Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Marrakesh Costa Mesa

  • Online Reservations

Marrakesh Costa Mesa
Marrakesh Costa Mesa

Marrakesh Costa Mesa Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marrakeshdining.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!
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Diner Reviews
  • "Family of four adults enjoyed a very nice dinner here on a Thursday night. We arrived late for our reservation, but it was no problem as we were seated immediately. Service was excellent: prompt, very polite, and attentive. Soup was very good (a tad too salty) while salads were excellent as were the entrees of lamb and filet mignon kebab along with the vegetable couscous. The only disappointment was the chicken being a bit too dry. The bread, dessert, and mint tea were also excellent. Belly dancer was entertaining. The decor was appropriate for the theme of the restaurant. Parking was ample, free, and convenient. It was a fun night for us and other than the dry chicken, we had a great time and would recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "If you are looking for an authentic Moroccan dining experience - This is the place for you!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Took my wife there for birthday dinner, only based on yelp reviews; wanted to try something different. We had a great time. The nice thing about their ambiance is that it can work for a date and just as well for a group outing. The service is good and the food is great, perfectly cooked kabobs (shrimp, chicken, filet). You can tell the beef is filet mignon and it's not overcooked at all. Chicken Tagine was great also. We loved the starter soup and the tasty salad. There is plenty of food and it's a very relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The meal started with the waiter washing our hands from a bowl of hot water he had brought to the table. After that the meal proceeded with several courses, all of which were quite good, particularly the rabbit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "If you like the movies like Casa Blanca but, dread a long flight - be whisked to Morocco via Marrakesh. The restaurant will take you away to another land through the visual and auditory setting accompanied by some of the best prepared food ever and served at your pace through attentive yet not intrusive staff and the evening will be topped off by a belly dance - and perhaps a belly laugh if you try to dance as well whilst your friend and family enjoy a cup of sweet mint tea. Truly a delightful and memorable evening for a group of friends or family."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We cannot wait to go back to this restaurant. Every dish was delectable! Everything about Marrakesh is authentic, from the rose water hand wash at the start of our meal, the beautiful wooden inlaid tables and everything else. Try the Prix Fixe meal -- you will not regret it!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Wonderful birthday dinner, was able to introduce my boyfriend to it and he loved it as much as I did. Great cultural experience, and weekday nights are very quiet, so we had a great romantic night, had our section to ourselves for almost our whole meal. Can't wait to go back. And our server was fantastic, very accommodating."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I wanted to find something different to surprise my girlfriend. I have eaten Moroccan food before but was pretty sure she had not. The Marrakesh was a very nice surprise. We were very warmly welcomed and seated in a quiet, cozy area of the restaurant. I believe it was the owner who came by several times to check on us and make sure everything was going well. The atmosphere was inviting as were the service people. All in all a very special night. I would certainly go again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We loved the ambience, food, ervice and entertainment....a great place to take your date and enjoy mid-Eastern atmosphere and belly dancing! Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great experience. My first time having Morrocan food and it was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the wait staff very friendly and attentive, you can tell they love being there. This is a true dining experience, you are served several courses with time between to relax and enjoy each delicious course before you. The only reason I did not give it five stars was we were seated by the belly dancer's table and her friend. They were loud and didn't understand the concept of an inside voice. The belly dancer seemed to interested in her socializing to dance and the management had to come over and tell her she needed to go out and dance. She was asked a second time to dance for a a new table that had arrived and she complained to her friend about it. Outside of that portion the entire experience was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have been here twice, and we've had an amazing experience each time. The food is absolutely delicious, the service is up to par, and the ambiance is top notch! I would highly recommend this place for a couple looking to try something new, or a group of people looking to have a fun evening out. They are vegetarian friendly, but also have the most amazing chicken and filet mignon skewers. We always get the prix fix meal because it come with everything from your soup and salad, to a pre course pastry, to your main course, to dessert and their Moroccan Mint Tea! Absolutely amazing! I highly recommend if you're looking to try something new or spend a fun night out with friends. You won't be disappointed! Happy Feasting! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This was a wonderful restaurant! We had never eaten here and we had the most enjoyable experience. The food is fabulous, the service is impeccable and the ambiance is warm, friendly and exotic. There was even a belly dancer who taught me a few moves to work off some of the food I ate. If you want to try great Moroccan food, be lavished with good service -- all in an authentic atmosphere, this is the restaurant to go to."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "In the month of May alone, I have been her 3 times--3 weeks in a row. Can you tell how much I love it?"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This was by far the most fun I've had in a long time! The service was fabulous as was the food. I will be coming back with all my friends and family!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had been to Marrakesh several times in the past, but not for a couple years. We have always liked it, but the food the other night was even better than we remembered, the ambiance is always a lot of fun, and the service was excellent. We ended up sharing 5 different kinds of meat, and every dish was flavorful and unique. The bellydancer was nice. We've seen other restaurants hire a bellydancing school to come in which gives them a little more variety in dancers while keeping the cost down (and giving a neat experience to the dancers.) My only complaint are the seats. Having the low seats is part of the show, but with low seats, they really need to be more comfortable (not slope forward, firm cushions, etc.)"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been coming for years and enjoy it as much now as I did the first time. The food is delicious and healthy, what more can you ask? I'm particularly fond of the Bastilla, vegetable salad, soup, bread and lamb. I just enjoy it all. Belly dancing is fun too."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant as we knew little about food from Morocco. It all started when we placed our drink order; I thought Pinot Noir, but our knowledgeable server asked if we'd like to try wines from his country;"No" but thought we'd like to try. This was a good decision; the wine was superb! Former French colonies in North Africa produced a lot of wine for the "home" market! Getting to the meal, it is obvious that utensils are not the norm here, but the restaurant makes accommodations; we were given a fork. The vegetables soup was outstanding, the 3 brochettes were both flavorful and extremely tender; the couscous was surprisingly good and the baclava and mint tea were a perfect close to this surprisingly good meal. We shall return. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Exotically beautiful ambience, amazing food, great variety, and overall professional and attentive service. Thank you for making our dining experience perfect. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a blast and the food was great. Very accommodating to vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Belly dancers were a nice touch."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We arrived and were seated within minutes. The decor was very cool- low light, tapestries, low cushioned chairs, couches with pillows, artwork, authentic music. The servers were very friendly- I think it was supposed to be slow paced, and we were not in a hurry. The food was delicious! The soup was awesome...no spoons though, you drink it right out of the bowl! The three salads and bread were very tasty. We had the shrimp, chicken, and filet mignon over cous cous and it was to die for! The belly dancer was great! Very personable, without making you feel weird. Will definitely return! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had one of the Prix Fixe feast dinner and everything was great. Had a very good Moroccan red to accompany. Only possible complaint was that with several different servers (at least 4) they forgot our bread until we asked for it."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food was very nice. However, even though we had a groupon, I thought it was very expensive for the amount of food you received. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Best Moroccan food in Southern California. It is one of my top 5 Favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We love this restaraunt! It truly is easy to schedule reservations. It is a hidden gem in Costa Mesa."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Quail was dry. Should be juicy. Felt i was rushed by second waiter. Appetizer not good at all except eggplant was good"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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