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Au Bonheur des Dames

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Place du Marche aux Grains | Medina, Essaouira, Morocco
024 47 59 68
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great spot, great food,lovely staff....and very acrobatic cats!

We ate here twice on a trip to Essaouira - there were loads of other places we wanted to try but didn't want to miss the chance to go back. On both occasions we were warmly greeted, presented with appetisers of a carrot and beetroot cream, olives, bread and spicy tapenade. Over the course of two... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We ate here twice on a trip to Essaouira - there were loads of other places we wanted to try but didn't want to miss the chance to go back. On both occasions we were warmly greeted, presented with appetisers of a carrot and beetroot cream, olives, bread and spicy tapenade. Over the course of two visits I had a... More 

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Paris, France
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Have been coming to Essaouira for the past 30 years. My usual delight would have been the sardines in the harbour. But now I stumbled upon sardines in a much different setting. Tucked away in a small courtyard, off the main median street, is this fabulous place. Look out for blue chairs!! The food was first rate, in fact must... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The choices were amazing and the food beautifully presented. Don't know how it was produced from such a tiny kitchen. The waiters were delightful, the courtyard eating area sheltered and the seafood second to none. Amazingly the bill was very low. Great place to visit.

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West Sussex, UK
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Beautifully presented; good quality, interesting beverages. Attentive team. It's well worth seeking out this little gem. Sunny or raining, an umbrella will be produced.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Came to this cafe for a coffee but stayed for a set menu lunch for 75dhr and what a treat. Not even the rain and wind could spoil it. The staff went out of their way to protect us from the wet weather and produced a delicious 3 courses plus a muse bouche , olives and bread no less! Best... More 

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Adliswil, Switzerland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It can be very windy in Essaouira. As you walk into the souks soon ask for the Café/Restaurant Bonheur des Dames. It is situated on a lovely square protected from the wind, not far into the medina. They produce good, nicely presented meals including sea food. Their service was very professional: kind, efficient, helpful…our waiter Hicham made our stay particularly... More 

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Shropshire, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had lunch here on Saturday. The fresh seafood was wonderful and the cost was reasonable. All our food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. How do they manage to do this from such a tiny kitchen??

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The place we had planned to go for lunch was closed so ended up here as it was quite busy (got to be a good sign... Maybe not!). Our waiter was very friendly, however my Niçoise salad really was very bad. A tiny plate, piled up with bland salad, no dressing, no anchovies or egg, and a teaspoon of tuna... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

dont bother with this place as service and dried fried sardines awful. the staff seemed more interested in an adjacent cafe whilst you were trapped by "musicians" and "acrobats" with their 45 seconds of "entertainment" before trying to arm-wrestle you into payment. shame, as i love essaouira. but there are many more places to sit quietly with yesterday's newspaper.

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London, United Kingdom
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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Points to consider here: 1) Great range of specialty teas - well prepared and presented 2) Limited choice for food but the pastilla (pigeon or chicken on the day we were there) was superb - the best I had the whole time I was in Morocco; large, sweet and tasty 3) Not the easiest to find - ask somebody before... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Place du Marche aux Grains | Medina, Essaouira, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: 024 47 59 68

Price and Cuisine

  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children

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