A dining experience at this exotic restaurant is an adventure (in a good way). It is a great place to go with a group. From the plush decor to the ... More
A dining experience at this exotic restaurant is an adventure (in a good way). It is a great place to go with a group. From the plush decor to the haunting music to the belly dancer, you will feel as though you have stepped into another world. Come hungry because the seven-course meal is abundant. You sit on pillows at comfortable, low tables. Most of the grub comes on a communal plate and you simply dig in with your hands. A parade of salads, bastilla—a phyllo-baked chicken pie—lamb, couscous, fruit and pastries are brought to the table. All meals are fixed price.
We knew the place was expensive but took our freinds there thinking that it would be a nice place but were totally embarraced. Waiter was awful!! Didn't speak much English. Every drink we'd point to, he's say they didn't have. Brought every course out so slow. Had a couple of groups that came in half hour after us and they left about an hour before us. Food was nothing great, bland. Belly Dancing was the ONLY highlight. Not very clean. The lights were dim but the place gave a very unclean feeling. No silverware which is fine, but gave you these towels that didn't seem very clean. Just gave a very uneasy, unclean feel. Service was terrible. Never going there again.
When the server first came, he wanted to sound polite and helpful but he was not. Small demands could turn him upset and become rude. The funny thing is that there is no menu, it is imposed on you. YOu cannot even choose the number of course you want to have. Even if it was 7 courses, i left hungry because even the meat was sweet ( they had lamb+honey as one of the main courses) Couscous was served by itself as one seperate dish. The food was really not tasty ( and I had much better morrocoan food). Finally they don't take credit cards ( although the bill was over 600$ ). You guess why. You feel there is something fishy in this restaurant. I really felt like a tourist that is being robbed.
Good restaurant and very different from the usual evening out. The food was very tasty and somewhat exotic but not too far out for Western tastes. The costumed wait staff, eating with hands, and sitting on couches all added to the atmosphere. The staff was friendly and helpful. The meal was served in a relaxed manner--all told we were there 2 and one half hours, and it was nice to relax and not be rushed by wait staff. Lastly, the night out at Marrakesh was a great value--splitting a bottle of red wine, it came to about $50 per person (there were three of us) for 7 courses, wine, belly dancing entertainment, valet parking, and the fun of being there.
From the moment you walk in, the authentic atmosphere (from the traditional garments, tapestries, pillows, music etc...) sets the mood. YOu are greeted with such warmth and everyone is very attentive and friendly. The 7 course dinner was delightful and filling! You use your hands and the menu is the same every night. The bellydancing was a mesmerizing experience. Reservations are required and I recommend you reserve a spot ASAP (the place filled up within minutes). When I made the reservations, I told them about my boyfriend's birthday. During the meal, they dimmed the lights, began playing HAPPY BIRTHDAY, all the servers coming out with sparklers and brought a special treat! HE loved it! Bring cash (about no less than 90 for a couple is a good bet, more if you like to drink) Its worth it. OH! the place is a little obscure when driving, there's no marker to catch your eye other than "marrakesh" painted on the wall in arabic script.
Atmosphere was good; food, entertainment and service were just average.
Marrakesh doesn't accept Credit Cards, which they don't tell anyone until the end of the event, so dozens of people waited in line at the ATM machine. What a terrible inconvenience, especially when a party of 20 (at $40/person) is expected to carry this amount of cash! Further, with a cash-only business and this type of business model (fixed-price), I find it hard to believe that all that income is being reported to the IRS. It is really very shady.
Marrakesh has seen better days. It looks shabby even in dim lighting and most of the seats lack back support, making a long evening painful. The fixed menu is tasty but the evening isn't worth the price.
I think it would have been a better experience if we had our reservations after 7:00 instead of at 6:00. The bellydancing was at 9:00 so it seemed the service was slow between courses to ensure that we stayed for the show since we didn't even get the check till 9:15, but people who came in hours after us were almost at the same point.... I didn't care till I realized that you are unknowingly charged for the bellydancing. They only serve wine by the bottle and make sure you don't get the house wine as it was questionable. The first course and chicken course were great. Meal cost is $27/person w/o drinks. I probably won't go again and by friend gave me glares during and after dinner.
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