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“What a diappointment” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bagatelle

103, Rue de Yougoslavie | Guéliz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 5244-30274
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Ranked #64 of 642 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $20
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Bistro
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
N.E England
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“What a diappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

What a disappointment. Staters were okayish, pate, soup and salad with chicken livers and lardons (except no lardons and tired, brown edged lettuce). My husband had the set lunch with a main of calves liver which was reasonably well cooked. My daughter had the chicken kebabs which had at least a third of the cubes of 'chicken' being cubes of fat. I had the escalope which was was a very thin, stringy, overdone and tough piece of ????? (not sure what the meat was) ouzing with fat.The vegetables were stacks of overdone root vegetables that none of us could eat. The manager did agree to change my meal, explaining that the grease was due to frying and if I wanted tender meat then I would need to choose one of their steaks! I opted for a salad which was fine - no cooking involved.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Frenck-Moroccan restaurant with classy atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I enjoyed my dinner at this atmospheric brasserie-styled restaurant . The Bagatelle is conveniently situated between train station and the 16th November plaza. It features a beautiful terrace with lots of green and a very pleasant interior, decorated with framed black and white photos.
When checking the menu I was a bit disappointed at first - I had expected Moroccan food, the Bagatelle serves basically French food with a nod to the local cuisine. The food turned out rather well though. My friend ordered a tajine of lamb and dried plumbs and enjoyed it. I had liver - very tender but it could have stayed in the pan for an additional 30 seconds. This, a large bottle of water, a bottle of wine and the bread and lentils ran us roughly 40 Eur. Remember: Marrakesh is not cheap!
The service was excellent. Patrons were mostly French (some expats), some guests looked Moroccan. The restaurant does not have an overly touristic ambiance and that's good.
I would recommend the Bagatelle to people looking for a romantic French restaurant with an upscale feel.
If it's typical Moroccan cuisine that you're after, look elsewhere.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lovely place, off the tourist track”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We really enjoyed this restaurant and went twice! three generations of the same family have run this place and their family recipes are really delivious. We dined both inside and out, lunch and dinner and were thoroughly pleased with both experiences. The menu is a nice mix of Moroccan and French. It seems more like a local/expat place, which was also nice, knowing that we would not be encountering hordes of tourists! They were very friendly with our toddlers as well.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Pleasant restaurant to spend an evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Pleasant surroundings, good service. The food was good but not the best we had. I might be being a bit unfair as the food we had the previous night was exceptionally good.Wine and deserts a real strong point. Decent value for money. I doubt if you would regret eating here.

Visited April 2014
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“Very Good - just; worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This restaurant has been around for a long time (although taxi drivers do not necessarily know where it is). It appears to be patronised by mature, if not elderly, French expatriates, who enjoy sitting in the outside area (Terrasse Brumisee), where they can smoke (as well as eat and drink to their heart's content).
When you arrive at this restaurant do not expect a well-rehearsed welcome and reception. The owner, and any other person in the "management" of this restaurant, may be anywhere in the establishment, and, it sems to me at least, the wait staff are not too ready to take on any maitre d' functions. Anyway, you should eventually find your way to a table of your choice.
There are cocktail specials - if you want or need them to brighten up/spice up your life. The wine list is OK - not extensive, not too pricey, but nothing special or exceptional (you would think that a restaurant that has been around this long - it was started in 1949 - would have a better selection, and that it would have its "own label" white, gris, rose and red wine - perhaps, even, by the carafe).
The menu is acceptable - mainly French-inspired. Nothing too fancy, but there are some things out of the ordinary: such as veal tongue with an onion and caper sauce, and, perhaps, one or two of the daily specials - invariably one of which will be fish. The pate is good; the oysters (from Qualidia via Dakla, or vice versa) seem to always be available, and are fresh and good; the salads are fine - but nothing exceptional or special. Nothing that you could not put on a plate in your own home (or, in the case of many of these patrons, in their own small apartments located in the Gueliz area, around where this restaurant is located). The fries were disappointing, as was the Moroccan-themed hillock of ratatouie - a rather poor excuse for "mixed vegetables".
There is one whole page on the menu which is dedicated to desserts - but I have never desired to have one, and I have rarely seen any other guest have one!
Service is good: trained, experienced, attentive, perhaps somewhat off-hand/aloof. It could be said that they probably attend to the French expats., etc., before they attend to the other diners/guests. Such is life...................
Look, what you get here is a good ambience, with good service, all-right food, which is quite- well prepared, on a fairly-consistent basis, and when the bill comes it will not break the bank.
In other words: very good - just; and worth a visit.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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