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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
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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