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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Kasbah Café

    $$ | Kasbah | Moroccan

    Perfectly positioned just opposite the entrance to the Saadian tombs, this Spanish-owned café is a welcome retreat for those who find themselves...Read More

  • 10. La Famille

    $ | Medina | Vegetarian

    Rustic whitewashed walls, long wooden tables, and woven chairs shaded from the harsh sun by bougainvillea and fruit trees will make you feel...Read More

  • 11. La Terrasse des Épices

    $$ | Medina | International

    Hidden on a rooftop deep within the northern quarter of the souks, this all-day (and evening) restaurant is a popular spot for expats, tourists...Read More

  • 12. Le Foundouk

    $$ | Medina | Moroccan

    This French-run place hidden at the souk's northern tip is regularly booked with upscale tourists and expats, and the candlelit roof terrace...Read More

  • 13. Le Jardin

    $$ | Medina | Moroccan

    Building on the success of his Café des Épices, Moroccan entrepreneur Kamal Laftimi has sprouted another high-quality culinary pit stop in the...Read More

  • 14. Le Marrakchi

    $$ | Medina | Moroccan

    With zellij walls, painted cedar ceilings, and white tile floors, this old palace serves up reliable Moroccan cuisine to mostly a non-Moroccan...Read More

  • 15. Le Tanjia

    $$ | Medina | Moroccan

    This stylish restaurant is a good bet for a special night out with traditional Moroccan cuisine, live acoustic North African and Arabian music...Read More

  • 16. Le Tobsil

    $$$$ | Medina | Moroccan

    A perfect setting for a romantic gastronomic feast, Le Tobsil serves copious amounts of classic Moroccan food inside an old riad. The name may...Read More

  • 17. Nomad

    $$ | Medina | Moroccan

    Tucked into a side street off "the Spice Square" in the souks, Nomad has quickly become a local favorite for those seeking modern Moroccan...Read More

  • 18. Royal Mansour

    $$$$ | Medina | Moroccan

    The prestigious Royal Mansour, led by the Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, is home to four restaurants: La Grande Table Marocaine, La Grande...Read More

  • 19. Snack Grand Atlas

    $ | Medina | Seafood

    Serving simple, old-school Moroccan street-eats, Snack Grand Atlas is reeling in the pescetarians with its wide menu of grilled, fried, skewered...Read More

  • 20. Souk Kafé

    $ | Medina | Moroccan

    After a hectic few hours in the souks, this café is a welcome respite for the frazzled traveler. Just beyond the Souk Cherifa and Souk Semmarine...Read More

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