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Koutoubia

4.7
4.7
63 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.
great for private party or group of friends to great fun

Today Koutoubia still offers traditional Moroccan cuisine alongside innovative Nouveau Moroccan dishes, hand crafted cocktails, Moroccan beers and wines and more import wines .

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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Moroccan, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 475-0729

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Koutoubia offers the city's finest Moroccan Cuisine, right in your own home or venue of your choice! Catering packages are available and include multi-course Moroccan feasts and individual dishes priced per item. Please call for details.

  • Neighborhood

    Westwood

  • Cross street

    Olympic Blvd

  • Parking details

    Free parking is available in the rear and side of the building. Additional free parking is available on the street after 7:00pm.

  • Public transit

    Koutoubia is located on Westwood Blvd. just 1/2 block north of Olympic Boulevard, easy walking distance from Santa Monica Blue Bus Stops.

  • Entertainment

    Koutoubia offers live Belly Dancing on Friday and Saturday Evenings and for private parties. Please call for details!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 63 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    It was great. Kinda funny but great. We were the only ones in there and the hosts were few on words but still kind. Food was pretty good. I’m snotty though and comparing it to food in Morocco. Most dishes were really good though. The bastilla (so?) was a bit dry and I miss the chicken being served in a tagine but I would definitely go back. They had belly dancing which was a huge plus. Very intimate Ave overall lovely place.

  2. HM

    HiramM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fabulous gem! Can't believe this has been here for so long and we've never bothered to check it out. Think staple Moroccan dishes meets refined French cuisine in a festive and beautifully decorated dining room. Flavors were on point and very authentic. Top that all off with the owner / host being so welcoming and friendly!

  3. T

    8There

    Los Angeles

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Trying a new Moroccan restaurant with friends, Koutoubia is easy to miss with a small store front next to a vehicle storage facility. Run by a very friendly couple, the decor sets the mood and is very comfortable. On Saturday nights, it is a prix fixe menu: delicious Moroccan vegetable soup, a mezze plate for the table with bread flavored with Anise ( also very good), Bstilla with Chicken (IMHO, too sweet and could not find the chicken), an entree (chicken or lamb) with couscous, and finally cookies and orange blossom tea. A belly dancer provides entertainment during the evening - Something fun and different. Be forewarned the proprietors did not wear masks.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great overall cultural experience. Delicious authentic Moroccan food prepared with care and lovely presentation. The decor is lavish and comfortable - you really feel transported to another land. The service is exceptional, friendly but not hovering. I plan on returning very soon!

  5. DC

    DavidCA

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food is unique and outstanding for each dish. Spices and tasted one offend cannot find anywhere.

  6. DD

    DanD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great find! Fun Moroccan place with great decor that feels like you’re in a tent in Casablanca! Good music added to the ambiance and the owners are sweet wonderful people who take good care of you.

    KoutoubiaResponded on October 11, 2021

    thank you

  7. L

    La1wing

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice to return to this restaurant now that it has reopened. The lamb dishes were very tasty.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best staycation depends on great restaurants like this. Los Angeles is losing its treasures and we hope Koutoubia is able to survive this pandemic. The food, atmosphere and service is above and beyond. A night in Casablanca should be experienced like this.

  9. TW

    TaraW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had a reservation with Koutoubia for a Saturday evening, when we arrived on time, the restaurant was completely closed and dark.

  10. B

    Brianne

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    I use to come here with family for festive celebrations. I hadn't been for a few years and was incredibly disappointed to see that the service, ambiance, and food portions have plummeted. While the food is good, it's not great and overall, the evening was overpriced for what we got. Especially when we got a surprise charge of $20 for the bellydancer that was entertaining at the restaurant. I'm sad to say that I will not be returning.

  11. LR

    LydiaR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Koutoubia is a VERY, SPECIAL spot. There are a small number of tables, and the space is intimate. It is wonderful for a special occasion for a small group, couple, anniversary, etc. I spent NEW YEAR's EVE there and there was a fabulous belly dancer, along with guest participation. The food is delicious, and different from run of the mill plant to table. The good thing is there are vegetarian options, amongst the lamb and chicken. The chicken was phenomenal in the date and honey sauce. The owner is a bit jaded, and adds more character because of it. Over 40 years and it's a gem.

  12. S

    Sofia

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    Food was good but the service was very poor. Not sure if he was the owner as he was the only one attending but clearly didn't care to be friendly.

  13. DA

    DianeA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the most amazing evening last night at Koutoubia. The lamb shank, bistilla, salads and martinis were fantastic. The service was warm and welcoming. The environment was beautiful and comfortable. The value is tremendous -- a special, elegant and delicious meal with drinks for much less than many fine dining establishments charge. It was a memorable, exotic, romantic, and delicious experience.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This neighborhood restaurant is so charming. We've gone there for family events as well as a casual meal. Always good.

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    newtoopentable

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a wonderful dining experience. Good ambience, quiet, good food. Yes, I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.

  16. NS

    NSNS1956

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Step in to Koutoubia, and you be transported to a beautiful space filled with rich tapestry, colorful rugs, silk pillows, and cozy corners. It feels as if you are in a luxurious tent in Moroccan setting. The food is delicious, and tastes home cooked.

  17. B

    Bbobs1

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Love the belly dancer! Wish they still had more of the tradition...owner used to wear more traditional garb, pour tea Moraccan style...it's lost some of its authenticity but still a fun place to go

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the place to ourselves which was great for us but really backwards for the quality of the food and ambiance. We were served by the husband and wife owners themselves and they were so respectful and sweet. It’s our new birthday tradition!

  19. T

    Tarzana

    Los Angeles

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food. Nice people. Awesome ambiance

  21. AM

    AMYlevy1

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  22. l

    limorek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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

  23. f

    fogiesnightout

    Los Angeles

    75 reviews

    2.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall2food4service3ambience2

    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.

  24. DC

    DavidCA

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience5

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

  25. PD

    PiperD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  26. KF

    KarenF

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  27. EW

    ElisabethW

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    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.

  28. MM

    MikkisMama

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  29. e

    ekkis

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience1

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

  30. KF

    KlaraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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 !!

  31. D

    Dolly

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  32. T

    Thomas

    Los Angeles

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  33. AS

    AndyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    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.

  34. JO

    JOdel

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2009

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2009

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2009

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  39. MD

    MelissaD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2009

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    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.

  40. RB

    RebeccaBBinLA

    Orange County

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2009

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    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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Koutoubia is rated 4.7 stars by 63 OpenTable diners

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Koutoubia

2116 Westwood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025

  • Cross street

    Olympic Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Westwood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Moroccan, French

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free parking is available in the rear and side of the building. Additional free parking is available on the street after 7:00pm.

  • Public transit

    Koutoubia is located on Westwood Blvd. just 1/2 block north of Olympic Boulevard, easy walking distance from Santa Monica Blue Bus Stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Koutoubia offers live Belly Dancing on Friday and Saturday Evenings and for private parties. Please call for details!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 475-0729

  • Catering

    Koutoubia offers the city's finest Moroccan Cuisine, right in your own home or venue of your choice! Catering packages are available and include multi-course Moroccan feasts and individual dishes priced per item. Please call for details.

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