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Restaurant Des Arts

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56 Avenida Listiqlal, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 606-122709
10:00 - 23:30
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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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149 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Not the best food I've had in Morrocco but the ambience on the rooftop make up for it. The harira was great but the tajine was average, Moroccan salad was bland.

Thank Marc T
Scotland, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

After a long day of travel, we decided to try here as it was near our riad. I was pleasantly surprised. I had a chicken/prune & raisin tajine, and it was excellent, and this was after the Moroccan salad that would have fed an army! Great atmosphere with music too.Prices are good. What's not to like?

Thank Nellie N
Restaurantdesarts, Propietario at Restaurant Des Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We are glad to know that you had a good time with us, we hope to see you again! The cous cous is very special in our kitchen Bests, More 

New York City, New York
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95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We stumbled upon this restaurant while looking for a place to have dinner after a long day of travel. As we wanted something unpretentious and have a full tummy, this restaurant fitted perfectly. The staff is friendly and let us sit by ourself on the 1st floor (the 2nd floor, where the Gnawa musicians were, was too hot and loud)... More 

Thank Alexandre N
San Francisco, California
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976 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Located just a few steps from our hotel Dar E Qdima, we had lunch here. The passage to the main dining area upstairs was taut and tight. The seating upstairs was also tight. It was decorated with colorful cloth materials along with small pillow cushions where you will sit. They also have live music and band in a very cramped... More 

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Clevedon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Fantastic atmosphere at Cafe Des Arts, live music, great food, roof top terrace to watch the world go by. The musicians are passionate and include the audience which is fun. We visited several times this year as well as 2015, as a family, three generations and we all love it, teens to 70's. Such a joy to see Moroccan families... More 

Thank donna l
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

One of the most memorable evenings I've ever had. Music was really excellent from the guys who lived on the roof of the restaurant. The food was really great, but it probably wasn't the most important aspect of the evening as the music was pretty immersive.

Thank Sam1973
Restaurantdesarts, Propietario at Restaurant Des Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We are glad that you enjoyed the live music becouse we play it with pasion, as much as the cuisinere make the food! Hope to see you soon, More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

5/5 This fantastic Place Came to our attention as we walked down The Street. Amazing cozy atmosphere, friendly staff And authentic life Music that got us on Fire. We had a Great evening there. Definetly recommended!!

Thank Dizi R
Restaurantdesarts, Propietario at Restaurant Des Arts, responded to this review

Thank you very much! we hope to see you soon whit more music and moroccan food! Welcome! More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016

1/ go for the Tajines 2/ go for the best mixture of Gnawa, moroccan traditional music and occasionally some tourists' local music to make them feel most welcomed! I've been there twice, in 2015 and this year.. Let me tell you that the exquisite taste of their Tajines has not changed, the true meaning of moroccan food. I highly recommand... More 

Thank Sara H
Restaurantdesarts, Propietario at Restaurant Des Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation, is so great to see the old friends again! indeed, our chef Touria works with us for the last 8 years, and we hope to continue with us for many more years! hope to see you soon, marhaba! More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner with my boyfriend and both had Tagines- as a vegetarian it's pretty hard to be blown away by steamed carrots and potatoes but the boy said his chicken and lemon Tagine was one of the best things he'd eaten during our trip. There was some lovely live music, just don't sit right next to the stage if... More 

Thank Hannah R
Restaurantdesarts, Propietario at Restaurant Des Arts, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We are glad that the experience was good! it is true that music sometimes sounds strong. For more peace of mind we also have downstairs and terrace. We hope to see you again soon and you can try other vegetarian dishes as our Pastila, our Taktouka, Zaalouk, and many others delicious and elaborate dishes! Kind regads,... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

This place is literally Amazing. My sister and I weren't planning to get in because it didn't look that good from the outside but a guy was in the front door told us to check it out and if we don't like we can get out, so we decided to get in. There was a live show in the second... More 

Thank Majda H
Restaurantdesarts, Propietario at Restaurant Des Arts, responded to this review

Thank you very much! we wait you for the next time with the music and we hope you can try our food! the Moroccan cuisine its great and our chef knows well how to cook it only with fresh products of the day! Kind regards, Marhaba! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$8
Moroccan, African, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Cash Only, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 Avenida Listiqlal, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: +212 606-122709
Find us in the center of the old medine. Ancient times the family home, the local, still retains the essence, but you will find a different and very unique decor. Live music every night, surrounded by works of local artists. Welcoming atmosphere, you are at home. The best way to enjoy the wonderful Moroccan cuisine. Marhaba !!! Welcome!!!

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