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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Restaurant Al Bahriya

    $ | Guéliz | Seafood

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

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