Whether you are visiting Marrakech for the first time, or you are a seasoned traveller to this enchanting city, having a simple guide to the best places to dine can be invaluable. To this end, I have picked my top 5 restaurants in Marrakech. The selection is based upon the quality of food, the ambience and the service. Marrakech restaurants offer a very unique experience, one that is unrivalled in my eyes.
Le Comptoir Darna – located in the upmarket Hivernage district, Le Comptoir Darna offers traditional Moroccan food alongside an international menu. On the ground floor there is the restaurant and the 1st floor a bar (where you can have dinner as well). It is busiest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I always recommend eating in the bar and booking a table late between 10.30pm – 12.30am. Their belly dance / traditional show is wonderful and comes once an hour during the dinner service. The bar comes alive after 11pm with the resident DJ really pumping up the music and the energy after midnight. It is a place where people of all ages can have an enjoyable and exciting night out. It is open til 3am and in my opinion a must visit.
Lotus Club – located in the upmarket hivernage district. Combination of magical Moroccan food and an amazing international dishes. Lotus club symbolises what is great about Marrakech. Great food, excellent service and electric entertainment. We suggest booking dinner at 9.00pm as their show starts at 10pm. They have belly dancers, a live band, a magician, one of the best traditional guitarists in the country and an awesome DJ. It is open until 2am and sometimes later.
Bendoo – A relatively new addition to the restaurant scene in Marrakech. It has two levels, a restaurant on the first floor and then a shisha lounge on the second floor roof terrace. The shisha lounge is the perfect place to relax and reflect on the day you have had. You then head down into the restaurant for a magical dinner and to watch their great entertainment. Belly dancers, a live band, a traditional guitarist and an arabic singer all combine to make it an experience you will never forgot. Customer service is at the centre of this venues ethos and you can really feel it. We suggest table bookings at 9.00pm with the show beginning at 10.00pm-10.30pm.
Koya – Located in Hivernage, this is the best Asian fusion restaurant in the city. Amazing vibe coupled with mouth-watering top quality food. Has a very St Tropez / Ibiza feel to it with live music (saxophone usually) during the course of the evening and DJ turning up the tempo afterwards. This is the perfect place to go if you want an upbeat atmosphere to get you in the mood for your night ahead. We suggest booking dinner between 9.00pm – 11.00pm so you can spend a couple hours here before moving on.
Namasake Japanese Restaurant – Located in the Pearl Marrakech (my favourite boutique hotel), this restaurant offers Japanese food that would not be out of place in finest restaurants in Tokyo. From their salmon sashimi platter to their delicately cooked tempura, i would rate their food amongst the best i have eaten on all my travels. Set in an oasis of calm and tranquility that is the rooftop ‘SKY LOUNGE’ at the Pearl, I defy anybody to find a more unusual place to find this quality of Japanese cuisine. Yet it works in spades. I have spent many an afternoon there sipping on a glass of the Moroccan “Medellion” white wine. I can think of no better place to pass the time and contemplate. One gripe is the service which can be a touch slow. So if you are in a rush make sure they are made aware. Away from this, i love it there and will be back many many times.
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