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“France in Morocco” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Cle de Voute

La Cle de Voute
76 rue Laaloujj, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 (0) 658 83 64 96
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Ranked #15 of 198 Restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: $6 - $11
Cuisines: French, Moroccan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Closed on saturday & sunday lunch, open for lunch time and dinner
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“France in Morocco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

After you have tasted tagines, kebabs and couscous often enough, lovely though many of them are, it makes a pleasant change to reserve a table here. In fact the manager/owner is Swiss German and has a wife from Calabria but between them they arrange very good quality French food. We had a lunch and an evening meal here and both were of high quality with fresh ingredients. Crab salad was really tasty and the Meskala goats cheese was truly delicious, served with local dried fruits.
The "addition" at the end was a bit crazy after the evening meal, but we had been surprised by the arrival of a belly dancer so maybe the management was a bit distracted, so check your bill just in case. But enjoy savouring the food and ambience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Charm, Grace, Taste,Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

Madame Lili greets you at the door..she is gentle, elegant and kind. The restaurant is decorated very carefully in colors, paintings, carpets and most of all one has the feeling that you are dining in a lovely lit and cozy underground vault, thus the name. The food is a welcome surprise....duck parmentier, carbonara with smoked samon, veloute' de legumes, pastilla that is rich and soft plus many other extraordinary preparations. The service is kind, the restaurant is quiet with music that is always varied.
I highly recommend La Cle Voute for a relaxing, colorful evening with wonderful food, music and ambience.

Visited April 2013
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Pisa
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53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Easy job”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We had ddinner in this small restaurant after reading the Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed.
The place is small and clean, the menu simple but complete and the service fast and friendly.
Prices more than honest.
By the way in a place like Essaouira is not difficult to be a step up compared to the competition considering the quality level of the other hundred of places where you can eat in town.
Keep it up.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Pieve di Cento, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Jokey waitress”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This restaurant right now is ranked #2 in Essaouria, run by the wife, while the husband runs the #1 which I could not try because warned by the waiter that the service was going to be slow since everybody had arrived pretty much at the same time. Good for them! many places would have you just sit and wait.
This couple knows how to cook and in general i don't like Tajine and couscous. We had scallops and crab salad for starters, both delicious, linguine with smoked salmon and seafood pastilla for entrees. All dishes were good, the waitress likes to tease you and play jokes, she also doubles as a belly dancer and although not beautiful she sure knows how to move! Nice experience I would return.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bath, United Kingdom
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104 restaurant reviews
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“The Best is Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

we stayed in Essaouira for five nights. We ate here on the second night and loved it so much we came back for our last meal.
The food was excellent on both occasions, monkfish tagine was so delicious we want the recipe, grilled sea bream with rosemary creme fraiche sauce also excellent, as was the kefta tagine. Starters of scallops and a chicken pastilla really great. The food is unpretentious, but of top quality.
Service was very amusing, we had the jokey waitress and had some fun with her! The owner seems passionate about her restaurant, and it really shows.

  • Visited April 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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