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“Great ambience and service, shame about the food!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le TOBSIL

Le TOBSIL
22 Derb Abdellah Ben Hessaien | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
00-212-524-444-052
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Ranked #66 of 529 restaurants in Marrakech
Price range: $0 - $74
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
St. Neots, United Kingdom
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“Great ambience and service, shame about the food!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

It's worth going to Le Tobsil just for the ambience and the live music, plus the excellent service. We really enjoyed watching our waiter pour the Berber whiskey (mint tea) - an experience in itself. However, the food was only average - we had a chicken tagine which was overly sweet and a lamb tagine which was OK but nothing to write home about. The mezzes served at the beginning was good though. The meal was quite expensive compared to other places we'd eaten at in Marrakech. If I only had a limited number of days in Marrakech, I would not put this restaurant on my list, but as we were there for a week, I'm glad we went.

Visited January 2013
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“Plenty of food, wonderful ambiance, pity about the ordinary flavours”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My wife and I went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our hotel and getting there was so much fun we thought we were in store for an amazing treat. You're met at the top of an alleyway by a man wearing a hooded shroud with name badge on it that reads topsil. In perfect english he greeted us and shepherded us down a series of poorly light narrow alleyways deep inside the medina and brought us to a door, a simple wooden door. After a gentle knock the door opened to reveal what I thought was only the stuff of fiction. We were ushered into a 12th century 3 story house light by candles with arabic music wafting though the ether from a corner of the room where two musicians seemed to be in a trance. The tables were beautiful showerd in rose petals and the staff spoke good english and french. But then the food started to arrive and it was clear we had not prepared properly. The entree was 13 plates of food for 2 of us, and then there was 2 tagines, a military sized vegetable couscous dish, desert, a pastry and mint tea!!!! What the food lacked in tastiness was gained through the ambience. Make sure you haven't eaten for a week and remember not to judge all Moroccan food by this restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Christmas Night Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Atmosphere fantastic, food was amazing. Would prefer if there was an alternative to the set menu as just so much food.
Wonderful experience would highly recommend.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely atmosphere and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The restaurant is in traditional riad with seating in the interior courtyard and upstairs too. (When we were there, the courtyard was covered.) The interior is fantastic: Moroccan carpets, candles, live music etc. The food was also very good. We were offered the set menu which was 4-5 courses and included the wine (that was not the best i have ever had). It was a little expensive (by local standards), around 50 eur/person, but we really enjoyed our night in this restaurant and would recommend it.

Visited December 2012
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“Fantastic new year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

If you never thought you'd see Baloo the bear dancing, get there for a New Year party and watch the waiters join in! Great food, super evening. A swine to find - get them to send someone out to the road to lead you in or you'll never find it.

Visited January 2013
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