Essaouira Restaurants

  • Three Birds, Rue Mellah.
    Three Birds, Rue Mellah.
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  • Three Birds, a secluded venue.
    Three Birds, a secluded venue.
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  • A tasty plate of Shorba and Hoabs!
    A tasty plate of Shorba and Hoabs!
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    The Three Birds Place.: An adequate lunch..

    by Bennytheball Updated Jul 2, 2014
    Three Birds, Rue Mellah.
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    This year, The Three Birds Medina restaurant became my favourite Essaouira lunchtime eaterie, I don't eat much during the day, preferring to be a late-night diner, but after passing this restaurant a few times I was persuaded to enter and explore the interesting "hippy-style" furnishings, it was empty but a man soon popped up (the owner and chef) and asked me if I wanted to eat. I was about to ask if the standard Moroccan soup "Harira" was on the menu, but decided to be adventurous and asked if he could serve a bowl of "Shorba" ( a delicious Arab vegetable soup) which I had been unable to find anywhere in Morocco in recent years, accompanied by the traditional "Hoabs" round bread, he nodded understanding of my request and when I sat down he disappeared into the kitchen and started to prepare the food.

    The preparation took some time, no fast food stuff here out of a soup can, he cooked it to order and it was delicious, persuading me to return here on a daily basis for the same lunch. The informal bill was only twenty dirhams, and on subsequent re-visits, the quality of the soup was the same every day.

    A real find in the Jewish Quarter.....

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    La vie est belle: Don't Miss La vie est belle

    by Sbandi Written May 13, 2014

    La vie est belle presents tastefull spanish and moroccan food in a very nice place.
    Colours of dishes and bottles are artistically choised by Samira, In the internal room you can look at a blue sky with a lot of star drafted in the wall. It' s an enchanting surprise that you can enjoy while you eat paellas, tortillas, tapas or tajine, couscous, and other moroccan food.
    As the major part of tables are outside you can also look at the blue sky of Essaouira in the late evening or at the red descent of sun in the afternoon. La vie est belle is placed in a calm corner
    of a little place near the Sqala in medina of Essaouira, a city to visit at least one time in the life.

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    Le Mogadorien: Moroccan by the Clocktower

    by antistar Written Feb 17, 2014

    This place looked the part, but the food was very bland. Cous-cous isn't the most exciting dish, but I was served overcooked, unsalted and unspiced vegetables. It made it very tough to eat. My wife's tajine wasn't any better. I wouldn't go back, but maybe they have better days.

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    Le Decouverte: French Family Fare

    by antistar Written Feb 17, 2014

    This restaurant is called The Discovery, and it really is - a small little family run French restaurant tucked down a small side street off the busy thoroughfare of the Medina. The menu was small, but the food was excellent - and there were enough options for a vegetarian. The briouats were particularly good. It's small, though, so you'll probably need to get there early or make a reservation.

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    Ocean Vagabond: Beach Pizza

    by antistar Written Feb 5, 2014

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    Ocean Vagabond, Essaouira

    At the far end of the beach where all the camels and kiters hang out, is a beach restaurant called Ocean Vagabond. They've become a bit of an institution in Essaouira - starting out as a windsurfing club and branching out into a hotel and a restaurant. The location is excellent - with sand, sea and camels visible from the tables. The food is also pretty good - a very decent pizza by the standards set outside of Europe. It's probably one of the better places to eat in Essaouira, and perfect for lunch.

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    Cafes around the main square

    by angiebabe Written Feb 1, 2013

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    Theres a number of cafes around the main square in Essaouira where you might want to sit and people watch - sit in the sun under a shade umbrella and enjoy the great coffee that is to be had in Moroco - I always ask for a noss noss which is 'half half' a bit less milk with a bit more coffee...and usually sold in a regular or large sized glass with several sugar cubes rather than the more European coffee cup with a few sachets of sugar..

    Any cafe will be easy enough to get a good coffee from You might be looking for a place for breakfast or more likely a mid morning brunch or coffee and snack stop - normally being in such a prominent spot in the main square the prices might be up a bit but have a look around at the signs and ads in front of each cafe and you will be able to see whats on offer

    We chose this cafe as it advertised coffee, orange juice, bread and jam ie a typical continental breakfast for only 25 dirham per person...a good heap of delicious sliced french bread with butter and delicious strawberry jam with great coffee and always excellent orange juice and voila very happily fed - while watching the locals and tourists passing by

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    Al Vent: Don't miss this - very fine cooking

    by pep2 Written Jun 9, 2012

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    A small selection of perfectly prepared dishes
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    Al Vent – Sidi Kauki.
    Very fine cooking !

    A visit in a new restaurant, Al Vent, situated in Sidi Kauki – a little south of Essaouira – can be recommended.
    The kitchen is special – and really good. The owner and “chef”, Victor, has worked with cooking all over the world – and in his restaurant, Al Vent, in Sidi Kauki, he now mixes all this experience, to his own personal style, doing a great work.
    Here you can enjoy a special and perfectly prepared meal – with a beautiful view to the sea. You can have a fine wine with the meal if you like.
    The prices are very reasonable, concerning the quality - it's not an expensive place to eat.
    At the same time you can take the opportunity to have a look at Sidi Kauki – a rather special place, these years developing fast – but still you have got the “old village” atmosphere.
    And don’t forget to take a walk in the beach. Just a few minutes walk from the “center” of activities in the village it is still unspoiled, still very much one of Morocco’s famous “wild beaches” (“plages sauvages”).
    There is offered horse- and camel- tours along the beach.
    A fine combination for a day-trip from Essaouira – you can easily have a grand-taxi or a bus, depart from outside Bab Doukkala.

    Favorite Dish: One can choose between different dishes - all I have tasted was perfect, can't tell what is "best". But for instance the salads are wonderful and made with fantasy and care.

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    LA CANTINA: Mexican taste and English tea at Essaouira

    by MITNIC Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    La cantina and Ave sidi Med ben Abdellah
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    This "Mexican" lovely casual dining spot is owned by a British couple- Sharon and Steve- friends of a friend. It was recommended to me by VTer “windcity”. See her tip for more details about the place and the menu.La Cantina is not far from the main square but is just slightly off the beaten track. Walking up all the busy, noisy, Ave sidi Med ben Abdellah -at the very end become very narrow- you are at a very quiet little square and you finally get a feeling of the locals life (see photos). Relax and observe but do not let your food- is delicious- to be cold...
    No Alcohol (normal in Morocco…). But they will tell you were to go for a Beer.
    you can get a more authentic feel of Morocco than the main, tourist-oriented square. Moroccan food is delicious, but there comes a time in every visitor's trip when you want something a bit different, and that is usually quite hard to find. Here are several vegetarian options, and also such exotic items as hamburger, stuffed jacket potatoes, and chicken curry!

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    LAWAMA: Bar on the beach " Surf's Up"

    by windcity Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lawarma
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    Perched on a cliff top Lawarma offers local and European food, Very tasty and not overpriced for the remote location. The beach at Moulay Bouzerktoun is popular with surfers and can be easily reached by taxi from Essaouira , Sunset is a good time for a drink in the bar.

    Favorite Dish: Fresh Fish, afterall it is caught by local fishermen and you can watch the daily catch as it is brought in at the tiny harbour below the restaruant.

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    Chez Sam: so romantic

    by iwys Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Chez Sam is the perfect romantic restaurant. Great seafood, with a wonderful view of the fishing boats coming in and out of the harbour. The set seafood menu, at DH85, is fantastic. Or you can push the boat out and eat lobster. There is a good selection of wine too.

    Chez Sam was featured in the Claude Lelouch film, "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen", which premiered at the 2002 Cannes film Festival. I really love this place and would say that if you have only one night in Essaouira, make sure you spend it here.

    Either arrive early or make a reservation to get one of the window seats, with a sea view.

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    La Petite Perle d'Essaoura: I came back for more

    by TheLongTone Updated Aug 31, 2010

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    Of of the cluster of restaurants on this street, this is the one I returned to. From the outside nothing to distinguish itself from it's neighbours, and the menu is similar. A choice of three fixed price menus and the usual tagines and cous cous choices.

    But in my opinion the food was just that little bit better than at the others. I was initially attracted by the calamari tagine (I like a nice cephalpod, and they do expose sloppy cookery)
    which was excellent. As was a green salad dressed with argand oil.

    On my last visit to Esssaouara I ate here three times: another excellent tagine and a repeat of the squid. didn't dissapoint.

    My only complaint is that the service was slow in the extreme---catching a waiter's eye seemed to take hours. But that's just a Moroccan thing, I think. Restaurant waiters are completyly different tp the gallicised efficiency of their oppos in the cafes.

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    Eat fish at the harbour.

    by cachaseiro Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    Lizzeth having a feast.
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    At the harbour in Essaouira you have lot's of little open air places that serves fresh seafood directly by the harbour.
    It's a great way to eat well aswell as sucking in some local atmosphere.
    To me that was the best place to eat when i was in esssaouira.

    Favorite Dish: i love kalemares.

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    Fanatic: On the Beach

    by JessieLang Written Jan 10, 2010

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    Fanatic is a pleasant restaurant on the beach, outside the medina. The restaurant seemed to be serving a lot of seafood, but we had tagines and they were very good. I had a chicken tagine for 75 DH; my friend had a veggie one for somewhat less.

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    La Mouette: Nice little lunch spot

    by toonsarah Written Nov 22, 2009

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    Musician in La Mouette
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    We arrived in Essaouira just as lunch time was approaching and as soon as we saw the lovely views to be had in the main square, Place Moulay Hassan, we decided that this should be where we ate. We chose La Mouette on the far side of the square to the sea as it had a good selection of lighter dishes and had a table free on the pavement in front. It proved to be a good choice and we had a leisurely lunch in the warm sunshine.

    The atmosphere here was very relaxed, a real contrast to meals taken in the frenzy of a very different Moroccan square, Marrakesh’s Djamaa el Fna. Visitors from Europe as well as from closer to home strolled the square, locals paused to chat while shopping or walking their dogs, even the cyclists moved at a more languid pace. The light was perfect for photos, with a slight haze giving a pearly glow to the buildings around the harbour. Musicians were strolling around the square playing and looking for tips. The one in my photo accepted a few dirhams from Chris in return for posing for a picture, but I preferred my own candid shot.

    Favorite Dish: We both chose omelettes – cheese for me, mushroom for Chris. These were served with some tasty flat bread. We shared a bottle of sparkling mineral water and I had a mint tea after our meal while Chris went to change some money in the nearby bank. Our bill was a moderate 117 dirhams (less than £9.50).

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    Riad Al Madina, Essaouira: Jimmi Hendrix Riad

    by suvanki Updated Nov 13, 2009

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    Relaxing with new friends!
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    My first visit to Essaouira I passed by this place, during a day tour from Marrakech, it was pointed out as being one of the places that Jimmi etc stayed at.

    I later checked out the web page, and decided that one day I'd return to stay here.

    At my recent visit, our guide had booked a restaurant for our evening meal, I was excited to find that it was at this venue.

    8 of our group of 16 enjoyed a meal here. We entered through the courtyard- typical Moroccan design of courtyard with fountain, then were shown to the floor below - seated areas in booths- low tables and cushioned seats - comfortable and relaxed.

    Apparently there's a roof terrace too.

    Alcohol is served- extensive list of beers, wines and spirits, plus soft drinks.

    Some black and white framed pics of Jimmi and his contemporaries are displayed on the walls, but it is mainly a traditional Riad style establishment.

    Favorite Dish: The menu was quite extensive, with a set menu, plus fish, meat, tagines etc.

    I chose a fish dish- not quite sure which fish- the waiter tried to explain -but it was a local white flat fish, with peaches and white port, cream and rice- Mmmmm it was delicious!

    A dish of Olives was a yummy appetizer, plus flat bread.

    After our meal, one couple left, so we 6 proceeded to demolish a few Flag and Casablanca beers! It was the first time during our tour that we'd had the chance to sit and chat properly, which was a shame, as 2 of the couples were going to stay on in Essaouira, and not continue to Marrakech, for the end of the tour. This was probably my favourite night of the tour.

    In my pic is Jacquline (1st Left), who I met on this tour and persuaded her to join VT! She's now VTer Fatepuh!

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