About Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant
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: 4157766717
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This was one of the more disappointing d ...
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 ...
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.
Extraordinary! I would not have come h ...
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.
Nice pleasant place to entertain guests
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.
A beautifully-agd gem
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.
Reminder of Old Times
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. ...
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!
Fun night out
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.
If you like Moroccan...
... 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.
A little awkward
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.
So much fun!
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.
Cushy Seats and Belly Dancing!
First of all the service was simply top notch! I was in San Fran for business so I was traveling alone. Although they had a party of like 35 people, they were still very accommodating of my requests and allowed me to sit in a whole section by myself! The seats were great and cozy with pillows thrown about. Before the meal, they brought a towel over with a dish of warm water so I could wash my hands! Boy the water smelled amazing! The water was prepared with orange blossoms and it was simply divine! They also gave me soup on the house which was super nice! My whole experience here was great. I ordered a chicken dish but didn't want bone in it so they altered my dish so I would only get all white meat chicken that was boneless and skinless. The waitress and the other servers were so gracious and nice! Loved every second! OH and the best part was they had a belly dancer preform! IT was for the large party so I didn't get to enjoy too much of it but it was fun atmosphere with a lively vibe and jive with the cool Arabic music blasting!
We went to celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary and had the best time ever! Last time we were there was ten years ago and loved it then. The service was excellent and the food was soooo delicious! The belly dancing was so much fun; we had a great time joining in. The host was very attentive and accommodating. It was worth every penny! We will go back!
Went there on a Wednesday night. Lighte ...
Went there on a Wednesday night. Lighter crowd but catered to like we were kings. Great food and outstanding service. The belly dancing was entertaining and tasteful and even engaged the crowd to dance and balance swords. So much fun while having authentic Moroccan food and atmosphere. Not expense, but good! I will come back here every time I am in San Fran and would recommend anyone try it.
Great food interesting atmosphere
We were the only people in the restaurant other than a shady looking character who kept going in and out of a private room with a number of very scantily clad women. We could only guess what was going on back there. We were quite uncomfortable but stuck around because the food itself was amazing.
Great food and service, no belly dancers till 8pm
The service and food were top notch. The atmosphere was nice and it was very fun for our kids. However, we came too early, not realizing the belly dancers didn't start until 8pm. That was disappointing. But overall, it's a great place!
Very disappointing!!! I was looking forw ...
Very disappointing!!! I was looking forward to it since we used to go there a lot. The food was awful, the portions small, the service nonchalant. BORING!!!!!There are very good Moroccan restaurants in San Francisco this is not one of them.
I went here 40 years ago, 3 years after it opened, and then again this week. The food was excellent and the service, but I'm sorry to see the attendance down so much. It was a Monday night, but I wish more people would support the restaurant. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time together, a great conversation and we will go back.
Not too special
We were a bit disappointed. The food was good, but not good enough to come back. The staff was actually the best part of the experience. Very nice and cordial. The belly dancer was less than enthusiastic. She did not know how to draw the crowd in. Most people in the audience paid little or no attention to her. I understand that belly dancers quite often carry a little weight around the middle. That is expected. This dancer however was very heavy and lacked fluid body movements that you would expect.
Avoid if you can
Unbelievably disorganized and not up to our expectations of a downtown Morrocan restaurant. We arrived early and were seated by the belly dancers stage which turned out to be a high traffic area for staff before the dancing performance. They seemed unprepared for diners. After lentil soup there was a delay of 20 minutes before the bastilla arrived; altogether, omitting our salad course. The server recommended game hen which my wife only to find out that it was not available. She chose chicken with honey and raisins instead. I chose the lamb tagine because we were told it was rich in flavor, which it was not. A tiny piece of baklava was dessert accompanied by tea with barely a hint of mint. On leaving we were presented with the salad course to take home. We have eaten at many Moroccan restaurants in the past and this was our worst experience. Avoid if you can.
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