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22 Rue Youssef El Fassi | Place El Mechoir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 659-927189
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Gnawa Blues is a very basic but fantastic place to eat. We visited Gwana Blue everyday for an amazing brunch at exceptional value - The owner is so kind and helpful. Please visit if you are in Essaouira

Thank AminaSarwar
Kingston Bagpuize, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

Cosy little restaurant with additional spacing outside. Excellent service and perfectly made tagine! Great place! Great people!

Thank HarryLoots
York, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Had a lovely omelette which he made me even though it wasn't on the menu! Complimentary olives and bread and the owner is really friendly and speaks good English. Excellent value for money.

Thank Amy T
Mui Ne, Vietnam
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7 reviews
Reviewed 27 June 2015

Myself and my husband ate lunch here and the food did not disappoint. We sat outside which was lovely in the square, albeit quite windy! The welcome you receive is lovely, very friendly family run restaurant. I had the sardines of the day-marinated in cumin, paprika, argan oil, garlic and served with rice and veg - it was absolutely gorgeous.... More 

Thank chickaleeta
Northampton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2015

Great friendly service, beautiful food, lovely music and atmosphere. Love the vibe here. Good location near the port and a quiet square.

Thank Caroline W
Oslo, Norway
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119 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2014

My first meal in Essaouira and definitely a good start. A slow slow service, but i'm learning thats Moroccan style, but the food was excellent. Chicken Tagine with preserved lemon was fresh, juicy, and piping hot. The bread and olives was great and the only thing missing was a glass of wine, which I heard they serve later in the... More 

Thank Ghostkamera
Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2014 via mobile

After reading all the positive reviews on here, I decided to pay a visit for dinner tonight. I was the only person in the resturant when I arrived. No music at all. Sadly I can't speak French nor Arabic. I had a hard time to order the food. After the dinner, the bill was wrong and I had to explain... More 

Thank henryhsh
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2014

I came upon this restaurant almost by chance. I was travelling with a friend and we are keen on music and saw the sign for this restaurant. It is not a big place, long and narrow with one row of tables. We spoke to man at lunch time who filled us in on what happens with the music and food... More 

1 Thank SuekaSydney
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Of the six meals that we ate in town, this was the best. The food was delicious, the host was very friendly and it happened to be the cheapest food we ate. We would recommend it to all.

2 Thank 5pudulike
Beaworthy, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Very affordable simple and tasty lunches and friendly people serving it. We visited it twice, partly to enjoy the Gnawa music (CD's available!) and it is a most convenient location after spending time in the medina

Thank 3akwasi3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Rue Youssef El Fassi | Place El Mechoir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Essaouira
  • Phone Number: +212 659-927189
Gnawa Blues, café-restaurant, place El Mechoir, Essaouira, close to the musical festivals place. Sunny terrace, welcoming dining room. WIFI. The leader proposes you a traditional Moroccan and based on fish cooking with original specialities, as shark tagine stuffed pigeon, stuffed sardines and moroccan home made pastries. Live music every evening. A warm welcome in French, English and Arabic.

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