El Mansour
El Mansour

El Mansour

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmansour.com/
  • Phone: 4157512312
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Abou Houm
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We will cater for your special event. Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate among others.
  • Private Party Facilities: El mansour has been throughout the years a staple in catering for large parties. Great food, Great entertainment and ambiance make this reataurant a must to visit.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack Tanverakul 4157943482
  • Entertainment: We feature belly dancing nightly except on Mondays. Weekdays shows are around 8:00pm. Weekends shows are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Ave.
  • Public Transit: 2 clement, 38 Geary and 1 California.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking nearby.
A word from El Mansour
El Mansour is a well known Moroccan restaurant that has been in business for the last 38 years. We offer traditional Moroccan food. It is very important to us to serve homemade high quality ingredients. We make our own bread, sauces and phillo dough on a daily basis.
El Mansour is more than a culinary experience, it is also a trip to Morocco. Decorated with the authentic Moroccan decors, everything was imported from Morocco indeed. We also offer entertainment from Tuesday to Sunday. At El Mansour you will be our guest for a night, you will enjoy our tasty food, great ambiance and caring service.
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El Mansour reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (18)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (16)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A full Moroccon Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Intimate and comfortable, this place offers the unique Moroccon experience of great food, music, and belly dancing. The wait staff and maître d are very personable and add to the experience. It is a beautiful place and very entertaining. We were able to try foods we never had before. Great place to take a fun date or enjoy a night apart from ordinary dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and unusual
    JSB94118VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I have been to El Mansour many times over the years, and always enjoyed it. It is decorated to give the impression of being in a big Middle Eastern tent, the servers are dressed appropriately, and there is belly dancing (if you are not a fan, make an early reservation, since the belly dancing starts around 7:30). All entrees come with the same (lovely) appetizers, including a lentil soup, and a savory chicken pastry). Of the entrees I've tried, I favor the lamb with lemon and olives, and the chicken with honey and prunes. The wine list is just okay, so you may opt to bring your own, and pay the corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food ever!
    pvee
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We LOVE El Mansour. I take my kids there twice a year - on their birthdays. All of the courses are amazing. The lentil soup, salad, the bread, and the pastille with chicken courses are all excellent. And our favorite entrees are the chicken & lamb with almonds, and the scallops & shrimp. All served with couscous and veggies. And of course sitting on cushions close to the floor and the belly dancer highlights the evening and makes it fun. They will offer forks, but don't take them. This Moroccan meal is made to eat with your fingers. :) (yes, they bring warm water and towels to wash your hands both before and after dinner)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belly Dancing
    MBLANGERVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    While the belly dancer was great and talented, she was over an hour late...not so professional.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ver small portions. Didn't
    Labelle
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Ver small portions. Didn't really enjoy the food as i thought it was too salty. Owner + chefs are both not from morocco so you are not getting authentic Moroccan cuisine. We were waiting for the belly dancer to come out and she was an hour late so we had to leave unfortunately. AND My father in law got diarrhia that same night after we ATE there. I do not recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific for a celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    With a prix fixe menu, belly dancing performance, wonderful service, and decor that makes you feel as if you've catapulted to Marrakech, this is a great spot for a celebration. The lentil soup and b'still are great. The chicken portion was huge but veered toward salty, though that might be because I ordered the one with preserved lemons, and preserved lemons have a tendency to be salty. You can tell lots of people come here for birthdays.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Theresa
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Love everything about this place. Great service, friendly staff, great food. They even have very good belly dancers! Fun atmosphere without an interfering noise level. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply put- a really fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This is a great place. It is fun and charming, Will not cost you an arm and leg. Great entertainment. They never make you feel uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    brighttyger
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I love the feeling of entering another culture. The service was superb, and except for the seafood dish, the food was also. I especially love the bastela. The seafood was listed as a specialty. The scallops were good, but the shrimp tasted frozen and the portion was much smaller than the delicious chicken dishes we had. It was okay, certainly, especially with all the other parts to the meal, the fabulous bread, bastela, the mint tea ritual and the dessert, but I am making note of it here. They have good belly dancers and it is a very delightful restaurant, right near the entrance to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, if you plan to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lost Art is revived at El Mansour
    gingergarlic
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    When we see the dramatic, blue and white tiled entrance to El Mansour, we know we've come to the right place to celebrate our mutual friend's birthday. The maitre d' immediately established the ambiance with his warm welcome. We had two basic servers, and they both added to El Mansour's lore with their smiles, and masterful service. Remember when restaurant staff took pride in their work? The menu was a little difficult to decipher, but with some help we ordered a great multi-course meal. The spicy lentil soup was my favorite. We all enjoyed the tender lamb, the pungent sauce on the fish, and the mint tea. The lovely belly dancer brought joy, and excitement. A 'Happy Birthday' stenciled in cocoa on a platter of phyllo pastries-Nice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun evening
    gerrymad
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    This is my second visit to El Mansour and it will not be my last. My wife had never been there and when we walked in the door she was quite surprised. It feels like you've left the Richmond. The food was very good with a great mix of flavors. The dancer was good and very engaging. She capped off a fun evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A "traditional" Morrocan experience
    CityGirl
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Having recently developed a love for Moroccan recipes at home and yet never having gone for a "traditional" meal somewhere, I was eager to check out a true tagine. Reviews directed us to El Mansour, which was an interesting experience... Though we could have done without the belly dancer and with a bit more space for our party of four (tight seating), the food was delicious. Particularly notable were the lentil soup (wow!!) and couscous dishes. I have yet to get my at-home concoctions to match these. We ordered the chicken with vegetables and the lamb with lemon, both good, and both seemingly similar to at-home efforts, which was both reassuring and maybe a little disappointing. However, we readily devoured everything!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best lamb EVER!!
    Timnola
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We have taken several of our friends here and each time, we all have a great experience and the quality of food is fantastic and mouth watering! Oh, and the service is wonderful!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Mansour Is The Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We had been to El Mansour before and just loved the experience so back we went. We were not disappointed. First, they were very accommodating when we were running late and requested a later reservation. The food, on the whole, was as we remembered--just delicious. The lentil soup was excellent as was the salad. The lamb was incredible, flavorful, melt in your mouth good. To be honest, the sea bass was just okay. Didn't care for the sauce and it didn't come with any vegetables as the other dishes did. Nonetheless, the service at this restaurant was outstanding. We didn't have to ask for anything. Loved the whole vibe. Thank you El Mansour for helping us make our special celebration one we will always remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    kaje
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    El Mansour provides a taste of Morocco, hidden in the outer avenues on Clement Street. We went to El Mansour based on positive reviews by others, and our expectations were met or exceeded at every turn. The food was delicious, whether it was the lentil bean soup, or the salad, or the chicken and lamb kabab. The setting is an open room which leads to an open communal feel - and then the belly dancer came out, and eventually she enticed some of the diners to dance with her. There were several birthday groups the night we were there, and there were a couple of families with children, and everyone seemed very comfortable and happy to be there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really expected pita bread.
    VC12
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Our group has a great time. We had a middle eastern person with us and she also agreed that the food was pretty good. You sit on couches with a low table. We ordered the sample platter to taste a variety and everything was great. the only thing that seemed missing was the pita bread! The belly dancer was okay, but it did add the the excitement of the experience. The mint tea was awesome and a great way to close dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Curate's egg - good in parts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We had a fun evening and arrived with great anticipation, everything pointed to a good time. Great atmosphere, surroundings and loud buzz. This is not for a quiet romantic tryst. The dancing was fun and involved the audience. The biggest disappointment was the main course - We both had lamb served in two ways. mine was lamb with aubergine (egg plant). couldn't finish as eggplant (2 large slices) were too oily and the shank of lamb although fall off the bone tender was tasteless. My husband's was the same. This is such a shame as the other courses were as expected from Moroccan cuisine aromatic and full of flavour.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful destination
    Foodlover57VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I invited ten friends to meet me at El Mansour for dinner after a Friday night at the Dw Young Museum. Our group ranged from 13 to 68. It was a very busy packed evening but the atmosphere was festive and our wait was short. Even with a reservation, you do wait because people don't want to leave. The host was gracious and welcoming. Settling into our banquettes and figuring our the seating was the only challenge. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The lentil soup was perfect. The lamb and chicken with honey, almonds and eggplant were succulent and tasty. The cinnamon chicken pastry was warm and delicate. They provides for the vegetarian in our group easily. I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, gotta check it out
    MJWest
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I really loved this place, the people, the service, the ambiance, and loved the dancer. I'll definitely be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night for Moroccan Food
    Dave2G
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    My father has been coming to this restaurant for 20 years and took me here last week when I was in town. It's a warm inviting location with relaxing small tables around a central area. The salad was a highlight: The combination of flavors, marinades was amazing. Very nice Lentil soup. The main course (we had Lamb and Chicken) was outstanding... Then came the belly dancer. It was fun, not serous or akward to watch, and it really added a nice air to the night. Overally ,I'd highly recommend if you're "in the mood" for something a little different.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I love taking people from out of town to El Mansour. It's always a fun place and the food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was fun
    Jackie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Tried El Monsour for the first time for a friends birthday. Moroccan ambience was great, staff was friendly and attentive, making great menu suggestions. The food was delicious and presentation was great. Would return, and already craving the chicken with lemon and olives. The belly dancer was appropriate and added to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loyal costumer for over 10 years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I first went here when I was 14 years old, back when it was at its (next door) location. I always recommend it when my friends head to the city. It is my favorite restaurant - bar none. And as a belly dancer myself, I appreciate the authenticity of the food, the ambiance, and the welcoming atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such fun
    Waver
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great food, great atmosphere, great fun. We've been there a number of times but not recently. They give you a fork now. Before everyone ate with fingers. It was a little messy but part of the fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Overall the food and atmosphere was good, but I found the service to be terrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Call to find out dancer's schedule!
    Sierra
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I had been for my birthday and wanted to go back for my ten year anniversary, primarily to recreate the decadence of eating delicious food while watching the dancers. Unfortunately, the dancing wasn't scheduled to start until well after we were done with our meal. The food, as always, was crazy good and was still a lovely romantic evening but I was disappointed to miss the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance
    simone
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    first time here.. great service.. food was delicious. .plenty well served for price.... fun dining with friends.... great show!! .. definitely will return :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and dancing
    Jenna
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Fabulous food and great service. The belly dancer was very engaging. She got our entire group up to dance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AuthenticMoroccan neighborhood spot
    msk6261VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Just returned from Morocco and had a hankering for Pastilla, Couscous and Tajine. El Mansour was delicious and authentic in a warm, hospitable setting. Friendly waitstaff. Worth a trip to the Avenues!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Best Moroccan food anywhere on the planet. Way better than the food I had in Morocco! Whenever friends visit SF we always bring them to El Mansour. Its a beautiful restaurant, a great experience, and tremendous food. (I could do without the belly dancer though)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan for real
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Once through the beautifully tiled doorway, you might as well be in Fez. Hospitality washes over you and you have been ushered into an evening of traditional food, music, and customs from Africa. Meals are pre-fixed but you do have a choice of entree. We had lamb which was cooked delectably in three different ways. All around us, the food was extraordinary and plentiful. The coucous was the finest grain and delicious. Bastilla was traditional and perfectly reproduced with chicken. Harira to start was excellent. Then the belly dancer...I was hesitant being a woman. She was very artistic and talented and quite respectful to all parties. This is a gem of a place and has earned it's credit for an authentic Moroccan experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great entertainment!
    ac19
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Came here to celebrate my birthday and had a great time because of the belly dancing! The menu is somewhat limited and food was ok, but what made our night was the entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - we will be going back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Dining here is an awesome experience complete with great, friendly service from start to finish, delicious food, and fun entertainment. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great For Groups & Kid-Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Came to El Mansour with a group of 9 adults, a toddler and a newborn. The waitstaff was excellent! Attentive and friendly, they don't have a kids menu, but it's family style so plenty for the toddler to eat, plus they bought out extra special food just for her. The belly-dancer adds a wonderful dose of entertainment and truly sets the ambiance! When it came to the bill, we had a combinations of credit cards and cash, and the waitstaff split everything up with no issues. I always get anxiety when you have that many adults and different forms of payment, but the staff didn't blink an eye and made everything work out. The food is tasty and plentiful. Be sure to bring dollar bills for the belly-dancer!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant Experience
    Pardis
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    The last time I had been to this restaurant, I had left with an image of a lavish, royal and taste bud exploding experience. When I decided to take my girlfriend a couple of weeks ago, I realized things might have changed or I might have blown it up in my head. I was wrong. Dead wrong. Everything was perfect. Beginning to end. Once you enter through those restaurant doors, you enter a Morroccan palace where you're treated like Morrocan royalty, fed until you burst.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    Derek
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    I was not expecting this place to be this wonderful! The belly dancing show made it very entertaining and a more memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great time was had by all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    We went to El Mansour to celebrate my husbands birthday. It was empty when our group of five arrived at 7pm on a weeknight, but several groups arrived at the same time, including a group of 11. The waiter was charming but a lot of time passed between each course. The food was wonderful and plentiful, and it is not a cuisine you want to rush through, but slower than we would have liked. Other than that, no complaints. They easily accommodated the vegetarian in our group and everyone was very satisfied with their entrees. We were there one of the two nights a week when the belly dancer performs, and she was excellent. It was a great way to celebrate a birthday. The dessert tray included a chocolate-filled pastry with a candle. Nice!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    Lori
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    I have been going for about 20 years over 100 times. Wonderful Food, Staff and Ambience. I take my Friends and Family they all Love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belly dancer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    We were only one of two parties yet they still called in the belly dancer! Eating with fingers was interesting and the food was pretty good. Nice "adventure" dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, wine and entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    A great place to enjoy Moroccan food, wine and belly dancing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate