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“A memorable dinner in a stunning location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riad Kniza Restaurant

Riad Kniza Restaurant
34 Derb L'Hotel | Bab Doukala Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 5 24 37 69 42
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Ranked #20 of 611 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $27 - $71
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A memorable dinner in a stunning location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Our visit to Riad Kniza was the best night of our holiday in Morocco. The food was good, honest, flavoursome Moroccan food, not fine dining, and not trying to be. It's not the best food we've ever eaten but we thoroughly enjoyed it, although we wished we'd skipped lunch because there was so much to eat!

What really sets this place apart though is the breathtaking beauty of the Riad itself, the warmth of the hospitality and the standard of service, which is second to none.

We weren't staying there, but from the moment we arrived the very genial and charming owner, Haj Mohamed Bouskri, and his wonderful staff went out of their way to make us feel like honoured guests in a family home. After a brief tour we were seated at a petal strewn table in a candlelit private dining room resplendent with Moroccan artefacts and opulent fabrics, and with a log fire burning at one end: perfect for a romantic dinner, but still very much appreciated by our family of five!

The waiter was a star - full of smiles and enthusiasm despite being rushed off his feet (we only realised afterwards that service hadn't been included so we went back the next day with a tip). The owner checked on us several times and eventually joined us at the table to chat about the history of the Riad, give us the benefit of his vast experience as a tour guide, and provide our daughters with some wise, philosophical advice about always treating your neighbours with kindness.

Ironically he suggested we visit Kasbah Tamadot for coffee on our trip to the High Atlas, and I'm quite sure he'd have been shocked to learn that we were turned away! Kasbah Tamadot, look and learn, Riad Kniza knows EXACTLY how to attract and retain custom.

All in all, a very memorable night, and we very much look forward to returning to Riad Kniza in the future.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Couldnt have chosen a better place for our first moroccan meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Wow. 5 course meal, with wine, amazingly friendly service, and romantic and relaxing ambiance. Not too over the top fancy,but just right for getting your first traditional moroccan meal with nice company. Ask for Muhammed for a waiter if you can! He was UNBELIEVABLE. so happy and nice, took tons of pictures for us around the place. They called us a taxi while we ate dessert, without even being asked! Its hard to find since it can be driven right up to, but our hotel cab driver walked us to the door (highly recommended since its requires turning down a couple alley ways). They had a warm greeting at the door. Beautiful place, family owned for over 200 years and visited by many celebs (brad pitt, will smith, ect). It looks like it would be a wonderful place to stay as well. My favorite course of the set menu was the assortment of moroccan salads - about 7 different plates (see pictures). The owner came by and said hello as well! Its not loud or packed. Make sure to try it out!! lots of food for about 450 dh (about 60 dollars) each. reservations necessary since they asked what main dish you want (chicken, lamb, fish) as it is slowcooked before you get there (so yummy!)

  • Visited March 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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“Moroccan joy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

had dinner here and from the beginning to the end was it a joy!
The staff were so welcoming and the service excellent. The surroundings are amazing. Richly decorated rooms, but with only a few tables not too busy. the tables are strewn with rose petals.
the food was excellent. you can choose your main course.
excellent place to go for a special romantic meal but also just to enjoy good quality Moroccan food. It is more expensive than some places but about 45 euros per person. If you want cheap, eat in the market square, otherwise just sink into the plush cushions and enjoy.
The owner wlaked round to ask if everything was okay.
The general location is not that hard to find an is walkable from the Medina. It is down a very small alley and the board by the door is so small that you will miss it! as you walk down the alley (which does have a street name sign) the doorway is on the left side just round the first corner.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Treat yourself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at this riad, so if you read my review of that, you will have read about the food. If you don't stay here, then treat yourself to lunch (or dinner) on the open air roof top. You will not be disappointed. You can even take a cooking class here and go to the local markets to buy your ingredients, then come back and prepare them under the watchful eye of the chef.

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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“Outstanding quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I nearly didn't want to go anywhere else, after our first meal in Marrakech at the Riad Kniza restaurant. We did return for our last night as well, which seemed fitting. The food is of such outstanding quality that it's difficult to describe. The quantity is also insane...almost too much but we weren't going to complain! It's pricier than many other Marrakech restaurants, but worth twice of what we paid. It's a don't-miss place.

Visited December 2012
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