Mourad won against Iron Chef Cat Cora in season 7 of Iron Chef America.
They pay attention to every detail at Aziza, and it shows. The service is attentive, the vibe exotic and sexy, and the overall experience elegant. The food has earthy, rustic Moroccan roots, and is presented with delicate hands and the eye of an artist. Save room for dessert, as pastry Chef Melissa Chou is one of the most talented pastry chefs in SF.
One of the city's more unique dining experiences: chef Mourad Lahlou keeps refining his Moroccan-based cuisine with haute techniques and plating. Don't miss the chicken wings (boneless, thank you), couscous, and great cocktails.
Great Bar & Food.
We stopped in sort of late night on saturday (around 10:30) and were happy to find the bar and kitchen still open. The bar is beautiful (small) and well-stocked with a nice & unique wine list. The waitstaff was also very friendly. The house cocktails stellar. We shared appetizers and desserts. Even that late in the night, every dish came out perfectly presented.
Great place for dinner or a drink with friends or a date. Romantic, social, casual or even fine dining.
Top of the List!.
This may be my favorite restaurant in the city! The food is amazing, the service is friendly and knowledgeable, the atmosphere is fun, and the cocktails are original and out of this world. I have been here a few times and they never fail. Parking in the neighborhood is terrible but they have valet (hallelujah!).
Try the Blood Orange Smash cocktail, the scallop appetizer, and any couscous and you will not be diappointed.
Consistently Great Moroccan Food!. My wife and I have been to Aziza over five times now. It is by far the most consistent restaurant we've ever been to that continues to improve with each visit. We've tried to vary the food with each visit, but definitely have our favorites (Mediterranean Spreads, Wild Mushrooms in Phyllo, Sesame Crusted Goat Cheese, Couscous Aziza, Fennel Crusted Yellowfin Tuna). The food is always perfectly spiced and not overpowering. The best part is that you always get what you pay for and then some. Strongly recommended and if Chef Mourad Lahlou reads this post, thank you for the fantastic overall dining experience!!
My wife & I tried this place after reading so many good reviews here, but we were disappointed. We received our appetizers quickly but it was downhill from there. At 60 minutes, our waiter said it was up next. At the 90 minute mark, we couldn't wait any longer and asked our waiter if he could check again. We told him if it wasn't ready, we'd like to cancel it. He came out 10 minutes later and said they hadn't even started yet!
Now we're pretty understanding people, but this was ridiculous. We paid the check and nobody made any concession or sincere apology for anything. We calmly and quietly left in this weird atmosphere of their unspoken "Yeah, we know we screwed up...oh well.."
We eat out all of the time and there are too many good restaurants in SF to waste time with a place like this.
very good (mostly) morrocan cuisine. Wife and i split seafood wrapped in phyllo dough for appetizer. Very well made,flaky, phyllo. Had lamb shank w/ couscous, also excellent. moist, meaty shank, good sauce (w/ apricot and prune in it - very good). Nicely seasoned couscous. Also had the berber tagine. Total w/ 1 glass wine came to about 50.00 + tip. Considered it good value for the money, and have been to several other morrocan places around this country and in Morrocco.. I strongly recommend it. Our service was excellent. The guy was good at describing everything and didnt try to foist off anything on us. Even asked how my wifes wine (a dry rose) went with the meal, as he hadn't tried that pairing before. Didn't try the desserts (were too full), but some appeared interesting.
Excellent dining experience!.
Between 5 of us, we ordered several of the small plates/ appetizers (recommended: mediterranean spreads, sausages, keftas, spinach & feta fingers), basteeya, and 3 entrees to share, instead of each getting their own entree. Almost every thing we ordered was fantastic. The guinea hen entree was a bit too salty for a couple of us, but the rest of the group seemed not to mind. The vegetable tagine was quite bland.
Our server was very attentive and her recommendations were all very good.
They have some unusual cocktails on the menu... be sure to try the "cilantro kaffir lime-ade" and "ginger & pear".
Food OK - but way overpriced. Spent approx $120 not including tip two of us. Ordered several cocktails and a glass or two of wine apiece - but even so - we should have only payed about $60. They charge twice as much as they should for EVERYTHING. Only willing to cough up money for the exotic cocktails which were EXCELLENT! A half glass of wine in a full size goblet costs $8. Ordered 3 different appetizers - two were puny. One was a teeny goat cheese in tomato sauce deal. The other was 3 little phyllo dough things. Each cost $8. Ordered basteya - which was good but cost $16. These folks'll survive on special events tourist trade since the neighborhood isn't trendy. It was Saturday night and no one was at the bar. Also having foot traffic behind you while seated at the bar is unattractive, uncomfortable, cumbersome and annoying.
Great Place. This place doesn't miss a beat. The food is good and so is the service. They even have valet parking..Make sure to make reservations.
Impressed The First Time Not The Second. Loved my first experience at Aziza and was really looking forward to my second trip but was dissapointed. We were given an uncomfortable table in the back room. Rushed by the waitress who over sold the tasting menu which we regretfully went for and regret it. It was overpriced and appetizers that came with it were the cheepest and least interesting on the menu. Waitress did not have any knowlege of the wine list. Wine by the glass offerings very limited. All in all food is great but in general OVERPRICED...$180 for 2 people for dinner??
good service, good food. A friend and I went on a recommendation and weren't disappointeed! The ambience was kinda modern with arabic details, the staff was pretty attentive. the mediterranean spreads was really delish; i had the lamb shank and it was above average but not by much. maybe it was because of the couscous, but there wasn't enough sauce and the lamb became dry. I'd definitely go back someimte though to reorder the spreads, and try a different entree.
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