Koutoubia

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45 reviews
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Moroccan
Established in 1978. Koutoubia was established by Moroccan immigrant Michel Ohayon in 1978. With recipes handed down through his Mother and family, Koutoubia quickly gained the reputation as one of the best Moroccan restaurants in the country with Chefs, Food Critics and Diners alike. Today Koutoubia still offers traditional Moroccan cuisine alongside innovative Nouveau Moroccan dishes, hand crafted cocktails, Moroccan beers and wines.
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T
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a wonderful place, out of a storybook. It was so great to be able to be with my family to celebrate a birthday and experience amazing Moroccan food. It was also wonderful to spend some time with the owner, who sat with us and shared some family stories.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Nice people. Awesome ambiance

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AM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Moroccan food. Tasty salads and flavorful B’Stia with ground meat, powdered sugar in a flaky crusted pie. There is a special cocktails menu but we didn’t have one this visit. Try the lamb shank with vegetables and cous cous and the tangy chicken with raisins, cous cous, carrots and zucchini.

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l
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is amazing very relaxing and Beautiful
The service was very good and the people there are really friendly
The food very authentic and Delicious
I’m definitely Will go back
I want to try everything from the menu !
Love love love this food
We got the chicken with olives
And the lumb And spice cigars

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f
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

My wife and I have eaten here many times and this will be the last. The proprietor never fails to be unfriendly and often nasty. This time he outdid himself. We had a 9:30 pm reservation after a movie. I realized the length of the movie would make us late so I called in the afternoon to let them know we’d be there about 9:45. When we arrived at 9:50 the proprietor was quite clear that we were late even after I reminded him I gave him advanced warning. When he took our order, and we ordered a relatively light supper, he said that our order would not reach a $15.00 minimum per person so he couldn’t take the order. I told him to charge the 3 of us $45.even if our bill wasn’t that high. As it was our bill, including 3 glasses of wine, came to about $120.00. The food was quite good but the unpleasantness of the service made it clear we will not return.

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DC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Authentic atmosphere. Belly dancer was ok but very engaging. Did I mention that the food was incredibly good!

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Should have been packed out because this is too amazing!!!! Every bite was a festival of bursting ecstasy!!!! Wow

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KF
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Came here on a Tuesday night with my girlfriend and enjoyed a really delicious and beautiful meal! The restaurant is decorated pretty authentic as are the traditional meals on the menu. The service was AH-MAZING (granted, we were the only ones there, but still). Would definitely come back with a larger party/group!

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EW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Go for the delicious food and, if you like, the Pomegranate Martinis! Enjoy the authentic Moroccan decor - tented ceiling, upholstered walls, cozy banquettes, brass tray tables and all kinds of lovely decorations. The owner is reserved, but if you are polite, he is too. This is a family-run place and a quiet, warm and cozy place to enjoy a lovely evening.

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MM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming to Koutoubia with my family since I was young. I finally brought my husband here for a nice date and it was as delicious, cozy, and wonderful as I remembered. A meal here will never disappoint you.

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e
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

mediocre at best. the service, kind but slow. food, I wouldn’t go back

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KF
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were meeting friends we hadn't seen in a long time and they wanted to make it special. We decided on Koutoubia because it has one of my mother's favorite dishes . . . Bistilla, which was yummy. We ordered the salad combo plate for the table as an appetiser, and my other friend had the appetiser size bistilla for herself. My other friend is vegetarian, so he ordered the couscous with root vegetables. My mother had the entree size bistilla, and shared the salads. I ordered the lamb tagine with olives and preserved lemons . . . HEAVENLY !! A whole lamb shank swimming in a rich dark sauce, redolent with the scent of lemons and brinyness of the olives. It was served with the same mixed roasted root veggies and couscous my friend had as an entree. Even though I hadn't been to Koutoubia in about 2 years, the food quality remained as high as always . . . and the owner, Michele Ohayon, was his usual charming self as he served us personally. The decor at Koutoubia is classically Morrocan, with colorful banquet seating, pillows, and round carved and inlaid tables with huge round brass trays for tabletops. Even the ceiling is draped in colorful silks. Because of the way the tables are laid out, each one has it's own private area which makes intimate conversation possible and quiet. I'm sorry so much time passed between the last time I was there. It certainly won't happen again. All in all a very enjoyable evening !!

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D
London
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most authentic Moroccan restaurant in Los Angeles. Run by the same owner for decades - and he came and talked to us about Morocco. The food is delicious. We had couscous and lamb and Moroccan salads. They also have wine, beer, and their take on a number of cocktails. The setting is a desert fantasy - like the inside of a harem tent. Couches, scarves, hangings. Great for a celebration or a date. It was quiet the night we went. They have belly-dancing one or two nights a week. There is an attached bar that does happy hour and has a more contemporary feel. The setting will transport you.

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T
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Koutoubia is always a great pleasure. The best Mediterranean food on the Westside, beautifully prepared and presented. A great place for special occasions as well as everyday dining.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The Moroccan food is of good quality. The belly dancer was professional. They were stingy with the bread. Bread is essential for eating Moroccan food. Usually, at such restaurants, they wash your hands with warm water. They did not do this. Getting the wait staff attention was almost impossible. The woman tried her best to take orders and serve the meals. Unfortunately, the older man, who I assumed is the owner, was brusque and gruff, and often barked at the patrons if they failed to understand the menus or protocols. We watched him lose his temper many times at people and groups. They did not serve us tea and missed some of the food we ordered. It took forever to get our bill. They did not know how to split a bill among two credit cards.

I feel sorry for them. This place could be a success if they would hand over service to a professional and stop acting like peasants in a third world country.

I am saying this honestly, not to be mean, but to try and help them survive.

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JO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friend pointed me at Koutoubia a few years ago and I am always glad to have an occasion to make the effort to get across town to eat there. The food, as always was excellent.

Was a little disturbed to find that the website no longer posts their hours of operation, but the Open Table option is a good addition.

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty Moroccan cuisine in a very comfortable atmosphere. Relax in cozy booth-like spaces on cushions as you await a feast for the palate. Koutoubia offers an interesting drink menu with reasonable prices. We like the Kir Royale.

Definitely start with a salad sampler with wonderful and varied tastes, including beets, eggplant, olives, tomatoes, carrots, etc.

The bastilla is to die for. If you've never had this ultra flaky sweet/savory dish, you're in for a treat. If you're already a fan, you will love this version, one of the best. This last time we dined here, we got the bastilla as an entree so we could share it among 3 people (it easily will feed 4). The appetizer size is not enough for fans of this amazing dish, although the appetizer size is probably large enough for 2.

We also had yummy couscous with chicken: juicy and flavorful. In the past, we had a dish cooked with prunes and nuts: amazing.

Finish it off with hot mint tea, poured from on high. Service was excellent. On a Sunday night, it was pretty quiet, but on Friday and Saturday, expect more parties and probably even belly dancers to entertain.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2009
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was drawn to the restaurant by the marketing on the web site with great food and entertainment, but after spending some time there I realized that the service was changing progressivley from one visit to another. To make matters worse the owner of the restaurant was serving our table. Our experience started off very welcoming, but before we knew it we felt a very hostile environment. We felt very pressured to order dinner even though we had verbally explained to our host that we were still waiting for our friend. Owner was focused on the large party in the other room, and did not seem to care about us. Not only that, the food was rather expensive for small servings, and did not live up to the great ratings. Would not return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all, the food itself is of the highest quality, and consistently so, I've been to Koutoubia twice for dinner so far. They get all the basics right and then they add their own unique touches which I will let anyone find out about for themselves. The atmosphere is exceptionally comfortable and friendly. The decor is exciting -- an escape to a foreign land. Michel himself is a gifted host, a natural-born restauranteur. It is a delightful experience to be taken care of by him.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The owner greeted us at the door and seated us. When we were ready to order, he sat down with us and explained any menu item we had a question about. This is a very comfortable place to have dinner. The food is great! We had a great experience and will return.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2009
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The portions are small so you may have to order extra dishes. And it's not cheap so a filling meal can be pretty pricey.

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RB
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a great business dinner here. Our out of town guests loved the food - they had never had such food or been in such a charming Moroccan atmosphere. Half in our group were vegetarian and they had plenty to choose from, even tho the menu is limited. You will like this place! Go!

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LV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, fantastic ambiance, and tasty food! A bit pricey, but definitely worth going to. The owner is funny and personable, which is always a plus.

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J
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2009
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is beautifully decorated. We were disappointed that they did not have more vegetarian options. The only menu offered was the prix fixe dinner. The shared salad course was too small for our group of six. The cous-cous was rather bland and the portions of the main course were minimalist. We felt it was not a good value.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a great "find"! We were the only couple in the restaurant for most of the dinner (that's great for us; bad for the business!), which made it super romantic and cozy. The service was fantastic, from the moment we walked in the door. The menu was diverse and met all of our expectations. I definitely recommend this neighborhood gem!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

it was great! great food, atmosphere, we had a great time!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2008
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner on a Sunday night. The interior is sumptuous, and meant to evoke a yurt. All tables are booths heaped with cushions and plush stools. Staff were attentive and quite nice. The food was enjoyable, although the portions ran small. The style runs more towards Moroccan comfort food than haute cuisine, but was appropriate given the ambiance. We will be going back and taking friends since it seems like someplace to entertain. The cocktails rate 6 stars. Someone behind the bar knows what they are doing.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2008
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Not a place to take people that are picky and not open to new experiences. The decor and ambiance were definitely authentic, but it was not as private as it appeared to be online. Good food, but for the portions, it's very overpriced. Most of their cocktails were good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2008
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had an extra hour and a half past our reservation to be seated. The food was good, but not good enough for a second visit.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2008
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lamb and chicken dishes and incredibly attentive service in a relaxing atmosphere dedicated to allowing you to escape from the world outside. The merguez sausage was delicate in texture and exquisitely seasoned, and the B'stia au Poulet was fantastic, with crispy pastry and a sweetness and spice to the chicken filling that was neither cloying or mundane. And I could eat the Tagine d'Agneau M'Rouzia indefinitely, as it was some of the best lamb I've ever had. I'd heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an intimate meal or a festive group celebration.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2008
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fabulous restaurant and the food was amazing. We loved all the traditional ceremony they had with the meal. Highly recommend

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2008
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I celebrated my birthday here and we all had a great time. The food was great and the service was excellent. The belly dancer was entertaining as well. The food is quite pricey however. With the fixed menu, one beverage plus tips and taxes, we spent about $50 per person.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2008
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Koutoubia is a very solid restaurant with a wonderful array of Moroccan/Persian cuisine. We both had lamb and couscous based dishes, which were very tasty. We also especially liked their after dinner hot mint/honey tea. Additionally, their bakalava is quite tasty and the right portion size. It's not an inexpensive night out but well worth it for the tasty food and vibrant atmosphere. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2008
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ambiance is what captured my Wife & I & the service was absolutely the best! We were welcomed like we were family!! We had a great time & the belly dancer was graceful! She even took time to teach me how to belly dance! Me & my Wife had a blast! Next time we will go in a group just to share the memorable Experience! Thanks Koutoubia Staff! We will see you again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2008
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Chicken & Olives was lacking flavor, couscous was good. Ambience was nice.

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P
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2008
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Koutoubia and have had many special occasions there with our large family over the years. The food is consistently delicious with a homestyle touch -- the harissa (hot sauce) and b'stiya are beyond compare -- and the ambience (divans, cushions and low tables) is very atmospheric. On weekends, there is a highly-skilled and engaging belly dancer and traditional music.

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r
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2008
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food and service was good, however we all felt that the portions were way too small (our main course of lamb was laughably tiny) and that the overall price we paid ($33 per person + drinks) was astoundingly high, particularly given the little amount of food we were served. None of us mind spending big on a fantastic meal, but we all left Koutoubia feeling like we got ripped off. Do not bring young children to this restaurant, they are not wanted at this establishment. The owner tried desperately to mask his despair at having 2 kids in his restaurant, but he couldn't hide his feelings and ended up coming off like a strict school teacher. Not overtly rude in any way, but we felt uncomfortable. We will not go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2008
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone was so friendly especially the service...food is amazing and the ambiance too!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2008
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My date and I arrived at the Restaurant to find it closed. The sign out front said they were open on sundays. Your website said they were open. Thee message on their machine said they were open.... and I never got an email or anything explaining why they were closed even thought I had a confirmed reservation. Very disappointed with them and Open Table for not giving me a heads up or an apology...

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PP
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2008
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lots of fun. Good food and plentiful. Host Michel delightful. Will return.

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