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“STAY AWAY!”

Fez Moroccan Restaurant
Ranked #2,219 of 4,403 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $15 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“STAY AWAY!”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

Although the interior of the restaurant is gorgeous, the food is disgusting. This is coming from a Moroccan person who have spent half of her life in Morocco, the food this place serves is NOT Moroccan food from the salads and tea to the couscous and bastilla. The dishes have Moroccan names but what you are getting is a cheap, low quality, bootleg version of it, the prices are meant to make you think you are getting good quality but it's nothing but a rip-off. If you have ever tasted authentic Moroccan food before, then you can tell the difference from the first bite, and if you have not then you should definitely try some elsewhere because you won't get any in this one. This place is a disgrace to Moroccan cuisine.

  • Visited July 2013
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Spokane, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Each Course was worse than the last!”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

He thought it would be fun to have the 7 course meal. Everything started nicely but each course got worse and worse. The couscous was soggy, the lamb was really dry and the fruit was very bruised. The service was also weak it took a very long time to get water, order and get our bill.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank skichels
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Haddonfield, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Time with Friends”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

I read the reviews and was worried about food and service. I have to say I am glad we went. I went with a total of 10 people all in our early 40s. It was a great time. We had fun eating with our hands and trying new food, drinking different wines and of course Hookah. There are no plates, no forks and the table was completely too small for 10 people, and it still was a blast. We felt that it was cozy!! If you are from Morocco or you are a Hookah expert, then this may not be place for you. If you are looking for a different experience to have a blast with friends then I would highly recommend Fez. I thought it was super cheap considering we had 5 bottles of wine and lots of beer. It ended up being 70 per person for for almost 4 hours of food, many Hookah refills, beer and 5 bottles of wine and tip....to me it was cheap!!!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank ckuball
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Croton on Hudson, New York
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An Evening in Morocco”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

This looks like nothing from the sidewalk, and then you open the door and enter a long, dim room resembling a colorful tent with low tables and banquettes -- you are in another culture entirely. The meal starts with the server pouring warm water as you hold your hands over a raised basin. Four of us ordered the "feast", which is 4 different courses with plenty of food (the other 2 of us had large samplings of everything in addition to our own orders). All of a sudden the sound system was turned up and a belly dancer appeared. She worked her way up and down the room, and invited diners to dance with her.

The restaurant offers hookahs, but we did not partake. A party of 10 Middle Eastern businessmen had a great time stuffing bills into the dancer's waistband and getting up to dance with her. Diners were a mix of young and middle-aged, with at least 4 people per table.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Lisabeth D
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Reading, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“On the road to Morocco”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Took a road trip to Philly with friends. We already had reservations in place for 8 at Fez. I would suggest it because the place filled up quickly. It was a new experience for me trying Moroccan food. Everything was quite tasty.
Your meal starts off with a communal washing of the hands at your table. Apparantely you finish your meal the same way which is good because you eat the entire 7 courses without utensils. However our servers were slow in getting us the bill at the end of the night and never came over with the tea pot to cleanse our hands after the meal.
We had the 7 course weekend dinner minus the soup. We were told it wasn't served on the weekend. They did a great job preparing the meats for the chicken with lemon & olives as well as the shih kabobs. Surpassed my expectations, nothing was dry or over cooked. A bit confused by the giant basket of fruit which consisted of apples, bananas & oranges (you had to cut or peel to eat). I am told the fruit selection never changes even with different fruits in season. I was excited to hear about the pastries and mint tea that finished the meal. Unfortunatley it seems the pastries (super small portion) consisted of store bought baklava.
The tea was Excellent. I have to say next to the chicken bastilla it was my favorite thing to eat.
You can enjoy a hookah pipe at your table without inundating the table next to you with smoke. Another pleasant surprise because I wasn't sure how those things worked.
A belly dancer came out twice during our meal and was very entertaining. She does her best to engage the people to join her and will stop dancing if you are not paying attention to her because you are self involved with texting.
The bill was a bit pricey w/o the tip and you were never offered 2nd helpings. It seems whether there were 2 of us or 8 of us the same amount of food came to your table. Aside from the small dining area which needs a bit of upgrading it was a nice overall experience.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank RickyReno
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