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“Wonderful and chic restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elizir

Elizir
1 derb agadir medina, Essaouira, Morocco
0524 47 21 03
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Ranked #4 of 196 Restaurants in Essaouira
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Milan
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“Wonderful and chic restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We were lucky because we fiund a table without reservation.
This resraurant was suggested by the reception guy of riad chbanate where we stayed.
After got poisoned and over charged by a restaurant the night before (lemerchou) we decided to take the receptionist advice and glad we did.
The place was very nice decorated with design pieces from the fifties and seventies, the cuisinewas excellent and we paid just the same amount of the night before.

Highly reccomended.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Pretty charming and excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Apart from buying fish in the fish market and having it grilled in the street this was the best meal we ate in essaouira. Family run, mix of foreign vistors and moroccan families? Simple but excellent Moroccan dishes. Highly recommended.

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“Amazing Restaurant hidden away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This tiny place with beautiful retro decor and local photos on the walls serves up fusion food (including their black cuttlefish risotto which is fantastic) and local Moroccan wine. There isn't a huge choice but it doesn't matter because it's all really tasty.

  • Visited August 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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“You must have been there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I visited Morocco 28 times in the last 7 years. This is my place! Great food, great service, great ambient, all around unique.

  • Visited July 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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“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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