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Essaraya

Diner, Gastropub, Halal
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6, Rue Ben Mahmoud Beb Menara | Au Coeur de la Medina de Tunis, Tunis 1008, Tunisia
(+216) 71 560 310
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

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  • 14
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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this restaurant is located in an old Ottoman house, inside the Medina, they also have a boutique selling local art and handicraft items and at the top of the house you'll find a terrace overlooking the Medina, where you can have a tea or a chicha.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2014
NicoClaire1180
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Rolle, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I can't really relate to some of the disappointed comments. We went there and after being amazed about the interior we had very good dinner and service, particularly Mohamed, our companion to the restaurant, is a real character! I can just recommend it.

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food was not exceptional - quite normal Tunisian. The interior is nice but too much of nick-nack. Especially the two paintings of Ottomans. Annoying musician that kept singing for two hours without breaks (for our ears).

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Munich, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

very good service, good food, unusuall for Tunis. interoir design is fantastic, we visited twice in July.

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Tunis, Tunisia
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

We did not hâve a good dinner at essaraya restaurant. We had dinner during ramadan and the food was awful. The location is excellent, the décoration of the restaurant as well, but the food is réally awful and quite expensive.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Essaraya is housed in a grandiose old mansion with impressive and ornate decor in the heart of the Medina, Tunis' old city. The first impression is very positive and charming. Once you sit at your table though, things start getting worse. The service is terrible -totally indifferent bordering on rudeness. The food is mediocre and uninspired at best, and unfortunately... More 

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Rolle, Switzerland
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

this restaurant is located in an old Ottoman house, inside the Medina, they also have a boutique selling local art and handicraft items and at the top of the house you'll find a terrace overlooking the Medina, where you can have a tea or a chicha.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Very grand, like eating in a museum. Escorted from the hotel to the restaurant by a charming guide through a labyrinth of tunnels in the old Medina. The food and service were excellent, main course about USD17. Live traditional music nice but too loud.

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Venice, Italy
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Located at the beginning of one of the medina entrance, the restaurant is inside an old palace, typically decorated. A very impressive location that make sense to visit. Good food for the Tunisian standard and very pleasant and careful service. At the entrance of the medina an "old man" will be waiting (with a candle during the evening) to "escort"... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Food (coucous with fish and coucous with lamb) very disappointing. Fish dry and tasteless, the coucous with lamb contained splinters of bone. The best part of the experience was the decor. The price adds insult to injury - give this place a miss

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I had dinner there in August 2012. We found the service unfriendly, the atmosphere unnecessarily snobby, the food very bland, the seating uncomfortable. I had been to another restaurant in the Medina called Dar El Jeld which was really of a different category, although prices are comparable. If you are looking for an authentic Tunisian setting, good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6, Rue Ben Mahmoud Beb Menara | Au Coeur de la Medina de Tunis, Tunis 1008, Tunisia
  • Location: Africa  >  Tunisia  >  Tunis Governorate  >  Tunis
  • Phone Number: (+216) 71 560 310

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Diner, Gastropub, Halal
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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