About Mazagan Restaurant
Nouvelle Moroccan cuisine offered in a casual setting. Menu is made up of a contemporary twist to Moroccan lamb, beef and poultry dishes, as well as, seafood familiar to the extensive coastline of Morocco. If you have a penchant for vegetarian dishes, those can also be found here in your choice of spinach, carrot, eggplant, and other dishes. A wide selection of brochette skewers are available off the open kebab grill. Desserts vary weekly from pastry puffs, cake, and almond-flavored pastries made by former pastry-chef and owner, Riyad Bouizar. Dining includes high tables, bar, booths and tables. Extensive bar and mixed drink offerings with television to keep you up-to-date on latest games. The hookah section is available after 9pm with various fruit-flavored tobaccos and smoke-controlled seating areas. Round out your dining experience with a Moroccan green tea with Moroccan herb mixtures designed by the owner.
Moroccan, Mediterranean, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday : 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday : 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday - Saturday : 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sunday : 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Columbia Pike and Walter Reed
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Moroccan cuisine as well as a selection of Mediterranean dishes are available off the menu for catered events. Special dishes can also be prepared.
Mazagan Restaurant is located on the "Main Street" of Arlington on the Corner of Columbia Pike and S Walter Reed. (One block east of Glebe Road). Parking can be found on the streets around the block as well as a Private parking lot behind the building. Public parking across the street is available underground in the Halstead Apartment Building.
Chef Riyad Bouizar
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mazagan Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I ordered harira soup, which was fine bu ...
I ordered harira soup, which was fine but not exciting, a tad bland; bastille, which looked beautiful and had a great pastry construction, but the chicken stuff was boring, very bland; and finally a lamb with prunes tagine, in which the lamb was bony and fatty, to the point of being quite unappetizing.
Service was decent - they seemed a little overbooked/understaffed. Water wasn't refilled very quickly - had to ask, and even then it took a fair amount of time. My waitress was helpful and knowledgeable. Nice ambience, but I almost certainly won't be going back.
Mazagan has a very friendly staff who he ...
Mazagan has a very friendly staff who helped us navigate our way through the menu. We LOVED the chicken bastille and the mixed grill (the lamb chops especially). Even the side dishes - saffron rice and chickpeas - had superb flavor. I wish the chicken tanginess had been served with the tangine lid - just looks kind of cool. We are DEFINITELY going back.
Glad to have another Moroccan restaurant in northern VA. Their speciality -- Bastilla (phyllo filled with chicken, crushed almonds, topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon) was very good. Easy to share or have as an entree. But the drinks were terrible! Do not order alcohol here. Expect service to be slow.
Good was bland. Service was terrible. Se ...
Good was bland. Service was terrible. Seemed extremely short staffed. Server didn't come back for 30 min after appetizers. Great ambiance but loud from the talking in close proximity. Nice place but not worth the money for the ok food and lack of service.
Delightful and delicious!
Walking into Mazagan's chic-yet-comfortable dining room set the tone for a delightful meal. The food is the definition of savory. I rarely eat Moroccan dishes, but this experience tasting the kefta and egg tagine made me hungry for more. Don't miss the classic harira soup. Look forward to going back again soon!
I love the relaxed feel of this place – ...
I love the relaxed feel of this place – liked the comfortable dining this place had and the decor was pretty as well. I definitely would return to try more dishes with my fiancé. Its pretty affordable and the service was great. It did kinda of get nosey towards 10pm but other than that it was amazing experience. My fiancé loved his birthday dessert that I had the waiter bring him as well.
My sister and I meet for lunch once a month and use the alphabet to choose a restaurant. This month's letter was "M" and I choose Moroccan and used open table to find such a place. We liked the restaurant . The decor was nice and we were the only people in the dining room, so it was quiet. The service was great and our selected entrees met our expectations. I would return and recommend it to others. One thing that needs to be fixed is the door. It was really hard to open and at first I thought the place was closed. No one in the restaurant came to assist me and I stood outside until I notice a sign which said that you should pull the door really hard to open it. I saw other potential patrons struggle with the door and walk away...probably thought it was closed too.
So unlike other visits!
Very Disappointed. Ordered 2 lamb couscous. The meat was fatty and mediocre; and the vegetables practically non existent. The server, a young eastern European lady, knew nothing about the food. I have eaten couscous here more then a dozen times; I knew the menu and the ingredients better then she did. Not only that, she was argumentative. Please get better staff or teach them well.
Sorry guys this was a flop!
Unique and delicious experience!
The food was absolutely delicious! The dishes were flavorful and unique. It was quite a pleasant experience. The fire drink was quite tasty as well! The mussels tagine, kefta and mozzarella bastilla, and kefta kebob were amazing!
It was a overall good experience. Mazaga ...
It was a overall good experience. Mazagan has really good Moroccan food, but -1 Moroccan hospitality. Server didn't ask for even once how the food was.
As a experience server I believe server should make sure that guests are happy and ask if they need anything.
Noise level is too loud. While talking to my partner I could hear other people being loud because music was little loud for the size of the restaurant.
I'd give another chance.
Good food, fun atmosphere
I have been here twice, for lunch and dinner. Great dining experience both times. Lounge in the back is great and relaxing for hookah. I was a little irritated when they made us move off the couches for a larger party, but overall nice staff.
Resturant/hostess did not honor seating request made for reservations made for guest with crutches, but hostess was a bit helpful. Two basic kabob orders took 1 hour and 22 minutes and 15 minutes for waiter to take drink order in a half empty resturant. Food was lukewarm and basic taste with the exception of the kabobs. Waiter gave us cake for the long food wait but used his bare hands to put it in a box to go. We trashed the cake as soon as we left. Will not be returning. Stylish resturant with poor food and service.
Food is great, Service is non-existent
We ordered within 15 minutes of sitting down, but for some reason it took over an hour for our appetizers to arrive. Our food eventually came about 90 minutes after we ordered it. The restaurant was about 1/2 full. Both the kitchen and the floor appeared to be well staffed (at least as far as warm bodies go).
The food is amazing, but the dining experience was really painful. Our waiter smiled & was nice when we could talk with him, but he avoided stopping at our table throughout the experience. We only got our food after we flagged down another waitress and asked her if she could find our food.
Carry-out would be a good option for Mazagan... but don't waste your time sitting down & expecting any kind of service.
Little Gem by Columbia Pike
Overall pretty good Moroccan.The food portions are quite large so its best to order one less entree and add more mezze plates if you're hungry. Service is fair but needs to be more attentive even during a slow evening. It'll be good if the wait staff could explain and give recommendations to what to order. This can help with the portion control and especially if someone is unfamiliar with the cuisine.
The food if always remarkable, the servi ...
The food if always remarkable, the service is great and the drinks are amazing. There is something for everyone (vegan, vegetarians and meat eaters)! On Fridays they have belly dancers which are fantastic and keep us coming back. It's also nice the hookah area is closed off in glass - keeping the whole in there but still allowing for a open feeling.
Service was very accommodating, almost d ...
Service was very accommodating, almost doting. He let us try wines, offered other options. Checked on us often. The food was delicious, and the portions were generous. We took home portions from each course because we wanted room to try the next.
The bastilla appetizer, lamb shank and l ...
The bastilla appetizer, lamb shank and limoncello cake (from the restaurant week menu) were delicious and portions were generous. The kebab special was disappointing with overcooked meat and uninspired mezze. The cocktail I ordered - some punch with ginger- tasted medicinal and like from a packaged mixer vs freshly made.
We were seated at a corner table by the window which was freezing and I think our location resulted in our otherwise friendly waiter periodically forgetting about us.
And due to the recent blizzard, it was hard to find parking. The lot behind was full and there was little on street parking due to snow.
Finally and most frustrating, it was really hard to have a conversation due to the general noise level and then impossible once the belly dancers started, accompanied by loud music. That said, both were very attractive and talented dancers. Still not what I would consider a great date night experience, but could be ok if not interested in conversation...
I appreciated that the hookah bar was in a separate enclosed room.
Service was very slow. As for the food ...
Service was very slow. As for the food, All of us in our party left most of it on our plates. Definitely not a good investment of food $$$. One exception desserts were good. Our conclusion they bought them. How this restaurant could be rated at 4.3 on Opentable is unbelievable to me. Should have checked Yelp before making reservation.
I've seen better
This is a pretty mediocre Turkish food. The portions are rather small, and me and the guest remain hungry after a soup and a main course, which comes with no side dish.
Only after taking two additional appetizers were full, at which point we were on the wrong side of $50 - too much for lunch in an "economy" class establishment.
Terrific New Years Eve special
Wonderful value for their NYE special, with a Prix Fix offering of a table full of appetizers, plus choice of an entre course, and a dessert course for $75. The music was lively, crowd was fun, and the bellydancer was fun as well. Great place.
Excellent food and atmosphere
Most of the food was fantastic. We had a shrimp appetizer and then kabobs for dinner. I had the chicken paprika kabob, which had delicious spices and I loved it. However my fiancé had the calamari kabob that had no taste whatsoever, which was surprising since the shrimp and chicken were so flavorful with their spices.
Atmosphere was fun and vibrant. We will definitely return (just won't order the calamari kabob).
Great Night Out With the Girls!
Mazagan was packed the evening we were there. The waitress seemed a bit overwhelmed, however, our food did arrive timely. I shared the chicken bastilla and the chicken kabob dish with a friend. Both were delicious. The evening entertainment - bellydancer - was fun and upbeat! We will definitely return.
Food wasn't that great.. It was just ok. ...
Food wasn't that great.. It was just ok. The service was slow and no one even bother refill our drinks. I have asked for tab water but they brought a $5 bottle of water. I will not go there again. Waste of money and time.
Wanted to try lamb shank, but got the ca ...
Wanted to try lamb shank, but got the catch of the day Tangine instead. Great choice, with delicious fish and veggies; the mezze platter was great too. Tasty Lemoncello cake ended my birthday meal! Wonderful location, must return next time for some hookah!
I've been here a few times and always lo ...
I've been here a few times and always love trying their weekly specials. The appetizers, main dishes, and desert are always flavorful and abundant. Highly recommend for either having drinks at the bar or a wonderful dining experience.
Such an amazing little spot; very chic, ...
Such an amazing little spot; very chic, decorative, and hip. Their cocktail menu is made by a mixologist which is absolutely phenomenal!
The manager Reda, was such a hospitable and professional host. We had a slight problem (very minor) and not did he only take care of it, but it was done with such grace, and etiquette, that we were simply amazed of how great the customer service is, which in essence is a dying trait. Everything seems to be about business with most restaurants, but certainly not this one.
In search of Moroccan wine
Having lived in Rabat, Morocco we looked forward to visting the restaurant. While the food and wine were good, they did not have several options on the menu available, which was unfortunate. Hopefully, the next time the full menu is available.
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