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Au fond du port, Essaouira, Morocco
212(0)44 47 65 13
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 33
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Dinner with friends

Nice restaurant in the port of Essaouira. Atmosphere and service is great. The menu was poor they don't have many things like lobster,octopus and scampi. Is ok for fresh fish but I expect more from this restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Giannis P
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were sent to Sam's by friends who discovered it in 1981 and wondered if it was still there. Positioned at the end of the quay, this place is a hidden gem. Four of us enjoyed a three course meal including drinks for a total of £33/couple. I had a hot Moroccan salad which was full of prawns, while my... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will not get a fresher fish than that of Chez Sam! The food is incredible and once you receive the bill you'll feel as though they've charged you wrongly! I came with my mom and we had gambas pil-pil (sizzling garlic prawns), a very generous fish soup, an enormous service of fresh, fried fish including calamari, red snapper, plaice,... More 

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87 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant in the port of Essaouira. Atmosphere and service is great. The menu was poor they don't have many things like lobster,octopus and scampi. Is ok for fresh fish but I expect more from this restaurant.

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1 Thank Giannis P
London, United Kingdom
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291 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

love coming here for lunch and having loads of lovely fresh fish, we had squid and bream, all deliciously cooked and well presented. They always find you a nice table by ts he window and gave us bread at the end to feed the swarming seagulls outside

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1 Thank halycondays
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Now, I haven't spent too long in Essaouira to properly assess its dining options. All I know is that the previous night we were at another comparatively upscale seafood restaurant in the medina and Chez Sam place was way way better. From the choice on the menu to the charming old school waiter. He suggested to order shrimp brochette, and... More 

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Thank julia_mrn
London
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The location was in the harbout, with the attendant smells of fish, etc as was the food. the staff were very attentive, moved a smoking group away from our table

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Thank Oadetola
Grantham, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Wonderfully atmospheric restaurant at the end of the harbour. Not very busy when we turned up but filled quickly. Service was efficient if not very friendly. Food was good but seemed a little over presented. Main disappointment came with the bill. It was fair at 690 dirham and included 45 dirham service charge. We gave 700 dirham for a little... More 

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Thank Richard T
Munich, Germany
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Very nice restaurant with fresh fish and excellent vines. Nice interior and smooth background jazz music. Direct in the old harbour.

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Thank PercyReuter
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Great seafood and a warm feel with families dining alongside tourists.Great location at the end of the port.

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Thank tinaannariley
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

had a dinner over there a few nights ago, the menu was rather shabby and barely readable in the modest light. The "crevettes pil pil " (shrimps baked in olive rather average. oil and garlic were as well as the oysters average. the ultimate negative experience was when we put the money on the table and the waiter wasn't pleased... 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, Mediterranean, French, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children

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