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About Menara Moroccan Restaurant
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.
San Jose, CA 95112
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm
Daily 6:00pm to 10:00pm
North 1st Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Belly dancing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Moroccan food from 25 to 500 guests at any location.
There is parking in Menara's own private lot next to the restaurant, or street parking is also available.
Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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.
Menara Moroccan Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The place was dingy and run down, the wall paper(tiles) was damaged and peeling off the wall. There seemed to be insufficient waiters so service was very slow from taking our orders to food delivery to our table. The belly dancer tried very hard to entertain and engage the diners. The food was only so-so. It might have been a nice place in it's prime about 15 years ago. Very disappointing
Bad food, smelly carpets and seats, the only thing I liked out of the five dishes and two drinks we ordered was the blue moon and mahia
Try shalizaar or Bijan for a better albeit Persian experience
This place is for people who wanna watch belly dances not for admirers of North African cuisine
Food is excellent but the servings are really small. Recommend this as a bar/club space with a bunch of friends rather than a family restaurant. Noise is too high as well and service too slow. Overall its a good place to hang out and eat good Moroccan food.
Nice place that attempts to be exotic. I love sitting on the floor cushions. Food was tasty but not innovative-- not a necessity really. They actually do agood job with their vegetables which is good thing because I avoid eating meat (they even have rabbity, Doc!-) Staff was attentive and they bring out a big brass bowl and pitcher do can wash your hands at the table! Really, what more can you want?
Awesome experience and great food. Would highly recommend for special occasions. “I'll definitely make my way back here in the future and love sharing this dining experience with friends and family that have never been. Where else can you sit on pillows, wash your hands out of a basin before you eat a meal course-style with no utensils to finish it all off.
I gave this restaurant a shot since I was in the area for a dentist's appointment anyway. The ambiance was great: lively music with a laid-back architecture and charming furniture arrangement. The host seemed nice enough when we first got there although it was pretty clear that the place was understaffed to some degree. I personally thought it was sweet of the host to sit down with us and really listen and talk to us about our orders. However, after we ordered our food, we never saw our host again until I had to ask our busser (who was very conscientious and attentive, actually) for the bill an hour later. It seemed as though our host was going out of his way to avoid my eye contact. I really wanted to be understanding considering the restaurant was hosting about 5 tables with what seemed like just two people on the floor. However, I recognized the time old prioritization of larger parties by the host and was thoroughly disappointed. Not once were we asked how our food was. Rather, as a guilty afterthought, our host returned with my credit card muttering, "I hope everything was alright."
The food itself was pretty good. I ordered the braised lamb over onions. The dish came over couscous, which I absolutely love - though if I ever do visit this restaurant again, I'd order the couscous on the side because the sauce was pretty rich and the couscous was sparse by proportion. However, if I ever do go back, I will be ordering takeout. I suggest the same to future patrons that appreciate thoughtful restaurant service. Don't get your hopes too high for the service here.
My first time at the restaurant on a saturday night .
I as well as other customers felt the service was slow, no issues with the service staff, they were great. I thought they were overwhelmed by the number of ppl. I would have give a 5 rating if service was not an issue
We were 4 people of 6 customers during our dining experience. Food overall was descent, not something to write home about. Ambiance was a little off, and may have been just for the time of day. The menu item of pastry with powder sugar on top filled with Lamb was very good. One reason that would bring me back .. for at least a to-go order.
I had never been to this restaurant, even though I've lived in SJ forever! I enjoyed the floor seating and Moroccan decorations. ( I would add candles to the tables, and more hanging lanterns) My Lamb with Honey/almonds was delicious, but difficult to eat with the bones. I really enjoyed the hot mint tea. The Prawns with sun-dried tomato were also delicious. I did not care for the salad nor the couscous that came with my meal. The wine I ordered tasted good, but I was unhappy with the small pour/serving- maybe 4oz. and the second glass I ordered was also maybe 4oz. The service was fine.
The thing I would most like to see changed was the MUSIC! When I am sitting and trying to eat a relaxing meal, I do not want raucous PARTY/DANCING music playing. Please find some soothing, romantic, acoustic Moroccan music to play at your restaurant!
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