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“tranquil medina respite” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Ruined Garden

The Ruined Garden
Ranked #6 of 205 Restaurants in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $33
Cuisines: Moroccan, Mediterranean
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: The cafe/restaurant is in the ruins of a courtyard house in the ancient imperial city of Fez. (Some signs will direct you downhill to us from Batha) Serving street foods, cakes and pastries, fresh juices (eg watermelon and date and orange blossom milk) and Modern Moroccan lunches & dinners. The emphasis is on fresh local produce, some of which is grown in the garden. When it is hot there is shade and sun hats, when cold or wet there is a salon with a log fire looking out into the garden, though when wet reservations essential. Situated 5 minutes from Talaa Seghira and the same distance from Batha. No alcohol I am sorry to say. We offer an escort service to and from your accommodation within the medina, though call in advance to arrange it.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“tranquil medina respite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

A great restaurant in the Fes medina. The vibe is rather quirky, and the food is restaurant versions of popular Moroccan street foods. The dishes we ordered were well prepared and delicious (eggs with meatballs and a sardine sandwich). Expect European restaurant prices for things you could definitely get for much cheaper though, and also fellow diners who are pretty much exclusively tourists. Also, if you're not very familiar with navigating the medina it could be a bit difficult to find. If you're in Fes for a few days though and don't feel like roughing it, then this is definitely worth a trip.

Visited November 2013
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“Charming, friendly oasis with great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

Once we were introduced to this oasis, we went back as often as possible-tea in the afternoon and many dinners. We felt like it was homey like the bar in "Cheers" everyone recognized us and we'd chat about what we'd seen that day. We'd also run into other travelers we'd met around town so it felt like a party some nights.

The ambiance is fun and romantic. We were there in the winter-February-so we'd opt for the room with the fireplace in the evenings. It was a beautiful room with a fire going and candles on every table. On the patio, there is a fountain, the open kitchen and several groupings of tables-under tenting or separated by bamboo "groves". In one little "grove" we found a chiffon bag with leftover bread-we'd heard that is a custom. No bread is discarded-bits of leftover bread are eaten or placed on something high-never left on the ground.

I am surprised I don't have any photos of the food-it was so good. We loved the pea and bean salad with avocado and mint vinaigrette, the Caliente-roasted tomatoes, capers on a pancake, and the grape and beetroot salad. We ordered the kefta twice-it was so good. And don't miss the salted lemon cheesecake. Oh, yes, and the local beer and delightful red wine that is light with a hint of pomegranate. A wonderful place to go no matter where you find it. Talking about The Ruined Garden makes me miss it!

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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely oasis - Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We went twice - for tea and for dinner. Very good food, modern take on Moroccan food. Lovely service and the garden + inside room with fireplace have a lovely atmosphere.

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Paris, France
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“Fusion food in a relaxed garden ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great food and service ; attractive menu choices with sensitive fusion with local ingredients, tastes and textures.Book ahead!

Visited January 2014
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“What a little gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Fabulous food in a lovely setting. It was beautifully clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. Sardine sandwiches were SO good we just had to go back for more! the sour lemonade was absolutely delicious.

Visited January 2014
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