I booked a reservation here for my husband, me, and our daughter on our visit to Marrakech after reading a review of this restaurant on Gwynneth Paltrow's lifestyle blog, Goop, and it exceeded our expectations in every way! It's conveniently located in the city's historic medina where we were staying and was within walking distance of our riad, although the riad offered to drive us both ways which was very convenient! The entrance is very unassuming, but as soon as we stepped out of the car, there were greeters waiting outside for us. One of them led us down a romantic candlelit corridor (the visual of this was like being in the movie, Casablanca) into what can only be described as a hidden garden oasis! The restaurant is like a magical courtyard with palm trees, a water fountain, flowers, twinkling lights, and the most tables covered with white fabric tablecloths, pillow covered couches and the most welcoming men in luxurious red uniforms. Once we were seated they brought a beautiful gold hand washing kettle and basin that they used to perform a hand washing ritual.They carefully spelled our names out in red sequins on the white tablecloth and then brought little bowls of traditional Moroccan snacks. The detail and presentation in the meal service is beyond anything we could have imagined. We had the most delicious dinner which is served in courses and seemed to just keep coming until we couldn't eat another bite! Among our favorite dishes were pigeon pie, lamb tangline, and the yummiest fried dessert that they pour milk over (sorry I can't remember what it's called). After dinner the entertainment includes live Moroccan music and belly dancers and they make a point to involve each table, coming to dance with anyone who wants to join in and even pulling you up from table to join them. The waiters are warm and funny and engaging and bend over backwards to attend to your every need! The whole experience is so fun! The owner also made a point to visit each table and chat with all the diners. The are great about posing for photos with you too! We loved everything about our evening at Dar Marjana and it made our trip complete!
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