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Khamsa Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Khamsa Restaurant

4.5
4.5
361 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

7:00 PM


Booked 3 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) 757-0269

  • 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 361 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    208 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    208 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Average food poor service kind of plainly prepared
  2. WS

    WSP1

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little spot! We were warm and comfortable out on the patio with heaters. We loved the food, and the staff was super friendly. I especially loved the fish tagine.
  3. A

    Ariadne15

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Tagines, we thought, would be moist and aromatic. Wrong. I had the lamb, which was moist, but so bland that the chef should urgently contact his/her mother for the proper recipe. 5 chickpeas and 6 olives are measly for a tagine. My dining companion had the fish tagine and the fish was dried out. Actually it looked as if it had been fried somewhere and then put in a tagine. It does not appear there is a kitchen on the premises which, in my opinion, is a must for a restaurant. No more Khamsa dinners for us.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    great food!! but portion sizes were small and the overall meal was quite pricy
  5. M

    Michelewendy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is a gem! Food delicious. Service delightful.
  6. A

    Adriano

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I F*CKING LOVE THIS PLACE. Just celebrated by birthday here with a group of 8. Fantastic flavoursome food but also the outdoor plant patio sets a great scene and has gas burners to keep you warm on a cool evening. I have been there well over 10X over the past couple of years. Definitely a personal favourite.
  7. GM

    GinnyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Need a couple hours to eat. But it’s well worth the time. A couple of large parties near us, so got a little loud. Duck was amazing. Will go back
  8. SB

    ScottB

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Service, outdoor courtyard, wine list was eclectic but matched the food very well. The food was the star. Our favorites were the chermoula roasted carrots and the merguez with this amazing sauce and veggies. Also, the slow roasted bone-in lamb shank with various fruits was stunningly good. Probably best to share with someone though, as the portions are on the generous side. We will absolutely go back again.
  9. AS

    AntS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, lovely indoor decor. Staff was very friendly.
  10. d

    davida

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful tagines fabulous couscous and a mega lamb shank with tons of dried fruit and nuts....sides a little pricey for what you got but great subtle flavors. Nice heated outdoor enclosed seating.. 9/10
  11. f

    foodielove

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great food with great flavors! We enjoyed the tanjia in particular, the lamb were tender, fatty and delicious!
  12. S

    Sfrei

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Well recommended and lived up to its review by a friend. Actually got a space almost right in front which was fortunate. We all agreed the favorite was the sweet chicken appetizer in the pastry shell. Similar to the Chicken Celicia at Le Mediterranee in SF and Berkeley. I will go back again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    It took us an hour to get our wine, we ended up just paying after appetizers and going somewhere else because it took too long. The food was fantastic though.
  14. K

    Kamahalo

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a pleasant experience. I had the leg of lamb. Although tasty it was a little tough. Usually the meat would fall off a shank it it was cooked well. My GF had the vegetable tagine which she said was excellent. Dessert was very good too. We had the six layer cake with ice cream.
  15. h

    hilaru

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a really nice meal at Khamsa. Service was attentive. I would have given the food a 5 star rating except the fish was overcooked in the tagine. Flavors, however, were wonderful. We'll be back...
  16. m

    marginwalker

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful meal at Khamsa. The food tasted authentic, and service was prompt and friendly. I wish we could have accessed the outdoor dining area without waiting inside the restaurant for several minutes, but otherwise, I can't compliment this place enough. The Berber couscous was subtly delicious, and the kale salad and other starters were all delicious. I want to return to try their harira!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Comfortable spaces, indoors or out on their private courtyard. Not too loud-we actually had conversations without shouting!
  18. P

    Paperlady1

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful small restaurant with amazing food. Can’t wait to go back.
  19. F

    Foodie1

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here for dinner with a group of executives and we asked for recommendations for the wine and food. Honestly, it was all good. We were all so pleasantly surprised. Lamb is a must. Lebanese wine was a perfect pairing as well. Stuffed squid was to die for. I’ll certainly be back when I’m back in town!
  20. SR

    StephenR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    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.
  21. i

    idontcook

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

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

    philosophyproftt

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    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.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food, slow service. Desserts were extremely good!
  25. 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
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! A true gem.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    208 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    208 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
  30. DS

    DiaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Casual & friendly place.
  31. 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!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Expensive and not that flavorful
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and ambiance!!
  37. 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!
  38. 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....
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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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) 757-0269.

Khamsa Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 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) 757-0269

  • 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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