Menara Moroccan Restaurant

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

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had a staff dinner at Menara and everyone loved the experience. The decor was inviting and authentic. The food was fantastic. I don’t think anyone had anything left on their plates!

MD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great experience. Order the multi-course meals -- we like the Moroccan, and a couple of Morrocan Magic drinks to go with (Mai Tai - like), and you're set. They provide utensiles, but eat with your hands! Great from salad to baclava and mint tea. The honeyed lamb is amazing, and the chicken is so tender you just suck the meat from the bones. Every time I take guests, they always comment on what a amazing time they had. Oh and bring some smaller bills for the belly dancer!

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. I found it online and gave it a chance. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful and the music compliments the mood. I had a large meal with many types of food to try and all were absolutely amazing. It is very clear that the cook and staff take pride in this restaurant. I am already planning to go back again with a larger group.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here. Was treated like an honored member of a rich family. The belly dancing was entertaining and a lot of fun. I hope this place stays around.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went a Saturday night. It felt like being in Marocco, very exotic. We were seated close to another table, we had the feeling to be too noisy for them, a bit of space could be good. The service was professional but stressed. The food was excellent.

ML
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for all events. Food and entertainment are just fabulous. Exotic and energetic. You will not be disappointed.

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere
Food was mediocre a bit tasteless

VP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and we loved it. Good food, and a wonderful experience!

FD
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We went on a Sunday night - not knowing that the restaurant would be virtually empty and that there was no show that night. So we paid a lot extra for a show - none. The menu lacked options - basically, they had 4 prix fixe meals.

No real tables - you sit on cushions or low benches. At first, this was fun - but after a while, it got very uncomfortable.

MY
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Yes and no. They really need to update the inside. It is old, dingy and dirty.

JB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, totally recommend it. Nice atmosphere, good food and prices.

VN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun place if you like good food and entertainment.

DI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

There were 8 in our group. There also was a large private party in another room. There were only 2 waitresses to serve both groups and one of the them was also the bartender as well as preparing our bill. They did their best but really could have used one more server. Our group enjoyed the food and several said they would return.

SC
New England
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but a little quiet that night, probably due to Easter Sunday. Great food!

MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great belly dancing! Good value!

OT
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place for friends to sit around low tables for family style meals and belly dancers. Good ambiance for children as well as adults

MM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Great service. Ambiance is perfect. We really enjoyed ourselves.

OV
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We really want it to like it after reading all reviews we had to much expectations, but food was no good only bastilla was well made and tasted like morrocan food. Food was bad and it’s overpriced we won’t go back again probably only to watch belly dance and have a drink in the bar
We toke all food home we wore not able to eat it but we can’t waist almost 100dlls sort of food we just end up giving it away
The decor it’s nice I hope they fix the menu and the prices they need to visit morroco to know what’s real morrocan food (the sauce on the fish was nice that’s about it)
Music played couple of songs then stop and started again same couple of songs over and over.

l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a fun evening. The food was good and the baklava was delicious.

LD
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining room was large and dark, with tables around the edge. They have music/dance at 8pm each night, so the place fills up very gradually, and the service is faster if you come earlier. We were a large group, so we shared seven meals between eight people, and had food left over. The fish (no bones), chicken kebabs, and lamb roasted in honey were the favorites. We had just over an hour, so we had to take the baklava to go and missed the mint tea at the end. Very comfortable and not too loud.

F
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Pros: the service and the belly dancers, the bastilla and the honey lamb.
Cons: the restaurant has been in business for over 40 years and it appears that they haven't updated the interior since then, including the carpet and other aspects. The first course was rather bland, as was the chicken with preserved lemons and event the mint tea. This could be a wonderful, fun place with a little tweaking and TLC.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love how attentive the restaurant was to my food allergies and preferences. The live bellydance shows were beautiful and the food was excellent. Definitely going there again. Have I mentioned how attentive the staff is? Kudos to the wonderful hostess that made me confident that my food would be handled with care. Love this place.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - gorgeous atmospher all around! Food was delcious - Loved it!

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great time with friends and the entertainment was great food was also vary flavorful

MA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a wonderful experience, the food was exquisite and the service excellent, definitively I will be back to try a different dish.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Such a cool experience!! Service was exceptional!

VG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were a group of seven on new year's eve. They had increased the price to flat $50 per person with a fixed (and worse) menu without any prior notice either online or outside the restaurant. The food was very uninspired and less in quantity. The bread were cold and white - did i say no selection. Belly dance very ordinary.

W
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was fine and the waitress was courteous, but the food was terrible, shrimps were almost raw, tea was not real fresh mint in a Moroccan teapot (it was tea bags). Cheap hard plastic plates. I would not recommend this restaurant unless belly dancing is what you're looking for.

TT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Menara Moroccan restaurant for about 30 years now and it has really good food, it gives you a chance to relax, the live entertainment is very good, and all the staff is very friendly.

CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the dancing, excellent bellydancers! Service was excellent, nice ambience.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would give it five star, but they don’t have any entertainment on Sunday. They have it Tues-Sat and not sure why Tues and not Sunday!?!

TN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Menara has priced their meals to exclude the general public, and now caters to those earning big bucks. The food is good but there is no way it's worth ~$40/person. I ate there long ago when the same dish was $16, before Menara got GREEDY.

s
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing authentic Moroccan dining experience. Will beer back for sure.

AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Disappointed about the food but ambiance was great. Good service.

MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is expensive, choice is limited, quantity is small and taste is less than expected

RA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place to spend a long lunch with a dear friend, catching up on our recent news.

BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in an area of limited ethnic food and have no Morracan restaurant around. We enjoy our dinner here which was very good. Portions, however, are much smaller with two people than a big group.

VR
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This place used to have an a la carte menu, now they have changed it to a set menu. Between the courses they take a lot of time, but you cannot use that time to talk with people at your table because the music is turned up loud for the dancers. This is no longer a family friendly restaurant, no opportunity to sit back and relax. We spent 2 hours here over dinner, and were hardly able to have a decent conversation. Looks like the management is really trying to make this a hangout place for non-families. We're not going back there.

BK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Menu changed, only have combo options, very expensive. Food has small portion, and drunk is average. There is a dead fly in my friend wine glass, disgusting!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful experience. Re made a dish for me to account for an allergen that I forgot to mention before.

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