On the northwest tip of Morocco, this pretty whitewashed town is reminiscent of a Greek island. With clear Spanish influences, the cuisine more often than not features some kind of paella or tortilla. Here we explore the best restaurants in Asilah.
An exciting new addition to the restaurant scene, Port XIV offers a more contemporary and less traditional dining experience. Ideally located opposite the port, the place allows guests to enjoy the fresh sea air. The beautifully decorated interior has a blue and white theme to reflect the coastal location. Not only does the restaurant have a tasteful interior, there’s also a relaxing terrace for al-fresco dining. Port XIV also features an open-plan kitchen so guests can see the internationally influenced dishes made with locally sourced ingredients being prepared right in front of their eyes. They serve everything from steak, to British fish and chips, and piri-piri chicken.
Located next to a beautiful beach, Restaurante Al Alba, albeit a Spanish name, stays true to its Moroccan roots. Based on tradition and quality, all meals here are sure to be made from the freshest ingredients. Not a stranger to slow cooking, this spot’s meals often take hours to pre-prepare. At this friendly and warm environment, guests will feel at home – the best way to truly appreciate the Moroccan cuisine. With two dining rooms and air conditioning, as well as an outdoor terrace, this spacious restaurant is perfect for summer.
This award-winning restaurant is famous for its inventive chef. La Perle has already established itself as one of the gems of Asilah; popular with locals, tourists and even business clients. Offering an exciting array of French and European dishes, the menu tends towards Gallic cuisine. Dishes include duck in Grand Marnier, and of course, some Spanish options too. La Perle is excellent value for money, and the set two or three course menus are especially recommended at one of Asilah’s more upscale dining options.
A friendly option, both in atmosphere and on the budget, Arabi Elegant Chez Driss serves home-cooked meals with a truly authentic Moroccan and Spanish feel. Famous for its generous portions and side-dishes, this place ensures guests won’t leave hungry. Try anything from swordfish to tajine. Finish your meal with complimentary Moroccan mint tea and Moroccan sweet treats to complete the cultural experience.
This restaurant is directly on the sandy beach, giving it all the ambiance of a tropical paradise. Despite being located right next to five similar restaurants, this one has local fame for specializing in French dishes. Guests can enjoy duck, as well as chocolatey desserts, all of which are accompanied by some fantastic wine. The beautiful sea views and soft white sand only improve the delicious dishes.
Serving guests for more than 35 years, Casa García is one of Asilah’s most popular restaurants specializing in Spanish cuisine. Delighting guests with its delicious seafood and authentic paella, this is a perfect location for a taste of Spain. With a spacious dining room, as well as private room, and even a terrace, there’s enough room and choice for the locals and tourists. The delightful seaside-themed interior reminds guests of the fantastic coastal location of this town.
Next to one of the grand mural masterpieces of the town, and with a huge and popular terrace, this is a perfect restaurant in which to dine al-fresco and at an affordable price. With a huge menu to match the huge terrace, guests can choose from a range of Moroccan options. Seafood and couscous are their specialities, as well as chicken tajine. The central location makes it a perfect place to stop off after a day of exploring the town.
For a more formal and elegant experience, guests may choose Restaurante Oceano Casa Pepe. At this two-storey restaurant, guests can enjoy a terrace overlooking the garden or dine inside. There are black-tied waiters and the freshest of seafood. This is accompanied by delicious Spanish wine and a romantic, softly lit atmosphere. All of ensures this elegant restaurant has set itself apart as one of the best in Asilah.