The Top Beachfront Restaurants in Essaouira, Morocco

Photo of Karmi Chan
9 February 2017

A bustling and dynamic port city of Morocco, Essaouira is renowned for its relaxing vibe and glorious golden sands. The beachfront dining spots here are first-rate, offering scrumptious seafood and traditional African fare alongside glorious views and the gentle sound of waves lapping onto the shore. Indulge in dinner with a beautiful view, and check out our top beachfront restaurants in Essaouira.

Essaouira I | © Andrea Moroni/Flickr

Beach and Friends

Restaurant, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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Boats | ©Sacha Tourtoulou/Flickr
Boasting magnificent views of the surrounding beautiful waters, Beach and Friends is a restaurant sporting a gorgeous, colorful outdoor seating area, plush sofas and a chic glass wall which shields guests from the soft sea breezes. Serving a selection of pizzas and burgers as well as an array of cocktails, this is a great spot in which to unwind with a margarita after a busy day exploring Essaouira. The establishment often hosts live bands, and the beach sunsets experienced here are out of this world.

Ocean Vagabond

Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Offering a large menu of international cuisine, Ocean Vagabond is a small restaurant located in a pretty garden right next to the beach; an idyll surrounded by lush trees and plants. The interior is designed with a Caribbean theme, featuring rustic wicker furniture and authentic artwork adorning the walls. Guests can enjoy an array of sumptuous meals here, from duck breast with candied mango, to Toulouse sausage and lentils, whilst watching energetic kite surfers, enthusiastic camel riders and wild horses right on the beach.

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador

Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, French, Moroccan
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Not just a luxurious and sophisticated hotel, Sofitel also boasts a first-rate beachfront restaurant, specialising in French cuisine as well as delicious Moroccan fare. Complimentary appetizers here are given to all guests along with crusty bread, and the chicken supreme served with spinach, mashed potato and a mustard sauce is a particular favorite. The architecture of the entire building is visually arresting, featuring intricate designs of a traditional Arabic style. Dine here for a delicious meal, a charming view of the surrounding mountains, and the sound of birds chattering merrily outside.

Le Chalet de la Plage

Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Beach at Essaouira | © Tanel Teemusk/Flickr
A cute, European-style restaurant offering an array of fish dishes, Le Chalet de la Plage boasts a charming terrace overlooking the beach and sea of the city. The portions here are very generous, and the fresh catches, particularly the sole and the sea bass, are always cooked to perfection. Accompany your dinner with a zingy tomato salad, and wash it down with one of the freshly prepared juices made on-site, with flavors including mango, pineapple and passionfruit.