Where to Eat: Dinner at Epcot's Restaurant Marrakesh

May 18, 2015, 9:12 PM · After a long, arduous day of eating...and maybe some drinking...at Epcot and Animal Kingdom, it felt like we had to walk a mile to get to Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco Pavilion.

It was worth the journey.

Morocco is one of the most beautiful pavilions you’ll find in Epcot, with beautiful buildings covered in tile and quiet courtyards with fountains decorate the 1984 add on to the World’s Showcase. The pavilion is home to three restaurants (Spice Road Table and the Tangerine Cafe, the latter of which we also sampled...but that’s another post) but our first foray into Morocco was in Marrakesh.

We started with an appetizer, opting for the Beef Brewat Rolls, which are comprised of beef and eggs wrapped in a pastry and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. I had not been given a reason to complain about dessert before dinner and the brewat rolls allowed this trend to continue. The pastry was light with a bit of a crisp and the sugar paired excellently with the saltiness of the beef. Our server could have brought a platter filled with them to our table and left us to happily die of appetizer overdose — the entree made me glad he didn’t.

Beef Brewat Rolls

Emily and I shared the Lamb Couscous (the national dish of Morocco, according to our menu), while Jonathan tried the Chicken Kebab. My general dining philosophy is that if lamb is offered on a menu, I’ll order it. We were not disappointed. The lamb shank was tender and delicious, the sauce was absolutely incredible and the pasta was soft without being mushy. If lamb is what you’re after, this is the dish I would recommend.

Lamb Couscous

If the idea of eating an adorable animal spoils your appetite, the kebab is a reasonable, if tame, option. The chicken was tasty and well-seasoned and the accompanying vegetables added plenty of flavor (and some “nutrition” or whatever) to the meal. The mushrooms in particular were splendid, as they served as sponges for all the flavor in the dish.

The only Moroccan beer offered in the pavilion (at least, that I could find) is Casablanca, which is better than Bud Light but nothing spectacular. I don’t know enough about wine to actively recommend going in that direction, but you won’t be missing anything if you decide to skip the beer at this restaurant. Alternatively, you could save $9 and get a water, which I suppose is the responsible thing to do.

While the food is enough reason for me to recommend Restaurant Marrakesh, the atmosphere doesn’t hurt my argument any. The open space in the restaurant wasn’t filled with loud, clattering noise, but rather a perfectly acceptable din that was at times punctuated by great music by a live band. It’s easy to neglect the Morocco pavilion at Epcot, but even an easy mistake is still, well...a mistake. Go eat some lamb.

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May 18, 2015 at 9:23 PM · For as many times as I've been to EPCOT, I have not eaten at any of the Morocco restaurants! Now I can see that I've made an egregious error in my dining ways! Thanks for sharing!

I really like your writing style, by the way.

May 18, 2015 at 9:59 PM · This a World Showcase restaurant of which I've heard nothing but good things, but I have yet to try for myself. That's going to change during my next trip in October!
May 19, 2015 at 6:39 AM · The only time I've ever stopped in the Morocco pavilion was to take a pic with Aladdin and Jasmine, but after reading this I think I want to give this restaurant a try! I've also never tried lamb before, so I'll make sure to make that my entree.
May 19, 2015 at 7:32 AM · We've eaten here a couple of times, but it was quite a while ago. What I appreciate about this restaurant is that it's one of the few high quality restaurants in World Showcase that doesn't normally require an ADR. I don't know if it's because the entrance is hidden or if people are just afraid of the menu, but both times we've eaten here was because we were hungry and knew that we wouldn't have to wait to be seated for a nice sit-down meal. The bonus is that if you hit it at the right time, they have belly dancers and live music in the main dining room. The performance schedule can be a bit spotty, but it's definitely a cool bonus.

I think the menu is very accessible, but a bit on the bland side if you've had real northern African cuisine. Most people walking through this pavilion will be naturally drawn to Spice Road Table along the lagoon (I have yet to eat there, but it's getting some mixed reviews), so I wonder about the future of this solid restaurant.

May 19, 2015 at 7:48 AM · Definitely one of my favorite restaurants on Disney property. Excellent ambiance & it's really nice not to have to pre plan your dining months in advance. You can usually get a table without any problem & enjoy a vacation in the manner it should be, namely leisurely & when you're ready to eat on that particular day.
May 19, 2015 at 10:28 AM · Thanks to everyone for the kind words. The food really is excellent and it's a shame that it seems to be forgotten by the majority of park guests.

We thought about trying Spice Road Table (the views appear to be great), but Marrakesh being on the top-10 resort restaurant lists on this esteemed website is what won me over. I'm glad it did.

May 19, 2015 at 10:54 AM · Great review Jacob.... I have never remotely considered Morocco for lunch or dinner for ....well over 30 years... I have obviously skipped over a great alternative to my traditional Mexico and Germany meal stops. The pictures and description made me look at my Ft Myers restaurants for ..LAMB... on the menu..also enjoyed the touches of humor throughout the review..Thanks for sharing...
May 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM · I ate at Restaurant Marrakesh a few years ago, it was a wonderful. The music, the dancers, the food, the atmosphere was great for a very enjoyable meal. I would highly recommend it, and would not hesitate to go back.

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