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
218 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (164)special occasion (127)romantic (116)neighborhood gem (97)good for groups (39)notable wine list (37)hot spot (24)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    fit for foodies
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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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    fit for foodies
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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.
  • Best Moroccan in San Fran
    m401
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I haven't had Moroccan at any other restaurant in San Fran but I am confident this is the best! The ambience is great for a quiet romantic dinner. It's also nice to get out of the downtown core and into a different district. The food was unbelievable and our server was awesome. I would go back in a heart beat.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Best mushrooms ever
    EatWithEm
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    With 3 rooms & remote location, it's easier getting a resi here. As soon as you enter you're treated as a special guest. Our quirky waiter knew the fine nuances of the food and described them w gusto. We didn't choose the tasting menu, but there was 1 for ~$98. We had our socks blown off w the signature duck basteeya (round, not egg roll). My date had the market fish, which was sole, perfectly cooked w the best intricately flavored (trumpet?) mushrooms ever. My Cornish hen dish was less satisfactory w the white meat a little dry and no wowzer taste. Not recommended. We fully enjoyed our lavender rum & peach pisco cocktails. While food was yum, don't expect huge Moroccan taste. This is upscale SF cuisine w a slight Moroccan twist.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Aziza
    eatntalk
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was a favorite of mine for many years and friends suggested it for a dinner where we would get to meet each others spouse. We wanted a place with good food creatively prepared and also quiet enough so we could converse. Aziza got an A on all fronts. Finding a quiet restaurant is getting harder to find all the time so this was especially appreciated.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mustlovefood
    Mustlovefood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband, my teenage son, and I had a wonderful experience at Aziza. We had an early dinner reservation so the mood was pretty quite and subdued. Service was impeccable. My son, being a teenager, looked at the menu and was not too pleased with how some of the food was described. He did not think beef cheeks sounded appetizing but when he tasted it, he thought it was delicious and was sorry he did not order it. Everything was great, from the appetizer to the main course. Wine selection was great. We thought the serving was a bit small so you'll need an appetizer or salad with your main course. We did not get to try their dessert and would like to have the tasting menu the next time we go. Definitely going back!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Moroccan food, good service
    mtol86
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to Aziza after seeing it was recommended in most guides and the experience was awesome. The food was very good and the service is very nice. The place is well lit and the atmosphere is very nice.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    PandRInc
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    On a mini-vacation in San Francisco and found this place...everything from cocktails to dessert was unique and delicious. Our servers were terrific as well. Loved it!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Drinks and food were amazing. Very inventive, most creative cocktails I've had in a long time
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Aziza was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife and I went to Aziza for our anniversary. We really enjoyed the food and the ambience. I highly recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food great service
    Jinnie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Made reservations through Open Table App and was seated right away on the reservation date and time. It was my boyfriend's birthday so we took a risk and ordered the tasting menu. Delicious no complaints on the flavor or portions! The only downfall we experienced was that we were seated behind the bar and the bartender was hammering down something continuously. It put a strain to our romantic dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not exactly Moroccan
    TradMoroc
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    When you first walk you you feel that you are in a moroccan restaurant but don't be fooled. As soon as you look at the menu you will see there are only a few moroccan dishes. The only entree was a couscous dish and it was prepared vegetarian style only. Traditional mint tea was not on the menu, but they did prepare when asked, although the waiter did not know how to pour the tea correctly. The food was delicious and presented beautifully but I would be hard pressed to say this was a moroccan restaurant.
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  • a dinner to remember
    dinner42
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Come to Aziza following a positive review. expectations were high, but Aziza chef was able to beat them. We tried the tasting menu and the taste and visual experience was one to remember. this chef is great
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food
    technolog
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We're not foodies but having dined at a Michelin-starred restaurant recently, we had an idea of what to expect - we weren't disappointed. We ordered the tasting menu with beverage pairings. It was 10 courses long on paper but we counted about 15 dishes. Obviously a lot of the dishes were only a mouthful but the flavors were exquisite and we were certainly full when we left. The service was excellent - the staff were informative without being overbearing or condescending. They were friendly too - we have a friend in the UK who works at a restaurant that is working towards their first Michelin star, so we asked if we could get a menu signed by the chef. It came back with a lovely personal message on it. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was wonderful. Our server seemed a bit aloof, and while I imagine my boyfriend mentioned our reservation was for my birthday, nothing was especially noted. As a server, I think it is a nice touch to wish someone a happy birthday at the least, knowing they chose your restaurant for their special occasion. Amazing tasting menu
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Awkward place
    RecentDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The only way I can describe our experience at Aziza is "awkward". The staff and waitress seemed so nervous to do the wrong thing that they made the experience uncomfortable. Could be the result of a tyrant chef or owner or just inexperience but non the less not a good experience. In addition, the space does not have air condition and is not well ventilated. They staff were hesitant to open the window (they might be worried mice might get in). The food is tasty and well thought out. Hopefully the owners will pay more attention to the details that make a great dining experience.
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  • A wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A lovely ambiance, innovative cuisine, a tranquil spot in a busy world. It has provided consistently excellent cuisine for many years.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant - Food & Drink
    bvd667
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Absolutely an excellent experience. We had a booking for 8:30pm and needed to push it to 9pm, called, and it was a non issue by the person answered. Very friendly experience from phone to in person in the restaurant - wait staff was extremely attentive - what one expects at a Michelin 2-3 star restaurants. Mixed drinks were innovative and very interesting, albeit a bit too sweet for my taste. I highly recommend one tries at least one. Food was very, very good, though very limited vegetarian options - only one entree that did not have any meat, so no point in going there again, as that would be a repeat. Other meat/fish options were great as was the food/presentation. Highly recommended by the entire group. Great experience for all.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY to Marrakech to San Francisco
    Nomad
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As someone with a reasonable knowledge of North African food, I came to San Francisco from New York specifically to visit Aziza, intrigued by the reports of an inventive modern take on this ancient food heritage. I was prepared to be extremely critical and so was delighted to discover it lived up to it's promise and surpassed it in many ways, from the food to the cocktails to the service. I am positive I will be visiting SF again as a result.
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  • As good as they say
    SFGuy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Definitely up to expectations.. Not sure what was "Morrocan", but it didn't matter. A wonderful combination of flavors that raised the food into the status the restaurant enjoys.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All We Expected and More
    RickPVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    With a Michelin star and the highest recommendation from our daughter and her foodie boyfriend, we went into Aziza wondering if it could meet our expectations. It met and exceeded them. We try to eat well when traveling and have done so throughout the Southwest and Northwest this year. Nothing exceeded this gem forty miles from home. Not much else to say.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • excellent experience
    whatamess
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is our first time trying Morocco food and it surpass our expectation! It taste excellent. We very much appreciate the combination of different flavor there. It surprise us and make us very happy. Besides, always good service.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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