Restaurants, cafés and bars in Essaouira

 
Restaurants, cafés and bars in Essaouira
Restaurants, cafés and bars in Essaouira

Essaouira is full of characterful cafés and restaurants, most of which serve good, freshly
cooked food in interesting surroundings. They range from tiny hole-in-the wall places where
you can eat in or have a take-away for a few dirhams to luxurious establishments which,
although expensive, are likely to be considerably cheaper than the equivalent in your home
town. The cuisines available include French, Italian, Oriental and, of course, fresh seafood so
you should find something to suit most tastes and budgets either in the medina (where
nowhere is more than 15 minutes walk away) or a pleasant stroll along the beach.

Below you will find is a summary of our current favourite eating and drinking places (the ones
we go back to time and time again) plus others which we also like. This summary is followed by
more information about these and most of the other named restaurants, cafés and bars in
the medina and along the waterfront. These include recommendations based on a number of
sources, including word of mouth, the web, guide books and our own and clients' personal
experience. If you would like to see what other people are recommending at the moment, the
best place is TripAdvisor - in a place as vibrant as Essaouira where new places are opening all
the time, guidebooks can never be fully up-to-date, even if they have just been published.

As many of the restaurants are small and have weekly and annual closures, and opening times
tend to vary according to season, it is best to book in advance if you are keen to try a
particular place. Please note that most restaurants do not accept credit cards – even if they
have a sign saying that they do!

In general, the smaller, cheaper or more traditional restaurants don’t serve alcohol whereas
the more upmarket ones do, although the choice may be somewhat limited (even if the list
isn’t!). Restaurants which don’t have a licence sometimes allow you to take your own but you
should always ask first. Moroccan wines come in red, white, rosé and 'gris' (a sort of light
rosé) and range from drinkable to quite good. The local ‘Mogador’ wines from the nearby Val
d'Argan Vineyard are among the best in Morocco, although they are relatively expensive and
not often offered on wine lists. For reasonable, mid-price wines try the Domaine de Sahari
range, especially the reserves.

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                                  Our favourites                                      Others worth a try
Breakfast:                          Fanatic €€                                     Chalet de la Plage Café €€
                            place Marché aux Grains €€                                patisserie Driss €€
€ 40 DH                                                                              Panoramique €€

Lunch:                       Beach and Friends €-€€€ A                              café de la Baie €-€€€ A
                                  la Cantina €-€€                                      Chabbi Chic €-€€
€ 100 DH
                        Ocean Vagabond Beach Café €-€€€ A                            les Gargottes €-€€€
= cost for one
                          Ocean Vagabond Hotel €-€€€ A                                  Ginger café €
course, excluding
drinks or tips
                           Taros roof terrace €€-€€€ A                                   café Jalil €
                           la Tête dans les Etoiles €-€€                              chez el Ouazzani €
A = serves alcohol                                                                      Tara café €-€€

Dinner:                     les Alizés de Mogador € A                     dar Adul €€ A              la Maison du Cinema € A
                              le Clé de Voûte €-€€ A               les Arcades/Chez Jalila €                 la Mama €
€ 500 DH
                          d ’Orient et d’Ailleurs €-€€€ A                le Duplex €-€€                O'Bleu Mogador €€ A
= cost for a three
course meal,
                                  Sirocco €-€€€ A                          Ferdaouss €                   dar l’Oussia €€ A
excluding drinks or       la Table de Madada €€-€€€ A                   Gnawa Blues €-€€                   le Patio €€ A
tips                                 Taros €€ A                        Green Wok Thai €                     Sushithé €€
                                   la Triskalla €                  l’Heure Bleu Palais €€€€ A                 Tawrit €
A = serves alcohol                Villa Maroc €€ A                        la Laayoune €                   Vagues Bleus €
                                                                       Lalla Mira € - €€ A
                                                                         la Licorne €€ A

Drinks:                         Beach and Friends                                        Aigue Marine
                                   dar l’Oussia                                                Bar
                        Ocean Vagabond Beach Café (until                            Chalet de la Plage Café
                                      18:00)                                                il Mare
                        Taros (lunchtime and from 18:00)                                   el Mehdi
                                   Villa Maroc                                            el Menzah
                                                                                         bar Mogador
                                                                                          chez Sam
                                                                                            le Trou

                                            Key to symbols in the listings below

   = Serves breakfast                          = Does takeaways                     = Serves alcohol with meals
   = Serves tea, coffee and soft drinks        = Usually takes credit cards         = Serves Alcohol without meals
    = Serves hot meals                         = Sometimes has live music      WiFi = Has free WiFi

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Restaurants, cafés and bars in Essaouira

dar ADUL
Characterful, eclectically-furnished restaurant with exuberant paintings by the owner, Didier
Spindler. There is a daily choice of three (mainly French) dishes for each course. Food is a bit
variable and the wine overpriced but it is worth a visit for the decor. There is often music
(classical) and a magician. Closed Monday.
Address: 63 Rue Touhaen Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 39 10
Cost: 2 courses: 150 DH, 3 courses: 200 DH (November 2013)
AFTASS
Modest café on Place Moulay Hassan serving the standard menu of French, Moroccan, Italian
and seafood dishes.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan
Cost: Breakfast: 25 DH, One course: 10 – 45 DH, 3 courses 40 – 60 DH (March 2009)

Chez AHMED
One of several little cafés with outside tables in the peaceful former grain market. Serves
good breakfasts, juices and light lunches.
Address: 222 Place Marché aux Grains
Cost: Breakfast: 25 – 35 DH, One course: 45 - 70 DH, 3 courses: 50 - 75 DH (November 2013)

AIGUE MARINE                                                                                              WiFi
Modern restaurant/pub/tapas bar just across the road from the beach (about 10 minutes walk
from the medina - beneath La Petite Algue). You can eat in the subtly-lit main restaurant, at
counters overlooking the sea or outside. Wines are relatively expensive and not all bottles (or
dishes) on the list may be available. Has popular live music sessions on Friday and Saturday (and
sometimes other days) from about midnight onwards.
Address: 62 Boulevard Mohamed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 48 28
Cost: Tapas: 25 – 50 DH, One course: 40 – 130 DH, 3 courses: 135 – 235 DH (October 2012)
Chez ALADIN LE BERBERE
Tiny brightly decorated restaurant serving a mainly Moroccan menu with some unusual
specialities.
Address: Place Chrib Attai/Place El Khaima (off Rue Laâlouj)
Cost: One course: 15 - 100 DH, 3 courses: 45 - 150 DH (March 2012)

les ALIZÉS DE MOGADOR
One of the most popular little restaurants in town, Les Alizés serves hearty portions of
delicious Moroccan home cooking in a cosy, candlelit room. The short 3-course menu is good
value, as is the wine, and the service is relaxed, friendly and efficient. Open daily for lunch and
dinner. Booking is advisable in the evening which, when busy, has two sittings – about 19:30 and
21:30. Note; not to be confused with Atlas Hotel's Les Alizés upmarket international
restaurant.
Address: 26 Rue Skala Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 68 19
Cost: 3 courses: 129 DH (November 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010, Time
Out 2008

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l'ARBRE BLEU
Atmospheric little art gallery nestling just inside the medina's wall close to its eastern bastion.
You can have tea and cakes in the colourful interior surrounded by a good range of artwork
chosen or painted by the welcoming owner, French artist Monique Favière, The surrounding
Chbanat district, which is off the beaten tourist track, is well worth a leisurely exploration.
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 19:00.
Address: 233 Rue Chbanat Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 78 57 39 42 Website: www.moniquefaviere.com
les ARCADES/CHEZ JALILA                                                                   WiFi
No-nonsense candlelit little place with low banquette seating from where you can watch locals
promenading along the main street while you eat. The well cooked food includes some more
unusual Moroccan dishes such as camel tanjia.
Address: Avenue de l’Istiqal
Cost: Breakfast: 35 DH, One course: 35 – 120 DH, 3 courses: 65 – 210 (November 2013)
Café des ARTS
Attractive candelit stairs lead to tiny first and second floor dining areas with rather odd
décor, food and service.
Address: Avenue de l’Istiqlal
Cost: One course: 12 – 85 DH, 3 courses: 47 – 145 (March 2009)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009
ATLAS HOTEL
Large modern hotel opposite the beach about 20 minutes walk from the medina. Has three
restaurants: Le Seven (by the beach - see separate enty), Les Alizés and Le Safran.
Address: Boulevard Mohamed V
- les ALIZÉS (ATLAS HOTEL)
Not to be confused with the medina’s lovely little Les Alizés de Mogador, this is an upmarket
restaurant serving international cuisine.
Cost: 3 courses: 70 - 180 DH, 3 courses: 240 - 370 DH per person (March 2009)
- le SAFRAN
Serves Moroccan cuisine in upmarket surroundings.
Cost: 3 courses: 250 - 350 DH per person (March 2009)
BAB LAACHOUR
Café/restaurant with nicely situated roof terrace overlooking Place Moulay Hassan and the sea.
Basic cooking includes Italian and Moroccan dishes, seafood, omelettes, salads and grills.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 66 70
Cost: One course: 20 - 400 DH, 3 courses: 45 – 460 DH (April 2009)

dar BABA
First floor restaurant serving simple Italian food.
Address: 2 Rue de Marrakech Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 68 09
Cost: One course: 35 DH, 3 courses: 105 – 165 DH (June 2008)
Recommended by: Michelin 2007

restaurant BAB S'BAA
A cavernous modern restaurant just outside the medina in a complex next to Hotel des Iles.
They specialise in grilled fish and seafood but there are also some meat and Moroccan dishes.
Address: Place La Rochelle, Complexe Bin Al Aswar Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 72 80 73 83/0 (0 212) 6 34 64 29 79
Cost: One course: 40 - 300 DH, 3 courses: 150 - 455 DH (January 2013)

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restaurant BAB SKALA
Set right in one of the walls of The Skala this little restaurant serves a short menu of
Moroccan dishes.
Address: La Skala
Cost: Breakfast: 23 - 45 DH, 3 courses: 90 DH (October 2012)
café de la BAIE
Suntrap by the beach. Good for lunch (panini, omelettes, crêpes, tajines, salads, pasta, grills)
and watching watersports (equipment hire and lessons are available next door). Note: food is
only served at set meal times and alcohol is only available with hot dishes.
Address: Boulevard d Mohammed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 40 76
Cost: Breakfast: 30 DH, One course: 35 - 120 DH, 3 courses: 85 – 235 DH (November 2013)

Pasta BALADIN
Modern Italian-run pasta bar opposite the Alliance Française where you can mix and match
from 5 types of pasta and 10 sauces, plus salads and desserts. Open daily except Monday: 12:00
- 14:00 and 19:00 - 23:00.
Address: 48 Rue Laalouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 42 448 136 / 0 (0 212) 6 61 604 504 Website: www.riadbaladin.com
Cost: One course: 25 - 65 DH, 3 courses: 95 - 115 DH (October 2012)
BAR
Simple local drinking den attached to Chalet de la Plage. Locals tend to congregate inside whilst
backpackers gather at sunset on the small terrace overlooking the beach. Open until 20:00.
Address: 1 Boulevard Mohammed V (on the south side of Chalet de La Plage)
Recommended by: Time Out 2008

BEACH AND FRIENDS                                                                            WiFi
Laid back restaurant at the far end of the beach, in a complex just before the dunes. There is
a large modern interior plus 'garden' outside with decking, comfortable settees, sunloungers
and a play area for children. The international menu includes salads, sandwiches, pizzas,
burgers, tapas and plats du jour. In the evening a blazing firebowl ensures that it is not too
chilly.
Address: Boulevard Mohamed V
Cost: One course: 45 – 130 DH, 3 courses: 140 - 275 DH (October 2012)
BELDY
Berber restaurant serving a good range of tajines, couscous and pastilla as well as set menus.
No alcohol but you can bring your own. Open every day.
Address: 6 Rue Ibn Toumerte Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 67 12
Cost: One course: 15 - 95 DH, 3 courses: 85 – 150 (March 2010)
Recommended by: Routard 2010
BEN MOSTAFA
Pavement café at the edge of Place Moulay Hassan. Serves breakfast, pizza, pasta, seafood,
Moroccan dishes, omelettes and salads.
Address: 20 Place Moulay Hassan Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 13 11 70 20
Cost: Breakfast:30 – 40 DH, One course: 15 – 80 DH, 3 courses 65 - 150 (November 2013)

pâtisserie la BIENVENUE
Elegant little pâtisserie/delicatessen which has a few interior tables (including a cosy salon
area) where you can have tea or coffee with your gateaux. Also serves breakfast.
Address: 7 Rue Abdelaziz El Fachtali (Chourej) Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 12 01 95 80/0 (0 212) 6 77 54 01 19
Cost: Breakfast: 25 – 35 DH (November 2010)

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au BONHEUR DES DAMES                                                                        WiFi
Small French-run café - one of several with outside seating in the peaceful former Grain
Market. A huge selection of teas, infusions and coffees (including decaffeinated), interesting
fruit and vegetable cocktails, snacks and ice-cream are produced in a tiny kiosk and served at
tables outside in the square. Lunch is a daily-changing menu of light and tasty dishes such as
bruschetta with tapenade and goats cheese. Closed Sundays.
Address: Place Marché aux Grains Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 59 68 Website: www.bonheurdesdames-essaouira.com
Cost: Breakfast: 30 - 70 DH, One course: 60 - 65 DH (October 2012)
Recommended by: Lonely Planet 2011, Routard 2010, Time Out 2008
café BOUAMAMA                                                                             WiFi
Bouâmama has two little cafés with outside tables - one at each end of the peaceful former
grain market. Serves breakfast and lunchtime snacks such as omelettes, salads, grills and
tajines.
Address: Place Marché aux Grains
Cost: Breakfast: 25 - 38 DH, One course: 14 - 65 DH, 3 courses: 39 - 70 (October 2012)
chez BRIXI                                                                                 WiFi
One of several little cafés with outside tables in the peaceful former grain market. Serves a
good breakfast, brunch and lunch (tajines, couscous, seafood, salads, crêpes etc).
Address: 226 Place Marché aux Grains Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 61 72 10 32/0 (0 212) 5 24 78 53 71
Cost: Breakfast: 24 - 35 DH, Brunch: 55 DH, One course: 45 - 65, DH, 3 courses: 69 - 75 DH (November 2013)

la CANTINA
Friendly little English-run café with a vaguely Mexican bias. Vegetarians are well catered for
but there are also plenty of meat dishes, including their very popular home-made burgers.
Home-made bread, scones and excellent cakes. They also do take-aways. Closed in the evenings
and usually most of January/February.
Address: 66 Rue Boutouil Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 45 15
Cost: One course: 40 - 65 DH, 3 courses: 55 - 75 DH (March 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Time Out 2008
CARAVANE CAFE
The small entrance in a lane opposite Pharmacie Alhaddadah leads to a buzzing riad full of
modern and oriental art and sculpture. An eclectic international menu, tea and drinks are
served from 14:00 until the evening every day except Sunday and Monday.
Address: 2 bis Rue Cadi Ayad (opposite Pharmacie Alhaddadah) Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 31 11
Cost: One course: 45 - 250 DH, 3 courses: 135 - 366 DH (March 2013)
CAVERNE ALI BABA/LE RESTO
Deceptively spacious restaurant (and hotel) at the end of an alley which doubles as a showroom
for for the plate shop next door. Food is Moroccan, Italian, fish and omelettes.
Address: 29 Avenue de l’Istiqal Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 53 54
Cost: One course, 15 – 80 DH, 3 courses: 65 – 155 DH (June 2008)

CHAABI CHIC                                                                              WiFi
A quirky restaurant cum antique shop on the edge of the little ‘square’ which links the medina’s
two main walking streets. There are tables outside on the square, on the first floor squeezed
in among antique doors and Moroccan bric-a-brac and on the rustic roof terrace (which is
where the kitchen is). The food is mostly good Moroccan home cooking and the service is
friendly.
Address: 135 Rue du Mellah (off Rue Boutouil) Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 62 28 34 61
Cost: Breakfast: 40 DH, One course, 15 – 80 DH, 3 courses: 40 - 135 DH (November 2013)

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CHALET DE LA PLAGE/CHEZ JEANNOT
Long established (1924) and beautifully situated restaurant with a shady terrace jutting out
over the beach (which is closed in the evening). The interior has a distincly period feed.
Specialises in seafood. Gets busy at lunchtime and seats on the terrace go quickly so it is best
to book if you want to sit there. Closed Sunday evening and Monday lunchtime.
Address: 1 Boulevard Mohammed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 59 72
Cost: One course: 50 - 200 DH, 3 courses: 130 - 430 DH (January 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Michelin 2007, Time Out 2008
CHALET DE LA PLAGE CAFÉ                                                                   WiFi
On the medina side of Chalet de la Plage restaurant is an open terrace which, on calm days, is a
good place for drinks. There is no obvious menu but you can request a limited range of dishes
for breakfast (and sometimes lunch). The view is great!
Address: 1 Boulevard Mohammed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 59 72
Cost: Breakfast: 30 DH (November 2013)
le CHRYSALIS
A large modern restaurant just outside the medina in a modern complex next to Hotel des Iles.
You can have meals in the spacious, luxuriously-decorated interior or snacks at the comfortable
outside terrace. The rather pretentious menu features upmarket International dishes. Open
10:00 - 02:00. Live music from 23:00h.
Address: Complexe Bin Al Aswar Tel: + 212 (0) 5 24 30 30 50 Website: www.lechrysalis.com
Cost: One course: 60 - 240, 3 courses: 225 - 500 DH (March 2011)
la CLE DE VOUTE                                                                           WiFi
Run by the husband and wife team from d'Orient et d'Ailleurs this bright, stylish restaurant
off Derb Laalouj serves excellent international cuisine with a French/Moroccan bias. Open from
11:30 and 18:30. Closed Sunday lunchtime and all day Saturday.
Address: off Derb Laalouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 46 76 / 0 (0 212) 6 58 83 64 96
Cost: One course: 25 - 120 DH, 3 courses: 120 - 230 DH (November 2013)
le COQUILLAGE/RESTAURANT DU PORT
Large restaurant with terrace overlooking the beach. Popular with coach parties.
Address: Le Port d'Essaouira Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 66 55
Cost: One course: 60 – 230 DH, 3 courses: 115 - 380 DH (January 2007)

le CORAIL (CHEZ TARIK)
Small friendly restaurant tucked away in a corner of Place Chrib Atai (‘The Tent Square’). Tarik
cooks, serves and clears up from a tiny kitchen screened from the indoor seating area by a
trellis. There are also tables outside in the square for fine evenings. The simple menu consists
mainly of fresh seafood but there are also pastillas ans vegetarian dishes.
Address: Place Chrib Atai Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 67 16 92 93
Cost: One course: 15 – 90 DH, 3 courses: 45 – 122 DH (March 2013)
COTÉ PLAGE
Upmarket restaurant next to the beach opposite Medina Hotel (formerly Sofitel Thalassa).
Continental menu with some good seafood dishes.
Address: Boulevard Mohammed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 90 00
Cost: One course: 75 - 195 DH, 3 courses: 235 – 435 (November 2008)
Recommended by: Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Routard 2010, Time Out 2008

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le CRÊPERIE MOGADOR
Cheerful little crêperie where you can eat at pine tables in the yellow interior or outside facing
Place Chrib Attay (the one with the tent). Serves a good range of savoury and sweet crêpes and
bolées (pottery bowls) of cider (but no other alcohol). Open 12:00 – 15:00 and 19:00 – 22:00
except Fridays.
Address: Rue Laâlouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 30 96
Cost: Crêpes: 20 – 60 DH, ½ jug of cider (Brevage de pommes) 55 DH (November 2008)
Recommended by: Routard 2010
DAR JEELING
Basic café with outside tables on a sheltered part of Place Chrib Attay/El Khaima (the one with
the tent). Serves breakfast, snacks, crêpes etc.
Address: 22 Place Chrib Attay Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 66 10 10 32
Cost: One course: 40 - 80 DH, Three courses: 45 - 70 DH (March 2010)

le DAUPHIN
Simple little down a covered alleyway which links the medina’s two main shopping streets. Décor
is fairly basic but the Moroccan home cooking is sound.
Address: Rue Sidi Abdessamih
Cost: One course: 15 - 70 DH, Three courses: 50 – 120 DH (April 2009)

la DÉCOUVERTE                                                                               WiFi
Tiny French-run restaurant with just six tables inside and two outside. Serves a simple menu of
mainly Moroccan dishes with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Daily specialities such as
royal couscous with camel meat are advertised on a blackboard at the end of the lane. Also has
vegetarian specialities. Desserts might include lemon meringue pie or Moroccan pastries. Open
10 am to 10 pm every day except Saturday. Usually closes in January.
Address: 8 bis Rue Houmman el Fatouki Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 31 58 Website: www.essaouira-ladecouverte.com
Cost: One course: 10 – 80 DH, 3 courses: 55 – 125 DH (November 2010)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009
DELICES ET SAVERURS DE MOGADOR                                                               WiFi
The outside tables (there is also comfortable inside seating) are a good place to watch the
world go buy in the little ‘square’ which links the medina’s two main walking streets. The menu
includes seafood, Moroccan and Italian dishes.
Address: 60 Rue Boutouil Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 21 67 / 0 (0 212) 6 52 21 49 61
Cost: One course:25 - 85, 3 courses: 65 – 200 DH (November 2013)
DIABAT Café
Tiny brightly-painted ‘hippy’ café with tables overlooking the building site which is now Diabat
beach (about 3 miles south of Essaoura, along the beach). Serves tajines etc. Can also organise
camel rides.
Address: Diabat

gelateria DOLCE FREDDO
Café/gelateria on Place Moulay Hassan. Good for Italian coffee (including decaffinated) and a
range of icecreams. Also offers a limited breakfast menu (or just order coffee and have a
take-away from Patisserie Driss, followed by a 5 DH juice from the kiosk by the harbour). Open
07:30 – 22:00 daily.
Address: 25 Place Moulay Hassan Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 63 57 19 28
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Rough Guide 2007, Time Out 2008

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patisserie DRISS
Patisserie founded in 1925. Serves croissants, tarts and cakes which can be eaten with coffee
in the small sheltered courtyard, one of two picture-lined rooms or taken to one of the cafés on
Place Moulay Hassan. Breakfast (popular with locals), which includes omelettes and crêpes, can
be eaten in or taken away. Also does pastilla (must be ordered in advance) and pizza.
Address: 10 Rue El Hajal
Cost: Breakfast: 21 - 30 DH, Pastilla: 150 - 270 DH, Pizza: 70 DH (October 2012),
Recommended by: Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010, Time Out 2008
le DUPLEX
Minimalist fresh modern interior on two levels. The food, which is a mixture of Moroccan,
seafood, French and Italian, is delightfully presented and served.
Address: 22 Rue Skala Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 50 83
Cost: One course: 35 - 120 3 courses: 95 - 195
ELIZIR
‘Idiosyncratic cool’ is Time Out 2008’s perfect description of the interior of this quirky first
floor restaurant which the owner has decorated with great originality using an eclectic and
quirky range of flea market finds, retro furniture and modern art. The short menu features
excellent and innovative Moroccan/Italian style dishes including home-made pasta and gnocchi.
black cuttlefish risotto and a popular balsamic steak. Portions, including the complimentary
starter, are generous. Cosy fire in winter; roof terrace in summer. Booking advisable.
Address: 1 Rue d’Agadir Essaouira – Maroc Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 21 03 Website: www.elizir.com
Cost: One course: 60 - 180 DH, 3 courses: 260 – 305 DH (November 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Routard 2010, Time Out 2008
ESSALAM
Popular little terrace restaurant with small terrace overlooking the lively Place Moulay Hassan.
Budget set meals: soup or salad, then omelette, fish, couscous or tajine and dessert.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 55 48
Cost: Breakfast: 15 DH, 3 courses: about 30 - 65 DH (March 2009)
Recommended by: Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010
Café EZZAWIA/Chez BELHAJ
Snack bar plus open-fronted restaurant at the top end of the 'tourist' street. Simple
Morocccan food and occasional Gnawa music
Address: 168 Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 0264 85 50 / 0 (0 212) 6 01 92 10 93
Cost: One course: 5 - 70 DH, 3 courses: 55 - 110 DH (October 2011)

restaurant FAMILIALE
A short lane leads to a cavernous arched interior sparsely decorated with red banquette
seating and neatly-laid low tables. The cooking, which is described as 'typical Berber cuisine
with argan oil' is pretty good.
Address: 8 Rue Ibnou Toumate (off Derb Laalouj) Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 45 31 / 0 (0 212) 6 62 35 36 49
Cost: One course: 20 - 180 DH, 3 courses: 75 - 235 DH (November 2010)
FANATIC
Popular bistro-style café with terrace overlooking the beach. Excellent breakfasts (one is
ample for two people), coffee and good lunches. Food is mainly French/Moroccan cuisine
seafood and grills. Can get very busy at lunch time. Open 08:00 – 23:00 daily.
Address: Boulevard Mohammed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 50 08
Cost: Breakfast: 40 DH, One course: 40 – 120 DH, 3 courses: 135 - 360 DH (March 2013)
Recommended by: Time Out 2008

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al FARACHAH (the BUTTERFLY)
Elegantly decorated riad with tables dotted around the cosy (covered) courtyard. The
excellent food, which is a modern French take on traditional Morocccan dishes, is imaginative
and well-presented. You can also get a variety of light meals (assiettes) and drinks in the bar on
the upper level - Le Petit Papillon from 18:00. Closed Saturday.
Address: 24 Rue Iraq Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 45 20 / 0 (0 212) 6 60 74 12 52
Cost: One course: 50 – 180 DH, 3 courses: 200 -535 DH (March 2013)
FATAFEAT MOGADOR
Simple Moroccan food cooked in a minute kitchen and served at a low communal table. Live
music most nights.
Address: Rue Malik Ben Morhal (off Avenue de l'Istiqal) Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 06 16 25 79/0 (0212) 6 99 33 41 52
Cost: One course: 40 - 60 DH (January 2013)

FERDAOUSS
First floor restaurant well known for good value Moroccan home cooking. Open 12:30 – 14:30
and 18:30 – 23:00 except Mondays.
Address: 27 Rue Abdessalam Lebadi Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 36 55
Cost: One course: 35 – 65 DH, 3 courses: 110 DH (March 2010)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Routard 2010, Time Out 2008
FOUR (4) SAISONS DE MOGADOR
Narrow restaurant on four floors with a roof terrace providing an interesting view of Avenue
de l’Istiqual, the medina’s main thoroughfare. The extensive menu includes pizza (downstairs
only), snacks, seafood, pasta and Moroccan specialities.
Address: Avenue de l’Istiqal
Cost: One course: 8 - 90 DH, 3 courses: 48 – 150 (March 2013)
café de FRANCE
Founded in 1917, Café de France is one of the oldest and most characterful cafés on Place
Moulay Hassan. Popular with locals for mint tea and coffee. Does not do food at lunchtime but
serves a limited breakfast menu until 10:00. In the evening, serves pizza, pasta, seafood,
Moroccan dishes, omelettes and salads .
Address: Place Moulay Hassan
Cost: Breakfast: 20 DH, One course: 13 – 40 DH (March 2011)
chez FRANÇOISE
French-run café and tea room with 2 long banquettes on opposite walls and 8 tiny tables in
between. There are also a couple of small tables in the road outside. Françoise serves a simple
menu of soup, sweet and savoury tarts and crêpes. Pictures by local artists line the walls.
Address: 1 Rue Hoummam El Fatouaki Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 68 16 40 87
Cost: One course: 20 – 65 DH, 3 courses: 75 – 85 DH (March 2011)
Recommended by: Michelin 2007
chez les FRERES
Cheerful and laid back little place run by two enthusiastic brothers. Freshly-made pizza, pasta
and Moroccan dishes incuding specialities, some of which have to be ordered in advance. You
can eat in the restaurant at traditonal banquettes and low tables or take away.
Address: 3 Bia, Rue sidi Mgdoul Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 58 25 or 0 (0 212) 6 72 38 88 96
Cost: Breakfast: 20 – 25 DH, One course: 10 - 70 DH, 3 courses: 45 - 120 DH (November 2008)

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les GARGOTTES (GRILLED SEAFOOD STALLS)
An L-shaped group of blue and white stalls where you can choose from displays of freshly-
caught seafood then have it expertly cooked over charcoal and simply served with a bread (and,
if you have a strong constitution, a tasty salad). If you are after a cheap lunch beware of
inadvertently choosing a large prime fish (prices per kg are fixed and listed on a board at the
end of the row so you may want to check first). For a good value meal specify the maximum
price that you are prepared to pay - 60 DH per person will buy quite a feast. Open 11:00 – 16:00
daily.
Address: Le Port d'Essaouira
Cost: E.g. Sardines: 3 for 10 DH, mixture: 60 DH, Lobster: 400 DH per kilo (January 2010)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010, Time
Out 2008
GINGER CAFE
Small café serving delicious healthy food with a Spanish bias. The menu includes teas, coffees,
smoothies, cakes, sandwiches and daily specialities (e.g. tortilla, humous). You can eat in the
bright modern interior or at a couple of low tables outside. Also has information on activities
such as 4x4 adventures. Open 09:00 – 19:00 (later in summer) daily except Sunday
Address: 8 Rue Ibn Rochid Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 51 20 Website: www.gingermorocco.com
Cost: Breakfast: 30 - 35 DH, One course: 30 - 50 DH (March 2013)
le GLACIER
Small café/pizzeria at the heart of the medina. Good for people-watching from outside tables
which catch the sun at breakfast time. Simple menu of salads, omelettes, pizza, pasta and
tajines. Also does take-aways.
Address: On the corner of Rue Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdelah and Rue Laâlouj
Cost: Breakfast: 25 - 35 DH, One course: 15 - 45 DH, 3 courses: 50 DH (November 2013)
GNAWA BLUES
Trendy little café where you can get a substantial breakfast, salads, seafood, Italian and good
Moroccan dishes. You can sit outside overlooking Place El Menzah (provided it isn’t windy as
there isn't much shelter) or in the tiny interior. Gnawa music most evenings.
Address: Avenue Oqba Ben Nafia
Cost: Breakfast: 30, One course: 20 - 120 DH, 3 courses: 80 - 175DH (November 2013)
le GRAND LARGE
Atmospheric little tea salon and restaurant with exposed stone walls and arches. Serves fish,
pizza, tajines and couscous.
Address: 2 Rue Oum Rabia Tel: + 212 (0) 5 24 47 28 66 Website: www.riadlegrandlarge.com
Cost: One course: about 80 DH (November 2007)

GREEN WOK THAI
If you fancy a change from tajines this tiny, spotlessly clean, café just off Place Moulay Hassan
is well worth a try for tasty Thai food in simple surroundings. Food is skilfully cooked at an
open kitchen at the end and served with enthusiasm by the two young proprietors. Open 1130-
1530 and 1830-2230 (1430 -2200 on Friday). Closed Monday.
Address: 6 rue El Hajjali, Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 30 28
Cost: One course: 15 - 85 DH, 3 courses: 80 - 155 (January 2013)

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l’HEURE BLEU PALAIS
Upmarket restaurant on the ground floor of the smartest hotel in town - a large riad
decorated in a mixture of colonial and European country house style. You can eat in the
panelled dining room or, on warm evenings, in the romantic courtyard (Salon Anglais). The menu
is modern international cuisine with subtle Moroccan touches. Cooking is of a very high standard
with subtle blending of flavours and excellent presentation. The hotel also has a pleasant
café/bar by the roof-top pool (the pool is not open to non-residents) where you can get salads,
sandwiches, grills, ice-cream and drinks.
Open: Main restaurant 19:30 – 22:00, Rooftop café 12:30 – 16:30
Address: 2 Rue Ibn Batouta, Bab Marrakech Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 34 34 Website: www.heure-bleue.com
Cost: One course: 110 - 415 DH 3 courses: 580 – 950 DH (March 2013)
Recommended by: Routard 2010
l’HORLOGE
Outside tables in a small leafy square surrounded by a display of Moroccan lamps and rugs from
nearby shops. Simple menu consisting of tajines, couscous and omelettes. Service can be
unenthusiastic but the the Malian music from the CD shop next door is very atmospheric.
Address: Place Chefchaouni
Cost: Breakfast: 17 – 25 DH, One course: 10 – 60 DH (November 2010)
Recommended by: Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Routard 2010
dar al HOUMA
Deceptively spacious candlelit restaurant amongst the carpet sellers between Place Moulay
Hassan and Place Chefchaouni. Seafood, omelettes, pasta and Moroccan dishes are served in
three fabric-lined rooms with banquette seating. An alternative budget choice if you can’t get a
table in the popular Laayoune opposite.
Address: 9 Rue El Hajjali Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 33 87
Cost: One course: 10 - 80 DH, 3 courses: 33 - 153 DH (October 2010)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009
café JALIL
Tiny hole in the wall snack bar offering simple but delicious Moroccan food to take away (bring
your own container) or eat at one of two tiny tables outside. The menu is simple (tajine du jour,
lentils, omelette and Friday couscous) but they will also cook any tajine to order given two
hours notice.
Address: Rue Siyaghine Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 58 37 69 56
Cost: One course: 6 - 20 DH (October 2012)
le JOLI COIN
Popular little café and take-away just round the corner from Place Moulay Hassan Specialises in
take-away pizza, kebabs and sandwiches.
Address: 21 Rue El Hajjali Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 37 94
Cost: One course: 10 – 40 DH (November 2007)

al KARMA
A narrow entrance next to the vegetable souk leads to a tranquil oasis where you can sit in the
sun under palm and fig trees. The simple menu consists of salad, grilled fish or chicken and
tajines which you eat Moroccan-style with your fingers. Alternatively you can take your own
meat or fish to be grilled over charcoal.
Address: off Souk Jedid
Cost: 3 courses; 45 - 100 DH, BYO grills: 5 – 20 DH (March 2013)

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el KHAIMA (THE TENT)
Surprisingly spacious and cosy restaurant based around a Moroccan tent. Multiligual menu (with
some amusing translations!) includes salads, omelettes, pizza, seafood and French/Moroccan
food
Address: Place Chrib Attai/Place El Khaima (off Rue Laâlouj) Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 60 52
Cost: One course: 20 – 120 DH, 3 courses; 65 - 210 DH (November 2008)
al KHANSAA
Riad restored by an artistic Moroccan family with unusual and eclectic taste. The dining area
cum art gallery is dominated by a unique fountain sculpture and fantasy fireplace. Simple set
menus with a limited choice of mainly Moroccan food. Open every day until 23:00.
Address: 60-62 Rue Touahen Tel: + 212 (0) 5 24 47 66 17 Website: www.hotelriad-alkhansaa.com
Cost: 3 courses: 100 - 150 DH (November 2007)
chez KHERFA
Two entrances lead to this colourful little terrace restaurant overlooking Derb Laalouj on one
side and Place Chrib Attay/El Khaima on the other. Simple menu of omletettes, pasta, tajines
etc.
Address: Derb Laalouj
Cost: Breakfast: 25 - 45 DH, One course: 10 - 60 DH, Three courses: 35 - 130 DH (March 2010)
LAAYOUNE
Very popular little restaurant among the carpet shops between Place Moulay Hassan and Place
Chefchaouni. Serves good value Moroccan food, crêpes, omelettes and fish. Banquette seating
with low tables, a relaxed atmosphere and efficient service. Turnaround is rapid so it is often
worth waiting for a table to became available (but not so good if you want o make an evening of
it). Closed on Friday.
Address: 4 bis Rue El Hajjali Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 46 43
Cost: One course: 10 – 70 DH, 3 courses: 32 - 118 DH (January 2012)
Recommended by: Michelin 2007, Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010

LALLA MIRA
Bright yellow restaurant on the ground floor of a German-run hotel attached to the oldest
hammam in town. Serves organic food from the hotel’s own farm inculding vegetarian and fish-
based 3-course menus, omelettes and tajines. Open 07:30 – 11:00, 12:00 – 14:30 and 19:00
22:00. Booking advisable for non-residents.
Address: 14 Rue d’Algerie Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 50 46 Website: www.lallamira.net
Cost: Breakfast: 20 – 60 DH, One course: 6 - 150 DH, 3 courses: 90 - 140 DH (November 2008)
la LICORNE
Spacious restaurant with baronial style Moroccan décor (deep red tadelakt walls, dark carved
wood, exotic lighting). Good Moroccan/French fusion cuisine served by charming waitresses.
Closed Mondays and part of January
Address: 26 Rue Skala Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 36 26 Website: www.lalicorne-essaouira.com
Cost: One course: 45 - 130 DH, 3 courses: 160 – 285 DH (November 2010)
dar LOUBANE
On the ground floor of an historic mansion. French-Moroccan cuisine and seafood is served in
the patio or one of the interior dining rooms. Booking advisable for the Saturday night Gnaoua
evenings (audience participation expected!). Open 12:00 – 14:30 and 19:00 – 22:00 except
Wednesdays.
Address: 24 Rue de Rif Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 62 96
Cost: Tapas: 10 - 40 DH, One course: 10 – 120 DH, 3 courses: 85 - 255 DH (March 2012)
Recommended by: Michelin 2007, Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010

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LOUBOU’S LOUNGE
A large modern restaurant/lounge/nightclub just outside the medina in a modern complex next
to Hotel des Iles. The tables surround a circular dance floor with subdued lighting and four
screens showing music videos. Wide curving stairs lead to an upstairs bar. Drinks, and the food
on the short international menu, are pricey. Happy hour until 22:00 and live music from about
22:00 - 00:30 most evenings.
Address: 32 lot Complexe Bin Al Aswar Tel: + 212 (0) 5 24 78 48 72 Website: www.loubousessaouira.com
Cost: One course: 65 - 175, 3 courses: 225 - 450 DH (November 2010)
riad al MADINA
Former hippy café transformed into an attractive and colourful hotel at the heart of the
medina. You can eat in the attractive courtyard at the centre of the riad or in the comfortable
dining room on two levels. International menu. Live music on Wednesday and Saturday.
Address: 9 Rue Attarine Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 59 07
Cost: 3 courses 300 DH (October 2011)
MAISON DU CINEMA
Tastefully decorated building which at 20:30 serves a 3-course meal and film (usually in
French). Booking recommended for best seats, such as the settee in from of the fire. Wine is
relatively expensive.
Address: 14 Rue Laalouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 48 51 or 0 (0 212) 6 71 53 83 77 Website: www.lamaisonducinema.net
Cost: 3 courses: 75 DH (November 2013)
MAISON DU SUD
Deceptively spacious restaurant/hotel/art gallery on the main pedestrian street just north of
Place Moulay Hassan. A basic 3-course set menu is served in a choice of well-furnished seating
areas.
Address: Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdalah
Cost: 3 courses: 90 DH (March 2009)
MALAK
Youthful ground floor restaurant serving Moroccan home cooking accompanied by occasional
Gnawa music.
Address: 7 Rue Moussef Ben Tchfine Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 53 44 62 07
Cost: One course: 15 - 80 DH, 3 courses: 73 - 165 DH (March 2011)

la MAMA
Small first-floor trattoria/pizzeria/café. Has five tables in the cosy interior and a few more on
the terrace outside. Friendly atmosphere and assertive Sicilian style cuisine.
Address: 31 Place Chrib Attay Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 68 16 40 69 or 0 (0 212) 6 77 54 24 86
Cost: One course: 20 - 100 DH, 3 courses: 85 - 160 DH (July 2012)

le MAMOUCHE
Enormous restaurant and lounge bar in the new town, just behind Hotel Medina (formerly
Sofitel). Opulent interior decor and a pleasant sheltered garden for drinks. International
cuisine. Open 19:30 - 02:30 daily. Bellydancing at 21:30 and 23:00. and DJ from 23:00 on Friday
and Saturday. Happy hours 19:30 - 20:30 and 22:30 - 23:30.
Address: 6 Rue Moukaouama Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 49 00/ 0 (0 212) 6 61 37 51 88
Website: www.lemamouche.com Email: restaurant@lemamouche.com
Cost: One course 70 - 295 DH, 3 courses: 240 - 455 DH (January 2012)

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il MARE                                                                                 WiFi
Large café, bar and restaurant with roof terraces overlooking the ramparts and Atlantic
Ocean, one of which includes a cosy tented area. Serves seafood, Moroccan, French and Italian
specialities. Food is good but relatively expensive. Has live music most evenings.
Address: 43 Rue Yamen (Skala) Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 64 17 Website: www.ilmaressaouira.com
Cost: One course 65 - 450 DH, 3 courses: 180 - 640 DH (October 2011)
Recommended by: Routard 2010
café MARRAKECH/El FAID
Serves breakfast (including omelettes and crêpes), Lunch/dinner includes pizza, pasta, seafood,
Moroccan dishes, omelettes and salads.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan
Cost: Breakfast: 25 - 40 DH, One course: 15 - 60 DH (March 2013)

le MECHOUAR
You can dine throughout the day in the large dimly lit dining room (with large screen TVs) or at
tables outside overlooking the town's main pedestrian thoroughfare. Offers breakfast, lunch,
dinner, late night drinks, DJs and live music. Drinks are available without meals in the
restaurant or on the front terrace.
Address: Avenue Oqba Ben Nafia Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 58 28 Website: www.lemechouar.com
Cost: Breakfast: 30 - 50 DH, One course: 60 - 230 DH, 3 courses: 180 - 365 DH (January 2013)
residence el MEHDI
Deceptively large riad hotel halfway along a covered alleyway which links the medina’s two main
shopping streets. The ground floor bar, which is open to non-residents, has a diverse choice of
seating areas with décor ranging from colourful Moroccan to cosy and colonial.
Address: 15 Rue Sidi Abdessamih Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 44 47 59 43 Website: www.residenceelmehdi.com

el MENZAH (el MINZAH)
The restaurant, which is situated beneath Palazzo Desdemona, is in a large room with
impressive interlinked stone arches. The menu is mainly Moroccan/French/Italian with good
seafood specialities. There is a separate TV bar at the back which can be accessed either
through the restaurant or directly via an unmarked door opposite Madada Hotel and restaurant.
Address: 3 Avenue Okba Ibn Nafia Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 53 08
Cost: One course: 50 – 220 DH, 3 courses: 145 – 325 DH (November 2009)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Routard 2010
chez MERMOZ
Friendly restaurant (run by Marine and Nourdine) where you can eat in the first floor salon,
under a ground level canopy or at a couple of tables outside in Place Chrib Attay. The relatively
extensive menu includes Moroccan food, omelettes and pasta.
Address: 5 Place Chrib Attay (off Rue Laâlouj) Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 19 01 04 96
Cost: One course: 15 – 80 DH, 3 courses: 45 – 123 DH (November 2010)
MIYAME RESTO
Housed in a former Koranic school close to the food souks this simple little family-run
restaurant serves grills, seafood and excellent tajines, plus couscous on Friday/Saturday. Seats
about 10 people at low tables, plus an extra four by the entrance. Service is laid-back and
friendly. While not everything on the short menu may be available, the ingredients are fresh
and the cooking can be very good indeed. Booking recommended (as is the apple tart when it is
available!). Usually closes on Sunday.
Address: 19 Rue Jbala Tel: 0 (0 212) 6 55 58 79 61/0 (0 212) 6 73 59 11 48
Cost: One course: 6 - 80 DH, 3 courses: 46 - 130 DH (November 2013)

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café/restaurant MOGADOR (BAR MOG)
Well-run little café on the seafront boulevard with inside and outside eating areas. Popular with
locals and tourists alike. Serves breakfast,Moroccan dishes, seafood, snacks and daily
specialities.
Address: Boulevard Mohammed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 32 36
Cost: One course: 15 – 180 DH, 3 courses: 65 – 245 DH (November 2009)
le MOGADORIEN
Deceptively spacious restaurant within a building dating back to the 18th century. Bright
banquette seating under stone arches. Moroccan cuisine and seafood served by friendly,
English-speaking waiters.
Address: 7 Place Chefchaouni Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 49 50 or 0 (0 212) 6 61 20 70 57
Website: www.lemogadorien.c.la
Cost: One course: 15 – 95 DH, 3 courses: 60 – 185 DH (March 2010)
la MOUETTE D’ESSAOUIRA
A sunny café on the harbour side of Place Moulay Hassan. Menu includes juices, soups, salads,
pizzas, tajines and couscous. Also does take-away pizza. One of the few places in town to serve
good decaffienated coffee.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 47 05
Cost: Breakfast: 25 DH, One course: 40 - 60 DH, 3 courses: 100 - 130 DH (January 2013)
dar MOUNIA
Centrally situated hotel with a ground floor restaurant serving a range of Moroccan, French,
Italian and seafood dishes. The square room is subtly decorated with an array of metal ceiling
lanterns, zelliges and tadelakt.
Address: 2 Rue Laalouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 29 88
Cost: One course: 25 - 95 DH, 3 courses: 70 - 200 DH (March 2010)
M’RISTE JOUHAR
Family-run restaurant serving good Moroccan food, including some interesting specialities as
well as a vegetarian set menu. The mixture of Moroccan salads for starter is particularly
recommended. Elegant Moroccan décor and friendly service.
Address: 6 Rue Mohamed Diouri (off Derb Laalouj) Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 58 54
Website: www.restaurant-mriste-jouhar.com
Cost: One course: 25 – 85 DH, 3 courses: 80 – 150 (November 2013)
MUMTAZ MAHAL
Beautifully restored riad and hammam close to Madada Hotel and Restaurant. There is no
restaurant but non-residents can admire the craftsmanship by having a drink in the sumptuous
bar.
Address: 5 Rue Youssef El Fassi Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 53 00 Website: www.riadmumtazmahal.com

le NECTAR
Brightly-decorated restaurant with banquette seating inside or 3 tables outside overlooking El
Khaima (the tent). The menu is the usual mix of seafood, Moroccan and Italian dishes. Open
11:00 – 15:00 and 19:00 – 23:00h
Address: 14 – 15 Place Chrib Attai/Place El Khaima (off Rue Laâlouj) Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 54 85
Cost: One course: 10 – 95 DH, 3 courses: 40 – 180 DH (November 2009)

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NUAMEN
Nuâmen is a local-run restaurant with blue and white-tiled walls and low pine tables which,
together with the bright lighting, give it a rather clinical feel. Moroccan cooking with an
emphasis on pulses (but not necessarily vegetarian).
Address: rue Khader Ghallan(opposite Rue Ceuta)
Cost: One course: 15 - 80 DH, 3 courses: 65 – 145 DH (November 2010)
O'BLEU MOGADOR
Run by French master chef Serge Puzin and his wife this cosy restaurant offers a short well-
chosen menu of fusion dishes served with French flair. It is (literally) quite a find in the heart
of the medina's Chbanat area - they are happy to send a guide to show you the way or you can
follow the dicreet signs from Rue Mohamed El Qorry.
Address: 23 Rue Bouchentouf Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 31 33
Cost: One course: 90 - 180 DH, 3 courses: 225 - 390 DH, 5 course tasting menu: 390 DH (January 2013)
OCEAN VAGABOND BEACH CAFÉ
A healthy 30 minute walk down the beach from the medina. Good for relaxed café-style lunches
(blackboard specialities, paninis, pizzas, burgers, chips) and watching, or participating in,
watersports (Club Mistral is next door), horse or camel riding. Sunloungers and deckchairs
make this a wonderfully laid back place to have lunch or a drink – and the walk along the beach
is lovely.
Address: Boulevard Mohamed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 39 34 Website: www.oceanvagabond.com
Cost: One course: 40 - 120 DH, 3 courses: 95 - 240 DH (November 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Routard 2010
OCEAN VAGABOND HOTEL
Serves good, attractively presented, food in a modern African-themed dining room or in a
peaceful garden by the small swimming pool. The menu includes interesting salads, omelettes,
sandwiches, burgers and tajines. Open to non residents from 11:00 to 23:00. Diners can use the
pool for free.
Address: boulevard Lalla Aïcha Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 92 22 Website: www.oceanvagabond.com
Cost: One course: 35 – 110 DH, 3 courses: 95 – 230 DH, childrens menu: 70 DH (May 2009)
OPERA DU SUD
Café/restaurant with tables on Place Moulay as well as a relatively smart interior (and good
loos!). The menu is the the standard mixture of French, Moroccan, Italian and seafood dishes.
Address: 12 Place Moulay Hassan Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 59 25
Cost: Breakfast: 25 DH, One course: 500 - 220 DH, 3 courses: 110 - 350 DH (January 2013)

d’ ORIENT ET D’AILLEURS
A deceptively spacious restaurant with tasteful understated décor and lighting. A simple menu
of well presented and expertly cooked modern French/Moroccan food is served with
enthusiasm by the Swiss/French proprietors, Liliana and Lawrence. The three course set menu
is particularly good value and the list of Moroccan wines is better than most. Closed on
Saturday. Booking advisable.
Address: 67 bis, Rue Touahen Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 59 77 Website: www.dorientetdailleurs.com
Cost: One course: 50 – 160 DH, 3 courses: 90 – 490 (November 2013)
Recommended by: Routard 2010

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l'OR VERT
Deceptively large, comfortably furnished restaurant opposite Place Chrib Attay. The menu is
the usual mix of seafood, Moroccan and Italian dishes.
Address: 5 Rue Laalouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 54 85
Cost: One course: 10 – 130 DH, 3 courses: 57 – 213 (October 2012)

chez el OUAZZANI
Little more than a counter with a few chairs, this café is recommended for no-nonsense
authentic Moroccan cooking at bargain prices. On Friday you can do as the locals do - take your
own dish along for a helping of their excellent couscous then return to your apartment for a
relaxed lunch with family and friends (or if you prefer it for dinner buy at lunch time and
reheat later).
Address: 88 Rue Mohammed el Qory
Cost: One course: 3 - 30 DH, 3 courses: 20 – 40 (November 2013)
Recommended by: Routard 2010
dar l’OUSSIA
A large riad-syle hotel with ground floor restaurant and separate bar. You can also get drinks
on the comfortable roof terrace which has great views of the beach. The elegant vaulted
dining room, which has cosy fires in winter, overlooks the tranquil courtyard with its flower-
filled fountain. The menu features mainly Moroccan dishes, of which only a few may be available
on any particular night.
Address: Rue Mohamed Ben Masoud
Cost: One course: 50 - 150, 3 courses: 200 - 290 DH (January 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009
Le PANORAMIQUE
A healthy 30 minute walk down the beach from the medina this modern café/restaurant is
situated in the café/watersports complex which is creeping north from Ocean Vagabond Beach
Café. A range of snacks and meals are served in the rather soul-less interior, the shady terrace
or at brightly-coloured plastic chairs and tables in the garden overlooking the beach. Open
12:00 – 15:00 h and 19:00 - 22:30 h.
Address: Boulevard Mohamed V Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 78 59 56
Cost: Breakfast: 24 - 34 DH, One course: 25 - 50 DH, 3 courses: 63 - 93 (October 2012)
le PATIO
Popular restaurant with atmospheric red and black Moroccan décor, romantic lighting and
charming staff. A daily-changing blackboard menu of modern French/Moroccan specialities,
including excellent fish dishes is brought to each table. Lighting can be just a bit too subtle so
it is a good idea to bring a torch to read the menu and wine list. Open 18:30 – 23:00 every day
except Monday. Also has a small tapas bar (open from 17:30) where you can get a drink without
ordering a full meal. Usually has live background music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Address: 28 bis Rue Moulay Rachid Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 41 66
Cost: Tapas: 35 DH, One course: 65 - 130 DH, 3 courses: 215 - 270 DH (November 2013)
Recommended by: Footprint Africa 2009, Lonely Planet 2011, Michelin 2007, Routard 2010, Time Out 2008
la PETITE ALGUE
Restaurant/café/bar just across the road from the beach (about 10 minutes walk from the
medina, above Aigue Marine). Has four main areas: a ‘local’ restaurant, a bar with TV, a ‘tourist’
restaurant and an attractive terrace overlooking the beach (not all are open all of the time).
Serves Moroccan food, seafood and snacks.
Address: Boulevard Mohamed V
Cost: One course: 30 - 140 DH, 3 courses: 80 - 270 DH (March 2009)

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la PETITE PERLE D’ESSAOUIRA
Basic Moroccan food served at low tables with banquette seating.
Address: 2 Rue Hajjali Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 50 50
Cost: 3 courses: 55 - 95 DH (November 2007)
Recommended by:Michelin 2007, Rough Guide 2007, Routard 2010

RAMSESS
Family-run restaurant serving French/Moroccan food with a vaguely Egyption theme. The two
lively sisters who serve both speak excellent English. Sometimes has Gnawa music.
Address: 18 Rue Ibn Rochid Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 21 39
Cost: 3 courses: 165 DH (March 2013)

La RENCONTRE
A bright red staircase leads to this modern red, white and black restaurant on two floors. The
food includes Italian, Moroccan and seafood specialities. There are good views of the ramparts
from the terrace, where you can also have a drink without food.
Address: 88 Rue Laalouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 21 63
Cost: One course: 30 - 100 DH, 3 courses: 110– 240 DH (March 2012)
palais de REMPARTS
Elegant riad hotel which is open to non-residents for evening meals. The menu is all Moroccan,
including some unusual dishes such as tajine of lamb with artichoke and petits pois.
Address: 18 Rue Ibn Rochid Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 51 10 / 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 35 35
Cost: One course: 25 - 160 DH, 3 courses: 90 - 270 DH (March 2013)

restaurant des REVES
Centrally situated first floor restaurant just off Avenue Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah. The
two long dining salons are comfortably furnished with velvet covered banquettes. The menu
includes Moroccan and Italian dishes, grills and seafood.
Address: Rue Sidi Ahmed Ouharon Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 47 50 / 0 (0 212) 6 68 67 02
Cost: One course: 35 - 250 DH, 3 courses: 75 - 400 DH (October 2012)
SAFRAN                                                                                                    WiFi
One of the larger cafés in the old grain market. In addition to the usual tables in the square
itself there is a small first floor terrace with inside and outside seating, the latter offering
fascinating views over the medina. Serves mainly seafood and Moroccan dishes. The spice shop
next door is good place to buy genuine Moroccan saffron (60 DH/gram).
Address: Place Marché Aux Grains
Cost: Breakfast: 24 - 36, Brunch: 69 DH, One course: 20 - 99 DH, 3 courses: 65 - 209 DH (November 2013)
dar SALTANE
Deceptively large café/restaurant with courtyard and fountain. Good value Moroccan food.
Does not serve alcohol but you can take your own.
Address: 7 Rue Abdellah Chefchaouni Tel: 0 (0 212)5 24 47 59 73
Cost: 3 courses:: 58 - 98 DH (November 2007)

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chez SAM
Famous wooden boat-like building jutting out into the harbour with great views of the fishing
fleet. You can eat in the small enclosed terrace (booking advisable), the cosy 1950s style
ground floor dining room or the more spacious top floor. No-nonsense cooking, mostly seafood
cooked in a variety of ways, with decent-sized portions. Open 12:00 – 15:30 and 10:00 – 23:30
daily.
Address: Le port d'Essaouira Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 4762 38
Cost: One course: 30 - 250, 3 courses: 85 - 370 DH (July 2012)
Recommended by: Rough Guide 2007, Footprint Africa 2009, Michelin 2007, Time Out 2008
le SEVEN (7)
Up-market beach-side restaurant opposite (and part of) the Atlas Hotel, a healthy walk along
the beach from the medina. The short, rather unadventurous, menu features mainly seafood,
but you can also get snacks such as pizza, burgers, paninis and club sandwiches at certain times
of day. Friendly, professional service. A good selection of (expensive) wines. A comfortable
place for a beer at sunset. Other restaurants at the Atlas Hotel are Le Safran (Moroccan) and
Les Alizés (international) – see separate entries.
Address: Boulevand Mohammed V
Cost: One course: 60 - 200 DH, 3 courses: 270 – 350 DH (July 2012)
SHYADMA VEGAN
Simple vegan café in Place Chrib Attay. Offers some interesting dishes (such as quince tajine)
which are cooked from scratch so be prepared for a long wait.
Address: Place Chrib Attay
Cost: Breakfast: 23 DH, One course: 15 – 50 DH, 3 courses: 75 – 105 (March 2013)
SICILIA
Friendly pavement café at the top of Place Moulay Hassan. A good place to people-watch over
breakfast or with mint tea/coffee and a pastry from Patisserie Driss, which is next door.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan
Cost: Breakfast: 23 DH (November 2007)

SILVESTRO
A small, popular and unpretentious first-floor Italian restaurant and pizzeria with an open
kitchen and friendly service. The choice of Italian wines make a change from the usual
Moroccan list.
Address: 70 Rue Laâlouj Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 35 55
Cost: One course: 40 - 120 DH, 3 courses: 125 - 285 (March 2009)
Recommended by:Michelin 2007, Time Out 2008
le SIROCCO
Lively well-run restaurant with characterful French owners. The food - mostly French,
Moroccan (including mechoui and tanjia and good pastilla,) and seafood - is generally excellent.
Desserts include a sublime chocolate fondant cake. Has live music (usually on Mondays and
Fridays), whilst Sunday is usually magic night. Closed Saturdays. Booking advisable at peak
times.
Address: 15 Rue Ibn Rochd Tel: 0 (0 212) 5 24 47 23 96 or 0 (0 212) 6 61 08 33 72
Cost: One course: 3 - 186 DH, 3 courses: 130 – 370 (November 2013)
Recommended by: Michelin 2007, Routard 2010

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