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About Aicha

In our opinion, the term Traditional does not only pertain to food. It applies to the way we do things, from conception to inception- how our concept evolves, how our team members interact with one another, and ultimately how it all translates to the customer's experience. To reach out to its broad spectrum of clients, Aicha uses a three-tier business approach that involves restaurant, take-out, retail and catering. It is also committed to its workers, the community and the environment. Through responsible business practices, Aicha will help set the standards for exceptional customer service, dynamic work environment coupled with environmentally friendly activities.

1303 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109-4613
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
Moroccan

Hours of Operation:

Sunday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Bush

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 345-9947

Website:
http://www.aichasf.com/

Executive Chef:
Marouan Hajjoubi

Additional:
Takeout

Aicha Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.1

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (115)
Fit for Foodies (76)
Great for Lunch (27)
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Good for Groups (24)
Kid-friendly (17)
Romantic (15)
Late-night Find (8)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Healthy (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2017

The food and ambience were great! It felt like a neighborhood café in Morocco. We ordered the chicken tagine with couscous, kefta kebab, vegetarian bastilla, and artichoke salad, as well as mint tea. We also had this fantastic rice pudding for dessert. Everything was delicious! Our server was also so kind and friendly, I think she might be one of the owners. It was a wonderful experience, I would definitely recommended it to anyone!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Great food, great prices. No charge for BYO. Love this place!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Amazing food, we're loyal customers

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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Fantastic food, loved savoury green pea lamb tagine ! Service outstanding
Great value

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2016

I come here all the time, and have introduced many friends to this place who also love it! The food is amazing! I've tried another Moroccan restaurant nearby and it was nowhere near as good.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 24, 2016

Amazing tasting food and great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Had the best beef kebabs ever in a restaurant. Lamb shank was outstanding. Small restaurant with excellent food, so reservations are recommended. We will be regulars.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2016

The food was wonderful and authentic. The staff was friendly and responsive. A great location for our concert at The Masonic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2016

Went here due to reviews on Open table. When we got here, we were the only table and we almost had second thoughts. Glad we stayed. Great food at a great price. They don't serve alcohol but they had glasses and wine opener for us to open the wine that we brought with us. We'd definitely go back here again when we're in the area. I wouldn't call this a destination restaurant - but great if you're in the area and want a good meal at an inexpensive price. It's always easy to find expensive restaurants in SF - so glad that this one is on our radar.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2016

Great & generous Salad, lamb tangene with almonds & prunes and Royal kebab combo plate. The Mint tea was terrific --we had two pots. Would be nice if the 2nd pot is "bigger" in size. We also had the satisfying flan dessert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Amazing moroccan food. Lots of choices, including vegetarian. There was a lot of food (good portion size!) and it all tasted good. The service was great. They work hard there. Food arrived hot, and plentiful. Servers happy to explain ingredients to those of us unfamiliar with some of the seasonings. Friendly fellow diners. The only reason there's one 4 star rating is because it did get a little noisy at times. We will definitely come back here. It's well priced, great food, excellent service. Delicious! Thank you to the chefs and staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2015

Great food at reasonable prices. The chicken tagine won over my somewhat skeptical teenager. Lamb kebabs were perfectly cooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2015

The bastilla was best but my lamb kebobs were very good as well. Initially they were over cooked, but the took them back and brought another order which was fine. Nice service but the atmoshphere is a bit austere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2015

We enjoyed dinner at Aicha/ it was a nice change of pace. The menu is a bit limited for those who don't eat lamb, but our dishes were very tastey. We had the chicken tagine and the chicken couscous. the ambiance is relaxed and feels very authentic - lots of tapestries and silver took us back to wonderful memories of Fez, and we'll be going again soon! (to Aicha:-)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2015

This is my location of choice when I have friends or family visiting the city (especially vegetarians) and I want to show them a unique experience of San Francisco and Polk street.

The restaurant is small and not ostentatious. But every single time I've been here, the service has been fantastic, the food (I think I've tried everything on the menu at this point) has been delicious, hot, flavourful with high quality ingredients.

The mint green tea is a great way to relax into our meal, taking our time, and the staff honors opentable reservations reserving comfortable seats every time. I feel welcome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2015

We decided to try something different on our visit to SF, so we pick Aicha. It is a very small restaurant so if it's busy it may feel cramped. We were seated immediately and ordered the Basille (which was wonderful) and a variety of Couscous. All the food was delicious; our entrees came out at different times which was a little strange but we were okay with it. Service was decent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 6, 2015

We dined at 7pm. Quiet and 1/2 full atmosphere on a Sunday night. We had chicken bastilla and the olive combo for apps, split between the four of us. Great flavors. We had brought our own wine, which is customary and without charge. Our main courses were three tagines (lamb with peas & carrots, lamb with prunes and almonds, and chicken) and a chicken kebab. All were well-prepared and perfectly seasoned. This is not a large venue and we were able to talk easily at our table for four. A very enjoyable dining experience - we will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2015

Fresh, flavorful choices to satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians, adults and children. Kids devoured the kebabs. Definitely get mint tea for the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 22, 2015

Best, most authentic Maroccan menu - excellent flavor combinations within this type of cuisine. Lamb tagine with prunes is great, as is the Kefta...wow, that's good! And the trio of salads is such a great diversity. I go here most every work trip taken to San Francisco, and the pricing is the best, making it a true value - a rarity in San Francisco with it's questionable service record. Not to be missed! Bon Appétit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2015

No wine there to enjoy with the delicious food, but the Lamb Tagine and the Chicken Maghdour were terrific! Turns out mint tea works with it just fine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2015

BYOB here -- they don't have a license, but are happy to let you pour your own. We had a great meal for 5 and the check was under $100.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2015

Better than expected. We like the chicken kebab and the couscous royale. I was going to order dessert but they gave us the bill instead so that's fine. We went elsewhere for sweets.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2015

Flavors were either bland or non-distinct. Service was spotty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2015

This restaurant is not luxurious but it does serve good food. the bastillas we had to start were excellent and the tagine was pleasant. Service was good but beware there is no licence, but you are free to take your own alcohol

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2015

We found this on Opentable. It was close to our hotel and the reviews were good. We were not disappointed. We loved everything we had- Zaalook, Lamb Kabob and the Royal Couscous. They do not serve alcohol, but we had been to Napa that day and just brought our own wine. They provided a corkscrew and glasses, perfect! The restaurant is a worn storefront. Don't be fooled by the simple setting, the food is great. We want to go back so we can try the lamb tangine.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2015

This was my first time at Aicha. The food was outstanding. They had all the classic Moroccan dishes, used fresh ingredients and had friendly service. No alcohol is served but you can bring your own beer and wine. The decor is simple but the space is clean and inviting. I will go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 7, 2015

Food was amazing. Service was great. This will be a recommend for my friends

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2014

We loved our meals - 3 out of 4 of us had the melt-in-your-mouth lamb tagine. Can't remember the other dish. Eggplant appetizer, too. All so flavorful and comforting! Service excellent, too

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2014

This is a wonderful little restaurant. Great food for the money. The bastilla is fabulous, the lamb tangine is wonderful and the chicken couscous is divine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 26, 2014

I tried many of the Moroccan places in SF. The quality of the food here is unparalleled. The others are probably flashier. However, this place cuts right into it and gives you the best food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 22, 2014

A tasty dinner!

First night of vacation and we wanted to find something different. Aicha fit the bill.
We were greeted with a warm welcome and sat immediately.

We started with the chicken b'stilla, tasty & flaky. For mains, I had the Kefta Tagine, and my wife had the Chicken Tagine. Both were delicious and arrived quickly. The service was warm, fast and friendly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 20, 2014

The food was just delicious. The royal couscous contained all kinds of meats they serve and all of them tasted much better than similar restaurants. The merquiz (moroccan lamb sausage) is not to be missed. The baklawa was OK.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Excellent food, good service. Casual spot. Bastilla's were a highlight.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2014

I finally figured out the dish I like! I always go knowing it's a lamb dish but I always order the wrong one! Well, I found it! And I will be going back every chance I get~

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 2, 2014

Moroccan food is often hit and miss. This little place on the side of Nob Hill in San Francisco is unpretentious and welcoming. Our food was well prepared tasty. It is a BYOB place as they have no liquor license and seemingly no great desire to get one.

The bill was very fair and although the meal was nothing to write home about. It was very good and the bill went down easily too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Aicha has fantastic food, and most of the diners are repeat customers who know the owner well. The owner and servers are all friendly and warm, and did I mention the food is fantastic?

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2013

Our recent dinner at Aicha was excellent - we solicited recommendations from the server, and were quite impressed with those. We tried several appetizers, and all were top-notch, and generously portioned - I was pleasantly stuffed before I even got to the entree. The accompanying mint tea was very tasty as well. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2013

Wish the hanging lamps were working ones

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2013

Most of my positive reviews have to do with value - the money I spend should seem appropriate for the value received. Aicha provides that. The food is perfectly conceived based on the traditional menu and flavors. And it's one of those rare places where they make the food seem effortless, though the balance of spices is perfect. The Kefta is really great here. And so is the service. Bon Appétit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 10, 2013

I loved this place! The food was amazing and the staff were great. We were waited on by the owner and he really took pride in his place. Make sure to get the mint tea and chicken bastilla - both are heavenly! The lamb was the best I've ever had. Really, I can't say enough good things about here - just go try it yourself!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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