Get ready for a unique dining experience. This is a traditional 15th-century-style Moroccan royal residence on the bustling Sunset Strip. Belly ... More
DAR Maghreb Restaurant
Get ready for a unique dining experience. This is a traditional 15th-century-style Moroccan royal residence on the bustling Sunset Strip. Belly dancers add to the fun and make you feel that you are in a land far from Hollywood. Even the U.S. floor-level lounge seating in the traditional fashion creates the perfect mood for what's ahead. Two large purple accented dining rooms are intimately set. The staff is very helpful in explaining the dishes to those who need a little help. The food is exotic, but easy to get used to. The delicious chicken dishes and flaky sweet desserts are worth mentioning.
What a wonderful restaurant for a special treat. There is no menu - you get what is served. What is served is delicious. After your hands are washed at the table, you are served lentil soup and appetizers (3 rows of eggplant, tomatoes/bell peppers and carrots). Then you get a puff pastry with a sweet almond chicken mixture. Then couscous with veges. Then the best lemon chicken I have ever had (the meat falls off the bone) and lamb (or kabobs). Dessert includes cookies, fruits, and nuts and the best mint tea ever. The belly dancer is fun and you can have a good time with her. She danced with my 11 year old son and was encouraging. The servers were very responsive. The restaurant itself is beautiful - gorgeous tile work on the walls and floor. you sit on short couches with a small table. No forks - you eat everything with your fingers. Definitely more difficult but it makes more of the experience. I wish I could afford to come here more often. Dinner for 4 (no drinks) was $120+. There is valet parking for $6.
We have been going to Dar Maghreb since 1977. Just arriving at the gorgeous front entrance is a thrill.
The service is superb, the food choices are incredible. If we have something really special to celebrate, that's the place we choose. We talk about it afterwards and laugh about our how much we love it. The belly dancers are lovely and provide extra spice to the evening.
I took my overseas clients (6 persons) to this restaurant, but at the end i was so embarrassed, the service was so slow and bad, food arrived cold, I kept asking for drinks for 40 mn, and since everyone share the same plate, i notice that 7 of us had the same size meal as the 2 persons table in front of us!!!! the staff were rude specially a short girl with a cheap moroccan caftan and long hair. my clients wanted pictures with the belly dancer, i kept asking the manager 4 times but she never came to our room she was too busy with a bigger party and by the way she was old and her skin was floppy not really a classy one. i really can write a book about these few hours diner. To top it, when the bill came 400 dollars they refuse to take my american express so i had to pay with another card, it is quiet shocking and cheap not to accept all the credit card. i dine with clients all the time all over the world , this is by far the worst worst worst one you can take somebody into, i wish i took them to the marrakech restaurant instead or oasis, or chameau. i hope this review will help somebody to save his money. I am a fun of moroccan food and trust me if i say that this restaurant DOES NOT represent the real moroccan exotic food. so far the best one is Imperial Fez Atlanta(superb decor, food and servie) and Al andalous Chicago (Supebr food, ok decor)
Overall the night at Dar Maghreb was a positive experience. It was my best friend's birthday and the staff made him feel extra special. He recieved a free shot that was on fire, and the belly dancer danced with him. However, I didn't agree with the hygeine presented at the resturant. At the beginning of the meal a large bowl was brought to the center of the table where everyone washes their hands. The towel used to dry ones hands then becomes the napkin for the rest of the meal. We thought this was somewhat ridiculous and unsanitary. Can you please invest in some nice cloth napkins? The food was so-so. I very much enjoyed lentil soup and lemon flavored chicken. The chicken was tender and very tasteful. I was disappointed in the decorations of the resturant, I thought it would be done up a bit nicer and more in depth. I will most likely not return to this place, not too impressive.
Very nice Ambience - though there's almost no light. A bit too dark for my taste as I want to also see the food. Also let me say that the decor is North African and not as other reviewers wrote 'middle east'......?
The place falls - I might say - unfortunately under the moniker of 'show restaurant' and with that I don't mean the belly dancer(s) that show up every now and then but how the waiter serves you, like an actor repeating the exact same lines to everybody, which is a bit boring and not very personal.
How's the food? Food is OK and partially very good like the Lentil soup or b'stilla. The lamb though needs a bit more attention by the kitchen and the Couscous is boring. The sweets that are served with sugared mint tea are disappointing and uninteresting.
Something that really irked me though is this: while at the beginning of the meal warm water is poured over a bowl so everybody can wash their hands this happens only once at the beginning. Once gets a towel as a napkin and during the courses uses this towel to try to clean one's hands. That's totally unacceptable. In addition there are no plates of any kind of vessels served where one could put the bones when eating chicken - so the bones go either back into the plate (how's that? definitely not Moroccan style!) or they end up mounting on the table. Now your waiters don't care how your table looks and when suddenly while you're definitely not ready with your chicken course the Couscous gets dropped onto the table you're sitting in front of a dirty mess. Something, besides the nice features this place has, I don't want to experience again.
As a side note: supposedly the decor and wardrobe of the waiters are (maybe) from the 15th century the music that is accompanying the belly dancer is decidedly 21st century with cheesy synths and drum machines. Oh goodness.
My resume: too much Disneyland for me though there are some good parts.
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