Located in the heart of the medina, Le Patio is highly recommended. Slightly more expensive than most restaurants in Essaouira, it is described as something sultry by Lonely Planet – a candlelit den with blood-red furnishings and a black mirror ball.
Located on a side street – rue Moulay Rachid – off one of the main drags, Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, which cuts through Essaouira, you enter through lush, deep red velvet drapes. It takes a while to adjust as the interior is largely candle-lit, so it is initially quite dark – but once your eyes have adjusted, you realise just how beautiful it is. Le Patio is French – the staff speak French (although most can also speak English) and the menu (carried over to you on a blackboard) is in French. Food – mostly fish-based – is amazing, but also on offer are tagines and pastillas, as well as a more tapas style menu.
Le Patio is also a great place to just enjoy a drink. If you don’t know Morocco too well, finding somewhere for a glass of wine, can be a bit fraught – BUT, most places do sell alcohol, it’s just that it’s not as well advertised as back here. Le Patio is super relaxing – we usually grab a table by the door, order a very pleasant bottle of wine and soak up the atmosphere. Prices are not cheap-as-chips, but are definitely not expensive – in fact, it’s a whole lot less expensive than eating/drinking here. And, unlike a lot of places, payment can be made on a card too.
If you are visiting Essaouira, we definitely do recommend that you seek out Le Patio – it’s a bit special. (Apologies for the dark, grainy photos – it just didn’t feel at all appropriate to use a flash…)