Enjoy traditional Moroccan food like couscous at Tanjia. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Tanjia has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Tanjia. At Tanjia, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm. Wifi is on the house at Tanjia, so bring along your tablet or laptop. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Tanjia, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings.
The dress code at Tanjia is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Tanjia to your next party or event. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Tanjia.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Tanjia. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
You'll swear you stepped off the streets of San Francisco and into Marrakech at Aicha in Civic Center. No need to miss out on Aicha just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Aicha won't cost you a sitter. Get your whole crew together at Aicha, offering lots of special space for larger parties.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Dress is typically casual at Aicha, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. If time is of the essence, Aicha's take-out option may be a better fit. Through their catering service, Aicha can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Those driving to Aicha can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Thrifty eaters will also love Aicha's prices, which are generally below $15.
Growing up in a small town in Ethiopia, Eskender Aseged lived in the only household in the neighborhood with a radio. The pop songs and soccer matches that fizzled through those speakers brought families together to laugh and listen. After moving to San Francisco, where every car on the road blares its radio, Aseged turned toward cooking in order to bring that sense of community and wonderment to his new neighborhood.
Radio Africa & Kitchen grew from a home-based, popup eatery into a full-blown restaurant, where Aseged is free to experiment with Ethiopian and Mediterranean flavors. He makes use of the freshest ingredients he can get his hands on, coming up with a brand-new menu and costumed mascot on a weekly basis. His bold cooking and rousing personal story have captured the attention of publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and the New York Times.
While You’re Waiting: Play “find the French influence” on the menu, a product of France’s historical presence in the area—it pops up especially in baguette sandwiches and crepes.
Inside Tip: They may not seem particularly North African, but go ahead and order fries with your sandwich. They’re hot and crisp, and, best of all, you can splash them with hot sauce at the table.
Harira: a traditional lentil soup of the Maghreb region of North Africa, typically served after sundown during Ramadan to break the day’s fast.
Merguez: a spicy sausage originating in North Africa. The meat—usually lamb or beef—is seasoned with chilies or harissa to impart it with a bright red hue.
Tagine: a covered clay pot that lends its name to a slow-cooked Moroccan stew, often including meat and vegetables along with dates, dried fruits, nuts, and olives.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Stop and be mesmerized by the exotic beta fish at Ocean Aquarium (120 Cedar Street).
After: Grab a beer from a 375-strong selection at Amsterdam Café (937 Geary Street).
Helmed by Moroccan-born chef Mourad Lahlou, Aziza serves up hyperlocal, innovative Moroccan fusion cuisine from its romantic dining room in Outer Richmond. Read on for more about this Michelin-starred spot.
The food is Moroccan-Californian fusion, with a heavy helping of originality. Aside from a few Moroccan mainstays like the duck confit basteeya—a mix of duck, almonds, and raisins in phyllo dough—you may not recognize the dishes you order by sight. Some are deconstructed into their individual parts, and some are made in nontraditional ways, but each one arrives looking like a work of art.
It all starts at the local farmers’ market. Chef Mourad Lahlou makes his way to the market three times a week to pick his edible muses. It’s a habit he picked up from spending time with his grandfather in Morocco as a kid.
Chef Lahlou has only ever cooked in his own kitchen. For an award-winning chef who is constantly innovating his menu, he’s also entirely self-taught. His mother and grandfather paved the path for him in Morocco, but California and its rich produce options have inspired the rest of the way.
How winning is the food? Let us count the ways. Chef Lahlou beat Iron Chef Cat Cora on the Food Network show that gave her that title. But it’s hard to mess with a Michelin star, one that diners agree the restaurant has certainly earned.
The cocktails are just as serious as the plates. Many of the herbs, fruits, and vegetables used in the craft cocktails also come straight from the farmers’ market. Depending on what’s in season, you might sip a sugar snap pea cocktail made with apple brandy or enjoy a bourbon- and absinthe-based concoction mixed up with fresh grapefruit juice.
Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant serves up innovative Moroccan food. No need to miss out on Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Round out your meal with something from the cocktail menu or wine list. Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant is great for families with kids. Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant — this spot caters to large groups. The bar frequently features a DJ, so patrons can treat their ears to some of the best beats around town. Those who enjoy dancing can make their mark on the open floor.
The bar can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system. For the tastes of Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the bar also offers catering services. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the bar.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.