The Top 10 Traditional Restaurants In Fes, Morocco

Photo of Karmi Chan
9 February 2017

Known as the cultural capital of Morocco, Fes is a bustling center of tradition. For traditional and tasty dishes like tagine, couscous, makouda and more, here’s our list of the 10 best spots for Moroccan dining in Fes.

Riad Rcif

For a traditional Moroccan meal made from the freshest of ingredients, be sure to visit Riad Rcif. This establishment offers a multitude of savory Moroccan favorites, including pastilla and beef with tangiers. All of the dishes are generously sized and plated beautifully here. Customers can dine outside on the terrace to enjoy amazing panoramic views of the dynamic city. Treat yourself to a decadent slice of chocolate cake after you finish your meal at Riad Rcif for a sweet and satisfying snack.

Dar Roumana

Serving fantastic Moroccan cuisine with a twist, Dar Roumana is a cozy and intimate restaurant. It is located in a beautifully decorated riad, a large traditional house built around a central courtyard. The menu offers four appetizers, four main courses and four desserts. Although this may be a limited choice, it ensures that all dishes are both cooked exquisitely and are bursting with flavors. The simple, cascading fountain feature here provides a charming focal point for the interior, and there is a large, romantic roof terrace with beautiful panoramic views of the city. Don’t miss the library too, hidden away in a corner and offering a piece of peace among the hustle and bustle of the city.

30 Derb el-Amer, Zqaq Roumane | The Medina, Fes 30110, Morocco, +212 5357-41637

Riad Andalib

For dinner with a view, Riad Andalib is the place to be; it has an ornately decorated rooftop terrace which allows for diners to experience gorgeous views and magical sunsets while dining. The mojitos are extremely popular here, as are the array of tasty Moroccan dishes on offer. A selection of these dishes includes vegetable cous cous, mixed brochettes and kofta tagines. Situated just steps from the medina, this is an ideal spot in which to enjoy an evening meal after a day of exploring the city.

Boulevard Ben Mohammed El Alaoui, Fes, Morocco, +212 5357-64563

Restaurant Numero 7

Market, Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
Enjoy Moroccan cuisine at NUR Restaurant
Enjoy Moroccan cuisine at NUR Restaurant | © TheUjulala / Pixabay
Operating with a novel concept of inviting new chefs to come and create dishes every few months, Restaurant Numero 7 is a must-try in Fes. The practice of rotating chefs keeps all food ideas original and interesting. The menu here is handwritten charmingly on a blackboard, and features delicious dishes comprising the latest offerings from the local market. Chicly decorated within the remains of an old riad, the venue oozes a subtle mixture of tradition and modernity to create a stylish atmosphere in which to dine. Previous visiting chefs have included renowned food experts from Paris, Sydney and London.

Les Jardins de Sheherazade

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
Located in a beautiful, historical palace, Les Jardins de Sheherazade serves fantastic Moroccan food in an environment oozing with romance. The courtyard here is breathtaking, and features a garden brimming with colorful local flowers as well as intricately patterned walls and window ledges. Diners can choose to either dine in this exquisite courtyard or in the luxuriously furnished interior room. With top-notch service and a chicken tagine which is out of this world, there is nothing customers won’t love about this restaurant when in Fes.

Chez Hakim

With a roof terrace overlooking the bustling and vibrant marketplace, Chez Hakim is the perfect place for lunch or dinner while soaking in the lively ambience of Morocco. There is a large and varied menu here, with choices including chicken tagine with prunes, couscous, and popular pastillas, a kind of pastry stuffed with mincemeat and topped with sugar. All dishes are handmade by the owning family, and the mint tea here is zingy and refreshing. It is the perfect after-dinner beverage to follow a tasty Moroccan dish.

El Batha, Rue de la Poste n12 | Fes, Fes, Morocco, 0535740816

Riad Louna

View from Cafe Clock
View from Cafe Clock | ©Richard P J Lambert/Flickr
With enthusiastic, warm and welcoming staff always eager to please, Riad Louna offers an incredible dining experience for all of its guests. Using only the freshest of ingredients the restaurant clearly communicates its unbridled passion for food. It serves delicious pastillas and succulent beef dishes as well as tasty chicken tagine. Diners can choose to eat in an air-conditioned indoor room or on a charming rooftop patio overlooking the city. Either way, it’s sure to be an enjoyable experience at Riad Louna.

Cafe Clock

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, Moroccan, European, $$$
Moroccan tajine with mint tea
Moroccan tajine with mint tea | © calflier001 / WikiCommons
A favorite among young locals and tourists, Cafe Clock is a restaurant located next to a landmark clock in the middle of the medina. The restaurant is always bustling with business, and has four different levels of seating for guests to choose from. Each floor is luxuriously decorated with splendid tapestries and Middle-Eastern wall designs. Gnawa music is often played here. They are songs and rhythms of a spiritual, ancient Islamic nature and melodies which transport the diner to another African world while dining. Try the camel burger here if you dare.

L’Amandier Palais Faraj

Pigeon Pastilla I
Pigeon Pastilla I | ©Alan Sheffield/Flickr
Offering a stunning birds-eye view of the medina, as well as tasty and authentic Moroccan fare, L’Amandier Palais Faraj is a place that’s hard not to love. This fantastic restaurant offers two menus, one featuring traditional Moroccan cuisine and the other with European dishes. The staff here are always willing to dispense expert culinary advice about the food they offer, and are knowledgeable about which wines complement each dish well. The Moroccan soup here is delicious, and made with the freshest tomatoes, chickpeas, broadbeans and spices.

Restaurant Dar Hatim

Restaurant, Turkish, Halal, Moroccan
Restaurant Dar Hatim, a family-run restaurant, is a hidden gem in Fes. With an ornate cedar roof and an interior decor featuring opulent light fittings and colorful drapes, Restaurant Dar Hatim creates a stylish and warm setting in which to enjoy tasty and traditional dishes. From turkey and lamb, to vegetables and pigeon pastilla, this venue has it all. Be warned; the salad course here is huge and varied, and the harissa, a fiery sauce made from chillies and paprika, is scorchingly hot.

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