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“Not as expected” 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 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
Ashford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not as expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We were recommended to go to this restaurant by our raid owner as we were told it was excellent Morrocon food. We did not realise that it is a set menu which includes wine ( this is not made clear ) . We were given a selection of various starters which were all rather bland. This was followed by a chicken in crepe tangine which was tasty, but by the time the lamb tagine and couscous arrived we had had more than enough to eat which was a shame as it was delicious. Desert was poached pear. The service was superb and the ambiance pleasant, but it was a tourist trap - there were no locals there and it was very expensive , nearly £60 per head (although we did have a bottle of wine).

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hamburg, Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Still an amazing restaurant...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Read some bad reviews but decided to go back anyways after 6 years and they did not dissapoint. Just love the fact that they pick you up and lead you through the maze of the city and then you enter this amazing riad where you have food. You always get a fixed menu and the food was great.

Visited March 2013
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Henfield
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Amazing atmosphere, food and experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This restaurant is so hidden away that not only do you have to reserve a table, you have to reserve a guide to meet you to take you to it. When you arrive, all you see is a large wooden door. It is opened quietly & you step down into the most amazing room of dinner tables. At the back is a cosier bank of tables for romantic dining. The smell of woodsmoke pervades from the log burner, rose petals are strewn on the tables and musicians quietly play. There is no menu, just a constant stream of abundant delicious food, Of the 5 courses the first was my favourite, comprising on no less than 12 tiny tasty appetisers. Service was impeccable, the wine & water flowed and it was probably the most romantic meal out I have ever had.

Visited March 2013
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New York City
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36 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“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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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“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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