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The owners did a good job of creating an ambience in keeping with the old movie. We only had time for a mid-afternoon drink, but the manager very graciously showed us around every room and helped with photos. We were glad we went. (Be aware...that women, especially, must dress conservatively in keeping with Muslim standards. I read a review from one woman complaining of sexism because she was wearing shorts and was denied entry... it's not sexism, but the customs of the area! )More
Absolutely adored this place !! Our favorite restaurant in Morocco. Great quality with great pricing. We ate 7 adults, steak, pasta, tagines, everything practically on the menu and we had expensive wine and champagne and it cost only 600$cdn?! Anywhere else easily double the price....The service was a bit slow (crazy busy place) but their attitude more then made up for it. Book in advance they are always full.More
Wanting to experience Rick's Cafe whilst in Casablanca I booked early, long before leaving Australia and this is recommended if you are keen on going.
Whilst themed on the movie this is a serious restaurant with a great ambience, service and food. We really embraced...the experience dressing up in a blazer and evening wear and loved having an excuse to dress up after 2 weeks of touring. The restaurant has a dress code so be mindful of this.
The food was excellent and we departed from traditional Moroccan with Oysters, Salmon, Beef Stroganoff, Apple pie and Cheesecake. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and really fitted into the movie theme. The decor is a great match for the movie and has a great ambience.
The music was very well suited and the band that played later in the evening was excellent. And, yes you do hear 'As time goes by' a few times but different and enjoyable versions.
The cost was what i would expect from this calibre of restaurant and was money well spent.
This was a great final night in Morocco and I very much recommend a visit to this gin joint.More
I arrived in Casablanca, Morocco, that fateful morning in March 2020 when the Prime Minister called all Australian tourists home due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and I had to fly back to Oz the next day.
But there was one thing that I wanted...to do in my single afternoon in Casablanca and that was to find 'Rick’s Cafe' and have a drink. As it turns out, it wasn’t too difficult to locate using Google maps in a city that doesn’t seem to have too many street signs, and it is within, say, 5 minutes walk of the famous and fabulous Hassan II Mosque.
Now Rick’s Cafe Américain, made famous in the Humphrey Bogart classic “Casablanca”, was obviously a studio set and not a real place, but its name is so synonymous with the city of Casablanca that some entrepreneur has created a Rick’s Cafe, and while it isn’t the same, it certainly replicates the vibe and some of the fittings. There’s a little memorabilia around the walls too - eg, a production run sheet and a cartoon. The building is picturesque. inside and out.
Check the opening times as it does shut for short period between lunch and dinner, the bar included.
I didn’t eat there (apart from complimentary bar snacks - and they weren’t just a bowl of peanuts either), but people at the tables seem to be enjoying the food. The staff were very pleasant - polite and friendly. Even though the place is up-market, they weren’t snooty. My big SLR camera was confiscated at the door (with a ticket for recovery, obviously), but the fellow at reception was nice about it, and I was able to take photos on my phone (I did ask).
I had 3 drinks sitting at the bar - a bottle of Casablanca brand beer, a well-made Manhattan (at the recommendation of the American couple next to me), and a gin & tonic. I expected the bill to be significant (it automatically included a well-deserved tip), given the quality of drinks, snacks and service, but I was pleasantly surprised. I’d just spent a couple of weeks in Jordan where even the beer is expensive, and I found that drinks in Rick’s Cafe were very well priced.
I thought it was great and can’t wait for the pandemic panic to be over so that I can return to Morocco to pick up my trip. Rest assured, I will make a point of coming back to Rick’s Cafe.More
We went to Rick’s Cafe because that’s just what you do in Casablanca. We expected mediocre food an tacky souvenirs. We were so wrong. The food was to die for! The lamb shank tajine was incredible. The lamb was as tender as butter. My wife,...who is not a food person, was blown away by the chicken tajine.
Oh, and we did buy some Ricks Cafe salt and peppers but they’re not tacky. LolMore