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“old beautiful palace avarage quality of food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dar Essalam

Dar Essalam
170, Riad Zitoune El Kedim, Marrakech, Morocco
212-0-24 44 35 20
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Ranked #137 of 543 Restaurants in Marrakech
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Marrakech, Morocco
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“old beautiful palace avarage quality of food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I had dinner in the restaurant Dar Es Salaam with my wife and unfortunately we were the only couple in the middle of large noisy groups. We appreciated the nice old palace but we cannot say the same about our meal and about the atmosphere. Pretty average quality the food and cheap atmosphere.
Taking into account that Marrakech offers a large choice of great and sofisticated restaurants i would rate this one with 3 point only.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A good meal but I don't know the cost.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This restaurant is used by group tours and we visited as part of a Thomson Holidays (UK) tour. We were the only people in the restaurant but this may be associated with the time of our visit.

The meal was very good and in fact was one of the best we have ever had on a group tour. We had mixed starters, chicken tagine, cous cous and finally orange with cinnamon. I do not know the cost of the meal but drinks were very reasonable as a bottle of water was 25 Dinar.

The atmosphere was pleasant and the toilets were spotless

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“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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“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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“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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