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“Pretty good food at the port” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Chez Sam

Restaurant Chez Sam
Ranked #70 of 255 Restaurants in Essaouira
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Pretty good food at the port”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Overall, pretty good. The fish was fresh and generally done well, though there were some misses - the fish tangine was a bit overcooked. Service was attentive, though not excellent.

The location is all the way in the port at the end of a concrete pier. It's nice during the day to watch the boats come in as you eat, but can seem a bit sketchy at night as you wander through the deserted port.

Would recommend Chalet de la Plage (just a bit down the beach) over this - we found the food fresher and better-executed.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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London, United Kingdom
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356 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“lovely for lunch and great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

we ate here twice once in the cabin like bit overlooking the water and another time in the back bit right on the water, there were locals here. We thought it was fantastic value for fresh fish and delicious rose wine. Fish platter for one was enough for 2 so next time we got a few fish dishes to share and a salad all lvoely. Service was great apart from first time when we asked for the bill and although service was included he said it wasn't enough and got all huffy which ruined it a bit. Prices didn't seem a lot more than the fish stalls! All in all worth a visit even if only for the views and some lovely fresh fish.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The wonders of Sam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

If you ever go to Essaouira you have to dine at Chez Sam. The location on the tip of pier, the roustic interior, the excellent seafood, wine and service and reasonable prices should not be missed. We opted for a repeat after our first night in Essaoira and were not disappointed the second time either. We are accustomed to perfect seafood and not easy to please!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Foul food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We went there on a recommendation in our riad, but what a mistake. Quite the worst food we had in Essaouira. Shrimps in garlic were greasy and tasteless. Diners who arrived after us were served with their main courses much earlier and as we suspected our overcooked dried out John Dory with its terrible accompaniment of dire rice and overcooked vegetables must have been sitting under a heat lamp for at least half an hour. No apologies. We left this over-priced restaurant without paying the full bill, which was exorbitant. The most expensive meal we had in our week's stay. Stay away!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Marrakech, Morocco
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4 reviews
“Dinner experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

We came a bit late in the evening, they had almost closed but they still welcomed us with a smile. Very much appreciated when nothing else is opened. The owner is a concerned guy and guest oriented, waiter's are experienced. Tip for food: order simple dishes: ex grilled fish, the quality of fish in there is enough no need for cooking skills. The prices are really good. I recommand this place

Visited January 2013
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Thank Abderrahmane B
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