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“Great place to hang!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gnawa Blues

Gnawa Blues
22 rue Youssef El Fassi | Place El Mechoir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+(212)6 59 92 71 89
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Ranked #26 of 198 Restaurants in Essaouira
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Moroccan, Vegetarian, Tea Room
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Gnawa Blues, café-restaurant, place El Mechoir, Essaouira, close to the musical festivals place. Sunny terrace, welcoming dining room. WIFI. The leader proposes you a traditional Moroccan and based on fish cooking with original specialities, as shark tagine stuffed pigeon, stuffed sardines and moroccan home made pastries. Live music every evening. A warm welcome in French, English and Arabic.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great place to hang!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We were initially drawn to the place by the very reasonably priced set menu.
In the end we felt that we had just eaten in the best resturant in town!!

The food was great! The atmosphere was lovely! Half way through the meal, I noticed that we were sitting by a guitar they use in the gnawa music. So when the owner came by I asked him if he played the instrument!
A smile grew on his face and he said he not only played it but he made the instrument! I asked him to play and without hesitation he picked it up and sat by us and started to play!
His little brother soon joined in with singing and clapping! it was great! He told us a little more about the origins of the music and what each song meant. It was soo good!
Not only was the food delicious, and the staff friendly, they're also very talented musicians!

  • 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Wonderful authentic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Very friendly staff, great food, high hygienic standards and a beautiful African touch. You even get life Moroccan music if you are lucky and a canary bird will sing for you ;)!

  • 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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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“Cosy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Lovely spot. The restaurant is really cosy.
Our waiter was so nice, he was playing some live music in the end of the evening.
The foods were really good, I had a soup from fresh vegetables from the medina, really good!
A very nice place to go to chill out and have dinner!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding stuffed sardines and friendly host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We loved this little place. It's right next to the big hotels on the square. The host didn't speak great english but was very patient and warm. We ate dinner there and returned the next day for the fried stuffed sardines. Outstanding!

  • Visited May 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Amazing authentic Moroccan experience, exactly what we wanted!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

We were wandering out Essaouira looking for a place to eat. We went to the Medina and saw this little place on the corner of the main square. It's basically a long corridor decorated in a very comfy style. The menu was small with genuine authentic dishes. We chose the Harira soup & Dry Bean soup. Both were a little bland for our taste (normally we have chillies in everything!), but it was great to try traditional Moroccan soups. We then had the Lemon Chicken Tagine and Beef Tagine Royale with apricots & almonds. Both were absolutely delicious, with plenty of chicken in the Tagine! But by far the best was the Beef Royale. The combination of flavours was unusual and delicious! We had the red wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Morocco which complimented the meals and was very tasty and a little too easy to drink!

The service was exceptional. The waiter and host were brilliant. The waiter and his brother played some music on hand made instruments at the end of our meal. Which was the perfect end to a perfect night.

If you're looking for a traditional Moroccan evening with delicious food, good wine & great service this is the place for you. Highly recommended by two very fussy customers!

  • Visited June 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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