Mekki

4.2
76 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 76 people are saying
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NicolasC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
11 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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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
58 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
3 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
14 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.

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Isotravelsolo
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. I look forward to my next visit.

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Jimmy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice date night out. Dunes outside, socially distanced. Large portions of food and great, hospitable service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service today was subpar but it was very clear it isn’t typically like that. Our server was amazing and very accommodating and for that reason I really liked the restaurant and would definitely return despite its operating difficulties.

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DonaP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to morroco two years ago and the flavors were on point with my memories !! So much pride in what they are serving ... I’ve taken two people there and both were hooked. Planning on taking a third friend who’s new to the neighborhood!! The forgot our drinks (were so busy) and as an apology comped them... great service and wonderful addition to the neighborhood - please support !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, creative food. Very good service. Worth a special trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We haven’t had Moroccan food in a long time and Mekki did not disappoint! The tagine presentation was wonderful and the portion generous. I enjoyed the branzino and highly recommend it. It was a friendly atmosphere and can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Sat at a high top table which made it easy to share food and hear each other. Enjoyed the small plates, wish we had gotten large size eggplant (to take home extra ) as it was so good. Comp shrimp dish delish. Dessert nachos were different and tasty. Cocktail of day was great. Front room staff and waiters all very pleasant but on a Saturday night, they were a bit overwhelmed and disorganized, so had to ask for some ordered items and took awhile to get them. But it did not detract from a very fun evening.

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vipfoodadventurer
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Moroccan Restaurants are hard to find in my area, and we were delighted with this new restaurant. But, the neighborhood at night near Eastern Market Metro Station is rather 'seedy.' Because of the high ceiling, it is very noisy. The lighting is very dark, and we could bearly see our food. Although I listed what could be improved first, the food was very enjoyable. For appertizers, the lentil soup was very thick, more like stewed lentils, and carrot and eggplant dishes were served cold. Carrots were halfway cooked, and eggplant dish was rather salty for me. We shared the Beef Tagine dish. It was delicious with dried prunes and aprictos, but we wished it to be served in the traditional clay pot. We finished our dinner with nice cup of mint tea. They serve rather big portions, so two small plates of appertizers and one tagine dish, or for the next time, we may try one couscous dish, and one tagine dish to share, would be plenty for two of us. We would definitely go back to this restaurant!

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vipLauraG
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning many times to come. I do have a couple comments to share. The tagines are definitely enough food for two. My second comment is for the restaurant - please select other cleaning materials. I appreciate the thoroughness with wiping down the tables, but the scent from the cleaning fluids are not pleasant when we are enjoying the smells of the food we are trying to enjoy..

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Especially Pastilla and Beef Couscous (still craving it today). Can’t wait to go back. The staff was super friendly and the management goes above and beyond to make it a great experience. Easily noticeable that this place is authentic Moroccan and family run. The only qualm I have about it is the location in Southeast DC. Wasn’t a huge fan of walking around the area alone from where I parked.

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manuelm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Food. We have now been there twice and enjoyed it both times. We had the Taktouka (roasted piquillo peppers and tomato) and a Pastillo as a first course and then shared a Chicken CousCous platter. The CousCous was enough for two people by itself. We took home another meal. The service was excellent too.

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our resevation was very late, but we were treated like royalty and the wait flew by. The food was excellent and fairly priced. Would definitely recommend!

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GreatExperience
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our second visit. Food is fabulous and the service is also outstanding. Food is Moroccan based on the owner's mother' and sister's recipes. It is really delicious.

The wait staff is very friendly and excellant. It is a little noisy.

We will be going back.

FAQs

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

Mekki is rated 4.2 stars by 76 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.