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“Worth a visit for good Moroccan food”
Review of Dar Loubane

Dar Loubane
Ranked #95 of 264 Restaurants in Essaouira
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Worth a visit for good Moroccan food”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Dar Loubane has been there for ages and the quality of the food is consistently reliable. The setting is an old, unrenovated riad, so you sit in the main courtyard or in the covered side areas -- all quite atmospheric. The service is cheerful and the prices are reasonable. Unlike so many Moroccan restaurants, you can be sure that when you order a tagine it will arrive with a decent amount of meat, and not just a hint of meat with plenty of bones and fat. This is one Moroccan menu where you can order anything you like and you can't go wrong.

On some nights the restaurant provides entertainment in the form of a group of musicians who perform typical gnaoua music, which is long on drums and chants. Some diners might greatly enjoy this exotic and interesting experience; others might find it loud and intrusive. If you care about this one way or another, it might be a good idea to inquire if music is also on the menu when you visit.

  • Visited December 2011
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3 Thank Parker D
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Banbury, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Old faithful”
Reviewed 22 February 2011

I've been going to Dar Louban for years & it is always excellent. The owners are always warm & welcoming & the waiters Rachid & Hassan excellent. Food is of the best quality & never varies. The building is beautiful & atmospheric with music during the day & sometimes live in the evenings.

  • Visited February 2011
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3 Thank Stuartessaouira
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nj
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Loud music”
Reviewed 4 November 2009

The restaurant is in a pretty Riad, with plants and white tablecloths. We were told it had local music, which appealed to us; however, it turned out that the music was exceedingly loud, and nearly continuous with only a couple short breaks. It was so excessive that it really ruined our meal. Perhaps the music does not play every night. Check before you go. Otherwise, the food was basic Moroccan, not particularly memorable, not very expensive.

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3 Thank ssgtravel
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marrakech
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Reliably good Moroccan cuisine”
Reviewed 4 November 2009

Dar Loubane is a long-established restaurant in Essaouira with a loyal following among repeat visitors.. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the service is well above the usual local standards. The restaurant is in the courtyard of an old, large, unrenovated riad which a comfortable charm of its own. There is often live music on weekends in tourist season. There is an inexpensive set menu, or you can order a la carte -- also reasonably priced.. I particularly recommend the avocado shrimp starter, and you can't go wrong with any of the tagines -- unlike so many restaurants in Morocco, this one serves tagines with ample meat on the bones. Wine and beer are available. I have dined here many times and never been disappointed.

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4 Thank JanetSloane
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