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5 Derb el Arsa Riad Zitoun Jdid | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212-24-38-96-15
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Set in an ancient alleyway dating in Marrakech���s Jewish quarter, Palais...
Set in an ancient alleyway dating in Marrakech���s Jewish quarter, Palais Gharnata restaurant possesses a rarefied luxury that comes only with the passing of time. Everything here speaks of grand antiquity, of North African exoticism and beauty. Handcarved cedar woodwork, ornate sculpture and carvings, handsome waiters dressed in loose white cotton, trays elegantly poised above their right shoulder��� it���s a magical world. A formal dining space, Palais Gharnat specialises is Morroccan cuisine. Begin perhaps, with a pastilla of tender pigeon and crushed almonds in a soft aromatic dough, as a bottle of fine local vintage is opened, and the aroma of spiced lamb curls up inside your nose. The best tables are on the mezzanine, overlooking the set-piece central fountain.
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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place, ok food and unlimited wine

A beautiful palace and location, service was excellent and live music and dancing. Food is set menu and includes wine for 550dh, food was not the best we had but tasty especially the aubergine tagine, chicken was terrible. We ordered lots of starters and asked for more which we're brought, we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2013
chelsea1977
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Parma, Italy
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I spent a week in Marrakesh and this was by far the best meal my friends and I shared. The location is fantastic and the architecture is breathtaking. Not only were the food and wine delicious, but the staff was very helpful and pleasant. Would go there again in a heartbeat.

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Thank Tara H
Colleyville, Texas
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105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Our tour guide insisted on bringing us here. He wanted us to see the belly dancing. There was none. We had missed it. We were the only people in the restaurant. It was very pricey, not good and just bad quality. We learned that the tour guides get a commission for the tourists they bring in. Sent 8 days in... More 

Helpful?
Thank R2RE
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were taken to this restaurant on the first night of our holiday and were seated at the side of the immense, beautiful room. Apart from one other table across the floor, there were no other customers! It was very dark and we had difficulty reading the menu. The waiter offered 2 prices and we chose the food in the... More 

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5 Thank Rowena H
Ankara, Turkey
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The location is very good. charming atmosphere. The staff was courteous and helpful. Moroccan Salad beautiful but literally sucks the other dishes. Couscous with meat for dinner and we were seven people had two pieces of meat. If you do not want to stay hungry I suggest you to choose a better alternative.

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1 Thank cbozok
Parma, Italy
Level Contributor
134 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful palace and location, service was excellent and live music and dancing. Food is set menu and includes wine for 550dh, food was not the best we had but tasty especially the aubergine tagine, chicken was terrible. We ordered lots of starters and asked for more which we're brought, we also drank lots of wine and enjoyed the belly... More 

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2 Thank chelsea1977
Basel, Switzerland
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I can give one point for the location, a great palace, very impressive. The service was attentive and friendly. Food is plenty but of simply terrible quality. Moroccan salads as a starter were ok, nothing special. We had the Tajine as a second, very bad meat quality and poor seasoning. After that the Couscous, unimaginative, badly presented and no taste.... More 

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Thank istwasesist
Oxfordshire
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We were here on a quiet night, and were surprised by how good the food was. The floor show was very limited and mostly directed to a party of businessmen, but the musicians were excellent and the whole experience really fun.

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Thank RSAD001
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We held a gala dinner for over 200 guests at the Palais Gharnata in Marrakech and could not be happier with how it turned out. Nadia was extremely helpful in helping us arrange a wonderful dinner with entertainment and was flexible in accommodating our various dietary requirements and issues. I cannot speak highly enough about the venue and the quality... More 

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Thank Katrina M
Paris
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Charm and luxury of a 16th century palace : Palais Gharnata is magical ! As traditional moroccan meals, service, ambiance are excellent, and prices are fair, don't miss it !

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1 Thank Christophe M
Nelson
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The decor was stunning, the staff were helpful, courteous, happy and smiling. Showered with rose petals from the balconies above (on arrival) the drinks service was excellent. I understand the catering is done off site and is brought in but was excellent. Cabaret of four attractive dancers topped off by a group of exciting Berber musicians with an infectious,driving beat... More 

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Thank Gee M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 Derb el Arsa Riad Zitoun Jdid | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Marrakech
  • Phone Number: +212-24-38-96-15

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Set in an ancient alleyway dating in Marrakech���s Jewish quarter, Palais Gharnata restaurant possesses a rarefied luxury that comes only with the passing of time. Everything here speaks of grand antiquity, of North African exoticism and beauty. Handcarved cedar woodwork, ornate sculpture and carvings, handsome waiters dressed in loose white cotton, trays elegantly poised above their right shoulder��� it���s a magical world. A formal dining space, Palais Gharnat specialises is Morroccan cuisine. Begin perhaps, with a pastilla of tender pigeon and crushed almonds in a soft aromatic dough, as a bottle of fine local vintage is opened, and the aroma of spiced lamb curls up inside your nose. The best tables are on the mezzanine, overlooking the set-piece central fountain.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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