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El Mansour
El Mansour

El Mansour Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmansour.com
  • Email: hzach1@comcast.net
  • Phone: (415) 751-2312
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Abou Houm
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We will cater for your special event. Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate among others.
  • Private Party Facilities: El mansour has been throughout the years a staple in catering for large parties. Great food, Great entertainment and ambiance make this reataurant a must to visit.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack Tanverakul (415) 794-3482
  • Entertainment: We feature belly dancing nightly except on Mondays. Weekdays shows are around 8:00pm. Weekends shows are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Ave.
  • Public Transit: 2 clement, 38 Geary and 1 California.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking nearby.
A word from El Mansour
El Mansour is a well known Moroccan restaurant that has been in business for the last 38 years. We offer traditional Moroccan food. It is very important to us to serve homemade high quality ingredients. We make our own bread, sauces and phillo dough on a daily basis.
El Mansour is more than a culinary experience, it is also a trip to Morocco. Decorated with the authentic Moroccan decors, everything was imported from Morocco indeed. We also offer entertainment from Tuesday to Sunday. At El Mansour you will be our guest for a night, you will enjoy our tasty food, great ambiance and caring service.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great however my expectations were lowered this visit since the belly dancer started collecting dollar bills and it seemed like I was at a strip club. I took my boyfriend for the awesome experience I had the first time I went (food, show, and personal dance lesson by belly dancer to the group) not for a cheap dollar show. I was quite dissapointed with the dance show."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was the most amazing restaurant i've been to yet. Between the authentic Moroccan experience to the refined foods we ate, this place is truly amazing. You can't go wrong with any food items here and it was a truly entertaining night between the belly dancing and the big birthday parties that were having so much fun to the wait staff who wash your hands for you and cater to your every culinary need. I would go back here every night if I lived in the area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and 15 year old son went in for dinner on a Sunday evening. The food was excellent. We were surprised that they had belly dancing on a sunday. Our son danced and had a great time. I laughed my head off. The service was very good as well. We were the first table of the night, but we felt well cared for."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Good restaurant with delicious food and good service. Belly dancing on Fridays!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I came here for my birthday celebration this past weekend. I had been here previously and thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it would be a fun place to go with my friends. We had a lot of fun, however the service was very slow and it seemed at time that they forgot about us all together. Over all still highly recommend this place, great atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The atmosphere at El Mansour is relaxing, the service is very attentive and the food is delicious. It is mostly a fixed price menu, but the portions and different varieties of dishes included are more than satisfying. If you go with a party of 3 or more, ask for the tasting menu and you get to try a little of several of the entrees. The included lentil soup, Moroccan salad and Bestela are fantastic . . . and the frequent offers of the delicious bread to go with them make a meal in themselves. I've had a couple of the lamb dishes with almonds and they have been so tender and flavorful. The Moroccan seafood is wonderful too. On the weekends, there's a bellydancer! Seating is comfortable at low tables and couches."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent with large portions. We ordered the (1) Chicken with Honey and Prunes and (2) Lamb with Lemon and Olives. Both dishes were full of flavor and did not disappoint. The belly dancer was a nice touch, but interesting to see little children tipping her with $1 bills by stuffing them in her skirt. My only regret was not bringing cash to tip the dancer. Most people brought their own wine to be served at dinner."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Went here on a Tuesday, not sure if it was the weekday but service was extremely slow. El Mansour is a Moroccan restaurant that is at the outskirts of the Richmond district. If you are not looking for this place, you can easily pass it up as the outside looks like a regular apartment building. The menu is simple once understood, it is a pre fixe menu, all you have to do is choose your entree. All come with soup, salad appetizer and entree and dessert. The food was tasty, interesting to see rabbit on the menu, gamy but seasoned well. As for service it was nice but slow."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "For something different and fun, great place to celebrate our friends' birthdays with a little trip to Moracco right in the middle of SF. Belly dancer was entertaining and livened up the atmosphere and festivities."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Here are the "highlights" of our dining experience: 1) No host station/host - upon entering the restaurant, we stood awkwardly for almost 5 minutes, while the servers completely ignored us. Finally, had to walk through the restaurant into the kitchen and ask if someone could help us. 2) Ambiance: Poor - the restaurant feels like the inside of a cheap circus tent. 3) Menu: Very small, but still confusing. And the server wasn't much of a help either. 4) Food: Worst part of the entire experience - completely bland and unimaginative. 5) Service: Poor - had to repeatedly ask for silverware and salt/pepper/hot sauce. Do not understand how this restaurant can survive in SF, a mecca for foodies. Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from this place!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Thank you El Mansour for providing excellent food service and entertainment for my Birthday Dinner! We enjoyed the endlessly delicious dishes before the main course, great champagne entertainment and the main course was also very good. We kept increasing the number of people in the party and they readily accommodated us making it a very nice experience. The entertainment with the belly dancer really got us all going and the group joined in! Really awesome guys, thanks again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Intimate and comfortable, this place offers the unique Moroccon experience of great food, music, and belly dancing. The wait staff and maître d are very personable and add to the experience. It is a beautiful place and very entertaining. We were able to try foods we never had before. Great place to take a fun date or enjoy a night apart from ordinary dining."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I have been to El Mansour many times over the years, and always enjoyed it. It is decorated to give the impression of being in a big Middle Eastern tent, the servers are dressed appropriately, and there is belly dancing (if you are not a fan, make an early reservation, since the belly dancing starts around 7:30). All entrees come with the same (lovely) appetizers, including a lentil soup, and a savory chicken pastry). Of the entrees I've tried, I favor the lamb with lemon and olives, and the chicken with honey and prunes. The wine list is just okay, so you may opt to bring your own, and pay the corkage fee."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Ver small portions. Didn't really enjoy the food as i thought it was too salty. Owner + chefs are both not from morocco so you are not getting authentic Moroccan cuisine. We were waiting for the belly dancer to come out and she was an hour late so we had to leave unfortunately. AND My father in law got diarrhia that same night after we ATE there. I do not recommend this place."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "While the belly dancer was great and talented, she was over an hour late...not so professional."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We LOVE El Mansour. I take my kids there twice a year - on their birthdays. All of the courses are amazing. The lentil soup, salad, the bread, and the pastille with chicken courses are all excellent. And our favorite entrees are the chicken & lamb with almonds, and the scallops & shrimp. All served with couscous and veggies. And of course sitting on cushions close to the floor and the belly dancer highlights the evening and makes it fun. They will offer forks, but don't take them. This Moroccan meal is made to eat with your fingers. :) (yes, they bring warm water and towels to wash your hands both before and after dinner)"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "With a prix fixe menu, belly dancing performance, wonderful service, and decor that makes you feel as if you've catapulted to Marrakech, this is a great spot for a celebration. The lentil soup and b'still are great. The chicken portion was huge but veered toward salty, though that might be because I ordered the one with preserved lemons, and preserved lemons have a tendency to be salty. You can tell lots of people come here for birthdays."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This is a great place. It is fun and charming, Will not cost you an arm and leg. Great entertainment. They never make you feel uncomfortable."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Love everything about this place. Great service, friendly staff, great food. They even have very good belly dancers! Fun atmosphere without an interfering noise level. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I love the feeling of entering another culture. The service was superb, and except for the seafood dish, the food was also. I especially love the bastela. The seafood was listed as a specialty. The scallops were good, but the shrimp tasted frozen and the portion was much smaller than the delicious chicken dishes we had. It was okay, certainly, especially with all the other parts to the meal, the fabulous bread, bastela, the mint tea ritual and the dessert, but I am making note of it here. They have good belly dancers and it is a very delightful restaurant, right near the entrance to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, if you plan to go there."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This is my second visit to El Mansour and it will not be my last. My wife had never been there and when we walked in the door she was quite surprised. It feels like you've left the Richmond. The food was very good with a great mix of flavors. The dancer was good and very engaging. She capped off a fun evening out."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "When we see the dramatic, blue and white tiled entrance to El Mansour, we know we've come to the right place to celebrate our mutual friend's birthday. The maitre d' immediately established the ambiance with his warm welcome. We had two basic servers, and they both added to El Mansour's lore with their smiles, and masterful service. Remember when restaurant staff took pride in their work? The menu was a little difficult to decipher, but with some help we ordered a great multi-course meal. The spicy lentil soup was my favorite. We all enjoyed the tender lamb, the pungent sauce on the fish, and the mint tea. The lovely belly dancer brought joy, and excitement. A 'Happy Birthday' stenciled in cocoa on a platter of phyllo pastries-Nice!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Having recently developed a love for Moroccan recipes at home and yet never having gone for a "traditional" meal somewhere, I was eager to check out a true tagine. Reviews directed us to El Mansour, which was an interesting experience... Though we could have done without the belly dancer and with a bit more space for our party of four (tight seating), the food was delicious. Particularly notable were the lentil soup (wow!!) and couscous dishes. I have yet to get my at-home concoctions to match these. We ordered the chicken with vegetables and the lamb with lemon, both good, and both seemingly similar to at-home efforts, which was both reassuring and maybe a little disappointing. However, we readily devoured everything!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have taken several of our friends here and each time, we all have a great experience and the quality of food is fantastic and mouth watering! Oh, and the service is wonderful!!!!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had been to El Mansour before and just loved the experience so back we went. We were not disappointed. First, they were very accommodating when we were running late and requested a later reservation. The food, on the whole, was as we remembered--just delicious. The lentil soup was excellent as was the salad. The lamb was incredible, flavorful, melt in your mouth good. To be honest, the sea bass was just okay. Didn't care for the sauce and it didn't come with any vegetables as the other dishes did. Nonetheless, the service at this restaurant was outstanding. We didn't have to ask for anything. Loved the whole vibe. Thank you El Mansour for helping us make our special celebration one we will always remember."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "El Mansour provides a taste of Morocco, hidden in the outer avenues on Clement Street. We went to El Mansour based on positive reviews by others, and our expectations were met or exceeded at every turn. The food was delicious, whether it was the lentil bean soup, or the salad, or the chicken and lamb kabab. The setting is an open room which leads to an open communal feel - and then the belly dancer came out, and eventually she enticed some of the diners to dance with her. There were several birthday groups the night we were there, and there were a couple of families with children, and everyone seemed very comfortable and happy to be there."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Our group has a great time. We had a middle eastern person with us and she also agreed that the food was pretty good. You sit on couches with a low table. We ordered the sample platter to taste a variety and everything was great. the only thing that seemed missing was the pita bread! The belly dancer was okay, but it did add the the excitement of the experience. The mint tea was awesome and a great way to close dinner."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We had a fun evening and arrived with great anticipation, everything pointed to a good time. Great atmosphere, surroundings and loud buzz. This is not for a quiet romantic tryst. The dancing was fun and involved the audience. The biggest disappointment was the main course - We both had lamb served in two ways. mine was lamb with aubergine (egg plant). couldn't finish as eggplant (2 large slices) were too oily and the shank of lamb although fall off the bone tender was tasteless. My husband's was the same. This is such a shame as the other courses were as expected from Moroccan cuisine aromatic and full of flavour."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I invited ten friends to meet me at El Mansour for dinner after a Friday night at the Dw Young Museum. Our group ranged from 13 to 68. It was a very busy packed evening but the atmosphere was festive and our wait was short. Even with a reservation, you do wait because people don't want to leave. The host was gracious and welcoming. Settling into our banquettes and figuring our the seating was the only challenge. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The lentil soup was perfect. The lamb and chicken with honey, almonds and eggplant were succulent and tasty. The cinnamon chicken pastry was warm and delicate. They provides for the vegetarian in our group easily. I will be back!!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My father has been coming to this restaurant for 20 years and took me here last week when I was in town. It's a warm inviting location with relaxing small tables around a central area. The salad was a highlight: The combination of flavors, marinades was amazing. Very nice Lentil soup. The main course (we had Lamb and Chicken) was outstanding... Then came the belly dancer. It was fun, not serous or akward to watch, and it really added a nice air to the night. Overally ,I'd highly recommend if you're "in the mood" for something a little different."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "I really loved this place, the people, the service, the ambiance, and loved the dancer. I'll definitely be back very soon!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "I love taking people from out of town to El Mansour. It's always a fun place and the food is fantastic."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I first went here when I was 14 years old, back when it was at its (next door) location. I always recommend it when my friends head to the city. It is my favorite restaurant - bar none. And as a belly dancer myself, I appreciate the authenticity of the food, the ambiance, and the welcoming atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Tried El Monsour for the first time for a friends birthday. Moroccan ambience was great, staff was friendly and attentive, making great menu suggestions. The food was delicious and presentation was great. Would return, and already craving the chicken with lemon and olives. The belly dancer was appropriate and added to the ambience."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Overall the food and atmosphere was good, but I found the service to be terrible."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, great fun. We've been there a number of times but not recently. They give you a fork now. Before everyone ate with fingers. It was a little messy but part of the fun!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I had been for my birthday and wanted to go back for my ten year anniversary, primarily to recreate the decadence of eating delicious food while watching the dancers. Unfortunately, the dancing wasn't scheduled to start until well after we were done with our meal. The food, as always, was crazy good and was still a lovely romantic evening but I was disappointed to miss the show."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "first time here.. great service.. food was delicious. .plenty well served for price.... fun dining with friends.... great show!! .. definitely will return :-)"
    Dined on 10/8/2013