Morocco Traveler’s Recommendations of the Best Places to Dine in Rabat.
On the new Marina between Salé and Rabat are two restaurants side by side. They share just one name: Al Marsa. Both give pride of place to fish, one has a more Spanish cuisine feel whilst the other is more Japanese in style. The managers are fish and seafood wholesalers by profession and the freshness of their products is exceptional. The same goes for all the cooking, preparation and dressing. If you don’t know about it – go there quickly!
Address: Nouvelle Marina de Bouregreg
In the heart of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace, you will find the majestic Sofitel Rose Garden. Within its walls, Al Warda restaurant proposes an inventive Moroccan cuisine. Superb ingredients are given pride of place and the dishes are a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. Connoisseurs will be delighted by the culinary experience in this contemporary and warm setting.
Address: Hotel Sofitel Jardin des Roses, BP 450, Quartier Souissi
Phone: 05-37-85-58-18 or 05-37-67-56-56
Ideally situated right in the heart of Rabat, the Hotel Diwan French cuisine is now run by talented chef Stéphane Landais who has incorporated his own “brasserie-gastro” inspired style with original recipes and surprising flavour combinations. The service is attentive. Last orders are taken at 11:00 pm.Dapibus neque lacus
Address: Hotel Le Diwan Rabat, Place de l’Unite Africaine
Phone: 05-37-85-58-18 or 05-37-67-56-56
LE GRAND COMPTOIR
This is Rabat’s fashionable venue set in a 1930’s décor that has been perfectly restored to its original glory. This is a smart set address, where being seen is a “must”, as the show is most often in the dining-room, with a view over the kitchen. The chef offers a brasserie menu of fresh market produce, such as sauerkraut in winter, leg of lamb with garlic during the summer and fish from the catch of the day.
Address: 279 Avenue Mohamed V
Lost in vegetation the Villa Mandarine offers wide terraces and terrain where meals are served. The Chef Wolfgang Grobauer started in the Michelin will tantilize your tastebuds for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu ranges from oriental salads to crapes with carmelized honey and figs to shrimp stew with ravioli with a vanilla aroma. Villa Mandarine offers up spider crap carpaccio to seabass with citrus and octopus filled gnocci and classic Moroccan pastilla. Known for it’s exotic melange of ingredients a meal here is guaranteed to be a memorable one.
Address: 19 Rue Ouled Bousbaa
Riad & Restaurant Le Ziryab is has quickly become quickly an essential address of the capital. This Sublime riad of 300 m² found its vocation as gastronomic a Moroccan. Here all is made just footsteps from the Riad, even the bread is made in a traditional way and cooked in the oven of the neighborhood. The dishes are simmered in the respect of the traditions, thanks to the culinary inheritance of Abdelaziz Sakane and Najat Alai, the managers of the restaurant.
Address: O’ Impasse Ennajar, Center Village
This restaurant overlooking the sea offers stunning views of the Altantic. Borj Eddar has a varied menu of excellent fresh fish and seafood. Borj Eddar is the perfect lunch spot in Rabat and boasts a good but short wine list as well.
Address: Mains D110
Set in a refurbished riad in the old medina, the entrance to the restaurant is like a fairy tale – a man with a lamp guides guests through the alleys of the medina to a magical restaurant decorated in traditional Moroccan style playing ancient live music.
Dinarjat cuisine is a Moroccan gastronomic experience. Chicken tagine in lemon sauce and a lamb tagine with prunes are prepared with care and served with a twist of modern off the usual traditional recipes.
Throughout your dinner you’ll experience all sorts of rituals, from the hand washing to the tea serving and finishing it off with scented orange flower sprinkled on your hands. A wonderful night out to experience a little bit of Morocco in style.
Address: Rue Belgnaoui Laalou,Medina
Phone:+212-537 72 23 42