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Berber, San Francisco, CA
Award-winning

Berber

4.1
4.1
501 Reviews
$30 and under
Moroccan
Escape to a hidden oasis in the heart of San Francisco. Recognized in MICHELIN Guide's Bib Gourmand 2021 and 2022, our modern Moroccan menu offers an aromatic dining experience to fully immerse the senses and simulate a night out in the exotic Mediterranean. With noteworthy dishes rooted in traditional North African culture, we combine age-old cooking techniques and imported spices with a modern California flair.

Inspired by the warm hospitality of the aboriginal Berbers — also known as the noble, free people — each meal is sensory and satisfying, from the first to the last course. Ideal for parties, private events, date nights, and gatherings for all types of celebrations, we combine our love of showmanship and community for all walks of life to enjoy modern Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Moroccan, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 800-7767
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Middle Eastern
  • Executive chef
    Hicham Senhaji
  • Private party facilities
    A modern, exotic speakeasy — the perfect hideaway oasis for celebrations. From a casual weekend brunch to an elegant cocktail reception or a private dinner show, our unique venue stands alone — combining entertaining showmanship, warm hospitality, and Moroccan tradition to immerse your senses fully.
  • Private party contact
    Kayla Capehart: (415) 323-3188
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Russian Hill
  • Cross street
    Polk and Broadway
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 501 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

501 Reviews
  1. DavidG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very annoyed with Berber. I made reservations for Saturday night well in advance and had to pay a deposit of over $100 and a few weeks before the date I got an email saying my reservation is cancelled because someone bought out the whole place. Then I emailed them 3 times over several weeks to ask about the refund of my deposit and they never even replied. Tried to call them but of course they don't answer the phone and the voicemailbox is full. Now I am going to have to contact my credit card company to get my deposit back. Really poor customer service.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. Anna

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it had good vibe. Pre-fix menu should have options to select

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  3. LeilaniS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here on a recommendation from a good friend. The management was wonderful and accommodating. The staff was great. The dinner was excellent! We would definitely go there again. Thank you very much for making this happen. :-)

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  4. Lottepotta66

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful experience. The guitar player was so talented. The show was super fun! The food and service was outstanding. The people that own the restaurant are super friendly! The staff are so kind! What a great place to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I highly recommend and will return. My 20 year old daughter loved it as well! Bravo! Thanks for a wonderful evening and experience!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reserved a table based on a friends recommendation for NYE. Food was actually quite delicious and the service was good overall as well. The price was a typical NYE markup. The performers are talented but the show itself felt very cheesy and forced. Also the crowd just sucked in that backroom, nobody was into the show. The show also felt rushed as performers were back and forth between the front and back rooms. Dinner ended up lasting almost 3 hours and my friends and I were sick of sitting for so long. Kills any party energy for NYE. I wouldn’t pay the NYE prices to go here but a regular weekday show is probably fine.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not great food for the price. The show was nice. Service ok.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They require you to call to cancel your reservation, but if you call it goes to voicemail, and then they charge you for no-show. Warning! It’s a scam.

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  8. TomG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun show, good food. Small stage acts, but a good value overall

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  9. JohnR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my sister from DC here for a surprise dinner. It was the best ever. The people are all just delightful and the food so delicious. The entertainment was so much fun and so professional. We are going to make this an annual sister event. So many thanks to all at Berber for making this a truly memorable and special evening to be remembered. You will be awed!

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  10. RichardB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended the dinner show and all 7 of us (ages 22 - 66) absolutely loved the evening. The instant we entered the restaurant we were transported to an exotic destination beyond imagination, pulsing with energy, mystery and magic. Highly recommend, great for a group or date night.
    BerberResponded on December 28, 2023
    Hello Richard. Thank you very much for your kind review and for choosing our restaurant. Please come back again soon!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend lamb dish it was far better than the chicken dish. Overall, really tasty food and good vibes.
    BerberResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you for your review. We would love to welcome you back soon! Best regards!

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  12. AminS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time, thank you for an amazing experience!
    BerberResponded on December 28, 2023
    Hello Amin. Thank you very much for your support. It's really important for us. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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  13. SethN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Berber is very picturesque, and has a lot of energy, largely due to the special shows in the front room. In the back room, it was too noisy for comfortable conversation. The service was very friendly, but very slow at times. Some of the food was fantastic, some was so so.

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  14. ColeH

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit to Berber for the dinner show, the experience was just as good as the first time. Again, every accommodation was made for the party's gluten allergy and the service prompt and respectful. The dinner show was great as usual, with the performers and host giving a great experience.

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  15. edensjasmine

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The show started about an hour late. We were some of the first people to arrive we were one of the last parties seated. Even at the bar it took us a while to get served. A manager had to get the bartender for us. The food was well prepared and the drinks were flavorful. I also enjoyed the performances.

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  16. SMY3

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Experience is a dinner show with a very talented hostess, charismatic drummer, and dancers in between a preordered set meal. Their semolina bread is scrumptiously crunchy on the outside, warm moist and soft on the inside. The soup and salad were underwhelming, but the lamb tagine was delectable. Baklava and pistachio ice cream came as our dessert. Highly recommended for a couple’s romantic night out.
    BerberResponded on December 28, 2023
    Hello SMY3. Thank you for your kind review. We are honored to receive your compliments and we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to have the chance to serve you again soon!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience at Berber! Amazing attentive service, great food, and an incredible show. Great choice for a special occasion!

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  18. Mauved

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner show and performers, Heather the host was spectacular and created a great atmosphere. Food was mostly excellent (what wasn’t is probably just my personal taste) but staff are lovely as well at this establishment. Would definitely come again.

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  19. PaulonVallejo

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner with our server Hassan who did his best to make sure we were very comfortable in best N. African tradition of hospitality. The sauces were out of this world and only lasted a few minutes with the accompanying toasted bread. We had a very refreshing romaine, grapefruit, and avocado salad, followed by a chicken and a lamb tajine with couscous. My only regret was that the service was so good that when we were done my leftovers didn't make it into a doggy bag. Next time!

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  20. MarkK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent. The ambience is also well done. The show was strange. The drummer was very talented. The other elements of the show seemed somewhat out of place for both the small space and the restaurant's Moroccan theme. We had made a reservation for dinner via Open Table--without a show--but when we showed up at the appointed hour, we were told that the entire restaurant would be dedicated to shows with a prix fixe meal that evening. In the end, we stayed anyway, since we had driven all the way across the bay in traffic on a Friday evening, and since the host at the door was so gracious. The manager also offered to comp a cocktail each for our party of three, and kept his word. The service was excellent. I would go again for the food, the ambience and the service. I would not go for the show.

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  21. KemalP

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, ambiance and service. Highly recommended!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time. The food was great. The performances were entertaining. I would go back

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  23. Alexis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a very fun restaurant and I enjoyed the live performances and ambiance. The only thing I will say is that I wish the dinner show had more food options because my guests did not like certain items and there was really no substitute. I was also surprised that the lamb entree was a shared dish and not individual. 3 ppl at my table ordered chicken and vegetarian and got their own separate dishes. I’m assuming because the lamb was already apart of the pre fixed menu? I was under the impression that everybody would get their own entree. Also, the service could have been better. I had to find and call on my server a lot to get his attention. Other than that, I will go back and maybe try the regular menu.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty cool experience. Host was stunning. The lighting and general ambiance can be a little overwhelming if you’re not ready. It’s an experience. I’m personally here for it. Our server was efficient and helpful but didn’t really talk to us. I’m industry so I get not being excited for every guest but at least a what are you guys up to tonight would’ve been nice. I would’ve loved to get to know the restaurant better the inspiration and such. Overall a nice experience. Food was excellent. Music was fitting. Would I come back? Yes, but let me see some smiles.

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  25. MichaelG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very mediocre, pricing was excessive and service was average. Will not come here again. Have no idea why other reviews are positive.

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  26. jeannieg

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun for an adult event. Setting and performance was stellar.

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  27. JustJack52

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is mighty nice inside, with a combo of Moroccan and high tech features. We had to get lead into the restaurant through a basement corridor. The staff folks are all very helpful and professional. There is a circular "stage" upon which performers do some rather tricky acrobatic maneuvers. This is a pleasant place to be entertained, but if you're going for fine quality food, you'll want to go elsewhere.

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  28. BoDi

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Cold, small and delayed food. Blitz style serving when it did happen

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  29. MelisaO

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The worst restaurant food I have had in years. What a rip off.

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  30. CS123

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and show were fantastic! I just wish Berber had been a bit more transparent about the added fees that would be on our check - 6% SF Mandate + 20% automatic gratuity for a party of 4.

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  31. Ryan

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We were disappointed in our experience when we went to the Saturday show. The food was pretty good, the performances were great but the organization of the event was awful. They specifically force you to pick and entree for each guest which was great because only one of our party of 4 ate meat. We paid extra for a seafood option. When it came time to get dinner we only got lamb. When I asked about it they told me they made a mistake and we wouldn't be getting our dinner so only one of us ate. They then acted as if it was our fault they were having problems that night because they had more tables than they expected (we had reservations for weeks in advance). So not only did most of our party not eat dinner but we had to argue with them to refund the extra money we had already paid for the meals we never got and since everybody pays for their meal at one time it meant I had to sit around and wait for them to figure it out. Overall it just felt like nobody cared because they force the tip (20%) on you and don't need you to enjoy the service in any way. It was awesome having to take my guests out for a second dinner because we never got our first one but did have to pay for it. We won't go back.

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  32. SRSFood

    San Francisco

    83 reviews

    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning show. Food merely decent. Service at front and in house was excellent.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely 5 star experience - from the show host, servers to the chef! I was debating booking it or not with such polarized reviews. So glad I booked it for my husband’s birthday. Probably the best show and dinner experience. People who rated this place lower than 3 stars are the ones probably dont really understand life yet 😅

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  34. JaneS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of fun! Great food, great entertainment - a great evening all around!

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  35. NourK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the food and the ambiance The restaurant is well decorated

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  36. pass

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    OpenTable Reward Card can't be used here, though it showed $60 when making reservations.

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  37. RLRob

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited for awhile never received service. Left. Reservations should make clear that there are two restaurants, one with entertainment and one without. This is not clear in the reservation process.

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  38. ThomasP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Berber for a Saturday night 4 course meal/show. We arrived early and were given a nice ringside table. The venue was nicely appointed. The service was adequate. Unfortunately, they may have been understaffed as all of the hot plates came out lukewarm warm. Heather, the MC brought good energy but the three acts were pedestrian. The highlight of the night was the middle aged gentleman drummer who played throughout the 3 1/2 hour evening. No serious complaints here, one visit is enough though.

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  39. RandyF

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent and food absolutely amazing! Great vibe and architecture. Tad expensive

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  40. Mark

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is excellent. It was not clear to me that to see the show you have to make a special reservation. As a consequence, we drove a long way and got a nice dinner but no show, which was our reason for going. The ambience is somewhat frenetic. We only saw our server a few times, in fact, it was not clear who our server was for a while. We were seated for at least 15 minutes before anyone spoke to us. So, the food is great but the overall experience was less than we had hoped for.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Berber offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 800-7767.

Berber is rated 4.1 stars by 501 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Berber

1516 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109-2516

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Polk and Broadway
  • Neighborhood
    Russian Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Moroccan, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Middle Eastern
  • Executive chef
    Hicham Senhaji
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 800-7767
  • Private party facilities
    A modern, exotic speakeasy — the perfect hideaway oasis for celebrations. From a casual weekend brunch to an elegant cocktail reception or a private dinner show, our unique venue stands alone — combining entertaining showmanship, warm hospitality, and Moroccan tradition to immerse your senses fully.
  • Private party contact
    Kayla Capehart: (415) 323-3188
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