Restaurants in Marrakech

The Marrakech restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Dh350)
Moderate (Dh100 to Dh350)
Cheap (under Dh100)
These Marrakech restaurant prices are for a three-course meal; wine is not available in many Marrakech eateries.

Marrakech restaurant prices are subject to 20% VAT (Value Added Tax). In the upmarket restaurants, service charges of 10-15% are added to the bill; if not, a tip of this amount is expected.

Comptoir Darna

Price: Expensive

Comptoir Darna is still the place to be seen and the favourite hang-out for Marrakech's beautiful people. Both cocktail bar and restaurant, Comptoir Darna segues from mellow dining downstairs to outbursts of belly-dancing and carousing by the upstairs bar as the night wears on. The Franco-Moroccan menu works well in this sumptuous, east-meets-west setting where diplomats, supermodels and minor royalty rub shoulders.

Address: Avenue Echouada, Hivernage, Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: 05244 37702.

Dar Moha

Price: Expensive

The culinary star of Marrakech has set new standards for Moroccan fusion cuisine, with combinations dreamed up daily from the souks and the imagination of Chef Mohammed Fedal. Dar Moha's menu consists of sumptuous fix-priced feasts. The best seats in this former family home are around the petal-strewn pool in the garden, where musicians play in the evenings and a grill house emits tantalising aromas by day. Reservations necessary. Serves alcohol.

Address: 81 Rue Dar el-Bacha, Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: 05243 86400.

La Maison Arabe

Price: Expensive

The restaurant of Marrakech's famed hotel offers a selection of traditional Moroccan dishes and local specialties, including a few vegetarian options. The restaurant has a plush interior with hand-painted woodwork and some tables spill over into the pretty, shaded courtyard. Good for lunch as well as dinner, but dinner is accompanied by excellent Arab-Andalusian music. Serves alcohol.

Address: 1 Derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala, Medina, Morocco
Telephone: 05243 87010.

Al Fassia

Price: Moderate

Al Fassia has become a local legend for hearty yet elegant dishes from the Middle Atlas and Fes. The restaurant is run by a group of sisters who recreate their own family recipes with top-notch ingredients and a sharp all-female staff. The menu is à la carte and the décor plush, modern Moroccan. A wide selection of savoury meat dishes, tagines and couscous are on offer, but the array of nine salads alone is enough to satisfy a vegetarian. Serves alcohol.

Address: 55 Boulevard Zerktouni (at end of pedestrian passage), Guéliz, Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: 0524 383839 or 381138.

Le Grand Café de la Poste

Price: Moderate

Once a sorting office and colonial hotel, this deco Casablanca-style eatery is where Mediterranean flair meets top-notch Moroccan ingredients on the inventive seasonal à la carte menu. Among the potted palms in the dining room, ordinary mortals mingle with movie stars on a break from filming desert scenes. With ample vegetarian options, salads, and dishes light on the sauces, it's easy to justify dessert.

Address: Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: 05244 33038.

Terrasse des épices

Price: Moderate

Chic and sleek, the Terrasse des épices offers a smart space for meeting and eating north of Jemaa El Fna. Offering a tantalising mix in Moroccan and continental cuisine it also tempts with a fabulous line in desserts. Dine alfresco or in attractive private nooks. Post-business, this is one of the city's liveliest spots at night.

Address: 15 Souk Cherifa, Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: 05243 75904.

Café de France

Price: Cheap

A local institution and one of the most famous cafés in Marrakech, Café de France is popular as a meeting place for those with business in the medina. The street-level terrace is good for watching the comings and goings in the square, while the roof terraces have superb views. The menu offers unexceptional but serviceable fare and decent coffee at a reasonable price; what you're paying for here is the location and convenience factor.

Address: Rue des Banques, Marrakech, Morocco

Chez Chegrouni

Price: Cheap

A better option for delicate stomachs and vegetarians than the food stalls in the Jemaa el Fna but still within the square, Chez Chegrouni is a hugely popular restaurant with tourists and locals alike. It offers all the usual dishes and has a small terrace at the front to watch the nightly antics. Unlike many of the other budget restaurants in Marrakech, this place does not use meat stock for non-meat dishes, so vegetarian dishes are just that. Although it's small and basic, it's very clean and well run, and a justifiable favourite.

Address: Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
Telephone: 06654 74615.

Jemaa el Fna

Price: Cheap

For the most authentic Moroccan dining experience, join the crowds and eat within the Jemaa el Fna itself. As twilight falls, over 100 food stalls are set up and clouds of smoke drift over the square as all manner of meats are grilled and served with cooked vegetable salads as sides. Wander around until you see ingredients that look the freshest, then squeeze onto one of the benches. Bread is used instead of cutlery and orange juice is brought from one of the many juice stalls. A word of warning - although the food is well cooked, ask for food to be served on paper instead of hastily rinsed plates, and drink OJ from your water bottle instead of reused cups. Jemaa-el-Fna

Address: Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco