Marrakesh Costa Mesa

4.2
602 reviews
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$30 and under
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Moroccan

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Serving Southern California since 1975 Award winning Marrakesh
Tented tables, low lights, painted clouds on the ceiling and lively belly dancers will surely delight you and your guest dining experience!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Moroccan
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, CLOSED Monday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 645-8384
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Latifa Bakiri
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Private party facilities
Let us host your next event.
Birthdays, Anniversary, Christmas, rehearsal, wedding party.
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Private party contact
Ali Rabbani: (949) 331-4100
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Catering
Marrakesh Restaurant offers catering for all occasions. Choose from a complete Moroccan-style dinner or buffet service
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19 Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking weekends & Holidays only
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Public transit
Bust Stop
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Entertainment
Bell Dancing Nightly
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.3
ambience
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant was closed and I made a reservation over open table and took my party to a closed restaurant!

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Place was closed for renovations
Showed up and it was closed.
Shouldn’t you know this

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M
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It's closed. Stop offering reservations for it. Horrible experience. We drove 25 miles to get there and it was closed. Wasted all that gas.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Despite being able to purchase a Groupon for dinner and despite being able to make a reservation, THE RESTAURANT IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS! Why are these services available when the facility is not?

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AE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation for dinner but when we arrived at this place, the restaurant was closed. Amazing!!!

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RN
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got reservations here for our first anniversary, weeks in advance. We drove up from San Diego and when we arrived for our reservation, we were met with a sign "closed for renovations".

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great portion of food so it's best if you come in hungry. The food was great, same for the service. The waiters checked on us and others on a timely basis. As the noise level depends on the band playing music for the belly dances, tonight it was a bit loud for the restaurant that was not full at the time (we got our table at 5, their opening time). Definitely would go back - and starving this time!

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WW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with spectacular service. Ambiance took me to a different t place in the world.

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MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

There’s not many wines to choose from,
They only offer one desert.
Food is not that special
It’s ok for one time try
Sitting is not comfortable for older people

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N
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior and fun atmosphere, delicious cultural food, not good for talking - music is very loud.

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PD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. The belly dancer was very good and personable and good with kids. The food is outstanding and the groupon made it a real bargain.

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SK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 2

On tradition dinner the chicken was too salty, the dining are too loud and dark, and the seating area too low for people with physical problems.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and friendly. Food amazing. All good!

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AG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. A bit pricey. We especially liked the salad and I thought the roasted lamb was a gastronomical delight. Overall it's so good to dine on fresh savory vegetables with a variety of protein dishes. The decor and belly dancer made a nice authentic ambiance

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was not as good as anticipated, small portions.I ordered lemon chicken and got just that. Only a lemon chicken breast with no side. It was dark and musty smelling. I ordered one iced tea for $3.50 and I was charged $8.53 even with my Groupon. Not sure how that happened! Anyway, the only parking was $4 valet, with no self park option. It was overpriced and over-rated. the only good thing was the baklava, and it was too small. The belly dancer did her best but she looked too young. Will not go back.

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MC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, really enjoyed it! I used to go years ago when they were in Newport! Always a great treat!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance

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F
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food tasted like it was was prepared several days before we ate it . Service was slow had to ask for everything from forks to water. Wine was watered down . Lamb was cold in the middle but tender. Dessert was stale.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and we were seated right away. Great overall service.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food — we were stuffed when we left! Nice service and ambiance. Enjoyed the belly dancing too. We went for anniversary and they brought a special dessert and sang to us.

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r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an amazing birthday! We love you guys so much!!!

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EJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fun place. A great way to mark a special occasion.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was an entertaining experience however being that it was our first time, would have liked for them to review their menu with us, even after letting them know it was our first visit.

Overall, staff is friendly and serviceable. Definitely worth a visit at least once.

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a
Orange County
75 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place to enjoy Moroccan food good service fast clean and delicious

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service! Will definitely return again.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ll be going back very soon!!!

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HS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service isn’t good as before also the food was average

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ME
Montana
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Lose the belly dancing and focus on the quality of food.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

My husband and I took our children to Marrakesh for a special celebration. This was our very first time there.My husband loves Mediterranean food so he was very much looking forward to it, specially for the pretty good reviews that we read in Yelp and Open Table. I’m sad to say that we were all very disappointed. Food was nothing special... almost bland. They only have one type of salad and one type of soup available (!!) And, I can get better portioned filet, chicken or shrimp kebabs with more and tastier sides (than “just” the rice Or couscous at Marrakesh)... at less than half the price (!)The servers were very dry. No smiles. We all enjoyed the belly dancer presentation, but overall we feel that we didn’t get a good value for our money. We won’t be back.

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G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years, and it never disappoints. Delicious food and fun, authentic atmosphere. Love this place!!

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HT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

An unique restaurant which has tented rooms. The tables are low and the seating on couches and chairs are also very low and your legs can hardly fit under the table without cramping. We went there during OC Restaurant Week and the four of us ordered and shared the fixed menu dishes. The vegetable soup (Harira) with lentils, tomatoes and garbanzo was served in a handled bowl without a spoon. You drink out of the bowl. It was very good. The salad of marinated eggplant, carrots, tomatoes and cucumber was also good. The hummus, served with pita chips, was among the best we ever had. The Bastilla appetizer of filo dough stuffed with ground chicken, egg, almonds and spices topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and a picture of a camel made with cinnamon was the dish of the night. The tangines of roasted lamb in honey sauce, filet of white fish and lemon chicken were all good with the lamb taking first place. The dessert was a very good baklava served with small glasses of tasty mint tea. While we were having dessert a belly dancer came in and entertained us, inviting our younger couple to dance with her which they did. All in all a very enjoyable experience . Certainly a place to come back to with visitors or if you just want a night out in a different atmosphere.

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F
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

A friend suggested that the 6 of us try this place. What a mistake. The place is run down. The server was very short with us and unwelcoming. The seating was shabby and uncomfortable. The food was almost inedible. I ordered lamb with veggies and couscous and they served the lamb as on large piece of meat on a bone instead of nice pieces of meat on the couscous. There was nothing about the meal that is worth writing about. The other five friends also were underwhelmed by their meals as well.

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B
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been watching the British Big Family Cooking Showdown and the Ainsley Eats the Streets, which have inspired me to have Moroccan food. I have been to Morocco and have tried cooking it in the past. The food at Marrakesh was better than average but not gourmet. I really enjoyed the soup, bread, and appetizer. The bastilla was good but not exceptional. The entree needs a little improvement. My quail was a little dry, and my husband's lamb was sweet. I was glad the mint tea was not as sweet as I've had it elsewhere. I'm glad that this restaurant is so close to our house so we can come back when in the mood for the exotic.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my daughter for her birthday. It was not that busy and felt a little quiet, but we did go during the week. We had great food and service, and loved the experience.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great time! Super nice people. Belly dancers are always fun. Will be back soon!!

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o
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

we were placed in an area isolated from the rest of the facility and our service suffered. Wine and non alcoholic drinks did not taste good at all. Food was really tasty, but pretty pricey for what we got. Belly dancing was fun.

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H
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

First time to morracan restaurant. Good was too sweet for my taste.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really authentic cultural experience. Lots of food. Loved the ambience! Food very good!

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c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really fun and interesting meal with my girlfriend for her birthday + valentines day. The food was good, the music and vibe was fun, but thought it was slightly on the pricey/expensive end. Overall really enjoyed our time though. Would recommend.

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Y
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s an experience to be at this restaurant. We had not been here in 25 years and it doesn’t seem like anything has been changed or updated. Other than this our very nice waiter whom we recognize from another cafe, not much else is to be complimented. We were greeted briefly and escorted to our table without a word. Hostess did not check us in and open table sent email that we didn’t honor our reservation when we actually did. Decor is interesting but shabby old. Food was ok. It is not a place I would highly recommend or return once again. The belly dancer was ok. The chairs were so uncomfortable that our legs were numb by the end of the meal!!!
Overall an average meal. I hope they take the time to update it and upgrade their meals.

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