501 Zingari
501 Zingari

501 Zingari

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zingari.com/
  • Phone: (415) 885-8850
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm,
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Horton
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Zingari caters to office parties and private functions at different outdoor venues for up to 500 people. Please call for 415.885.8850 or email dine@zingari.com for details.
  • Entertainment: 501 Zingari hosts live jazz six nights a week - Monday through Saturday! Inside our Piano Lounge, overlooking Downtown San Francisco the through grand windows of Hotel Donatello, you will experience unique relaxation and tantalizing enjoyment. We invite you to join us as we toast the night away to the jazzy sounds of San Francisco!


    Sunday through Thursday 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm | Friday through Saturday 8 pm - Midnight
  • Special Events: Winemaker Dinner Series - Zingari hosts monthly Winemaker Dinners where our culinary team prepares a five-course dinner with excellent food and wine pairings.
    Currently for Spring we have half off all bottles of wine in our amazing wine list, valid Sunday thru Tuesday with purchase of 2 entrees!
    On Wednesdays, No Corkage.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available in the Hotel Donatello garage, or at the Prescott Hotel, one door before Zingari Ristorante; validated parking for first two hours.
A word from 501 Zingari
501 Zingari is an exquisite Italian jewel nestled one block away from Union Square in the heart of San Francisco's Theatre District. Zingari moved into the neighborhood in 1995. Staying true to the meaning of its name Zingari, which means Gypsy, it features rustic and fresh dishes and cuisines from many different country side regions of Italy.



In the lounge you will find live jazz from both local and traveling Jazz artists. Throughout the year you will find wine maker dinners that bring wine country to the restaurant, thus giving its patrons a chance to enjoy the best of the Bay Area, as well as Italy. Zingari continues to be a special place where people come to enjoy great food that is unpretentious, in an ambiance that is warm and exciting, with service that is friendly and professional, and music that keeps you a little longer than they had anticipated – experience you can toast to.Please keep visiting our web site for seasonal specials.
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501 Zingari reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (17)romantic (13)special occasion (11)notable wine list (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Service great, unfortunately food just ok
    kelly
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I can't say enough about the staff. They were attentive and provided recommendations about the food, wine , and the city in general Unfortunately, the food was just ok. Well cooked but bland. If the food was tastier, would change to 4 stars easy, maybe 5.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I had high hopes for my birthday dinner when we walked into this beautiful Italian restaurant. The tile floors and fauex plaster walls really set the mood. Stefano who greeted us and was our server was a charming man with a winning Italian accent. The service was wonderful. But it went downhill from there. The music totally ruined the atmosphere, Motown! I love Motown, I am from that era, but I don't want to listen to it when I am enjoying an expensive Italian meal. Women at another table questioned Stefano about the music but he clearly didn't get the hint. The food was also a disappointment. I am a carpaccio fanatic, I seek it out and choose restaurants just for the fact that they serve it. Bad mistake. The texture of the meat was mushy and inedible. I choked it down because I didn't want my boyfriend to feel bad about the birthday dinner not being good. He said his meal was "average". My lamb was cooked well but the sauce was "so-so". I expect better for entrees that range from $30-$40. It was a Thursday and not very many diners. My impression was the menu was much too large for the number of diners they attract. They would be better off with a smaller menu with each dish prepared well and fresh!
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  • Food critiques
    BornAgainItalian
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Half our dishes were very good: Pappardelle w/ Mushroom Ragu and Short ribs Seafood Linguini The other 2 were not: Wild Mushroom Risotto……WAY too much raw? Garlic Lobster Ravioli…..bland
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show dinner was delicious
    LGFoodLvr
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Tried Zingari before a show at the Curran... super convenient. Really friendly wait staff, attentive and lovely. Lobster ravioli was delicious! I wish the brussel sprout appetizer wasn't fried, but was still tasty. Tuna appetizer was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing experience
    Janey
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have dined here before, each time we are able to come to San Francisco. We won't return. The management was very apologetic because they had definitely over committed to what they were able to handle. There was a wedding party and then the Nike Women's marathon in town, which overwhelmed the kitchen. We had a reservation, were seated in a small room with so many groups that we were totally unable to talk to each other. The meals took so long that the table next to us, told the management they would leave in 5 minutes if they didnt' have their order. They had been there for over 1.5 hours with no food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff woes
    SanFranFood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We arrived with reservations and were at first directed to a table in a room with a large, very noisy group event. After explaining to the maitre'd that we had, upon reserving, requested a table near the music in the smaller room, he was very gracious and had our table readied for us within a few minutes. All seemed to be going well until our server arrived. I understand that he was extremely busy, but we found his demeanor to be rude and abrasive. He told us that there were two specials that night and when inquiring further about them his answers were brisk and not understandable. I decided to try one of the specials anyway and was very disappointed with the quality, quantity and price and we waited approximately an hour for our food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mariana
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A good italian near union square. But how THE restaurant has 3 differents room Only one waiter(and host too) isn't enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow
    roweboat
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is the best service!!! Also very good food. Thank you for a. great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect.
    Customalley
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    After days of so, so food around our hotel, this place was a haven for our taste buds. The menu was varied, yet easy to order from. I was having trouble eating a big dinner so late, ( still on east coast time ). Here I was able to have a filling appetizer, an good salad, and finish with a light dessert. On the other hand my husband, who is a big eater, went apps to dessert. The wine was also extensive, even by the glass. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding hotel dining!
    TiaritchVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Tho we have been staying at Donatello hotel for years and enjoying its bar, this was our first time at the restaurant. Shared the calamari and romaine salad. I had the funghi risotto which was very good while my husband had boar osso buco which you rarely see on menus. All very good. But it was the service that was most special. Just very attentive without being intrusive. Waiter asked if I wanted Parmesan on my risotto and I said I would think about it. He left to help someone else but kept his eye on me. Seconds later he was back with Parmesan! We shall return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Italian with jazz
    Aussievisitor
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant was intimate with good Italian, the waiters seemingly having Italian heritage. We choose for he food and jazz. We were not disappointed. Great nights thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • couldn't get much better
    Yvonne
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have eaten here twice. Both times everything was outstanding. The food - from the crab cakes and calamari appetizers, the entrees (zupa, gnochi with pesto, linguini with clams) to the desserts (cheesecake, biscoti and creme brulee) was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomR
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. In fact we dined here twice on our recent visit to San Fransisco
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Terrible food and service. Would not ever go back.
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  • Disappointing
    Happytravlr1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We picked this restaurant mainly for convenience before going to the theater. We ate there a year ago and had a nice meal. This time we were seated in the bar , our waiter talked way too much about himself, and the food was mediocre at best.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1rpb
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    gnocchi, overcooked and osso bocco was dry. desserts were not very good. Especially for the price we paid.
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  • Great Find
    DCW1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is a wonderful Italian restaurant and a treat outside of North Beach. It is within a couple of blocks of the Geary St. theatres. The food we ordered was outstanding - don't miss the Pappardelle della Nonna, one of their signature dishes. The service was great - our server was attentive, not overbearing, and wine list knowledgeable. When we wondered about one wine vs. another, he offered us a taste of each. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice After Theater Dining
    goodbobVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very pleasant to walk 1/2 block after a performance and enjoy a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good - good specials. The service was average. The noise level was loud. The waiter was loud. The privacy at our table was not existent - not romantic in the least.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That's a cheese plate?
    LatelyNatasha
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love zingari. Great staff with humor and warmth. Pastas with perfection. But hold on! Ordered a cheese plate as dessert - ritz crackers with some hunks of Raley's cheese. Come on Zingari - you're better than that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small and intimate
    Karen
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was very good. Ordered the wild boar osso bucco and the gnocchi. The atmosphere is very small and intimate. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Zingari neer disappoints
    cabaretgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great food and service in an intimate, elegant setting with live music, 364 days of the year. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 865 reviews are from the 501 Zingari reviews archive.
  • Great for hotel dining
    Lawbeae
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The wild boar ossobucco was outstanding. Service and ambience were excellent. Don't let the fact that it is in a hotel deter you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh.
    ExperiencedDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was so-so (esp. for the prices) and the service was too intrusive. This also appears to be one of those "Italian" restaurants where there is not an Italian to be seen. It makes a difference. One wonders if the Chef, at least, was Italian or studied in Italy. I seriously doubt it.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very nice, with attentive but not obtrusive service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Food
    Frustrated
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We spent $120 per person and the food was so bad. Ahi Tuna on the appetizer was smelly. The main course Chicken was rubbery. I do not recommend this place to anyone.
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  • 501 Zingari Dinner Experience
    TravelALot
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    501 Zingari was a pleasant surprise that I discovered using Opentable. The food and service was excellent but the environment was a bit too noisy and the facility is a bit cramped. The mushroom soup was an outstanding appetizer and the seafood risotto was excellent. The risotto was properly cooked and was very flavorful. I highly recommend this Union Square gem. I will definitely return the next time I am in the City.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • right place, right time
    danafh
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were at the Tonga Room at the Fairmont but were interested in more, uh, serious, dining on a busy Saturday night and found a reservation here on Open Table. The dining room looks onto the street and connects with the city, the prix fixe menu for $30 had many appealing items, we found a reasonably priced Italian wine... we were set! The service was friendly, knowledgable, and it was quiet enough that we could talk... hard to find these days...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll be back!
    californiamarkVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fantastic food with absolutely impeccable service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuperZVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Predictably outstanding in all aspects, as usual, as well as reasonably priced for the location.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sanfranfood
    debssi
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The experience was simply average. Rock shrimp were not rock shrimp. Food was average overall. Very small restaurant with only a few tables. Thus I understand why they charge to cancel your reservation. The service was excellent.
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  • Little disappointed
    SilentstormVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was my second time here. I had a great experience for lunch which made me go back with a group for dinner. The service was slow, food was ok, but the piano and singer were loud. We didnt expect that so it made it difficult to speak to each other. If you are looking for entertainment over dinner then you will get it. We wanted to enjoy our conversations and it was difficult given the noise level.
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  • What happened in a week?
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Ate at Zingari's last week before a show at ACT and we had a great dinner! This week went back to Zingari's because we were in the neighborhood for another show. Had the same Antipasti of Mozzarella Al Forno, it was great last week and this week was disappointing! Someone in the kitchen didn't read the description the menu had! My pork stuffed with spinach and cheese was bland, my friends gnocchi con gamberi was ok. I'll give it a third try in a few weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud
    BMG71113VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I went here this week while in town for a convention. I took a good client to dinner and there were four of us. we had no idea that there was a singer. the singer w/band was loud and hard to have a conversation. i would go here on a date but not if i wanted to talk
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Homey
    mitchVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    From the moment you arrive you're treated like family - very attentively. The calamari was very fresh and the lobster ravioli special with large and small shrimp in an herb blend marinara sauce was very good. Stefano and his staff did an excellent job.
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  • fabulous experience
    diningoutfan
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Warmly greeted by the host and server, Leon. Food and service were outstanding. The crab cakes were delicious and the penne con pollo perfect.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    Undrcvrfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The whole experience was unforgettable. The service was very attentive and the staff was very knowledgeable and kind. The food was incredible the flavors were exquisite and presentation was absolutely beautiful. The ambiance was lovely as well. There was a piano player playing melodies when we arrived and about halfway through our dinner a man joined him singing. His voice was great and the music was soft and perfect for the atmosphere. We had dessert and the tiramisu was the best I have ever had, please don't tell my Nona. So light and delicate as it is supposed to be. My boyfriend and I stayed after we ate and enjoyed the music a little longer. Beautiful and perfect for all ages. Romantic and overall stunning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firs timer
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    First time at Zingari's, which is in the Donatello Hotel one block from both ACT and Curran Theaters. Enjoyed the layout of the restaurant on different floors and the piano bar. The food was excellent in taste and presentation. Got forgotten by the waitstaff a few times, but could put up with that since we had plenty of time before the show we were attending. Would have been put off if we had had no other plans that night. Will go again for food and ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Impressive Union Square Restaurant
    DougRTWVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I have been to Zingari several times. We had an important business dinner and chose Zingari based on our past dinning experiences. We asked for a quiet table when we made the reservation. They totally took care of us from the memo net that we stepped into the restaurant. The staff was very attentive and all of us enjoyed the food. The table they picked for us was perfect for the discussion that we were having.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Memorable meal
    Locals
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Beautiful setting, excellent food and service, enjoyable music. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate