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Khamsa Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Khamsa Restaurant

4.6
4.6
342 Reviews
$30 and under
Moroccan
Khamsa is a California-Morocco fusion concept with unique wine selections. The focus is traditional flavors juxtaposed with clean, locally sourced ingredients and a California culinary twist. Like the food, Khamsa's interior is a mixture of ornate quintessential Morocco with a hip, modernist California design sensibility. The location is both vibrant and intimate, especially with its cozy outdoor patio, which is perfect for warm nights and weekend brunch. And 95% of our dishes are halal!

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Moroccan, Mediterranean, Halal

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 316-9458

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Khamsa Restaurant can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 851-3022

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Cross street

    South Van Ness Ave and 15th street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 342 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Francisco

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. SR

    StephenR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Interesting wine list. I ended up with the mint tea served in a sillver tea pot. Nice touch. The Montepulciano was a little sweet for my dining companion. Unfortunately while I was looking forward to a tagine better than I make at home we were dissapointed. Both the duck and the lamb were a little dry. Charging extra for couscous is a bit aggressive on how they price their food. The cauliflower appetizer was undercooked and boring.
  2. i

    idontcook

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We've eaten at Khamsa numerous times, because of its unique and delicious food, friendly service, creative wine list, and overall good value. There are plenty of veg options, as well as chicken, lamb, and fish/seafood items. The food is authentically seasoned and made with great care. Khamsa is an excellent choice whether you're looking for someplace quiet or a spot to enjoy dinner with a few friends.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and we met some nice people who sat next to us
  4. p

    philosophyproftt

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    About 50 years ago, there was a Moroccan restaurant in San Francisco that had the most delicious bastilla, so I decided to try it at Khamsa, even though ordinarily we follow a vegetarian diet. (Can't anyone make a vegetarian version?) But this was disappointing. The pastry was all right, but the filling was dry and fairly tasteless. My husband had grilled calamari, which he enjoyed. We shared a vegetable tagine, which was fine, though nothing special. We were eating early in order to attend a performance at the Opera House, so we were the only ones on the patio, which was very pleasant. Indoors has a nice atmosphere, though who eats indoors these days? The service was friendly and competent but we won't be returning.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food, slow service. Desserts were extremely good!
  6. J

    Jake

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The six of us tasted just about the whole menu the dishes were each different and had exotic ingredients! Fun food nice service from gentle souls. Thanks
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! A true gem.
  8. CH

    CHfan5

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere but the food did not have the usual fantastic flavors of Morocco. The lemon chicken was very dry. The best dish we got was the honey lamb shank. Tasty and tender.
  9. P

    Pete

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Tough lamb tagine. Over-sweetened lamb shank tagine. Packet couscous.
  10. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    205 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Good food had chicken tangine. No Couscous included. Rice was dry over cooked chicken was tasty service so so
  11. DS

    DiaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Casual & friendly place.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful. We enjoyed the delicious meal. Had Honey cake for dessert. Love it!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an awesome mother's day celebration.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Expensive and not that flavorful
  15. g

    gkoskovich

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Every dish was first rate and the service was friendly and efficient. My one complaint: They could turn down (or turn off) the music. The room is all hard surfaces, so the noise quickly gets out of hand.
  16. NS

    NeilS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived just at the 5 pm opening, and Adil seated us right away in this delightful, small, family-run Moroccan restaurant. We began with a wonderful roasted artichoke starter (chiflor) with tomatoes, green onions, and pine nuts. Our entrees were a specially prepared lamb dish, slow cooked with garlic, saffron, and beans (tanjia) and a duck stew (tagine) with shallots, figs, almonds, and apricots, both of which were outstanding, with distinctively rich, savory flavors. We finished by sharing the kunafeh for dessert, a cake of shredded phyla dough with pistachios and sweet cheese in a rose water syrup. Yummy yummy yummy! And there's so much more to explore on the menu. We'll be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and ambiance!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there early, so it was quiet but outside barely noticed when the place filled up. Service and food was excellent. Great portion sizes! Beautiful space. Thank you!
  19. f

    florencet

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great restaurant! The food is delicious, the service is excellent. I love the decoration and patio. The only thing I would suggest is to modify the wine list as it does not have a lot of good wines....
  20. A

    Alex

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food and amazing ambience and service. I totally will recommend it to my friends.
  21. G

    Gabraun

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with three other people four our first experience with Moroccan food. We loved all three of the appetizers we tried. The salads were good. The fish tagine was excellent. The Berber couscous was a little sweet and bland for our tastes, but I am sure it was authentically made and flavored. Very nice selection of beers from Middle East, Greece and Ukraine.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely small restaurant, limited menu but everything is done well.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious!!!!
  25. FN

    FaranN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    comfortable outdoor dining, great heaters, food was delicious with excellent service. I recommend it
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing restaurant for many types of occasion. I’ve been here multiple times and as a Moroccan, I certainly enjoyed the entire menu, it’s tasteful and authentic. Kudos to the chef and staff for recreating the true Moroccan experience!
  27. CT

    CarolynT

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first meal in a San Francisco restaurant in almost two years came about - sadly - through a family tragedy that had siblings visiting from the midwest. On their last night in San Francisco, when asked if there was a cuisine they would like to eat which they cannot get, my husband's brother asked for Moroccan. As Khamsa is walking distance from my husband's medical practice, we booked our farewell event and looked forward to a comforting meal. As our siblings were on a moderately strict diet, they did not get to experience the wonderful saffron rice, but after eating through almost every appetizer and side dish, coupled with a lamb tangia and duck tagine, no one went hungry and even my meat-centric spouse confessed he enjoyed the vegetable options (carrot with charmoula, eggplant, mloukhia [okra], and spiced olives) more! For me, it was the incredible basteeya and stuffed calamari that stole my heart. The waitstaff were conscientious as to seating everyone in a way to keep good distances and they were very nice to lower the music which initially hindered our conversation. My only objection was to a scoop of ice cream on the baklava, which seemed incongruous, but that was easily looked over compared to the amazing savory foods and I look forward to returning to try the rest of the menu.
  28. MS

    MagedS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and exceptional service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was spot on. Very friendly and made us feel at home. Keep up the great work guys, we will be back!
  30. s

    susans

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Sat outside, good heaters but it was windy and cold. Uncomfortable chairs. Took a long time before someone took our order, but service was good after that. Didn't advertise that they only had a Valentine's day pre-fix menu, I'd picked them because I thought it was the regular menu, so ended up spending more than we would have. Didn't like the calamari, very harsh spicing. Duck app was too sweet. Salads were good, and lamb shank was pretty good. Baclava dessert was good. Overall, fine but probably wouldn't go again.
  31. M

    Msole

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentine's dinner menu was exceptional. The slow cooked shank lamb was beyond delicious! And also the lamb & beef meatballs, the stuffed calamary and the kale salad were my favorites.
  32. c

    coachg

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Valentine’s Dinner Night: Excellent service, delicious cuisine, prefix was a bit more than we would have liked have paid. Will definitely return to try their regular menu.
  33. e

    ellibonelli

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great patio, super friendly service. Food was delicious, too - LOVED the Kale Caesar with dates, what an interesting twist.
  34. RK

    RoderickK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and exceptional service. The owner is an amazing person and very hand’s on.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a nice little spot! The food was incredible. Every dish we ordered tasted great and interesting. The service was friendly and attentive. They explained the dishes and beverages. You won’t be disappointed!!This place will be on our list of favorites for sure. Such a great night.
  37. LN

    LaurenceN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. I’ve been coming here for years and the food and service is consistently Outstanding!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Friday night dinner. Tasty food, attentive service, and a nice environment. We sat inside and it was quiet. Most people opted for the patio which looked lovely with the flame heaters.
  39. i

    idontcook

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Khamsa is a favorite. Its Moroccan cuisine is always very good, made with fresh and flavorful ingredients. I have had all of its tagines and heartily recommend each and every one of them. We've so enjoyed some of their wines from Morocco and Israel that we've bought them from wine retailers (when we could find them). Service is always friendly, efficient, and caring. Parking in the neighborhood can sometimes be a challenge, though, so allow a little extra time to find a space if you're driving to the restaurant.
  40. A

    Amalia

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is now my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. And I have lived here for many years. Amazing food, wonderful and warm owners and staff, great enclosed warm outside patio. I love this place.

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You can order delivery directly from Khamsa Restaurant using the Order Online button. Khamsa Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 316-9458.

Khamsa Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 342 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Khamsa Restaurant

1503 15th Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South Van Ness Ave and 15th street

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Moroccan, Mediterranean, Halal

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 316-9458

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Khamsa Restaurant can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 851-3022

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