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

    Serving some of the best à la carte Moroccan food in the city, the affordable menu here includes tasty tagines, tender brochettes with saffron rice,...Read More

  • 2. Casa Jose

    $$ | Guéliz

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

  • 3. Dar Yacout

    $$$$ | Bab Doukkala

    Come hungry for the five-course traditional Moroccan feast served at this restaurant located deep in the medina. Aperitifs are taken on the rooftop, which has...Read More

  • 4. Grand Café de la Poste

    $$$ | Guéliz

    This 1920s-style French café is a fabulous backdrop for salads, pastas, steaks, and seafood specials including oysters from Oualidia. It's long-standing favorite in the neighborhood,...Read More

  • 5. Latitude 31

    $$ | Bab Doukkala

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

  • 6. Ling Ling

    $$$$ | Palmery

    A meal at this Cantonese restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental is one of the finest dining experiences in Marrakesh. On warmer evenings opt for a...Read More

  • 7. +61

    $$

    The seasonal menu at +61 reflects the laid-back Australian lifestyle, and all the produce is organic and grown within 30 minutes of Marrakesh. Cocktails and...Read More

  • 8. 16Café

    $$ | Guéliz

    This modern terrace café at the edge of the Marrakesh Plaza, in the heart of Guéliz, is a popular lunch spot. The range of salads...Read More

  • 9. Al Bahriya

    $ | Guéliz

    Cheap and cheerful, this restaurant is possibly the best catch in town. This no-frills Moroccan street restaurant in the heart of Guéliz (near La Grande...Read More

  • 10. Al Fassia Aguedal

    $$ | Hivernage

    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

  • 11. Amal Women's Association Restaurant

    $ | Guéliz

    A nonprofit center established the restaurant to help women from difficult backgrounds learn culinary skills and earn an independent living and the result is this...Read More

  • 12. Ayaso

    $

    If you're looking for light, healthy meals or snacks Ayaso functions as both a restaurant and a specialty food store catering to vegan, vegetarian, and...Read More

  • 13. Azalai Urban Souk

    $$

    The shaded entryway of this pretty little restaurant gives way to a small dining area lovingly decorated with comfy seating areas and lots of plants....Read More

  • 14. Bacha Coffee

    $$ | Medina

    The airy courtyard in the 1910 building that houses the Dar el Bacha Musée is all palm trees and colorful tiles: it's a perfect oases...Read More

  • 15. Café Arabe

    $$ | Medina

    This Italian-owned three-story restaurant in the heart of the medina serves both Moroccan and Italian food. The trendy terrace, complete with a trickling fountain and...Read More

  • 16. Café Argana

    $ | Medina

    The multilevel terraced seating area at this café on the square means there are several prime viewing opportunities. It's one of the fancier cafés on...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Café de France

    $ | Medina

    Though it's a bit past its prime, Café de France is a local institution and a great place for people-watching from morning till night. On...Read More

  • 19. Café des Épices

    $ | Medina

    In keeping with the name, this café in the medina's "spice square" offers spiced teas and coffees along with a range of freshly squeezed fruit...Read More

  • 20. Catanzaro

    $$ | Guéliz

    Perennially popular, this homey Italian spot has a good selection of salads, pasta, and pizzas at prices that make them a fabulous value. Alcohol is...Read More

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