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“Christine Rio never fails” 5 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 535 Restaurants in Marrakech
Price range: $0 - $73
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
New York City
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“Christine Rio never fails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Our favorite restaurant in Marrakech. Many restaurants in Marrakech come and go but we can always count on Cristine for the best food, wine and service. Whenever we bring friends to Marrakech, Le Tobsil is our first dinner stop. We've dined here on many a happy occasion and have wonderful memories of this 20 year establishment..all done in a beautiful old Marrakech Riad.

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“Some highs, some lows”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We ate here our first night in Marrakech as the suggestion of our concierge.

We very much enjoyed the ambiance - a traditional raid feel with live music, clustered tables and a smokey wood fire in the background. The decor was spot-on and the service was great, the manager's husband checked on every table throughout the course of the meal and the wait staff were courteous and friendly.

The food was good, but not great. We enjoyed the Moroccan salad starter due to the sheer number of plates and opportunity to taste different dishes, but the tangines were relatively average. We preferred the chicken to the lamb, which was a bit tough. The dessert was another high point, as was the mint tea.

The prix fix menu is set a bit high compared to other top restaurants in Marrakech. All in all, good for a long meal if money is not a concern but you could probably do better if you're only in town for a few nights.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Very expensive for the quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We were rather disappointed as we went here for a special meal. The food was pleasant and plentiful but unimaginative and ridiculously over-priced. The atmosphere felt rather contrived and touristy. The following night we had the same amount of similarly tasty food at another beautifully furnished restaurant for half the price.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Loved this restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

It was just round the corner from our hotel and what a beautiful place. Too much food for me, but felt like a royal princess !

Visited January 2013
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“Fun experience, food not fabulous but better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Our riad managed recommended Le Tobsil, however it was also listed in a few guidebooks, so we thought we would give it a try. Only after making the booking did I read all the ordinary/ bad reviews on TA. So I was pretty worried that we wouldn't like it, as we have pretty high standards and eat out a lot.
Challenging to find, as everyone has said. We did walk there though and ended up bumping into one of the guides who took us the rest of the way. Greeted briefly by the owner on arrival, which was nice. Tasteful traditional Moroccan interior, tables with rose petals, candles, lanterns etc. I enjoyed the live musicians - style and volume of music was appropriate. Service quite cool and professional, not invasive, could be slightly warmer but overall very attentive and efficient. Loved the red velvet waitresses' outfits!
Included house wine ok, not great. Slightly more inspired snacks to go with drinks would be good ie we had two types of green olives and some sultanas - maybe switch one of the olives for something different. Moroccan salads were mostly quiet good, didn't enjoy the overly sweet carrot salad much. A bit disappointed that we didn't get pastilla - would have preferred this to the 'chicken in pancake' dish. Lamb tagine tasty and meat reasonably tender. Couscous with vegetables also pleasant and I enjoyed the spice of the accompanying sauce. As others have said, there is a lot of food provided. We found the salads manageable and also the lamb, but the chicken portion was too large for us. Desserts a bit disappointing, a nicely poached pear but very sweet and a small pastilla. As others have said, we enjoyed the atmosphere, service and overall experience but it is pricy and food is better elsewhere. Perhaps time for some fresh ideas in the kitchen?

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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