Mekki

4.2
90 reviews
$31 to $50
Moroccan
By visiting this restaurant, you are entering the life of the young Moroccan Mekki Karrakchou, restaurateur and philanthropist, who's mother fed the family with the exact same all-natural organic, halal menu in this restaurant. Between the decor, the menu and even the plates used to serve every dish, Mekki modern Moroccan cuisine brings the culture and countryside of Morocco to the new, beautiful southeastern part of Washington D.C.

Formerly located in New york city, this restaurant moved to the capital to join the surging diversified population of residents from all over the world seeking global experiences.

Visit Mekki DC for happy hour cocktails and Moroccan wines after work, have lunch with colleagues, dinner dates or request from our homely catering menu for larger groups for your family or offices. It'll be similar to taking a short trip to Morocco for a few hours.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 90 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
Ambience
4.3
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TheProf07
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

I'm a big Moroccan food fan so this was a bit of a letdown. The lamb tagine was not tender and infused with broth from slow cooking for hours and it had a brown sauce that was not like any Moroccan dish I've ever had, either in Morocco or elsewhere. The salmon tagine was dry and again did not appear to be slow-cooked in a tagine. The lubia appetizer was just beans. The pastilla was out alas. Honestly, my home-made tagines (slow-cooked in a real tagine) are much better. It was, however, a good date location. Nice cozy decor with good spacing, lots of fezzes, huge blue teddy bears out in front to keep you company, and very attentive and helpful servers. So I guess it depends on what you are looking for. And certainly inventive chefs are not bound by the traditions of their cuisine. But if you enjoy the taste of slow-cooked meats stewed in turmeric/ginger/cumin/preserved lemons, maybe not the place to go.

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Kt16
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service and ambiance were great, I had the couscous with veggies and wish there was a bit more to it, but overall good place.

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chatandchai
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Generally good food, fine service, attentive staff.

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vipsobe
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent N. African/Mediterranean food. The pastilla was marvelous, as light and delicious as any we've had in Morocco. The tagine is another perfect choice, but everything we sampled was well prepared, fresh, and enjoyable. A welcome addition to the DC food scene.

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EllaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Went for a Sunday brunch and ordered chicken pastilla and a Moroccan tea - absolutely delicious and worth its price. Got a terrible server (African woman), who almost ruined the experience but another server/busser (Moroccan man) jumped in and offered an excellent service - thank you! The venue is lovely - both inside and outside, and I’ll come back for dinner for sure.

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JBoos
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Charged for a black coffee refill without notification from waitress

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Service was good. Employees are very nice, but the food is just okay. Also, they were out of a lot of things… my main, my drink, and one of the apps for the table weren’t available… and we were there at 6:00p. We were the second seated table for the evening, so it wasn’t at the end of the night where’d you might expect the kitchen to be out of something.

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MargaretH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OT & Mekki are always Fabulous & make you feel at home !! Thank you !

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FoodLover
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great ambience, chef is very helpful!

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HappyEater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous, comfortable outdoor seating area. Food was delicious and staff was very helpful and welcoming.

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SimonB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going to Mekki is always an incredibly beautiful experience from start to finish. I first went there in their opening week, well before the pandemic, and have now been numerous times. I decided to go there for my birthday celebratory dinner, and they set up an extended table for 10 people outside in their beautifully decorated tent. The staff are always an absolute joy to interact with, from the reception, to the servers, and to Cici who runs the plays and is a delightful host whenever she is there, which is very often. It feels like you are being transported to Cici's personal living room in Morocco. There always seems to be a core of beautifully dressed highly fashionable people who look like they may be from the Morocco part of the world, that also provide a perfect beautiful and polite atmosphere as well. The food is delicious. I typically recommend the eggplant dip starter, but I also recommend the beautiful cheese-filled puffs (?), and the tomato and cucumber salad that are just tastier than one normally gets elsewhere. The skewers are delicious, but the unmissable dish is the beautifully rich lamb tagine, which a sauce rich in dates I think, amongst other things. The menu isn't very large, but the plenty of delicious options, including couscous dishes. This place is a little treasure in Capitol Hill that we are so lucky to have. They are right next to the new Spanish tapas restaurant (Bodega) that also seems to be part of one larger warm and welcoming family.

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nina
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

They didn’t have my first two orders at the bar and the service was slow. Food when it came was something I could have made myself and I’m no cook. I don’t really hold the staffing situation against them but the food wasn’t worth going back for.

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vipDiscopaddy
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Authentic food that was very good. Blame covid for subpar service, but otherwise lovely place. The lamb tagine was out of this world.

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NicolasC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! Great food! Authentic Moroccan food, and the mint tea was phenomenal. Excellent experience and will be back! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Morraccon food is delicious at Mekki! We like restaurant week.

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ToniB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This restaurant has a nice ambience and what I would assume (since I’ve never actually been to Morocco) to be authentic Moroccan decor. Upon arrival, I would say that the hostess could’ve definitely provided better service. She was not necessarily rude, but she was very less than pleasant and seemed annoyed with our presence. She also say us at a high table after our reservation was for standard seating, and also sat us in a very clustered area that was uncomfortable for us to sit at since pulling out the chair would hit the patron sitting next to us. However, one of the servers saw this issue and immediately guided us to the correct table which was standard seating. The remainder of the night was GREAT! And other staff were also great in every possible way. The food was also great and the portions were well worth the money. I definitely want to return and try more menu items.

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vipNadia
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service is slow- most popular items were sold out. But we had a good time

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Their liquor license expired that day and they weren’t able to renew in time. So they didn’t have any adult beverages available. They did however call everyone with a reservation to let them know. The service was great. The appetizers we had, including two salads were very flavorful! But the 3 entrees we ordered all lacked flavor. We were all very disappointed with the entrees. Their dessert was great!

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vipJoseRicardoR
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really friendly staff and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Appetisers were good. However, main course was not very authentic Moroccan, so bit disappointing.

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Effyf
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Simply beautiful food with a wonderful staff. Felt like a part of the family.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good experience. Casual and easy.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My absolute favorite Moroccan food I’ve ever had outside of Morocco! Would 10/10 recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

I was so underwhelmed by the service and quality of the drinks and food. I liked the starter dishes but everything downgrades there. My waitress kept us at our table for an extra 2 hours more than we should have been. Drinks were watered down. And the main dish I had… oh let me tell you, not flavorful and potatoes were not cooked. All being said, not worth breaking the bank. Maybe I was just there on a bad day?

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LawrenceS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Moroccan food. The pastilla and the lamb were delicious. The Mekki Amber Ale was fantastic. Great ambience.

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Jess
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went here for my birthday this year. The ambiance was lovely and the food was phenomenal. It immediately brought back memories from my trip to Morocco and all the lovely times I had there. I have never had lamb so wonderfully tender in my life!

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OmarA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to be. We enjoyed our Iftar and dinner. Othman did great job serving us. The food very tasty and my wife and I will come back again. Five stars 🌟 for this Moroccan restaurant and we will recommend it to friends and family members. Thank you 🙏

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MAURICE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, location and venue were great. Very tasty Moroccan food for a fair price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing up and coming Moroccan restaurant, with great ambience, absolutely delicious food and the most welcoming and courteous staff! Will definitely be back.

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NicoleT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very knowledgeable of Moroccan cuisine and wine, which was fun to learn about! Very flavorful, clean food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love everything about this place! Food is always excellent and the staff couldn’t be nicer.

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vipLeegirl
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good lamb tagine and was glad that Mekki had some Moroccan wine, which was yummy. Would love to hear some “modern” Moroccan music instead of club music. Ambiance was so-so. Missing seeing the beauty of Morocco. Maybe some large photo murals or textiles would help. Great grilled shrimp appetizer. Chicken with couscous: chicken was delicious but couscous wasn’t too flavorful. Overall, a place to go when I need some Moroccan food! I’ll go back!

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loveitalian
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, AMAZING food. As someone who’s traveled to Morocco multiple times, this place is legit. Friendly staff, great atmosphere!

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EmilyG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

Not the best outdoor set up (no heaters or blankets) but the food was good and it will be a nice place to dine out come summer

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rubysubi
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only was the food excellent, the service my sister and I received was incredible. The staff were informative, attentive without hovering, and incredibly genial.

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vipGustavo
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food and decent price. The chef's menu included many options and it was enough food for two people with wine.

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ShawnG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very tasty Moroccan food and desserts. Top notch and very courteous service. They need to light up the interiors a little more though.
I'll definitely go back.

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vipFoodieHCG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was delicioius and the service was great. We were in a rush at the end of dinner and they included the most amazing dessert in our doggy bag. Absolutely love it here and highly recommend!

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vipOlisaM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I went to Mekki for Summer Restaurant Week. I was supposed to meet my homegirl there, but she ended up being a no show. Seeing that I was alone, the manager gave me extra servings of their tapas. Sweet! However, the service was very prolonged; it seemed as if they had limited help with staffing. The manager also informed me that some menu items were limited due to COVID (cook was international and unable to return to work).
Other than that, GREAT FOOD! Will be back soon!

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MorganS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you’re looking for authentic Moroccan food this spot is for you! The service was amazing. I can’t recommend this place enough.

FAQs

Mekki offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-5472.

Mekki is rated 4.2 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.