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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

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