10 Top Restaurants in El Jadida

A platter of grilled meats and fish in Morocco | © Miguel Discart / Flickr
A platter of grilled meats and fish in Morocco | © Miguel Discart / Flickr
Photo of Sarah Williams
18 September 2017

Satisfy your hunger and dine on varied tasty cuisine when exploring Morocco‘s coastal gem of El Jadida. Read on to discover some of the town’s best eateries.

Ali Baba

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Bar, Moroccan, European, Seafood, $$$
Seafood pasta | © Mabel Lu / Flickr

Located just a short stroll from the Portuguese City and several of El Jadida’s major attractions, Ali Baba is a popular restaurant. The interiors are basic but welcoming, service is friendly, prices are reasonable, and portion sizes are big enough to satisfy most appetites. The extensive menu features European dishes as well as Moroccan favourites. There are also numerous fish and seafood dishes, making the most of the town’s abundant bounties from the ocean. Dig into tagine, swordfish, calamari, meat brochettes, shrimp, seafood pasta, and more.

Restaurant Mziouka

Restaurant with Rooms, Moroccan, Seafood
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Colourful paella
Colourful paella | © Edgar Zuniga Jr. / Flickr

Located close to the sands of Sidi Bouzid Beach, Restaurant Mziouka specialises in seafood and fish. The paella is especially acclaimed. The bar area often features live music and it is a popular hangout spot at nighttime for young and youthful locals. The establishment also has several rooms to rent.

Restaurant Luigi

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian
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Stone-baked pizza
Stone-baked pizza | © Ryan Hyde / Flickr

Restaurant Luigi is a top choice for those craving delicious Italian fare while visiting El Jadida. The restaurant has a real stone oven for cooking crispy stone-baked pizzas with a variety of tempting toppings. There is also a good selection of pasta dishes, soups, salads, and steaks. Diners with a sweet tooth will almost certainly be pleased with the desert options in the high-class eatery.

Le Privé

Restaurant, French, Mediterranean, $$$
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One of El Jadida’s most upmarket dining spots, Le Privé offers gourmet delights in a chic and classy setting. Modern artwork adorns the walls and soft music fills the air. The ambience is sophisticated and the service is impeccable. The cuisine is mainly French and Mediterranean, though the Moroccan specialities of tagine and couscous can also be found on the menu. There is a different special on each day of the week. Tempting dishes include foie gras hamburgers, veal, liver salad, fish with risotto, duck, and chicken curry cannelloni. Choose a tasty wine to pair with your meal, and round off with a sweet treat such as tiramisu or pear mousse.

Blue Heaven

Restaurant, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, $$$
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Salmon sashimi
Salmon sashimi | © Toshihiro Gamo / Flickr

Blue Heaven is one of the only Asian restaurants in El Jadida. It is located in Sidi Bouzid, a short drive from the heart of El Jadida town. The outdoor seating area overlooks the sea. Alternatively, diners can sit indoors. Seafood and fish are especially abundant on the menu. Cold dishes include salmon and avocado salad, Thai beef salad, and Vietnamese salad with chicken and shrimp. Hot meals include Cantonese rice, ravioli, and shrimp Ha-Kao. Other options include miso soup, chicken soup, tuna or salmon sashimi, spring rolls, and various maki.

La Grillardière

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Grilled meats
Grilled meats | © Domas Mituzas / Flickr

La Grillardière is a restaurant chain, with establishments also in Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, Rabat, and Agadir. Specialising in grilled goodies, the menu also includes other fare to keep all diners happy. The well-presented meals include sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas. Seafood lovers can try the salmon fillet or mixed seafood grill, while meat lovers can sink their teeth into grilled chicken, T-bone steak, veal, various brochettes, and more. Deserts include apple tart, profiteroles, crepes, tiramisu, cheesecake, and ice cream.

Morjana

Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$

Morjana is one of several excellent restaurants within the prestigious Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort. Take a delectable journey of discovery and sample regional dishes from all around Morocco. The freshest ingredients are used to create mouth-watering gastronomic marvels. The menu includes traditional dishes that follow authentic recipes as well as items that include creative modern twists. Diverse tagines, couscous, salads, pastilla, and brochettes are just a few plates to choose between. Traditional Moroccan decor and music enhance the exotic air.

Moroccan flavours can also be enjoyed at Al Firma, with buffet-style dining in atmospheric Berber-style tents.

Other top-quality eateries in the resort include a family-friendly meat restaurant called George, Market Place with an Asian and North African buffet, Sel de Mer seafood restaurant, Olives with a Mediterranean buffet, and a bistro called La Cave.

La Capitainerie

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Bar, Moroccan, Mediterranean, African
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La Capitainerie, Hotel L'Iglesia, El Jadida
La Capitainerie, Hotel L'Iglesia, El Jadida

La Capitainerie is located within L’Iglesia Hotel, a high-class hotel within a former church in El Jadida’s historic Portuguese City. Diners can savour the tastes of North Africa and the Mediterranean region in gorgeous surroundings, complete with chandeliers, clocks, mirrors, and antiques. Sit indoors to enjoy air-conditioned comfort or on the al fresco terrace to feel the cooling ocean breeze and to enjoy the views. It’s a popular spot with couples seeking a special romantic meal in El Jadida. The menu is small but well thought out, including dishes like sardines, tagine, whitebait, Moroccan salad, fillet of fish, and tagliatelle.

Mon César

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Moroccan, French, Vegetarian, $$$
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Moroccan soup and beans
Moroccan soup and beans | © Anna & Michal / Flickr

Located close to Afifi Theatre and El Jadida’s main beach, Mon César is a perfect place for a quick and filling lunch or dinner. Prices are reasonable and the fare is basic but hearty. Comfort foods like pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and soups are the restaurant’s main items. The harira soup is a Moroccan favourite.

La Portugaise

Restaurant, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Moroccan tagine
Moroccan tagine | © Anthony Tong Lee / Flickr

Located in the old Portuguese City, La Portugaise is a top choice for authentic Moroccan cuisine. Different types of tagine, complete with Moroccan bread, couscous, harira soup, fish, and salad can be found on the basic menu. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, the service is good, and the prices are affordable. Dine here after a day of sightseeing in El Jadida and round off with a glass of sweet mint tea.