Restaurants in Marrakesh

For a light lunch, stop at this cool new restaurant with an attractive staff on the Riad Zitoun Jdid street, a buzzing shopping strip.

The décor—gigantic spindly chandeliers; metal sconces—outshines the menu of Moroccan, French, and Thai dishes.

The brainchild of Marrakshi restaurateur Nourredine Fakir, this multilevel restaurant pays homage to its location with antique menorahs and historic photographs of the area.

Franco-Italian aristocrat Fabrizio Ruspoli has added 10 rooms to his sybaritic riad on the medina’s edge. The cooking school remains stellar, with small class sizes for a total immersion into the fragrant North African cuisine.

Owner Christine Rio offers a prix fixe feast of Moroccan dishes, including moist pastilla (pigeon pie), lamb or chicken tagine (stew), couscous, and dessert, all served at candlelit tables in an arcaded riad, with Gnaoua musicians playing softly in the background.

You could almost be in Indochina, circa 1950, sitting under slow-turning ceiling fans on a vast bamboo-shaded veranda. It is popular with French expats, who treat it as their own private club.

Every visitor to Marrakesh has to try Dar Yacout, a medina institution. Follow winding alleyways to the restaurants courtyard, strewn with petals.

To reach this  fabulous Italian restaurant, located at the Four Seasons Hotel, you’ll get to stroll through the hotel’s beautiful grounds, replete with fountains.  Just be sure to reserve in advance, because it’s almost always booked.

Run by a French couple, this is the very best place to have fish and seafood in Marrakesh.  Start with delicious Moroccan oysters, then move on to the lobster, or the catch of the day.  For dessert, the crème caramel is big enough for two—and excellent.  There’s a very nice wine l

This is where I go when I want a really good steak.  But there’s plenty more on the menu, from foie gras to lobster pasta.  Le Studio is always mobbed by the French expat crowd, so don’t be surprised to find smokers on your left and your right.