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“This was a wonderful night!”
Review of Imperial Fez

Imperial Fez
Ranked #581 of 4,051 Restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: US$35 - US$65
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Buckhead
Description: Be prepared to leave your shoes (optional) and your worries at the door when you dine at Imperial Fez! First things first, ask your hostess you want to remove your shoes, and get ready to relax and eat with your fingers (Silverware available at your table) this traditional Moroccan restaurant encourages you to do as the Moroccans do. As you settle into the benches and soft pillows, your server will explain the customs and traditions that they observe at this unique restaurant. To begin, your server will bring a Tass (a silver hand-washing kit) and gently pour warm water scented with lemon to allow you to wash your hands at the table, and will give you a clean towel to keep on your left shoulder. Your server will explained the menu and the order of the meal, take your order and your journey will truly began as Chef Rafih Benjelloun and his wife Chef Rita Benjelloun work on their culinary magic. At Imperial Fez, the "happy drink" is called The Marrakech. It's a fruity beverage of multiple spirits and juices that will undoubtedly leave you feeling just that - happy. Nightly entertainment starts around 7:30pm. The belly dancers bring energy and life to the quiet restaurant and complete your Moroccan experience! For anyone willing to go beyond the norm, an evening at Imperial Fez can be a full night of pleasure for the mind, the body, and the spirit. "I want them to walk away better than they came in," explains chef Benjelloun.
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Last night I had an amazing experience at Imperial Fez in Buckhead to experience firsthand, Moroccan cuisine. We were able to meet the head chef Rafih who was an absolutely delightful character. He is such an educated man who has a passion for sharing the history and culture of his origin. Once the group arrived we were directed to softly lit, expansive room with beautiful tapestries and low to the ground tables and seating. There were lovely rugs covering the floors giving the entire space a warm, welcoming feel and an exotic ambiance. Our host explained to us the five course meal and we were left to choose our main course. Once we had all ordered a large pot was brought to the center of the table where warm water was poured over our hands to prepare for our meal without utensils. Our wonderful chef who sat with us off and on throughout our meal explained very humorously that to eat with our hands we were given two chopsticks and the thumb is used as our insurance. The first course of assorted Moroccan Salads with a Side of Red Harissa was served with Moroccan Bread -Whole Wheat & Honey, & Moroccan Crackers (Fekkas) once this course was enjoyed we were served Appetizer B'stella– Filo Dough Stuffed with Cornish-hen, Roasted Almonds, Spiced Eggs and Cinnamon. I would have never thought to serve a savory filling wrapped inside a flaky puff pastry with powdered sugar and cinnamon but they complimented each other so well, it was delicious. During the appetizer course of our meal we were treated to a spectacular show of talent when the belly dancer entered the dining area. At the end of her performance we were served our main courses which varied from Cornish-Hen Tagine with Green Beans, Sweet Peas & Baby Carrots Baked in Saffron Sauce Moroccan Preserved Lemons also Grilled Filet Mignon Black Angus Beef Kebab, Grilled Quail, and Couscous with Lamb or Cornish-hen Garlic & Olives and finally the sweetest option was Cornish-Hen Tagine Baked with Apricots, Ginger, Cinnamon & Honey Sauce Roasted Almonds & Sesame Seeds. During the main course Rafih joined us it was so nice to listen to his stories. After the main course we once again washed rinsed our hands at the table only this time we received a splash of rose water and orange blossom water this acts to remove the aromatic qualities of the spices on our fingers. Once this was complete we were treated to Chef Rafih’s Signature Dessert of puff pastry stuffed with chocolate and dried fruit this was served with Fresh Fruits & Moroccan Hot Mint Tea. At this time we enjoyed one final performance from the belly dancer who this time invited my daughter up to dance this was so cute and really made my little one feel extra special. This was a wonderful night spent with very nice people made even more special by the royal treatment that we received from Chef Rafih.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

This was our first visit. The entire family enjoyed the food and Belly Dancers. It is $$$, however, you get an incredible amount of delicious food and the belly dancing show. We saw the dancers 4 times within 2 hours. Our servers were attentive and explained each course thoroughly. We loved it! Another visit to the Imperial Fez is in our future. By the way, this is an awesome restaurant for large parties.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Had a great time with friends at The Imperial Fez. The food was exceptional, the dancing was fun & mesmerizing. I had the cornish hen for my entree, which was so moist it melted in my mouth & fell of the bone - truly wonderful. Great atmosphere & a very fun night out. Highly recommended!

Thank AustinTikiGirl
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

The menu and ordering process was confusing. The bellydancers had been there for 20+ years. We had a Groupon deal for half off and still spent almost $150/couple. The server didn't explain the dishes and it was so dark we couldn't see what we were eating. We were overall VERY disappointed.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Food was fresh and wonderful. Atmosphere was nice. You sit on pillows and small floor level tables. Several course meals are served with a short belly dancing show. I've been twice and both times I have enjoyed the meal and show.

Thank paralegal777
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