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“Amazing atmosphere, food and service!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Ramsess

Restaurant Ramsess
18 Rue Iben Roched, Essaouira, Morocco
05 24 47 21 39
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Ranked #37 of 200 Restaurants in Essaouira
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Amazing atmosphere, food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Restaurant Ramsess is just fantastic! Zineb was a kind attentive host welcoming us to her small intimate candlelit restaurant. The atmosphere was relaxing and romantic, with un intrusive yet prompt service and faultless food. Well priced and worth every penny. We think of ourselves as real foodies and wouldn't hesitate to return.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Schoten, Belgium
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“New Year's Eve”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

There was a set menu for the evening, understandable and pretty filling too! A lobster bisque to start, then goat's cheese pastries, poussins with an orange sauce and then a pudding, followed by more cake at midnight. All the dishes were nicely prepared and tender. The restaurant is run by women - it is fascinating to watch them at work. The mother smiles rarely, one of the girls seems to do all the work, her sister not quite so much - leading to an argument - and if I have got the relationships right, every now and then the father wanders round asking everyone if they are happy! We had a lovely luth player during part of the evening and then a local band in between. It is difficult to judge a restaurant based on a fixed menu but we could not fault the food!

Visited December 2012
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Antibes, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Authentic Moroccan cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside but the food is excellent and prices reasonable. We especially enjoyed the Moroccan salad, a starter which actually consists of four different salads/starters. The fish dish was a little light on fish but all in all a highly enjoyable dinner.
The restaurant offers local wines.

Visited December 2012
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Casablanca, Morocco
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16 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good comfort food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

By definition Moroccan food is better when homemade.
However, Ramsess is worth visiting, it is not the most creative Moroccan cuisine I tasted, but it's good simple, confort food with fresh local ingredients and spices.
In addition, the service is very good, the owner being very helfpful and makes you feel at home.
Essaouira being a place full of tourists, Ramsess has the advantage to be a geniune restaurant with a very good value for money dishes.
I recommend this quite place to those who want to avoid the crowded hype places designed for tourists.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent food, warm hospitality, comfortable room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Shrimp tagine, salmon kabob on couscous, grilled sole with rice, and creme de petites pois (thick pea soup) comprised the nicest and most flavorful meal we've had so far on this 10-day first visit to Morocco (late December 2012).

The food was succulent - perfectly flavored and perfectly cooked, a pleasant contrast to seriously overcooked veggies and flavorings limited to a little sauce in the bottom of the pan we'd come to accept as 'normal'.

As noted by others, the place is family run; that's probably not uncommon here; but the nice thing is that this family seems very anxious to excel in the kitchen as well as in the dining room. The hostess/server/(probably manager) overflowed with the best kind of friendly hospitality. A conversation about the kind of tea needed for the traditional mint tea (gunpowder tea) led to her running off to buy a box for us. And her English is near-perfect, another gift for those of us who didn't pay good enough attention to our high school teacher.

They have wine, by the way - another rarity.

Go and enjoy!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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