loved it. Quite possibly my favorite restaurant experience was the time I ate here. There was a group of four of us. We arrived when, it turned out, the restaurant was closed. But we were seen outside the door by the magician who was preparing for that night's show next door. He let us in and called the owner to ask him to come in a bit early to serve us. And he did. And they were both quite nice to us and conversational. We ordered a version of their four-course meal for two. We had to negotiate this, it didn't work out exactly. I don't remember. It wasn't meant for four. He arranged things for us, changing the portions and the price so it would work out fine. The food was not exactly quick to come, but we weren't in a mood to care, because we had good conversation, and the music and decor there are very relaxing and enjoyable. Every course was fantastic. We had two tagines with chicken. Only thing you have to beware of is the price, of course. Not a place to go often. But to my mind, it was a total treat.
The worst service and the lowest people. This restaurant makes Morocco looks bad. The two guards are unpolite, especially the big one who thinks he knows too well and thinks that he can step all over people. The service is very bad, I waited for bread for one hour. I don't appreciate the treatment. The DJ played music from 7 years ago. We asked him to play some songs but he didn't. They kept us waiting outside making us think they are full but they are a bunch of liers. I have heard from more than 20 people that this place is where prostitues hung. It's a dirt hole and it should be shut down.
Really Great Experience. I've come to this restaurant a few times for bdays and fun dinner parties and my friends and I have always had a great experience.:) The food is really flavorful, prices are reasonable, and the selection is great. You end up wanting to try everything. The atmosphere is unique and friendly. Maybe it's because the waiters recognize us, but I've never had lousy service here. On the contrary, it seems like they want to join our party.:) It can strike some as a bit cheesy, but the belly dancing and music is fun. Especially when you get the guys in your group up and shaking their hips. Anyway, this place has yummy middle eastern food and is quite entertaining.:) Grab a group of your friends and check it out if you're in the mood for some belly dancing action.
Tourists and locals escape to this exotic Union Square eatery for traditional Moroccan fare..
This majestic restaurant and banquet hall is furnished with low, copper tables, prismatic rugs and exotic art. The heady scents of saffron, cinnamon and paprika fill the air, along with lemon, honey and spiced meats. Belly dancers perform nightly and live music entertains on Saturday nights. Long a city and tourist favorite in a city enjoying a delicious love affair with the rich, honeyed flavors of Moroccan cuisine.
If you are an attractive young female, you might get OK service. Otherwise forget it.. The waiter spent the whole time trying to seduce a group of pretty young girls that were seated next to us. He pampered them, he brought them drinks, he took care of everything for them. For us, he did nothing - we were ignored all night. We placed our initial drink order, which he didn't bother to bring to us until an HOUR later. There was no belly dancer, even though they promised us repeatedly that she would perform. I cannot recommend to anybody. The service was awful and the food was just as bad. Half of the reason I went was for the dancer, who never showed up. We were there for almost 4 hours before our meal was completed... this was a dining-out nightmare. We will NEVER go back.
Horrible service. They don't care about the customer at all.. I could not believe how little they cared about us. The manager, host, and waiter spent the whole night text-messaging, talking on their phones, smoking, and hanging out with friends - all while our needs went completely ignored. While the waiter was explaining the menu to us, his phone rang 4 times... that was just the start of the unprofessional service. We ordered drinks and they came 45 minutes later after we reminded the server 3 times. He seemed more interested in talking with his friends. Our 2nd drink order took over 1 hour to be served to us - not because the restaurant was full, but because the server simply didn't care. When we arrived, we were promised that a belly dancer performs all night, every night, and that she would be on within 10 minutes of our arrival. We were there for 3 hours and there was no dancer. We spoke with a local dancer in San Francisco and she said that the Marrakech routinely cancels their dancers if the restaurant isn't full. We asked the host no less than 10 times when the dancer would start, and each time he lied to us and told us that she would be on in "about 10 minutes". We arrived at 7:00pm and we did not leave until 10:00pm, and that was only because we insisted that when the 'server' brings the main course that he also brought the bill. We could not wait any more. We were sure that if we waited for them to bring us the dessert and tea that our $35.00 was entitled to, we would have been there well past midnight. I hated every minute I was there because I knew that they didn't care at all about our needs, and I knew they were lying to us all the time about the dancer. To the credit of their chefs: the food was excellent. But I assure you, it is not so excellent that you suffer their miserable service for the 3-5 hours it takes them to serve you. I give them a F+. The only reason I don't give an F- is because the food was quite delicious. Bottom line: Horrible, horrible service with good food.
Awesome Exotic Atmosphere~!. My friends and I came to Marrakech not knowing what to expect, we were just looking for a hookah bar. They were extremely helpful before we even got there- i got lost several times and had to keep asking for directions. The atmosphere was really exotic and relaxing... it was the ultimate experience for me. We happened to go on the night they had dancing, so after we smoked some hookah and ate some food, we danced to some belly-dancing beats and some hip hop beats. We actullay were expecting it to be expensive, but the prices were very reasonable. It was a perfect night out.
Great food, horrific service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We paid over $400 for my mother's birthday dinner at Marrakech and the service was horrible. There were a total of 12 guests and we were seated in 2 different sections of the restaurant. Then, they only brought drinks for the table my mother was sitting at. When, I asked the waiter for our drinks he got upset and began yelling as to why we didn't all place our orders at the same time. I tried but it is hard to tell a waiter what you want in 1 second before they run off. This is not the first time this has happened here. This is our second time here and I noticed on other reviews, it took them a loooooong time to bring drinks to the table. The servers are rude and the restaurant is understaffed. Then, when we went to pay for our dinner they overcharged me $20 on my credit card. When I looked at the receipt, there was no dollar amount indicated and I did not notice until I checked my bank account at home. Make sure they give you a printed receipt with the dollar amount! They are a bunch of swindlers! When I complained to the owner, he told me he would send a new waiter, but it must have been our waiter's TWIN freakin' brother, because it looked like the same waiter (which it was) but this one actually had a fake smile this time! I loved the food and the decor, and the belly dancer, but I will NEVER return here again. They're not the only Morrocan restaurant in town. Next time, I think I will try PASHA restaurant. Good eating!
Very Average!. This Moroccon place was just average for us. We were around 8 of us and had reservations for the night. After being seated promptly, we started off with the drink menu which took forever to come and especially for the second round; we had almost completed dinner when it was served. We decided on the ?complete dinner? for us. Started with the lentil soup which was good, and then the salad followed, which had eggplant that was very tasty. The Bastilla which is chicken and nuts filled fillo dough topped with powdered sugar which came out pretty well. Finally the dinners came, according to our taste platters. Most of it were average, like lamb with honey, chicken with lemon and olives, Cornish game hen etc etc. Finally the mint tea to finish off the evening. Overall, we were not very happy with the service as it took them forever to bring our drinks, and finally to bring the check. The food was average and overprices. However the highlight of the evening was the belly dancer who performed at some point of time in the evening and the music started!
Waste of money and time...... It was not fun at all....The service was very bad, the place was a rip off, food was not good. They charge $10 at the entrance, I couldn't understand what was that charge for...The service needs alot of improvement.....
Fantastic experience!. Our dinner at the Marrakech was just AMAZING! We enjoyed the 5 course meal from start to finish. We particularly loved the Bastila and our Lamb dishes. Their bread is also out of this world delicious. The belly dancer was fun and all the staff members were very friendly and helpful. We had our hands washed on the table with this special orange blossom scented water and they also gave us some at the end of our meal to keep our hands smelling nice. I highly recommend this restaurant for a fun, warm, romatic and delicious dinner.
A dinner with Kobe Bryant!!. Oh my god. What are the odds of having dinner next to a star?!!! Kobe Bryant was there on a Saturday night with his friends, totally lounging Moroccan style and enjoying the belly dance moves. I walked up to him and took a picture. He also signed my purse and my firend's camera bag. Amazing!! But I mean regardless, this place is awesome. Great food, great athmosphere and the service is great. We enjoyed every minute of our meal and I definitely recommend Marrakech for an out of this world dinning experience!!
Overrated! Bland, overpriced food, poor service. My friends and I chose Marrakech as the restuarant for our monthly "supper club" primarily because of the rave reviews on this site. Unfortunately, we were sorely disappointed. The place was half empty, yet we waited nearly 20 minutes for someone to bring us menus and another 20 minutes for someone to come take our order, never got the bread we asked for with our entrees, and waited another 30 minutes for our check. The food was edible, but aside from the soup and appetizer spreads, was incredibly bland and uninteresting?and overpriced. All of the entrees are $25 if you order them a la carte, including the vegetarian entree?which is nothing more than a plate of couscous with some vegetables on top. The full dinner is $35 and comes with a cup of lentil soup, a plate of hummus and a couple other salads/spreads, bastilla (which was soggy and tasteless), and a piece of baklava. Don't believe the hype.
Romantic and delicious!. It's been a while that I've been wanting to try this place and boy am I glad I did! My friends were in heaven and all had a great time. The food was very flavorful, the setting is very romantic and beautiful, and the service was very nice and friendly. We also had a hookah at the end. the DJ spined few hip songs for us to dance to and the belly dancer sure ought us some moves. Al in all, we all had a great time. I highly recommend this restaurant for an out of this world dining experience.
A Moroccan Good Time. When I headed to Marrakech on a rainy saturday night I had no idea what to expect. After making my way into the shelter of Marrakech I was seated at a lounge-like seating area where the fun was only beginning. Music was playing and although the floor was empty, as soon as my friends and I jumped on the dancefloor everyone joined in and the restaurant was alive. If your looking for a good time and a welcoming environment head to Marrakech.
Fantastic Food. This is a must-stop for me every time I'm in San Francisco. I am truly speechless as to why people are complaining about the price - hello you live in SF?! For $35 you get a 4-5 course meal that is honestly very delicious. The lamb dishes are fantastic - the eggplant lamb is a must-try! the service i've always had is great, though the wait between courses can be long at times depending on the crowd.
Avoid for birthday parties. We celebrated birthday of my girlfriend there and had very awful experience: - we made reservation in advance and had 18 people, but they put us in space that was not sufficient for such number of people. Half of seats were very inconvenient. I am healthy dude, but my back hurt after 3 hours of this seating - they brought us 4 consecutive dishes. Between each dish there was pause of at least 30 minutes. We spent there 3 hours eating. I am sorry, my stomach can not handle this kind of meal schedule. After you eat appetizer you expect main entry relatively soon, otherwise you are not hungry anymore. - music was extremely loud. It was impossible to talk. - food was OK, but I think is overpriced. - there was not enough food. We paid $55 per person, but many people were hungry. One positive comment: girl who did belly dance was very good.
Your own middle-eastern palace. This place turns into a kind of unofficial club on Thursday nights (lots of dancing..some disco lights..one of the servers started mixing some Arabic music), and a more official one on Saturday (they have a cover charge..) Every other day of the week, it's nice, the service is amazing, the bread and tea are exceptional. They even come wash your hands with scented water. Dim lighting, lots of oriental decoration, cushions and carpets everywhere, very sensual and romantic (reds, blacks, purples, swirling patterns...). However, it's also great for a large group, or even if you just want to come in for some hookah with a friend (highly recommended, lots of flavors for only $15). The guys who run it are very friendly, constantly coming around to refill your tea or to make sure you are having the best time possible. The bellydancing is good, but can vary. It's, at the least, always entertaining.
Awesome Lamb!. I had the best lamb ever at the Marrakech! It was very tender and tasty...mmm...mmm....mmm!!! Everything else was just great. the service was friendly, the belly dancing show was very entertaining and the food was great. Very beautiful Moroccan setting with fluffy floor cushions. Very relaxed and romantic. I recommend this place for yummy food and a break from everyday noise. 5 stars!
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