Where to Eat in Essaouira: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 27, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Portuguese, French and Berber architecture frame the maze-like streets of Essaouira, a charming and vibrant port and resort town on the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby, couples and families stroll the beaches of Cape Sim and Sidi Kaouki, which also attract surfers of all types. Relaxation is easy to find here, as is a bus to Marrakech, for those looking for a daytrip.
Things to do in Essaouira

1. Restaurant d'Orient et d'Ailleurs

67 Bis, Rue Touahen | Proche de la Skala de la Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi French, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$102 +212 5244-75977
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 862 reviews

Restaurant d'Orient et d'Ailleurs

You&apos;re welcome !<br><br>A couscous, a tajine, a pastilla or briouates ? Or maybe you are looking for vegeterian dishes ? It&apos;s here !<br>Would you like to spend a evening in a intimate setting whose walls are adorned with beautifull pictures from Essaouira and Cuba ? Lawrence Quammu will gladly share a moment with you to share his passion : Photography<br><br>Menu at 80 and 120 dhs<br>Closed on tuesday, open from 19.00. Wifi

Reviewed By Jonah V

I was here on my own, ‘locked’ at a table in a corner from where I could see nobody. The food was good but too expensive for Essaouira.

2. Miyame

26 Rue Jbala, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Moroccan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +212 673-591148
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 373 reviews

Miyame

Reviewed By Laurent S

Miyame is a well kept secret. It's deep inside the medina, doesn't have a big flashy sign, there are no tables on the street. You have to look for it. Is it worth the hassle? Absolutely!!! The Moroccan food is exquisite, all recipes are cooked to perfection. And as prices are low, you'll struggle to find another place giving you more quantity and quality for your money. The cook and waiters are adorable. There's only Seating inside, the place is small and cosy. So come early or late otherwise you may have to come back. If so, there's a reward. Pre order a tride, one of the specialties. It's amazing...

3. La Cle de Voute

76 Rue Laaloujj, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments Moroccan, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$141 +212 661-613188
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 660 reviews

La Cle de Voute

Restaurant decorated with gaiety. Home in simplicity and gentillese. Small menu card but regular suggestions.

Reviewed By nuttyhaze - Happisburgh, United Kingdom

We stumbled across this restaurant on our first night in Essaouira and were not disappointed. Amazing moroccan wine, the most delicious food and great service. The second night was equally as good and on the third night it was starting to feel like home !! it's very small and intimate, but equally would be great for a small group. Everybody in the restaurant seemed relaxed and enjoying the amazing food.
We can't wait to go back.

4. Restaurant La Tolerance

no 7 Houmane El Fatouaki | La Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$94 - HK$94 +212 661-601464
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 567 reviews

Restaurant La Tolerance

Lovely place in the medina where you and your family can spend time in a typical decor for lunch or dinner at very reasonable prices.

Reviewed By lovinglife_TO - Vancouver, Canada

I loved the vegetarian fixed menu! The eggplant salad was delicious, perfect temperature and spice, the veggie couscous was a little dry for my liking but super tasty regardless. I had the same dishes the night before at another highly rated restaurant one street over, but La Tolerance has them beat for taste hands down, and is cheaper! The staff are so welcoming, ambience cozy and well priced, 5* all around!

5. O'Bleu Mogador

23 Rue Bouchentouf, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol French, Moroccan, Mediterranean, European, Fusion Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$290 +212 5247-83133
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 326 reviews

O'Bleu Mogador

To find our restaurant in the Medina is not easy thus here is about indications: if you come from the outside from the Medina Bab (door) Marrakesh to take the second street to the right and to follow arrows. If you come from the medina to ask for it the door bab Marrakech or the street SIDI ABDAHLLA and follow her(it) arrows ring (at the top has right the bell) and we shall come to open you and Riad du XVIIIeme discovers her( before discovering the slate which Serge (the parton chef) will explain you and after ben it will be has you to tell it to us ...........

Reviewed By RamblingOne - Ireland

From the moment we tapped on the door if this intriguing to find restaurant we had the most amazing exoerience. Friendly, professional, hospitable people from the front of house to the chef-owner. Best dining exoerience we had in Essaouira. Go for the seafood. Four of us fairly explored the menu and everything was outstanding. Wine was great, cocktails added to tge mood. Meeting the chef added a layer of friendliness. This is a small memorable place, book ahead, its worth the effort to find it

6. Zahra's Grill (Riad Zahra)

Rue Amira Lalla Meryem | Riad Zahra, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$243 +212 5244-74822
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 658 reviews

Zahra's Grill (Riad Zahra)

Grilling dishes on glowing embers was at the base of all cookery, and is an art our Chef Mohammed has mastered perfectly. Here on the second floor of the Riad Zahra with an ocean view Mediterranean cuisine is to the fore. Paëllas, lobster or prawns, sea fish, shellfish, meat ... At the heart of our cuisine are the superb natural products, which give out all their savours under the embers&apos; influence, sharing their aromas with the grills and the products cooked on them. Jofre will help you choose dishes that are just right for you and will help you choose wines to match them. There&apos;s also a wide range of wines for you to enjoy.

Reviewed By swannygal - San Francisco, California

This is a charming, upstairs restaurant with a homey feel and delicious fish. We enjoyed the sea bass and the monk fish. Both were cooked to perfection, and super fresh! The cafe is on a back street, so it's away from the hubbub of the...MoreDear Customers, I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your dinner with us, and we are very glad we met your expectations. Thank you for recommending us and look forward to seeing you again! All the best Xavier

7. Vagues Bleues

2 Rue Sidi Ali Ben Abdellah, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 216 reviews

Vagues Bleues

Reviewed By Edgar B - The Hague, The Netherlands

You cannot find another place that serves 2-course for DH50! The address on Tripadvisor is wrong so better google it. I recommend downloading maps.me for offline navigation (of course, don’t forget to download the area you need!).
They have really good starters, seafood and pasta! They also serve excellent fruit juices! The dishes are all divine and excellent that we ate here every lunch! Service is excellent and friendly. It’s a very cozy small shop that can accommodate 10 people at a time. You better come here early because they only have 5 school tables (very cute!) and you would have to wait once it’s packed! Highly recommended!

8. Umia

22 Bis Skala Street, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi International, Mediterranean, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +212 5247-83395
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 896 reviews

Umia

Reviewed By Smiffy1955

Visited this evening what an exceptional meal.
Started with Pears and Goat cheese just brilliant. Then Monkfish with shell fish and risotto, the flavours stunning! Risotto the best ever!
Dessert Orange tart, so good,
Great wine choice, could even get a gin and tonic.
The owners served table great hosts.
Exceptional evening try it you will not be disappointed.

9. Restaurant Adwak

2 Rue de Tetouan, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Moroccan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +212 604-127905
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 667 reviews

Restaurant Adwak

Reviewed By James B - Ayr, United Kingdom

Small restaurant and no booking so arrive early to take a chance , but it is worth it .Good couscous and the crepes were freshly made and lovely

10. Legnaoui

Rue Sekala | 19 Khaled Ibno Alwalid , Rue Sekala , 44000, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Moroccan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$94 +212 5244-76771
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Legnaoui

Reviewed By carracachin

Lovely restaurant where you can enjoy your food (cheff salade, pizza and crepe in our case were delicious) . It is located in a short street and if you look inside, the decoration will catch you because it is full of morroco items mixed with books and modern things. Besides, is really clean and the family is always smiling. English is not a problem.
Finally, they won't ask you tips (something to great for in morroco).
Really good !!

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