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“Tasty food and excellent entertainment” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dar Essalam

Dar Essalam
170, Riad Zitoune El Kedim, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5244-43520
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Ranked #134 of 604 Restaurants in Marrakech
Price range: $11 - $45
Cuisines: African, Moroccan
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
“Tasty food and excellent entertainment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The food was tasty, although not as good as in out Riad (Jona) - the mixed moroccan salads were by far the best dish our group had. The entertainment (and the intricate and elaborate decorations) are the highlight of this place. Try to book into the main room if you plan to go

Visited April 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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“not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I have been in this restaurant before and it has been a very nice time there watching the bellydancer and singers. Food was also lovely and plentyful.
This time it was definitely not good.
Set menu started to have many of the dishes with supplement, and considering that comes at 250 dh this is a joke. Its possible to eat much more in marrakech for 100 dh, so this is not justified.
The belly dance lasted 2 minute, a high heeled (really), bellydancer did a very quick show and vanished. Singer were there for most of the evening but nothing compared to some years ago.
Food was average, plates were still big but again nothing really special.
Drinks are severely overpriced. Its a lovely building and the waiter do everything they can to keep you entertained, but again, as it is now is not at all worth the money.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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16 helpful votes 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 Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Westerlo , Belgium
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44 helpful votes 44 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.

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Adelaide, Australia
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“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.

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