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5.3 /6 Excellent 142 Reviews

Tagine

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About Tagine

Dear diners, please be aware that tables booked for Friday and Saturday are available for 2 hours only. To enquire about a lengthier booking, please contact the restaurant directly.

Serving some of the best northern African cuisine in South London, Tagine on Fernlea Road has become one of the city’s most talked-about restaurants. Located in Balham, walking distance from Tooting Bec Common, Tagine features a lovely Mediterranean interior and plenty of space for private functions and celebrations. Offering a delivery menu in addition to dine-in and takeaway options, it’s easier than ever to enjoy Tagine right in the privacy of your home, however, the dining-in experience at Tagine is one that should not be missed.

Check Tagine’s party menu here!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Tagine, 1-3 Fernlea Road, SW12 9RT London

Further Information

With close proximity to Balham overground station, Londoners are lucky that it’s so easy to travel to Balham to enjoy authentic, delicious Moroccan and North African specialties. Open every day of the week for dinner, as well as on Saturdays for a special lunch menu, the staff and owners of Tagine on Fernlea Road are enthusiastic about serving the local community. And Tagine knows how to throw a serious party – the restaurant features a ground floor area and basement that can be rented out for your next private function.

Diners at Tagine are always impressed with the sheer number of Moroccan dishes on offer. Featuring plenty of options for vegetarians and the health conscious, the menu at Tagine in London’s Balham offers something for anyone who is looking to experience real North African cuisine. Starters like the hummus, pastilla of chicken and carrot salad make for a great warmup before taking on hearty entrees such as vegetable tagine, tagine djaj (chicken with preserved lemons, olives, onion compote and saffron) or the vegetarian couscous. Desserts like the creme brulee with figs or the blueberry tarte make for a decadent conclusion to the perfect meal. Reservations are highly recommended for Tagine’s busy Fernlea Road restaurant.

CHEF'S CHOICE

142 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 142 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 11:07

Amazing food, all had lamb and it was delicious and the starters were very flavourful, great atmosphere and traditional touches to the restaurant , very friendly and helpful staff - will be back regularly!

1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 09:04

Great service, great food and they did a wonder special treat for the birthday which was on the house. sadly they did not force us to use our hands to eat!

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 08:03

really great food and service. very nice decor with the option to sit outside. we went with our 2.5yr old who didnt have much option on the menu but the waiter knows his stuff and got the chef to make a chiken wrap. basically they can think outside the box unlike other reataurant services. will go back.

1 review so far 6
11.08.2017 23:22

Delicious food, opulent decor, very helpful staff who doted on our kids and gave them extra dishes and a free fez each! Wish we'd discovered Tagine sooner. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 07:36

I went to Marrakech last year and wanted just a taste of it again, so I Googled for a Moroccan restaurant and up popped Tagine it looked amazing inside and the menu looked great! Needless to say when I actually went there last night it was even more amazing lovely traditional back drop, even the look of the door said Morocco! The food was fab I had a fish tagine and my friend a chicken one, I highly recommend both! The atmosphere was lovely and very cosy! 10 stars from me!

3 reviews so far 6
28.12.2016 08:24

We booked a table for 10 for my husbands birthday . The staff were very welcoming when we arrived and they gave us a choice of seats. They were very helpful and pleasant throughout the evening. The food was superb and the portions were substantial. They brought out the birthday cake with a firework in it and gave the birthday boy a Fez! It was a lovely evening and everyone enjoyed their food. Would highly recommend Tagine. Thank you to all the staff for making it such a special evening.

3 reviews so far 4
28.02.2016 09:35

Food was lovely, service was not. On arrival I told the gentleman who greeted us that I'd try to call earlier and that the phone number was not working. I was telling him this as an FYI/favour so that they would not miss out on business because people could not get through. He proceeded to argue with me about it and make me show him the number I used. Seriously did not care, just wanted to help him out. Service for the rest of the night continued to be poor - we ordered water 3 times before we got it. At the end of the meal, the person clearing our plates spilled sauce all over my jeans. I get that things happen as I used to wait tables. The problem was that she did not apologise or even notice what she'd done. I had to point it to her that she spilled on me and she smiled and said oh. Er - very very odd. Regardless the food was very good (although not cheap) and being able to byo was great. Would still return despite the horrendous/rude service.

2 reviews so far 6
18.06.2017 07:12

Excellent as always the consistency and quality of Tagine keeps calling me back. The BYO booze keeps the bill down and the service is excellent . The meze is almost enough on its own, so order less filling main courses. I've never made it to desert but you get damned fine coffee.

1 review so far 4
26.07.2017 07:59

Good food, service, and atmosphere. But my wife cooks tastier tagines, and prices were high for a BYOB restaurant but that may reflect the rent the restaurant has to pay for the location. No idea whether corkage is charged on BYOB as we didn't bring any alcohol. I didn't like my cocktail which was far too sweet and tasted like mown grass, and my wife didn't like her creme brulee with figs which was really a creme catalan with figs mixed into the custard rather than having the figs served alongside. Good for parties, and a 20% discount if dining between 5pm and 7pm. Bill included a 12.5% service charge which was unexpected: I'm fine with service charges for large groups but otherwise prefer to choose my own tip, and even then it's higher than the standard 10%. Very nearly a 5 out of 6 but not there based upon our single visit.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 09:45

Been here countless times. Always great food and service. Chicken pastilla is a must for starters! Any of the Tagines are excellent. Mamounia Tagine is my personal favourite.

1 review so far 5
26.04.2016 08:07

This restaurant is beautiful, authentically decorated, a real Moroccan hub in the streets of Balham. The food was delicious, if a little on the pricey side. We took a bottle of wine as it's BYOB with free corkage, always good. The shared meze dishes were fantastic, as was the tagine and the roast aubergine for the main course. The only niggle is that the service was slow and seemed weirdly reluctant. It was quite a busy time but we shouldn't have had to wait a full ten minutes to be brought a menu. Other than that, a great place.

2 reviews so far 5
26.09.2015 09:48

What a lovely place - the decor and food was just divine! Did find the waitresses a teeny bit over enthusiastic (had 4 different girls come over in the space of 5 mins after sitting down to ask if we were ready to order) - was just catching up with my friend after I arrived and hadn't even looked at the menu so just a bit of time to settle in and read the menu would be good! But everything else was amazing! And love that you can BYOB, saves a bit on the bill! Definitely coming back!

1 review so far 4
21.10.2015 13:43

Delicious food! A hidden gem!! Smoothest houmous and tender lamb tagine. I had the mamousnia or something... It was amazing!! The pineapple ginger mocktail was so refreshing, and the staff are very relaxed. Came for my birthday, with a party of 13, BYOB saved us so much money! Did not have time for desert as the service drinks and food was quite slow, I work in hospitality, and they didnt seem to have a "steps of service" system implemented. They also seemed understaffed (only spotted 2 wait staff while I was there) our waitress was lovely though. Nevertheless, I highly recommend and would definitely come back for their delicious foood!

2 reviews so far 6
15.04.2016 09:50

We adore Tagine, have been multiple times over the years. The food is always excellent and atmosphere is great. There was a birthday party at the restaurant and the staff do a fun job of entertaining.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 13:30

Warm welcome, delicious food, the hummus is amazing and Tagine really good too. The price/quality is really good. Staff is caring. Nice BYO. Quite noisy as we were sitting next to a birthday of 10 girls.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2016 10:33

We had a fabulous meal at Tagine; the service was swift and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was, as ever, delicious and we had a very lovely experience. Thank you!

1 review so far 5
13.08.2017 10:09

Had a lovely meal here. The vegi shared starter was delicious and the Lamb Tagine amazing. The staff were very attentive. We had a great table outside as well which was a bonus as it was a lovely evening .

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 09:48

amazing food, great service and beautiful décor! We absolutely loved our time at Tagine and will definitely be going back soon. Highly recommend - especially as it's BYOB - what's not to like?

2 reviews so far 6
06.03.2016 01:31

Tagine was absolutely awesome.. The food and service was so great, I can not wait to go back there and eat something different off the menu. All my friends loved it

1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 08:58

Tagine is great -Fantastic food, atmosphere and service. BYO makes it excellent value too. We all had a great time and have booked to go back in couple of days!!

1 review so far 6
26.08.2016 09:33

Tagine is always a pleasure, the best hummus I've had and the tagines are so tasty. Atmosphere great and the best place to go for a birthday. Definitely recommend!

1 review so far 6
05.08.2017 11:44

Very nice food. All the dishes looked and tasted amazing. The lamb tagine and fish tagine were our favourites. We also had some tasty fruit cocktails. The staff was very helpful and the atmosphere relaxed and not rushed. The place has BYOB policy which seems to be very popular among the guests. We will be coming back!

2 reviews so far 6
23.12.2015 10:59

The food at Tagine was delicious and the staff were a delight, always checking to make sure we had everything we needed. I will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2016 21:19

We had a wonderful time at Tagine. The food is amazing ( lamb was super yummy). Staff is very helpful and friendly! I would definitely recommend this place!

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 10:04

Visited Tagine with my parents - they loved it. Had great food, atmosphere and service! Highly recommend the lamb shank tagine for two. Will definitely be coming back.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 08:30

Good food and outstanding service. Really enjoyed our first visit to Tagine and we will surely come back. Staff was really helpful suggesting gluten free options as well...

1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 11:27

Another fantastic visit to Tagine - great food, atmosphere and service as always! Can particularly recommend the Chicken Pastilla as a starter and the Lamb tagine for main....

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 07:35

Lovely atmosphere, great, friendly service. Enjoyed the food very much, though it was a little more bland/less spicy than two out of the three of us expected. We didn't realize that you need need to bring your own wine - if it was on their website, I didn't see it. We'll know for next time!

1 review so far 6
30.03.2016 09:06

Great service and fantastic food! The lamb tagine is just amazing and melts in your mouth and the staff even did an 'off the menu' one for me to try something different. It was delicious. The staff are always so accommodating here, very good restaurant and one I visit all the time because of this.

1 review so far 5
08.02.2016 14:17

Was a lovely evening, venue is very appealing with great atmosphere. Food was decent (not so much for fish and veggie eaters, but that is not unusual) and it is great value for money. Service a little slow.. at least it is hard to get served, but once you order the food came quickly and the staff were working very hard. Would go again.

1 review so far 6
09.01.2016 10:22

Tagine continue to cook delicious food. The mixed mezzo starter is a must. We then shared a chicken tagine and a lamb tagine. Really welcoming staff.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 15:30

Lovely place - very authentic decor which gave the restaurant a great atmosphere. Tagines were very good indeed and the menu looked interesting. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2016 01:05

Excellent as always, my wife and I truly love Zizou Tagine and took some friends there. Friendly staff, such great food and a wonderful atmosphere.

5 reviews so far 5
12.02.2017 10:36

FOod came quickly and was very tasty. The tagine has lots of vegetables and meat grill had real selection and flavour but the dip meze was star of the show. Creme brulee was lovely but not fully warmed up which was only downside. Great atmosphere and byob meant the bill for 2 with 3 courses was under £50!

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 13:40

Love this place. One of my favourite restaurants. Food is always great so is the atmosphere. Lovely service all the time. I highly recommend. The price is good for the amount of food you get also you can bring your own alcohol which is even better!

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 21:57

I loved the atmosphere ,verify impressed with the service . Being born in Portugal the food reminded me of my home food, tasty and delicious I high recommend to food lovers Will definitely take my family there next time . Thank you xxxxx

1 review so far 5
20.09.2016 07:37

Excellent service and lovely food. The only small negative thing would be the tables at the window which are a bit of a squeeze. Not a problem for us because we were seated first but the people at the table next to us had to slide into their seats.

2 reviews so far 6
02.07.2016 11:03

100%, food, service, price, atmosphere, BYO. Cannot fault this local family restaurant for the quality and authenticity of the food, the friendly and welcoming service, the reasonable price given the quantity and quality and the added bonus of BYO.

1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 09:56

We booked for a table of 9 and the decor was really cool and the food DELICIOUS. We ordered lots of food and shared it all and it was perfect. Will definitely come back, and BYOB is great!

1 review so far 6
16.07.2017 12:08

Great food, better than most Moroccan restaurants in Morocco! Nice lively ambience with efficient staff. The cost does add up but well it is london! Overall brilliant had a fantastic time with group of 7 friends, will return.

1 review so far 6
18.10.2015 10:52

The food here was great, so was the service, nice atmosphere.very good decor and comfortable seating. We went during the week as l know it can get busy at the weekend. so its best to reserve a table.

6 reviews so far 5
16.05.2017 14:29

Great food. Always hot and delivered as soon as it's ready. Lovely service as well. Slightly more expensive, than some restaurants in Balham, but the BYOB aspect makes it still very affordable. Second visit p.s. highly recommend the fish tagine and goats cheese, baked aubergine!

4 reviews so far 5
24.04.2016 12:39

Really nice Moroccan ambiance and decor with tasty, authentic food and friendly service. The restaurant is BYO without a corkage fee so you have a great chance to drink the wines you truly love. We have been there many times and will be going again.

2 reviews so far 6
27.03.2016 10:37

Such a great ambience, food was amazing and with plenty to eat and indoor shisha topped it off! This is my 4th visit and each visit just gets better and better. I will definitely be visiting again!

1 review so far 4
08.04.2017 09:44

Nice place, nice atmosphere... But drafty if sat at the big table near the main entrance. A curtain is used in place of door. Food is good (possibly very good). Quantities​ are smaller than I have had at other tagine restaurants. Wouldn't be in a rush to go back but equally wouldn't mind going again.

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 09:26

Lovely restaurant, friendly staff, GREAT food! The only slight disappointment was that it took an hour for our meals to arrive and then after 2 hours we were asked to move on so they could seat other customers. Would definitely return again

1 review so far 2
06.11.2016 20:31

Nice food but my partner ordered the 'Lamb for two' option and asked if she could have half the amount for one person as an option. The waiter said that it was possible. However unfortunately when the mains came out, two portions of the Lamb dish were brought over. The waiter then insisted he had explained it to my partner. We ended up being charged £34 for the one dish. It slightly marred the experience and we were encouraged to leave by the relentless clearing of items from our table at the end of the night whilst we were still enjoying our conversations.

4 reviews so far 5
22.12.2015 11:38

The food was excellent especially the Tajine. However the service was quite slow and we would have appreciated if they told us so we could order starters. But again we were delighted by the food so it is a big 5

1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 10:10

Fantastic food, beautiful decor, perfect location and very reasonably priced. It helps that is BYOB which keeps the overall cost of the meal down. I recommed it to anyone living in south west London.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 09:48

Fantastic food as always, atmosphere is really good and staff very polite. Like that you can bring your own alcohol and the variation on the food menu means that never get bored