Moroccan Restaurant Located in Downtown Schenectady.

Photographs by Inga Hotaling

The story of Tara Kitchen begins…with a love story. Owners Aneesa Waheed and Muntasim Shoaib met in Marrakech, Morocco and after a whirlwind romance, married under starry cobalt skies on a balmy North African night, in the shadow of the Atlas mountains. They left their desert paradise for Aneesa’s hometown of Schenectady—and brought with them their love of Morocco’s rich cuisine and culture. In Tara Kitchen, the only Moroccan restaurant in the capital district, they share that love with a loyal and growing clientele. The couple opened the restaurant in 2012, after nearly three years of offering authentic ethnic food in the Schenectady and Troy farmers markets. Aneesa creates exotic yet accessible dishes—from fragrant tagines to delicious couscous—infused with the complex blend of spices and ingredients unique to Moroccan food. After receiving numerous requests for sauces to cook with at home, Aneesa created the Tara Kitchen line of distinctive jarred sauces that are free of gluten, nuts, soy, dairy, sesame and in some cases, salt and oil. They are available now on our website and at select Northeast Whole Foods stores, Price Chopper, Niskayuna Food CoOp and Honest Weight Food CoOP.

•Top 50 in 50 cities in Upstate New York

•Best Mediterranean, 2016, Capital Region Living Magazine

•SOFI award Finalist for Apricot & Prune Sauce.

•Named 40 under 40 by the Albany Business Review 2016

•Named in "Essential Capital Region Restaurant" 2015 Times Union

*Best of the Capital Region, 2015 Capital Region Living Magazine

•Best Vegetarian Cuisine, 2015 Capital Region Living Magazine

•Best-Kept Secret, 2015, Capital Region Living Magazine

•Named Top 5 Restaurant, 2012, Gazette

•Named Best of, 2012, 2013, 2014 Metroland

•Winner of Rising star Chef award, 2013

•Rated Number 1 in Schenectady, 2013, 2014, 2015, TripAdvisor

•Rated Number 1 in Schenectady, 2013, 2014, 2015, Yelp



431 Liberty Street
Schenectady, NY 12305


Lunch: Tues-Fri- 11:30a-2:00p

Dinner: Tues, Wed, Thur, 5:00p-8:00p

Friday and Saturday 5:00p-10:00p

Sunday 5:00p to 8:00p

Monday Closed



  • We are no longer taking reservations
  • We do take out
  • Gift Certificates are available inside the restaurant
  • We offer Catering
  • We apologize for the inconvenience but we are unable to split checks
  • Entire party must be here to be seated

Our cooking products are also available at:

  • Foragers Market - Brooklyn, NYC
  • Foragers Market - Chelsea, NYC
  • Honest Weight Food Co-Op - Albany, NY
  • Healthy Living Market - Wiltom Mall, NY
  • Niskayuna Food Co-Op - Niskayuna, NY
  • Otto's Market - Germantown, NY
  • Price Chopper - Loudonville, NY
  • Price Chopper - Slingerlands, NY
  • Price Chopper - Malta, NY
  • Price Chopper - Colbeskill, NY
  • Price Chopper - Ballstonspa, NY
  • Price Chopper - Eastern Parkway, NY
  • Price Chopper - Balltown Road, NY
  • Price Chopper - Guiderland, NY
  • Price Chopper - Troy, NY
  • Price Chopper Market 32 - Clifton Park, NY
  • Whole Foods Market - Albany, NY                      
  • Whole Foods Market- Marlboro, NJ          
  • Whole Foods Market- Columbus Circle, NYC     
  • Whole Foods Market- Bowery, NYC                  
  • Whole Foods Market- 57th Street, NYC
  • Whole Foods Market- Tribecca, NYC
  • Whole Foods Market - Union Square, NYC
  • Whole Foods Market- Upper East Side, NYC
  • Whole Foods Market- Upper West Side, NYC
  • Whole Foods Market- Brooklyn, NYC
  • Whole Foods Market- Chelsea, NYC
  • Zest - Ballston Spa NY