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2010 & 2011 Valley Advocate Best Of Winners:

2011 Advocate Best of the Valley Readers Poll

•  Mediterranean restaurant - 1st Place
•  Middle Eastern restaurant - 2nd Place

Amanouz Café fills a small space on Main Street in Northampton, and offers a wide selection of Moroccan food, from classics like falafel to impressive tagines. Checking out breakfast at Amanouz is always a good idea - the restaurant's North African take on classics like omelets is exceptionally tasty. - Valley Advocate



When we last visited Amanouz Cafe back in the mid 1990s, the cookery of North Africa (in which the Cafe specializes) was a new and exotic contribution to the region's restaurant scene... Couscous, harisa, and tahini are now as much staples of restaurant kitchens as are beef and potatoes. The menu at Amanouz is still inspired by food traditions of Saharan Africa... Although we certainly enjoyed the savory items we ordered, it's the sweets that would most likely bring us back to Amanouz... Enjoyed with a cup of the restaurant's high quality coffee, each pastry truly satisfied. Amanouz, which operates out of a Main Street storefront, offers the typical Northampton cafe experience -- long, narrow space, minimalist decor, and locally produced artwork displayed on the walls.
•  Review posted on MassLive.com


Once in a while, in the midst of all the pizza and wings that frequent the typical college student’s diet, it’s nice to have a change of pace. Amanouz Café, located at 44 Main St., Northampton, Mass., offers just that. With an eclectic mix of both Mediterranean and Moroccan classics, and an award for “Best Mediterranean Restaurant” by the Valley Advocate Readers’ Poll, diners can be sure that their meal will be anything but ordinary. The atmosphere is lively and exotic, with ethnic music playing in the background, staff delivering food to customer’s tables, fresh pastries on display at the front counter, and the constant warm aroma of herbal tea lingering in the air. The food at Amanouz is fresh, flavorful and boasts the flavors of places much more exotic than Northampton, Mass. So, if you’re looking for a change from the usual bar food and sandwiches, this tiny café is a sure thing.
•  Review posted on AmherstWire.com


After reading all about the traditional cuisine and sweet mint tea of Morocco I was more than ready to experience it myself when I headed to Amanouz Café in Northampton, Massachusetts. Located on Main Street this unassuming café specializes in the mouth-watering aromas and sumptuous tastes of Moroccan cuisine transporting it from the North African Sahara to this small New England town... As a non meat-eater I have found myself in many situations at restaurants where I am forced to nibble on a few lettuce leaves or find myself, once again, ordering the tuna melt because every other option on the menu is loaded with meat... Extremely full and more than satisfied by my delicious lunch I walked away from Amanouz Café that afternoon already planning what to order during my next visit. With so many delicious vegetarian options I was happy to know that I could enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine in such a wonderful atmosphere so close to home.
•  Review posted on Morocco Travel Blog


Moroccan and Mediterranean specialities (plenty of cous cous salads and pocket sandwiches) in a small, informal setting. Counter service. Price range: less than $10 (average meal/person, w/o drinks). The cafe supports local artists by displaying their work on the walls. Thursdays the cafe hosts "French night," where transplanted and wannabe Francophones can come and practice their language skills. Moroccan food is light, with no cream or dairy products and is prepared with homemade spices and fresh ingredients.
•  Review posted on Chef Moz Dining Guide


The tasty Amanouz Café, specializes in Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. The small café has an easy, mellow atmosphere. It's a great place to grab a pre-movie humos sandwich or to sit and talk over a cup of a coffee and tasty baklava... So if you're in the mood for good falafel or a sweet Moroccan desert, head to Amanouz. And if you're feeling French, give Thursday night a try.
•  Review posted on The Sophian


Great Mediterranean food in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. The price is right and the folks behind the counter couldn't be friendlier. Everything is cooked to order in their relatively small kitchen, so it does take a while, but it's totally worth waiting for. Anything on their giant menu is good, but I particularly like the Merquez couscous, their Moroccan Salad, or their Lentils with Lamb and couscous. Definitely worth a trip if you're in the area.
•  Review posted on Yelp.com

Amanouz Café  |  44 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060  |  Phone: 413-585-9128  |  Website Design by Atlantico Designs