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43, rue Yamen Scala | Essaouira, Essaouira 44103, Morocco
+212 5244-76417
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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

This is an excellent restaurant located overlooking the water/sunset. Yes, it is more expensive than many Moroccan restaurants, but I didn't feel excessive. It was good to have a better choice than the inevitable targine - the seafood especially was good. The staff were friendly, and there was a great singer playing.

Thank Richard3206
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

We were led to il Mare after trying to find somewhere still serving food at 23.30 - after climbing many stairs we found ourselves in a tented terrace over looking the ramparts... Very cosy! Our waiter was very helpful and kind. We ordered chicken tagine, pasta with pesto and grilled calamari with Moroccan salad, drinks always make a meal I... More 

Thank MrsGorgeous
Sispony, Andorra
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

normal priced drinks are typically expensive, but the buy two get one free happy hour was great. pizzas not bad. expensive sheesha and full of teens late at night. nice view of the sea.

Thank cwright21
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 August 2013

It is the most terrible restaurant we have been eating in Morocco. We traveled across the country and used to eat in various places including the VERY local caffes. The food was always good and fresh. However this place was horrible, the food was greasy and tasteless and also on the expensive side. And afterwords me and my husband, both... More 

Thank MelonHeaded
Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 31 July 2013

We enjoyed a delicious seafood meal one evening whilst watching a haunting fog envelope the Skala fortress and ramparts. A memorable experience! The service was attentive and efficient. Can recommend the location for unique views of the fortress.

Thank Catherine E
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159 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

This place has indeed an amazing view but the food there was below average and the service was the worst we ever received in Morocco. We were waiting for ages to be seated then served and then again to get the bill. And the place was not even 1/3 full at that time. It looked like they couldn't bother. The... More 

Thank Ardra1906
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

The thing nobody can disagree about this place is the wonderful view, something like extraordinary. The ocean behind, and between the ocean and the terrace, the Skala fortress with his cannons. Obviously the food is great and they even accept credit card for payment, not frequent in Morocco!

Thank bravo_brv
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458 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

We had a very pleasant meal here and although it is not cheap it seemed good value for tourist Morocco. The menu was varied with a good selection of specials. The sardine tagine was very good. Service was very good. The only negative for us was the live music was a very loud, but I guess it added to the... More 

1 Thank Montyf1
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2013

We were taken here by a friend of ours who lives here in Essaouira and has lovely apartments that he arranges for us to stay in whenever we want to come up and have some time beside the sea or a break from the heat inland. He had told of us a great new restaurant for us to try that... More 

Thank AngelaIsATraveller
Stamford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2013

This is a lovely colourful restaurant, which boosts a fantastic seafood menu, that days catch on your plate. The staff work very hard to ensure you have the best service, you get what you pay for. The views and sunset are fantastic and should be appreciated with a bottle and great company. Enjoy.

1 Thank Joy020

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Moroccan, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43, rue Yamen Scala | Essaouira, Essaouira 44103, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: +212 5244-76417

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