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Le Tajine
Le Tajine

Le Tajine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.letajinerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (650) 622-9830
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Hicham Assabanne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Carlos
  • Public Transit: Caltrain
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot and street parking available.
A word from Le Tajine
Whether you're visiting our dining room, carrying out or throwing a party, Le Tajine provides its guests with excellent, healthy, halal food in a cozy environment.

Le Tajine prides itself on a traditional Moroccan cooking menu that includes various tajines and couscous with magnificent aromas for guests to enjoy.

Le Tajine is a restaurant focusing on bringing halal Mediterranean comfort foods, specifically from Morocco to our guests.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our first time at this relatively new restaurant in San Carlos. What a nice experience. Great food and great service without being cloying. We'll be back....."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Intimate setting with comfortable seating and attentive staff. Dinner started with a Moroccan sampler platter as suggested by our waiter. It was very tasty and served with home made bread(only suggestion here would be to serve more than 4 pieces to a 4 person table!) Our main meals were all delicious and portions were plentiful. The owner's visit during dinner was a nice touch. We recommend this restaurant and will be back for another visit!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "They serve some of the best Moroccan food I have ever tasted. The owner is very personable and makes you feel very special when you dine at his restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Have been here twice. It is now on our go to list."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A party of five went to Le Tajine for the first time. The restaurant is small and has a classy, modern feel to it. Service was attentive. The wine list is very small. The appetizers were great - we tried several and shared. The salads likewise were tasty. The entrees were good - not great. The kebabs were a bit over done - which isn't a good thing. Everything else was very good though. I think we'd go back. Moroccan food is delicious and it is nice to have this restaurant in the hood."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is oily, poorly prepared food. If this is what Moroccans enjoy, they can have it. I have eaten well prepared Moroccan food..this is not it. In addition, it is grossly overprices and located in a wretched little space."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Started with housemade bread, appetizers: Briwats ( phyllo dough with minced beef, with a very spicy dipping sauce) and mashed garlic cauliflower. My husband had lamb shanks, peas and artichokes and loved it (and he is very fussy). I had the meat balls in tomato sauce with egg, which was very tasty. For dessert, we shared the chocolate fudge cake, that we had no problem finishing. We each had an outstanding glass of Rose wine from Morocco. It was very very good. Our server was excellent. What we loved is that most people are not used to Moroccan wines and the server offered us a taste before ordering. What a great way to introduce people to something new. The menu had a variety of enticing items. We definitely will return. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Second time there. Enjoyed it even more this time. The Moroccan wine (Syrah) is great. The Salad combo was a great way to enjoy 4 of the very authentic salads. Couscous was great and with only vegetables too.. Next time we'll add some meat. :) "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I have had Moroccan in many places which had more traditional ambiance. This is more modern setting but the tables are too close for comfort. Better seating would give it an additional star."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The menu offers wonderful choices, including a number of vegetarian items, which made me happy. Our meals were substantial, flavorful and delicious, prepared with the sweet and savory spices typical of Moroccan style. Prices are reasonable. The service is friendly and efficient. What may disappoint is the bare concrete floor, and a very limited wine list of strictly Moroccan varietals. Though 'all Moroccan' is a nice touch -- the white and two reds we tried were all very good -- we'd like more to choose from. All in all, Le Tajine is a worthy addition to the San Carlos food scene. With a little tweaking, in my opinion, it would be great. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was delicious the wine was authentic from Morocco. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The owner is so gracious, warm and conscientious and his servers are attentive and friendly. I love their food and it has so much flavor with unique spices. It's a must try, you won't regret it! The have a big window that opens right onto Laurel Street, making it feel like you are dining outdoor without the foot traffic."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "really friendly, helpful staff, and the food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "There were lots of tables for 2 when we arrived & we asked to be moved to a table further from the door, but because of the waiter's stations, we had to stay there. We asked twice that the door be closed due to the cold air from outside and the table next to us agreed. But what was really bad, they served the appetizer at the same time as the soup. Then when we were only about a 1/3 in to the soup: "Your main dish is ready. We can put the soup aside for you to finish later or we pack it up for you to go." Oh no no no no. No! Again, the restaurant still had many tables available even when we left. Plus my friend saw the manager motioning to the staff to get us going. If we see service rating improve, we will go back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were excited to try Le Tajine, but the food was a little disappointing. Our appetizer was extra oily and my husband's Le Colonial kebab plate only really had one good kebab while the rest weren't particularly good. I had the meatball and egg tajine which was better - the sauce was very flavorful, but the bread that came with it wasn't anything exciting. Overall, an underwhelming experience and we likely wouldn't go back even though the service was good and the owner was clearly trying to be attentive. I suppose it was a bad sign that they had a sign in their window saying they were looking for a chef!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was great. Place is very small. Problem was we had a reservation for 7PM and did not get sat until 7:30. So they clearly have some time management issues. regardless of this snafu, the food was very good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Appetizers were delicious and the tagines so tasty. The only so-so dish was the cous cous with vegetables. I was expecting a mild dish but it was too mild for me. I mixed in some of the spicy red sauce that came with the chicken kebab, which helped a lot. The marinated boneless beef tagine was especially good. Added kudos: I made a mistake when I made the reservation. By the time I realized I needed to add 2 people the owner told me it was too late. After several minutes of hand wringing, he went away and came back and assured me we'd be taken care of. I'm not sure what they moved or how, but with very short notice they graciously accommodated all 9 of us. Service throughout the meal thereafter was also impeccable."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Le Tangine is fairly new to Laurel Street and I am so happy it has arrived in my neighborhood, Lovely small restaurant , great service and wonderful authentic Morrocan dishes.."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I had lunch here on Friday with a group of 4. We all found the food to be authentic, well prepared, flavorful and aromatic. The portion sizes were ample (although served on plates that are a bit under-sized for the quantity of food offered). The staff were friendly, attentive and helpful. We all felt very relaxed and nourished with delicious food. The space is small, but not crowded, and the tables are well organized. The noise level was acceptable for a Friday lunch crowd, with some chaabi-type music playing softly to set the mood. I will come back to this restaurant for lunch (Fri-Sun) or dinner (closed Monday). You should check it out."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Since it was Sunday night, it was quiet. We had a nice table by the window and watched people and dogs go by. Food was delicious! Our friend is from the Netherlands and quite familiar with Moroccan food, and really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "not a Middle-Eastern knock-off, but genuine Moroccan food. Excellent experience on this first visit for our party of 5 and look forward to returning. Strongly recommended. Prompt service, but waiter was a bit overtaxed on this Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Overall we enjoyed our visit to Le Tajine. The waitstaff was friendly and accommodating. We got there at 6 and the restaurant had no other patrons until around 7. I highly recommend the Chicken Bastilla. It has a great crunch and a nice combination of sweet and salty. The M'rouzia and Prunes both had great flavor and I would highly recommend them. The one downside was that the portions are huge and if you decide to share meals family style, you get charged a $5 split fee. Since we didn't ask them to split the plates it seemed like a wasted expensive. Maybe next time I would order takeout to avoid the superfluous fee."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I and three other people went to the charming Moroccan restaurant to Celebrate a birthday and enjoyed so many wonderful dishes of so many flavors of food. I had the plum lamb shank and it was to die for! The sweet plums mixed with almonds and tender lamb was amazing(salty and sweet...yum). One of my friends had the chicken Kebabs and that was also Delicious! Her plate came with a yummy fresh salad. The homemade bread was also so good. We also had the sampler dish and I highly Recommend for people to order that first ... You get a taste of some Really authentic Moroccan food. Loved this Restaurant and customer service was five stars!!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I love Moroccan food and I really liked Le Tajine. The food & wine were excellent, the service very good especially for a Sat night and could actually have a nice conversation while enjoying a yummy meal. This is a gem; I will be back!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ate here for the first time and was tremendously and pleasantly surprised. The food scene in San Carlos continues to get better and better. Le Tajine is a wonderful experience. Very large selection on the menu of appetizers and entrees. Very unique bread. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable about the menu. Will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious and authentic in a modern restaurant. Jack, our server, was perfect. In fact, the entire staff was attentive and helpful. I never had to ask for a water refill, i never wanted for anything. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Louis was our server & he was great. Staff was very attentive. Filled our water glasses frequently. Food was good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant has superb food! Everything from appetizer to dessert was AMAZING!!! Service is OUTSTANDING! We are already planning on coming back next week with a couple of friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Le Tajine is great - attractive, intimate ambiance and the food is both unusual (Moroccan) and quite good. The waitstaff was very welcoming and attentive."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The Food was great and the service could not be better. The only downside was the owner was yelling at the staff in earshot of our table. We had the table next to the wine station/prep station which was fun to watch, but the owner lost his cool."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Fabulous food and Sam is an exceptional host. Everything we tried was fantastic and very authentic. I can't wait to go try something else. It's nice to o have some variety. Not many Moroccan restaurants outside of the city and this is one to the best we have tried. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The tagine dishes were well prepared and savory, loved the spices. I had the chicken with olives and prepared lemons (one of my favs) and my wife had the less sweet lamb version that was also very good. The service was attentive; they must have filled up my water glass 15 times. Dinner for two, a shared beet salad and the wine with the $20 corkage fee (seemed a bit high) and no dessert was about $85 (which includes the tip). The place is small and the tables very close together so you can see exactly what others ordered."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our party of 5 ordered one entree and 5 different dishes. The food we ate was not as good as what we've had at other Moroccan restaurants. Our appetizer was a chicken bastille pastry. At other Moroccan restaurants, this dish is moist and full of rich and sweet flavors. At Le Tajine, it was very dry and very mild in taste. Among our dishes, on person ordered a chicken kabob that was very dry. I ordered a lamb prune dish that was good but the sauce was quite thick… and the dish would have been better if paired with a starch such as rice. Another member order salmon in a sour and rich sauce. This was a poor pairing. The sauce would have worked better with a mild white fish. Even then, it was just too rich and sour."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We loved the food and the service. there was a gentleman that asked us in between each course how we liked it and if we needed anything in addition to the wait person. Charming place, excellent Moroccan flavors. Recommend it highly!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Nice addition to the San Carlos dining scene. The atmosphere was simple and elegant, the service was prompt and friendly, and the Moroccan dishes were very tasty. Wines are from Morocco as well, and the 2 red ones we tried, a syrah and a cabernet sauvignon, paired nicely with the lamb tagine. I think it would be a nice place for lunch, too, but for now it only serves lunch on Fridays and weekends."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Amazing flavours and great quality of ingredients. Owner was super nice and took excellent care of us. Service was quick and attentive. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This is the second time we have been at this new Moroccan restaurant and our first experience was very good. This time two of the three of us had a lamb shank tajine dish (Prunes, and Berbere) and the meat quality was disappointing. My wife said "it tasted like mutton". The service is excellent and last Friday night there were few customers so the noise level was low and we could talk easily. The latte I had was very good. I still think this is a good addition to the many San Carlos restaurants and it is worth giving it another try."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We dine frequently in San Carlos and were glad to see Le Tajine open to add to the variety of restaurants. The food was very good - flavorful and served hot. The Chicken Bastilla was delicious, though there was a bit too much filling to pastry ratio. The Merguez Tajine was good, though we probably wouldn't order it again. Vegetable Couscous was outstanding and would definitely order it again. The portions are quite large, so on the next visit we will probably order a couple of appetizers and one main dish and share them. The staff were friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to returning and sampling many of the other dishes."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My patience was steeply challenged at Le Tajine. After being seated, it took another 20 minutes for a waitress to come over to to take the order. Finally placed the order, another 30 minutes elapsed before the appetizer came...which was a rather moist chicken bastilla. 15 minutes later the waitress announces she "forgot" to place the rest of our dinner order and it would "be awhile" before we were served . Another 32 minutes elapsed until our entres arrived...a very fatty lamb shank bathed in an over sweet prune sauce. The owner comped us desserts for our "trouble" but the waitress "forgot" again to bring the ordered coffee. It took an another 15 minutes to process the check. Waitress recieved zero tip. We will never return."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Saw that this new San Carlos restaurant had 4.5 stars on Yelp. Went on a Tuesday night. Noise level, once all the tables filled up, made conversation difficult. Waited just a bit too long for the appetizer, the chicken bastilla. It was good, though, probably the best dish of the night. The main course required a too-long wait too - 1.5 hours for the whole experience, sitting down to check, is a bit too long on a weeknight. The variety of tajines we ordered were tasty, though none of us were bowled over. Service was friendly enough, despite the slow kitchen. Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 - perhaps my expectations were set too high by Yelp and the excitement of having a new restaurant in town. Maybe things will improve with time."
    Dined on 1/28/2014