Tunisia’s former fishing port is now a holiday favourite, with tourists flocking to its golden beaches and fascinating cultural sites all year round. Try some traditional Tunisian dishes in some of the best restaurants in Monastir; you can’t go wrong with this varied list of favourite dining spots.
This pirate-themed seafood restaurant is one of the best in Monastir for its tasty dishes and stylish setting. Le Pirate is set on a mock pirate ship with a charming outdoor garden and regular live music to keep you entertained all evening. The restaurant offers a fantastic set menu priced at just 35 Dinar (approximately £12) a head and includes delicious dishes such as grilled sea bass and chips, amongst an avalanche of other fishy delights – the portions are definitely not modest here!
For something a little different than the usual Tunisian dishes, try Salsa Posada, a traditional-style Mexican restaurant located in Airport Road, near the Sahara Beach Hotel. The rustic décor, affordable cocktails and friendly staff make this a perfect choice for an evening out. Try the chicken fajitas for a spicy flavour explosion, priced at just £6, you won’t regret it.
Dar Chakra is a tranquil restaurant with a quaint and quiet outdoor terrace perfect for a romantic meal. Set in a traditional Arabic house, the atmosphere at Dar Chakra is relaxing and perfect for enjoying some of the cheap yet traditional Tunisian dishes on offer. Try the wolf fish (or ‘qarus’ in Arabic) or the locals’ favourite, Couscous Royal, for some tasty and traditional treats.
Restaurant La Plage
If you’re after a view you’ll find it at Restaurant La Plage. This small restaurant may be simple but what it lacks in sophistication, it certainly makes up for in location – it’s sat right on the beach with incredible panoramic views of the Gulf of Hammamet. Serving up indulgent and fresh seafood dishes, Restaurant La Plage is known to be one of the best restaurants in Monastir.
For a fantastic family-friendly evening, dine at the Safari Centre Restaurant. Part of the Safari Centre Zoo, this fun restaurant is like dining in the jungle, surrounded by life-sized elephant and giraffe sculptures. It may look touristy but the food is great, with international favourites like mouth-watering fillet steak for a tiny £10, alongside Tunisian specialities. After your meal, enjoy some evening entertainment such as Zulu dancers and live music, or even head upstairs to the disco for an after-dinner dance.