Great Change of Pace. I have never been to Morocco, but after an evening here, I feel like I have. The staff were exceptional, the food wonderful. When I walked through the door, I felt as though I entered another country. The ambiance felt authentic, comfortable and inviting. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner in a unique friendly environment. I was a little apprehensive about dining without silverware and when I was told that part of the meal was a stew, I was quite worried. The server said trust me, you will like it and it will be easy to eat and she was right. We highly recommend this wonderful unique restaurant.
User review by dsteved244. We have been at El Mansour with a group of friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was excellent, the atmosphere very nice and the people running the place are super friendly. One thing that makes this place particularly nice is the belly dancing show. The dancer (amazing) has a very nice way of getting folks up and have them give it a try with belly dancing so that everybody gets a good smirk but nobody feels put on the spot. In my mind very recommendable - especially for groups (and no it did not feel like a bachelors party)
A Great time w/ Friends, Dates, Co-workers!. I went on a social outing with co-workers and friends and we had the best time! The food, very very good and pleantyful. The service was exceptional and they have fun exotic looking belly dancers!
The best moroccan restaurant in san francisco..
I'm a moroccan living in san francisco for ten years, for me el mansour is the best moroccan restaurant in san francisco, because you will enjoy every thing at el mansour ( great food specialy the lamb kabab,fish tagine, rabbit tagine, friendly service and the belly dancer).
The mint tea will be served at the end of your meal, i suggest to make a reservation specialy on week end.
the best moroccan restaurant in the city. I'm Moroccan and i know that El mansour is really authentic Moroccan food. I completely disagree with the last revieweron several points. The decor is really Moroccan if she doesn't like it than she does not like our Moroccan design. it is an insult to our culture to say our crafts are like pier 31. To compare Aziza And El mansour is ridiculous because Aziza is Very Modern Californian with a Moroccan twist while El mansour is Traditonal Moroccan food. So there is no way this person spent anytime in My country. She evidently doesn't like our tradition nor our food. You want t state the facts be truthful don't try to use lies about one place us Moroccan we can visit and feel at home.
Very disappointing - tourist trap. I'm really unclear as to how El Mansour would ever get higher ratings than somewhere like Aziza. I've spent a month in morocco and while that doesn't make me an expert by any means, its obvious that El Mansour caters to people who would prefer a show (even if not authentic) rather than a culinary experience of true Moroccan cuisine. We had small version of gym towels as napkins (a bit ratty but clean). The portions of food were extremely small the fish tagine had one tiny slice of sea bass in a vat of tomato sauce, and the decor, while clean and colorful, reminded me more of a tourist trap at Pier 31. The belly dancer was reminiscent of bachelor party entertainment and seemed to cater towards the middle aged men in the audience almost embarrassingly so. The one redeeming factor was that the service was excellent.
"Sour" Reception at El Mansour. Two of us were seated near the door. It was cold outside, so we asked to sit farther from the door and at a table where we could both sit on the sofa style seating facing out. The waiter responded "no, you're sitting here." This left one of us sitting on an uncomfortable, stiff, backless "stump" facing the wall. We browsed the menu and deliberated the weather conditions and my impending backache. Because it was drafty and the menu didn't look extensive, we decided to leave. I told the hostess that we'd changed our minds and she repsonded, "well, that's ok, but you just made us lose a table!" I was surprised by her comment, and of course, she was correct. But her statement didn't serve to improve the situation at all and only made me strike El Mansour forever from my list of places to try.
Awesome Restaurant, but bad with groups.
my husband and i celebrated our wedding anniversary here. the food was outstanding. the waiters were super friendly. but there was a large group of 20 people in the restaurant, and the waiter seemed to get really flustered and forgot about us and the other smaller parties frequently. there was only 1 waiter serving the whole restaurant.
we were there at 6:30pm on a tuesday night.
The Total Experience. El Mansour isn't just a restaurant, it's a total dining experience. They serve very good Moroccan food and the whole restaurant is designed to give the diner the full Moroccan experience. From every inch of the decor to the amazing belly dancers, El Mansour tries it's hardest to transport you to another place. And it works. We had a wonderful time here and I will definitely return.
the best time in san francisco. we came to San francisco for a visit and we asked the concierge at the Ritz Carlton hotel to recommend an exotic restaurant in the city.He said the best one is El mansour.the outside looked exotic enough for us.Tera cota building with mosaic tiles and a brassed door.Inside you will think it is the one and thousand nights.In short very beautiful.We were seated on low cushions and we got our hands washed.Then the food starts coming.Trust me if I say I never tasted something this deicious.We were really happy with the food.Then the music got loud and a blly dancer started her routine.We did like it but the food was the Star of the night.The service was professional and the waiters very friendly.We are from New York.We are coming bck
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