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Menara Moroccan Restaurant

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498 reviews
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$30 and under
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Moroccan
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Menara Moroccan Restaurant has been serving the Bay area for 30 years. An award winning menu and belly dancing makes this a premier dining place in San Jose. Near the junction of 101 and 880 Freeway at the 1st Street exit and Gish Road Station, Menara Moroccan Restaurant is conveniently located near major hotels, the convention center and airport. Romance, fantasy, fun. Have your own little Casablanca today.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Moroccan
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday-Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm

Dinner
Daily 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 453-1983
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Moroccan food from 25 to 500 guests at any location.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North 1st Street
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Parking details
There is parking in Menara's own private lot next to the restaurant, or street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.
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Entertainment
Belly dancing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Perfect place for Corporate events, Holiday Parties, Weddings, Birthdays & private party from 25-300 guests. Belly Dancing, Full bar, extensive wine menu & custom dinner menu available. Full Service or Elegant Buffet. We customize every event to the clients needs.

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What 498 People Are Saying
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3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food, amazing experience. Family owned for 40+ years. Service was great, and the belly dancing was interactive and fun. I look forward to my next visit!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had a reservation and were promptly seated. The service and food were excellent! We look forward to our next visit there.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Out of the four entrees we ordered (vegetarian b'stilla, rabbit with paprika, lamb with honey and almonds, fish with green chermoula), the only dish that wowed was the lamb - it was spectacularly tender and not gamey at all. The service was quite lackluster, especially by the young gentleman with glasses, and we were rushed out by the end of the night. The belly dancing was the highlight of the night. Overall it was just ok.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was delicious and service excellent and very friendly. Entertainment was fantastic. Look forward to our next visit, which will be soon!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was very poor. I believe the restaurant is sadly under staffed. The noise level was ear shattering and there were several groups of very noisy, young people. Some looked to be underage and were obviously inebriated

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This restaurant is way overdue for a remodel
The place looks very ran down, not taken care. If the areas visible to customers were that much neglected, I could not help but worry about the kitchen’s condition.
The servers were very nice, that is the only positive review.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I came here for my birthday and I had a blast! The decor and atmosphere was amazing and felt like we were transported to Morocco! The dining experience extended this sentiment: I sat on a round cushion at a low table and someone brought us a beautiful hand washing basin and bread in a woven basket. I loved it as well as the food. The food was so delicious! We stayed for awhile so we could catch belly dancing on Thursday at 8 pm. My only suggestion for improvement was to someone light up our area when reading the menu as it was bit dark. Perhaps each table can have a lantern to read the menu and when orders are taken, it can be taken away to maintain the ambiance. I strongly recommend this place!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Enjoyed the performance

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Had been there years ago and the food was better. Would have liked more input from waitress on best choices. Seemed dated and expensive

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Attentive service, nice and quiet at the location we went to (it was a Sunday night).

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

They used to give you towels so you can rinse and dry your hands, and use the towels as napkins. Now they provide non-absorbant napkins that are ineffective.

The food used to be excellent, now it is fair to poor -- on the salty side. And on the boring side.

However, the ambiance was excellent. The belly-dancing was very fun and well done. The price was good.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Old, run down and dirty.
Needs updating very badly.
Looks like it was a great concept at some point, but is now failing.

Food was ok.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day.

- Mark up price for a special love day; the norm
- a few Mylar balloons to give it The V day feel; tacky
- The prefixed meal was no different than an average day
- Service was mediocre, nothing worth noting
- The feeling was... being herded like a flock of sheep; sit, eat, and go

Overall, it’s an experience. Belly dancing was entertaining, for a bit.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service, food and drinks. Looking forward to our next Date Night!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

A fun experience on a Saturday evening. Mesmerizing entertainment is a must see! Delicious food from Kebabs to four course meals.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Amazing place! Will take my wife and kids here!

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

This was my first visit and I was extermely disappointed. It took a long time to take our order, the food as ok but I was expecting a better quality. The service was so bad that at some point we felt forgotten in the resturant.
It was surprising that they charge you a tip for party of 5 or more.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was courteous. The entertainment was fun and friendly. They even prepared a surprise dessert for us.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2018

A group of 6 of us went to Menara Moroccan for the adventure! Some of us had been before, others had not. As usual, Menara does not disappoint. For newbies to Moroccan food, the fixed price menus off are great way to try a number of different things. The service was very good, and we were lucky enough to have a belly dancer (we went on Sunday, and there is usually not a belly dancer on Sundays). I believe her name was Kai and she was absolutely wonderful!

Menara Moroccan is a great place for parties and large group events. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. Be prepared to get up and belly dance!

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a reservation and were quickly seated when the restaurant opened at 6pm. The tables had not all been set up in advance, so staff were shuttling plates and napkins from one table to the next or gathering more from elsewhere. The staff were assisting other customers who arrived after us and seating a large group, so it took 10 minutes to place our drink order and another 15 minutes before we were able to place our dinner order. The group of 12-15 people was celebrating an anniversary and were seated next to us. The bar drinks were okay but nothing too special. The food, however, that came in 6 different rounds was fabulous! We highly recommend the Cornish Game Hen and Lamb dishes. The noise level of the piped in music was too high for our tastes and the large group next to us was loudly celebrating, so unfortunately we "almost 70 year olds" were not able to carry on regular conversation for our Date Night. We really appreciated the Belly Dancer at 7pm, that we did not expect on a Sunday night, and tipped her for the excellent performance. This is certainly a location for a Moroccan experience with hand washing at your table and a Mint Tea finale! We do plan to return, hopefully on a quieter night.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Great service and food. The view of the sunset was amazing!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food!!! Lovely belly dancing overall a fantastic restaurant 👍🏻

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food and reasonable prices for lunch. We were a little skeptical since we were the ONLY table there for lunch. Apparently the restaurant has been in business for 40 years, open only at night, and only just started lunch hours a year ago. The ambience is more fitting for dinner hours, dim, but unique decor.

I definitely recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

I enjoyed the environment and the entertainment. Food was delivered very fast and consumed quickly

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

It was a great experience... food was really good as well. The total experience was well worth it. Not for people in a rush. Go early and stay late, it's definitely worth the time.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Fun place for a birthday party but the service was not very good. We had asked for our drinks several times and never received the tea service.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The place is very energetic, the staff is very welcoming. Perfect for a birthday and they have a nice entertainment.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

I ordered Tagine on a Thursday evening and the dish was quite good. I've been craving good Morrocan food since my trip to Montreal and this was a gem for a cuisine that's not common in San Jose. You do have to be prepared to sit traditional style on floor cushions with pillows and low tables and really low lighting for dinner. It goes with the ambiance but might not be comfortable for your back and be a tad dark for some folks in certain nooks.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful from start to finish!!!! Would definitely recommend to others!!

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

we ordered one kabob platter and fish tagine. The kabob platter was good but they didnt serve tagine on the pot what it was supposed to serve on and the taste was bland. really loved the belly dancing part. If I go again i will be going for belly dancing not for food.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Delightfully Enriching experience for all the senses!! I highly recommend it. I have been eating here since 1977.
It has grown to be even better.
Bravo!!

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

I had the Cornish hen the apricots. Great flavor, large serving. I was concerned about the bones. So tender even the bones fell off into the couscous. Nect time I will order a dish without the bones. I look forward to trying dinner and seeing the belly dancers.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Unique dining experience with great food and service.

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Been here before. Food taste went down a bit but still a fun place to go.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was outstanding, service could have been much better, ambiance was very nice, the belly dancers were energetic and their performance was professional. Dinner should be an adventure and at Menara's it was great fun. If the service had been better would have rated 5 stars. Would be a great place to go with a large group.

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2017

It was a long time ago that I was here for the first time. You definitely feel like you have been wisked away to a foreign land. The food is tasty and not overwhelming. I thought I would have garlic breath for the night but I was pleasantly surprised. But I was also surprised about poor service. We were seated for a long time before the waitress never came to our table. Once we ordered, we received our drinks after the appetizer and the b'stilla. The food was delicious and prepared well. After we were done, I had to summons the waitress to get our check after waiting for about 30 minutes. I would've had more to drink and dessert but she didn't come around :-( we had the hummus, chicken b'stilla and Cornish game hen with apricots and raisins.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food
The air conditioning was not working
Good dancers
Good service

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2.0Dined on August 20, 2017

We really wnted to like this restaurant since we love this type of food but it was not to be. The soup was good but the reminder of the dishes were very overcooked. The Bastilla was crispy but so dry inside it was hard to eat. We've had this many times in many different restaurants and its always been moist and delicious. For my lamb kabob I actually got I skewer with two pieces of lamb on it, very small amount, also unlike any other place we have tried. Staff was very pleasant but not well organized and often got our order wrong so they had to take the dish back and start again. They didn't seem to communicate with one another well and clearly did not have enough staff for the size of the restaurant. Also, very warm and stuffy inside, clearly had no A/C so don't go there on a hot day!

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Amazing food excellent ambience plus the belly dancing is a must watch👍🏻👍🏻

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Really fun atmosphere when the belly dancer comes out!

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