Restaurants in Morocco

Morocco restaurants specialize in a unique blend of Arabic and French cuisines, which are a delight to the palate, so be sure to try everything. Lamb tagine isn’t the only dish in traditional Moroccan cuisine, but it is the most prevalent and certainly one of the most delicious. For a superb lamb tagine, try Le Tobsil in Marrakesh. Owner Christine Rio offers a prix fixe feast of traditional food starring moist pastille, tagine, couscous, and dessert--all served by flickering lanterns with Gnaoua musicians playing softly in the background. The best restaurants in Morocco will generally be found in Marrakesh, but the food is excellent everywhere.

In Fez, you’ll have to call a day in advance if you want to sample the slow-roasted mechoui (lamb) at Dar Saada, but you will not be disappointed.

Seaside Morocco restaurants offer the salty, ocean bounty that will be missing inland. While watching the fisherman haul their catch in on brightly painted boats, you can sample the grilled fish, oysters, prawns and lobster at legendary Chalet de la Plage. North in Tangier, the laidback Casa Garcia will be packed with families on weekends as everyone digs into the catch of the day—as a rare perk they also serve alcohol.

Not all restaurants in Morocco require you to lie back on a pillow and feed yourself by hand (but really is there any better way to enjoy dinner?). If you want more continental cuisine, stop into Le Jardin in Marrakesh. This shabby-chic garden café opened a few years ago and has already become a hotspot. Guests sit at vintage tables and feast on casual staples, from salade niçoise to crisp, tangy briouates (stuffed phyllo triangles). Dessert-lovers in Casablanca have to hit the Patisserie Bennis Habous to pick out a handful of sugar-dusted cornes de gazelle filled with almond paste.

With its atmosphere of colonial chic, this restaurant/café is the place to find well-to-do French expats.  You can often find me here on sultry days with friends enjoying a cold beer under the Out-of-Africa-like ceiling fans.

Offering lots of cultural events from cooking lessons, to Arabic calligraphy, to live story-telling, Café Clock is a great place to learn about modern (and ancient) Moroccan culture.

Located in the Gueliz, this cafe has a great terrace and convivial atmosphere, along with good service and good food. It’s also the unofficial place in Marrakesh where French expats hang out.

Situated in the heart of the former French quarter, this cozy expat hangout is equal parts café, restaurant, bar, and bookstore. Its friendly atmosphere, weekly quiz nights, and welcoming décor, make it a hub for passing travelers to gather, socialize, and enjoy each other’s company. 

A new addition to the Red City, Starbucks is the place to go if you need the full panoply of coffee options.  As can be expected, there is also reliable WiFi and you can set up camp to answer emails or change your ticket return to stay longer in Marrakesh.  

Just across the street from the Palais des Congress convention center, this is a good place to have a coffee while getting a glimpse of events that might taking place at the Palais. This café is jam packed during the film festival, when you might also spy a movie star or two.&n

Located in the more tranquil area of the Hivernage near the city’s larger 5 star hotels, the quieter atmosphere at this posh café and restaurant will provide a meditative setting for a good coffee.  Breathe deeply and gather a reservoir of energy before you head back into the frenetic medin

Directly on the main street of Boulevard Mohamed V, this café is right in the thick of things in the new city.  Order your straight up kawa along with a fresh squeezed orange juice for a dose of vitamin c.

Drink your coffee with a view of the famed Jemma El Fnaa square. Head up to the terrace to take in all the action. Cafe de France has been around since Marrakesh became a cross roads for caravans 1000 years ago (well, maybe not quite that long but an established landmark nonetheless).

This is a great stop for lunch if you are in the Marrakesh industrial zone.  They serve elegant French nouvelle cuisine and lovely wines at very reasonable prices. Daily specials are written on the black board and include a starter and main course, or main course and dessert.

You can often find me hanging out on the front terrace of this café in a back street in Gueliz.  There are sandwiches and salads if you are in a rush, but also more refined lunch options to accompany a glass of wine.  Take a peek at the moody atmosphere, inside, too.

I’m a regular at this adorable café across from the Majorelle Garden in the Marrakesh new city.  They serve great salads with lots of choices, fresh quiches, and yummy desserts.  There’s also a juice bar with some fun Marrakesh specials.  Sit inside in the adjoining shop area, or

You can’t argue with the location of this Café, right on the Jemma el-Fnaa square in the medina.  Expect good sandwiches, salads and Moroccan tagines and super friendly service.  Their very affordable prices mean that you are likely to be back more than once.

In the Marrakesh medina, I highly recommend this new-ish and chic café, owned by the same group that has Café des Epices and Terrasses des Epices.  You can expect fresh Moroccan salads, good juices, and nice desserts.

This is the coziest, perhaps, of the Moroccan restaurants.  In a small but beautiful Moroccan courtyard house, you’ll dine on a sea of red carpets, with melodious live Moroccan music quietly playing in the background.  Managed by a French couple who are lovers of Morocco, Tobsil offers