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 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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Bistro Thai

    $$ | Guéliz | Asian

    Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese offerings are intermingled with Oriental silks and Balinese goddesses adorning the walls in this stylish restaurant...Read More

  • 11. Le Bon Marché

    $$$ | Guéliz | French

    Modern French "bistronomie" is the key ingredient at this stylish restaurant, which has recently proved very popular with locals, expats, and...Read More

  • 12. Le Mantra

    $$$ | Palmery | Indian

    Authentic Indian cuisine has finally arrived in Marrakesh, and in splendid fashion. The Taj Palace Hotel has lavish Oriental styling throughout...Read More

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