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El Mansour

4.9
467 reviews
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$30 and under
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Moroccan
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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(415) 751-2312
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Abou Houm
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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.
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Private party contact
Jack Tanverakul: (415) 794-3482
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Catering
We will cater for your special event. Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate among others.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
32nd Ave.
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Parking details
There is ample street parking nearby.
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Public transit
2 clement, 38 Geary and 1 California.
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Entertainment
We feature belly dancing nightly except on Mondays. Weekdays shows are around 8:00pm. Weekends shows are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
Additional
Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Lovetoeat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

El Mansour is a special place where you experience delicious food and great service, as well as a very energetic, fun atmosphere. The bellydancing is a wonderful treat! I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food and wants to try something different, though I am a returning customer and have been here many times.

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HuskerNiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

We came to the restaurant early, after a matinee at the Symphony. My out-of-town guest had a passing familiarity with Moroccan cuisine, so this was not totally new. I had dined at El Mansour years 35-40 ago in their first location, but this was my first time at 3119 Clement. The service is terrific and the food is wonderful. We were only sorry that we finished dinner before the belly dancing started.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

This place never disappoints! Great food, excellent service, and personal attention. The restaurant makes everyone feel special and management is easy to work with when setting up a large group sitting.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Loved the place , my wife enjoyed it very much , only thing would love the portions to be bigger

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

We have been dining at El Mansour for many years and it continues to be one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants - excellent service, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

It was a quiet night but the staff was gracious & welcoming. We were there for my boyfriends birthday and they played some happy birthday music when they brought out dessert with a candle. We also got a private lesson with the belly dancer which was really fun! The atmosphere was really relaxing, beautifully decorated & comfortable.

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phongsta (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Very authentic, entertaining and vibrant belly dancing.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

We went to El Mansour for a 40th birthday and the relaxed seating and atmosphere was perfect. We could move around because the food was family style and the seating was very cozy. The service was good and our server in particular was very patient with our group. The belly dancing was of course a hit, especially to the 10 year old girl in our group who got to participate!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary by having dinner at El Mansour. Our night couldn't have been better. We had never tried Morrocan food before but came in with an open mind and empty bellies. Our dinner started with bread and delicious lentil soup. Then traditional Moroccan salad and an appetizer that is like if you mix a chicken pot pie with funnel cake. It was delicious. Our main course was chicken and vegetables and my husband had the chicken and lamb. All flavorful and tender. Bread still making the rounds. While we enjoyed our main course we enjoyed a beautiful bellydancer who let some of us patrons join in on the dancing. We finished with dessert and delicious mint tea. Our server even brought us a special surprise for our celebration. Overall an amazing experience we both enjoyed fully.

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Waver (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

Been going here for decades. It's a little dated but the Morracan food is excellent and the belly dancers have always been very good and wonderfully entertaining. Dancer comes on at 8:00 or a little after. Don't go too early or you'll miss her.
Limited menu of lamb chicken or vegatarian, not inexpensive but excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

We were there to celebrate my daughter's bday, definitely a special occasion spot.
The food was delicious and our server explained every single dish that came our way.
Belly dancer invited my daughter to perform a few steps, we had a blast.
I will definitely come back.

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NotoElMansour (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

When we arrived at 7:30 on a Wednesday evening in mid-August no one was there to greet us. Despite there only being a few people there, it was loud. It was also way too dark.

We waited for at least 5 minutes and no one showed up. One of our party even walked to the back of the restaurant to the kitchen to see if anyone was around--no one was there, either.

El Mansour is poorly managed. Bad service keeps people away even if the food is OK, but we didn't want to risk anything.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food in unique setting

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, great service, great ambiance. Loved the belly dancer. Good for large groups and celebrations.

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StephanieC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent place for a fun night out with friends and family. We were there for a gathering and there were a lot of families, some with very young children. They have a belly dancer who performed twice during the time we were there. During the performance, the belly dancer prompts people, not aggressively, to join. After a few drinks, we did, along with several cute kiddos from the table next to us. Hence, this is a great place for families and friends. We had reservations but several of our friends were stuck in traffic and they accommodated us half an hour later. They were very nice about it. Not only that, we unknowingly stayed until they closed (all other chairs and tables were put up) and no one interrupted us. Additionally, the food was very good! What a great place to dine! We'll definitely be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

We've been coming for 40 years and it has maintained its high standards and consistent good food during this whole time. It's fun for groups especially on the weekends with the belly dancer. Great for families. The price for all the courses you get is a bargain.

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vipmswool (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

Dining at El Mansour was an amazing experience. Walking in the front door surrounded by tiles the interior environment transported us to Morocco. Comfortable low banquets with pillows and ottomans surround low circular tables. Each of the multiple courses was delicious. We were especially impressed with the sweet/savory pastry (Bastela du Chef) that came before the main course course, and couldn't stop eating it, though I feared I might not have room for the lamb and chicken kabobs. The hand washing offered at table added extra charm. This was prior to the meal and after the main course - at which point we were offered the addition of rose water, which was softening and fragrant. Everything was distinctive and delicious, from soup to dessert. A belly dancer performed during our meal. She was charming and her performance was family friendly. She engaged many of the patrons to participate in dancing and it was delightful. A wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Great ambiance. Yummy food. Spent over three hours eating drinking lounging in between. Very enjoyable. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

I love this place so much I will go any time I go to San Francisco again very nice place

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Had a real nice birthday with my family here Sunday. The owner met us and checked in on us frequently, as did the waiters. Outstanding service. The 5 course meal was very good, and one of the few times I can remember where both my teenage kids liked it. The bellydancer was also great. We are big eaters, and we were all pretty stuffed with the courses. It was not cheap by any means, but for something a bit different, you cant go wrong here. All the meats were perfectly cooked, and sauces very delicious. Again, quite expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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Anni (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

We have gone to this restaurant many times in the past and generally had a good time. This last time, however, the chicken was over cooked, the service was rushed and not as personable as it was in the past. One of the fun things about the restaurant is the belly dancing. This time the music was too loud and it seemed like the sound system did not work well which did not add up to a relaxing fun experience. For the price point, I expected more and felt like the service is not the same as it has been in the past

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

El Mansour is a very special place. It reminds me of the times when dining wasn't just about eating, but was a full entertainment experience. The live belly dancing is especially fun. Every aspect of the way food and drink is delivered is meant to entertain including the pouring of the the tea, which is poured from a great height.

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CarlingC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. The food was amazing, as was the bellydancing.

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Jmarie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

I have been to this restaurant twice now and I would definitely go back. Exceptional service and wonderful food! Cozy place for a date or special occasion. They Belly Dancer is extra entertainment.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Fabulous food and experiential dining. We'll be back!

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Kemal (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

Soufiane was amazing host/waiter. Very friendly and attentive. Food was very good. Nice addition was that there was a belly dancer as well.I celebrated special occasion and they made sure that we felt special and taken care of very well. I would recommend it.

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rbsf (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

Wonderful! The service is always incredible. The entertainment is great fun. Food is wonderful. Lamb with honey and almonds - my favorite dish. Perfect for entertaining out of town guests because of the unique experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

I count on this place for celebrations, visiting friends and family night. The owner is always onsite and welcoming. The staff is superb and the belly dancers are amazing. You are welcome to get up and dance with the dancer. She will even give you tips.... so be sure to tip her too.
Beautiful room. Comfy couch seating.
While they do offer forks, eat with your hands as it is customary.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

Through the years we've celebrated with friends here, brought family, enjoyed small group dinners. It's always a fun experience from the communal washing of the hands, enjoying the lentil soup, bastela and veggies to the main course with desserts and mint tea. Eat everything and don't just save your appetite for the entrée as all the sides are way more fun. Topped off with the tent-like atmosphere and the wonderful belly dancer, this evening amused nieces and nephews and grandmothers alike.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

Note that Tuesday night: 6 groups were seated, in total. 5 of the 6 had birthdays.
Owners are fantastic. Dancer was very good.
All food is extremely overcooked and poorly prepared. Except the bread was fantastic and lentil soup was ok. Braised lamb lost all flavor. Grilled lamb was overcooked and tough. Wife and daughter liked the scallops and shrimp, but I didn't. Veggies were mushy and greasy.
Overall, the room and food felt tired. I hope they consider updating their cooking approach because they are so very very nice.

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