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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Daily 5:00pm–10:00pm

Features Live music, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


2334 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA
(206) 956-0500
Prix-fixe, belly-dancing, enormous-tagine-devouring madness

Marrakesh shoots for the pleasure-palace vibe, and it succeeds reasonably well, especially if you squint and pretend the belly dancer is not the same woman you’ve seen picking through overpriced organics at the co-op. It’s super-cool inside Marrakesh: the low tables are surrounded by pillows, and gold billowy linen hangs from the ceiling.

You’ll definitely want to bring along your entire harem, because the amount of food you get is truly gluttonous. Each meal starts with a spicy and creamy lentil soup, followed by another appetizer like ground chicken, nuts, and cinnamon wrapped in what seems like thousands of layers of phyllo dough and dusted with powdered sugar. Then you get a huge salad of diced cucumber, tomato, and carrot, with bread to scoop it up. After that, you can choose from a list of main courses: a tagine of chicken, lemon, and olives is salty and sour, while chicken, honey, and prunes version is syrupy-sweet. Braised hare tagine, perhaps our favorite, is succulent and spicy, while the “Brochette Marrakesh” is basically a lamb kebab, served over a giant pile of rice so fluffy you could stuff a pillow with it. The meal closes out with fruit salad and mint tea.

If you can deal with the extra bloat, try the Moroccan beers. They’re nice, a light pilsners that pair well with the food.

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