Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro
Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro

Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kouskousrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (619) 295-5560
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Everyday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Moumen Nouri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining room seats up to 50 guests. Buyouts available for up to 90 guests. Entertainment/Belly dancers available during buyouts only. A variety of set and/or limited menus available to choose from.
  • Private Party Contact: Moumen Nouri 6192955560
  • Entertainment: Entertainment/Belly dancer availble during buyouts.
  • Special Events: Kous kous is available for: Business meetings Social events Rehearsal dinners Special occasions Wedding receptions

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A private parking lot is located at 3930 4th Ave, at street level of a 3 story office building adjacent to Kous Kous.
    2 other private parkings located 1/2 block from Kous Kous on each side of 4Th street.
    Street parking is free after 6pm.
A word from Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro
SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD (David Nelson).LIVING IN STYLE MAGAZINE TOP FIVE NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANTS (Frank Sabatini)."Ideal neighborhood restaurant" Naomi Wise(SAN DIEGO READER). At Kous Kous both the cuisine and the atmosphere are sexy and exotic, and the staff is wonderfully unpretentious. You find a spacious Bistro style room with a small lounge. Hanging Moroccan lanterns cast lacy shadows like butterfly-wing patterns onto the ceiling, and world music plays softly in the background. The food is delicious, authentic and healthful. Chef/owner Moumen Nouri cooks up a selection of foolproof meats,seafood,vegetarian Tagines, brochettes. A wonderful list of spices and herbs infused Moroccan Tapas compliment the menu.
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Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)romantic (29)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (24)good for groups (18)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • great date night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    wow, what a fabulous meal and great ambiance! really the best meal out we've had in a while. The waitstaff were very attentive and helpful with the menu. The vegetarian options were splendid and they had modifications for the vegans out there. will be taking family and friends from out of town next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and Cozy, excellent food
    nejnejVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Every food better than another, My most favorite is the Berberian Tagine. Their drinks are very good too, and my most favorite is the desert rose... Very friendly service and the ambiance is just great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    LLJAR
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    6 of us came for a birthday celebration during the week. We immediately loved the intimate and exotic ambience-unusual for San Diego. We ended up ordering Feasts I and II. Every course was absolutely delicious! We were stuffed or otherwise might have licked the plates! Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. We were extremely happy with our entire experience and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Xsubsailor
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great menu. Food exotic. Chicken tagine very special. Ordered the feast for two. Wished the dessert that came with this meal was more inticing than strawberries and orange slices with honey. I expected something fancier. Service was good. Web site more attractive than restaurant itself. Exotic music would have added to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChefLS
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great ambiance! Kous Kous had a great Moroccan vibe, with great music and Casablaca playing in the background. The cocktails we inventive and delicious. We will be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I really enjoyed my trip to Kous Kous! Having been to Morocco, I encouraged my group to try one of the feast meals. It was pretty close to what you would actually eat in Morocco. The drinks are great, and the ambiance is warm and inviting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I would have expected
    Elizajord1VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tried this place for the first time and was disappointed. The seats were very uncomfortable and like a few others said we found the food very bland. I have lots of experience with middle eastern food and this was one of the blandest I've had. We tasted no spices at all not even salt. I think perhaps they are catering to American pallets which I find disappointing. I understand there are other people that don't have experience with this type of food, but there are lots of foodies out there that would like to actually taste the spices that the dishes were described to be cooked with. The only thing I thought was good was the rice. Other than that, the Kefta kebob tasted like hamburger and the lamb shank just a shank that needed salt.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique setting, great food
    naturefun2
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We ate at Kous Kous for the third time over the weekend. It was as wonderful as ever. The atmosphere is exotic and romantic, the food delicious and service impeccable. We'll keep coming back:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Food, Grest service
    Kenny
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Kous Kous is an excellent choice to try something a little different. The owner and staff are exceptionally welcoming. Food and ingredients are meticulously explained to first timers. The array of options is really good. We go when there is no live music etc so it's very low noise level to talk. I did see some big overhead speakers and a keyboard so I wonder if sometimes there is live music. I suspect that would be loud and I wouldn't enjoy it as much if I was trying to carry a conversation. Overall, one of my favorite neighborhood spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food seemed uninspired on a weeknight visit. Berber lamb shank portioning was small for the $20+ pricetag. Along with a number of appetizers and the entree lamb - the flavors seemed muddled or tired and could have used some livening up.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great celebration
    SDSeadog
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We took a party of 8 for my husband's birthday celebration. Ordered the Moroccan Feast II. Great choice! Lots of really good food but nothing was ever too much. Damian was an awesome host and made everything so easy. Be sure to order the sofa seating for a more relaxed experience!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal with too loud music
    IBmama2reviews
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We cannot in any way fault the food, our waitress or the visual aspects of the restaurant. We had Sea Bass Tangine and the Berber Lamb Shank with an eggplant appetizer: all wonderfully spiced and completely delicious. Loved the films playing on the screen, which only added to the mood. However the noise level from music was awful. You told us after the fact that we should have moved away from the speakers, but we were early diners and could have been moved as we informed our waitress and the staff immediately that noise level excessive. If the noise wasn't so offensive, might have been funny: Waitress informs staffer, music turned down; then another staffer comes & turns it up. A huge negative to what would have been a 5 star experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Moroccan Food
    TWMReviews
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I'm no connoisseur of middle eastern food, but Kous Kous was a great introduction to Moroccan menus. The appetizers were excellent, especially their sampler. We all had Tangines (both lamb selections - Berber and Fassi) with all licking their lips and delighting in the succulence of the sauces and vegetables served with the lamb. Good bar service, waiters friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    smw519
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Such a cute little place. Romantic atmosphere, great food, and good service. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Waitress with attitude, food was bland and did not meet expectations.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • coolGrandma
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Having recently returned from a trip to Morocco where my husband and I fell in love with the country, the people and the food we were delighted to find a real Moroccan restaurant right here at home. The tagines were perfect, the Moroccan bread superb and the service was attentive. We were celebrating my husband's birthday with family including a cranky 22 month old grandson and the staff was most tolerant. This will definitely be one of out "go to" places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Came in very close to closing time. Our waiter was extremly friendly, very knowledgeable about the menu. Since we were visiting San Diego for the first time, he even recommended other bars and restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Moroccan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Kous Kous, after two visits, has not yet failed. we had Moroccan Feast 2 which included wonderful starters, a lamb shank and delicious chicken. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    sortoffoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Since it was Tapas Tuesday, we ordered everything on the Tapas menu. Everything was really good, especially the lamb chops - and I don't like lamb! Next time, I plan to order them in duplicate, or a main course. We'll be back.
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  • We were hoping for more.
    Disappointing
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The experience was a little disappointing. I'm very familiar with Moroccan food and found the food at Kous Kous lacking in flavor. Actually, to be more precise, the flavor was off. It simply was not well spiced. Also, the rice that was served with the Tagine was not authentic Moroccan. It should have been served with Cous Cous, but if not, then rice cooked the Middle Eastern way. Also, the beer selection was limited and there was nothing on it we liked. On the plus side, the server was good and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • warrentheape
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food tasted quite good and the service was great. My only reservation was the price was kind of high. We got the 2nd Moraccan Feast, which is a pre-set multi-course meal. For $40 a person, I would have expected more variety and even higher quality of food. But overall I was satisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good service and food was great. Specially tangines
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    LolaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A must if you are a visitor, as we were. Perfect from when we first walked down the steps!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place needs an upgrade
    Ken12345VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Kous Kous based on positive reviews from Open Table and I would never recommend it to anyone. The place was old and run down and the food was fair at best. The Tapas that our waiter recommended were fair and bland. Our waiter was friendly though. Our table was rocking badly so I had to crawl under and put a napkin under one of the legs to stabilize. This was the second table we sat at so I didn't want to ask to be moved again. We usually eat at home so when we do dine out I expect it to be a treat. Perhaps I'm a little spoiled from eating fresh meals made from scratch at home.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 730 reviews are from the Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro reviews archive.
  • Awesome Service
    Sultan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The only reason why I gave Kous Kous 3 stars on food is because of the lack of vegetarian options. That being said, I can't expect a Moroccan restaurant to suddenly invent vegetarian Moroccan food (but if there are more options, I would be very appreciative :) ). Nonetheless, I thought the restaurant was wonderful. The ambience, the service, and the culture the restaurant exudes is high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oustanding!
    Jojo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I went here for the first time on our anniversary. Everything from the moment we were greeted until we left was out of this world. We had the B'stila roll, Zaalouk and Moroccan Sliders from the tapas menu which were all incredible and we shared the Fassi Lamb Shank Tagine...again, incredible! The portion sizes were perfect for sharing and we even got some of their house made "hot sauce" to go! Can't wait to go back and try more of this amazing cuisine!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Nice food at the restaurants. Was impressed by all the appetizers. Main course is fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My wife selected this restaurant for her birthday dinner and we invited another couple. The service was excellent from the time we entered until the time we left. I connot remember our waiter's name, but I think he also the bar manager. Anyway, he is so knowledgeable about the dishes that we ordered and enjoyed the dishes we expected based on his descriptions of the dishes. Our only surprise was there were not more people there at the time we dined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Moorish Conquest
    CBNorthpark
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A friend and I who had recently returned from Morocco had the luck to dine at KousKous. The décor is cosy and intimate without being too overwrought, although the booth tables do not have much room for long legs underneath. The owner made it a point to welcome us and talk about our experiences in Morocco and our server was extremely attentive even during a busy night, allowing us to taste some wine before we made a choice. But the best thing about KousKous has to be the food. The layers of flavor, so typical of Moroccan food were evident in many of the dishes but truly sang in the tagines. The Moroccan Feast options have to be the best way to try this genre of food. I would recommend KousKous for a great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Sonya
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Love KousKous!!! Wonderful Moroccan cuisine!!! Great service!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A great kous kous
    EllieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    It was excellent and the tagines are wonderful. The service was excellent and they will make you think you are in Morrocco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Superb!
    Love
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our first time @ Kous-Kous, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Highly recommend it!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan in name only
    Kovaigirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Quite disappointed with the blandness of the food. The lamb tagine was a mostly fat cut of meat. The kofta kebab instead of being moist and flavorful was a hard dry meatball. Will not be going back ever. The Moroccan restaurant in La Jolla is 100 times better.
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  • Tasty food, beautiful atmosphere
    coiptic
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Come for the Meatless Monday special (25% off vegetarian dishes, entire table has to order vegetarian) and enjoy the smoky eggplant dip, housemade hummus, and tender root vegetable tagines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great last minute find
    KPBAndres
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    While in SD my girlfriend and I were looking for a nice and romantic place to celebrate our 6 years together. This place was exactly that and without the overly romantic things like small plates, violins, and other cheesy things like that. Also, the food was great, and as a first time to Moroccan food this was a great debut. Also our server was the best. He was an older gentleman with glasses and was bald, and if you don't know who he is if you ask him he will tell you he speaks 5-7 languages.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soooo Good
    lovefood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends. Super delicious, friendly staff and great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Decent Food..decent ambience
    rs17
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food here is delicious. It does take about 30 mins for the main entrees to come, as they are slow cooked and prepared in earthen cookware. The kababs are delicious..very flavorful and tender. The ambiance is decent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always - my fave in SD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is by far my favorite spot in San Diego..and I eat! I've been coming here for the last 8 years since it opened and everytime is just as good (if not better!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Accommodating!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Made a last last minute Saturday night reservation for a large group. Very accommodating, excellent ambiance, excellent food, excellent service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was great
    daemonlink
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Well my gf and I went here on our anniversary and we loved it! The food was amazing as well as the environment. May be a bit on the pricier side but definitely worth it. Not too much appetizer selection but a great price for how much it costs. I am definitely going to visit this restaurant again another time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.