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“Avoid! - it's a scam”

Restaurant El Bahia
Ranked #366 of 917 Restaurants in Marrakech
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 24, 2013

For those seeking a good meal in Marrakesh in memorable surroundings with a good ambiance a simple piece of advice - avoid this restaurant. It is not the place recommended in the Rough Guide - it must have changed hands. It is, in fact, a rip off and it works like this: sure the surroundings are palatial and impressive but - and you only discover this after you have been seated, broken bread, ordered wine and had a drink and been served with olives - there are only 2 menus. One a set menu at 300 dirhams, one at 400 dirhams. It is not clear at this stage whether this is for one or two. It turns out to be for one. So you do a rough calculation and opt for the cheaper one. But don't expect a 300 dirham dinner bearing in mind that 300 dirhams should go a long way in Marrakesh. You get a variety of cold, limp, vegetable starters; a dry pastilla; two passable tagines; a bowl of tired looking fruit and an almond biscuit. Oh, and a bunch of amateurish musicians and belly dancers to interrupt whatever good time you were threatening to have in a noisy - and persistent - attempt to screw a few more dirhams out of the milch cow tourist. Market value of the meal? A third of the menu price, tops. Market value of the entertainment? Nil.

It's a pity, really, because the surroundings are impressive and the place has real potential. If the operators had the wit to put their efforts into providing good food honestly priced instead of scamming the tourists they could build a reputable business that would grow by recommendation and become a go to place in Marrakesh. But that would require hard work and integrity. My advice would be to eat up near the main square where you get what you pay for and don't bother with this restaurant - it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Looking at the reviews here there seem to be reviews for two totally different places. Where I went was the simple restaurant directly opposite the gates of Place de Bahia that has a roof terrace. Others seems to be showing a much grander looking place which this one was not. I definitely went to the one that is shown as cafe with terrace. I had a Lamb Tagine which came with cous cous and a sauce. This was very tasty and good value. Juices were nice. It was a bit too cold to go on the roof terrace so we went inside which is very basic and uninspiring. Service was friendly and King Crimson playing on the stereo so clearly owned by an old hippy.
Location good, food good , value good. Overall it is fine to stop for a bite but nothing special.

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Thank Buzios_PW
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

you won't miss this restaurant if you walk pass by it because there are "people" outside inviting you to dine in. it is obviously a tourist restaurant place. the interior was nice although we were brought up to dine on the top floor. food was ok ( your morrocaan dishes, but i can say i've tried better)

this place is near the jewish souks where the price is way way cheaper compared to the souks near the mosque & the people are nice (NOT aggressive like the souks closer to the mosque)

Thank emmy91
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

up a flight of steps has advantage of bathroom facilities in the central tourist area would advise the Marakishi above the Jemaa Fna square for quality food with a view; and after 9pm with dancer and music. Try the Lamb with Prunes there - not at the Bahia; keep to its simpler selection of Tiganes

Thank Leslie E
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

The restaurant is in a great location, overlooking the Bahia Palace, and with a terrace affording views of the palace and the city. Staff are pleasant (although a bit slow), and the prices are OK, but the interior is not very atmospheric. Although the restaurant had air-conditioning, windows were left open, allowing quite a bit of heat and noise to come in, as well as some annoying flies. The vegetable panini we ordered was very bland and tasteless. No alcoholic beverages (although this is not uncommon in Morocco), and soft drinks were served in the can. It’s not somewhere we’d return to — there are lots of better places in Marrakesh.

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Thank Pelagius_Redivivus
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