Food Type: Moroccan
Dining Plan: 1 Table Service. The Sampler Platters have an extra $5 surcharge.
Cost: Lunch appetizers: $6-$16, entrées: $15-$28. Dinner appetizers: $7-$14, Entrées: $21-$43.
Setting: Marrakesh is a beautifully themed Moroccan palace. If it weren’t for all the kids, shorts, and Mickey ears you’d probably think you were really in Morocco. There is a belly dancer and Moroccan band for your entertainment as well. The band plays for about 15 minutes and the belly dancer performs for about 10 minutes. The show should start at 12:50, 1:50, 2:50, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:10pm. I would recommend a reservation about 30 minutes before the start of the show so you can be sure you are seated and have a chance to order before the show starts.
Advantages: Staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the menu. The entertainment is a nice bonus and its short duration will give you an opportunity to chat as well as enjoy a little bit of Morocco. This is an opportunity to try something a little “different,” although the food is still catered to “American” tastes and sensibilities. I would recommend the refreshing Moroccan Mint Tea as your beverage.
Disadvantages: Another expensive meal that can be noisy and has tables close together. The belly dancer is only out for a short time and not all views are great. The menu may not appeal to all guests, especially children too old for the children’s menu, but not old enough to appreciate different tastes. The menu is limited on the Dining Plan. The kids menu doesn’t have any interesting entrées.
Value: Average. Marrakesh can get expensive, especially once you start considering the various $35+ platters and the $42 per person feast. I would recommend sharing a platter to experience a variety of Moroccan flavors economically.
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. If you’ve tried a few of the other “safer” Epcot restaurants I would recommend giving this one a try. On the other hand, the Moroccan counter service is also excellent and an even better value on the Dining Plan, as you can easily get a $20 meal for one quick service credit. Overall, Marrakesh is on my list of top five Epcot restaurants, but it’s probably on the lower end of that list.
Overall Rank on The Best Epcot Sit Down Restaurants: 13th out of 15