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“Gorgeous Food in an Amazing Setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Cour des Lions

La Cour des Lions
Au Palace (3eme) du Es Saadi Gardens et Resort | Rue Ibrahim El Mazini - Hivernage, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
212 6 63 58 15 99
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Ranked #134 of 603 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $48 - $102
Cuisines: Moroccan, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: In the heart of Marrakech, crowning the Es Saadi Palace, a breath-taking decor and cuisine, inspired by classic Arab-Andalusian architecture and overlooking the gardens and the city.The chief invite you to discover his innovative approach to Moroccan classic dishes, and traditional cuisine as well, all prepared with organic ingredients.Open every evening from 7:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m.
Sandhurst
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Food in an Amazing Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We ate here twice during our stay at the Es Saadi Hotel and both times there were just a handful of other diners. Why, I can't fathom. If this restaurant was in the UK, it would have a waiting list. You take the elevator in the Palace Hotel reception to the third floor and are led from a beautiful reception area into a stunning restaurant with beautiful decor, authentic Moroccan musician and fabulous linen and place settings. You can mix and match traditional Moroccan cuisine with more modern European dishes and everything we had, both visits, was superb. Unfortunately both times we were too full for dessert. The service was fine and I didn't realise before reading other reviews that they have a Michellin Star, but I'm not at all surprised.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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berkshire
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“Pretentious but great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We booked a table here during our recent rip to celebrate my wife's birthday. The night before we had eaten at a stall on the main square in the Medina, and for the last evening I thought it might be appropriate to go for somewhere a bit more upscale, which this certainly was.

We chose from the Carte Creation, which takes local produce and applies the kind of over the top presentation that you'd have found in France about five years ago. There are some daft combinations - raspberries in the gazpacho, carrot and tomato with the dessert, but ignoring those it's really good. The grapefruit jelly with raw prawns worked really well, for example, and the aubergine puree I had with my starter was mindblowing. Overall, the style is refined French Haute Cuisine applied to local ingredients and flavours, and it works very well.

Service was discreet but very attentive; being a Wednesday in December we were the only folks there however the staff clearly knew what they were doing and I have a feeling it would have been just as good if they were full.

Good value, too, apart from the £20 a glass for standard non-vintage champagne

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

Visited the restaurant mainl due to its proximity to where we were staying (hivernage) and its Michelin star.
Did not disappoint, excellent menu, chefs degustation, and good service. Try it!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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“the best food in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Michelin starred food in a fantastic setting
service was very good with beautiful music playing in the background
fusion food and Moroccan food served and cooked to perfection
why this is ranked where it is i will never know
i know quality when i see and taste it and this had it in abundance.
i must for any food lover visiting Marrakech.
a three minute £2 taxi ride from the main square the best money you will ever spend.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Deeply disappointed despite the excellent critics on this site”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Having read the other reviews, I was looking forward to the highlight of our stay in Marrakech, but was deeply dissapointed after having the modern-style menu. A few things that I really wish to share if you consider coming here, as well as with the Chef:

Food: The plates look very elaborate indeed, but some combinations just don't fly. Incorporating raspberries in a scallop bouillabaisse (with aspargus, sun dried tomatoes, etc etc) simply doesn't work in terms of taste. Same applies for mixing strawberries and fish. I have no problem with unusual pairings, but these seemed to be done in order to impress rather than for the sake of taste. (Another less important thing; the plates filled with glasses, narrow jars, cups and bowls : 1) it is not practical to eat and 2) visually, it might have been cool in the 90's but not anymore

The main course fish was the absolute low point of our dinner; rarely have I seen a piece of fish so overcooked. Even pouring over the accompanying lamb sauce (in a litte saucer of course), did not help. I found it sad to mess up a fine piece of fish and and a shame for the Chef to send out such a piece. Anyway, I think he must have been embarassed when he saw the plate coming back and we were offered a desert we could'nt choose. Whilst I appreciated this somewhat strange gesture, again the quality did not make up for the rest of the meal.

Setting: The ceiling is impressive & beautiful, but a few changes could improve the atmosphere. Plain white walls, very few tables, no carpets or draperies and pvc windows frames are not a guarantee for a cosy atmosphere at all. Quite the opposite from the Mamounia, where the recent renovation is an absolute gem. Tastes differ, but the gold leaf & crocodile leather chairs on which you might sit, are worthy of the palace of an African dictator or a Russion billionaire... Overall, the decoration of the hotel seems to be from the eighties and could used a facelift.

Service: When different waiters ask you the same questions in between courses, it is not their fault, it is just bad organisation. We were more annoyed to hear that half of the dishes (2 out of 4) we had ordered beforehand, were not available that day (telling in advance is something you could expect in a place like this). We ordered two other things; first courses were correct, but they messed up the main courses. The odd maître d tried his best to appear sympathetic, but seemed more interested to literally sit down with regular guest and have a chat with them.

All in all, we thought it would have been a shame to go to such place in order to eat the same traditional dishes (although arguably of superior quality) as you can in every restaurant in town, but our choice for the modern-style menu was probably the worst idea we had in months.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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