After years of walking past this place, I decided to have my birthday dinner there. I had a group of eight people, and we were all pleased with the experience.
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.
We had a wonderful valentine dinner, various meals in the same menu, great taste of morocco. Nice performance of a belly dancer. Very welcoming and attentive staff
Excellent place to experience exotic cuisine from Morocco. Very authentic. Wait staff adds to the authenticity. Well worth the visit.
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!!!
We went to Marrakech for restaurant week and it was a set menu, much reduced from its regular standard. It was quite disappointing, the meat was overcooked.
it is a meal that is not rushed. do not eat here if there are set plans afterwards as this meal is meant to be enjoyed and not rushed on a time crunch
the belly dancer was wonderful entertainment - and still family friendly
food was excellent
This restaurant was listed as a participant for Restaurant Week. We wanted a different cuisine so we chose Moroccan. We were seated immediately. Our server was excellent and very attentive. The ambience was decent and the seats (couch) were comfortable. There were only two choices for the Set Menu: Meat or Vegetarian. Both were served family style. We started out with Harira (Moroccan soup). It was delicious and flavorful. Then we had a combo of Bakoula (Spinach), Baba Gannoush (Eggplant), and Carrot Lakazbah. Each item was served cold. I enjoyed all but the eggplant dish. I had the Bastilla (Chicken Pastry), Lamb with Prune (a delectable combination), Chicken Tagine, and the Vegetable Couscous (delicious). The flavors danced in my palette! The mint tea was served at the end. What a great finish to our delicious meal. The dessert was not what I expected. It was oranges sprinkled with cinnamon. I was told it helps with digestion. My overall experience was great! Next time we'll go later to see the live performance of the bellydancer.
sometimes when you catch up with friends you need time to talk- and they were super friendly- and even though the restaurant was full, the service was prompt and they allowed us to finish conversations and have a wonderful evening.
I suggest the front area for a quieter experience- but they did a great job so I wanted to say thank you.
we will be back.
Marrakech has a new chef and the food is now really good. The flavors are intense, the variety is excellent, and there are little gems that are more Moroccan rural than the typical couscous, tagine mainstays. Overall, very good, and not at all crowded. Also, try the Amazigh wine -- a Moroccan gem, reasonably priced, and unlike anything you will find elsewhere -- nice, complex, different kind of red grape. Where else will you have a friendly server who explains the food, and tells you how to say various things in Berber (Tamazigh), a language you will rarely hear outside of North Africa.
Very good couscous royal, service was friendly. I will go back.
I recommend the couscous dishes - scrumptious and enough for two people! Nice quiet atmosphere and comfy decor. Yes, I highly recommend Marrakech.
This restaurant never ceases to amaze me. I recommended this to my group of friends for their bachelorette party. My server was very fun and attentive. The belly dancer danced with us and the food is always delicious. For larger groups, it was a set menu, nevertheless, good and a lot of food!!!!
It was a busy Thursday. They had two large groups. The servers were working hard and the food didn't spare any expense. Half way thru our meal we got to see a Bellydancer. They must have more than one dancer because I've never seen her before. All of dancers are amazing with great skill. She paid every table the right amount of attention. She interacted with the large groups and had people dance with her. Next time I will try the 8 course meal, it comes with a little bit of everything. Great choice if you've never had Morrocan food
We sat at the first level, and the noise level was too high, one of the waiters kept on chatting to all the table he served and was fat too loud. I wasn't able to hold a conversation with my friend.
This really put me off the place.
We ordered Taktouka, but instead of the waiter telling us it wasn't available he brought us Harira instead which was good but I would have chosen a salad.
Bastilla was good, Lamb Prunes was too heavy.
Average, or less, Moroccan food; the bastilla was nice. We had two couscous entrees, one royal, one lamb. Excessive rice and relatively little vegetables. Very little liquid, none served on the side, so dish was quite dry and not well seasoned. The meats were mediocre in texture and taste. We have eaten Moroccan food in many places. I will not return here.
Went for the first time for a Saturday dinner. So impressed with the food, service, and drinks. We had a wonderful experience and will be back again soon!
I loved the food in Marrakech, Morocco so much that I couldn't wait to visit Marrakech DC. I was very, very pleased with my dish and would return, but I'm hesitant to bring others because the restaurant is so dark and drab looking. I'd recommend turning the lights on and taking more social media photos to increase traffic. Again, great food! (ordered: Fish Couscous and Fish Tangine, October 2015)
We dined at Marrakech on a Friday evening expecting a unique dining experience. The food was flavorful but the lamb had too much fat and cartilage. We didn't see any belly dancers. It was an overall ordinary experience with nice music.
We came on a Wednesday nite and it was not crazy busy. We got our food quickly but then when we wanted to pay the bill someone did not come for awhile. We had to get up and ask for the bill. Also we had to wait to get someone's attention to get boxes to pack the leftovers.
I celebrated my birthday here a couple of weeks ago and this place was perfect! I booked my party here at the last minute and the restaurant accommodated me and my very large group of 15 people very well! The staff was friendly and the food was great! Heck, I even got up danced with the belly dancer. I would definitely come back here soon, with or without a large group.
It feels like you are in another country. Love this place. I always try something different. You can't go wrong. They have different selections of wine from morocco which was interesting. The Bellydancer was beautiful and talented.
Great food, lovely ambience and awesome service. Must visit in DuPont.
It's really sad how few Moroccan restaurants there are in the D.C. area, but this place is still wonderful. I believe I've been about 3 times now since moving to the area. The mint tea and cous cous are both delicious and well as the ambiance. If you go on weekend evening (they may do it other times as well-idk) they have a belly dancer. That was a very fun surprise when we went once. I've been with friends and family, but I would definitely recommend this place for dates.
This is a second time I visited this restaurant. Both times were special occasions, the last one a birthday dinner. The restaurant experience is a close approximation of actual Morocco restaurant: the decor, the service, menu, and the atmosphere. The lady who was doing belly dancing was very good at it and attractive to boot. It's on a pricy side, but very good for special occasions.
Loved this place. The food menu waS extensive and wasn't just a prefixed menu. However you could pay 30$ for a set 7 course menu. It's very different you almost feel like you are in another county and then suddenly a Bellydancer puts on a show while you eat. The show doesn't last very long but it's just enough to give that entertainment you're looking for. It was a busy weekend so she interacts with the guest and dances with them. Especially if it's your birthday, you are put on the spot. I enjoyed the service however their accents can be hard to understand. You can't go wrong with anything off the menu. You are in for a treat. Trust me.
Really loved this place and would go back again in a minute. We sat outside because the weather was irresistable then went inside for a few minutes to watch the belly dancer. Was a little disappointed that they didn't bring warm water to the table for hand washing as some restaurants do, but was still delighted by the entire evening. The chicken pasty was awesome!
Marrakech is a great experience. This was our second visit in a few weeks and it was as good as our first. On request, they opened the back room for our party of 4. It is beautifully decorated and reminded us of our recent trip to Morocco. Even the waiters are from Morocco and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Since the closing of the old Marrakech restaurant on New York Avenue some years ago, Washington has needed a good Moroccan eatery and this place is it. The food is excellent and the menu offers many good choices, including lamb and chicken tagines and couscous. There is even an 8-course fixed price meal with three different types of starters, three entrees, and two desserts for only $35 per person. That is a lot of food at reasonable cost. And the mint tea is delicious, poured in the traditional Moroccan way. I highly recommend Marrakech for anyone who enjoys exotic and authentic North African food. The P Street location is also convenient, to the west of Dupont Circle, though street parking may be a bit challenging depending what time you go. Overall, this is a neighborhood gem.
My family who consisted of four adults ventured to Marrakech. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. The food was tasty and colorful. Our waiter, Khalid was well versed in the dishes and ingredients. He gave us some history of the country, Morrocco and the various dishes. The ambiance of Marrakech was also nice. Everyone was welcoming and cordial. We had the eight course meal which was so good and new to our taste buds. We plan to take others with us when we go again. Really great place to dine.
This place is great for date night (esp during restaurant week). The ambiance is romantic & the food is great. The lamb prunes was the best (& I'm not a big lamb eater). The staff is very friendly & even the manager was accommodating to all if the server was getting things for other patrons or retrieving things from the kitchen. The belly dancing entertainment was nice also. Overall, I thoroughly recommend! I will def be back.
We discovered this place thru friends who raved about the food and service. I am glad we went there because the experience was nothing less than amazing. Having been to Morocco, the taste and flavors are truly authentic and it reminded us of our trip there. The portions are large.
I attended Marrakech for restaurant week and had an amazing experience. They provides 8 courses and everything was phenomenal. The service was very friendly, the food amazing and the overal atmosphere was delightful. I will definitely be back and recommend this place to others! Great for creating memories!!!
Great service,delicious food authentic environment and a belly dancing show
I came here with a friend and we had 8 courses for a reasonable price although the portions were huge
What more can you ask for I had a lot for fun and I'll be back