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“Great food - professional attentive service. Good wine” 5 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 #16 of 196 Restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: $6 - $12
Cuisines: French, Moroccan
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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
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great food - professional attentive service. Good wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We ate here on our last day in Essaouira having eaten at most of the top Trip Advisor rated restaurants - we were actually headed for another restaurant at the time but stumbled across this one and decided ...a bird in the hand....
We arrived about 7pm and were the first customers for the evening - by 8:30 it was pretty full and many of the diners had reserved tables - if you are planning to arrive later on I recommend that you book.
The menu was a good mix of French and Moroccan dishes. In the end we shared a Moroccan salad and both had the beef fillet which was cooked per our request and very good. The salad and main course accompaniments were perfectly executed - just nicely seasoned and very well presented. We tried both the red and white wine by the glass - both very nice local wines.
The waitress was very nice and managed our "franglais" and the owner came over during the meal to check everything was OK. The bill was very reasonable - well below the top rated restaurants. We both ate well and including 3 glasses of wine the bill was just over 400dh.
This place gets top marks - hard to see why it wouldn't get to the top of the heap in Essaouira. Enjoy it while it is still on the way up!

  • 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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Newbury
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36 reviews 36 reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Superb, couldn't fault in any way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Came across this restaurant by chance, and what a find! Cosy and friendly atmosphere, made to feel very welcome as if it was our home. Fantastic food, I even left with one of their recipes which the owner wrote out for me by hand and then talked me through! I don't normally write review for the places we eat though this one is a must if you're in town. We booked to go back again later in the week...,,

  • 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Best meals in Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Hidden treasure in the narrow, busy streets of Essaouira. Very small but cosy with lots of candles and beautiful paintings. Both the owner and our waitress spoke good English and could not have done more for us, without being too 'in your face'. Food is incredible, the vegetable tart and monkfish tagine were to die for! My partner had steak that was HUGE and cooked to perfection. Good wine list, the house wine is great too. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Another great little restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Sister restaurant to the equally excellent D'Orient et D'ailleurs, we had probably our best meal of our stay in Essaoiura here. 5 in our party (aged 18-54) and everyone chose differently but was delighted with their meal. Fish and lamb tajines were the best we had in Morocco. Highly recommended. Helps if you speak French.

Visited July 2013
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Northamptonshire
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Having checked out Trip Advisor we visited this restaurant and were not disappointed. The ladies were charming and helpful, the ambience really nice. It was the most European surroundings we saw, very clean and light, but with delicious, beautifully presented Moroccan food at good prices.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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