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Marrakech Restaurant is a unique dining experience with three stories and five large versatile rooms, it's fit for any special occasion, large party, or intimate affair. Through our doors you'll experience a culinary and sensory adventure brimming with exotic flavors, colors, and spices.
Located in the heart of DC's bohemian Dupont Circle neighborhood, Marrakech couples delicious Mediterranean signature dishes with legendary Moroccan hospitality in an exquisite old world setting.
We take great pleasure in welcoming you to our table!
Washington, DC 20037
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday to Saturday :4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday :11:00am - 10:00pm
22nd and P Streets, NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Belly dancing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
Street parking is available, and there are several parking garages nearby.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a business event, Marrakesh can accommodate all your private dining needs in a unique setting.
Marrakech Ratings and Reviews
Having been to Morocco a number of times, I had my heart set on some key dishes...mainly bstilla, harira, and lamb. The dishes didn't disappoint. I'll say that the couscous left a bit to be desired - they were bland and the veggies tasted like butter, which was disappointing. Other than that dish though, I was very pleased. Great lamb and our server was very friendly and attentive.
It was a little odd to not "order" food and just have it show up in several courses. There wasn't a choice in what was brought, but they did make sure to accommodate the vegetarians in the group. The wait staff were very friendly and engaging, but a little slow in returning to see if we needed anything. One big negative was we didn't know what the cost of the meal was until the check came - one of the major downsides of not being able to order and just having food brought to you!
Went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was totally unprepared. Hostess Seated us immediately and left us. After 30 minutes we requested menus. They only offered the fixed price menu. When we asked for the rest of the menu, we were left again. Waited another 15 minutes and then went looking for menus ourselves. We were told they wouldn't serve us off the regular menu at the table we were sitting at. We got up and left. Useless!
I was expecting the same great experience that I had at the previous location, and I was so disappointed at everything. Service was slow, food was not good, and ambiance was non existent. The previous location was a great overall experience...from walking into a very inconspicuous door and entering into a beautiful restaurant, hands washed, seated on cushions, eating with your hands and having great food. The new location is like any other chain restaurant. You're seated at a regular table, with super bright lighting, and the food was not good. I had to get used and get my own drink refills. I had to ask for my next course to be served. Just all around a bad experience and left a bitter taste after having great memories form the previous location that I used to frequent. Won't be back to this one.
Marrakech has hit or miss food. My couscous with chicken was good, and the sides of hummus, spinach, and carrots were good. However, my boyfriend's dish of lamb tagine was the very fatty cut of meat, and it made the dish unpleasant despite good spices and seasoning. Regardless of the food, what makes me unlikely to return is that the service was poor. We had a very nice trainee waitress, but her english was poor and it took over 20 minutes to have anyone come to our table at all, even to give us water. I might return to Marrakech to pick up takeout, but I am not sure that the meal and the experience were worth the money.
This is my favorite place. There is nothing else like it. There are very few restaurants that serve Moroccan food, unfortunately, and this is the nice one. The food is to die for. The wait staff is very friendly and responsive. The prices are on the steep side - this place is a treat for special occasions. But it's not outrageous.
I love the belly dancing shows too. I find them quite beautiful. It is a cultural experience. We had a few short shows during the course of the two hours we were there. The dancers come to each of the tables.
There's an upstairs called something else but owned by the restaurant. That place is loungier and had louder, more centralized entertainment.
After reading some mixed reviews on various evaluation sites, I was apprehensive about making this selection; however, I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived ahead of our reservation, a party of four. We were seated promptly, offered a beverage list and our order taken expeditiously. We had one appetizer and each member of our party ordered a different tagine. The appetizer, bread, and dip was prompt, the drinks (appletinis) were strong and flavorful. Our meal followed and was simply fantastic. Having been to Morocco, the food was very comparable. The entertainment (a talented belly dancer) started promptly at 8:00pm and was appropriately modest for a family dinner. Server was attentive, courteous, and very helpful. Nothing was pushed, but suggestions given when asked. Overall, an outstanding experience.
Came to Marrakech with a group of friends and had a great time! The food was fantastic. The chicken Tagine was my favorite. The waiter was kind and attentive, super friendly and personable with our group. The belly dancer was amazing and certainly a "plus" to dinner.
I would certainly come back to marrakech.
It is always pleasant to come to Marrakesh palace to come and enjoy an authentic Moroccan meal .
I truly believe they have the best bastilla and couscous royal in town , add to the nice patio when the weather allows it and the nice belly dance show .
All in all , I do recommend it over all the other Moroccan places that I tried all over the area.
My boyfriend took me on a date to this restaurant for the first time. We were sat in the front area. I noticed a back room when a belly dancer began dancing. I asked our waiter if we will also see the belly dancer and he promised we would. Later towards our main course she came out and danced. This is a great date spot. Dinner and a show
Mother's day was a difficult day to make last minute reservations since all locations where booked. Browsed through the Open Table and Marakesh was available from 9:00 AM on. I was at Marakesh many years ago. Turns out this was not the same restaurant. The real Marakesh closed permanently. The place was not opened at 10:30 AM for the reservation made via Open Table. Had to wait until the finished prepping, they finally opened at 11:30 AM. We were the only family in the restaurant. The food was not very good, chicken was tasteless, lamb was tough. Couscous was OK. Not very good overall
This was my second Marrakech experience ; my first experience was amazing I'd gjve it a 10 that was at the old location which was much better. Someone would wash your hands give you warm towels, the ambience was more dim and intimate. And if it was a special occasion like a birthday which I just celebrated their at one time you would dance with the belly dancer, they would play a special song for you, light a sparkler, and give you a certificate written in Arabic. And the owner would come out to great you which was an older gentlemen. Also their was valet parking and the door men wore traditional clothing. I give the new location a 3
Went out for dinner , Hostess did not come to the table for 15 minutes, I had to look for one, asked her to come to take the order, Appetizer took 30 minutes, when asked one of the owner was rude and asked us to wait, after serving dinner entrees, NO ONE came to ask, no water offered, after almost 105 minutes, one of asked for the check, that did not come, so we went to the entrance counter and paid the bill. Music was very loud, never had such rude service and abruptness. This restaurant should not be part of Open Table, we always had good experience with Open Table recommendations. Please REMOVE this restaurant from your list.
I used to go to a different Marrkesh on New York Ave in NW DC until they closed down. Finally decided to try a new to me place and I love it. The environment is nice and the service was "ok" but they ar very nice people. The 8 course meal was $35/person...a LOT of food so come hungry. They do offer the option to order entree's individually a well as appetizers, and desserts.
Admittedly, I didn't do much research about the restaurant in advance. I made a last-minute venue change for a birthday dinner, and it was available in the neighborhood I needed.
I wasn't aware the only option the night we went would be the fixed, 8-course menu, but it was all delicious and SO. MUCH. FOOD. We were all stuffed after just a few courses. And we wanted to eat everything because it was so good!
Then, we overheard one of the servers mention a belly dancer. That was an surprise treat.
It was a bit chilly in the back room, so I recommend bringing a cardigan along when you go.
Great things:- 1) The decor looks cool and different. 2) The belly dancer offers great entertainment. 3) Appetizers
Bad things:- 1) Disconnect between the waiters- one said the family style (fixed price menu) is the only option for dinner and the second one said a la carte is available but they encourage family style. We ended up taking the family style option because we did not want to annoy the first waiter who seemed to be the one waiting on our table (what an expensive mistake!). 2) Main course was not up to the mark. I would have expected the meat to be better and nicer. We ended up not eating the main course at all. Coucous and veggies were too dry and not as flavorful. 3) Cost was $35 per person and then add the 20% gratuity and taxes which brings the total to $50 per person.
I would not eat there again or recommend it ever to a friend. I really wanted to find a good Moroccan place, I love the food.
This was literally the worst restaurant experience that I have ever had. Everything from dining experience to the actual food was not good (dry and flavorless). And I'm just now hearing the same thing from multiple people who have visited. I've never done it before, but I was very close to walking out of this establishment without paying. I wanted to have a great experience as some friends and I were celebrating. But a 3-hour dinner was not what we were planning on. This place was terrible. After we kept requesting water, my friend finally got up after a half hour to grab some off of a tray that was sitting in the room. And while I can often understand slow service, they had about four waiters working the place with only three tables of customers.
We were a mixed age group (20-60) and everyone enjoyed themselves. Friday and Saturday nights they prefer groups to order the set menu (which we did not know), but it wouldn't have suited our group. Hands down favorites were the moroccan soup, the marrakesh and moroccan salads, the chicken bastille, and the lamb and chicken tajines. We shared five entrees for seven people but everyone had a starter.
Atmosphere was good, great for big groups but also cozy enough for a date night. The fixed menu was definitely a feast fit for a king, come with an empty stomach! Good belly dancing entertainment and friendly, attentive service. Overall a great find in the busy Dupont area.
I dined at Marrakech on Valentine's day. The food was really tasty, but the service wasn't great. I really want to leave a good review because we had a child in our party that didn't eat much of anything, and they did not charge us for her seat. The dinner was completely predetermined by them. There were absolutely no options or substitutions so we couldn't understand why the service was so slow. We had an 8:15 reservation and arrived at 8:00. Half of the tables were empty, yet we didn't receive water until 33 minutes later when I asked for it. At this point we still had not even been greeted by a server. We didn't receive our first course of soup until 8:57. At this point, a table that was sat maybe ten minutes after us were on their third course. Our second course was served about thirty minutes later, after asking for it. I know it was a holiday, but I feel service was just too slow, considering there were no complicated requests, or orders to enter. All the servers had to do was simply bring the food that their restaurant had planned. Again, the food was really good, but I doubt I will return.
Food and service was very. The lamb and chicken and lamb were tender and well spiced. My girlfriend really enjoyed sitting on the pillows provided. The fining room we were seated at only had on pillow seat per table. Only complaint was that it was cold inside the restaurant and the temperature did not improve at any point during the meal.
I was so looking forward to our dinner at Marrakech! It was our first dinner date night after baby and our Valentine's celebration. I was very grateful that we were able to adjust our reservation from 7:30 to 8pm on the day of when we ran into traffic. However, when we arrived at the restaurant we were seated in the front room. The room was so cold all the diners had their coats on. This was a particularly cold evening in DC, but we had to eat our meal with our coats on and it was still freezing. Not a great experience. The staff was not apologetic, nor did they do anything to try and make our experience more comfortable. The food was ok, not the level of deliciousness I was expecting. Appetizers were good. Grape leaves, olive spread and tabouleh were super yummy. I had a lamb entree and it was more bone than meat. My husband had the fish couscous and the portion was very generous. Belly dancing was awesome, but not enough to get us to go back.
The food is delicious and the service was pretty good. Now, we obviously had a reservation and they sat us in the first room, close to the bar... it was an extremely cold night in DC and they had NO heat in that room. It was very cold and almost everybody was complaining about it and wanting to move to the "inside room"; but they kept saying that one was full. Anyways, they should've had at least one of those mobile heat devices if they planned to sit people in the outside room. I think as a restaurant owner, the least thing I would want is for my customers to NOT be comfortable and happy while trying to have Valentine's Dinner in my restaurant. Also, their dessert options are pretty much NULL. They only have fresh fruit and mint tea... If I was the owner, I would've gotten at least a couple cakes, chocolate cakes or cheesecakes to sell, at least during Valentine's weekend. It was okay though, we went and got Valentine's Dessert somewhere else. The Belly Dancers start pretty late too, after 9pm... we got there around 7:30 and were hoping to see Belly Dancers but only got to see the one dance when she started around 9pm. Just FYI. Other than that it was good and both the drinks and the food taste great!!!
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