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Carthage Cafe

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Neighbourhood:
Commercial Drive
Tunisian, French, Mediterranean
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1851 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
+1 604-215-0661
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Today
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Have not had such appalling service in ages. The waitress essentially ignored us. Didn't bring bread or bother to check if we needed anything. We asked for water and no attention was paid to whether we wanted more. My friend finally got up and served us herself. The couscous dinners were mediocre, dry meat and almost tasteless. I've had decent... More 

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Thank Marianbeth
Melbourne
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

A short visit to Vancouver and Cartharge was a nice change from usual options. Nice cous cous dishes for sharing; must try the chicken and lamb dishes. Good selection of wine to pair! Mussel starters were nice; not quite as fresh and sweet tasting to what i am used to but cooked very well and nice use of north african... More 

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Thank HartwellTravels
Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Great little French Restuarant , lovely decor , excellent food , reasonable prices ..........would definitely recommend it .............

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Thank Mark T
Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Have been to this cosy little resto many times and tasted almost everything on the menu. The dishes are created in the back by the owner chef- even the harissa is house made. Anything with lamb is delish. So is the seafood casserole in a thick spicy sauce. Lovely "French" desserts as well. Reasonably priced wine list by glass, half... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

I was Looking forward to a nice pre-Easter dinner with a good friend, so we decided on the Carthage cafe, a place I have always wanted to try. Excellent choice. My friend has, like other reviewers have said, had both good and bad experiences with this restaurant. This evening, it was wonderful. Servers Kim, Amy, and Janice did a fantastic... More 

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Thank Brad S
Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

We love going to Carthage and taking friends that have never been to this hidden little jewel. Usually turns out that we run into them there on a return visit. The food is really terrific, the service has always been very professional and friendly and the ambience is very old world - elegant but cozy. Carthage Cafe has become our... More 

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Thank Vicki P
West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

The exterior of this location belies the charm and elegance of the interior. Six of us dined on a special occasion, choosing from the fixed menu, which on this occasion was more French than its typical French-Tunisian combination offering. Rabbit in a dijionnaise sauce was a favourite, as was the strong Tunisian coffee with dessert. The waitress took pains to... More 

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1 Thank JeannieinWestVan
Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

This is our third visit in the last couple of months. Once with a group of 6, then 4 friends, then 2 of us. Mussel dishes are their signature dish- plump & tasty with various sauces for every taste. Service is low key, friendly, helpful and efficient. Carthage is an intimate café, interesting décor and a short drive to the... More 

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2 Thank CJN749
Vancouver
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86 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

We have been to Carthage about 10 times in the last 3 years. In that time we have recommended it to many people. The experience we had Friday has changed that. Our reservation was for 7:30. We arrived just before that time. There were two tables available we said we would take the one closest to the bar. They said... More 

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Thank traveladventure07
Burnaby, Canada
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Dec. 18th. This was our first visit to your Carthage Café and we loved the intimate atmosphere and nice decor, something we were looking for. The menu had everything we liked - with various Tunisian and French entrés to choose from...so it was hard to decide. We started with a glass of Grewurtztraminer for my Mrs and I had the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Tunisian, French, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1851 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-215-0661

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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