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Moroccan Restaurant Menara

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41 E Gish Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-4802 (North 1st Street)
Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.
408-453-1983
Today
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining

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    Very good
  • 5
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not worth the Spend

The ambiance of the restaurant is quite misguiding to the quality & taste of food. We ordered a set food dinner platter...(that's all one could order) which included - a bread basket, poor Salad, 2 different meats... which again had no taste whatsoever. The only acceptable part was the dessert... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2014
Monalisa777
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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111 reviews 111 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The ambiance of the restaurant is quite misguiding to the quality & taste of food. We ordered a set food dinner platter...(that's all one could order) which included - a bread basket, poor Salad, 2 different meats... which again had no taste whatsoever. The only acceptable part was the dessert- the Turkish tea & Baklava. A joke of an Asain... More 

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Fremont, California
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2,117 reviews 2,117 reviews
656 restaurant reviews
1,231 helpful votes 1,231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went to Moroccan Restaurant Menara for a fun Friday night. They serve family style. We ordered Le Dinner Rabati It consisted of Moroccan Salad, B’stilla, Tajine Rabbit with Paprika, Tajine de Poule aux Citrons, Brochette de Kefta, Vegetable Couscous, Baklava with Mint Tea. Yes, one eats with one's hands but they do a nice hand washing prior to and... More 

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Campbell, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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239 reviews 239 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
491 helpful votes 491 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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403 reviews 403 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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
60 helpful votes 60 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 41 E Gish Rd, San Jose, CA 95112-4802
    (North 1st Street)
  • Public Transportation: Light Rail (VTA) at Gish Road Station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-453-1983

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?