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Au fond du port, Essaouira, Morocco
212(0)44 47 65 13
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 28
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great decor and location spoiled by poor service

Poor service, slow kitchen. Food more than acceptable leaning to good. Many items not available. Dissappointment after it was recommended. Would give it another chance.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Marc_Dhalluin
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Poor service, slow kitchen. Food more than acceptable leaning to good. Many items not available. Dissappointment after it was recommended. Would give it another chance.

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Scarborough, New York
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66 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Restaurant Chez Sam was recommended by our guide and guidebooks but it seems a little tired and we thought there were nicer restaurants nearby. The porch was pretty basic with not much decor but had a nice view of the fishing port. The food was OK but not outstanding.

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Strafford, Vermont
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The restaurant has the atmosphere more akin to an NYC or Long Island Sound restaurant (photos on the wall, nautical motif), so it does not "fit in" to Essaouira in many ways. But as it was recommended by our Riad, we had dinner. Service was appropriately prompt, and the staff were all very friendly. The food was very tasty, bread... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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72 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Oh my giddy aunt! This restaurant was an absolute gem and our star of Essaouira. So great we went back with friends we met on our travels a few days later. Ok, so it's located on the harbour with amazing views of the ocean and the harbour itself. So you can watch the daily catches being offloaded from the fishing... More 

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Manchester, England
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Chez Sam's as one of the reasons we return to Essaouira. It's the whole package: the friendly greeting; the blazing fire; really fresh food which tastes as if it has been cooked by someone who wants you to enjoy your meal. At night you can see the boats coming in bringing the day's catch and during the daythere are terraces... More 

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Oxford
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We really enjoyed a calm meal at Chez Sam. The food was of good quality and the service efficient and helpful. Quite nice to get away from the hubbub of the medina and look out to sea! Charming little covered terrace/conservatory style area

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

On the pier, with the fishing fleet nearby, this rustic and unpretentious restaurant easily outdid the more famous restaurants nearby. If you wanted sophistication, this was not it. If you wanted to be treated to every course with delicious, fresh seafood, set in a casual ambience, this was the place. My only caveat is that this was 1982 and it... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We had been recommended Chez Sam, the staff were friendly but we were a little disappointed in the food. The smoked salmon was lovely, but we weren't blown away by the mains.

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We followed the advice of others and visited here for lunch during the week. Plenty of free space at lunchtime and no need to book if you turn up at 1pm. Good view of the harbour and great to watch the fishermen at work whilst eating. Nice bottle of chilled wine and exceedingly fresh fish, cooked very simply and exactly... More 

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We returned here after two years and found the place just as good. Simple uncomplicated food and the reassurance that not everything on the menu is available as it depends on what fish have actually been caught. Let the waiters help with recommendations and make sure you have plenty of time to spend gazing out at the fishing boats as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Au fond du port, Essaouira, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: 212(0)44 47 65 13

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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