About Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant
San Francisco, CA 94102
This is one of the first original Moroccan Restaurants in California. It"s worth the trip alone. This princely feast is furnished with low couches and large decorative pillows. The rooms are softened by tapestries covering the walls and ceilings. The decor creates an atmosphere of comfort and leisure. The meal is a feast served with home baked bread. This is more than just a meal; you can give over an entire evening to this relaxed and unique dining experience. Your full meal at Marrakech includes delicious Maghreb Salad, Harira (lentil soup), Bastilla (an amazing pastry-like dish, vegetarian or chicken), your choice of exquisite Moroccan entrees, freshly brewed sweetened mint tea, and baklawa (Moroccan pastry). Your Moroccan meal is best eaten Moroccan style -- using delicious, freshly baked bread as the ideal all-purpose eating utensil. To enhance your meal, we offer a wide selection of imported and domestic wine and beer, as well as a full bar.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-2:00pm
$30 and under
Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant in San Francisco features beautiful belly dancing shows every night, accompanied by live music every Saturday and First Sunday of every month.
Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine available for catering. Includes homemade Moroccan bread, hummus, shish-kabob, braised Lamb and chicken with couscous and stewed vegetables. We provide catering to businesses around San Francisco.
Two Parking garages on the same block. Toca Park in Shannon alley, California Parking garage half a block down.
We are five minutes walking Distance From Powell Street Bart Station. Taxi accessible.
Private Party Facilities:
Elegant Moroccan Interior, low cushioned seating(regular seating available). Tradition Moroccan Family Style, large banquet plates served onto smaller plates. Private Live music entertainment and Belly Dancers upon request.
Private Party Contact:
Nader Shahin: (415) 776-6717
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I remember when Marrakech was an exciting exotic place for Middle Eastern food and entertainment. The decor was like a huge festive tent with cushion seating at low tables, live music, and belly dancing. Now the place is thread worn. The decor is dark and not in the least festive. The music is recorded with someone plunking on the drums occasionally. The belly dancer was beautiful, but not all that talented. The food was uneven - kebobs were on the dry side; honey almond lamb was wonderful; bellini had an OK mild flavor; baklava pretty boring. Service was friendly when it appeared. Had to wait 20 minutes from when our credit card was taken until returned. All in all Marrakech is a disappointment.
One should only go to this restaurant "during a show," but not as a "only come here for Moroccan food" type of restaurant. This evening - I dined here at 6 PM on a Saturday, 2 hours before the show - only to find out that they were not serving cornish hen, rabbit, or bastilla (the sole reason I came here)! I only ordered the lentil soup: while only $5, the size was comparable to "a cup" of soup that you'd get in a diner. I also ordered the baklava: the size was so small, it gulped in down in a bite. Unbelievable! Again, the restaurant seems to cater to those who would be more engaged in the entertainment . . . so enjoy the show.
Best things about this place are the belly dancing (fabulous) and the decor. Food is okay not great. Shrimp kabob was the table favorite. Chicken tagine was over cooked and needed salt. We arrived at 7 and you could hear a pin drop in the restaurant. Expected a much livelier atmosphere. When the music and dancing started, it got way better. Also, they didn't have the wine we ordered, and they swapped it for something else without telling us. My recommendations to this place are kick up the food quality a notch, improve the service, and have a livelier atmosphere earlier in the evening, and you will thrive. Still, love the place and would go back.
The decor is very Morrocan and interesting. We were there quite early (5:30), so my friend and I were the only people there until around 7. The seats are low with pillows, but not uncomfortable. The wait staff was very nice and helpful, given their limited English. They came around with a bowl and a pitcher of warm water, with which to wash our hands, which was a very nice touch. The food was delicious, but way more than my friend and I could possibly eat. We are older women and if we both wanted the same thing, we easily could have shared a meal. My friend had lamb and I had chicken; the meat literally fell of the bones in both dishes and was very flavorful. At the end of the meal, they came again with the pitcher of warm water and bowl and we again washed our hands. The server then came with another small pitcher to sprinkle our hands with orange scented water, which we both loved. The entire evening was lovely. There was belly dancing, but we did not stay. The only problem was for my friend, who cannot navigate stairs well and the restrooms were down a flight, so that was problematic. Otherwise, the evening was a huge success.
We had a large group of 18 people. They were very accommodating, friendly and efficient, and provided a delicious family-style meal for everyone, including vegetarian options. This was a fun outing for a group, and because of the seating style (small low tables with benches and stools) it was very easy for everyone to move around between courses and mingle.
Returned to this restaurant after 40 years absence. While a few things have changed (we originally sat on the floor and there was no eating utensils) we were pleased to see the quality of the food and service remained the same. I had the lamb in a almond and honey sauce which was tender and tasty. My wife enjoyed the chicken in a almond and honey sauce which she devoured. We will gladly go back the next time we visit San Francisco.
Had so much fun! Went for my daughters 16th birthday! Not a lot of places that a 16 year old would appreciate but this was awesome for her! She danced with one of the beautiful dancers and was treated like royalty! Thank you for making this a memorable birthday for Anissa!
Wow! What an experience. I only allowed an hour for dinner and I wish I would have given my party 2 or 3. The meal is an experience. They are very attentive yet let you enjoy every aspect of the meal. It is not rushed. Plates are brought out family style, or at least that's how we did it, and the food was delicious. I will definitely be back!
Just decided to visit this place as we had heard that vibe was nice. Well it is not, it smells dirty, the food is horrific. I have been to morocco and other places in North Africa and there the food is amazing but at Marrakech this is awful. Hummus was ok, Bastilla was almost empty so you just tasted the sugar and the dough. Shish kebab: chicken was dry tasteless and for sure over cooked, beef exactly the same. Lamb ravine, dry and tasteless, royal couscous had nothing royal about it even the couscous is over cooked and certainly not hand buttered, chicken ravine tasteless....belly dancers was late 45 minutes...And the cosmos were disgusting.. I am usually retrying to find something nice so here it is. They have us the Not homemade baklava and a mint unsweetened tea for free and yet it does not cover....
I think it is time to close that place or maybe just to hire a chef
Lively place with a belly dancer on weekend evenings. Very good Moroccan food and nice atmosphere. There are especially accommodating to groups. There were several large groups celebrating special occasions when we were there and they were having a very good time.
We got there very early and had the place to ourselves for awhile. It's very cozy and comfortable. The servers were very polite and the food was very delicious. I will definitely return and recommend it. We were headed to the theater so we missed the entertainment.
It was a wonderful experience. My husband and I visited the restaurant 16 years ago and at that time went twice. Two days ago we took our kids (10,13) and enjoyed yet again. The belly dancer involved our kids in a dance for a time they will always remember. We will treasure our memories and the great food for a long time to come. Hope to come back sooner than 16 years.
The high point of this place is the entertainment. The service was deplorable. My food was stone cold and no one ever came by to see how our meals were not to mention to see if we wanted another drink, which we did!!! When the manager finally caught the manager at the end of the meal I told him my food was cold and please take it off the bill he said "why didn't you say anything". My thought is at any dining establishment a good server will follow up. This place is dated, dark and just not anyplace I would ever want to eat at again. There was also a ceiling pipe leak and they had to keep moving people as they were getting dropped on in the 100year old building. Gross.
These people will not be in business if they continue to run this dump into the ground. Just awful. So many better restaurants around Union Square.
This was one of the more disappointing dining experiences I've encountered in a while. Maybe I'm just lucky that it doesn't happen more frequently. Still, this is the experience I had at Marrakech:
A warm and friendly greeting was a pleasant start as we arrived for our reservation on time. We were seated at a nice spot in a corner, overlooking the entire place. We placed our order and the dishes arrived in typical fashion. No complaints, really, until...
I sampled, and continued to eat both dishes because I was starving, and had a hefty cocktail before arriving to the restaurant for dinner. However, the meat dishes that we ordered - and I love Moroccan cuisine, as well as other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines - contained among the fattiest meats I have received at a restaurant in ages. Much of each dish was inedible.
Given that my dining partner and I were starvacious, it seemed silly to complain about it. But, we also balked at dessert. Eventually, the staff became consumed with who-knows-what, and we could not get anyone to bring us the bill for our order. Even restaurant staff walked right past us as if they were oblivious to our presence. Being ignored is just as bad, if not worse. Can you imagine the service and experience we would have received had we expressed displeasure with our dishes? I don't want to experience that again, and don't intend to return here.
To top it off, as an Open Table diner, there was added insult to injury when Open Table informed me via email that I was a no-show for this reservation. It's been cleared up. But, the point is that the restaurant is so disorganized that a happy and welcome greeting at the beginning was just about the best part of being there - until we left and got some fresh air at the end.
Off the menu, there is a good choice for larger parties. A price per head gets you a shared family style meal. But bring an appetite. In fact, you may want to arrive starving. And plan to take home lots of leftovers. Everything is absolutely delicious and the service is fantastic. The belly dancer was very good as well and put everyone at ease with her smile and warmth. Highly recommended.
I would not have come here if not for my friend's suggestion for Moroccan food. I love the low seats and round tables, the colorful furnishings, the whole ambiance is quite magical. Before I get to the food, I am so impressed with the hand washing before and after the meal and the sprinkling of orange flower water to freshen.
Since we love lamb we chose the lamb with honey and nuts and lamb kabob. I have never tried a sweet meat dish and the lamb with honey is excellent, so tender. The lamb kabob is seasoned perfectly, contrasting texture from previous dish, has a nice char and chew to it. The 2 kabobs came with couscous and vegetables.
Dessert was a surprised, our waiter suggested we eat the Chicken Bastila last as dessert and it was amazing. this dessert is light as air made with phyllo.
There is belly dancing but missed it due to previous engagement. I am already wanting to return t0 Marrakesh as soon as possible.
Overall the food was very good. Some was excellent. All 3 of us were happy with it. I thought the service was excellent. Some reviewers complained about the 'attitude'. I though it was very consistent with my experiences in Morocco and some other Mediterranean countries. They are quiet, not in your face. Invisible and not interfering with your conversation. They always seemed to be aware when you glass was empty but did not hover making you feel like they wanted you to hurry up and leave. We stayed for 3+ hours and there was never a hint that we should leave. The bill was brought only when we asked for it.
The belly dancing was geared more to entertaining a big western city tourist audience - which makes sense in a big western city with lots of tourists. So no, it's not Turkey, but just go with it.
The prices were reasonable for a nice SF restaurant. We paid $146 excluding tip. That included far more food than we could eat and a bottle of wine.
If you are looking for the hottest foodie joint where you pay exorbitant prices in a crowded place with too much noise, pressure leave asap and go away hungry, this is not the place for you.
The Marrakech Moroccan restaurant is a wonderful tie back back to a gloriously multi-ethnic San Francisco from before the crazy trendiness of today's shallow hipster restaurants. You can feel history in the walls. Their food is truly delicious. The pillow-covered benches surrounding the traditional brass tables are so comfortable. The mint tea, poured from a high silver teapot, is delicious. Overall, the food is wonderful. I particularly like their lamb with almonds and honey. I like to go early, before the dancing starts: it's a quiet comfortable place for a conversation amongst friends.
We went back recently, having not been there since the restaurant first opened - perhaps 40 years ago. If you want an authentic Moroccan experience, this is as close as you'll get in SF. The bastilla was good, as were the lentil soup and other dishes we tried - all very traditional. Check when there will be live entertainment and it will be more lively.
Discovered this gem on a vacation to SF. Food ambiance and service was excellent. Set menu for two was perfect! Service was excellent, waiters explained menu, and how to order, and were very attentive. Belly dancer at 8 pm was a plus. We went to see Peter Morisson the Magician next door at the Marrakech Theatre. He was magnificent and was the perfect way to end a perfect meal! Definitely would recommend and return!
A group of us went to Marakesh to celebrate a birthday. We only had drinks and hookah. They had 3 belly dancers performing at different times. There was a 3 man band that played Middle Eastern music and a DJ that played international music (and any requests given to him). We had a really fun night drinking and dancing the night away. The crowd was diverse and everyone was enjoying themselves. As for the service, the staff were a little slow to come around and take orders, other than that Marakesh is pretty decent and fun place to hang.
We didn't know it beforehand but they have belly dancing entertainment which was so fun. And the staff was so polite and respectful. The entrée prices noted online are for a 5-course meal with soup, salad, dessert, and tea but you can purchase a la carte as well so don't be turned off by the seemingly $40 entrée prices.
... this is a great choice. Nicely authentic not just in menu but atmosphere - right up to bringing over a kettle of warm water and a bowl for you to 'wash' your hands before your meal. And as for the meal, the full five course dinner is definitely the best option.
Ambiance was cool, and the food was good, but overall it was a little awkward. Us and another group were the only ones there, but towards the end another group finally came in. It was awkward because it was so quiet. I wanted to like it more but it was just "meh." It would've been better if more people were there and if they explained their process a little more.
We loved the food and the belly dancing. We timed out reservation so that we could watch while we ate, which was a wonderful experience! Unfortunately the service was severely lacking, I was wondering where our server was the whole time. He kept forgetting our drinks which made the timing quite off, and never checked back about our food for which we had no silverware. I'll still go back tho! The rest of the experience made up for it.
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