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501 Zingari
501 Zingari

501 Zingari Details

  • 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: Italian, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Predictably outstanding in all aspects, as usual, as well as reasonably priced for the location."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Fantastic food with absolutely impeccable service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Warmly greeted by the host and server, Leon. Food and service were outstanding. The crab cakes were delicious and the penne con pollo perfect."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, excellent food and service, enjoyable music. We loved it."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Stefano was great in attending to our needs. The crab cakes were amazing. The crab flesh had real texture rather than getting minced into a paste like in other places. Recommend the Lemoncello digestif at the end. Perfect end to a wonderful dinner. Krishan runs a wonderful place. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • " Whether it is before the theatre or post show drink in the jazz lounge, Zingari is the hidden gem of San Francisco."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We always come to this restaurant when in so Stefano is excellent Veal great Tiramisu could be better Need more napa wines "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Zingari's is a place to dine. Outstanding food, service and prices!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My brother and I had a wonderful dinner last Tuesday at Zingari. The host, waiter and busboy were all very friendly and cheerful. Stefano, our waiter, was knowledgeable about the wine and the food - and everything was top notch. He even split the appetizer without our asking - a nice surprise. I would highly recommend and return. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The first impression is they know what they're doing. Greeting was warm and server was very attentive, almost too much so. We had veal and pork chop. Food had good flavor although the veal was just overlooked and the porkchop dry in the center. We were seated close to where the lounge singer performed and she was quite good with an excellent repertoire. Worth coming once. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was good, the service excellent and the Jazz combo in the bar area was a nice touch"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My wife had the Osso Buco and I had the Spaghetti and Meatball Special. They were both very good. Raj was our waiter and did a great job. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We decided last-minute to see a show in the Union Square area so were limited in restaurant availability. I needed one in close walking distance to the theater for my 85 year old father. The staff was nice, relatively attentive. The atmosphere tired and cheap (the menus had food stains on them). The food was disappointing. Zucchini soup had so much pepper that we couldn't taste the zucchini. I had wild boar osso bucco with risotto, which was bland and soggy rice. The the only good thing was location being near our theater. Hopefully in the future I'll have enough notice to get into a good restaurant. Would only recommend this is you have no other better options, and then order just a few of the antipasti."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was just fair and the prices were way too high. $35.00 for corkage is outrageous today. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We dined at Zingari for a birthday celebration for my partner. The burrata salad was awesome, as were the pasta dishes and creme brulee (with a birthday candle on the side!). The bread was wonderful and the service spot on. A wonderful evening all around."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Zingari was a wonderful find in a city full of choices. Excellent food and ambiance, and the staff made us feel like family. The jazz club was like icing on the cake. We went back for more!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Boa comida e bom ambiente!Tem ótimos vinhos na carta!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Went for the first time for dinner before the theater. Interesting menu, helpful waiter, very good food and service"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was better than expected, service was competent, non-intrusive and friendly. A good choice particularly when staying at the Donatello. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Skip it. There are so many great italian restaurants in this city. This is not one of them. The service is excellent The fried calamari is very good The bread is not good The pizza is terrible. Looks like it came out of a box The ravioli could have been good if it was cooked The veal saltimboca was over cooked. The mashed potatoes were elementary The spinach was over cooked"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "You can't beat the location - right off Union Square in San Francisco. Food is excellent! Love the Penne with Chicken, the ravioli, and the Risotto. Service is Old World impeccable. If you can get a reservation in the Jazz Lounge, have dinner there. Or go in for a cocktail or a late night coffee. They have great live music six nights a week, and not so loud that you can't have a conversation. Very classy place."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The service was prompt and attentive, the food was very delicious, and the location was perfect."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for Valentines dinner. There was suppose to be music that could be heard while dining but since we were put in a room because of overbooking we could not hear the music. The waiter was new and could not do anything right. It was not advertised at the website that they had a set 3 course menu that was limited but also overpriced for the quality of food. My wife swears her garlic mashed was imitation and the broccoli was frozen. I had lobster ravioli that was no better than the Olive Garden. Never again;("
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "What a pathetic sad place. The Husband took us for the prix fixed Valentine dinner and I got to give him snaps for the effort, however, hands down (and I am not kidding here...), this was the worst service, the most inedible food, and the most elitist and self entitled concierge/owner? certainly in the city, possibly the state. By the end of the evening it had become a ridiculous joke with every taste of food more horrible than the previous! Set menu included champagne and a rose…never saw a rose, champagne came after we paid the $200 bill and left the table. It is always such a shame to see a place with real potential, sabotage itself, Zingari, its past time to bring your A game. Go back to 'restaurant school' and learn how to run one."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It just wasn't a good experience. The staff was nice enough, but the food was something to be desired. It simply was lacking all the way around. After a couple bites of aour appetizer we wished we hadn't ordered our entree's. We literally took 2 bites of our entree's and asked for our check. We honestly felt bad, the people who ran the restaurant from the host, to the wait staff were very nice :(."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Friendly and warm service and solidly good food . This spot is always a good choice."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I didn't mind waiting 30 minutes even though I had a reservation. What I did mind was that the table they prepared for my party was located right next to a very large and loud group! I chose to wait more for a table in a quieter section of the restaurant. When my party was finally seated, the serving staff brought bread and butter to our table. All other tables next to mine were given olive oil and balsamic vinegar, instead. I had to ask for olive oil and balsamic vinegar three times before I was finally given. Since the table was so small, I asked the butter dish be taken away to create more room and that request was also repeated three times before I finally put the butter dish on a passing waiter's tray!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I dined here for Dine About Town and was very pleased. It was a birthday lunch, and the waiter was especially gracious. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Our first time dining here. Reserved table for 4 adults, which was promptly accommodated. 1st impression upon entry as the heavy smell of fish, in a VERY warm/stuffy restaurant. Seated in a very dark corner, so dark we had to use our cell phones to light up the menus in order to read them. We ordered some salads which were fresh, simple & delicious. The prosciutto apps were also delish. For dinner we ordered the filets, chicken penne pasta, wine and beer. The dishes were good, but nothing notable. The chicken was overcooked & flavorless, the pasta sauce was tasty; filet was fine. Our bill was $255. Overall, absurdly overpriced for what you get. Service was fantastic. We were more than ready to leave as the stuffiness was too much to endure."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This is a white table cloth restaurant with an atmosphere to match in an uncrowded space. The cuisine is mostly but not exclusively Italian inspired. I had the soup ($12) and a lower priced pasta entree ($22). Specials of the day cost $38. My pasta based dish was very tasty, and well worth the price. The service was among the best--better than I've experienced at much pricier restaurants. There are no bus boys or waiter's helpers. Thus, more personal and attentive service."
    Dined on 1/16/2014