that she wasn't good at serving, but actually she was incredible. She demonstrated a caring approach, taking the time to explain dishes and checking in regularly to see how we were doing throughout our mea. She truly cared about our experience. The food was delicious and she even gave us a complimentary bowl of beautifully steamed mussels. I love this restaurant. I always have a great experience here. Having interacted with the woman behind it all was the icing on the cake!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

Our favorite restaurant - excellent all around.

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

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

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