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“Excellent food, below par service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Elizir

Elizir
1 derb agadir medina, Essaouira, Morocco
0524 47 21 03
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Ranked #7 of 198 Restaurants in Essaouira
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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“Excellent food, below par service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We saved Elizir for the last night of our trip to morocco as we had read such good things about it and our hotel had recommended it.

Our initial reactions were very good. The decor is 60s and 70s and has a lovely higgledy piggledy feel to it. It is also small so feels quite intimate, which we liked. We were given some bread and a variety of dips onthe house to start which were all delicious. The bread tasted as though it was freshly baked too. Our starters came on time and were also of very high quality - cuttlefish risotto coloured with squid ink and smoked salmon spring rolls. Then, unfortunately, the service started to slip a bit to be honest. We waited a long time for our mains and watched other tables that had arrived after us get theres ahead of us. In fairness when they came they were very tasty - particularly the chicken and Gorgonzola tagine which had a really well-balanced flavour and was cooked to perfection - but it was frustrating to wait so long. The maitre d', who owns the restaurant, came to take our main plates and explained that during Ramadan it is hard to serve everyone as all his customers eat at the same time (the resto doesn't open until 8.30 during this period due to local eating times after sunset). However, he only had one waiter and himself for 28 covers so perhaps he should get another waiter?

We were stuffed after main course and passed on dessert (although they looked very good). I probably waited half an hour to get the bill in which time we were offered a coffee/tea on the house. I would rather have had the bill, which I asked for twice and eventually had to go and find at the front desk!

So overall our impressions were slightly tainted by less than perfect service. Allthough the food was the best we have had in morocco it was also the most expensive and when paying tht premium we expected better service. Perhaps we should put this down to Ramadan, meaning that I would still recommend a visit to Elizir.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Really good italian restaurant family / 70s style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Very nice but small restaurant has a limited carte but who cares if the food is great!
We had Gnocci as a starter and had barely enough room to allow for chocolate cake, both superb...
Service friendly but not very sophisticated.
Be on time 2030 otherwise its full :-(

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best meal all year, v cool establishment with great fresh local produce”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

V cool ambience, amazing decor, this is a cool, kitsch collectors delight with some v cool photography on the walls.

The food was superb, fresh produce and some beautiful dips to start with a selection of warm breads.

delicious tagines and my friends fish and ravioli were melt in the mouth
The desserts were simple and hit the spot perfectly.

This is how every restaurant should be, short, uncomplicated menu with perfectly cooked, un fuzzy food.
I would recommend this to everyone.
V cool music too and lovely friendly owner.
Enjoy

Visited July 2013
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“Second visit in two years-food just as good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This being our second visit in as many years we were hopeful standards were being maintained. We were not disappointed.The steak was cooked to perfection and the fish dinner was just right.The Elizir is a little hard to find but is worth the effort.

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“Fantastic little place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

What a find! Located in the Medina. Go through the main arches and then turn right past the clock tower and through the next arches. Elizir is located just inside the first alleyway, first right. All you see is a door! We arrived at 8.30pm when it opened and already there was a queue to get in. Fascinating place full of 1970's kitch and non-matching furniture. The food was superb and the chocolate cake absolutely delicious so only have a starter or you won't have room for it! Not the cheapest of place but worth every penny.

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