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About 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.

3119 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
32nd Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 751-2312

Website:
http://www.elmansour.com/

Entertainment:
We feature belly dancing nightly except on Mondays. Weekdays shows are around 8:00pm. Weekends shows are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Catering:
We will cater for your special event. Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate among others.

Parking Details:
There is ample street parking nearby.

Public Transit:
2 clement, 38 Geary and 1 California.

Executive Chef:
Abou Houm

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: (415) 794-3482

Additional:
Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

El Mansour Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (10)
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Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Romantic (7)
Casual (7)
Live Music (6)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Live Music, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Live Music
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very authentic, entertaining and vibrant belly dancing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 21, 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Great food in unique setting

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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·Dined on July 30, 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!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 9, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, People Watching, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Denver)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We had a great time, food and service were very good, and the live entertainment was fun to watch. Recommended, we would return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Unique experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

As always the food was good. I love the honey lamb with almonds. It's so tender it falls off the bones. And it's fun to see belly dancing once in a while.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Amazing food! Every course was delicious, and we left stuffed. The wait staff are all super-friendly, and the belly dancing and music really add to the ambiance. Lots of fun.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Good for a birthday kept my sons entertained and felt special. The food was great though too much. We ordered 3 dishes for 4 people and we had left overs. Almost two dishes would have been enough as you have some soup, appetizers, salad and then the dish and desert to close.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

They really try, service is quite good. Some of the food is quite good, some of it not so good.
Just forget the dancer.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Great place for special occasions ... Lots of food so you have to be really hungry.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Attended for my birthday with friends. The ambiance was excellent, the service was very friendly, and the food was very good. I loved the 5 course meal layout. Adil was a great server and host. They offered a birthday dessert and belly dancing as well! Highly recommend 5/5

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2017

What a fantastic find!!! The decor took you away to Morroco....the wait staff was so attentive and gracious and the food was unbelievable!! We got there at 7pm and was able to get settled in and order our dinner just before the belly dancing begin. Our dancer was wonderful, and very entertaining. We came here to celebrate my birthday while in town for the weekend and they made it very special.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We ordered everything family style, per the recommendation of the server. However, we had a vegetarian at the table, so we requested that we replace one of a meat dishes with an extra vegetable dish to make sure there were still vegetables available for the rest of the group. Instead, the servers brought us 3 lamb dishes, one seafood dish, and only one vegetable dish, which was barely enough for one person. We ended up asking for two additional separate orders of vegetables.

Additionally, the 3rd lamb dish is not one we would have ordered. It was almost sickly sweet, like the lamb had been doused in syrup before roasting. The meat quality was great, and it was well cooked, but the sweetness made it almost inedible.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Although El Mansour is smaller than it used to be, it still has the Moroccan ambience. Their bastilla, chicken with lemon and lamb in honey are as good as they used to be. Excellent value for the price.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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