Restaurant Marrakesh

by josh on March 16, 2010

Food Type: Moroccan

Location: Hidden in the back of the Morocco Pavilion.

Dining Plan: 1 Table Service.  There is a surcharge of $7 on the two Feast entrees that cost $42 – $45 out of pocket.

Cost:  Lunch appetizers: $6-$17; Entrées: $15-$28; Kids: $8. Dinner appetizers: $6-$17, Entrées: $21-$45; Kids; $8.

Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland; 10% Annual Passholder Lunch Monday-Friday Only; 20% Disney Vacation Club.

Menu:

Lunch (11:30am – 3:15pm): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/restaurant-marrakesh/menus/lunch

Dinner (3:30pm – Park Close): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/restaurant-marrakesh/menus/dinner

Setting: Themed to an ornate Moroccan Palace, stained-glass chandeliers provide the only light in this windowless restaurant. The open dining room, surrounded by intricate tile mosaics, provides many great vantage points for enjoying the belly dancing show, which typically begins at 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 2:50pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:10pm

Advantages:

  • Virtually never busy, particularly before 6pm. This is an easy walk-up if you’re not burdening yourselves with dining reservations six months in advance. It’s also easy to reserve dinner via the My Disney Experience app, Guest Relations, or in person at the restaurant on the day of.
  • Staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the menu.
  • Lunch is significantly less expensive than dinner for the same items. A three-course Chef’s Lunch Special, including seasoned beef rolls, chicken kebabs, and baklava is available for $19.99.
  • The entertainment is a nice bonus and its short duration offers an opportunity to chat as well as enjoy a little bit of Morocco.
  • This is a nice chance to try something a little “different,” although the food is still catered to “American” tastes and sensibilities. Most items are only mildly spiced.

Disadvantages:

  • May be a little out there for some people. Kids’ menu entrees include a burger, chicken tenders, and pasta, but nothing more exotic for the adventurous tyke.
  • Dinner entrees add $10 to the lunch prices for the same food.
  • Service can be spotty. Flavors and spices have been dumbed down for the typical tourist.
  • They don’t do busy well. Consider another restaurant when crowds are extremely heavy.

Tips: Go for lunch if you can swing it. Request a table with a view of the belly dancer.

Value:  Above average. Few restaurants at Epcot offer a more authentic experience than Marrakesh.

Reputation: Marrakesh is not as popular as it should be because many people find the perceived exoticness of Moroccan food unappealing.  This is unfortunate because Marrakesh is suited to American tastes and many of the entrées are simply marinated meats in traditional sauces. Consider giving it a try.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa August 12, 2011 at 7:52 am

I’m confused…it’s on the list of top five, but it’s 13th out of 15?

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Marie September 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

It’s on the expensive side, but the food is great. I enjoyed my lamb couscous. The meat was so tender and fell right off the bone. It was juicy and succulent. Great and healthy with vegetables and couscous. But, I the best thing I’ve tasted there is the goat cheese appetizer. I was scared to try goat cheese, but I found it to be smooth and tasty. It has no funky flavor like I expected. The chips served with it is the most crunchy chip I’ve ever had. Ask for more of them when you get the goat cheese! ;) I really thought the muscles were fantastic as well. Oh, and the green and mint tea was different. I thought it was a little too strong of mint, but if you add sugar it will help it to dilute it. It tasted better with food. It was almost like a palate cleanser. I recommend for everyone to at least try it.

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Tara November 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

The worst food in disneyworld.

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Ana January 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

The nicest server. He wrote both my children’s names in Arabic on the white paper table cover. I took them back with me and had them framed. That was in March 2012. I look forward to going back this March.

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