San Francisco Bay Guardian - 'Best Moroccan In a Martini Glass'
What Aziza does better than just about anyone else is create innovative and inspiring cocktails. The bar and the kitchen collaborate on these herb-infused concoctions, so the drink menu changes according to what's in season...
AOL CityGuide - 'City's Best 2007 Mediterranean Restaurant'
At Aziza, flavors and textures are lightened up - organic veggies take a starring role: Fluffy saffron couscous with seasonal vegetables is delicious with or without juicy, spicy lamb sausage...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 100 Restaurants 2007'
April 1, 2007
Unlike many Moroccan restaurants that play up Middle Eastern cliches, Lahlou has created a sophisticated menu and dining room. It's romantic and understated, and the food is fabulous...
The Examiner - 'The Sublime Experience of Couscous'
December 7, 2006
Mourad haunts the farmers? markets and forages for meats and poultry raised on small farms. The bar uses fresh fruits and herbs; the wine list spans the world to offer bottles that enhance his dishes; desserts are some of the most enchanting in town...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 100 Restaurants 2006'
April 4, 2006
Mourad Lahlou modernizes his native Moroccan cuisine, giving even the long-cooked dishes a fresh perspective...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Cocktail Chic'
September 29, 2005
As the sound of bartenders muddling emanated from Aziza's
bar last week, patrons raved about the Balsamic Morocco Mary -- harissa, spicy
organic tomato juice, lime juice, Hangar One Straight Vodka and aged balsamic
vinegar -- and the stiff but fragrant Tarragon-Cardamom Caipirinha...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Flavors of Morocco'
September 14, 2005
Mourad Lahlou updates his culture's
love affair with September's peppers, eggplant and tomatoes...
The Wall Street Journal - 'Strange Brews'
July 8, 2005
Aziza's cocktails featured in a nationwide article on the new trends of mixology...
San Francisco Magazine - 'The 50 Very Best Restaurants'
No other place in the city serves Moroccan food this exciting along with a sensational cocktail list?
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 100 Restaurants'
April 3, 2005
Using his homeland for inspiration, Mourad Lahlou modernizes his native Moroccan cuisine with lighter techniques and organic ingredients...
AOL CityGuide - 'City's Best 2005 All-Around Restaurant'
You don't need libations to feel drunk on ambiance - jewel-like lights, a bazaar of colors, gracious service and hushed music make aziza feel low-key, lush & sexy...
Cheers - 'San Francisco's New Drinks'
Aziza, the city?s hippest Moroccan restaurant located in the Richmond District, is not only famous for its California-influenced Moroccan cuisine, but also for an eclectic twist on classic cocktails...
San Francisco Business Times - 'Aziza - Food Like Mom Used to Make Back in Marrakech'
Aziza adds a dash of S.F. to Moroccan fare...
Where Magazine - 'Eat Petite - Little Bites Make It Big'
Wide smiles emanate throughout Aziza?s spacious & upscale design, and the only though decision is which fantastic cocktail to select...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 100 restaurants'
April 4, 2004
Any new restaurant would have to do a lot to improve on what's being served by chef-owner Mourad Lahlou. He uses his homeland for inspiration, but has modernized the cuisine...
SF Weekly - 'Best North African Restaurant'
May 14, 2003
Although Aziza exhibits most of the classic Moroccan-restaurant
characteristics, it isn't your typical North African hangout. Sure, there are belly dancers, and the hand-washing ritual...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants'
April 13, 2003
Aziza remains by far the best Moroccan restaurant in the city. The true star: the food - Lahlou starts with traditional fare and brightens it for California tastes using mostly organic ingredients...
Marin Independent Journal - 'Star chef: Morrocan cuisine with a hint of California'
February 13, 2002
Contemporary Moroccan cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean region and California. I use locally grown and organic products whenever possible...
Contra Costa Times - 'Authentic or not, Aziza dazzles from A to Z'
February 1, 2002
Although Aziza offers a few visual clues to Morocco ? blue-and-white-striped Moorish arches and dangling colored-glass lanterns ? it leaves the travelogue mostly to your imagination...
7x7 - 'Marrakech in the fog'
Moroccan chef Mourad Lahlou certainly loves his mother. Not only in his outer Richmond restaurant, Aziza, named after her, but at almost every turn in our conversation he finds a way to mention her fondly...
Gourmet - '100 Great things about San Francisco, ethnic eats'
Mourad Lahlou, who named Aziza after his mother, serves fare of exceptional finesse...
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Aziza marks the migration of the Moroccan cuisine of brothers Khalid and Mourad Lahlou from the hinterlands of Marin County to San Francisco's Richmond District...
New York Times - 'What's doing in: San Francisco'
April 7, 2002
At five-month-old Aziza in the Richmond district, Mourad Lahlou's traditional Moroccan cooking creatively incorporates California ingredients - dishes include an ethereal bastilla...
SF Weekly - 'Best New Restaurant'
May 15, 2002
The décor is sumptuous, the service divine, and the $35 tasting menu makes for one of the most decadent feasts in town...
San Francisco Magazine - 'Dining Review'
This Moroccan dinner spot stands out like a jewel in its food-rich but style-poor Richmond neighborhood. Midnight-blue alcoves are set into rounded arches...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Dining update: Aziza's changes prove appetizing'
October 4, 2002
Every change that's come to Aziza has worked to improve it. It all points to a restaurant that is at the top of its game and wants to stay there...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Top 10 Restaurants'
December 29, 2002
Chef Mourad Lahlou continues to build an outstanding repertoire of dishes that begins with his native cuisine and then detours toward California sensibilities...
San Francisco Chronicle - 'Trip to the Tropics with a Tartini'
April 3, 2002
The Professor makes a cocktail developed at Aziza restaurant in San Francisco...