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.
Arlington, VA 22204
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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mazagan Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I want to go again! There was live music and a belly dancer. Energetic atmosphere with people dancing, but still family friendly and intimate. The food was delicious and authentic. I want to try the hookah next time. My only complaints were that it was very loud, but that was because of the live music, and the staff was a little slow.
An interesting menu with a good variety of dishes to choose from. The fried calamari merit a special praise. Our main course consisted of lamb chops (excellent dish!), a shish kebab of boneless lamb (slightly overcooked for my taste), and a shank of lamb. The waitress was very attentive and cordial and the ambience was festive. I was kind of surprised to see an 18 percent tip added to the final bill even though there were only 3 people in my party. I usually leave 20 percent tip when dining out but did not in this case as, is my opinion, I should have been informed of the restaurant's policy to automatically add the 18 percent service charge (I presume it is the policy). In addition, the credit card slip presented to me did not list the tip as separate charge but, rather, as part of the total bill, thus creating the impression to an inattentive diner that the tip was not included in the total bill.
The food is always good at Mazagan. It is very noisy, however, as almost every restaurant is these days. I think the wait staff tends to push the alcohol a bit too much, but they are very prompt and attentive without being nuisances. It is an excellent choice for Moroccan cuisine.
Fun place, pleasant decor, good food
We had been wanting to try Mazagan for a long time, and finally went there because they advertised a Havana nights band -- that seemed an intriguing combination. When we arrived, our table was still occupied so our host offered a complementary glass of wine while we waited -- very professional, but a rare touch of excellent customer service. The restaurant was very busy, but we got bread and olive oil dip right away, and the entrees arrived in a timely manner. The food quality was good. The decor is modern with a touch of moroccan. Parking is challenging so be prepared to park a couple of blocks away and walk. Would definitely go to Mazagan again.
Food was amazing and reasonably priced. I had the chicken bastilla, and my husband had the boneless lamb kabobs. We were seated in a corner by the window and bar. We saw the bartender mix up some cool drinks. Pleasantly surprised that there was a belly dancer and live guitarist. Really enjoyed our night out at Mazagan!
We really loved our entrees (Kefta Tagine and Lamb Kabob) and the cocktails were good. However the vegetable side with the Kabob was super bland and the octopus appetizer was really strange. We have eaten octopus in multiple place and this was the weirdest texture we ever tasted. It was like there was fat or something. I've never prepared octopus, so not sure if it wasn't cleaned properly or what, but no bueno. We did eat it all, as we were trying to figure out what was going on with it. Was kind of a small portion as well.
Great location for going to an event at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse and enjoyed the live music and the energetic older couple who got up to dance!
We visited this restaurant during Restaurant Week and had a wonderful meal. I think the everyday prices are pretty similar to the 3-course meal for $35 offered during Restaurant Week. We had mussels, bisteeyah, kabobs, couscous, and two kinds of cake. Everything was delicious--even the bread that came with it.
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 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.
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 – 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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