The best restaurants in Fes are a lot like the city itself: rooted in tradition, with glimpses of international influence and fusion.
Local produce and Fassi style take the stage at restaurants in Fes from refined Franco-Moroccan courses at romantic Dar Roumana to vibrant plates at artsy Fondouk Bazaar that exude energy.
Below are some of the best restaurants Fes el Bali has to offer. As I was just in Fes for a few days, unfortunately, I was only able to make it to Dar Roumana, Fondouk Baazar, Le Tarbouche, and Mom’s Touch. The remaining restaurants come with exceptional reviews and unique appeal for travelers in Fes.
Restaurant La Maison Bleue
2 Place de L’Istiqlal, Fes 30206, Morocco
Like Dar Roumana, Restaurant La Maison Bleue is one of Fes’ few fine dining restaurants. Both the restaurants’ à la carte and prix fixe menus are undeniably Moroccan, featuring dishes like lamb tagine and oranges with cinnamon.
La Maison Bleue’s prix fixe menu is set at 550 dhs ($54.02 USD) per person and includes a starter, first course, main course, dessert, coffee or tea, and house wine. The menu rotates daily, only offering one option per course.
A light menu is also available for 350 dhs ($34.38 USD), which includes a starter, a choice of entrée, and dessert (drinks are separate).
If house wine isn’t quite your taste, the restaurant has a robust menu of both Moroccan and international wines, beer, and cocktails.
La Maison Bleue was a top contender for my boyfriend and I’s anniversary dinner, however, Dar Roumana ultimately won out as we never received a response to our reservation inquiry from La Maison Bleue. I’m looking forward to visiting on a future trip to Fes.
The restaurant is set in an intimate space at an eponymous riad. Reservations can be made through the website for the hotel, here.
N°2 Derb Sayour Place Rcif Derrière le minaret, Fes 30200, Morocco
Set in a beautiful space covered in zellij and accented with carved plaster, humble Darori is a celebration of Fassi staples like beef and prune tagine, and pigeon pastilla.
Prices aren’t inexpensive but are affordable for the restaurant’s banquet-style dining (à la carte dining isn’t the focus here). It’s more than justified by the phenomenal service gushed over by reviewers.
Finish your meal with a flaky Moroccan pastry, taking in the restaurant’s truly Moroccan design and live music.
Darori has guides available to escort patrons to the restaurant from hotels in Fes el Bali.
30 Derb El Amer, Zkak Roumane, Fez Medina 30110, Morocco
Fes may be more synonymous with traditional Moroccan cuisine than fine dining restaurants in Morocco, but Dar Roumana challenges that narrative. Moroccan chef Youness Toumi leverages local produce to illustrate the seasons of Fes’ medina with elegance.
The Franco-Moroccan fusion restaurant is the total package—in addition to serving some of the city’s best food, the restaurant is housed in a stunning riad of the same name. During dinner, it’s difficult not to be distracted by the restaurant’s stunning Zellij-tiled walls. The space feels hidden and intimate, perfect for celebrating a special occasion, or just a refined meal with friends.
Each course we had was delicately balanced, rich with Moroccan flavor, with the grace of traditional French technique. The fresh beetroot, pear, and honey balsamic reduction salad appetizer was topped with wonderfully fresh local goat’s cheese.
Pair Dar Roumana’s seasonal menu with local Moroccan wine, or one of the restaurant’s cocktails. Dar Roumana is one of the few restaurants in Fes el Bali that serves alcohol.
Dar Roumana’s prix fixe menu is priced at three courses for 400 dhs ($39.29 USD), or two courses for 300 dhs ($29.47). Don’t try to find Dar Roumana on your own—let the restaurant know you’d like complimentary porter service from your riad in the medina when you make your reservation.
N 14 ZKAK LAHJAR, Rue Talaa Sghira, Fès 30110, Morocco
Diners won’t be disappointed by their surrounding at Dar Hammad. The rooftop restaurant in Fes serves some of the city’s best authentic Moroccan food while showcasing one of the best views of Fes from above.
Reviewers cite the chicken pastilla (the staple dish of Fès), the beef couscous, and the chicken tagine as being favorites.
16 Talaa el Kebira, Fès 30110, Morocco
I stumbled on Fondouk Bazaar when wandering around Fes on a Friday. The city is a ghost town on Fridays—just about everything is closed for prayer.
This trendy, artsy hideaway is a favorite in Fes for its fusion cuisine pulling inspiration from the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Morocco.
A mezze of three tapas is just 85 dhs ($8.35). We selected the Moroccan orange salad, baby zucchini salad, and Lebanese cheese and thyme cigars. There wasn’t a dish we didn’t like, each phenomenal in its own way. The Moroccan orange salad was a standout for me—Morocco has some of the freshest, juiciest oranges I’ve ever had.
The tagliatelle, tossed with seasoned vegetables, feta cheese, and olives, is a perfect comfort food dish.
Foundouk Bazaar’s menu is incredibly vegetarian-friendly—you’ll even be able to find a few vegan options as well.
Though Fondouk Bazaar isn’t quite as inexpensive as stopping by a hole-in-the-wall snack (casual Moroccan counter service cafe), prices are still incredibly reasonable, especially for the quality of the food. If you’re looking for a restaurant in Fes for an elegantly casual meal, make it Fondouk Bazaar.
The Ruined Garden
15 Derb Idrissy Sidi Ahmed Chaoui Medina 30110, Siaj, Fes, Morocco
Originally a merchant’s house, then a garbage dump-turned-garden, and now a restaurant and bread-making school at Riad Idrissy, The Ruined Garden has lived many lives.
The lush courtyard restaurant in Fes el Bali is one of the city’s most Instagrammable, feeling like an effortlessly chic step into a stylish tastemaker’s home.
The restaurant is understandably a tourist favorite, though reviews point to the restaurant’s menu being similar in quality to other traditional Moroccan restaurants in Fes. Where the restaurant truly has unique appeal is in its unbridled garden and bread-making classes.
At 10 am, The Ruined Garden’s bread-making class will teach you how to make five different Moroccan breads and show you how to hand-roll couscous. The class finishes with a two-course lunch in the garden.
The Ruined Garden is a short walk downhill from Riad Fez in Derb Zertana, near Fez Cafe at Le Jardin des Biehn.
Reservations are strongly recommended as space fills up quickly, and some dishes, like the lamb (cooked for seven hours), require pre-order.
N 1 Rue taryana kebira talaa lakbira 30110, Fès, Morocco
A cozy rooftop restaurant in Fes, Mom’s Touch is an inviting, bohemian space. The casual restaurant serves Moroccan and Middle Eastern favorites.
We ordered the Bida Matisha (shakshouka) to start, which was warm and comforting. The Eggplant Cannelloni, thinly sliced eggplant wrapped around mashed potatoes in a raselhanout tomato sauce was a marrying of Moroccan and Italian cuisine.
Mom’s Touch isn’t a mind-blowing dinner choice, but it is a solid one. If you’re nearby, the restaurant is a welcome change of pace from Fes’ busy streets.
7 Derb el Magana، 252 Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco
Café Clock is the type of place you settle into for a casual but simply satisfying meal. The rooftop terrace in the medina is best known for the viral camel burger (a social media darling), though its more mainstream fare tends to be more attractive.
Alongside the famous camel burger are Maghrebi and Middle Eastern favorites. A Falafel Super Bowl lives between the Clock Camel Burger, and Couscous Boohloo, a take on the traditional Moroccan dishes made of chicken, caramelized raisins, apricots, and almonds.
The café’s name comes from the historic water clock facing Bou Inania Madrassa. Since opening, the restaurant has become a chain, opening locations in Marrakech and Chefchaouen.
Cafe Clock restaurants are located in medieval houses. Houses are restored by locals, providing employment and education opportunities. The restaurants further support communities by donating a portion of their profits to local charities.
el kbira, 37 Zkak lma, Fès 30000, Morocco
Moroccan food is delicious and bursting with flavor, but like anything, there can be too much of a good thing. Maybe you want to eat all the tagine and couscous you can find, but someone you’re traveling with is craving something a little more European—La Cave is your solution.
La Cave is a Moroccan and International restaurant in Fes’ medina. Although the restaurant offers pasta, Asian food like spring rolls, and Turkish cuisine, reviewers still applaud the restaurant for having some of the best Moroccan food in the city, while warning not to be confused by the restaurant’s large geisha mural.
Eden at Palais Amani
12 Derb El Miter, Fès 30000, Morocco
The restaurant’s tranquil dining room is among Fes’ most beautiful. Eden offers a signature, three-course menu for 495 dhs ($48.55 USD). Guests looking for an option lighter on their wallet can try the restaurant’s abbreviated, à la carte lunch menu.
Tasting menus are available for a minimum of two people, at €85 per person ($91.06 USD). Five-course wine tastings are available for a minimum of four people, at €150 per person ($160.69 USD).
Reviews for Eden at Palais Amani signal that the restaurant may be overpriced for its quality (stellar, inexpensive Moroccan restaurants are a dime a dozen in Fes). Though, reviewers admit that the restaurant’s beautiful courtyard space makes dining at the restaurant worthwhile.
Le Peroke Cafe Restaurant
6 Derb Agoual sefli, Rue Talaa Sghira, Fes 30000, Morocco
A short stroll from Bou Inania Madrasa lies Le Peroke Cafe Restaurant, tucked away on a small side street.
Le Peroke Cafe Restaurant offers a variety of traditional Moroccan staples, alongside International fare with Moroccan flair. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for those who aren’t so fond of meat.
The restaurant’s rooftop offers an incredible view of the Marinid Tombs and Fes el Bali, designed to be enjoyed by settling into Le Peroke Cafe Restaurant’s plush, lounge-style seating.
Reviewers specify that staff is what makes Le Peroke Cafe Restaurant so special, from the restaurant’s hospitable owner, Yassir, to the welcoming waitstaff.
43 Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco
After a morning spent exploring Al Attarine Madrasa and walking up and down Fes’ hilly souks, we found ourselves at Le Tarbouche for a late lunch, mostly out of convenience.
This petite eatery is frequently filled to the brim with tourists enjoying Fassi favorites (and the occasional chocolate milkshake).
The vegetable pastilla was a welcome sight, as I thought I may miss out on trying Fes’ signature dish, though it was the selection of cooked Moroccan salads that stole the show (because if there’s anything I learned in Morocco, it’s that I love Moroccan mezze).
Prices were incredibly reasonable—my pastilla was just 40 dhs ($3.92 USD), and the starter of four salads was 30 dhs ($2.94 USD).
Restaurant Dar Hatim
19 derb zaouia fandak lihoudi, Fès 30110, Morocco
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re dining in a palace at Dar Hatim. This exquisitely tiled, and wonderfully ornate restaurant in Fes feels more regal than homey, though prior to welcoming diners, the space was a family home.
Restaurant Dar Hatim is strictly fixed menu—no à la carte options are available. Guests have the option to choose from three prix fixe menus, ranging from 220 to 300 dhs ($21.57 to $29.41 USD).
Each menu opens with Moroccan salads, before moving on to a choice of pastilla fassie, steamed lamb, or lamb tagine (M’hamer), and wrapping up with Moroccan pastries and ice cream.
Restaurant Dar Hatim receives glowing reviews from diners, many raving about it as the best meal they had in Fes, and gushing over the stunning home in the Mellah.
Café Restaurant Al Oud
Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco
Café Restaurant Al Oud is a small, colorful restaurant in Fes, opening its doors right onto a main street in the medina.
According to travelers, this bright café serves some of the best pastillas and lamb tagine in the medina. Prices are fair, with couscous and tagine prices ranging from 70 to 85 dhs ($6.86 to $8.33 USD).
13 Akbat Sbaa, Fes 30000, Morocco
The Fez Café in Riad Jardin des Biehn’s backyard garden overflows with greenery, accented by an eclectic array of decor pulling on novelty Moroccan pop culture influences.
Fez Café serves Moroccan and international cuisine accented by Mediterranean flavor. The picturesque restaurant’s menu is scrawled on a chalkboard, rotating daily. Dishes expand past Moroccan cuisine, with plates like quiche making occasional menu appearances.
Tourists visiting Fes praise Fez Café for its kitschy decor and unbridled vegetation. However, travelers also site that Fez Café’s food is overpriced for its quality. An afternoon at Fez Café may be best spent with the expectation of having a relaxing way to escape the bustle of the medina.
Restaurants in Fes: FAQ
Fes is best known for pigeon or chicken pastilla (b’stila), a flaky, millefeuille pastry made using a dough called warkha. The crispy dough is layered with pigeon or chicken meat, nuts, and spices, then topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
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