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“Stunning location, excellent food”
Review of Restaurant L'Ocean

Restaurant L'Ocean
Ranked #19 of 276 Restaurants in Tangier
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We took a taxi ride from the centre of Tangier to the Caves of Hercules (cost 100 dirham) then on to Restaurant L'Ocean for lunch (driver quoted another 5 dirham, but actually charged us 30, so be wary of these taxi sharks, even though it is a relatively small amount of money).

The drive from Tangier was lovely - lots of coastline and large villas interspersed with seaside villages and the odd flock of sheep.

We were lucky enough to be seated on the outdoor, ocean-facing terrace on a warm, sunny day and I could feel the pressure of the city fade away as I sipped a glass of wine and waited for my food. The service was slick and I could tell that many of the diners were regulars. There seemed to be a lot of French people dining on the day we visited.

The food was fresh, plentiful and enjoyable, but the beachside location is the clincher. The beach is accessible from the restaurant and there is a funny little farm area, with rusty tables and chairs and a donkey, goose and rooster, alongside the outdoor dining area, which children seemed to love. You can see the Saudi royal family's enormous mansion just along the beach from the restaurant.

The same taxi driver collected us and, instead of the peaceful, scenic route we'd enjoyed on the way there, for our 100 dirham he this time drove us - at breakneck speed - back through the ugliest parts of Tangier.

We had to laugh, as it summed up for us the inconsistencies of this city and its dwellers, along with their general lack of empathy towards tourists. It's all about taking as much as possible from you in exchange for as little as possible, rather than giving visitors value, enjoyment and a reason to return. Perhaps this will change over time, but, after this trip, I sincerely doubt that I'll go back to find out.

L'Ocean, however, is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

What a stunning restaurant in a stunning place!

Enjoyed a really good business lunch here recently, food is excellent, staff are super efficient and friendly and the venue is just out of this word! A stunning cottage style setting with an expansive outdoor seating area which is just sublime - the perfect view.

It's a very out of the way location, far off the beaten track and this adds to the attraction, it's not inundated with tourists making the atmosphere of the restaurant that much better.

Great venue for a relaxing afternoon lunch in the open - I could linger there for hours given half the chance!!!

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Thank Steve O
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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

I had a business lunch here, the food was exceptional. The seafood starters were perfect and the steak main was by far one of the best I have ever had! Highly recommended.

Thank Kyle H
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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

Went for lunch lovely place but was our party was ill after.
So when returning will give it a miss.
Very over rated for what it is its be careful on what you order.

Thank TangierJack
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

We just finished having lunch there. The place is highly overrated!! Expect for the stunning beach view there is nothing really special about this place. You have a rude manager/owner one hand and the owner’s daughter on the other hand that’s extremely fake. Bad behaviour towards their staff which explains the mediocre service towards the customers. Overall a place I would never return to let a long advise to someone else.

1  Thank Elias E
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