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Permanently Closed - Aziza

4.3
3184 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Moroccan
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Hours of operation
Aziza Is Currently Closed for Renovations

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(415) 752-2222
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mourad Lahlou
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Cross street
22nd Ave.
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Parking details
valet is $10. street parking is available although meters are enforced until 6:00pm everyday
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

I hadn't been to Aziza in a few years even though I live nearby. Friend suggested we go there and I'm glad she did, everything from our cocktails to our appetizers to our mains and even dessert were absolutely delicious. Service staff was top notch, almost too solicitous.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2016

We have enjoyed Aziza over the years. It was still quite good, particularly the favorites, but was not as exceptional as it used to be. It is a trek that used to be worth making, but unless one is in the Sunset there are superior options elsewhere in the city.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

All the dishes were spectacular in presentation, and the quality of food was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

like it better than Mourad. (same family). The team is very proud of their food and it shows. They like to present it and talk about it and assure you enjoy it. Great experience.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Food is very good, extremely flavorful, Moroccan inspired but really all over the map. The lamb was extremely tender and the basteeya was on point. The desserts are extremely creative and delicious. It's got a romantic ambiance but is a bit noisy. Also the price point is about 20% higher than I'd expect for a place like this, so get ready for your wallet to take a pounding.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2016

The food was great, as was the service. However, the entrees were pricey and small. For $32, I got four little cubes of chicken! The noise level was very high, sadly, due to a noisy group of three men sitting at at table behind me.
Would not go back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2016

Outstanding food, the staff especially accommodating, a thoroughly enjoyable evening that impressed our New York friends.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

My family came here a couple years ago and had a delicious tasting menu. This time the food was just very average and there was no real tasting menu. Instead they offer a selection from the a la carte menu to create a family-style tasting experience but you are at the mercy of the chef..

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Came here for Mother's Day and very sad to see it closed.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Food was quite good. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. Great help and recommendations with wine.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2016

Yummy food and fantastic mixed drinks, but the drinks were the most memorable. The place is small so you can hear everyone, but the crowd was not loud this evening. The windows were tinted blue except the front one, making the room very bright. We shared the hummus spreads and they were all very good. The short ribs were tasty but were not hot. I had the pastry with the duck inside. It was my favorite. The pastry was nice a flaky, and the duck stuffing was hot.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Well worth it!

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2016

This was sixth or seventh time here and definitely the worst. I was really excited to have my bday dinner here based on my past experiences with the restaurant. Not sure what happened, but the food was average and the service was bad. Pretty disappointing for a place of this caliber. I don't think I will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

The bastilla is sensational and the food is very fine. The portions for the price are a bit small, and the wine by the glass pours are very light. That is my only complaint as the flavors are bold and creative. If the wine pour were normal, I would raise the rating to five stars.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

Aziza is perfect. The food is extraordinary, service is excellent, ambience is casual yet special at the same time. Great cocktails and wine list. All this and it's easy to have a conversation too.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2016

I enjoyed Aziza, the "spreads" appetizer was delicious as was the lamb. The chicken was just OK and it took a while to get our drinks from the bar.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

the food was great, wonderful flavors, beautifully presented, and just the right amounts. their were 4 ( big foodies)of us and we shared appetizers and main courses and we really enjoyed everything! we would highly recommend this spot.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Not all I remember. The basteeya with duck was better years ago with chicken - more flavor. The spreads were sumptuous, and the beet salad delicious. So we had an excellent meal, with great service, but probably even better years ago. But then my memory can be fading . . .

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Best characterized by expensive without any value. Their fancy drinks were closely associated with Kool-Aid! The plates appeared interesting but had little taste, not to mention very small servings. No bread or any little "extras" were offered. For these prices there are many restaurants in San Francisco that offer superb food, this is not one of them. There are also many, many San Francisco restaurants that are at least 20% cheaper that offer far better food.
The restaurant itself has become seedy, for example, the flooring in the main dining room saw its prime years ago, it is simply worn out! Never again!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

Unique and flavorful dishes with stunning presentations.
Great service, pleasant ambience.
Definitely worth the long drive!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

The food was over the top! It is a great place for a couple or in our case a memorable three generation feast. Our grandkids have never eaten Moroccan food and loved everything which was a surprise. They will never forget this experience.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2016

The food and the service was excellent but the ambiance was ok. I would recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2016

The food was beautifully served. We began with the pita and 3 different sauces, then shared the couscous and lamb dish. The spices and sauces that were used were out of this world. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2016

Food was sooo dilicious, out of this world. But only problem is that being an upscale restaurant the serving sizes are too small. All fancy but small helpings. Or may be it were just us because we loved the food so much that we were looking for a lot more. On serious note yes we were not very happy with the servings but this is a place I would recommend to my friends to go at least once.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Have dined at Aziza a few times. The latest experience was the least excited. First, we ordered two cocktails, all named after vegetables, are very sweet. The syrup shadows all the ingredients of the cocktail.
The menu of Aziza is very limited, 5 entrees. Then, the server told us one of the entrees was not available. It was 8pm on Friday night. I don't know what would they serve at 11pm. Two of us shared an appetizer and each of us had the entree. The spread had three spreads plus the flatbread. The flatbread was crisp with the aroma of the herbs. The eggplant spread was smooth but lack of the smoky favor from the eggplant. The yogurt-dill was refreshing and the tahnin was the best amount all three. The spread was smooth and sweet but not overpowered. The nutty finish elevated the spread perfectly with the flatbread.
The short rib was not available so I had the chicken roulade and my friend had the cod. The chicken was tender but very bland. It cried for some S&P. The baby kale and the herb butter did not provide enough help to the dish. The cod was perfectly cooked but the dish was also on the bland side.
This experience indicated that the owner put the origin restaurant to auto-pilot and it hurts its performance. The service was impeccable. I will give Aziza another shot since I had so many good experience with them. I hope the owner will be able to find a good help to run this place. However, they really need to jazz up the menu. Otherwise, people will forget this poor sister of Mourad.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Took my girl to Aziza and honestly was a little bit let down -- the portions were small and overpriced. Food was quality ingredients and cooked with skill but I was disappointed in the lack of menu options and ultimately in the lack of flavor in the meals we received. We got the spread plate which was tasty but my entre of lamb was really bland and disappointing.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2016

7:30pm rez. Our hostess initially tried to seat us in the front room next to a couple with a small child. We quietly objected and asked to be reseated, but the doting parents got openly huffy. The hostess handled the situation expertly. Peace reigned. The food was very good -- delicious, attractively presented, and well described by servers. Great variety of appetizers, short list of entrees. Pleasant ambiance, though nothing special. It became very noisy (de rigueur in SF) as the evening progressed. Note: $25 corkage. Enjoy.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2016

High quality ingredients, expertly prepared. Wasn't a single thing we ordered that we didn't enjoy. Portions are perfect, if you are looking for healthy portion sizes - i.e. Not the standard oversized American portions that are truly more than you should eat. Place is quiet and service is very good. We had questions about ingredients we didn't know and the server was extremely well versed in how each item was prepared and what all the ingredients were. Would highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Portions were incredibly small considering the high prices. That said, the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Impeccable. Basteeya!!!!

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2016

Very pricy, food taste was good but quantity was poor, I felt like I should have eaten before going to Aziza

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2016

We had been looking forward to our visit to Aziza. Unfortunately we had slow forgetful service. Waitress was distracted and never filled our water. The entrees were served cold! We didn't bother complaining. Just wanted to leave. A waste of time and money.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Highly recommended by friends, this was a fabulous dining choice! The food was fabulous, and we had the best time with our waitress!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

The cocktails were very fun. Well balanced. I never had a cocktail made with Laphroaig, and I was pleasantly surprised. The pastry with the duck and raisins was very delicious, and the cod was very tender and well flavored. I will definitely go back, for cocktails and/or dinner, both were equally satisfying.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

Food is wonderful: very creative food inspired by Moroccan roots but developed into something completely different and refined. A true modern re-invention of some traditional classics of Moroccan cuisine. Everything is extremely well prepared; every course a surprising mix of flavors. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Excellent service, our server (tall big nice guy, sorry miss his name) gave us a warm welcome and was attentive all night, water was served all the time, food very good, my husband loved his 'basteeya' meat pastry, a little pricey but it's fine dining. I did not like we were place at the back dining room.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2016

The wait before getting our table was a little bit long but the dinner experience was well worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2016

Until you've had their hand rolled couscous you haven't had couscous. Food is excellent as are the drinks. And I love that a place off the beaten track with a chef who isn't classically trained has a Michelin star. +1 for creative passion.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

The food tasted great, but the portions are minuscule. No list at all for side orders.

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2016

My husband and I went to Aziza with our friends and were greeted and escorted to our table quickly. The experience went downhill from there. We placed our order within the first 10 minutes. The portions were extremely small and we had to wait for almost an hour after the appetizers to get our main course. The rest of the tables were also sitting without their food for a very long time.

In a nutshell. I was embarrassed that I suggested this place and then a bad service and long waiting time ruined our evening.

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