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Kuleto's
Kuleto's

Kuleto's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kuletos.com
  • Phone: (415) 397-7720
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am; Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am;
    Lunch / Dinner:
    Daily: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Bob Helstrom
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Kuleto’s offers four beautiful private dining rooms to accommodate your Private Dining needs. All of our private rooms capture the elegance and ambiance that is unique to Kuleto’s. Each private room is decorated with traditional Italian artwork, elegant mirrors framed by rich mahogany walls and Pat Kuleto’s renowned, sophisticated lighting.

    Kuleto’s is the perfect location for your private lunch, dinner or reception. The restaurant’s private dining rooms can accommodate groups as small as 10 and up to 72 for a seated dinner and 20 – 100 for a standing reception.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join our newsletter and stay up to date! 2013 Meet The Maker wine series is our newest event. Meet the wine maker, try highly allocated wines and some wines so rare they never make it to the public market!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: b/w Geary & O'Farrell
  • Public Transit: Bart @ Powell & Market
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Union Square Garage is the closest option other than valet
A word from Kuleto's
Kuleto's serves distinctive California ~ Italian cuisine featuring ingredients prepared in unusual combinations.
The atmosphere is a combination of old San Francisco aura, Italian conviviality and contemporary vitality with high vaulted ceilings, genuine Italian marble floors with dark wood and warm lighting.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to Kuletos a few times as the location near Union Square is helpful when you need to meet someone in that area. I typically go at lunch time for business purposes. The food has never been exciting but it has always been acceptable and you can have a comfortable conversation. However, this last time was abysmal. I ordered the chicken salad. The ingredients were basically mixed greens and what was supposed to be roasted chicken. The greens were so soggy I really couldn't eat them and the chicken was undercooked and while I think it was done enough to be safe to eat it was beyond tough. I didn't ask my guest about their food given the nature of our meeting but I noticed that she didn't eat much of her food either."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I love sitting in the booths, you get the action from the bar feeling like you are in the hub of activity. The food is excellent, tasty and beautifully presented. The waiter was knowledgeable,,efficient and friendly. All in all it was a great experience, I look forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good stuff once again. Like coming here whenever in San Francisco. Nice ambience, friendly staff, good food. Duck was very nice. Special appetizer of halibut-potato croquettes (my description) was excellent (anything fried...etc.)"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Kuletos is always great! The service is wonderful and attentive and we enjoy the breads and great menu choices."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were given a gift card for here as a wedding gift. There wasn't enough non-pork dishes and vegetarian options. Services was exceptional and they do help you try and find something you can eat on the menu and will make changes to the items on the menu to accommodate you. The food we ordered was okay. The complimentary bread was great The dessert - tiramisu was amazing!!!! The salad was average and so was the vegetarian pasta. My husband said the chicken was alright. If I were to go again I would go for dessert only."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was very good...we had the halibut special and the chicken...the halibut was excellent, along with the fava beans and mushrooms. Attentive service too.."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Kuleto's has gone far downhill since the last time I ate there, years ago. The first waitress was very nice but knew nothing of the wine list, and did not know to supply us with bread and water. It seemed as though she was given no training at all about any phase of working at a restaurant. Other waiters and waitresses wandered by, and some of them responded to our requests, but took no action until at least twenty minutes after we sat down. The ultimate waitress did a great job, but too late. I had told the greeter that our daughter would be joining us, and when she did he told her to go looking for us instead of showing her to our table. Her dish was bad, mine was mediocre, but my wife had no complaints about hers. Never will we go back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at Kuleto's. We arrived early for our reservation so waited at the bar while perusing the wine list. It's impressive, and has prices to match. We found a nice red that wasn't too eyepoppingly expensive, requested the large red wine glasses and enjoyed a bit before being seated. The restaurant is lively and can be loud, but we didn't find that to be a distraction. We shared a calamari and then each ordered a salad and entree - big mistake. Neither of us could finish, and since we were flying home, couldn't take it to go. Next time we'll share everything. Service was terrific and friendly when they had the time to pause and chat."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We recently hosted friends visiting from Taiwan and Kuletos was our dining venue of choice. First, the convenient location meant that all guests could get there easily via BART. The varied menu meant that there was something toothsome for everyone. The pleasant, attentive service and out of the way table meant that we could all catch up on the latest. Our entrees were all lovely and we enjoyed the seasonal treat of stuffed squash blossoms."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The combination of the food, decor, and service in both the restaurant and hotel was a fabulous experience. The price of the hotel was a deal and offset the slightly higher prices for the food in the restaurant. Related or not my stay was enhanced by the convenience and ambiance of them both. The service in the restaurant was pleasant and almost too attentive (we felt like we were being rushed at one point). The food was 4 of 5 stars. The meal my friend had was plated incorrectly in a big bowl and pushed all of the items together (mine was okay that way but served in the same giant bowl). Bread was delicious and drinks were comparable in price to surrounding establishments. I would recommend Kuleto's and indeed come back for a visit."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "an excellent choice, especially one for before going to the theatre. the food was outstanding and the service gracious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had been here before and had good food, but we were very diappointed in the service by both the bartender and our waiter. Neither were particularly attentive. The waiter did not stop back and ever even ask how our food was, and the bartender was quite unfriendly...not a good feature for a bartender. The food was good but we will not go back...too many other restaurants we can chose offer both food quality and friendly, good service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My daughter and I split the calamari, beet salad, penne special and the filet. The calamari came with a tasty marinara but was a bit overcooked as can happen all too often with calamari. The roasted beets with goat cheese was predictable but good. I really liked the penne with lamb sausage in a spicy red sauce. My daughter isn't much of a lamb fan so....... But the filet mignon with gorgonzola butter was outstanding! It came with mustard greens and rissoto which made for a great combo. The server was attntive and animated which was fun. Though the beets would have been a challenge without the flatware we took from an adjacent table."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had never been to Kuletos and needed a nice lunch spot in Union Square to meet some good friends. It exceeded my expectations; the food was amazing and I loved the look and feel of the restaurant. I will absolutely come back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The menu had plenty of different options. There is something for everyone. Food was amazing. Portion size was a little on the small size, might not be enough for some people, however my halibut was perfect for me. Service was great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was really off and inexcusable for this restaurant. We only saw our waiter once, when he took our order. Food delivery was slow, had to ask where our orders are, despite the fact there were sufficient staff and the restaurant was not at full capacity. I had to request our dinning tap twice; could have walked out in discuss ! I have dined at Kuleto's many times and had good food and service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I used to live in SF, and remember how fabulous Kuleto's was in years gone by. I recently stayed in SF for business, and took a client there. The main course was barely lukewarm - it was tuna on a bed of sauteed veggies - and the veggies were a sad, sauteed mess of limp greenery. I don't know if it was just a bad night, but I had raved about the restaurant to my client, and the dinner there was a disappointment to us both. I would give it another chance, but this past experience was not a good one, especially considering how many restaurant choices diners have in that city."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was flavorless as in not seasoned and they rely only on sauces with we're either to salty or to sweet. I hadn't been in years and was hoping to have a great dinner, very very disappointed. Not worth my hard earned money and yes I send my food back (duck) and then got special and it was worse. Took my Mom and her Short Rib meal was terrible she felt bad and didn't send back, we paid for what we had and went somewhere else to eat."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We walked down Powell past bustling Union Square to find Kuletos on our first night in San Francisco. We were seated promptly (even though we were early for our reserved table). For starters we enjoyed the Tuna Crudo, the Bibb Lettuce salad (with a terrific light vinaigrette). My wife loved the halibut special, and I had the duck. we loved it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We arrived at 7PM and it was very crowded and busy. Our waiter was rushed and the noise level was too loud for comfortable conversation. My entrée was great and the others liked theirs. Toward the end of the evening when the crowd had thinned, our waiter was more accessible, and the noise we figured out why many people love this place. Go early or late!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food sounded great and was presented well. Very attractive and cooked perfectly (Halibut), but there was virtually no flavor. The waiter described it as coming with a lemon aioli, but the ailoli was suspiciously green and I detected no lemon. Very disappointing. The same can be said of the appetizer (yellow fin crudo). Simply lacked any flavor at all, even the tuna was bland. The wine was very good (Super Tuscan, $15/glass). If you decide to spend a $100 on dinner, with tip, I would look elsewhere. However, the huge glass room overlooking the hotel lobby is beautiful and may simply impress less sophisticated out-of-towners. It was also convenient for my purpose which was dinner before the theatre."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service was very good but very slow in getting the food out to us. I had let it be known we had theater tickets when I made the reservation and the waiter knew but the entrees were not delivered to the table until 30 minutes before we had to leave. A bit hurried for a nice meal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • " It was almost an hour from the time we sat down at the table and ordered food to the time that we had both been served our first courses. Kuleto's appears to me to be a restaurant that has expanded its seating beyond the ability of its kitchen to prepare food in a timely manner. We had less than ten minutes to eat our main courses before having to leave for the theater, although we had arrived in the restaurant 1 1/2 hours earlier."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We come here often and it never disappoints. The food is always outstanding and beautifully presented. The service is consistently spot on no matter which waiter you get. Overall, an outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Kuleto's lived up to my previous experiences, though I had not been there for a while. Shared the Pizzetta with Roasted Garlic and French Blue Cheese on Rosemary Flatbread, along with the Roasted Beet Trio on Arugula with goat cheese salad. Both were tasty. I had the Shrimp and Scallop Risotto and my dining companion had the Straus Veal Scaloppino, with a side of Spinach and Pancetta all were excellent. Only drawback was...we could not find a wine to our liking so we ended up with a bottle of Vine Cliff Cab we brought with us."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Apparently the chef (of 28 years, all at this restaurant) prepared the wrong meal and decided to begin again...after about a half hour of patiently awaiting service of our order. The food was very good; however, we had arrived at opening (so there would be no wait) as we had a very busy day planned. We would have gladly accepted the wrong meal (salmon rather than chicken) rather than being held hostage for an additional half hour."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Don't bother ordering appetizers, especially the pizetta- which was bland and a waste of money. It also left little room for the amazing filet. One of the best filets I have EVER eaten! Ordered medium rare and my friends ordered it medium and we all agreed the steak just melted in you mouth. Be sure to order the side of mushrooms with it which compliments it beautifully! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was a birthday celebration for me and our server, Mike, was GREAT!! The food that each of us chose was wonderful. Thank you for making my special birthday dinner a wonderful success. Have been coming for either lunch or dinner for the last 20 + years and am always pleased with the food and service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at Kuleto's; terrific service, wonderful food & beautiful ambiance."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "When we checked in the maitre'd basically couldn't give us the time of day. I guess they get a lot of tourists there who they'll never see again so don't particularly need to be welcoming. Too bad - we live in San Francisco, are downtown frequently, and would have appreciated a bit more of a welcome when we arrived. The waiter was perfectly pleasant though."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ideal location. Service was excellent. The salmon and salad were delicious. The pork "pate" was disappointing. A generous portion but very mundane flavor. Needed some/any pizzaz! The waiter was very helpful and considerate with our limited time frame."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food, great service, but the tables near the bar were too noisy to allow comfortable conversation. Ask for tables in the dining room."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything was good overall except the gin & tonic (strange tasting tonic) and the carpaccio (tough). One of the best restaurants in the theatre district - wish there were more to choose from."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Kuleto's serves consistent Italian food that is always very good to excellent in quality. On this visit, I had the veal, which was superb. The bruschetta appetizer was a little different but very good. The only little hiccup in the evening was that we ordered a second bottle of wine just before our main courses arrived that ultimately never appeared. When the waiter came back to see how our main courses were, we didn't mention the bottle of wine at that point because we were at least half done. The second bottle of wine was not on our final bill, but the ball was clearly dropped somewhere along the way."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It's a delight to bring my guests to Kuleto's on Powell to sit at the chef's counter and share an entertainment highlight of downtown SF, watching your superbly knit and choreographed cooks working their way through dozens of orders in narrow space, always with smiles and greetings to diners without missing a beat at the stove or work counter. The capper is the food that gets served: immaculately presented on the plate and perfectly tasteful in every part. A foodie's paradise! Thank you, Kuleto's."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great wine list. Food was very good. Service excellent"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I used to work in SF and its been 13 years since I last dined there. The food is still great as was the service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A beautiful and leisurely experience. Comforting food with a nice creative spin that's not over the top. Wait staff was very accommodating. Had a lovely 1/2 bottle of a piedmont gem to accompany all. Highly reccomend"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant for lunch before ACT matinees. Wonderful food, great service, very comfortable walking distance to the theater."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had one in a wheelchair and their ability to manage it was superb. The food was excellent. The waiter was enjoyable and friendly and prompt. I would go back again in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/17/2014