Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant

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Moroccan
Moltaqa is translated as a place where people meet and enjoy the whole experience.

Healthy and flavourful, halal Moroccan cuisine, full of aromatic spices. Vegan and gluten free options. We offer BC and international wines, beers on tap, cocktails. Freshly squeezed juices, Kombucha on tap, Moroccan Tea, Turkish coffee, homemade lemonade.

Moroccan cuisine is a delicious combination of mouthwatering flavors that make it unique. Moroccan food is incredibly diverse, thanks to the country's interaction with other cultures and nations over the centuries. Influenced by Berbers, Arabs, Andalusian, Mediterranean and especially French.

We use traditional Moroccan Tagines for cooking, where the convection produced by the design of the pot cooks everything perfectly. The dish is naturally and continuously basted - ingredients are moist and the meat buttery.

No Fat, No Oils. All our meat is halal and hormone- and antibiotic-free. We have lots of vegan and pescatarian options. Dance shows.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great experience the food was top notch and the owner came over and made conversation. Nice setting, decor and ambiance. They were very busy and a little short staffed (Owner’s words) so our last 45 minutes of the experience, left us a little disappointed. Once we got our mains, the server came by once and then we never saw anybody for 45 min. We certainly would’ve had a special coffee and desert. Overall the food was great and we will come back and dine.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Great food, good vibes, we had the misfortune of having a waitress who did not know where she was doing.

P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Always love the food at Moltaqa and the owner is a very nice affable guy. However, the place is packed on weekends, so the noise level was very high. Restaurant was well staffed, but all the servers looked a bit frazzled by the crowds. Service was good though. Younger crowds taking pictures of the food to post them online. So if you like lot's of people and lot's of energy, it is perfect. For someone like myself who is a bit crowd averse, I'll stay away from Moltaqa on the weekends and leave it for the 20 somethings who were packed in this hopping venue!

JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with really great food - shared a few dishes with friends and we loved it! The price ended up being very reasonable as well. Friendly staff too

L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The staff at Moltaqa aim to please. The service was great, food fabulous and it is a beautiful room. We were giving small tastings of the beef sirloin just prepared and it melted in your mouth. My lamb tangine was delightful!

LR
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience, food and service. A hidden gem in Crosstown

HS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Rustic food and simple presentation. Tried the special and other dishes and found the pot contains the same vegetables. It would be nice if there was a better variety within the dishes.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for dining with us Helena. We appreciate your feedback, and are changing seasonal vegetables in tagines on new winter menu. Hope to see you here soon to try more features. Mimo Moltaqa

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for lunch on a Sunday so it was relatively quiet. The food was great, service was a tad slow, however our server was friendly, professional, and offered us great suggestions. The decor is quite nice, it was still cozy even though it could have been awkwardly empty.
We shared three starters, stuffed aubergines (really good), a salad (super fresh and tasty!), and a stew (also great). We all ordered the same main, which was the lamb with figs tagine, it did not disappoint!
Looking forward to coming back on a Friday or Saturday evening to experience the belly dancing and potentially a whole different vibe !

OK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, the ambience was cool and authentic, and they even have a belly dancer on weekends.
Would recommend!

S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We visited Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant and were very disappointed. The Service was so bad that it took away from the rest of our experience. Though the food also certainly could have been better. Our Server was under the impression that he was a comedian...and he was not only not funny, but he was fouled mouthed, loud and obnoxious, and not only to our table, but in looking around, you could see other patrons were feeling the same way. His really poor service took away from the ambiance and certainly from our overall experience...moreover he got our order wrong. The food itself was mediocre. While the tagine dish was alright, our pastilla was soggy and tasteless. And what Moroccan restaurant doesn’t have olives? Have you never been to Morocco, it’s a staple at every restaurant. I don’t recommend this restaurant, the service alone really took away from the evening, he tried to make the whole evening about himself, with a very table. Just completely loud, obnoxious and oblivious to fact that people weren’t interested in his rude and unfunny approach. He must have been the owner, it’s the only way someone like that would still be employed at such a restaurant. Either way, really disappointed experience and certainly won’t be recommending it.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on November 10, 2019

Thank you for dinning with us Steve. Apologies for unacceptable behaviour of one of our server, we addresses the issue. We appreciate that you told us. Hope to see you here again. Best Regards Mimo

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JW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderfully authentic place. The decor and the aroma draw you in. We were there early on a Wednesday night and there wasn’t much of a crowd. The restaurant manager/owner is a very soft-spoken delightful young man who provided interesting details on how the food was prepared and served. We had the eggplant and dal appetizers and the lamb tajine for the entree. Everything was incredibly flavorful. We had the Moroccan cookies and mint tea to finish things up. I highly recommend this great little place.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was alright but service was bad. The guy who looked like either the manager/owner was nice but once

JC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. The remaining text is to meet the character requirements.........

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service is friendly and the food is delicious. We ordered the couscous and a couple of appetizers. The interior design is also very special and nice. You really feel like you’re in Morocco. The only thing that could be improved is the service. It’s a little bit chaotic sometimes, for example, we were helped by many different waiters. On the other hand, they’re very friendly, so it’s easy to forget about this.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and unique restaurant. The owner is so passionate about what he does. I would recommend this restaurant who anyone who wants to try moroccan food.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, always amazing service and the food is delish!

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our friends and us enjoyed this Moroccan experience very much. We are foodies & so we enjoy trying new cuisines. The food was very tasty & the Moroccan style of serving plates were unique. The only disappointment was their bread. I was expecting Moroccan bread with the meal not regular crusty buns, overall excellent! The belly dancer was superb!!! Definitely will come back, the server was sweet. 👍🏻😊

SM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner as always, and loved the bellydancing!

F
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

They no longer have the chicken sausage. Wish i could get that in the tagine.

DT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely. Service attentive. Sad that the pastilla were sold out that night.

DK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

beautiful food and great ambience. Noise does carry a bit throughout the restaurant, but didnt detract from the experience much at all. Recommended highly.

m
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place with delicious food and good service

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, service was good, but be aware the lights are really dim at night.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thanks for dining with us and your feedback, looking forward to host you next time

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here twice with friends. Great food. Perfectly seasoned. The pastille is fabulous and the belly dancing adds fun and flare to the occasion. Highly recommend.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thanks for dining with us and great feedback, we are looking forward to host you next time as well.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always at Moltaqa- a great evening.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thanks for dining with us and great feedback, we are looking forward to host you next time as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a big (loud) group and we had a FABULOUS Time. The food was excellent and they brought out everything as it was ready. Family style eating, wonderful cocktails. Top notch, highly recommend.

C
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! Went on a Saturday and enjoyed some belly dancing as well!

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thanks for dining with us and great feedback, we are looking forward to host you next time as well.

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OT
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good and the Moroccan cocktail was wonderful. However, service was extremely slow, probably because the restaurant was full and there were only a few servers. Still worth going!

JL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, and atmosphere. It shows that the owner cares about the business. It was a bit quiet because of the timing and the view across the street couldn't be helped given the location. It also seemed a bit on the expensive side, but it was a healthy portion of great quality food.

NL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the first time as it was my birthday and I had past by this place. Wow- was I amazed with the service and I felt so welcome. Great belly dancing entertainment and awesome food. I have been to Moroccan a few times and the smells just evokes my memories. The manager was great and he is definitely one of the reasons to go back! TIL next time.

P
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Moltaqa several times this summer while staying in Vancouver as we enjoy the cuisine which highlights great ingredients and subtle but complex spices. The stuffed aubergines, the lentil stew and tagine dishes are not to be missed. In fact , the food and service are consistently excellent and the owner, Mimo is a welcoming and generous host. On weekend nights Lana, one of the top bellydancers in Canada, performs and sparks a party atmosphere.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Moltaqa. One doesn't need the exact address, your nose will lead to the door, a wonderful mix of aromas are wafting around in the street. The food and service is fabulous. Only issue on a Saturday evening is that they didn't have a number of wines available i.e. the cheaper bottles.

MP
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed our meal but the service needs major improvement. The server was nice but seemed to be inexperienced and disorganized. Re were only three tables to serve. He never came to see us to see if everything was okay, if we needed anything. We always had to call him to get what we needed.

P
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambiance and bellydance entertainment. An enjoyable, fun evening—thank you.

BK
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tagines both chicken and lamb are equally as balanced and yum!😋

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday; notified restaurant via OpenTable; got nice reserved table by the window, cake and a free drink.

JB
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was cozy with some sofa seats available and nice pillows. We ordered 1 lamb tangine and 1 seafood pastilla plus 2 beers on tap. The overall food quality was good. They gave us free bread with some good quality olive oil. For me personally, the spices in the dishes were relatively subtle. It would be a bit underwhelming for those who love pungent spices, but great for those who do not like strong spices. The tangine has 32 types of spices in it but the flavours come out relatively harmonious and mild, nothing is overpowering. The lamb was very tender, in which I believe the server said it was stewed for about 5 hours. The server took the time to chat with us, introducing the culture and the dishes, which I greatly appreciate. The pastry was flaky and crusty for the pastilla, I could hear the crust when I cut into it. Again, there were many spices added but the flavours are relatively mild and subtle. Overall, it was a good dining experience, and the price we paid was reasonable.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for dining with us Jojo, and for a nice rating. We are looking forward to host you next time as well. Mimo Moltaqa

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We arrived at 9:30pm on a Saturday night. Only two other tables taken.
We had the lamb tajine and the couscous royal. The tajine was very good. Maybe missing some traditional flavors. I had better in France. The couscous was quite disappointing. No chicken, no real merguez.

W
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service, delicious food (and flavour) and such a warm atmosphere. I was greeted immediately upon entering the restaurant and when there was an awkward moment of an outsider peering through the window and staring at us, the staff took care of it! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for a nice rating. We are looking forward to host you next time as well. Mimo Moltaqa

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to celebrate my best friends 50th birthday here. It was a blast, him showing us how to belly dance was the highlight. Food is always great.

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for a nice rating. We are looking forward to host you next time as well. Mimo Moltaqa

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