Best restaurants in Morocco

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kasbah & Mellah

    Cafe Clock

    Little sister to the Fez original, Cafe Clock is housed in an old school with sunset views over the Kasbah from its rooftop. The food, including vegie options like quiche and seasonal couscous, is decent – tourists delight in the signature camel burger. However, its popularity rests on its packed calendar of cultural performances, which also attracts many young Marrakshis.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Amal Center

    So many restaurants in Marrakesh reflect poorly on local cuisine, but here you get the real home-cooking deal. And, happily, it's all for a good cause: the Amal Center is a nonprofit association that supports and trains disadvantaged Moroccan women in restaurant skills. Meals are served in a leafy courtyard garden, and the service is warm.

  • Restaurants in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Al Fassia

    In business since 1987 and renowned for its all-female team, this stalwart of the Marrakesh dining scene is still considered one of the best. The menu champions the classics of Moroccan cuisine, including lesser-known tajines such as lamb with aubergine and beef with almonds and eggs, though we've had reports that service can be hit and miss. Reservations are essential.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

    Le Trou Au Mur

    The menu at this classy yet laid-back contemporary restaurant is on the money with its mix of little-seen Moroccan dishes, fusion food and international crowd pleasers. Stay cool in the mod dining room or head to the rooftop for giant martinis, Berber shepherd's pie, mac and cheese or the house speciality of mechoui (slow-roasted lamb).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Nomad

    Nomad's multitiered rooftop is one of the medina's buzziest venues, particularly at night when its lanterns twinkle over Rahba Kedima. The small menu adds contemporary twists to North African ingredients and flavours, creating dishes such as Agadir calamari in a cumin-infused anchovy sauce or whole organic chicken with house-made harissa and chermoula. Vegetarian and vegan dishes, like cauliflower in ras-el-hanout spice and turmeric butter, are excellent.

  • Restaurants in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Mechoui Alley

    Just before noon, the vendors at this row of stalls start carving up steaming sides of mechoui (slow-roasted lamb). Very little English is spoken, but simply point to the best-looking cut of meat, and ask for a nus (half) or rubb (quarter) kilo. The cook will hack off falling-from-the-bone lamb and hand it to you with fresh-baked bread, cumin and salt.

  • Restaurants in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Beats Burger

    It's a sign of the times in Mouassine to find a gourmet burger joint sitting snug amid the souqs. This neat French-owned restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows for prime souq-noseying and a tiny four-table roof terrace, serves juicy prime beef patties (or chicken or fish) with tongue-in-cheek, music-themed names such as 'Notorious Beats' and 'Let it Beat'.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Essaouira

    La Table by Madada

    Style meets substance at one of Essaouira's best fine-dining restaurants, housed in an old almond warehouse. The interior is a blend of traditional Moroccan and modern European, and the menu focuses on seafood and fish dishes, alongside contemporary riffs on local favourites such as tajines and bastilla (savoury-sweet pie). Service is friendly but can sometimes be leisurely. Reservations highly recommended.

  • Restaurants in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Souk Kafé

    Climb to the rooftop, doff your sunhat to the giant rattan tea pot and plonk down on a cushion ready to stay a while: this is authentic local food worth savouring. The Moroccan mezze of six cooked vegetable dishes qualifies as lunch for two – but wait until you get a whiff of the aromatic Marrakshi tanjia, with its slow-cooked, perfectly falling-apart beef.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Naranj

    Naranj's ultraslick interior of khamsa (hand-shaped amulet) mirrors, low-hanging copper lamps and bar seating is quite a scene change on Riad Zitoun El Jedid. It wouldn't look out of place in a hipster ’hood in Beirut, which is the point, because the menu is a contemporary take on Lebanese. Head straight up to the lovely split level terrace and order anything with falafel.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tangier

    Populaire Saveur de Poisson

    This charming seafood restaurant is well worth the hype, offering an excellent, filling, four-course meal in rustic surroundings. First comes the fish soup, followed by inventive plates of fresh catch, olives and fresh breads. It's all washed down with a homemade juice cocktail made from a dozen fruits. Dessert is honey and almonds. Not just a meal, a whole experience.

  • Restaurants in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    +61

    The menu is constantly evolving at stylish +61, where Australian chef Andrew Cibej aims to capture the laid-back culture of his country in a thoroughly modern way. Dishes are designed to share, put together with locally sourced ingredients and have a strong focus on seasonal greens. The simplicity of the food is matched by the neutral colour palette of the dining room.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tangier

    Anna E Paolo

    This is a genuine, family-run bistro with Italian Tangier-born owners; it feels like you've been invited for Sunday dinner. Expect a highly international crowd, lots of cross-table conversations about the events of the day, and wholesome food, including excellent charcuterie and pizzas, homemade pastas, meat and fish.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bab Doukkala & Riad Laârous

    Henna Cafe

    Herbal teas, detox juices, henna tattoos, book exchange, Darija classes, good conversation…they're all on the menu at this intimate upstairs cafe, where a local nquasha (henna artist) draws intricate designs on hands and feet, and you can munch on salads, falafel and khleer (cured lamb) sandwiches on the covered rooftop. All profits go to local residents in need.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Djemaa El Fna Food Stalls

    Grilled meat and tajines as far as the eye can see, plus snail soup, sheep's brains and skewered hearts: eating amid the mayhem of the Djemaa food stalls is not to be missed. Follow the locals to find the stalls with the freshest produce. Our recommendations are number 14 for fried fish and number 1 for brochettes (kebabs) and tajines.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Medina

    Café Clock

    With a clientele of foreigners and creative young Fassis and a staff that's cheerful despite the maze of stairs in the multilevel space, Clock is an ideal place to rest and nourish yourself. The menu is a refreshing Moroccan-Euro mix: a signature camel burger, ras el hanout–spiced potato wedges and interesting vegetarian options, among other goodies.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bab Doukkala & Riad Laârous

    La Maison Arabe

    La Maison Arabe's reputation precedes it: this was the first restaurant set up to cater to foreigners in the medina, in the 1940s. It was a favourite of Winston Churchill, and once you experience the service, you'll see why. A long list of local wines accompanies the menu of international dishes and refined Moroccan classics. Complete your feast with amlou (argan-nut butter) tiramisu.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Kilim

    This airy spot is the work of Kamal Laftimi, who launched the popular Nomad restaurant in the medina in 2014. It's his first foray into Gueliz, and he brings a contemporary take on Moroccan ingredients that's surprisingly lacking here. The menu skips from the likes of watermelon, feta and olive salad to crispy chicken sandwich with harissa mayo and fries.

  • Restaurants in Ouarzazate

    La Kasbah des Sables

    Conceived by owner Brigitte Babolat, this Moorish fantasy palace – a medley of cosy lounges and nooks arranged around a series of patios – took three years to create. The centrepiece is an enormous shallow pool backed by a wall of jewel-coloured lights and surrounded by romantic, candlelit tables where you are served a mix of primarily Moroccan and French dishes.

  • Restaurants in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

    Le Foundouk

    A spidery iron chandelier lit with candles sets the mood for fine dining, with Moroccan and international menus. Portions aren't huge, but great care is taken to present dishes beyond the run-of-the-mill tourist options, such as tajine with squid and chermoula (herb, garlic and spice marinade), confit leg of lamb with garlic, saffron and pears, and seven-cereal couscous with fish and artichokes.