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Restaurant Chez Sam

French, Chowder, Seafood
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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

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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
What you see is what you get

When you walk in you see what the fish selection is and when you sit down you see the port in action : it's picturesque, to say the least The cooking is correct and the prices reasonable Like everywhere in this town, the printed menu is indicative : the selection depends on what they have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
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91 reviews 91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

When you walk in you see what the fish selection is and when you sit down you see the port in action : it's picturesque, to say the least The cooking is correct and the prices reasonable Like everywhere in this town, the printed menu is indicative : the selection depends on what they have caught It helps if you... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The restaurant is located right in the port. Once you have walked through the smelly part of the port and gotten in the restaurant things get better. The food was excellent and the wine good for about 25 euros/ person

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were given a recommendation to eat at Chez Sam as there are so many “fresh” fish places to choose from. If you want a waterside/window view, call ahead for reservation. We were seated quickly and had a table with nice view of the harbor. The restaurant has a nice feel, is a bit out of the beaten path (at... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had a pleasant Paella, but it wasn't anything particularly exceptional. I'd have preferred more fresh fish and prawns in it. You pay for the venue.

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berlin
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We first went to Chez Sam over 25 years ago when we were first dating, then 15 years ago we took our kids and this last week we visited again and had a fabulous fresh fish meal - the staff are still wonderfully friendly and Nordene is great! He does not run a tight ship!!! but the welcome is relaxed... More 

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Paris, France
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The restaurant "chez Sam" is really situated in a very good place, inside the harbour. From the bigs windows, we can see the fishing boats coming back, full of fishes, calamares and lobsters. The service was good, the fish well cooked, and very good wine. Of course is a little bit more expensive than others restaurants, but for one you... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Great location and fantastic fish, served on large platters. Great value too. The waiters were very knowledgeable about what was best that day and how it should be prepared.

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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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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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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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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: French, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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