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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.

41 East Gish Rd.
San Jose, CA 95112
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Moroccan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday-Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm

Dinner
Daily 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Cross Street:
North 1st Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 453-1983

Website:
http://www.menara41.com/

Entertainment:
Belly dancing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Catering:
Moroccan food from 25 to 500 guests at any location.

Parking Details:
There is parking in Menara's own private lot next to the restaurant, or street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.

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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Details
Sun - Thu 6:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

Private Dining

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

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Fun (7)
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Authentic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Casual (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Live Music (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Business Meals (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups
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·Dined 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!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Live Music, Casual, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Unique dining experience with great food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 1, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 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!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Really fun atmosphere when the belly dancer comes out!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

fun live entertainment (belly dance). I recommended for all families.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Stay away
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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great place! Good food and very accommodating. Excellent for large groups

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

What a great experience! Took our work team of 10 and enjoyed the traditional atmosphere and authentic food. Thanks for being flexible with the menu so that we could try different things!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was excellent, but unfortunately service was very slow and it was super warm inside the restaurant they should at have air conditioning available

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great Place, Good Belly Dancers, Great seating arrangement..

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The food was terrific, very authentic and great flavor. Very authentic. I can't wait to come back next time and recommend it to anybody who loves this kind of food

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Quiet nice environment.
The food is just ok.
Wine selection is very poor with no good wines at all.
Service is not so good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I just wish the belly dancer had been there. It was a Sunday, though. Everything else was fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

It's pretty cool....the food is classy ambience is too good. Entertainment belly dancing is the cherry on the top

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

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?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We ordered the Menara meal for two. Very sweet...almost too sweet to eat. Quality was ok. However, we expected more based on reviews from Yelp. Good for a one time visit if you're looking to do something different. Belly dancers were entertaining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Kid friendly place with wonderful food and excellent service. The belly dancing was spectacular, it made the evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Their tagine has nothing to do with the actual Moroccan dish. Huge disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Fun and unique. Good for a gathering with friends, a date, or simply something different.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2017

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.

Totally Awesome..!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Authentic flavorful ethnic food, energetic performance, quite a special experience.
The uniquely decorated will transport you to a different world!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Wonderful service. Held a baby shower there and were given all the attention we needed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Service a bit slow but great entertainment. The best is watching drunk patrons trying to belly dance.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 20, 2017

This place is amazing. We went on a quiet weeknight and it was very romantic. I hear it gets very busy on the weekends and I can imagine that this is a lot of fun for large groups too. Beautiful and unique!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Just a great overall experience and I'd NOT limit it to a special occasion

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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