Its been a while since had
Its been a while since had been here. I had a few friends that wanted to try it out and it was a great setting. The belly dancing show was great, but I felt it was a little kid inappropriate. It seems that the dancers now are having patrons put dollar bills in their pants. It felt like a cheap strip club where dancers were begging for dollars. I thought this place was better than that. Other than cheapening the dancers it was a great experience, well worth going to.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Lifetime Experience
When you look back over your life and think of the best memories that you have, dining at the Menara Moroccan Restaurant will be on my list. The night with my best friends for a birthday party is one of my most fabulous experiences ever. I'll treasure it always. Thank you! :-)
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were there to celebrate an anniversary. It was very enjoyable and the food excellent. I especially enjoyed the B’stilla. My nephew and his wife really enjoyed the ambiance and entertainment. It was an experience we would repeat.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Menara Moroccan Restaurant
The Menara Moroccan Restaurant has been a staple in San Jose for 30 years. I go out a lot and it is one of the ones I remember simply because it is unique. Funny thing is that just about everyone I mentioned it to has gone and recalls it fondly.
It is more of an event then dinner. The scene is exotic, the food is good and the entertainment light hearted and fun.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
VERY NICE AND FRIENDLY SERVICE,
VERY NICE AND FRIENDLY SERVICE, NICE BELLY DANCER ENTERTAINMENT. PRE FIX MENU SELECTIONS WAS VERY PLENTIFUL. NO KIDS MENU AND DINNER WAS ABOUT TWO TO TWO AND HALF HOURS AND MOST KIDS GET ANSY. NO ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS. FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND ARRIVED IN A TIMELY FASHION. LOVE THE HAND WASHING AT THE TABLE BEFORE FIRST COURSE AND BEFORE TEA AND DESSERT COURSE. VERY VERY DIM LIGHTING BUT LOW TABLES WITH FLOOR CUSHIONS MAKES FOR A GREAT TOUCH.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
An authentic experience
I could be wrong, but they make me feel like I'm siting in Morocco eating a meal. I imagine this is as authentic as it gets outside of being in the country. The food is very good…the service is outstanding…and the atmosphere is enjoyable for a party or for a romantic meal. I have some food allergies and they were extremely accommodating to me and wanted me to experience the delight of their food like anyone else. It's our second time there and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
4/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for groups!
Wonderful place for a girls night out or guys night out.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place for a group
This place was a lot of fun. The belly dancer was delightful and beautiful and made the night. The service was also excellent. The food we did not care for, but this is not a place you come to for the food. I'd recommend it for a group looking to have a fun time being entertained. Be ready to get up and dance!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of my favorite San Jose dining experiences. Lush pillows, good food and beverage, and fantastic bellydancing.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
My party for the evening was
My party for the evening was two senior ladies and an eight year old girl. We sat on the floor and enjoyed each course! The Belly Dancer came to our table and got all four of us on our feet with hips moving! I was especially pleased the dancers took time to entertain the four children who were out on a busy Friday night.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
we were seated on arrival.
we were seated on arrival. Staff was friendly. we had been here before and knew exactly what we wanted. every course was delicious only wish I had taken pictures we devoured it so quick I felt we didn't enjoy the beauty in the presentation of each course.. We were finishing up when one of the staff came to say the belly dancer was about to start.Offered a second round of tea and /or a round of drinks on the house . we accepted the Tea and enjoyed the dancing. Last time the dancer started earlier, which we had discussed during dinner that maybe there wasn't one that night. because it was getting late. So we were pleased when she finally got there. just sorry we had party members who had to work early the next day so we had to go.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Team Dinner Outing
Went to this restaurant for a team dinner outing. The wait staff was very attentive and nice. The food was very good and the belly dancing was enjoyable and a nice surprise. I would recommend this restaurant for any team outing or special occasion.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have never been to Morocco…but I can imagine being there after visiting this restaurant. The staff is more than willing to accommodate special needs (I have a severe tomato allergy) in a way that allowed me to enjoy the experience as much as everyone in our party. Service was impeccable and the food was flavorful and filling. Loved everything about it!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique dining experience
Meals come in courses group style and you generally eat with your hands. You can also watch a belly dancer while you eat. Small groups are probably better than large groups.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time. The Food
Had a great time. The Food was great and the dancing show was very entertaining. Great location for a team building event, very relaxed fun environment.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
good moroccan food
good moroccan food, nice interior design, friendly staff and belly dancing!!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun atmosphere, tasty food
It can be somewhat frustrating to get everyone at your table to agree to one meal and the meat portions were a little small but the food is very, very tasy and you can't beat the fun ambiance and the belly dancing! We love this place. The owner is great and all the staff are very friendly and generous.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly and fun
Very good food, apparently quite authentic. Great service, and the belly dancer was very good. Surprisingly kid friendly, on a Sunday night. The belly dancer picked up the toddler at a neighboring table and did a sweet little dance with him.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Taste of the Exotic
My friend wanted to celebrate her birthday and wanted something entertaining so I looked on Yelp. Menara Moroccan Restaurant was hyped for the belly dancing show, which started at 8pm and lasted about 30 minutes. This was, of course, as impressive as we were hoping. The dancer was beaming a beautiful smile the entire time and had audience members learn the moves as she invited people up to dance beside her. There were a few kids there, including my friend's one year old. The staff was very friendly and understanding about our teething toddler. The food was well prepared and tasty. Guests have their hands washed before the meal and your courses appear one by one throughout the evening. The decor is lovely and culturally appropriate.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday nite at Menara
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.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The baklava was mediocre (a
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
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Different, but wonderful. The food was really great. The service good and I can't wait to go back.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful dining experience
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.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable... as always
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!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find in San Jose!
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!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something different (in a good way)
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.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Romantic Ethic Dinner
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.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM