Mataam Fez Moroccan

★★★☆☆
  • 4609 E Colfax Ave

    Denver, CO 80220

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  • 303-399-9282

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I have been here many times and I decided to take my cousin who has never had Moroccan food before, I was so disappointed.
First, they make you wear your shoes to your table and then take them off, before you used to take them off at the

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★★★★★

I have been here many times and I decided to take my cousin who has never had Moroccan food before, I was so disappointed.
First, they make you wear your shoes to your table and then take them off, before you used to take them off at the

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I have never written a restaurant review before, but after looking up this restaurant online and then reading all the negative reviews, I felt compelled to write a review of my own. We found this restaurant experience to be awesome!!!

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★★★★★

I have never written a restaurant review before, but after looking up this restaurant online and then reading all the negative reviews, I felt compelled to write a review of my own. We found this restaurant experience to be awesome!!!

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Aside from the fact that I think I'll never go back there again with my brother because he's always praising that he doesn't wash his hands, I LOVE the food. The belly dancers are a PLUS too.

The Moroccan Chicken was my favorite dish, not sure what it's name is but you just ask, you won't regret! Highly recommend the place for a night on the town and yes - go with group is better than couple, I think.

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★★★★★

Aside from the fact that I think I'll never go back there again with my brother because he's always praising that he doesn't wash his hands, I LOVE the food. The belly dancers are a PLUS too.

The Moroccan Chicken was my favorite dish, not sure what it's name is but you just ask, you won't regret! Highly recommend the place for a night on the town and yes - go with group is better than couple, I think.

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I just returned from what was supposed be a good night out at new restaurant. All I can say is i feel like i have been ripped off. The service, well it was no where to be found. The level of dirt in this place makes you wonder if the local health inspector ever leaves his office. The price almost makes you want cry that you didn't look on this web site before you went.

If you want to experience something new and don't mind getting dirty in the process this place is for you. It took me and my girlfriend 2.5 hrs to get out of there. This was not because we were eating but waiting forever between courses and getting the check.

I would give this a Zero if that was possible

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★☆☆☆☆

I just returned from what was supposed be a good night out at new restaurant. All I can say is i feel like i have been ripped off. The service, well it was no where to be found. The level of dirt in this place makes you wonder if the local health inspector ever leaves his office. The price almost makes you want cry that you didn't look on this web site before you went.

If you want to experience something new and don't mind getting dirty in the process this place is for you. It took me and my girlfriend 2.5 hrs to get out of there. This was not because we were eating but waiting forever between courses and getting the check.

I would give this a Zero if that was possible

Pros: ....the food was ok

Cons: poor service, dirty, overpriced

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This place was just the worst ethnic food experience I have ever had. We went there for a friend's birthday and were not told how much the experience was. For $30 you get a series of appetizers that you have to eat with your fingers (they refused to let me have a spoon). You have to eat things like shredded beats, mashed potatoes, and couscous with your fingers. No flat bread to scoop or anything. Disgusting with swine flu going around! The entree was overcooked and not very flavorful at all. The "entertainment" was a sub par belly dancer that left after she figured out that we weren't going to tip her right then. It took a good 20 minutes between courses, so our five course meal took 2 hours! Our bill was $360 for 7 people, and for that price you can go to a really awesome Indian restaurant where you can at least eat with a spoon. Horrible experience! I honestly think it should be illegal not to post prices on your menu, as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was just the worst ethnic food experience I have ever had. We went there for a friend's birthday and were not told how much the experience was. For $30 you get a series of appetizers that you have to eat with your fingers (they refused to let me have a spoon). You have to eat things like shredded beats, mashed potatoes, and couscous with your fingers. No flat bread to scoop or anything. Disgusting with swine flu going around! The entree was overcooked and not very flavorful at all. The "entertainment" was a sub par belly dancer that left after she figured out that we weren't going to tip her right then. It took a good 20 minutes between courses, so our five course meal took 2 hours! Our bill was $360 for 7 people, and for that price you can go to a really awesome Indian restaurant where you can at least eat with a spoon. Horrible experience! I honestly think it should be illegal not to post prices on your menu, as well.

Pros: Neat atmosphere

Cons: Expensive, food unflavorful, messy

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Just like everyone else I made reservations thinking they would treat me and my date like Moroccan royalty, instead they made it more than clear that everyone in the restaurant was putting them out. I made reservations a month ahead of time for Valentine's day. When I got there no one was there in the waiting room but customers. And since she was so overwhelmed we would have to figure out ourselves who was to be sat next.
When its finally our turn the server takes three couples back to what was a hallway with tables. She seats each couple while the rest of us wait in this crowded hallway, in the way of other servers trying to pass out food. When its finally my turn I get say at an unfinished, homemade table with NO TABLECLOTH. We climbed into the table, practically sitting on the laps of the people next to us.
In about 5 minutes the busboy brought us some water. We asked if we could get a tablecloth.Then another waiter comes about 10 minutes latter to take our drink order. We order a bottle of wine and ask for a TC. After this the lady to our right offers us one of hers. Then about 5 minutes latter, our wine comes. I debate not having them open it till I GET A TABLECLOTH, but the waitress was very nice and at least looked like she was listening to my request. More time passes and no TC. The lady next to us is ready to take her food off her table to give us one of hers. But at this point its matter of principle.The guy came to wash our hands - again we ask - NO sorry, Just they are very, very busy. The fifth time we ask we finally get a greasy tablecloth.
Then the soup comes. And mine has a inch long pointed shard of bone in it.
The busboy claims to be the manager. We explain the issues we had asking 5 times for a tablecloth and then get a bone in the soup. He 1st says it wasn't a bone, but that isn't gonna fly cause at that size you could see the marrow. Then he says its lamb and lentil soup and WE SHOULD EXPECT BONES. What????

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★☆☆☆☆

Just like everyone else I made reservations thinking they would treat me and my date like Moroccan royalty, instead they made it more than clear that everyone in the restaurant was putting them out. I made reservations a month ahead of time for Valentine's day. When I got there no one was there in the waiting room but customers. And since she was so overwhelmed we would have to figure out ourselves who was to be sat next.
When its finally our turn the server takes three couples back to what was a hallway with tables. She seats each couple while the rest of us wait in this crowded hallway, in the way of other servers trying to pass out food. When its finally my turn I get say at an unfinished, homemade table with NO TABLECLOTH. We climbed into the table, practically sitting on the laps of the people next to us.
In about 5 minutes the busboy brought us some water. We asked if we could get a tablecloth.Then another waiter comes about 10 minutes latter to take our drink order. We order a bottle of wine and ask for a TC. After this the lady to our right offers us one of hers. Then about 5 minutes latter, our wine comes. I debate not having them open it till I GET A TABLECLOTH, but the waitress was very nice and at least looked like she was listening to my request. More time passes and no TC. The lady next to us is ready to take her food off her table to give us one of hers. But at this point its matter of principle.The guy came to wash our hands - again we ask - NO sorry, Just they are very, very busy. The fifth time we ask we finally get a greasy tablecloth.
Then the soup comes. And mine has a inch long pointed shard of bone in it.
The busboy claims to be the manager. We explain the issues we had asking 5 times for a tablecloth and then get a bone in the soup. He 1st says it wasn't a bone, but that isn't gonna fly cause at that size you could see the marrow. Then he says its lamb and lentil soup and WE SHOULD EXPECT BONES. What????

Pros: Homophibic, unclean, unsafe, rude

Cons: Horrific service, uncomfortable pack in like sardines, and when was the last time they washed those pillows

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This is one of my all-time fav places to eat! I go here every year for my b-day and never regret it. I definately think that there are things you should know going in:

*Leave the kids at home!!! Unless you have super adventerous kids-they probably won't like the food.

*Be prepared to try new food-there's no burgers or steaks here!

*Yes, you may have to wait-even though you made a reservation. Since they do thier best to schedule the belly dancers and the "tea performers" at the end of meals, it's important thet they seat a certain area at the same time. Your wait maybe extended if others have not shown up on time or they need to fill an area.

*You have to sit on the floor! Yes there are plenty of super comfy pillows but the service (5 courses) is super long. If you can't sit for that long-you might skip it.

All-in-all it's super fun, the food is yummy and you definately won't forget your experience!

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★★★★★

This is one of my all-time fav places to eat! I go here every year for my b-day and never regret it. I definately think that there are things you should know going in:

*Leave the kids at home!!! Unless you have super adventerous kids-they probably won't like the food.

*Be prepared to try new food-there's no burgers or steaks here!

*Yes, you may have to wait-even though you made a reservation. Since they do thier best to schedule the belly dancers and the "tea performers" at the end of meals, it's important thet they seat a certain area at the same time. Your wait maybe extended if others have not shown up on time or they need to fill an area.

*You have to sit on the floor! Yes there are plenty of super comfy pillows but the service (5 courses) is super long. If you can't sit for that long-you might skip it.

All-in-all it's super fun, the food is yummy and you definately won't forget your experience!

Pros: new, exciting, entertaining, happy/full tummy

Cons: the wait

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I love this place for a number of reasons. Their food is great -most of which you eat with your fingers (bonus). The decor is excellent, making you feel like you may very well be in Morocco! I like the fact that you can sit on the floor on big pillows and eat dinner. Then if you're there at the right time, there are the belly dancers who put on a great show. A must for something different in Denver.

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★★★★★

I love this place for a number of reasons. Their food is great -most of which you eat with your fingers (bonus). The decor is excellent, making you feel like you may very well be in Morocco! I like the fact that you can sit on the floor on big pillows and eat dinner. Then if you're there at the right time, there are the belly dancers who put on a great show. A must for something different in Denver.

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My husband took me here for my birthday, and from outside on Colfax, I was a little curious why he picked it, but once we got inside, I was totally mesmerized. It is covered ceiling to floor with Moroccan tapestries and rugs, it's very warm and elaborately decorated. You do sit on cushions on the floor (I was about 6 months pregnant and I was comfortable) and you eat with your hands, which I personally love. It was really really expensive, they don't even have prices on the menu. So go for a special occasion and close your eyes when you get the bill LOL It was totally worth it though, the food was just out of this world and I really appreciated the waiter's amazing service - every time he served us a course (it's a multi-course dinner) he had to kneel, which I felt bad for him for, but he was really gracious. And then at the end he did this cool tricksie tea-glass act, balancing the glass on his forehead and pouring hot tea into it, etc...It was awesome :)

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My husband took me here for my birthday, and from outside on Colfax, I was a little curious why he picked it, but once we got inside, I was totally mesmerized. It is covered ceiling to floor with Moroccan tapestries and rugs, it's very warm and elaborately decorated. You do sit on cushions on the floor (I was about 6 months pregnant and I was comfortable) and you eat with your hands, which I personally love. It was really really expensive, they don't even have prices on the menu. So go for a special occasion and close your eyes when you get the bill LOL It was totally worth it though, the food was just out of this world and I really appreciated the waiter's amazing service - every time he served us a course (it's a multi-course dinner) he had to kneel, which I felt bad for him for, but he was really gracious. And then at the end he did this cool tricksie tea-glass act, balancing the glass on his forehead and pouring hot tea into it, etc...It was awesome :)

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I went here last month and was pleasantly suprised. The ambience is better than other Moroccan restaurants. There was plenty of food and at a decent price. It wasn't crowded at all on a Thurs. night, but it would be a great spot to go to with a group of atleast 4 on the weekends. We enjoyed the belly dancers and all other traditional steps while sitting on the floor with no shoes on. We ate with no utensils, and only the white napkin to wipe our hands. But the food was great, and so was the service. The tea at the end was very good too! I would go back again. And I've been to several Moroccan restaurants, including Morocco itself.

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★★★★☆

I went here last month and was pleasantly suprised. The ambience is better than other Moroccan restaurants. There was plenty of food and at a decent price. It wasn't crowded at all on a Thurs. night, but it would be a great spot to go to with a group of atleast 4 on the weekends. We enjoyed the belly dancers and all other traditional steps while sitting on the floor with no shoes on. We ate with no utensils, and only the white napkin to wipe our hands. But the food was great, and so was the service. The tea at the end was very good too! I would go back again. And I've been to several Moroccan restaurants, including Morocco itself.

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We were a group of friends going out to dinner to celebrate a birthday. The food was ok, the service was not. The floors were very dirty, I know because I had brand new white socks on and after I came back from the bathroom, my socks were brown. I don't think they vacuum behind the table/cushions. One of my friends is a vegetarian so she was suppose to get a vegetarian B'stella. She asked the waitress about it and the waitress said she would inquire about it to the chef. After the waitress came back from upstairs, we got a different waiter. The waitress never said anything about the B'stella nor did the new waiter. We ate so much bread that my vegetarian friend said to just forget about it. I was appalled that the request for vegetarian B'stella went ignored. That goes to further demonstrate that the integrity of this resturant is not a priority. She was charged for a B'stella but only received a cold shoulder.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were a group of friends going out to dinner to celebrate a birthday. The food was ok, the service was not. The floors were very dirty, I know because I had brand new white socks on and after I came back from the bathroom, my socks were brown. I don't think they vacuum behind the table/cushions. One of my friends is a vegetarian so she was suppose to get a vegetarian B'stella. She asked the waitress about it and the waitress said she would inquire about it to the chef. After the waitress came back from upstairs, we got a different waiter. The waitress never said anything about the B'stella nor did the new waiter. We ate so much bread that my vegetarian friend said to just forget about it. I was appalled that the request for vegetarian B'stella went ignored. That goes to further demonstrate that the integrity of this resturant is not a priority. She was charged for a B'stella but only received a cold shoulder.

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I read all the reviews. I have this to report on this amazing restaurant! I am appalled at the ignorance, the complete contradiction in the reviews, and the blatant stupidity of how good this AFRICAN cuisine really is!
Those idiots who brought children, you ruined the experience...not for them but by your inability to genuinely enjoy something that is not "corporate"...such as Applebees!!!! This restaurant is family friendly and not recommended for the "bland, boring and uptight" individuals....yes that might just be you!
You should NEVER go to and ethnic restaurant and expect to be seated like you were going for a steak dinner at Village Inn! Wait, if you really thought that was a steak house you should never eat in public again. In summary, Its Moroccan, its in Colorado, its pricey for the eating plus entertainment experience! If a staff member has been rude to you, you probably deserved it with your pompous attitudes! I would recommend some where like Chuckie Cheese on your next family outing! All in all, this place is out of this world. By far the best dining experience I have had!

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★★★★★

I read all the reviews. I have this to report on this amazing restaurant! I am appalled at the ignorance, the complete contradiction in the reviews, and the blatant stupidity of how good this AFRICAN cuisine really is!
Those idiots who brought children, you ruined the experience...not for them but by your inability to genuinely enjoy something that is not "corporate"...such as Applebees!!!! This restaurant is family friendly and not recommended for the "bland, boring and uptight" individuals....yes that might just be you!
You should NEVER go to and ethnic restaurant and expect to be seated like you were going for a steak dinner at Village Inn! Wait, if you really thought that was a steak house you should never eat in public again. In summary, Its Moroccan, its in Colorado, its pricey for the eating plus entertainment experience! If a staff member has been rude to you, you probably deserved it with your pompous attitudes! I would recommend some where like Chuckie Cheese on your next family outing! All in all, this place is out of this world. By far the best dining experience I have had!

Pros: Everything, the food kicks butt!!!!!

Cons: Stupid people who ruin the experience and vibe.

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We had a reservation at this place. When we arrived the place was quite full, but considering there were only 2 of us, we were put upstairs in a corner with not enough space to sit and barely enough room for the waitstaff and other people to walk past, let alone space for the belly dancer.
Food was ok for how expensive it was and we were even charged a cover to get in.
Bad experience, and I am not going back.

If you do go, consider sitting downstairs. At least you will get a fair amount of space and decent amount of entertainment from the belly dancer :)

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★★☆☆☆

We had a reservation at this place. When we arrived the place was quite full, but considering there were only 2 of us, we were put upstairs in a corner with not enough space to sit and barely enough room for the waitstaff and other people to walk past, let alone space for the belly dancer.
Food was ok for how expensive it was and we were even charged a cover to get in.
Bad experience, and I am not going back.

If you do go, consider sitting downstairs. At least you will get a fair amount of space and decent amount of entertainment from the belly dancer :)

Pros: music, ambience downstairs

Cons: lack of sitting space, uncomfortable, value for money, below average food

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Not recommended. My girlfriend recently thought she would surprise me for my birthday and take me someplace different and this is where she decided to bring me. She wanted the evening to be very special. When we got there it seemed very empty and it took quite a while for someone even to acknowledge our presence. The food though not bad was certainly not worth price. The worst part however was that about halfway through the dinner we began to wonder where the "entertainment" was. Our waiter informed us that since it was a slow night that they had told the entertainment to stay home. This of course was one of the main reasons people attend this restaurant and it is part of the price of the food which is basically a flat rate. I politely asked if we could perhaps get some kind of discount. He said he would see what he could do but he never said another word about it and when we got the check it was for the full amount. This is ridiculous. At the every least they could have posted a sign saying there was not entertainment that night and we could have come back another time. It really spoiled the evening and I felt they were very rude about it even though i tried to be very polite.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not recommended. My girlfriend recently thought she would surprise me for my birthday and take me someplace different and this is where she decided to bring me. She wanted the evening to be very special. When we got there it seemed very empty and it took quite a while for someone even to acknowledge our presence. The food though not bad was certainly not worth price. The worst part however was that about halfway through the dinner we began to wonder where the "entertainment" was. Our waiter informed us that since it was a slow night that they had told the entertainment to stay home. This of course was one of the main reasons people attend this restaurant and it is part of the price of the food which is basically a flat rate. I politely asked if we could perhaps get some kind of discount. He said he would see what he could do but he never said another word about it and when we got the check it was for the full amount. This is ridiculous. At the every least they could have posted a sign saying there was not entertainment that night and we could have come back another time. It really spoiled the evening and I felt they were very rude about it even though i tried to be very polite.

Pros: something different

Cons: you might not get what you pay for

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I just got back from Colorado and (finally) have a restaurant experience to report on... It's Mataam Fez in Denver. Now I have discovered the eating experience Mataam Fez... The dinner begins when you arrive as you are greeted with friendly smiles and and an even more friendly decorative array of pillows and morrocan tapestry. A group of friends and mine started our journey into the Western coast of Africa with a cooling white wine of which they have many choices.
there are several courses that will amaze and delight even the most inexperienced diner. My more seasoned brother ordered and selected Assorted Morrocan Salads for starters. You eat with your hands in Morrocco and so to there in Denver. If that makes you uncomfortable, then it's time to loosen the tie and join the party because it's a good one there in Denver.
We ordered most of the entrees on the menu in one sitting and then took the free-for all approach and sampled from every corner of the mystical Morrocan restaurant. The Chicken, Fish, Lamb, and my favorite RABBIT.
So we ordered I think hot and spicy chicken, a delicious salmon dish and lamb brochettes and, of course,the rabbit. The rabbit and the chicken were delightfully succulent and we pulled it from the bone with the ease of a warm knife through honey bread (which keeps on coming and coming I must say.) Between each course, the Fez delivered spays of rose petal water and citrus juice rubs, warm hand towels and baths above a Moroccan kettle. All of these unexpected delights were apparently all part of the daily pampering one recieves when dining at Mataam Fez...
this is one authentic restaurant. I didn't think I could have any more fun after eating but the Fez proved me wrong as BELLY-DANCERS came to our table.
if you want to dine and enjoy yourself at the same time, while dining on the most succulent food and most unique flavors, then I recommend Mataam Fez in Denver... from there it's up to you...
Jack D.

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I just got back from Colorado and (finally) have a restaurant experience to report on... It's Mataam Fez in Denver. Now I have discovered the eating experience Mataam Fez... The dinner begins when you arrive as you are greeted with friendly smiles and and an even more friendly decorative array of pillows and morrocan tapestry. A group of friends and mine started our journey into the Western coast of Africa with a cooling white wine of which they have many choices.
there are several courses that will amaze and delight even the most inexperienced diner. My more seasoned brother ordered and selected Assorted Morrocan Salads for starters. You eat with your hands in Morrocco and so to there in Denver. If that makes you uncomfortable, then it's time to loosen the tie and join the party because it's a good one there in Denver.
We ordered most of the entrees on the menu in one sitting and then took the free-for all approach and sampled from every corner of the mystical Morrocan restaurant. The Chicken, Fish, Lamb, and my favorite RABBIT.
So we ordered I think hot and spicy chicken, a delicious salmon dish and lamb brochettes and, of course,the rabbit. The rabbit and the chicken were delightfully succulent and we pulled it from the bone with the ease of a warm knife through honey bread (which keeps on coming and coming I must say.) Between each course, the Fez delivered spays of rose petal water and citrus juice rubs, warm hand towels and baths above a Moroccan kettle. All of these unexpected delights were apparently all part of the daily pampering one recieves when dining at Mataam Fez...
this is one authentic restaurant. I didn't think I could have any more fun after eating but the Fez proved me wrong as BELLY-DANCERS came to our table.
if you want to dine and enjoy yourself at the same time, while dining on the most succulent food and most unique flavors, then I recommend Mataam Fez in Denver... from there it's up to you...
Jack D.

Pros: Friendly Service and SPECTACULAR food.

Cons: I can't think of one...

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Incredibly rude host/Bart, this person is not just rude, he has a serious customer service issues & does not appear to even get along with the other staff members. Filthy waiting room, place smells dirty & is dirty! Highly recommended to us, but I have no idea why, unless the food is spectacular. Didn't get that far, as waiter spilled water on my wife & her cushion & then was told we would not be moved, lots of empty tables. Idiot host insisted we were lying about the water on the cushion, as it was dry! We left, "host/manager" followed us outside, insisting cushion was dry. I have nothing good to say about this experience except maybe it will make a good story as the worst restaurant experience ever. I have been around the world, this tops it all!

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★★★☆☆

Incredibly rude host/Bart, this person is not just rude, he has a serious customer service issues & does not appear to even get along with the other staff members. Filthy waiting room, place smells dirty & is dirty! Highly recommended to us, but I have no idea why, unless the food is spectacular. Didn't get that far, as waiter spilled water on my wife & her cushion & then was told we would not be moved, lots of empty tables. Idiot host insisted we were lying about the water on the cushion, as it was dry! We left, "host/manager" followed us outside, insisting cushion was dry. I have nothing good to say about this experience except maybe it will make a good story as the worst restaurant experience ever. I have been around the world, this tops it all!

Pros: NONE!

Cons: Rude host, dirty, smelly!

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We were recommended this restaurant by several friends and we LOVE moroccan food - so we were excited for trying a new place. WHAT A MISTAKE! While the food was plentiful - the food was seriously atrocious. My wife and I went with another couple and we could not believe how bland, tasteless, unsightly, and vile the food truly was. We love adventerous food... so don't think that we were taken back my the lack of utensils (love Ethiopian). We have traveled the world and eaten in dives in the middle of nowhere. This is where this place should be. To add injury to insult - the price was OUTRAGEOUS! It cost $45/person (no prices on the menu should have alerted us) and we basically ate veggie stew. We were so confused that we went to the waiter to confirm (service was equally as awful). She confirmed the ripoff. BOTTOM LINE: PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE NOT UNLESS YOU ARE A MASOCHIST. Only reason I can think that this place still is open - the novelty. Denverites - get over it.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were recommended this restaurant by several friends and we LOVE moroccan food - so we were excited for trying a new place. WHAT A MISTAKE! While the food was plentiful - the food was seriously atrocious. My wife and I went with another couple and we could not believe how bland, tasteless, unsightly, and vile the food truly was. We love adventerous food... so don't think that we were taken back my the lack of utensils (love Ethiopian). We have traveled the world and eaten in dives in the middle of nowhere. This is where this place should be. To add injury to insult - the price was OUTRAGEOUS! It cost $45/person (no prices on the menu should have alerted us) and we basically ate veggie stew. We were so confused that we went to the waiter to confirm (service was equally as awful). She confirmed the ripoff. BOTTOM LINE: PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE NOT UNLESS YOU ARE A MASOCHIST. Only reason I can think that this place still is open - the novelty. Denverites - get over it.

Pros: Copious amounts of dogfood, No utensils, Seating on the floor

Cons: EXPENSIVE, POOR SERVICE, TASTELESS FOOD

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I truly enjoyed dining at Mataam Fez. The food was great and the belly dancing was awesome. You sit on pillows in a Morrocan atmosphere. The pour tea into your little tea cup from as high as their arm reaches and do not spill a drop. I do recommend reservations and not taking your kids.

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★★★★☆

I truly enjoyed dining at Mataam Fez. The food was great and the belly dancing was awesome. You sit on pillows in a Morrocan atmosphere. The pour tea into your little tea cup from as high as their arm reaches and do not spill a drop. I do recommend reservations and not taking your kids.

Pros: great ambience

Cons: expensive

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Our waiter was less than friendly, as it took him about 30 mins or more to warm up to us. In my opinion, the food was very bland and was not very good at all. I also think the option to use your hands or not should be left up to the patrons. If someone were to have a cold in your group, they would be sharing their germs with everyone. I have been to other Morrocan restuarants (Washington, DC and Las Vegas) and the mood was very festive and fun! This one seemed sort of dirty and not well maintained. When we sat on the floor, there was something wet and slimy on the floor. Thank goodness there was a pillow I could lay over the top of it, in order to put my feet. If a person has trouble getting up and down from a seated position, this is not the restaurant for you. Our neighbor practically had to lay down and roll out from behind the table. Not a good place to wear a skirt or dress either, unless you want to share with those across the way from you.

The belly dancer was the highlight of the night! She was very good!

While there, a family had an incident with hot tea spilling on the child and grandmother during the tea pouring at the end of the meal. While that part of the meal is entertaining, I could definitely see where it could be hazardous if not done properly or if a mistake is made.

Needless to say, between the thoughts above and this, I will not be returning to Mataam Fez's in Denver.

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Our waiter was less than friendly, as it took him about 30 mins or more to warm up to us. In my opinion, the food was very bland and was not very good at all. I also think the option to use your hands or not should be left up to the patrons. If someone were to have a cold in your group, they would be sharing their germs with everyone. I have been to other Morrocan restuarants (Washington, DC and Las Vegas) and the mood was very festive and fun! This one seemed sort of dirty and not well maintained. When we sat on the floor, there was something wet and slimy on the floor. Thank goodness there was a pillow I could lay over the top of it, in order to put my feet. If a person has trouble getting up and down from a seated position, this is not the restaurant for you. Our neighbor practically had to lay down and roll out from behind the table. Not a good place to wear a skirt or dress either, unless you want to share with those across the way from you.

The belly dancer was the highlight of the night! She was very good!

While there, a family had an incident with hot tea spilling on the child and grandmother during the tea pouring at the end of the meal. While that part of the meal is entertaining, I could definitely see where it could be hazardous if not done properly or if a mistake is made.

Needless to say, between the thoughts above and this, I will not be returning to Mataam Fez's in Denver.

Pros: The belly dancer was great!

Cons: The food, the seating, our waiter

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So, you wanted a fun night out with your kids and you wanted your kids to experience something different than Applebee's? Then do not dine at this restaurant. First, the host is a big jerk. From the time we arrived to the time we left, it was abundantly clear to everyone in our group that the kids weren't really welcome. My lamb dish was overcooked and very expensive. Expect a family of four to spend at least $100, even if the kids are charged for a kids meal. Our kids were not and I had to complain about that to have the kids in our group charged correctly. Why on earth would a three-year-old want a $29 meal? Anyway, I won't go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

So, you wanted a fun night out with your kids and you wanted your kids to experience something different than Applebee's? Then do not dine at this restaurant. First, the host is a big jerk. From the time we arrived to the time we left, it was abundantly clear to everyone in our group that the kids weren't really welcome. My lamb dish was overcooked and very expensive. Expect a family of four to spend at least $100, even if the kids are charged for a kids meal. Our kids were not and I had to complain about that to have the kids in our group charged correctly. Why on earth would a three-year-old want a $29 meal? Anyway, I won't go back.

Cons: Dirty, Expensive, Rude Host

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Mataaz Fez is a true Moroccan restaurant--one sits on the floor, eats with his hands, and there is belly dancing. Prices are decent for a very large five course meal, including tea served with a flair at the end. Prices are about $20-$30 a person, but you get a ton of food. The restaurant is looking a little run down, but the unique atmosphere makes you forget that for the most part.

PROS: Delicious food, served in a unique atmosphere, huge portions
CONS: A little run down

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★★★★☆

Mataaz Fez is a true Moroccan restaurant--one sits on the floor, eats with his hands, and there is belly dancing. Prices are decent for a very large five course meal, including tea served with a flair at the end. Prices are about $20-$30 a person, but you get a ton of food. The restaurant is looking a little run down, but the unique atmosphere makes you forget that for the most part.

PROS: Delicious food, served in a unique atmosphere, huge portions
CONS: A little run down

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This restaurant definitely provided my husband and me with a unique dining experience! The ethnic decorations, music, and food were well worth the prices, which were a bit high. Definitely a wonderful place for a romantic dinner together! It was quiet enough that we could talk to each other, but not so quiet that we felt uncomfortable doing so!

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This restaurant definitely provided my husband and me with a unique dining experience! The ethnic decorations, music, and food were well worth the prices, which were a bit high. Definitely a wonderful place for a romantic dinner together! It was quiet enough that we could talk to each other, but not so quiet that we felt uncomfortable doing so!

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Yay, you get to eat with your fingers!!! Whoopeee!!!! As if this is the epitome of the Moroccon experience. Don't expect finger style food. Picture this - whole chickens, whole rabbits, appetizers of Hummus consistency, all of which your expected to pick apart with your greasy, dirty fingers, and then pass on to your co-eaters. How fun!!! Yeah, right. If the food was tastey enough to compensate for the mess, then it might be worth it. But it's not. Bland and akward.
The bellydancing and decor are really all this place has going for it. For true Morrocan cuisine, I will be looking elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

Yay, you get to eat with your fingers!!! Whoopeee!!!! As if this is the epitome of the Moroccon experience. Don't expect finger style food. Picture this - whole chickens, whole rabbits, appetizers of Hummus consistency, all of which your expected to pick apart with your greasy, dirty fingers, and then pass on to your co-eaters. How fun!!! Yeah, right. If the food was tastey enough to compensate for the mess, then it might be worth it. But it's not. Bland and akward.
The bellydancing and decor are really all this place has going for it. For true Morrocan cuisine, I will be looking elsewhere.

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I've only been here once, but the main thing I'd recommend is to NOT go during a holiday (new years eve). Other than that, be prepared to sit on the floor, eat with your hands and enjoy the tasty and interesting food. They have great vegetarian selections and the presentation is very creative! I would never suggest this restaurant to anyone who does not take risks or expects bland food and hand and foot service. Definitely a great experience!

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★★★★☆

I've only been here once, but the main thing I'd recommend is to NOT go during a holiday (new years eve). Other than that, be prepared to sit on the floor, eat with your hands and enjoy the tasty and interesting food. They have great vegetarian selections and the presentation is very creative! I would never suggest this restaurant to anyone who does not take risks or expects bland food and hand and foot service. Definitely a great experience!

Pros: ethnic, stimulating, cozy

Cons: , crowded

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We made reservations for dinner on New Year's Eve. When we arrived we were crammed into a closet size waiting room with about 30 other people. The host was incredibly rude and pushed his way through people, ignoring any reservations that were made. Finally we were seated, an hour after our reservation time. Once seated, I tried to forget about the entrance experience and have a good time. However, the service and food were terrible. There was a different member of the waitstaff for each course. We tried ordering drinks but were ignored. We managed to get one drink but that was by reaching out and grabbing a waiter to get his attention. When the entrees arrived, they were grossly overcooked and just plain unappetizing. We requested our check left money and left 100% disappointed and hungry. I will never return.

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★☆☆☆☆

We made reservations for dinner on New Year's Eve. When we arrived we were crammed into a closet size waiting room with about 30 other people. The host was incredibly rude and pushed his way through people, ignoring any reservations that were made. Finally we were seated, an hour after our reservation time. Once seated, I tried to forget about the entrance experience and have a good time. However, the service and food were terrible. There was a different member of the waitstaff for each course. We tried ordering drinks but were ignored. We managed to get one drink but that was by reaching out and grabbing a waiter to get his attention. When the entrees arrived, they were grossly overcooked and just plain unappetizing. We requested our check left money and left 100% disappointed and hungry. I will never return.

Pros: nicely decorated

Cons: expensive, no parking, over-crowded

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Very personal, sensual dining experience. The food was excellent, the ambiance very stimulating, and the total effect will blow you away. Allow plenty of time to enjoy your evening. We had no reservations on a Saturday night and were seated within 15 minutes.

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★★★★★

Very personal, sensual dining experience. The food was excellent, the ambiance very stimulating, and the total effect will blow you away. Allow plenty of time to enjoy your evening. We had no reservations on a Saturday night and were seated within 15 minutes.

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After having made reservations at Mataam Fez on New Year's Eve, my date and I arrived on time to find approx. 20-30 people, who also had reservations, waiting outside and in the tiny waiting area inside. There was no staff whatsoever anywhere, and when I did finally catch a waiter, he pushed me aside without a word. The word in the crowd was they had lost the reservation list, overbooked, and some people had been waiting as long as an hour from their reservation time. We decided to leave, not wanting to deal with the rude service before we even got in the door. Although I have had pleasurable dining experiences there before, I will never again plan on going for a special occasion.

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★☆☆☆☆

After having made reservations at Mataam Fez on New Year's Eve, my date and I arrived on time to find approx. 20-30 people, who also had reservations, waiting outside and in the tiny waiting area inside. There was no staff whatsoever anywhere, and when I did finally catch a waiter, he pushed me aside without a word. The word in the crowd was they had lost the reservation list, overbooked, and some people had been waiting as long as an hour from their reservation time. We decided to leave, not wanting to deal with the rude service before we even got in the door. Although I have had pleasurable dining experiences there before, I will never again plan on going for a special occasion.

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Dining at Mataam Fez is intensely interactive. It's a great place to go for a unique dining experience. The food is delicious, if a little overpriced, and the atmosphere seems dim and foreign, but festive. The belly dancing is a fun diversion, not that any diversion is necessary. Don't expect to be able to chat much, though, the food takes too much attention. Be sure to wear machine washable clothes that won't be wrinkled by sitting on the floor.

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★★★★☆

Dining at Mataam Fez is intensely interactive. It's a great place to go for a unique dining experience. The food is delicious, if a little overpriced, and the atmosphere seems dim and foreign, but festive. The belly dancing is a fun diversion, not that any diversion is necessary. Don't expect to be able to chat much, though, the food takes too much attention. Be sure to wear machine washable clothes that won't be wrinkled by sitting on the floor.

Pros: exotic, delicious, unfamiliar

Cons: messy, exhausting, unfamiliar

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Before you get to Mataam Fez, there are a few things you should definately be aware of: you're going to eat with your hands, you're going to sit on the floor with strangers, and you're going to be there for a LONG time. If you can handle all of this, you're in for a treat.
Be prepared for a 5 course meal filled with interesting spices and smells. I won't give away the menu because it's something to experience for yourself. But please, if you're more into the bland faire you'd find at Black Eyed Pea, do yourself and everyone else a favor - stay home.
Yes, unfortunately the host tends to be anwell,you know. But with luck this unfriendly fellow will be replaced over time, leaving you with just the great food and unique experience.

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★★★★★

Before you get to Mataam Fez, there are a few things you should definately be aware of: you're going to eat with your hands, you're going to sit on the floor with strangers, and you're going to be there for a LONG time. If you can handle all of this, you're in for a treat.
Be prepared for a 5 course meal filled with interesting spices and smells. I won't give away the menu because it's something to experience for yourself. But please, if you're more into the bland faire you'd find at Black Eyed Pea, do yourself and everyone else a favor - stay home.
Yes, unfortunately the host tends to be anwell,you know. But with luck this unfriendly fellow will be replaced over time, leaving you with just the great food and unique experience.

Pros: Great food, Unique experience

Cons: Rude host

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Mataam Fez is a great experience. go prepared to eat with your fingers, don't worry about the manicure. The food is wonderful and unusual!

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★★★★★

Mataam Fez is a great experience. go prepared to eat with your fingers, don't worry about the manicure. The food is wonderful and unusual!

 

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