Fassia
Fassia

Fassia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fassiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6503452233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:Six Nights: 5:30PM - 9:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Roger Rafael
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We are available for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Drissia 6503452233

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Flores St and Hacienda St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot on Hacienda Street just behind the restaurant.
A word from Fassia
Fassia is a restaurant that feature authentic Moroccan cuisine from Fez (one of the best in the world,also the country's culinary and gastronomic centre) owner Drissia Rafael a native of Fez and a husband jean -Roger Rafael (executive chef) a native of Marseille worked under the supervision of Drissia mother who had a well know restaurants in Fez and he also worked with great chefs from france.
they had 3 successful establishments in New York city over the years. Chef Rafael uses locally grown products creating great classic dishes like couscous,tagines and bistilla(one of Fez most prestigious dishe)Fassia is the perfect introduction to mouth watering culinary heritage and vivid description of an ancient and beautiful city.it offers a taste of delights and sophisticate cuisine. all bread,pastry&desserts are made daily on premise. we welcome you to join us to experience the Moroccan hospitality and the most refined,colourful and aromatic cuisine in morocco. .
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Fassia reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (3)special occasion (3)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delicious food great service
    caldiner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our party of five loved this restaurant! The food was exotic--delicious. We sampled everyones dishes. The bisteeya, with duck, was the best I've had in a restaurant…We had lamb tagine with prunes and it truly is what I have been trying to achieve at home…and haven't come close. We also had lamb tagine with artichokes, a chicken tagine with preserved lemons and olives. We loved them all (but the lamb with prunes was the best…the lamb sweet and tender and moist). Oh, and the homemade, anise flavored bread rolls were heavenly. I can't wait to go back again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful service, great food - will definitely return and recommend to others. So happy to have discovered this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the Fassia reviews archive.
  • etlrVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A Tuesday night, 7:30, and we four were the only customers. This is a lovely Moroccan restaurant, beautifully designed, colourful, comfortable, inviting, and very reasonably priced. The husband and wife owners - he being the chef and she the hostess/server - work very hard, the food is delicious, and the place should be full of customers. Definitely a neighbourhood gem which would be a pity to lose. I hope the word spreads quickly and brings much business to a hard-working couple who know how to cook.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be a hidden gem for too long
    Rossboss
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Fantastic Moroccan food...in San Mateo? Quality ingredients, nicely appointed restaurant, very good service. Wine list isn't extensive but they have a few moroccan wines that I'd like to try at one point! Tender lamb and chicken tagine loaded with flavor. Home made bread with anise seed is delicious. Empty on a Thursday night but as the word gets out about this place, that could change.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Wonderful food
    NorCalGalVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is a great change of pace restaurant in San Mateo. The flavors and aromas are wonderful. It's fairly small and only has one server plus the owner so some times it is a little slow getting seated but once seated, the service is good and they are very attentive. It's a keeper for us.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • biffdog1VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our first visit since the site had been transformed from French-Moroccan into strictly Moroccan. The food was excellent as always. Short menu, but all excellent choices. Service was warm and attentive. Decor is simple, but beautiful and makes it easy to forget you are on 25th Avenue in San Mateo.
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    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • as usual, excelllent food
    LisaMaurel
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Excellent service. We love their food. We already taste evrything... It is like home.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Week night out.
    Pearl
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This inviting Moroccan restaurant delivered more than we anticipated. Although it was midweek and we were the only diners there from 6-8 p.m. we had such an enjoyable dinner. The owner is so warm and friendly,and we felt so welcome. The food is delicious,and generous portions. We enjoyed the lamb tagines,(two different preparations)very much. The food is beautiful,and expertly prepared in all details. The Moroccan red wine we tried was a good match for the flavors of our food. We look forward to trying many more options on the menu,and bringing our friends with us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband and I dined on a rainy Saturday recently. The food was delicious, especially the home made bread, and the service excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try Fassia today!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I love this place. Every time I've visited this restaurant the food and service have been excellent. On this last visit we started with the traditional soup- delish and then I had the Salmon Tangine which was out of this world. The yummy bread with anise seed was served warm and the server recommended the perfect wine. The trio of ice cream dessert included my favorite flavor, cinnamon. My only question is why haven't more people found this place. The parking is much better than the downtown 3rd & 4th st areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan newbie
    peanutbutterg
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I had never had Moroccan food before, but I'm a wannabe foodie so I was open to it. The food here was amazing. I had a lamb and prune tangine. The lamb was incredibly tender and tasty and the juxtoposing sweet flavors from the prunes and pears were exquisite. The served fresh out of the oven breads that went along perfectly. The portion of the main dish was also perfect. It was a little too much for me, but for my friends it was just the right amount. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French Morrocan Combo
    SeahawkSuperbowl
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Lovely small restaurant with great selection of French influenced Moroccan food. The food was delicious, the waitress was gracious, the pacing was perfect. It was very quiet on a Thursday evening. The decor and temperature were both fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    I went to this restaurant on a Sunday evening and it was completely empty. I was tempted to leave but having already planned to meet some folks here decided to go in. I was pleasantly surprised that both the food and service was so good. Maybe its location in San Mateo doesn't drive business. We had the duck b'stilla and the chicken couscous. Of the two I preferred the duck but the chicken couscous was light and flavorful as well. Our server made appropriate wine recommendations. Overall a enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserves to be better known
    mrlukensVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Fassia is a lovely little place that serves food far beyond what its modest appearance might suggest. Morroccan tagines with chicken, lamb and prunes, or lamb and artichokes feature meltingly tender meats seasoned with sweet spices such as cinnamon or sour + salty condiments such as preserved lemon. The bastiya (bastilla or besteya) of duck confit, almonds and spices filling a flaky filo crust is another example of the combinations of sweet and savory flavors that Fassia features. Their house-made bread rolls, delicately scented with anise and served fresh and warm, make we wish I could eat there every day. I've visited Fassia twice, and both times the service has been great - attentive and unhurried. Fassia deserves to be better known.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten Fassia?
    kld123VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    we enjoyed our Morrocan dinner very much on a quiet Tuesday night. We were the only patrons at 6:45 pm so I felt badly for our server and cook. Appetizers were well done and tasty while the two main dishes we selected were good to very good. Interesting spices and flavors. Would return tho not right away.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Best Moraccan Food
    loveditVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were in town for a weekend near San Francisco Airport. We have a lot of experience and a taste of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Food. This was by far the best Moroccan Food we ever had. Proper level and mix of spices, cooked to perfection, and very well presented. The service was also excellent and answered our curiosity questions very well. We will be back :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as Moroccan food is favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    as Moroccan food is favorite of mine Fassia is by far the most authentic Moroccan restaurant in California.delicious food very caring and attentive service.great wines from morocco,amazing desserts,very affordable prices for the quality of this restaurant.you should try it you want be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for not so great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Owner was very nice and attentive. We were the only party in the whole restaurant. Lamb (leg) was not very chewable Soup was ok (a bit blend for my taste) Ice cream was great Small portion
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  • wonderful experience, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    wonderful experience, great authentic Moroccan cuisine &wine, very sharp&gracious service.(amazing desserts) I highly recommend it. we will be back as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good
    LisaMaurel
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    I love this restaurant. The owner is so kind. The food is so good. I will come back very soon
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • my husband is from fez so
    fille
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    my husband is from fez so we tryed fassia. the food was very tasty and the mild spices were well balanced.everything was beautifully presented.the B'stilla was outstanding, we had it in other restaurants it was always dry and made with chicken,this one was fluffy moist & made with duck.i had the fish tagine exquisite.we started with trio of Moroccan salad &seafood briouat, superb.everything comes with home made hot rolls.we also had very good red wine from morocco recommended by the owner .they have fabulous desserts and fresh mint tea.the service is very good and pleasant.there prices are extremely reasonable for a restaurant that as such high quality cuisine,service &decor. we were very impressed. we will go back as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • morocco
    SharVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Delicious lamb kabobs but a bit over priced since all that was included was french fries. Service was slow but that is because everything is made to order - nothing warmed up. Good appetizers and soup also.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Quiet place, mellow pace
    Arctic68
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Interesting ingredients, thoughtfully prepared. Good spot for a quiet date night. Place had mostly couples and medium-sized families.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tagine Treats Tantalize
    foodfan
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We started going to Fassia when it was a French Moroccan restaurant called Cafe Tradition. While we enjoyed the French menu items, we were always drawn to the Moroccan tagines. Now that Fassia is Moroccan only, the tagines are prominent and delicious. There were five in our group and we all chose a lamb dish (lamb with prunes, lamb with couscous). But we also each were interested in the B’Stilla Fassia, a wonderful phyllo dough pie stuffed with duck, scrambled eggs and moroccan spices. We ordered this dish as an appetizer to share so that we could still have our lamb dishes, which did not disappoint. Dinner at this restaurant is comfortable and relaxing with pleasant service.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average- nothing like Morocco!
    Jules2VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Service was slow, food was average, bill was high, portions were small, flavorscwere blah. I had these memories of the good from Morocco and this tasted nothing like it! I was underwhelmed.
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  • Disappointing
    AmyPVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We had high expectations and were quite disappointed. We have a lot of experience with Moroccan cuisine and were expecting "the real deal", Portions were surprisingly small, flavors were disappointingly tepid, servers were quite pleasant but insufficient for the task at hand -- we waited a very long time for our food. We'll have to keep looking for a place that serves Moroccan food that we can love.
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  • Great food. The homemade rolls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Great food. The homemade rolls are wonderful. Very caring service. Will go as often as possible.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time at Fassia,
    CKP59VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Our first time at Fassia, we had a variety of dishes and passed them around. Everything was excellent. We tried the Moroccan wines were fine but non-Moroccan choices on the carte were excellent. Everything reasonably priced. We'll be back!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food with very interestin
    Hamzi85
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Delicious food with very interesting spices. Good wine selection and incredible desserts. For a Friday night it was not 100% booked (maybe because it is somewhat pricier). The ambience is nice but not really special, could be a little bit cozier for my taste.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Moroccan Fare
    Cliff
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Seems like really authentic Moroccan food (but what do I know?), and not dumbed down for American taste, as I am afraid some San Francisco Moroccan-style restaurants may be. Our server, the owner/chef's wife is from Morocco and guided us through the menu and wine list - actually several very good wines from Morocco included. Help keep this place going strong as there are probably not a lot of Moroccans in San Mateo, but plenty of on-street parking and delicious food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new place!
    GwenVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    What a great new place! The Moroccan food is nicely spiced & delicious,
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Moroccan Food
    datspeedVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Fassia is a makeover of a previous Mediterranean restaurant run by the same owners. The menu seemed very authentic. We tried the Briouat B'hout and the Trio of Moroccan Salad. The Briouat was excellent but the salad - really purees - were very tasty but the portions were very small. The bread they serve is wonderful - they should sell it. For entrees we had the Tagine B'hout (salmon that night), Tagine B Lkouk and the Kebabs. The Tagines were very flavorful. The kababs were OK. We will return to try the B'stilla. Service was attentive but a little slow - and the restaurant wasn't even full. Overall, we enjoyed Fassia and will return
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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  • Thank you Fassia!
    Kelvin
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Enjoyable experience and will recommend to family, friends and colleagues!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • fabulous Moroccan food especially
    fille
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    fabulous Moroccan food especially if you want to try the real thing (cuisine from fez) the owner make you feel at home with her warm hospitality and very good service, . the food come out very well presented and very tasty because the chef owner is always in the kitchen. I love the décor and the music. they have good selection of moroccan wines. very inexpensive prices for the quality of this charming place we will definitely go back to try more of the menu dishes.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good. Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Food was very good. Authentic Moroccan food. The waitress was a bit disorganized but very friendly. Service was slow which is fine usually but we needed to be somewhere. There were only 4 parties to be served , 2 with 2 people, 1 with 4 & 1 with 5 who had just come in. Had to leave without our coffee.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food from Morocco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We had the dips and the fried cheese and both were excellent. The Tajine and the lamb with couscous was great. Fork Tender lamb. Freshly baked warm bread. Great feel at home service. Please go and have a great meal here.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great undiscovered Moroccan
    LisadnashVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    We visited Fassia prior to attending a lecture at the San Mateo Event Center...very convenient to the venue. Quiet, lovely restaurant with delicious Moroccan food. Hostess/server was charming and solicitous, but there should have been another of her, so service a bit slow. Food delicious and intriguing. Many varieties of tagines, Moroccan salads and Moroccan "Pinot Grigio"...quite good. I'd definitely go back if I was in the neighborhood, and would travel there if I wanted a good meal with friends in a quiet, relaxing setting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we had wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    we had wonderful experience at this beautiful restaurant, the food is authentic from fez which I have been many times the Moroccan people call it the culinary city of morocco. great service, outstanding food , they also have great wines from morocco which is hard to found in the us. very affordable prices .I definitely recommend it. enjoy it
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too pricey for the portions/service
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    The food is good, but portions are too small for the price. $17.75 for chicken tangine, and it's just chicken and french fries.....no vegetables, nothing else. price should be lower for all entrees if they're going to keep portions small. Also, service is really slow.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful home-cooked Moroccan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Wonderful home-cooked Moroccan food. Just a little gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.