Moroccan Restaurants in Salinas


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  • Menara Moroccan Restaurant
    Strings of yellow and red beads sway back and forth from a belly dancer’s bodice as her torso effortlessly swivels around the room. Though her colorful garb commands the attention of diners sitting around golden tables, it isn’t the only eye-catching sight in the restaurant. Silhouettes of dangling lanterns and bunny shadow puppets dance along gold and red drapery hung from the ceiling, and pastel-colored cushions for sitting rest atop maroon banquettes. Menara Moroccan Restaurant’s aesthetic touches set a uniquely picturesque scene for guests to take in aromatic platters of vegetable couscous, meat tajines, and baklava, while feasting their ears on live music. After meals, patrons can retreat to the hookah lounge for slow puffs of flavored tobacco, capping off a dining experience that earned the eatery a Diners’ Choice Award for Best Ambiance from OpenTable.
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    41 E Gish Rd.
    San Jose, CA US
  • Morocco's
    Morocco's Restaurant's chefs and owners have created a menu that embraces more than 200 years of Morocco's multicultural history. Boasting influences from across the Mediterranean Coast, the chefs craft dishes with flavors from countries as far away as India. Appetizers such as shrimp pil-pil or Moroccan-spiced roasted peppers simmer in zesty sauces, and entrees such as chicken kebabs, lamb and vegetable cous cous, and fresh fish filet all come covered in cilantro with sides of jasmine rice and vegetables. However, food isn't the only tradition they brought from Morocco. The calendar of events features nightly live Moroccan music and belly dancing throughout the restaurant, and live acoustic guitar plays while servers freely pour the house sangria. Even blues music finds its place in the restaurant, with most songs inspired by a singer who dropped his kebab on the floor.
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    873 Castro St
    Mountain View, CA US
  • Abigail Cafe and Deli
    An intimate dining experience, Abigail Cafe and Deli serves Italian-style cuisine. Abigail Cafe and Deli is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Grab the kids when you head to Abigail Cafe and Deli — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Sit outside at Abigail Cafe and Deli and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Abigail Cafe and Deli can seat both large and small groups. Dog-owners can bring their pups with them to this canine-friendly establishment. Can't get enough of Abigail Cafe and Deli's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Abigail Cafe and Deli. Abigail Cafe and Deli provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. The average check at Abigail Cafe and Deli will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
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    1132 Ballena Blvd
    Alameda, CA US
  • Aicha
    You'll swear you stepped off the streets of San Francisco and into Marrakech at Aicha in Civic Center. No need to miss out on Aicha just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Aicha won't cost you a sitter. Get your whole crew together at Aicha, offering lots of special space for larger parties. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Dress is typically casual at Aicha, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. If time is of the essence, Aicha's take-out option may be a better fit. Through their catering service, Aicha can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. Those driving to Aicha can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot. Thrifty eaters will also love Aicha's prices, which are generally below $15.
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    1303 Polk Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Radio Africa & Kitchen
    Growing up in a small town in Ethiopia, Eskender Aseged lived in the only household in the neighborhood with a radio. The pop songs and soccer matches that fizzled through those speakers brought families together to laugh and listen. After moving to San Francisco, where every car on the road blares its radio, Aseged turned toward cooking in order to bring that sense of community and wonderment to his new neighborhood. Radio Africa & Kitchen grew from a home-based, popup eatery into a full-blown restaurant, where Aseged is free to experiment with Ethiopian and Mediterranean flavors. He makes use of the freshest ingredients he can get his hands on, coming up with a brand-new menu and costumed mascot on a weekly basis. His bold cooking and rousing personal story have captured the attention of publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and the New York Times.
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    4800 3rd St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Cafe Zitouna
    Cafe Zitouna: A User’s Guide Heavenly B’Stilla Pie | Housemade Merguez | Tunisian Breakfast | Post-Mosque Crowd | Sample Menu Soup: harira lentil Sandwich: Super Falafel For the table: chicken b’stilla pie, a melange of chicken, egg, and herbs in cinnamon-sugar-dusted dough Dessert: harissa cake To drink: mint tea Trophy Case Named Best Halal Restaurant in San Francisco, 2012, SF Weekly Made SFoodie’s 50 Favorite Dishes in 2012 for the kufta tagine, a “meatball stew as vivid and soothing as the sunlight that floods the cafe most days” While You’re Waiting: Play “find the French influence” on the menu, a product of France’s historical presence in the area—it pops up especially in baguette sandwiches and crepes. Inside Tip: They may not seem particularly North African, but go ahead and order fries with your sandwich. They’re hot and crisp, and, best of all, you can splash them with hot sauce at the table. Vocab Lesson Harira: a traditional lentil soup of the Maghreb region of North Africa, typically served after sundown during Ramadan to break the day’s fast. Merguez: a spicy sausage originating in North Africa. The meat—usually lamb or beef—is seasoned with chilies or harissa to impart it with a bright red hue. Tagine: a covered clay pot that lends its name to a slow-cooked Moroccan stew, often including meat and vegetables along with dates, dried fruits, nuts, and olives. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Stop and be mesmerized by the exotic beta fish at Ocean Aquarium (120 Cedar Street). After: Grab a beer from a 375-strong selection at Amsterdam Café (937 Geary Street).
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    1201 Sutter St
    San Francisco, CA US
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