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“Lovely meal in a restored Riad, complete with belly dancing”
Review of Dar Marjana

Dar Marjana
Ranked #95 of 966 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $14
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Terrasse located in the famous house of Dar Marjana in the middle of the medina. Our chef proposed you a Moroccan modern cuisine combined with wines selections and cocktails.
Reviewed September 21, 2013

My husband and I were recommended to try a meal at this Riad for our first night in Marrakech. It was highly memorable as an overall experience where the food was only but a small part. The restaurant is very easy to find and a candlelit path takes you to the main door which opens up into a beautiful terrace where you sit on couches and munch appetizers and sip wine...after this you move into a covered living room area where several groups of people can sit in a large group or several small groups. Course after course arrives, with more wine, dessert and then the belly dancing and music begins. Be sure to bring your sense of adventure and your humor as you will be led to the small dance floor one by one to experience a little Moroccan dancing. Some might find this a little too touristy, but we loved it. The owner is a lovely woman who grew up in the Riad and opened it many years ago as a restaurant. We enjoyed talking with her as well. The evening was 65 euros all included and was well worth it. it would be a terrific place for a large group.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

The title sums it up really. This restaurant has a vast family history of high quality authentic Moroccan fare and unfortunately failed to impress when we visited in September 2013.

The setting is undeniably beautiful with a shabby chic veneer that eludes to its rich culinary history and adds to its authenticity. We were led down a candlelit alley and welcomed onto the roof terrace. We had been reliably informed that the set menu here was voluminous to say the least and although all drinks were included in the hefty £65 6 course set menu that there was a "light" set menu available that was half the price and allowed you to buy drinks separately. We enquired about this on arrival and the staff were very reluctant to advertise this was available and provide a drinks menu. After a minute or two of faux confusion over what we were requesting eventually a drinks menu was provided and it appeared the price of drinks individually on top of the "light" menu would have far exceeded the cost of the full menu. We loosened our belts and prepared for battle.

After a 45minute interlude on the roof terrace to the soft lilts of the oud, we invited ourselves to dine downstairs as it appeared staff were in no rush to seat us. On arrival at the table we found the staff had spelt our names very carefully out in red sequins. Pushing a photo opportunity, we politely declined. Luckily my partner and I have been together a sufficient time to be able to do without name badges. A little cheesy and somewhat cheapening the high price tag.

Those who are not staying in a riad will enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the central courtyard dining room. Romantic lighting and scents of rose water and perfumed oils fill the room. There were several tables spaced around a central pool. Not too tightly packed but just cosy enough to be atmospheric. Booking definitely recommended if you decide this venue is for you however as there appears to be only one sitting and limited table numbers.

And so it began. One meal would have been enough for several. There were 8 starter plates, followed by three tagines, a cous cous course and several desserts. If volume was a marker of their hospitality then I suspect I was an honorary family member after this feast. What could have been a lovely delicate display of Moroccan cuisine at its simple finest was ruined by sheer volume. It all seemed to be rushed through to allow time for the entertainment.

A traditional tea service and belly dancing was to follow. Having been in other establishments throughout the city that had dancers, it was a welcome relief that each flick of the hip did not require a tip as the show was included in the price. After several glasses of wine all the males were invited to join in. A quick work out to allow more space for dessert.

Having said all that, the staff were very friendly and definitely an entertaining place to take younger family members, albeit an expensive night out for tiny mouths.

Very difficult to gauge whether this was true Moroccan flare or a touristy extravaganza. I suspect the latter.

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Thank Ashley L
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

The setting was unique and very interesting! The food was quite good, wide choices to choose from. The entertainment provided was fun and added extra value! Excellent staff, loved the place. We sat in the outside area under the sky and it was blisssssss!

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Thank MNM479
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This restaurant is set in what seems like an old mansion in the Medina. We sat outside by a small fountain with hundreds of candles apparently the only illumination. It really was magical on a summer's night. Food is a set menu that goes on and on. Bring an appetite. The small starters were delicate and refreshing, the pigeon pie was fabulous and we couldn't finish the very good lamb tagine. Just too much food... and thought traditional, maybe a little heavy for late night in summer. Whilst we dined a man played the oud and sang beautifully in Arabic. Very special. It got a little silly later with a couple of African singers followed later by a bellydancer. Seemed to take a very good night into an evening of tourist schmaltz. But others in the place were well into it. Including the obligatory audience participation. Total cost for two including a prodigious quantity of house wine was about 1500 dirham (I think that's about US$95 each). Money well spent. And the service was great. PS. Don't be put off by their very dowdy website.

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Thank Astronomer61
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This dining experience was done via Thomson Holidays when we stayed at a Rui hotel just outside Marrakech.
The journey via taxi to the restaurant was quite daunting as it was near the center of the city down dark but crowded roads.
The restaurant itself was fantastic with a modern but traditional look and the food was different but very enjoyable, the entertainment during the meal was also very good and i would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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Thank Darren R
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