Marrakesh Restaurants

Marrakesh has arguably the largest selection of restaurants in Morocco, which serve equal parts Moroccan and international cuisine at varying price points. Restaurant dining, once reserved mainly for the wealthy or very special occasions, is now part of the norm for virtually all Marrakshis. Options vary from inexpensive snack b
Marrakesh has arguably the largest selection of restaurants in Morocco, which serve equal parts Moroccan and international cuisine at varying price points. Restaurant dining, once reserved mainly for the wealthy or very special occasions, is now part of the norm for vir
Marrakesh has arguably the largest selection of restaurants in Morocco, which serve equal parts Moroccan and internation

Marrakesh has arguably the largest selection of restaurants in Morocco, which serve equal parts Moroccan and international cuisine at varying price points. Restaurant dining, once reserved mainly for the wealthy or very special occasions, is now part of the norm for virtually all Marrakshis. Options vary from inexpensive snack bars, cafés, and fast-food restaurants to the more pricey French bistros, sushi bars, and sophisticated Moroccan fine-dining options. In restaurants where alcohol is served, meal prices tend to be high as licenses are expensive. Home entertaining, however, with lavish meals to impress visitors, is still very much part and parcel of the old Marrakshi way of life. To get an idea (albeit a rather expensive one) of traditional yet sumptuous Moroccan entertaining, treat yourself to an evening at one of Marrakesh’s popular riad gastronomique restaurants in the medina. Morocco is a Muslim country, so don't assume that all restaurants will serve alcohol. Licenses are expensive and, inside the medina especially, are very hard to come by.

You can also eat well at inexpensive sidewalk cafés in both the medina and Guéliz. Here, don't miss out on a famous local dish called tanjia, made popular by workers who slow-cook lamb or beef in an earthenware pot left in hot ashes for the whole day. Food is cooked and served from an outdoor street-kitchen with shared tables, but it's a hearty meal with locals for around 30 DH.

Most restaurants in Marrakesh tend to fall into two categories. They're either fashionable, flashy affairs, mostly in Guéliz and the outlying areas of Marrakesh, which serve à la carte European, Asian, and Moroccan cuisine, or they're more traditional places, often tucked inconspicuously into riads and old palaces in the medina. Both types can be fairly pricey, and, to avoid disappointment, are best booked in advance. They also tend to open quite late, usually not before 7:30 in Guéliz and 8 in the medina, although most people don't sit down to eat until 9 or 9:30. In recent years a third dining category, the dinner-cabaret, has become a popular format, attracting tourists, expats, and well-heeled Moroccans for their entertainment value, if not necessarily for their cuisine.

There's no set system for tipping. Your check will indicate that service has been included in the charge; if not, tip 10% or 15% for excellent service.

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  • 1. Al Fassia Guéliz

    $$ | Guéliz | Moroccan

    Serving some of the best à la carte Moroccan food in the city and also with an extensive choice of Moroccan wines, Al Fassia has a long-standing...Read More

  • 2. Casa Jose

    $$ | Guéliz | Spanish

    The Spanish-Moroccan chain, which has restaurants in Casablanca and Rabat, opened this location in 2016. Fresh fish is shipped in from Agadir...Read More

  • 3. Dar Yacout

    $$$$ | Bab Doukkala | Moroccan

    One of Marrakesh's luxurious five-course gastronomique experiences, the palatial Dar Yacout is in a house designed by Bill Willis as a One...Read More

  • 4. Grand Café de la Poste

    $$$ | Guéliz | French

    The French colonial atmosphere provides a fabulous backdrop for salads, pastas, steaks, and fish specials including oysters from Oualidia. A...Read More

  • 5. Latitude 31

    $$ | Bab Doukkala | Moroccan

    Owner Ali Lamsouber has opened up his ancestral family home in the Bab Doukkala neighborhood to create a welcoming open-air restaurant in an...Read More

  • 6. Ling Ling

    $$$$ | Palmery | Chinese

    Just south of the Palmery, 7 km (4½ miles) east of the city on Route de Ouarzazate, the Mandarin Oriental is home to Ling Ling Cantonese, one...Read More

  • 7. Al Fassia Aguedal

    $$ | Hivernage | Moroccan

    The Al Fassia name has become synonymous with fine Moroccan cuisine in Marrakesh, and with tables hard to come by in Guéliz, this branch at...Read More

  • 8. Amal Women's Association Restaurant

    $ | Guéliz | Moroccan

    This pretty little restaurant-cum-social project near the public hospital ticks all the boxes: great food, great prices, great ethics, great...Read More

  • 9. Café 16

    $$ | Guéliz | International

    This modern terrace café with lime-green parasols sits at the edge of the Marrakesh Plaza in the heart of Guéliz. At the indoor restaurant you...Read More

  • 10. Café Arabe

    $$ | Medina | Italian

    This three-story restaurant in the heart of the medina is a happening place by day and by night, serving both Moroccan and Italian food. Homemade...Read More

  • 11. Café Clock Marrakech

    $ | Kasbah | Moroccan

    Mike Richardson's cross-cultural café project, first established in Fez, is rocking the Kasbah area of Marrakesh. A youthful, funky vibe combined...Read More

  • 12. Café des Épices

    $ | Medina | Café

    In the medina's "spice square," this little Moroccan-owned café has set the trend and copycat cafés with burnt sienna walls, woven stools, and...Read More

  • 13. Café du Livre

    $$ | Guéliz | International

    A contemporary café, restaurant, and bar serving beer on tap, the Café du Livre is a welcome relief for those suffering from 'tagine fatigue...Read More

  • 14. Catanzaro

    $$ | Guéliz | Italian

    One of Marrakesh's most popular restaurants for locals and expats, this homey Italian spot offers dining on two floors, brightened by red-chintz...Read More

  • 15. Chez el Bahia

    $ | Medina | Moroccan

    It won't win prizes for design, but this cheap joint is perfect for a lunchtime or evening pit stop. Locals and visitors alike frequent this...Read More

  • 16. Chez Lamine

    $ | Guéliz | Moroccan

    Slightly more elegant than its hole-in-the-wall branch in the souks, Chez Lamine has a reputation for the best mechoui (whole roasted lamb)...Read More

  • 17. Comptoir Darna

    $$$ | Hivernage | International

    Snazzy, jazzy, and a little razamatazzy, Le Comptoir is a fusion of bar, club, and restaurant that's been a nighttime draw for hip Marrakshis...Read More

  • 18. Dar Moha

    $$ | Medina | Moroccan

    This isn't the most stylish riad setting and service can be patchy, but it has an established reputation for nouvelle cuisine marocaine . Head...Read More

  • 19. Earth Café

    $ | Medina | Vegetarian

    Vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners may feel unloved in Marrakesh until they get to Earth Café, where they rule the roost. Generous...Read More

  • 20. Gastro MK

    $$$$ | Medina | Moroccan

    The menu at the English-owned Gastro MK features exceptionally fine modern-Moroccan cuisine. The menu is a balance of Moroccan and European...Read More

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