About us

RIAD EL BARAKA is situated on Main Street from Bab-Marrakesh in the old city AKA "Medina". There is ample free parking available at Bab-Marrakesh. Essaouira is a small, family friendly town located in the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir.

Stop by at RIAD EL BARAKA restaurant to enjoy a nice brunch,lunch and or diner whenever you are in Essaouira. RIAD EL BARAKA offers traditional Moroccan-Jewish influence and Mediterranean menus.

The restaurant is open Mon - Sat from 12:00 AM to 15:00 and again starting at 18:30.

RIAD EL BARAKA restaurant provides various services for events, parties, and other special occasions. Based on early demand we can provide full KOSHER meals.

Why do Customers and Patrons Choose the RIAD EL BARAKA restaurant?
- The RIAD EL BARAKA  is the only restaurant in Essaouira, that offers traditional Jewish Moroccan cuisine in an exceptional surrounding: A real 437 m2 RIAD with huge fig tree next to Bananas trees (MUST see and feel!).
- The best choice for dining on a budget. RIAD EL BARAKA  has the most reasonably priced lunch menu in Essaouira in term of cost/benefit ratio. For and offers senior discounts.
Great service and memories -  RIAD EL BARAKA enthusiastically assist with professional services and preparation of delicious meals.
- The right place to eat SKHINA (AKA DAFINA, HAMIN, TCHULNT) on Saturday's lunch.  RIAD EL BARAKA is the only restaurant in Morocco to serve this ancient Jewish Moroccan dish.

They all enjoy the variety of meals and large menu - RIAD EL BARAKA is the only restaurant in Morocco to serve this ancient traditional Jewish Moroccan dish. (For KOSHER meal please order in advance by phone).

They all enjoy the variety of meals and large menu -
changes its lunch specials daily.

Customers testimonials:

Words from the professionals:

"FROMMER's" tourists guide book

"This former Jewish school may not be inviting at first sight, but by the end of your meal, you'll be ordering another juice cocktail and enjoying the eclectic mix of patrons that this restaurant seems to draw. Tasty appetizers include fried phyllo cigars of goat cheese and a range of salads including Tabbouleh. The menu is mainly local with various couscous dishes, tagines, grilled meats, and fresh seafood, often charcoal grilled in front of you. Desserts are suitably decadent, and include tantalizing crepes of chocolate and Bailey's Irish Cream or orange and Cointreau. The dining rooms surround a wild, central garden, and are a strange combination of silver, gold, and mustard yellow, while the background sounds can range from Andalous and opera to swing and rock. Longtime headwaiter Mohammed Shoukri speaks good English and keeps everything running smoothly"

Lonely Planet review for RIAD AL BARAKA in Essaouira

"Set in a former Jewish school, this hip place has several dining rooms and a bar set around a large courtyard shaded by a huge fig tree. The food is mainly Moroccan with some Middle Eastern and Jewish influences, the decor cool, and there’s live music by local bands at weekends"

A funky, new-age riad with a wonderful courtyard shaded by a huge fig tree. The d├ęcor is unconsciously cool with lots of distressed wood, and the food is a combination of middle eastern an Moroccan flavors with lots of salads. There is often late night music
For more atmosphere and some good musical performances check out the week program at RIAD AL BARAKA. (2005)