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Marrakesh

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(47 Reviews)

2334 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 956-0500

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Today: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
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Primary Phone: (206) 956-0050

Fax: (206) 956-0501

Payment method
cash, all major credit cards, amex, debit, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Belltown, Downtown Seattle
Categories
Mediterranean Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Greek Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Dances, Banquets, Formals, Elegant

Price Range : Average

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illp

09/10/2011

Overall
Dont waste your time. Slow ser...

Dont waste your time. Slow service, waitress didnt check on us once. Not accomodating to any type of food substitute. Food was bland, Took over an hour to get our bill settled. Trust me, I love food of all kinds but this place....ugh!

Jeorge

09/20/2010

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Overall
Amazing Marrakesh Moroccan restaurant, Seattle

It is an amazing experience. The food, the service and atmospher were great. We were 10 people having birthday party. We were seated in a tinty like atmospher. We believed that we were removed from Seattle to a different place. We took the 5 course meal and that was worth it. The soup, the salad, the Bastila Royale, the variety of main courses were amazing, and the desert and mint tea was a good finish. Don't forget the hand washing before and after the meal. At the end the price was so reasonable for the amount food and the royale service we got. It is worth every penny.
The service was outstanding, I recommend this place to all my friends and we are planning to come back soon for another gathering. I heard so many good things about Marrakesh Restaurant. Now I know why. It is great. See you there.

lisa98125

11/01/2009

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Please don't waiste your money

There are too many good restaurants in Seattle to waste upwards of $25-35 a person and at least 3 hours of your time at this place.

I went with a group of 8 on a friday night. We got there just after 7:30 and didn't escape until after 10:00. Now, I've had and enjoyed leisurely restaurant meals before, but there was nothing leisurely about this. This was just painfully slow, inattentive service. And the restaurant was only half-full, so no excuse there.

The manager came out with the hard sell to get the fixed menu family-style instead of individual entrees. His used-car salesman style of persuasion was the first hint that it was a rip-off, and so it was! The food was completely bland. Is it still Moroccan if there aren't any spices in it? The vegetarian option - couscous with veggies - sounded OK, but actually consisted of one plate (split between two people) of unseasoned couscous, flavorless blanched carrot, and some glue-y discs that were supposed to be zucchini. My meat-eating companion wasn't impressed with his dish either.

We waited at least 45 minutes after dinner for the dessert. In fact, two of the people in our group had to leave before dessert arrived - but rest assured, we didn't get their portions although we did pay for them. We received a baklava for my birthday and it tasted exactly like bad grocery-store baklava: dry and cold.

God only knows how long it took to actually get the check. We asked for it, but it never appeared, and a couple of us were already late to meet some other people, so we threw down a sickening amount of money and left our friends to deal.

I don't know if they prey on people who've never had Moroccan before, or maybe it's all about belly-dancing, but please, go somewhere else for your own sake.

angela98121

02/13/2009

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Overall
unbelievable place in seattle

After searching for a place to host my saturday night birthday party we settled for Marrakesh Moroccan restaurant because of a delicious sounding menu, nice looking location and very reasonable event prices. We were sitted in the back room. And my gosh!!! You don't even believe you are still in seattle. The place will take you to thousand and one night. Sitting under a tent, cushions on the floor, low light and an amazing belly dancer, made this place look like we were really in North Africa. Our waiter was very very friendly and handled our large party with grace. The food was delicious (especially the powder sugar chicken). I had a great party night here and highly recommend Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant:)

havenPL

02/01/2009

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Overall
HUGE dissapointment

Went with a large group -- waited half an hour for menus and an hour for drinks. The service was so bad it was almost funny. The food was not great -- everything basically tasted like it was drowned in the same sickly sweet sauce.Very very bad customer service

cellawood

11/20/2008

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Overall
An Amazing Culinary Experience!

My best friend and I ate at Marrakesh while I was in visting her from Texas. We were nervous at first about what to expect, but were absolutely blown away by the atmosphere, food, entertainment, and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone that is up for a delicious and delightful cultural experience!

Thuitema84

07/06/2008

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Overall
You've Got To Try Marrakesh!

This is one of the best restaurants I've been to in a while...the food was great, my waiter was fantastic!, and the atmosphere was perfect.

I went with two of my girlfriends after work so we didn't have to worry about parking (you'll want to think ahead of time if you're driving) - we got the couscous with lamb, the honey chicken, and a vegetarian dish that I can't pronounce, but did the whole 5 course thing (we all shared) - it was a great experience if you're into trying new things and different cultures (if you want a quick American-Italian meal, you'll need to go to Spaghetti Factory, this won't be your thing)!

The prices were reasonable (its not super cheap though) - our meal I think was $80 - and that was including a bottle of Moroccan wine. Our waiter was attentive and charming - all three of us will definitely be visiting again.

I would recommend this place if you want to try something new, interesting, good, but still affordable...

RinaCakes

02/09/2008

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Overall
absolutly amazing

if your looking for something different and unique, this is it.
i was deciding whether to go or not for my birthday and so i did

this place is magnificent
the food was lovely and had that special...how i say... foreignness to it.
which is good because my friends are not that diverse
until they ate their food

also great for vegetarians my veggie friend came with and said wow this is great!
i was glad

i went Friday soo i recommend reserving a spot before you go

the dancer was great too. it was funny cause i told her i danced tooo with this dancer and she said really?
so i came up and we did a duo

memorable night

loved it

gakester8

02/06/2008

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fun, different place to go w/friends,

we ordered their feast option (maybe had a different name), but it had all the entrees chosen for you. i'm not THAT adventurous of an eater and i liked pretty much everything! i loved the bread, the cuscus (even though it was hard to eat w/your hands), the dessert and the after dinner sugary minty tea. i wanted to try it once only using my hands, but i think i'd ask for a spoon next time. I have no clue if it was authentic.

the belly dancing def. didn't last the entire meal, but it was pretty cool...except for the creepy guy who was tipping her a lot.

megan98121

11/20/2007

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Overall
The best moroccan food in the whole state

My husband and I took my prim and proper parents to this place and we all had a great time. We ordered the ""Royal Feast"" and were pleasantly suprprised by how tasty each and every course was. The lentil soup was the starter--tender lentils in a creamy, spicey broth. Then the cucumber/eggplant salad was a refreshing change. The appetizer of meat and pastry was totally different than anything I've ever had before--sweet, yet meaty. We were then served 5 entrees and each was totally different--my favorites were the lamb/eggplant dish and the chicken/prune dish. Lastly, mint tea and pudding for desert. The server was very attentive to our needs (they even offered silverware, which we politely declined), all in an atomsphere that very much sealed the Morrocan experience. We'll definitely go again.

ashleykennedy

11/20/2007

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Overall
I loveeeeeeeeeee it!!!

This is a good date spot, unique food, comfortable seating arrangements, and entertaining surroundings. The food was enjoyable and the staff was very friendly. A good pick when you are tired of your norms and want a nice comfortable night out.

ntonya

11/19/2007

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Overall
Just ok

I have to say, i was very much looking forward to this restaurant, but a little dissappointed from my dinner there. The server who was nice, was not attentive at all, felt like he wanted to hurry through it all... it was hard to flag him down if at all. Other patrons had to help us try to flag someone down. Water service was poor... I agree with the other reviewers, this is a 5 course set menu restaurant, they do not offer the ala carte menu and i felt awkward asking for it. People at the restaurant looked rather bored, people gazing around alot with a blank stare. The food takes a little while to come out. The belly dancer was friendly and a nice touch. The main issue i had with the place was the food. There were hits and misses. I would not recommend getting the set menu since i didnt care for the soup/salad/dessert. The appetizer is very good, the bastille and a few of the entrees were decent, coucous marrakesh and the chicken with olives was good, but not worth going back for. The dessert is just chopped up apples which was a disappointing way to end the meal. They do not give you individual plates for you if you go in a group, so basically you have to poke around at each dish, then move large dishes around so that others can try it. Not a natural eating experience. The eating with your hands was fine, but i would have appreciated my own plate to put items on. I also felt that questions were an ""inconvience"" for the server. I think the other female server for other patrons seemed more attentive. So, it is indeed a unique dining experience, but i wouldnt expect too much... Bill for 6 people, $150 plus tip

mmaness

09/26/2007

Overall
Deliciously fun

Dinning at Marrakesh is always an enjoyable experience! From the amazing tent like atmosphere where you sit on cushions and get to eat with your hands to the entertaining belly dancing, it���s a great place to bring friends or a date that you���d like to show a good time (hint hint guys). I would suggest though, if you���re bringing family it���s not exactly a kid oriented restaurant. Overall I love going to Marrakesh and would suggest it to anyone who likes to have fun and delicious food.

pennylane_1208

08/03/2007

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Overall
Unique and fun experience

This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle. The atmosphere is fun and unique. The food is amazing and the service never disappoints. The best part is eating with your hands, watching the belly dancer, and the tea and fruit at the end.

foodexpert123

07/12/2007

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Overall
a big blur!

the owner is irresponsible. i came with my mother. and it was the first time i came to hang out with her since 2months since she lives in morocco. she knows a lot about morocco and she does not like marrakesh the restraunt. ok we ordered our food. and the poeple sitting next to us were odering beer. they ordered a couple beer. .the owner kept handing them beers when they asked. it was creepy. my mother was horrified. she went to the owner yelling at him about letting people drink tooo many beer's. he said it wasnt his fault and that he can let people have beer. and my mother said she will not sit next to people who are drinking wayyy tooo much. so she told him she'd write a bad review about them and she got her bag and we left. i do not recommend this place. uggg.

sione

03/27/2007

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Overall
A step into Morocco...

This is a delightfully different experience at Marrakesh. You can get a Moroccan dining experience right in Seattle. The food is a sumptuous mix of sweet and savory that pair well together. The 5-course dinner is a great choice to have most of the meal put together for you without having to make too many choices (and they already make the right ones). Be prepared to eat with your hands and sit on the floor. Make sure you'll be dressed comfortably. There is also belly dancing at the restaurant on some nights which is another added bonus that really adds to the whole dining experience. Marrakesh is a great restaurant that pairs great foods with a charming and enjoyable experience. The service there is also excellent and you needn't feel uncomfortable if you don't already know the routine, as they'll ""help you through it"". I definitely recommend this one highly to all of my friends and it makes a great date night activity.

pikake21

11/22/2006

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Overall
if you haven't tried it, you should now!

Although you need to understand that Moroccan food is very different from American food. You would think that that statement should go without being said, but it hasn't failed to amaze me how many times I have heard people state their hesitancy regarding the mix of sweet and savory in traditional Moroccan food, not realizing that they are in fact insuting a whole culture's cooking refinement and taste pallette. I am not Moroccan, but the food here is very nice. They incorporate sweet mixes into savory dishes, such as Apricots with Chicken..which at first, didn't make much sense to me. However, after trying it, I've come to find that I have a great regard for the taste! The mint tea is delicious as well--the whole experience is one you won't soon forget!

stu82

07/19/2006

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Overall
Very impressed, one of my very best dining experiences!

I was very impressed with the food, it was different of course, but I am so glad I tried it. Eating with your hands is always fun, and you get a lot of food for your money. I went with a small group which they accomadated nicely and we had an exceptional experience. The friendly owner also sat down with us and gave us some background of the Moroccan culture, very interesting! I'll definately be back!

eneils

06/01/2006

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Overall
Party Fun

I've had my birthday here twice now, and its always fantastic. The food is very tasty and the bellydancers are always incredible. Service can be a bit slow especially when its really busy and it was a bit difficult getting vegetarian options for my friends. But in general they try to be very helpful and accomidating. I really love this place, its great fun for large groups and very exotic. Get the recommended meal, it may be spendy but is well worth it.

rainbow_starburst

05/26/2006

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Marrakesh is my favorite restaurant of all time!!

I was first introduced to this restaurant when I went for my friend Emily's 13th birthday party. We had a big, wild group of teenage girls and they weren't rude to us at all. We loved the food as much as the belly dancing. A lovely meal and a good time....