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“Be prepared to pay more if you're not local” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Al Bahriya

Al Bahriya
75 Bis Av. Moulay Rachid | Guéliz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 626-415081
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Ranked #91 of 586 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chowder, Moroccan
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Hythe, United Kingdom
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“Be prepared to pay more if you're not local”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

As with much of Marrakech, you face paying more if you are a visitor.

This is a bustling place, it's not immediately obvious if you're supposed to wait to be seated. We got a good spot near the street. The waiters were efficient, but our meals came at different times. I had finished my fish tagine before my wife's langoustines made an appearance. It all tasted great though.

Unfortunately they charged double for the langoustines. The fish is costed by weight, which is fine, but not if they pretend they have served you twice the amount you actually received. If you speak French and want to argue the toss, good luck. Otherwise don't bother - you can probably get just as good seafood at home, without the hassle.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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“Dine where the locals do - seafood as you've never had it before!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

The owner of our Riad recommended this place in Gueliz and while it's not fine dining, you can see why the place was packed out. Pick your own seafood, it's grilled and served with some simple mezze. The food was tasty, prices were reasonable, but it's all about the food. Do not go if you're looking for a romantic candlelit meal. It's a good place to catch a spot of inexpensive, well-cooked fresh seafood while you're walking around Gueliz.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Moroccan Nordzee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

A ville nouvelle "snack bar" by name that is up there with the medina's best street food in terms of quality to cost ratio: four euros and change for a king-size platter of seafood and condiments; two and change for smaller plates.

The place is easily recognized by the traffic (it's packed) and the servers in green shirts with the Snack Al-Bahriya logo. You take a seat, which may be the biggest challenge. (After two meals, I'm still unclear whether it's "wait to be seated" or not, but in any case you pay at the register at the end.) Automatically, first come the four sides: saffron rice, roasted tomato and cumin sauce, harissa and olives. Then the bread. You place your order. Most people choose a platter with fried calamari and steamed shrimp. The extended option - Fritture Al-Bahriya - also has fried cod and a small-boned flatfish as well.The four-euro fish tajine is made with swordfish. Four hours from the sea, and everything is impeccably fresh. If there's a weak point, it is probably the shrimp - somewhat mushy.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Good seafood, low price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is not fine dining, it is a street-side open air restaurant. You may end up sitting with other patrons at the long tables, although they do have smaller tables you may get if they are not too busy. Service may look like it is chaotic, but waiters are friendly and very efficient.

You can choose your fish and have it cooked for you, or just order off the menu. Menu is fish,fish,fish, not much else. Everyone gets the small plates of olives, bread, rice, sauces automatically. The battered deep fried mixed plate was so-so, about what you would expect from deep fried fish. The grilled shrimp and fish we had were very good. We returned a few days later for another meal.
Overall good food, good service, and great value and fun.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious simply prepared seafood at a roadside location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Eat with the locals. The turnover in this place is astonishing!
we went at peak lunchtime and the atmoshphere was chaotic. Choose your own fish by joining the scrum round the ice table, this is weighed and passed to the cooks to clean and either grill or deep fry, your choice.

Once you have commandeered a table, plates of saffron rice, three hot sauces, olives and bread magically appear. When your fish is done, this is delivered to you. Soft drinks or water only obviously but you will not get better or fresher fish anywhere.

We had a large silver bream and eight (I think) huge prawns. These were amongst the best I have eaten. Two of us just managed to finish this.

With a large bottle of water the bill was less than 100 Dm (10Euro)

While sitting there a van delivered 10 large crates of fresh fish and shellfish and about 2 cubic metres of bread rolls. This presumably for the eveing sitting.

Locals go there to just buy fish

Recommended? this place is Essential in Marrakesh.

About 10 mins walk from the main post office.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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