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Relais Saint-Exupery

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French, Moroccan
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13 Bouelard Moulay Abdellah | Quartier El Qods, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
00212 24 88 77 79
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In a town not renowned for its dining scene, this French-run restaurant is...
In a town not renowned for its dining scene, this French-run restaurant is a glorious exception. Owner Jean-Pierre is also an active subscriber to the slow food quality ethic. Checkered floor tiles and red tablecloths give it the air of a French bistro, but the cuisine is high Moroccan, with French panache. House specialties include pastilla (salty-sweet pigeon in puff pastry) and camel meat with pureed potato, served in a gingery Mali sauce. There are several four-course set menus available.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Restored my faith in Moroccan cuisine

Ate here on the last night of a trip to Morocco. Until that point I'd felt a bit disappointed with the food in general and was tired of the usual dishes served everywhere - skewers of mincemeat and mediocre couscous etc. This was really something else. Authentic dishes enhanced by French style... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Carlos B
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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94 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Paris, France
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Ate here on the last night of a trip to Morocco. Until that point I'd felt a bit disappointed with the food in general and was tired of the usual dishes served everywhere - skewers of mincemeat and mediocre couscous etc. This was really something else. Authentic dishes enhanced by French style cooking techniques. The Camel meat, for instance, was... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Our hotel booked us a table here. We were the only customers which was very odd and the rest of the place was dark and cold. The three course menu de jour was 300+ dirhams for basically nicely done tajine and meat. I wouldn't bother spending the money here - better to get taxi into town and eat more cheaply!

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Bonjour, Chers Clients, nous sommes désolé, car vous n'êtes pas satisfais de nos services, malgré les efforts de l'équipes de... More 

Ouarzazate, Morocco
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We arrived at this restaurant with high hopes after reading positive reviews, but we left very disappointed. At first, we were given an English menu which said that we could only take full menus for 250-350 Dh, which are fairly high prices for Morrocan standards, to say the least. We asked whether we couldnt take one course rather than a... More 

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Vogelenzang, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

In this french restaurant. we found the service was excellent. Menu original. well prepared delicious food.

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Finger Lakes
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

The food was excellent in the multi-course meal. The small touches including the melon sorbet and fig liquor contributed. Te staff were pleasant and helpful. And the patron, jean-Pierre, took us back to the hotel after the meal ended.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is a wonderful place, great food and a patron who understands a lot about food and wine and has much love for his product. But more then just a good restaurant in ouarzazate, this would be a place to go wherever it would be located, because its one of those special places. It shines by its owne, like a... More 

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Paris, France
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is a good "French" restaurant but the cuisine is far from a Michelin star level. You have to take the full menu (2 starters, amin course and desserts). Desserts are rather basic. Nice welcome and friendly service.

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Savona, Italy
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143 reviews 143 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Really good food experience althought the owner put too much in evidence his experience in the famousSlow Food Festival in Turin Italy.Not need this tawdry exposition. His talent is excelent without low level of marketing. A mandatory stop in OURZAZATE Not the only Tagine but a mix of prevalent locally dishes with international style insert.

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Pepingen, Belgium
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

Although the lady of the house does a great job of welcoming and serving you, we think it is odd that the so called French "Chef" spends his time behind the bar during the whole dinner. Wondering who's cooking, we saw and tasted that at least half of our dinner was re-heated and/or microwaved. This address was supposed to be... More 

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frederiksberg, CPH
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

Because everything in this restaurant is in French we didn't understand to begin with that if you order tagliatelles for MAD153 or sole for MAD250, you go through the same starters, teasers and in-betweeners, maybe 5-6-7 courses ending up with a kind offer of a cocktail, which we had to refuse. This man is no linquist but a true master... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13 Bouelard Moulay Abdellah | Quartier El Qods, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Souss-Massa-Draa Region  >  Ouarzazate
  • Phone Number: 00212 24 88 77 79

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 44
  • Cuisine: French, Moroccan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

In a town not renowned for its dining scene, this French-run restaurant is a glorious exception. Owner Jean-Pierre is also an active subscriber to the slow food quality ethic. Checkered floor tiles and red tablecloths give it the air of a French bistro, but the cuisine is high Moroccan, with French panache. House specialties include pastilla (salty-sweet pigeon in puff pastry) and camel meat with pureed potato, served in a gingery Mali sauce. There are several four-course set menus available.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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