Aziza
Aziza

Aziza

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aziza-sf.com/
  • Phone: 4157522222
  • 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.
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Aziza reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (155)special occasion (113)romantic (101)neighborhood gem (83)notable wine list (37)good for groups (36)hot spot (24)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Unfortunately, we could not order more food from the menu. Next time!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth a return!
    SwapnaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    More like farm-to-table New American than anywhere close to recognizable Moroccan--but beautifully displayed, carefully rendered and extremely palatable multiple mini courses nevertheless. We ordered the tasting menu with a slight bit of trepidation even though this was our first visit--and we're glad we did! Knowledgeable sommelier & impeccable service. Suffice it to say that we will be coming back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basteeya heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The cocktails, the food all make my mouth happy. A bit slow in between courses so don;t go if you have to rush to a show.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Worst meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was the worst meal I have had in a very long time. I read the reviews and went. Don't be fooled. It was also very expensive.
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  • Archimedes
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Exelent service, artistic food and coctails. Strongly recommend
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    fit for foodies
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  • Didn't live up to hype
    gwagVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Party of 4 - 1 thumbs up, 1 thumbs down, 2 thought it was just ok. Portions were very small, some entrees flavorful, some (bluenose bass) lacked sauce, accompaniment. Wished we made a meal of appetizers which were good. We are not big eaters but left hungry and unsatisfied.
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  • Wonderfully unique and amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Of all the places we ate in SF and Napa would have to say this was in the top three. Memorable and unique dishes - perfectly prepared. It is not often we can go out to eat and say "We've never had anything like this before" and yet at Aziza three of the four things we ordered we could say that about. Highly recommend this place to anyone visiting SF.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • AceP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    "Excellent Moroccan fare -- always consistently good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    cmiz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Was there for dinner with friends - a wonderful setting with a very friendly staff. The food is exquisite, cocktails are amazing and the place leaves you wanting to come back and try everything else on the menu !
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Fabulous spot.
    LivingLifeOutLoud
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I had never been to Aziza before but decided to adventure out and take my business colleagues with me. Our waiter was a little slow in getting our wine to us and we initially thought, OH NO! However to all of us, this ended up being a great evening. The food was remarkable in taste, texture and display. Everything was perfect; from the appetizers to dessert. A definite spot to return to in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful food and service
    Beth
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation on a Sunday Evening and was greeted warmly and give a table right away. The restaurant is casual yet has a sophisticated feel. The waiter was attentive and the cocktails out of this world! The food surpassed our expectations-- tomato salad with slice geoduck - striped bass -- everything was top notch. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes food that is flavorful and inventive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cozy place, perfect food.
    Natalie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Simple, but cosy place. Food was amazing, we had chicken wings and lamb. Bar was busy, so we had to wait for drinks. The bad thing- it's a bit far from city center, so hard to get a taxi on your way back and its bout 10-15min drive from Union square.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Than Ever!
    YumYum
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We have dined at Aziza since they first opened. However, this was our first time this year. Perfect food and possibly the best service I have ever had from a waitperson (Reed). Have the agave cocktail with arugula! And, the surprise of the beet presentation was out discovery of precious, crisp, marvelous beet meringues! I cannot wait to return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TobalaVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    For the most part dinner was very good which included the leg of lamb, and the seabass. I had the Cornish Hen which was dry and tasteless(should have sent it back). Looked and tasted like processed chicken breast shaped into small lumps. The appetizer spread was very good, but each was the size of a quarter and cost $15.00. That item must be a huge profit center and does not begin the meal with a good feeling. I had the sponge cake for desert- again rather dry and tasteless. The other guests had the raspberry sorbet with goat cheese ice which was certainly unusual, but not tasteful. We have been to the restaurant many times, but this evening was a disappointment, and will probably not return.
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  • LOVE this World-Class GEM
    Ktaylor
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It consistently amazes me at how incredible the food is here. I've had the best salmon, chicken, cocktails and deserts IN MY LONG FOODIE life here. I love this place. Just took my kids and they were wowed. The cookbook is a work of art, make sure you get it.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    winendineVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating my 40th birthday and were sadly disappointed with the overall experience at Aziza. The service was not good at all, in fact it felt as though our server was ignoring us at times; she did not once check on us during our starter, entree or desert. She basically had no idea how our food was and when we were done and sitting with dirty desert plates, it took us 15 minutes to 'flag' her down. We would never return, and actually told friends who cancelled their reservation based on our experience. It is a shame that this restaurant is letting their service go.
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  • Nice time
    CoHighPriestess
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a very nice time at Aziza. The food was quite good, and the service was very good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    highstandards
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was great. Unique dishes and combination of flavors that are hard to find elsewhere. Drinks were fabulous. Again, very original, very flavorful without being overly sweet. The interior, however, is a bit musty, and I wish the owners renovated the whole place.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Caroline
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The starters were phenomenal. We were therefore expecting the main courses to be just as good, but they turned out to be disappointing. I do *not* expect to be served overcooked fish at a 1-star Michelin restaurant. Other than the mains, everything else about the restaurant was great. Service was excellent, the wine list was unusual (in a good way), and they can easily accommodate dairy allergies.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • A great find off the hill
    BirdlegzVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Found this restaurant, when it was suggested to me by some young friends in Chicago. They were right! The food was flavored in ways I never would have considered, and the results were excellent and memorable. My only critique is that there are too many menus, that cover the table, producing a sort of...administrative task to ordering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Was this just a bad night?
    BcereusVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. I haven't been back for more than a year (not intentionally), until last night. I hope that Aziza isn't going the way of other "celebrity chef" restaurants, but i fear it might be. While the bastiya is still extraordinary, our main courses (game hen and salmon) were only OK. Both were a tiny bit overcooked and dry, and neither had the interesting flavors that used to be the hallmark of this restaurant's fare.The prices don't justify the current level of cuisine. Service remains attentive and good (tho 2 busboys hadn't shown up for work, our server was admirable). Mr. Lahlou----pay attention!!!!!!
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  • Great atmosphere!
    Mimi
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a wonderful experience. Innovative cocktails were delightful. I especially enjoyed the "small plates". We chose the Basteeya and raw fish which were incredible. Attentive and friendly service was highly appreciated.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AZIZA THE GEM
    ericladaviere
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The second time that I've been to this gem of a restaurant. The environment is conducive to conversation and the space between the tables was well appreciated. Quality of the food is exceptional, creatively prepared with enough of the Moroccan influence to distinguish its flavors. The service was uneven- some of the servers making direct eye contact and personalizing their service while others were just food deliverers looking handsome. There is no question in my mind that Chef Mourad is an inspired culinarian and deserves to share his artistry with those who appreciate a wonderful dining experience. I would like to see the service there become more in sync with the brilliance of the kitchen.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Stunningly Great
    ddelruss
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Every dish was amazing - everyone in my family, including kids, was impressed. Service was really spectacular, our waiter knew the menu and made great beer matching recommendations. Overall it was stunningly great.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So many ways
    lindaliver
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place has it all: open space for larger groups, small intimate for 1-4, cocktails and small but great wine and beer menu. Also the food menu is extremely varied and there's even a tasting menu if the whole table is into it. Two kinds of lamb dishes on 1 menu???? Nowhere else in this City can you find this as there's very few restaurants that regularly serve one! And the accompaniements and presentation are great! Surprised!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful and creative food with a hip and laid back vibe.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything on the simple menu is a treat. Service is superb, as is the ambience. Don't miss the hand-crafted specialty cocktails!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Precious, Delicious but Precious
    SuzieRichmond
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food is delicious and beautifully presented, but not with the grace I would expect from a restaurant of that caliber. They do seem a bit full of themselves. And they really should upgrade the front dining area. Maybe with a group where you can try the many options and share. We would go again and hope that they are more gracious.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molecular gastronomy meets Morrocan
    Ruggerfoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The dishes on the tasting menu are impeccably crafted and restrained. Definitely deserves its Michelin star. One of the best foodie experiences in San Francisco.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlover
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    To add a lot of things to a dish makes it more complex, richer but you have to mix them in a way to build a plate with personality.... Second dishes can not be introduced in a cold plate, it should be heated in the oven previously, otherwise the valous contents get cold very quickly.... One table, one waiter( no three or more) or one has to repeat everything, they get confused... The beef Was incredible, thoug a very small portion. Goat yogur with raspberry ice crean excelent and creative.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining experience.
    NanandTedVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant, with a very gracious & professional waitstaff & the food is simply extraordinary. On my most recent of three evenings at Aziza, my companion & I each ordered the Tasting Menu. This was a wonderful dining experience. We enjoyed all of the courses tremendously. There was something very special in each course. The presentation was dramatic without being pretentious. The pacing was comfortable & portions were perfect for the 13 courses served. Clientele attire ranges from casual to dress up. It is worthy of a special occasion evening. For a special occasion or romantic evening, ask for one of their beautiful booths - they are quiet.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellence
    sumitVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    appetizers and dessert was great...entrees were good. combination of some of the ingredients were excellent...
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aziza experience
    Carmu
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were quite disappointed. The total lack of good Moroccan flavours, coupled with the overly curt attitude of the staff certainly distracted us from enjoying ourselves. the ambience was more fast food rather than sophisticated dining. We were overcharged for our wine (the garçon denied this very authoratively).
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  • So so...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The best thing about this Michelin star restaurant is the attentiveness of the staff, everything else was nothing to rave about. The flatbread spread was tasty, but very small and pricey. The basteeya was odd, it was too sweet to be an appetizer/entree, it almost tastes like it should have been a dessert, but not really...
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Never Disappoints
    cwilsonVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delicate flavors and artful presentation characterize Aziza yet the restaurant never feels pretentious. The cous-cous was absolutely perfect. The beet salad, with beets prepared several different ways, was surprising and delicious. I resisted ordering the strawberry mousse dessert but am glad I did because. Loved the variety of textures and the scrumptious ice cream. It was the perfect ending to a great meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Morocco meets nouvelle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I was a little jingoistically apprehensive at the thought of a Moroccan fine dining experience, I should not have been so judgmental. The food; and the presentation were outstanding. The spread appetizers were excellent, as was the duck confit basteeya. Our main courses were also excellent. I had never had lamb belly before, and it was the fatty, luscious lamb of my imagination. Everything was well presented and our server was knowledgeable. My only complaint was the room seemed a little warm, but the total experience made me recommend the place to several friends. It's hard to say a place with a Michelin star is undiscovered, but I had not been there before and will go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellent Food, Poor Ambience
    SFFoodLover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was delicious and well presented. For the price of the entrees, atmosphere was disappointing. Although the food was exceptional, because San Francisco has such a plethora of amazing restaurants, it will be a while before I visit Aziza again. If they decide to overhaul of the decor, it will be sooner for sure! If you are looking for a traditional experience, this is not the place to visit. If you would like a hint of Moroccan style food with an extravagant flair, then try Aziza! The service was excellent as well, but didn't make up for the overly bright recessed lighting, and lack of warmth and interesting design details. It was not conducive to relaxed conversation. If you only want delicious food, this place will deliver.
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  • The kitchen can't carry bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Front of house needs to be revamped. Service is very SF, pretends to be friendly but condescending. Dining room layout not up to standards of the kitchen and amateurish hostess would leave tables empty rather than accommodate a seating request. We had bar snacks and went to a better run establishment for dinner.
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  • Very disappointing with bad service
    WeimarnerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were looking forward to visiting Aziza for a long time as I saw the reviews and interview with chef both claiming how accommodating they were for vegetarians. I saw online that they make vegetarian besteeya. Anyway, when we got to the place and saw the menu it had all of 3 vegetarian appetizer and a token couscous dish. We asked our sever if they have anything else for vegetarian and her short answer was: nope. So we ordered the token couscous, lentil soup and dips. It took over an hour for our couscous to arrive. The waiters as didn't even come to check or let us know what the delay was. The dishes were good but I will definitely not come back again due to bad service and limited vegetarian choices.
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  • Exceptional place
    JoeBruno
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    In a room so ugly I considered leaving, we were served food so good I'd rush back even if they made the place even worse looking--were such a thing possible. I'm a New Yorker, grew up eating Middle Eastern food, went to school with the Sahadi brothers, dated a Syrian girl and am old enough to have dined at the original Marrakesh back in the 70s. What the chef owner is doing at Aziza is nothing short of marvelous; simultaneously showing great love and respect for tradition and a keen understanding of modern dining.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.