Menara Moroccan Restaurant
Menara Moroccan Restaurant

Menara Moroccan Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.menara41.com/
  • Phone: 4084531983
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Moroccan food from 25 to 500 guests at any location.
  • Private Party Facilities: perfect place for Corporate events,holiday Party,wedding,birthdays & private party from 25-300 guests. Belly Dancing,Full bar,extensive wine menu & custom dinner menu available.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob 4084531983
  • Entertainment: Belly dancing nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North 1st Street
  • Public Transit: Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking in Menara's own private lot next to the restaurant, or street parking is also available.
A word from Menara Moroccan Restaurant
Menara Moroccan Restaurant has been serving the Bay area for 30 years. An award winning menu and belly dancing makes this a premier dining place in San Jose. Near the junction of 101 and 880 Freeway at the 1st Street exit and Gish Road Station, Menara Moroccan Restaurant is conveniently located near major hotels, the convention center and airport. Romance, fantasy, fun. Have your own little Casablanca today.
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Menara Moroccan Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (12)special occasion (11)romantic (8)fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was salty and didn't taste good. Only thing I liked was belly dance
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  • Love this place!
    MissMiaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    What a wonderful, warm vibe! This place is a total gem; when I first saw it, I was a little concerned however as soon as you walk in, you're completely transported into a tastefully decorated Moroccan paradise. We were ooh-ing and ahh-ing the entire time. There was a live belly dancer and the show was just an amazing add-on to a fantastic experience. You have the option of sitting on pillows as is tradition or sit on low seats. The servers are so nice and we loved the hand washing before and after dinner. Just a remarkable experience. Truly a neighborhood gem and a total treat!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Place, Good Food
    wallysliderVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The dancers were superb; the food was very good. Service was delightful. Do give yourself a couple of hours to enjoy this wonderful experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience to Remember
    Uginab
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Like always they came through. Waiters and Waitresses were very attentive. The food was great like always. Hadn't been there in a long time but it was just as good as before. Enjoyed the entertainment. Our guessed were impressed had never experienced anything like it. Were glad we chose this place to entertain them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time in a Long Time
    MikNCor
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went here for my 13th Birthday and Retuned 29 years later for my 19th Anniversary. I enjoyed it as much then as I did now and don't know why it was so long since I had returned. I won't be making that mistake again! Loved the food and the romantic feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and a show
    Sponge
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Staff were remarkably patient and understanding. You eat their way, with your hands and bread, from communal serving platters. The tables are low, big cushions on the ground are the way to go. We went on a weeknight, the place was pretty much empty, so very quiet. Then the show started promptly at 8pm. The dancing was entertaining, the guys in the group were enthralled. Did not expect the dancer to encourage diners to join her, but it was good and quite memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food as always
    DLeeP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have been here many times and loved the food/ambience. I have not ever seen it like it was this night with kids running around, jumping rope, climbing on the furniture (tables, pillows and sofas) so I changed my review from special occasion to kid-friendly and lowered the ambience/noise level ratings I almost thought I was at Chuck E Cheese.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Birthdays!
    burnseysides
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place is great for birthdays and special occasions, but the food is fair and a bit overpriced. There is only one belly dancer; we thought there would be more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique experience in San Jose
    luv4food
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We will definitely be back to Menara Moroccan. It was such a unique experience. The food was very good, solid, and the ambiance is outstanding. We are always on the look out for great restaurants in San Jose, which can be challenging after living in San Francisco for 10 years; that sets the bar pretty high. I believe that this place can hang with some of our favorite spots in San Francisco. It's a super fun night out with friends or a date night. I highly recommend the experience to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Middle Eastern food and fun!
    sferic
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A good variety of very tasty Middle Eastern food (fish, lamb, chicken, rabbit) and fun ambience with very talented & friendly belly dancers. Perfect place to take a group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 295 reviews are from the Menara Moroccan Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great expirience!
    ADiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Highly recommend this restaurant for dinner and any special occasion. It is cozy, unique, has nice interior, interesting belly dancing performance (you can dance too)! The staff was very friendly and it was plenty of great food! Definitely recommend it for everybody! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun change of pace
    SteakofChoice
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    For the weary travelers. ..This is a fun change of pace and a dance show starts at 8pm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fun night!
    BabyRhinoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious. The chicken and lamb were tender and the veggies over the couscous were spiced perfectly. I didn't care for the baklava because it was dryer than what I'm used to. Our servers were the perfect balance of professional and personable. The belly dancers were so much fun! One woman swirled these gorgeous wing things and another did all her moves while balancing a sword on her head. Both went out of their way to interact with the audience and hype up diners' special occasions. A word of advice...remember to stop by the ATM and get cash for the dancers. I recommend dining at 7 PM so you can enjoy dinner and conversation prior to the belly dancing at 8 PM.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food and a lot of fun
    BrazilianGirl
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I'll be back to try a different foods. Friendly place and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    DancingGirls
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The hosts and servers were very friendly and considerate of separate checks for the group. The dancers were able to get the diners involved. The lamb kabobs were inedible (very fatty) and the chicken was left on the plates. I would stick with the vegetarian selections. Our group had a great evening and posted pictures while we were there. The other parties appeared to be having lots of fun, too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    Goodeats
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    A group of us women decided to try this hidden place and so glad we did. The food was delicious and the scenery was great inside. The drinks were fabulous. The waiters were very friendly. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan Food Experience
    Enjoyeditverymuch
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Along with the delicious food, the romantic atmosphere, and very good service, the belly dancers are the best...energetic, sensual, entertaining. It was a whole experience that lasted through the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fun and Always Consistent
    Janie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I have been coming to Menara's for over 20 years and it is always fun and always consistent. The food is authentic, tthe atmosphere fun, and it's great for a date night, girl's night, or just family fun
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food- could uses good cleaning
    Sally
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Menara restaurant has some really neat elements that make it an overall fun experience. The food is good, and the Moroccan style of sittng on pillows on the carpeted floor makes for something fun, relaxing, and different from the usual restaurant setting. And eating with your fingers is so fun! The only big negative is a pretty big negative at that. The place is dirty! As in it smells dusty and if you simply look up at the upholstered ceiling (cloth draped ceiling) is is so easy to see built up dust, even though it is kept very dark inside. You can even smell the dusty, musty smell. What a shame they cannot do a little standard maintenance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have to give this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I have to give this place a 4 stars is because the carpet is not very clean. It has an option of seating high or low to the ground. I prefer to the ground and notice there are alot of crumbs. Otherwise it is a very entertaining place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't come to Menara for food
    GlobetrotterVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Come for entertainment, and than you would not be disappointed. We came to Menara because the birthday 'boy' wanted to. He enjoyed belly dancers, the ambiance, and spending time with friends. None of the dishes was good. Wine was uninspired, too. Glad I did not have to pay. Would not be back unless it's a similar setup.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Morrocan!
    mamaweaver
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food, great entertainment. Menara Morrocan gives you an exotic night out. Be prepared for a family style meal eaten in th authentic manner (no silverware folks!). Great for a romantic night out, complete with live entertainment. The belly dancers are wonderful and happy to teach their art to guests. Definitely a must for the adventurer in you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real pleasant surprise -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    A real pleasant surprise - this is the real thing. The Moroccan Cuisine is really quite good. Good bar, good service, great food - they even have a floor show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Valentines yet!
    DRuffer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a place that can certainly handle the crowds of Valentines Day. Fabulous entertainment and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place ever.
    ReviewdL
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A wonderful place. If you go in, sit with an open mind, there is no difficulty in leaping away from the busy busy world around you. This place is extremely relaxing and beautiful. Once inside and settled in, I wanted to stay the night, and no drink to party, but to eat, drink, relax and indulge on the occasion. Best party I've ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to eat
    foodlover
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Whether you go in a small or large group, this restaurant is great. The food is tasty and the entertainment is wonderful. Not only do you have a wonderful dining experience but also have fun. I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fun night out!
    lizzie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I took my parents and girlfriend to Menara on a Friday night. The food was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We had a blast watching the belly dancers; we even got to belly dance a bit ourselves. I wasn't particularly fond of the Moroccan Mojito (too sweet for me), but the wine was reasonably priced and very good. Overall, a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • She's hot!
    greg
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    OMG, Christina, the belly dancer…..ohhh is she hot. If only i was 20 years younger-lol. The ambiance is incredible and very large. The food is incredible. The drinks at the bar are equally incredible. What else can i say…? If you're looking for a great evening with friends or your date, this is one really super fun spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • belly dancing
    bullwinke
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    the food cst $200.00 for 5 people with drinks. old restaurant, belly dancer came out one hour after we finished eating. we probably will not return. the food was delicious though. the honey lamb was butter tender.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic on all levels
    Hungry1
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I have traveled the world and have experienced many great places to eat and entertain and Menara Moroccan is one of my favorite places. The food is excelent, service just right, attentive but not intrusive and the atmosphere is fun, romantice and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Ethic Dinner
    Andrea
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Menara was a great find. From the outside you cannot imagine what a nice place it is inside. A perfect Moroccan oasis; the ambience is great. It Looks like the inside of a luxurious tent. Sit of the floor, on some cushions or on a sofa if you prefer. Soft moroccan music in the background, and belly dancing show, everyday, around 8pm. Service is very discrete, takes pride in honoring the moroccan tradition, both in the costumes, and the way of serving. Food is really good as well, we had the fantasy dinner, portions are just right, I left feeling full and pleased. Price is appropriate for the whole experience which you get by dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different (in a good way)
    nickname
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    When you see the entrance to the restaurant from the street you may feel disappointed. Simple Red door, no decorations, no hint to what is going on inside. But once you're in, you're in an Arabian night tale. The restaurant is decorated in an authentic Moroccan style with pillows on the floor to sit on (also "normal" seats if you prefer). The food is AMAZING! Although not the cheapest, but "you get what you pay for" works perfectly here. On Saturday night when we visited you also get to enjoy belly dancers show to compliment the Moroccan atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find in San Jose!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    What a great find in San Jose! Something a little different. A wonderful ambiance and first date spot. It's an interactive place with belly dancers who make you get up and dance :) Overall, a great night! Definitely worth checking out!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable... as always
    RachelCarpenter
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I've been going since the 1980's and every time has made a wonderful memory for me and my guests! I do miss the male belly dancer as well as the young lady with the dagger tattoo on her belly, but I suppose everyone has to learn and should be given an opportunity to showcase their talent. I had to change my reservation time at the last minute and they were very accommodating. I also had two very picky eater children with me and they were kind enough not to charge me for them both (charged me for one person for the two of them). The kids had a grand time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining experience
    romani
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    This place is a great place to go for a celebration. Highly recommend. Food and service are always A++ I took my sister for her birthday and she loved it. Her desert had "Happy Birthday" written on it. Very awesome place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    vralls
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Different, but wonderful. The food was really great. The service good and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst food that I ever ate
    SB1UNIONCITY
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The food was tasteless and not worth the money, but the belly dancers were entertaining .
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The baklava was mediocre (a
    AahzVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The baklava was mediocre (a bit stale, too dry, bland, and too small) -- kind of odd because the b'stilla is excellent. Everything else ranged from good to very good. Belly dancer was competent but lacking spark
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Student Night
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    I was there for the "student night" belly dancing. When I went there once before I went with a large group of people and the food got all mixed up with whom it was suppose to go to and that made the food part not very pleasant; however more recently I was there with another friend and the food was very enjoyable so was the belly dancing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday nite at Menara
    Cherellis
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Sunday at Menara was low key until around 7:30 when a group of 15 women were seated. They were talkative and noisy, and did not show a great deal of respect for the belly dancer who was quite good. In the future, I wouldn't choose a Sunday evening at Menara. I think Saturday night would have been more fun, more vibrant in terms of the overall ambiance. The food is always tasty. I also think 6PM is too late for some of us for the earliest reservation. Perhaps 5:30 would be better, as those in our party of 4 cannot eat late without some degree of physical discomfort.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.