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Restaurant La Decouverte

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8 Bis Rue Houmam El Fatouaki, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 610-638399
11:00 - 22:00
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The warm dining room here was a cozy respite from a cold spring night when we ate there in early April 2017. It felt more like dining at someone's home. One of the guidebooks noted that a French couple ran this place, so I thought it was likely to be good, and it was. My wife's pigeon pastilla was especially... More 

Thank Derek H
Troy, Michigan
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400 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

In many respects, this is an ordinary 3-rated Tripadvisor, French-Moroccan restaurant. However, the host and hostess create a warm and friendly atmosphere. I came specifically for the camel which is served weekly. Honestly, it was such a small portion, I thought at first that they had forgotten the main ingredient. The camel was covered with delightful sauteed and sweetened onions... More 

Thank 1Rahhalatun
Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Although this restaurant comes well recommended, my experience was less satisfactory. The French lady owner makes a fair song and dance about her food offerings and by the time she is finished with all the flowery descriptions, I was salivating. Yet, the fried sole was not fresh, the rice and veg pre-cooked and the wine was served in a glass... More 

Thank Franz O
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

French man and woman both very friendly and willing to explain menu items and offer ponchos to wear at the tables outside to stay warm. Enjoyed a vegetarian gratin and a fancy mousse dessert for a great price. Homestyle cooking. Nice decor and bathroom. Must be authentic as it was packed with French speakers! Central old town location. An escape... More 

Thank Mister_Bump
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We visit this place whenever in Essaouira and are never disappointed. My friends go for Mondays when camel meat is served; not my thing but there is plenty of choice, all high quality. A small place, so worth booking ahead.

Thank sallie080
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed spending time and meeting new friends at this lovely restaurant. On our trip we ate several times here, with the house special camel couscous being particularly memorable. More than just a place to get well fed and watered, La Découverte offers walking expeditions to the beautiful natural landscapes outside Essaouira, as well as an international award winning book... More 

Thank Andrew T
Tokyo, Japan
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117 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Went there in December believing the reviews and we were not disappointed! While the price is higher for Essaouira, both my boyfriend and I were able to each eat in under 90 DH (which really isn't that bad). Seafood in Essaouira is expensive anyways, and I actually think for fish this was on the cheaper side. If you are sick... More 

Thank kiyeran
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited believing the sales pitch of the lady. We found the food disappointing. The Moroccan salad ordered by my wife was the least appetising in our 10 day stay. The main course of three pastilles was mediocre. The sweet was OK but nothing special. We won't be back.

Thank John B
Flensburg, Germany
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I went there due the Tripadvisor Rating. Had a St.Pierre Fish and a homemade Cake. Absolute Recommendation, very good fresh Food. Small and cosy place, warmhearted People. No Chichi, good food for a very good price.

Thank methylmanfred
Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here as our routard guide recommended it. It was a big failure. The food was ok but the prices are super high for what you get. The cuisine is a mix of traditional Marocain cuisine and European one, I don't doubt the quality of the ingredients but the portions are ridiculously tiny (like nouvelle cuisine). You will... More 

Thank Elena B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$13
Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Bis Rue Houmam El Fatouaki, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: +212 610-638399

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?