Exquisite cuisine, good service, good prices and serves wine! The restaurant staff speaks a little Spanish. The exterior is nice, but the inside surprises you. It is a small indoor garden. The food is delicious and will not disappoint. It was raining and we were a little cold and we lit a stove. We are four, a Manchego, a Catalan, a Donisti and a French.
Amid the bustling Djemaa Al Fnaa is this multi-floor restaurant. We could comfortably sit on the ground floor and enjoy the movement in the square in front of us or go up to the terrace where we could enjoy fantastic views.
There is authentic food for decent prices. We decided to try vegetable couscous and chicken tagine, both were good. The service is a bit slow, but while you are being served, you can take advantage of the time to take photos of the unique plaza.
This cafe-restaurant is situated in the Jemaa el Fna Sqaure, and it is the hub of life in Marrakech. It might go unnoticed if it were not for their excellent breakfasts. For just over 1.50 euros you can enjoy a mint tea, freshly made pancakes with honey (which you can watch them prepare right in front of you), homemade scones and fresh orange juice. It was of course, the best breakfast I had in Marrakech! Furthermore, from the terrace you can see everything that happens in the square. It is next to the entrance to the street Riad-Zitoun-Kedim, opposite the Hotel CTM. To eat: Tajin, couscous, kebabs ...
I would not come back and eat here, but only to buy the candy. Here they specify that the tip is not included in the bill, at least by our waiter. Do not be surprised if the waiter picks up a tip and pouts at when you leave it on the table again, in some places they throw long nose, because they are very touristy. We ended up leaving 6 € and walking off with a nerdy tourist face: O
The Grand Balcon Glacier Cafe is an institution in Marrakech. The first time I went, was at sunset, and it was crowded with people enjoying the views from the balcony. They charge for entry, to ensure that you won't leave without having a drink. It has all kinds of drinks, but they don't serve alcohol. They also offer nice homemade ice cream, and a variety of traditional dishes. There are better places to eat elsewhere in the city, but the views can't be beaten here.
If you go to Marrakech with large budget and you get tired of eating at the food stalls in Jemaa El Fnaa (which, by the way, is where the most authentic food is), you can always opt for a high-class Moroccan restaurant at European prices. Dar Moha is surely the most luxurious of all the tourist-oriented restaurants in Marrakech (however, it's probably not the best). One thing I liked was that were was plenty of room between tables, so you could have a comfortable and intimate dinner. Dar Moha is located in an old riad and there's a small, romantic courtyard with a beautifully-lit pool where you can eat. The food is mainly tagines (lamb or beef stew cooked in a traditional clay pot) and cous-cous. I thought it was a bit expensive (60 euros per person) for what we got, but the romantic atmosphere made up for it.
The Café Des Épices (Spice Cafe) is a nicely renovated building. It's painted red and set amid several souqs, or markets of the medina. It's located in the Place aux épices (Plaza of Spices), with an informal market in the center, where spices and baskets are sold along with various beauty products. The cafe has a fairly minimalist décor that respects the traditional architecture of the city, formerly called the red city. It is quiet, and it has a small terrace to view the medina and the square below. The cafe is staffed by a team of French and Moroccans and serves pastries and mint tea, cold drinks, salads and sandwiches. The food is basic but tasty and fresh. From the terrace you can see the minaret of the Koutoubia. They have a variety of teas and spices used in the preparation of your food to give it a special touch.
Le Marrakchi is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular restaurants in Marrakech. Firstly, it is located in the Jemaa el Fna, where you can enjoy the nightlife in the square, a relatively quiet place. Secondly, they have created a Thousand and One Nights' décor and setting. There are carved wooden ceilings, wooden windows are also reminiscent of the old marrakchis palaces from the past century, and a multitude of pretty fine Moorish details. You eat well and dishes are the usual ones with a traditional touch and freshly made. There is a large selection of different couscous and tagines.
Restaurant El Bahia is located next to the Bahia Palace in the Mellah, Marrakech's old Jewish Quarter. It is a traditional riad with enchanting Moroccan architecture like a quiet courtyard with a fountain, arches, and a magnificent terrace overlooking the rooftops of the city. If you're in the area, it's a good place for lunch or dinner but it's also worth stopping by if only to have a mint tea. The prices are somewhat high compared to a lot of local restaurants, but the tagines and couscous are excellent. Prices are around 9.00 euros for lunch and 14.00 euros for dinner.
Restaurant Marrakesh Dar Es Salem is in the district of Riad Zitoun, near the Jemaa el Fna. It is an old riad that has been converted into a restaurant, with a traditional lounge and dining room. It has traditional decor, with the kind of furniture that you find in any Moroccan family home. You can rent the entire place for your group, or share with other visitors. They offer a Moroccan dancing show, with a small instrumental group. The menu is classic, and costs between 20 and 45 euros per person, with dishes like couscous, tagine, pastilla ... you are paying more for the show, the food is not amazing.
Before you enter you are greeted with horses at the entrance. It is a large palace and you can see different Arabic songs. They take you to a Bedouin tent to have dinner and a dinner show. They treat you like a queen and they finish the dinner with a big show with horses, fireworks, and a flying carpet. The quality for the price is fine. I honestly can not go to Marrakesh and not dine here!
Tanja Le Marrakesh is a restaurant, located next to the square of Ferblantiers. It is a tastefully decorated, installed in one of the old houses in the Jewish quarter. The restaurant has a menu that mixes traditional dishes with some more innovative. In general, a main course and a fruit salad will keep you full, as the portions are generous. There is a terrace where you can see the activity of the Place des Ferblantiers, where iron working takes place. The restaurant is a 10 minute walk from the Jemaa el Fna, but down a main road. If you'd rather not walk, you can take a small taxi instead, which will bring you back to your hotel for 15dh. Dinner costs about 20 euros per person, and they have good music.
The Cafe Jardin Majorelle is the perfect place to eat after visiting the gardens themselves. It specializes in Moroccan foods like meat and vegetable tagine, couscous, chicken or beef pastillas and salads. Whatever you choose, it's bound to be good but I'd especially recommend the tagines. The service is very attentive and the there's a magnificent terrace overlooking the Majorelle garden, one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech. The prices are a little higher than average (about 15 euros per person) but worth it.
Les Terrasses lAlhambra is one of the most modern restaurants in the Jemaa el Fna square. It is a fairly new place with a terrace overlooking the square. It's particularly beautiful after sunset, when the whole square becomes a huge open-air restaurant, with beautiful views. It has lovely decor, and the room below is heated. The dishes aren't very Moroccan: they serve pasta, pizza, and huge salads. It's good for a change, if you want a break from Moroccan food after a few days. Prices are reasonable, there is a menu for 10 euros, and mains are between 4 and 7 euros.
Cafe de France is one of the oldest restaurants in the Jemaa el Fnaa and is an institution in Marrakech. It seems a bit outdated at first, especially compared to some of the newer places, but it has earned its sterling reputation and is known throughout the city for its mint tea. Another plus is that Cafe de France's terrace offers one of the best views of the Jemaa el Fnaa anywhere. I'd suggest going at sundown to watch as the square fills with activity at night.
Chez Brahim is a restaurant specializing in Moroccan and Berber cuisine located only a few steps from Jamaa el Fnaa. Despite its location, it's actually a fairly quiet restaurant though it does have a gigantic TV which seems somewhat out of place. The overall quality of the food is good and it's actually very cheap if you order one of the daily menu specials.
Al Baraka is a restaurant in the Jemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech. It is a traditional place that can host groups for a few hours, so it's better to look elsewhere if you want something more intimate. The nightly menu costs about 25 euros per person, and includes pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds, soups, salads, and a selection of couscous and tagines. The restaurant is built in a former palace, and has a terrace overlooking the square and the Atlas mountains. The kitchen is very good, with a famous chef.