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Sam's Restaurant

Avenue du Caire | Complexe Commercial Bin Al Aswar (bab sbaa), Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 661-097971
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
Travelers talk about
“fresh fish” (14 reviews)
“seafood” (13 reviews)
“red snapper” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Moroccan, Seafood, Soups, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
Avenue du Caire | Complexe Commercial Bin Al Aswar (bab sbaa), Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

Great seafood and immaculate service. This restaurant is now in the Complexe Commercial Bin Al Aswar just outside the Medina walls whilst many guide books etc say it is at the end of the harbour.

Thank SannaLeeds
Reviewed January 5, 2017

It was a little shambolic, and the staff weren't overly friendly, but the food was great, the location was great, the heritage value priceless. I was looking forward to introducing my partner to Chez Sam, and we made a beeline to the harbour as soon...More

Thank Hilary D
Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

It appears to be reopening soon near Hotel Des Iles in Centre Commercial Bin Alaswars. Building work is progressing and it looks as though it should finish soon.

Thank John B
Reviewed October 27, 2016

Just to inform everybody, this iconic restaurant is no more. Nobody seems to know is it will be rebuilt somewhere else, but as part of the ongoing building work going on in Essaouira it has been demolished. A great shame.

Thank Rosemary03
Reviewed May 11, 2016

was cheap and great seafood selection, twillight time is best for attending, you can get good vine there - this doesn't happen often to you in this town

Thank Kateryna B
Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

If you want to enjoy seafood speciality at Essaouira city or city of the wind, the restaurant Chez Sam is the best address. I ate several times in this restaurant and I love to come back again and again. The price is correct and the...More

Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Sam is apparently a bit of an institution, so despite its run down exterior we thought it worth a try. Having sat at our table on the terrace with two other occupied tables and in full view of the manager/ owner we waited ten minutes...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed April 8, 2016

We visited Chez Sam two days ago. We cannot speak French and could not understand the menu in French. When we ask the waiter to explain the food in more details in English, he threw his pen to us. It was really rude! At one...More

Thank Chi C
Reviewed April 4, 2016

A lovely traditional restaurant with a Meditteranean feel situated right in the middle of the harbour. Unfortunately, the day we visited the wind was so stong that the fishing boats couldn't put out to sea so several types of fish were off the menu but...More

Thank skankhound
Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

Visited Chez Sam for lunch after reading positive reviews on trip advisor. We had the set lunch menu for 250 dirhams- the food was delicious but overpriced and we found the restaurant lacking in atmosphere. Apparently there was no house wine available so we had...More

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Jeffrey B
Nothing thank you, as gave rather unfortunate review after visiting this place.
September 20, 2016|
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Dave S
Hi is the restaurant open in the months of November and December?
October 10, 2015|
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Dave S
Are you open in the months of November & December
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue du Caire | Complexe Commercial Bin Al Aswar (bab sbaa), Essaouira 44000, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: +212 661-097971
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