10 Top Spots for Bastilla in Marrakech

Chicken pastilla
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Photo of Yasmine Guermoudi
Web Content Writer27 June 2018

Discover the best restaurants in Marrakech for bastilla, a Moroccan dish made of layers of meat and pastry.

Al Fassia Aguedal

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Tajine
Tajine | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
Located in front of the stunning Agdal Gardens and just a few miles away from the famous Jemma el Fna square, Al Fassia Aguedal is renowned in Morocco and worldwide for its high-quality international cuisine and excellent service. Established and serving guests for over 25 years, Al Fassia Aguedal is still the go-to for traditional Moroccan cuisine. The dining room is elegant, decorated with rich tones and white tablecloths, and the food is freshly prepared with a passion for the Moroccan culture. Guests can also select from the à la carte menu for a variety of dishes and flavours.

Azar

Restaurant, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, $$$
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Falafel
Falafel | © Mr.TinDC / Flickr
An oasis located in the centre of the bustling Gueliz region, the unique and chic Azar gives guests a modern experience of Morocco. It’s a fun restaurant which serves Moroccan, Lebanese and international cuisine prepared from freshly sourced ingredients; guests can also choose from a large drinks selection and various shisha flavours. The entertainment is also worth a mention, with glamorous belly dancers, an in-house orchestras and popular DJs performing every weekend. After a satisfying meal, guests can relax on the terrace sofas with some traditional mint tea.

Comptoir Darna

Restaurant, Moroccan, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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Belly dancing
Belly dancing show | © Matt Kieffer / Flickr

For the ultimate Arabian experience, this is the place to be. Serving both Moroccan and international cuisine, your dinner will be accompanied by a marvellous belly dancing show, gnawa and other traditions in the beautifully decorated space. The menu is filled with traditional delicacies such as tagine, couscous and mint tea.

Mes’Lalla

Hotel Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Curried couscous
Curried couscous | © pixel1 / Pixabay

Mes’Lalla is the popular restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Marrakech. Here, the most appetising Moroccan dishes are given a gastronomic touch, such as duck with mango, tangia, couscous and much more. They have a selection of amazing wines from both Europe and Morocco, and the perfect atmosphere to have a sophisticated yet cosy dinner.

Cafe Clock

Cafe, Moroccan, $$$
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Chicken pastilla | © c3lsius_bb / Flickr
Much like its successful counterpart in Fez, Cafe Clock Marrakech serves a popular, signature camel burger. This venue offers sunset views over the kasbah, and is located in an old school with a light-filled courtyard. With travellers from all over the world gathering here for an almond milkshake or a quick snack, it’s a place to enjoy tasty food and meet new people. Not only does Cafe Clock serve a consistently delicious menu, they also offer cooking classes and Sunday sunset concerts, making it a truly cultural experience.

La Grande Table Marocaine

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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La Grande Table Marocaine
La Grande Table Marocaine | © Royal Mansour

Located in the heart of the incredible hotel Royal Mansour in Marrakech, La Grande Table Marocaine offers some deliciously prepared dishes by renowned chefs Jérôme Videau, Karim Benbaba and Florent Margaillan, who work under the supervision of Yannick Alléno, a three-starred Michelin chef. The menu is exclusively Moroccan with harira, zaâlouk, lobster and other local delicacies. It is the perfect place to have the most romantic and delicious dinner with your loved one. They also have a French version of this restaurant, called La Grande Table Française.

Dar Zellij

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Couscous
Couscous | © tookapic / Pixabay

This traditional Moroccan restaurant is located near the medina of Marrakech. It is beautifully decorated with zellij, colourful windows, traditional rugs, and more – there isn’t one inch of Dar Zellij that doesn’t look amazingly Moroccan. You can enjoy different classic dishes that will certainly not disappoint, such as seffa, bastilla and couscous. They also offer special three-course menus to help you discover Moroccan gastronomy.

La Cour des Lions

Hotel Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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La Cour des Lions
La Cour des Lions | © Es Saadi Marrakech Resort

La Cour des Lions is the restaurant at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, and offers delectable traditional dishes made by their incredible chef, Fatéma. The different dishes that you can try include bastilla, lamb tagine and couscous with shrimp. It is a beautiful spot to have dinner at, as it reminds one of Aladdin, and since it is located on the top floor, you can enjoy a view over the pool and garden on the terrace.

Le Marocain

Hotel Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Outside La Mamounia, Marrakech
Outside La Mamounia, Marrakech | © martinvarsavsky / Flickr

Le Marocain is one of three restaurants at La Mamounia hotel. The Moroccan restaurant is absolutely splendid, with zellij everywhere, sophisticated Moroccan furniture, rugs and professional staff dressed in traditional attire. There are three different beautiful areas where you can enjoy your dinner, which includes bastilla, tagine and rabbit. After your dinner, you can take a walk through their beautiful garden filled with incredible plants and flowers.

Nomad

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Sunset from Nomad rooftop
The rooftop restaurant at Nomad is a great spot to catch the sunset | Courtesy of Nomad
With its elegant rooftop terrace and contemporary take on Moroccan cuisine, Nomad offers a really classy dining experience. On the menu, traditional tagines rub shoulders with inventive dishes like spiced tea-basted belly beef confit with aubergine and anchovy sauce, or baked John Dory with zucchini ribbons and cumin pesto, all plated up gorgeously. Staff here are friendly and accommodating, so don’t be afraid to let them know if you have any kind of dietary requirements, as they are always happy to help.