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“A "must" dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dar Belhadj

Dar Belhadj
17 rue des Tamis Medina, Tunis, Tunisia
71 200 894
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Ranked #23 of 120 Restaurants in Tunis
Cuisines: Tunisian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Patras, Greece
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“A "must" dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This traditional restaurant is located inside Medina, in an old building transformed in restaurant. The owner provide a "shuttle" service to conduct you there from the Kasbah square, as it is difficult to find the andress of the restaurant in the labirynth of Medina. Food was mainly tunisian. The couscous was truly delicious. There was also a musician playing a traditional instrument as backgroung for your dinner. Service was attentive and the entire atmosphere was relaxing and romantic. The total price of a complete dinner for two persons was rather high (about 51 Euro's, without alcohol), but worth it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Munich
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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful Ambience - Mediocre Food and Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The restaurant is located in the heart of the Medina, the old town, in an old palace. The hand-painted tiles and old photos are definitely worth seeing. The food is mediocre and overpriced, and they do not serve alcohol to distract from it. The service is attentive but clumsy,

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A nice respite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

It's a surprise walking in from the streets of the medina. It's so calm and peaceful. The walls were filled with beautiful tiles. The staff was excellent. We started with a plate of appetizers as suggested by the waiter. that was fun as we didn't know what many of the items were. We had fish couscous, and my husband had lamb couscous and Tunisian beer. We were completely overstuffed so we had no room for dessert. My only complaint would be the music, which was synthetic elevator music. Oud would have been nice.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This was one of 4 restaurants we visited in the medina, and was definitely one we enjoyed the least. The menu is relatively short and we found the cooking to be nothing special, especially given the price. There is no alcohol served. The decor was lovely, and some of the other tables were able to visit up-stairs to look around.

We found the service indifferent and were rushed through our meal, I don't know if this is because we were the last to sit down or because the staff were occupied by a large table.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Best meal in Tunis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

My wife and I are here in Tunis on our honeymoon, and we've had a rough time finding well-prepared meals in a clean setting with service to match, which is particularly disappointing given the rich culinary tradition of North Africa and the amazing fresh produce and seafood available here. Dar Belhadj was exactly what we were looking for.

First, the ambiance: the restaurant is in a restored 17th or 18th century palace, with beautiful tile work and architecture all around. A jovial man plays the kanoon, an Arab string instrument, during dinner, making for a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere.

Service: Top notch. From the minute we got into the restaurant's golf cart in Place du Gouvernement, to walking through the door of the palace, to being seated, and throughout dinner, we had a waiting staff and maitre making us feel at home. They helped us navigate their extensive menu, talked to us about the history of the building, and even got the musician on the kanoon to start playing a classical Egyptian song, when they found out that we from Egypt.

Cleanliness: Spotless.

Food: This is the most important part, and the Dar Belhadj did not disappoint. Before appetizers, they bring a plate of harissa, cucumber salad, and something like a Tunisian bruschetta, which were delicious. We had fresh lemon juice with our meal, with a hint of mint, as is common here in North Africa. Our appetizer was a small assortment of Tunisian entrees, including quiches, green salad, eggs, meat, and other things. For main courses, we had a steamed lamb dish, served with aromatic rice, potatoes and vegetables. This was absolutely divine. We also had a plate of grilled shrimp, which was clearly fresh and local, served with lemon, tomato and lettuce, which were excellent. Finally, we had a dessert of Tunisian mahalabia, which is a custard with crushed pistachios and other nuts, with a hint of rose water. This was served alongside Tunisian mint tea with pine nuts. Everything was amazing, and the presentation was absolutely gorgeous.

Our final bill was in the range of 100 TD.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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