Perfect 30th anniversary dinnerAs everyone knows dining choices in the bay area and especially in San Francisco are numerous. Given so many choices, Aziza was our first choice.
Another couple, with whom we have traveled many places throughout the world, joined us. We started with amazing cocktails followed by even more amazing small plates and even more amazing large plates and a dessert plate that acknowledged our 30th wedding anniversary with dark chocolate as ink.
For sure we will celebrate other anniversaries and special occasions there in the future.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWowPhenomenal. Everything was perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked. Dessert was amazing as well!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautifully presented and deliciousOut of the way, but worth the trip. We had the tasting menu at $95/each with multiple courses which were elegantly plated and delectable. The cocktails were especially wonderful - really interesting flavors. We didn't really see a that much (or any) Moroccan influence except for one lamb dish and the decor - but still the food was good!
And a plus/minus - the staff was very friendly and there were so many of them! Slow night or really obsessive service? At one point we had 3 staff members at our table of 2 - pouring water, removing plates, putting down new course - a bit overwhelming.
All in all, a great restaurant and highly recommended.
But what's with the bag of granola to take home? Is granola Moroccan? Odd.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMModern Moroccan- fusionInteresting and thoughtful food. Enjoyed the flavors, but portions were a bit small for the appetizers, a little better for the entrees. Modern Morrocan, though one of the dishes seemed Asian.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat happened to the Moroccan?Aziza has been one of our favorite SF restaurants for many years. We just returned from Morocco and were excited to, once again, experience "New Moroccan" versions of the dishes we had there. Our dishes at Aziza were indeed excellent but unfortunately we saw no vestiges of the Moroccan cuisine we were expecting.
The waitstaff service was efficient and attentive but there was a considerable wait in between courses. We can only guess that the delay initiated in the kitchen.
The offerings on each plate were so minimal, our son left the meal still feeling hungry (even after 3 apps, 4 entrees and 2 desserts/4 people).
This was a wonderful and special dinner but I miss the dishes/experience that made Aziza famous. :(5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary surpriseI took my wife here for our wedding anniversary and we had an amazing experience. The tasting menu was unreal, the cocktails are strong and tasty, and the service was outstanding. We spent several hours enjoying our meal and drinks. Love this place, can't wait to go back.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMa very cool experienceMy husband and I did the tasting menu and had a variety of delicious cocktails. The tasting menu was very creative and paired items together you wouldn't normally think of. For the most part, every dish was very good and beautifully presented. Out of about 9 savory courses there were only 3 we didn't care for. The desserts were especially incredible, the first had passionfruit and coconut and the second one had coffee and chocolate and a sweetened sesame crisp on top. The cocktails take some time coming out to you when they are busy but they are so flavorful and delicious and like no other you've tasted. I will definitely come back and try the a la carte menu.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWell worth revisiting!I've been to Aziza many times but this was the best meal I've had yet. I had an asparagus appetizer with a puree of fresh favas and what looked like gnocchi but were actually artichoke heart pureed into gnocchi shapes. The Basteeya is the specialty at Aziza and is perfect for sharing between two or three people. My main course was a lamb shank over an amazing farro with complex flavors and spices. The dessert was like nothing I've ever seen, a crispy rhubarb in tiny little bits with bits of fennel meringue. It was beautifully presented, very light and a perfect ending to the meal. Service was very helpful and attentive but left us to chat and didn't interrupt. Aziza is definitely improving on their prior success.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMnice tasting menu butI thought the tasting menu would have had a greater use of moroccan flavors5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMsuperior in everythingAziza is one of our City's gems, and a relatively unrecognized one. The flavor pairings in each dish are creative and special, and enable the tasting of each element of the dish. it does not suffer from the semi-sameness of some of our other excellent restaurants. The service is both elegant and relaxed, and perfectly attentive. What a place.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experience!Aziza was amazing. The food was fantastic, the service impeccable and the ambience, perfect. I would say the restaraunt is best for a romantic night out, or the celebration of a special occasion. The cocktails were amazing!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMBest SF dinner I've hadOMG, Aziza was the most remarkable dining experience I had in SF, starting with their garlic soup. I was celebrating my daughter's USF graduation, visiting from Hawaii, and dined at multiple high end restaurants, but Aziza was definitely the best quality in food and service. Highly recommend it; don't leave SF without dining at Aziza. It is worth every dollar!!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Dining Experience EverThis place is my all time favorite. The chef is a genius and artist blended into one! Everything about this restaurant is fantastic. You will not just be eating a meal here, you will go home knowing that you just experienced something amazing!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMModern Moroco & fantastic coktailsWarm reception and great counsel from the tender! The coktails are just delicious, don't miss a try. Food was tasty, the duck pastilla was near to perfection and the "couscous" a delicate fusion of spices.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMReally nice little restaurant.Really nice little restaurant. Friendly staff and the place has a nice vibe. The duck confit wrapped in filo dough is crazy good! The entrees we ordered didn't have a lot of Moroccan flavors, but they were really well prepared (duck with smoked potatoes; lamb loin). A lot of interesting things on the menu that definitely will bring me back.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful place to celebrate.I took work friends to Aziza for one of ladies' birthday celebration and we had good time with delicious food and very friendly services in a beautifully decorated dining room. I truly enjoy amezing food there.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMa dinner experinecewe went for the first time based upon the reputation the chef-owner.
Morracan food, but at a whole different level.
We can only desribe the food and seasoning as sublime.
The more tradtional the dish - thuogh - the less interesting.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat restaurant, excellentgreat restaurant, excellent food, exceptional food service. valet is reasonable at $10, however, having to get your own car after eating, rather than valet bring your car to you seems a little different than typical.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was beyond the beyond.The food was beyond the beyond. Everything we ordered was excellent but the service was so so. We ordered drinks and our appetizers came out well before our drinks were delivered to the table. Same with dinner. Wine came halfway through the meal:( Otherwise the wait person was gracious and the food was excellent.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique and inventive, exoticUnique and inventive, exotic cocktails, and wonderful offerings.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMTasting Menu is FabulousWe had the tasting menu and it was wonderful! Each little tasting dish was both beautifully presented and a complex mixture of tastes and textures. I have dined at Aziza quite a few times over the years, and have always enjoyed it, but the last couple of times I have been there I feel that it has just gotten better and better.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMApproachable high cuisine.Approachable high cuisine. Everything was prepared and presented perfectly.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is the perfectThis restaurant is the perfect example of perfection. It's been 4 years since we ate here, way to long to be away. The lamb, couscous and chicken boneless wings was fabulous. Only if the Sonoma And Napa Restaurant owners would come her and learn how to prepare food and present food and finally how to price food. I'm from Sonoma. This restaurant is outstanding, we will be cak very soon4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMno complaints - everythingno complaints - everything was wonderful! the food was out of this world!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, easy-to-readWonderful food, easy-to-read menu, helpful and attentive service, great value for meal, romantic and great for a special occasion, it was a chill non-pretentious site for a great time4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat tasting menu but theGreat tasting menu but the courses seemed to be disjointed and uneven in terms of taste/theme.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Chef's cookbook was aThe Chef's cookbook was a gift from a friend and the motivation for our first visit to Aziza. We were delighted to find such fine food and a fresh interpretation of a classic cuisine.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed our meal!We were tourists in San Francisco; Aziza had been recommended. We found the menu unusual and had to ask about items and preparations, but we were very pleased with our choices. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable; the food excellent.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food By an amazing chefI expected the food at Aziza's to be great, instead, the dishes from chef Lahlou were perfect. The combination of ingredients and flavors just fit together so perfectly in every dish. The desert was amazing and the entire experience was all around enjoyable and one for the books. I would go back in a heart beat. Too bad I live in the east coast4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food- very uniqueExcellent food- very unique and great drinks-Very fun and funky- definately recommend4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMUnusual New MorrocanVery unusual menu, even for an experienced Morrocan eater. The cocktail menu, alone, was worth the trip. The appetizers and entrees were terrific. Will definitely return next time in SF. A fairly long taxi ride from downtown.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAziza at Its BestOur dinner was a birthday celebration with four diners who had muddled drinks and every item on the Taster's Menu. Aziza added three additional treats before acknowledging the b/d girl with a specially prepared dessert. From beginning to ending the pacing between food items was perfect, the ambience allowed conversation without raised voices, and the food presentation was among the very best to be found anywhere. The dining event was a bit pricey, but the flavors and the knowledgeable staff compel our return visit soon.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNo betterOn our list of top 5 SF restaurants. Cocktails are creative and exceptional. Food is fabulous. Decor and lighting tops. And, you can actually carry on a converstaion without yelling.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMYAY AzizaAziza is a beautiful and delicious restaurant! I would recommend it to anyone. Don't let its location discourage you! It's worth the trip!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic!Excellent all around meal. From the cocktails to the deserts, everything is complex and well balanced.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAzizaA great place to go to when you want that romantic atmosphere. The lights are dimmed and the noise level is usually low. Although on the pricey side, the food is very good. Easy to rack up at least $50. Additional seating in the back, which is usually more quiet, great for those intimate convos.
Service is friendly and prompt no matter how busy it is. Very knowledgeable about the menu. Duck basteeya confit is amazing. Takes awhile though.
Recommended to call in or reserve online. Parking is metered so bring change!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMust-visit restaurant in sanMust-visit restaurant in san francisco. Don't skimp on the dessert menu, the chef is very-well acclaimed and deservedly so!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food!Loved our meal at Aziza! We had great cocktails paired with amazingly tasty/zesty dishes! Can't wait for our next dining experience there~!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent cocktails and wonderfulExcellent cocktails and wonderful food. Service could use a little love - I don't mind patient, but I mind it when folks ignore me.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Aziza lived up to itsThe Aziza lived up to its reputation delivering eclectic food with panache and verve, although the various dishes were all deconstructed from their namesake they were none-the-less highly flavorful and exciting to savor and consume; the surprise of the evening was the extraordinary cocktail recipes - what whimsical creations holding forth with magnificent flavors challenging our taste-buds; the wine list was not vin-ordinaire we started with a glass and ended up with a bottle of mysterious (to us) red wine from Tirol, the menu was quite right to recommend it for our entrees.
Having visited Morocco admit Asiza's menu and its recipes did not reflect our experience there. But that's okay since the experience of eating at Aziza is unique.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMExquisite food and dramaticExquisite food and dramatic presentation. Chef Mourad is a master of food and I love that e chose the avenues in SF to create magic. Every person presenting the food and drink is expertly trained and make your meal special. They have created a whole new experience of lamb shank!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique, interesting and deliciousUnique, interesting and delicious food. Unusual combination, beautiful presentation.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMStill the best middle easternStill the best middle eastern food I have tasted. The flavors and spices are outstanding.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFor everyone who says thatFor everyone who says that there are no good restaurants in the Richmond, I would point them here. There were so many amazing options on the menu we decided to do the tasting. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. This may have been our first visit but it certainly won't be our last.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service . ExcellentGreat food and service .
Excellent cocktails all In all the makings of a memorable evening .4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, though somewhatExcellent food, though somewhat small portions for the price. Still a wonderful dining experience.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible food! Perfect portionIncredible food! Perfect portion size, spices and mixes that were new and interesting! The staff outdid themselves when our taxi that we had been waiting for was stolen by another party! They were very helpful and waited in the street to flag another one. Overall a fantastic experience-Go as fast as you can!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBest meal ever!We had the tasting menu as there were 8 of us, and the chef did not disappoint. You could tell that each dish was lovingly prepared, delicious as well as pleasing to the eye. I especially love one of the desserts that looked like a wreath on the plate. The portions were just perfect as well, we got to taste 9 different things, but we did not feel "stuffed" at the end of it. The wait staff explained what was in each dish as it was served, and they were very attentive. Our evening started with a very friendly greeting from the young lady at the door, and it set the tone for the whole evening. One of my friends commented that it was the best meal she ever remembers having, and I have to second that!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was awesome. WonderfulThe food was awesome. Wonderful rendition of traditional Moroccan foods, using the best of northern California sources. How can the barley under the lamb shank be so incredibly flavorful?3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI THOUGHT THIS RESTAURANTI THOUGHT THIS RESTAURANT WAS AMAZING FROM COCKTAILS, DESSERTS, ENTREES AND FIRST COURSES. MY WIFE AND I LOVED OUR EXPERIENCE.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AM