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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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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
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
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  • Local cuisine
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berlin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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66 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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74 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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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
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16 helpful votes 16 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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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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