Moroccan. Chef and owner Mourad Lahlou has elevated Moroccan food at Aziza from clichés of belly dancing and couscous to create one of San Francisco's most desirable dining destinations. Aziza's menu combines artisinal products and organic ingredients, intense flavors and stunning presentations with a Californian influence. Aziza's gracious service and romantic ambience presents fine dining in a warm, sexy and intimate setting.
All in all, Aziza is solid. Thematically, the food and décor are consistent; service is terrific, and there is even the occasional belly dancer wafting through the space accepting folded dollar bills from patrons. It's the perfect spot for an intimate but spirited bridal shower, dinner party, rehearsal dinner, graduation meal, birthday or anniversary. Although Aziza offers all of the comforts of a fine San Francisco neighborhood restaurant, it rings in ahead of the generic bistros with its North African décor, high-end cuisine, welcoming feel, and unobtrusive entertainment.
- Excerpt from Aziza, Cozy Moroccan in the Richmond by Tracie Broom