The Best Restaurants For Tajines In Marrakech

Fish tajine at Dar Attajmil | © Mandy Sinclair
Fish tajine at Dar Attajmil | © Mandy Sinclair
The iconic dish of Morocco, the tajine, merely refers to the vessel in which the ingredients are cooked, although it has become synonymous with the contents as well. With a wide variety available – and found essentially in every restaurant in Marrakech along the tourist trail – we’ve searched for the best spots serving tajines or unique dishes you won’t easily find on menus in more typical tourist haunts. Though locals tend to believe that the best kind of cooking is that which is prepared in the home, we’ve rounded up our favorite restaurants for a mouth-watering tajine.

L’ibzar

Restaurant, Moroccan
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A modern restaurant serving home-cooked Moroccan food, at L’ibzar dishes are prepared with love by owner and operator Assia, who is on site to ensure guests enjoy her cooking. With options such as mrouzia (lamb tajine with almonds and dried raisins), tajine kedra (lamb in tajine with almonds and shallots) and even Djaj M’DerbeI chicken with cinnamon and jelled tomatoes (or pumpkin), you’re sure to find tajine options not typically offered elsewhere.
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La Maison Arabe

Hotel, Apartment, Riad
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Courtesy of La Maison Arabe / Expedia
Courtesy of La Maison Arabe / Expedia | Courtesy of La Maison Arabe / Expedia
The unique architecture and traditional crafts on display complete the ambiance at the restaurant inside La Maison Arabe where dadas –meaning traditional Moroccan female chefs who learn their trade informally, with recipes orally passed down from their mothers and grandmothers – prepare some of the finest tajines.
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Amal Women's Training Centre

Restaurant, Moroccan, African, Mediterranean
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Cooking class at the Amal Centre in Marrakech
Cooking class at the Amal Centre in Marrakech | © Rystheguy / Wikimedia Commons
The do-good restaurant at the Amal Women’s Training Centre serves up some of the best home cooking in a garden setting. Located in the heart of Gueliz, the choice of tajine varies each day. However, don’t go on a Friday expecting to order a tajine – this is the go-to place for Friday couscous, so locals and travelers alike flock here.
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Dar Cherifa

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Moroccan, $$$
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Dar Cherifa is a literary café by day that turns into a chic and romantic dining room by night, serving up some of the most authentic and unique dishes – seffa with chicken gizzards served with cinnamon and icing sugar, and even calf’s foot with nuts and dates. For the less adventurous, head here for a Berber tajine (vegetarian) while admiring the original architecture of this centuries-old, traditional riad in the Mouassine district of the Marrakech medina.
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Souk Café

Cafe, Moroccan, $$$
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Grab a table under the umbrellas on the rooftop terrace and prepare for an unexpected culinary journey. With main dishes priced from approximately 70 Dirhams, you can’t go wrong when ordering one of their salads to accompany your meat-heavy tajine. Succulent meats, perfectly roasted vegetables and perhaps the odd preserved lemon, added for spice, make up the essential ingredients of the reasonably priced tajines on offer here.
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