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Marrakesh Costa Mesa
Marrakesh Costa Mesa

Marrakesh Costa Mesa Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marrakeshdining.com
  • Email: marrakeshoc@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (949) 645-8384
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Executive Chef: Latifa Bakiri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Marrakesh Restaurant offers catering for all occasions. Choose from a complete Moroccan-style dinner or buffet service
  • Private Party Facilities: Let us host your next event. Birthdays, Anniversary, Christmas, rehearsal, wedding party.
  • Private Party Contact: Ali Rabbani (949) 331-4100
  • Entertainment: Bell Dancing Nightly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19 Street
  • Public Transit: Bust Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking weekends & Holidays only
A word from Marrakesh Costa Mesa
Serving Southern California since 1975 Award winning Marrakesh
Tented tables, low lights, painted clouds on the ceiling and lively belly dancers will surely delight you and your guest dining experience!
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant just seemed tired. The food was not as diverse as I remember. There was only one belly dancer who just made some twists. Food seemed reduced to just a few uneventful courses or variety. Nothing noteworthy. Would not go there again. One plus was that they did not rush us."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had not been to Marrakesh in about 18 years. I Celebrated my birthday with my family and we had a wonderful time. The atmosphere is entertaining, the food was better than I remembered, and the service was good. Highly recommend it for a fun, group dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was great, the food was outstanding, good atmosphere. The service people that have been with the restaurant for years are truly wonderful. The newer people have not learned the little touches the previous people know... ( the trick of pouring the tea into the glass three feet above the table) The bathrooms could use an updating as well as some of the dining areas. At a cost of over $50.00 p/person, the service and food great, It would be difficult to visit more than 1 or 2 in a decade or to have a business meeting. It is a unique dining experience"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday night. I found a groupon. I asked the waiter if a groupon could be used this evening even though it said Monday through Thursday. The waiter agreed that he could do that. The staff was so unfriendly and rushed, and understaffed. It was hard to get them to refill our tea. Half way through the meal, the other family bought the groupon and showed the waiter. He said he would not take it and that it was only for me! Why would you let one person use it and not the other??? the manager was so rude! So then I felt bad cause it was my idea and the couple had to pay for their regular priced meal and a groupon where they would never want to come back to this restaurant! very frustrating! the food amount was very small too."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I wanted to give my 14 year old daughter a new experience and she sure got one! From the ambiance, to the belly dancer to washing her hands with rosewater while sitting at the table was a real experience. We enjoyed the 5 course meal(more than we could finish) and the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This restaurant goes the extra mile to create the atmosphere and cuisine of another culture. From start to finish it was an adventure."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "You can;t find food like this at other Moroccan restaurants. They do it the best!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We came on time for our reservation and was seated pretty much immediately. It was surprising that the tables were so low, but the chairs and couches were pretty comfortable. We had our hands washed at our table, and after that the food we got was really, really good and a pretty good deal for OC Restaurant week."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went in optimistic and loved everything about the place . A must try is the Bastilla , loved everything ."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Had a totally enjoyable dining experience; superb food, ambience, and relaxation."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Marrakesh has been around for decades, but this was our first visit to this establishment. We came in with a Groupon + 1, used Open Table for the reservation and typed into the request section that we had a Groupon. NO problem at all. We dined on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was relatively empty. We were greeted promptly, treated like family and instructed on the nuances of the menu. The Groupon included the mixed grill, starting with a tomato lentil soup (no spoons), mediterranean salad and a shared chicken Bastilla pie. This was amazing. The platter of food for the main course, shrimp, chicken and filet served over couscous was exceptional and moist and tender. Finishing with moroccan mint tea completed the perfect meal!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The Harira (called lentil soup) was really good. The tea was outstanding. The lamb couscous was awesome. I was a bit disappointed by the Chicken tajine, the sauce was a bit neutral, while it's supposed to be full of spices. The menu could be expanded to include more tajines, and there's a famous Moroccan salad missing; the one with grilled green peppers, tomatoes and garlic. The pastries were great but Baclava is not Moroccan, it's lebanese. A great wine list, with a lot of Moroccan wines. I liked the traditional "hand cleaning" ritual, that was cool."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Marrakesh was amazing! We have never been there before. Booked it for Valentine's day weekend. Service was great! We are coming back again! The belly dancer was amazing!!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Among the poorest dining experiences ever. Valentines Day dinner, not told of limited and price inflated menu. Arrived 5 minutes early and told there would be a 10 minute wait with 2 couples ahead of us. We waited 40 minutes as they sat not 2 but 6 other couples, including a couple that came in after us and had a later reservation. The couple objected as did we and were ignored. Asked for the manager and was told he would be our server and seated 10 minutes later. After a dismissive "apology" we were rushed through three poorly prepared courses of tasteless food. We were told the listed side dishes had run out and bland overcooked vegetables were substituted. Bad food, bad service, overpriced, and no regard for customers."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had so much fun! The food is great and the atmosphere is fantastic…you feel like you're in Moroco."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I don't really know why my date and I were the only ones in this restaurant...maybe Monday is simply a slow night for them. But this place is awesome...the food is great, the wine selections surprisingly good and the atmosphere is unlike any other restaurant. The place is in need of a fresh coat of paint inside and out but if you can get past that, the experience is totally worth it."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Service was excellent - manager greated us and checked in regularly to make sure we were enjoying everything. All of the staff made sure we knew exactly what each course was, how to eat it, and so on. The food was really good too. Very fresh tasting and flavorful"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Six of us went to dinner to celebrate my birthday. I even recognized the special dishes that I had always most enjoyed--both the chicken and lamb tagine (cooked in a Morrocan-style clay slow-cooking oven)--the meat is moist and juicy and falls off the bone. And when I couldn't decide which tagine to get, the waiter said he would give us both! And as always, the Bastia was absolute heaven and comes with every combination meal. One couple had never been to Marrakesh and were a little worried. She said that she didn't like lamb, but I asked her to taste it; she said it was the best she had ever eaten and asked for more! And he is now planning to host his birthday celebration there next month. Awesome service by both the waiter and maître d!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I scored major girlfriend points by taking my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. The food was great, it was quiet enough for it to be intimate but vibrant enough to be memorable. Service was great. Belly dancer was fun. May just become a birthday tradition."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Good ethnic food and a great atmosphere to enjoy a night with a small or large group. Very fun and reasonable."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Marakesh is a great visit!!! If you haven't been it offers good food, fun entertainment and the hosts are very nice! Service was good! Food was good, the the best but totally worth the experience!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "As soon as I walked in I felt as if I was in Morocco. I brought a date from the middle east and she really liked the place in terms of ambience. The food and service was very good--- the lamb was great!! I liked the music and the belly dancer was entertaining and fun."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Where to begin..... We really enjoyed our meal and where looking forward to returning to Marrakesh after 4 years. Well the food comes out in courses and seemed to take a long time, however we where really hungry. After the main courst I learned it is very hard to get eye contact when the waiters walk by, I remember this trick being a waiter myself in college. However I handed my waiter my credit card and asked for the check saying "we are in a rush, service was great! Check please!" 10 minutes later he brings is tea and baklava.....? Well again I asked for a check and why not a box for the desert! Overall this is a great place. But the service did not impress me."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Very nice especially for date or group Service was excellent Great place"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "My husband and I visited 25 years ago and wanted to try again with friends. The experience was average and pricey. Total with tip for 8, $390.00. We remember sitting on large pillows and eating food with our hands, part of the appeal we were going back for. This time we sat on tiny chairs and low cushioned couches. 6ft tall men with our party uncomfortable. Hard to fit the round table for entire party to eat without leaning over. The food average. lentil soup good, vegetable eggplant and cinnamon carrot salad had some flavor, served too cold. Entrees bland, the lamb best choice. Baklava great. Tea too sweet. Belly dancer, and the tented "Arabian Nights" decor was nice. Curious for a "cultural" experience, try it but expect a big bill!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We have had the opportunity to visit Morroco and were glad to find the Marrakesh to visit for the reminder of the great food we found in that country. We even bought our own tagines. The tent decorated decor makes you feel like you are in Morroco and the belly dancer is so great to watch. We found the wines from Morroco to be very good. Definitely a place to visit for a special occasion or when you may want food that is tasty and different. I would choose the Traditional for the best mixture of items for a party of 6 or more and plan to share the dishes."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Here on vacation. Went on Monday night. Not crowded at all. Service was perfect we enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Found the restaurant by looking in open table. Had mixed reviews but we found it good and would go again. It's not the very best Moroccon food we have ever had but it is a great vue for the price and the good was tasty and well prepared."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "The dinner and the atmosphere teleported me to morocco, and made me feel like I never want to leave."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food selection is not large, but what they make has awesome flavors. The belly dancer could be a little thinner."
    Dined on 9/22/2013