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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. India

    $ | Guéliz | Indian

    This tiny restaurant on a side street of central Guéliz is run by India-native John Jinendrom, who imports spices, like masala, directly from...Read More

  • 12. Kechmara

    $$ | Guéliz | European

    This is one of the trendy places to hang out in the new city, with ice-cool midcentury design, contemporary art on display, and some of the...Read More

  • 13. L'Annexe

    $$ | Guéliz | French

    Bistro meets resto in this popular, affordable French eatery at the edge of Guéliz where service is warm and welcoming. The three-course set...Read More

  • 14. La Cantine Parisienne

    $$ | Guéliz | French

    Parisian Michael Gabbay has been in the bistro business since he was 17 years old. He's brought this expertise and hands-on approach to Marrakesh...Read More

  • 15. La Cuisine de Mona

    $$ | Guéliz | Lebanese

    Just beyond the fringes of Guéliz, this tiny Lebanese restaurant is a winner on all counts–-fresh, tasty, authentic Lebanese food; a warm welcome...Read More

  • 16. La Trattoria

    $$$ | Guéliz | Italian

    Due partly to the pizzazz of its late owner, Giancarlo, La Trattoria has long held a place among Marrakesh's top restaurants and, unlike others...Read More

  • 17. Le Comptoir de Charlotte

    $ | Guéliz | International

    This family-run and family-friendly eatery at the edge of Guéliz serves up tasty homemade French-style tarts and quiches, along with daily specials...Read More

  • 18. Le Loft

    $$$ | Guéliz | International

    This is where expats and many young Marrakshis come for a touch of New York style in a bistro setting, and there's alcohol. Le Loft is popular...Read More

  • 19. Les Jardins de Guéliz

    $$ | Guéliz | French

    Hidden at the edge of the Harti Gardens, this French-owned restaurant is a great value, with an excellent fixed-price menu, as well as an à...Read More

  • 20. Panna Gelato Italiano

    $ | Guéliz | Café

    This ice-cream parlor and café is at the very far end of Guéliz, but well worth the journey. The ice cream and sorbet (possibly the best in...Read More

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