Austin >Food & Dining > Marakesh
906 Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.271180 -97.741649
Being from the middle east, falafel is an important part of my diet, just to smell the aroma lures me to eat at least a sandwish.
For the past twenty one years, living in Austin, I used to wait for the Mediteranian Festival on 11th street for my Falafel and boy I enjoyed them, UNTIL now when I walked into MRAKESH, that I found my new and beloved place for my Falafel.
The food is great, the atmosphere is wonderfull and the service was just right, not to mention the owner who was extremely friendly and courteous.
Good food and service – I eat there at least twice a week, I drive down from north Austin by passing all the Mediterranean restaurants on the way, just can't get enough of that hummus and babaghanouj they make. You must try the chicken couscous simply delicious. the atmosphere is pleasant, it has the back home neighborhood restaurant feel, informal and casual and the service is good and friendly, always filling, satisfying.
relaxed cafe, good service – i love marakesh. they have amazing fallafels and salads, and always play interesting music. very relaxed atmosphere in the middle of downtown. good spot for reading a book, and drinking some mediterranean coffee.
Glad we didn't read the reviews - this place was great! – I'm glad I didn't read the reviews of this place before going here, I may have never gone. But it turned out to be a very tasty, pleasant meal for lunch on a weekday. We were there around 1:30 with a few other customers. It took just a tad longer than comfortable, but we will be going back soon. The lady serving us did forget my tea - which after reading the reviews I guess this happens too often. I hope (if she is the owner) she realizes she needs help and gets a seasoned manager. They don't even have a web site!
awful food and service – I and my husband were there yesterday , and we were coming from college station,Texas and was looking for Mediterranean restaurant and we just found this, we waste our time in waiting and were so surprised from the quality of food, I really regret the time and the money we spent there..furthermore the restaurant was not clean and the restroom are not in convenient place and not clean too..
we said that "it seems that the one who cooks this food has no experience in cooking"... the food was not tasty at all.
I will never go back to this restaurant neither advice any one to go there.
I can't imagine that a chef can cook this badly..
it is awfully bad...and you have to give a tip for the unpleasant experience!!!!!
don't go there.
Best Mediterranean Food! – Great for quick lunch, and awesome dinner dine in. Authentic setting with great food and arabic music.
BELLY DANCING is great on saturday nights. Valentine's day of 2009 will be great. Can't wait for that event.
Not a good value for your time or money – The food at Marakesh is consistently average, not worth the long wait, lack-luster service or the elevated prices. Today, I spent 25 minutes waiting for a take-out sandwich. Chips were not listed on the menu, were not included with the sandwich and the person taking my order didn't ask if I wanted any. I only found out later from observing the order window during my long wait that chips were available. When my sandwich was ready, the server just pointed to the order window where the sandwich was. He did even attempt to hand it to me. I paid $6.50 and added a tip for this? For just an average sandwich with no chips or drink that I had to wait almost half an hour to receive and finally no service either? I won't be back. There are plenty of other places downtown to get a tastier, faster and/or less expensive lunch. This place comes in low on all three counts.
Avoid and Save your $ ! – How can anyone call this a Restaurant? I complained about the Falafal the waitress told me not to order'em again because that is how Falafel are prepared; when i told her tha i was a North-African and i know what Flafel should be; she responded the cooks were Mexicans and they know Falafel (meanwhile my Mexican wife trying not to V0#%@T).
Terrible Experience – I decided to go have lunch there with two co-workers. Well, I should have known somthing would go wrong because when we walked in the lady cooking the food seemed very overwhelmed by more than a few customers coming in for lunch. It took 30 minutes for my co-workers to get their food, which were the daily specials, but I never go my food, which was a daily special as well. After sitting there for one hour, I went up and told the cashier, who didn't seem very bright, that I would just take a refund and leave since my co-workers already finished eating. The lady who was bringing out the food knew I didn't have my order yet but didn't seem to care. We noticed that other people in the restaurant weren't getting their food either, or their orders were wrong. Don't go there! It's time for them to close the doors permanently.
Have no idea what they are doing – I ordered a "kabob plate" (or a similar name) during lunch... Yes, i know mediterranean. I can cook it, I have been to the middle east various times, and have various middle eastern friends. I also cook a good deal of Greek. It tasted like Mexican food. The kabob was some poorly cooked meat, it was not kabob (which is typically ground lamb or goat in some parts of the world, for you clueless people) - but instead tasted like fajita meat. Look, just open a mexican restaurant like everyone else in town. PLEASE CLOSE DOWN and stop taking up valuable real estate on Congress which is in dire need of some good restaurants. Where the heck is Athenian grill??? why do i have to eat Mexican everyday??
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