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Aziza
Aziza

Aziza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aziza-sf.com
  • Phone: (415) 752-2222
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mourad Lahlou
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: valet is $10. street parking is available although meters are enforced until 6:00pm everyday
A word from Aziza
michelin starred aziza presents inventive takes on california influenced, mediterranean & moroccan dishes, all enhance with western style service, beverages & desserts - adapted to a fine-dining setting. organic & locally produced ingredients are prominently featured on the menu that portrays mourad lahlou’s unique creations & modern versions of moroccan classics. the dinner menu is designed for flexibility with a diverse range of meal options. the inspired starter menu presents refreshing appetizer choices, or can serve as a basis for a complete meal. moroccan classics are well represented & are accompanied by signature & innovative selections. the tasting menu is designed for family-style dining & highlights the flavors & textures which encompass the entire range of the menu.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is the second time I (and a friend) did the Tasting Menu and wine/beer/sake pairing ... what an amazing experience! Fourteen servings of delectable, innovative, delicately & beautifully presented (where oh where did they find that variety of plates that look as if they were chiseled directly from ancient canyonlands?), exotically flavorful and pungent delights! No wonder Aziza is always in M.Bauer's San Francisco Chronicle "Top 100 SF Restaurants" list. I mean, I've eaten a la carte and it's been an equally enchanting and unique dining experience, yet the Tasting Menu ... I'm still thinking about it 3 days later. Glad Aziza is bringing it's dining experience to a broader audience in downtown SF soon."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This restaurant has received consecutive Michelin one-star ratings for several years and it is well deserved. I have been there twice with my family and the food and service is outstanding. Specialty cocktails are a must-have and I highly recommend the olive with almonds, lentil soup, and spreads (you will need extra bread for $3) for appetizers. The other members of my family are vegetarians and had cous-cous both times. The ingredients were different so it was not exactly the same dish. We made the mistake of ordering espresso to have with our dessert. I have been in the coffee business for 34 years and trained hundreds of people on the proper way to make espresso and this was the worst I have ever had in my life. We sent it back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We were treated to a dining adventure. The service was impeccable (thank you Reed), the menu exquisite and the presentation a work of art. Everything good anyone has ever said about this place is true. Thank you for a marvelous evening!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is truly delicious- delicate flavors, good portion sizes, wonderful use of herbs like dill, mint, etc. The service was extremely pleasant- attentive but not intrusive, friendly, relaxed. Inventive wine list with some hard-to-find gems on it. It's not the "hippest" restaurant in town, but it is fantastic and well worth the money. We even bought the cookbook the next day to try and create some of the dishes at home. Good for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, too."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I'm not sure I would label the food as mediterranean, but it was delicious and well presented. Lighting is dark, but it creates a sense of calm and highlights the decor."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The spreads with flat bread were good, although 2 of the spreads were much better than the third. The duck basteeya was amazing. For the main course, the lamb was the best I've had. The Thai snapper was very good, also."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We started with the spreads, nice appetizer and I loved the toasted pita wedges, nicely done. My boyfriend had the couscous entrée which was a little dry and not as flavorful as he had hoped for. I had the special, a fish dish which was excellent. Ambiance was Moroccan inspired with perfect lighting and pleasant decor. My biggest complaint was that we stayed in the financial district and this restaurant was a 30 minute cab ride it's really not a convenient location for tourists but we were anxious to give it a try. Overall good experience, I would try again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Second visit. The tasting menu was again fantastic, delicious, inventive, wordly, yet grounded in local (Moroccan) cuisine. Service, by Sonja, was amazing; attentive and highly responsive without being remotely intrusive. The cab we requested was taking too long to arrive, so when we headed for the door, we saw Sonja standing outside trying to hail one for us (is that a first or what?). Even the décor, which seemed middle eastern ight club tacky on the first visit, seemed of a piece this time. Food and service are top notch, and there is not a table in the house without a good and encompassing view of the room."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The tasting menu was fantastic! A must for a special occasion dinner. The red pepper cocktail was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Aziza goes from strength to strength. We had the tasting menu, and across the board it was delicious, on-trend, whimsical, well-crafted, and delicious. And their inimitable cocktail menu never fails to delight. A continued favorite."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This time we tried the lentil soup which is made from a lentil puree poured over a variety of beans and vegetables. Fantastic! The fish entrees were wonderful, they really know how to perfectly prepare fish. I thought the raw fish appetizer was beautifully presented, but I'm not certain I would highly recommend the mackerel, it's a little strong tasting for me. The mint tea was made with about a pound of mint, and it was fabulous, I'd really recommend this. Plenty in the pot for two."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was the highlight our trip to San Francisco. I was humbled by the kitchen staff that laboriously prepared the exquisite food we ordered. I immediately purchased Chef Mourad's cookbook! Don't miss this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We have been to Morocco and the food at Aziza brought back fond memories. The bisteeya was fantastic. Definitely would like to make a return visit. Reputation is well deserved"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great place outside of the usual hoods. Awesome cocktails, great menu, cool ambience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "With its Michelin star, you already know that you are going to be getting a quality dining experience. Fans of Middle Eastern and Moroccan food will be delighted to enjoy the spin on California style dishes. Aziza features a delightful tasting menu ($100) and a la carte options ($30) allow for diverse dining that accommodates many budgets. If I am going to recommend anything, you must order off their cocktail menu as fresh vegetables and herbs in unique combinations make this experience a must. The fennel, dill, saffron, and black pepper vodka cocktail was expertly made with no chunks or grainy texture to mar the experience. I am a sucker for unique food and great cocktails, so this place is right up my alley."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was running late to my booking due to traffic. 1 minute after my scheduled time I receive a call from a very snooty and strict maitre´d. She told me that the kitchen were closing now and if I wanted to order anything I would have have to be here immidiately. After I hang up I tried calling back to tell her that I could order via the phone, but their phone system sent me straight to the opening hours. When she called again I said that I could order the tasting menu with pairings. She angrily, snootily said no, apparently this was "sold out". After arguing I was allowed to order a few dishes over the phone. The dishes themselves were good and the table service were fine. A horrible experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Hadn't checked Azziza out for a long time, since its ethnic Moroccan menu dominated... NOW its is updated with superb upper-gourmet offers, pairings & tastes, with respectful homage to its roots... but hardly your stand by Middle-Eastern fare. Relax & enjoy one of SF's truly wonderful finds!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our waiter was so great. The food was amazing and we had a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A new entry on our "must return to" SF restaurant list!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Went to Aziza for my birthday dinner -- great food, great cocktails, great wine. I would highly recommend this place!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Pretty ordinary; probably would not return; have had better Mediterranean cuisine. I tried calling the restaurant 3 times to speak with someone regarding my reservation and was never able to speak to a person. I had to leave a message each time and no one returned the calls."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The flavors of the food were unique and delicious. The spreads and flatbread were over the top. I asked if I could purchase a tub of one of the spreads to bring home! Go - you will love it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first time at Aziza. A friend coming to town gave a short list of places she wanted to try. Most had noise level ratings that made us say no thank you, we won't be able to talk. Aziza was moderate so we decided to go there. It was some of the best food and service I have had in San Francisco. From starters to dessert the food was exceptional - amazing flavors, outstanding presentation, perfect pacing on courses, and we could talk to each other in conversational voices. I was so eager for each course to come so we could taste new and exciting dishes, or should I say, traditional dishes done in a modern way. We already have plans to go back again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Went there last-minute on a Monday night before I left San Francisco, and the food and service were exceptional!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Best dining experience in a long time - truly excellent good - 5 clean plates says it all!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Excellent service in a neighborhood "ethnic" joint, and the food is well done and creative. Excellent appetizer selections."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Maybe we ordered the wrong items on the menu, but we found the food way overpriced for what we received. I had the cornish hen which was dry and less than satisfying. My friend had the fish of the day, which was plain and overdone. The best part of the meal were the olives. I do not recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Aziza. Fabulous and inventive cocktails to start (the Arugula-centric one, and the Lavender Orange Bloosom Honey were two standouts), and great wine to accompany our meals. We were a party of 4, and two had the Lamb Shank (melt-in-your-mouth), one had the Lamb Loin & Belly, and the fourth person had the Beef dish. All were fantastic. We all enjoyed our appetizers as well - cucumber salad, raw fish, and the cheese board, if I remember correctly. The service was excellent. I love Aziza and will go back again and again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love the ambience at this restaurant. My boyfriend took me, and the place was full of couples--romantic atmosphere. Azizia is very typical in the "fancy" genre: dark, fairly loud, attentive waiters, mystifying/surprising ingredients in every dish, artsy plates, and of course tiny amounts of food. Let me amend that: the appetizers were tiny, but the main dishes were generous. The food was a little salty for my taste, but overall a really fun visit!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lentil soup was sweet- it had dates... which surprised me as I've had lots in my life time yet this was the 1st time I've had it sweet. My lamb was cooked perfectly but again the sauce wasn't edible for myself- it was made with cinnamon. If you like sweet foods that should be savory than you might like this place for you but it just wasn't for me."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • " Delicious dishes - very exotic - very friendly service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Aziza is a marvelous dining experience with an original menu and wonderful food that is beautifully presented. The basteeya is amazing and so flavorful! Next time I plan to order it as my main course. The lentil soup is wonderful. The couscous is light and fluffy and full of flavor and the lamb shank pleased my husband thoroughly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had heard and read great things about Aziza...our experience exceeded our expectations. We had the Tasting Menu and every dish, from "snacks" to dessert was outstanding. An absolutely unique take on Moroccan food. The presentations were elegant; the flavors complex and vibrant. The service was personal and professional and the timing of dishes was wonderful. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "You must try the tasting menu, only way to experience the full expression of this amazing restaurant. Dishes were perfectly portioned and each was unique, and amazing. Start out with one of their amazing cocktails, we tried several before diving into a great bottle of red. Aziza has been open for over 14yrs but keeps elevating their game. A must try in my book. We will definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great meal we had at Aziza. While not a cheap restaurant, the quality of the food for the price is outstanding. The chefs tasting menu was definitely the way to go, almost a bit too much food. The thought put into everything from taste, presentation, temperature, texture, etc. is exceptional. The service was very good, but not outstanding, but nothing to complain about. Inventive aperitif menu was also a great way to start the meal. The only course we were not crazy about was some of the dessert, there were actually 3 dessert courses, one exceptional, the others just OK, but by that point we were also quote full so not a big deal in my opinion. It is a bit out of the way, but worth the trip for an exceptional meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "food was very good...a little dark....could have been more quiet because of the groups there."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and have gone to Aziza since it opened. It has gone from a very good restaurant to a place for foodies. Maybe that explains the attitude -- sort of a New York you are lucky to be dining with us -- attitude. I expect that in NYC but not from a restaurant on the corner of 22nd and Geary. I now find it stuffy and pretentious and miss the old touches - they used to wash our hands with rose water. The waiters used to be friendlier. But the food is better than ever -- and pricier than ever."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Slow service, and very average food that doesn't live up to menu descriptors, or price tag. We started with their "spreads" appetizer, which was delicious, but wasn't served with enough flatbread to even finish half of the spreads, and there was a charge for extra flatbread (which I refused to pay as the appetizer already cost $15.) The entrees are all between $25-$35, and while the presentation was beautiful the food was very AVERAGE. My quail was simply too salty, dry, and had no other perceptable seasoning. The beef cheeks were good, but not great and needed more acid or some other sauce (again a bit dry.) for $30 / entree and the cost of everything else in this restaurant I expect more (better food and better service.)"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Service was friendly and the basteeya was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our experience was a perfect way to end the day. The atmosphere was appropriately suited with low lighting and accommodating, cushiony seating. The aperitif and cocktail menu was full of enough wonderful choices to keep one coming back several times. The cuisine kicked off with an amazing wealth of choice for starters--do opt for the extra flatbread, a starter unto itself. And with superb choices through to afters, savour your meal with a nice drink."
    Dined on 6/5/2014