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Restaurant Chez Sam

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Au fond du port, Essaouira, Morocco
212(0)44 47 65 13
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Mere, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

It was a little shambolic, and the staff weren't overly friendly, but the food was great, the location was great, the heritage value priceless. I was looking forward to introducing my partner to Chez Sam, and we made a beeline to the harbour as soon as we arrived in Essaouira. Shocking!

Thank Hilary D
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

It appears to be reopening soon near Hotel Des Iles in Centre Commercial Bin Alaswars. Building work is progressing and it looks as though it should finish soon.

Thank John B
Sussex, Wisconsin
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167 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Just to inform everybody, this iconic restaurant is no more. Nobody seems to know is it will be rebuilt somewhere else, but as part of the ongoing building work going on in Essaouira it has been demolished. A great shame.

Thank Rosemary03
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

was cheap and great seafood selection, twillight time is best for attending, you can get good vine there - this doesn't happen often to you in this town

Thank Kateryna B
Marrakech, Morocco
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81 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

If you want to enjoy seafood speciality at Essaouira city or city of the wind, the restaurant Chez Sam is the best address. I ate several times in this restaurant and I love to come back again and again. The price is correct and the service is very good. I recommend it

Kineton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Sam is apparently a bit of an institution, so despite its run down exterior we thought it worth a try. Having sat at our table on the terrace with two other occupied tables and in full view of the manager/ owner we waited ten minutes for him to bring our menus and some complimentary olives and another indestinguishable item which... More 

Thank Michael R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

We visited Chez Sam two days ago. We cannot speak French and could not understand the menu in French. When we ask the waiter to explain the food in more details in English, he threw his pen to us. It was really rude! At one point, we wish to walk out but decided to stay. When our fishes arrived, what... More 

Thank Chi C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

A lovely traditional restaurant with a Meditteranean feel situated right in the middle of the harbour. Unfortunately, the day we visited the wind was so stong that the fishing boats couldn't put out to sea so several types of fish were off the menu but there was still plenty of choice and the full menu is extensive. We had Shrimp... More 

Thank skankhound
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Visited Chez Sam for lunch after reading positive reviews on trip advisor. We had the set lunch menu for 250 dirhams- the food was delicious but overpriced and we found the restaurant lacking in atmosphere. Apparently there was no house wine available so we had to order a more expensive bottle. Would recommend giving this a miss and instead going... More 

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Fleet UK
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115 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

On a day trip from Marrakesh, after an early start we were starving. They let us in at 12 even though they don't open for lunch till 12:30. They provided drinks and olives and bread whilst we waited. We had the hot moroccan salad and the stuffed sardines to start with, and the mixed fried fish for a main course.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Moroccan, Seafood, Soups, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Au fond du port, Essaouira, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: 212(0)44 47 65 13

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?