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Moroccan Restaurant Menara

41 E Gish Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-4802
408-453-1983
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Ranked #407 of 1,903 restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: North 1st Street
Transit: Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.
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English first
Campbell, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I absolutely love the food here and the entertainment is great. The Moroccan salad and b'stilla are two of my favorites. And you absolutely MUST try their drink specialty... the Moroccan Magic. But be careful, they're so tasty you can't even tell there's alcohol in them. They're dangerously good. I wish I could rate the place as Excellent, but it's... More

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
478 helpful votes 478 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I recently ate here with a work group, and overall we had a good time. If you're planning on dining here, plan to spend several hours, it's a 6 course meal and it is served at a pace intended to encourage discussion, relaxation and drink consumption (in a good way). The food overall was pretty good, the belly dancer was... More

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Galway, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Read about this online and it seemed good but visit was disappointing. Food was average at best and while the eating with your hands thing might feel all rustic and charming to some it's generally a pain in the behind (especially with the salads). Seating area was too dark and had a slightly rundown feel to it. The bellydancers added... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Menara is a unique experience in Moroccan dining. The decor is a little worn but interesting and the dining options were highly anticipated as we had never had Moroccan food. Unfortunately, the food was average. The chicken and meats were tough, dry and overcooked and the vegetables were unremarkable. The service was friendly and attentive but the entertainment was the... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Wonderfully surprise at what a fun experience this turned out to be. You get a good taste of what the ethnic Moroccan dining experience is all about. From the group hand washing at the start and end of dinner, to eating with your hands family style to watching the belly-dancers through the whole thing. It was a blast. After wards,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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318 reviews 318 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Had an unexpected layover in San Jose and was looking for something different. I found it! Inspired: the belly dancer was awesome! She did not drop the sword! Pro: food OK - no hair on the meat like in Morocco, comfortable seating arrangements, staff was awesome, cold Moroccan beer! Con: a little expensive but you are paying for the show... More

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San Jose, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Imagine sitting on floor cushions enjoying a belly-dancing show while eating exotic dishes with your fingers. Okay, that's what Menara Moroccan is all about. The ambiance is AWESOME, the dancers quite talented and very willing to engage the audience. The only reason this didn't get a rating of five is that the food, while tasty, well-prepared, and interesting, doesn't quite... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I disagree with the reviewer who said there was not enough food. Our very large group (we had 4 tables) all had to leave food because we were so full. Many had not been to a Moroccan place before, and Menara's food is a good intro to the cuisine and style of a slower type of eating/ sharing experience. It... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

It is a long story, but this place seemed with a huge potential to be unforgettable only to disappoint. We were 4 people, they serve micro portions that will be hard to even feed 2 people let alone 4 and they charge an arm and a leg. It's one of these places one and done, you go to first time... More

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San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Super fun Belly Dancing, awesome food, terrific customer service, received utensils without asking. Everyone was having so much fun! How can you not when you get to lounge on soft cushions while eating, drinking, and enjoying the company of new friends. The area is a normal industrial, airport area. Parking was easy. The food is served family style, and there... More

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