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“Don't forget your camera!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dar Essalam

Dar Essalam
170, Riad Zitoune El Kedim, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5244-43520
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Ranked #53 of 667 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $45
Cuisines: Moroccan, African
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: N full heart of the medina where merges tradition and modernity, an authentic restaurant has several years of perfectly preserved history. DAR ESSALAM is the first moroccan restaurant in Marrakech since 1952, it's here that the Hitchcock's movie "the man knew too much " was filmed. Come and taste our refined moroccan cuisine.
Brighton
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't forget your camera!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

There are many lovely dining experiences in marrakech - just make sure Dar Essalam is at the top of your list. It's not often you will have the chance to eat at a seventeenth century mansion! Around five different vast rooms, very beautiful architecture and stunning zellij (tiling) design that you will constantly keep looking at so make sure you take your camera with you...the entertainment is fun, exotic and be prepared to get involved. The food is plentiful, tasty and the service is fantastic. The attentive waiters will bend over backwards to please you while you eat and listen to the superb talented musicians. Very affordable too. While you stay in Marrakech, this is certainly worth a visit, you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Westerlo, Belgium
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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“nice place to eat but average quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The retaurant is not so far from the central Jamaa El Fna , in an old palace. Very nice place to sit. Food is ok , but nothing more. Several items on the menu were 'not available'. Atmosphere is nice , with live music.

Visited April 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good food, reasonable prices, good entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Great experience overall as far as touristic restaurants go. Original shows and nice non-stop moroccan music throughout dinner. The food is good and reasonably priced. The restaurant itself is a piece of history and architecture well-worth checking out.

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Brilliant mistake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Great night out! Interesting trek to find the place, but once we did, it was amazing! The waiters were lovely, and seemed to really appreciate us making the effort to speak some Arabic - there was another large (and crass/embarrassing) tourist group in the room with us, who I'm sure would have found the food bland and service lacking, but you get what you give... There was a duo playing music and a belly dancer which was unexpectedly entertaining.

We ordered the set menu - the Moroccan salads for entree were delicious and substantial, and a trio of targines for main were delicious - the chicken with lemon and olives was particularly great. For desert, go the flaked almonds and cream, or the cinnamon orange. All of course followed by mint tea and biscuits.

All up for 3 including a bottle of wine came to under MAD1000.

Visited April 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“A feast for the eyes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We were trying to find a highly recommended Ryad restaurant and, rather fortunately, stumbled across this one by chance. Opulent tiled rooms led to a large dining room with live music, belly dancers and lots of tourists dining at the many tables scattered around the room. We were initially unsure as to whether to stay, being wary of the set menus, however, we asked for the small a la carte menu, ordered and stayed. Our food was delicious, particularly the assorted moroccan salads(1 portion was enough for 2-3 people), couscous and vegetarian tagine, the service was attentive and a photographic exploration of the many beautiful rooms was the icing on the cake. Our meal for 3 adults cost €68 with a bottle of wine, a typical price for the area.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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