Kuleto's
Kuleto's

Kuleto's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kuletos.com/
  • Phone: 4153977720
  • 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: Contemporary Italian, 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: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Kuleto's reviews from OpenTable diners
369 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (156)special occasion (143)neighborhood gem (113)romantic (90)good for groups (75)notable wine list (75)great for lunch (70)vibrant bar scene (66)hot spot (49)great for brunch (25)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The server was great; but the food was very slow to come out (30+ minutes after my salad plate was removed), even though there were empty tables. There was not an explanation for the delay. Food was good, but not as spectacular as I had had in the past.
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  • Stunningly good Italian bistro
    KimSanJose
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    After 6 visits to Kuleto's I'm still a raving fan. I am VERY particular about food and everything here is stunning. They brine their own olives. Make their own breads. Smoke/cure their own charcuterie. Every dish that comes out of the exhibition kitchen is top notch. It has become my "go to" spot when in the City. It's a bit loud but, hey, it's a bistro. Perching at the counter watching the chefs is a treat. Very well done Kuleto decor, of course. Just go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very busy Saturday night. Waiter seemed nice, but upon seeing we weren't drinking any alcoholic beverages, disappeared. Maybe he was busy elsewhere, but completely ignored us the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service is as good as the food
    Kelle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Kuleto's was recommended to me by a friend and I am glad I took her up on her recommendation! The service was really outstanding and the food was fantastic. I'll definitely go back when I'm in SF again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy for the most part!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We shared the calamari appetizer - delicate and delicious; and the beet salad - perfectly dressed and sweet and peppery perfection. The duck pappardelle was ok, but didi not have the duck flavor I was expecting. The special pork linguine was delicious - exceptionally spiced with mediterranean flavors. The fig cake with gelato was the perfect ending - Sooo good! We only get there once a year, but look forward to it every time!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local SF Italian
    FitnessFellowship
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved discovering this high quality Italian restaurant right in the heart of Union Square. Great food with reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My boyfriend and I dont' often get date nights and it was such a treat to spend an evening together where we could share a nice bottle of wine and have great conversation. While the atmosphere is energetic, it still felt romantic. :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Outstanding service. Our waiter Rafael is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He served our table last year and were able to get his again. Will definitely ask for Rafael next time. One of our favorite resturants when visiting the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Nooshin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Hostesse was very nice and knowledgable. We were a bit early so we sat at the bar which was really cute. We were seated exactly on time. The meal was great and the ambiance was very romantic. Our server was good. Overall I would give it a score of 10 out of 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good find
    KBRSRVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restraurant was a very good find if you are staying in the urban square area as you can easily walk to this establishment. The food and wine list are very good. The server got list from time to time but overall very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Standby
    JDRobin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My family and I love eating at Kuleto's when we are in the City. It is comfortable and the food is delicious. At our most recent dinner there, one of our family members was delayed for quite a long time on very important business. It could not be helped. The rest of the family got started with dinner. Our waitress was infinitely patient about the delay and the way we staggered from course to course ordering them one at a time. She was great! This is a very convenient restaurant to Union Square - just a great place to end the day and relax and unwind. The food is excellent. The gnocci was fluffy and not heavy. The ravioli was divine!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    Hapgirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Everything was amazing. We made the extra drive to SF from Big Sur while celebrating our 10 year anniversary just to eat here. We found this gem 9 years ago while up North celebrating our 1 year!!! Alex our server was fantastic and took great care of us. If your ever in SF this is a must do!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kuleto's
    Disgusted
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Waiter was clueless. He read the specials off a list. He mentioned a Ravioli and I ordered it. When my meal arrived, he brought me a Linguini dish. When I told him I ordered the Ravioli special, his response was; "I read the lunch specials. No Ravioli special for dinner so I brought you a Linguini instead. I re ordered a Ravioli off the menu. When it arrived, everyone else in my party had finished the dinner. The Ravioli was marginal at best. No apology, no concession, no service and no tip. Never again will we dine at Kuletos.
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  • Food was great; slow service
    Posey12VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was excellent but the service was terrible. We received our salad before receiving our drinks, any bread and water. We were sharing the salad and received no plates when it was brought. Service continued like that all night. It took 20 mins to process the bill. I have gone to this restaurant many times but this is the only time I had bad service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambience and attentive service
    Pudgy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were a party of four and had a very nice dinner. Table was ready at reserved time. Waiter was very helpful and fun. My food was delicious. Had a great Caesar salad that had anchovies and the pizzeta which had roasted garlic and blue cheese. My husband said his butternut squash raviolis weren't very flavorful. My son liked the minestrone soup and his raviolis. Nice decor, a little noisy, and over all good food. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Referred to this restaurant
    biz2dine
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I was in the city for Dreamforce event by Salesforce, and came to this restaurant for business and pleasure. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly mediocre food
    Satisfied
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have been to Kuleto's a number of times and always found almost every dish excellent. Either this was an off night or the restaurant has lost its touch. Everything was mediocre. Everything. A couple we talked with leaving the restaurant agreed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lost a customer! ...a FAMILY!
    SFGirl
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I ususally never write reviews but this was a disappointment and at this price point I think Kuleto's needs one. Still good ambience. A drink with "bar bites" might still be a good option. Dinner? Not so much! Problems with early seating. Two different hosts. One was rude. The waiter became argumentative when we criticized our meal. Petrale sole for $30. Rubbery, overcooked, bland, on a bed of too-al-dente haricots verts (couldn't cut OR spear them!) Not even convinced that the fish was "Petrale"! With drinks our dinner was $100 and I'd expect careful service and a really nice meal for that! This was a go-to place for us over the years but it has become a tourist trap. Not for natives!! Stick with the pasta if you must!
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  • Lunch before the theatre
    Swan
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The basic dishes were just ok. Just not as special as I remembered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Octoberfest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always come here when in San Francisco. Very nice, friendly staff. Always feel welcomed here. Food is good and usually a different special or featured food on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good dining experience
    NataliaR
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've been to Kuleto's a number of times and have had consistently good service. Casual - without being too casual - you wouldn't be out of place coming in after a day of sightseeing or on your way to the theater. The food has been very good, served hot on each visit, and doesn't take forever to get to your table after you order. I do recommend reservations, especially on the weekends. The staff are all very pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff short-handed?
    Ajay
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Shortly after being seated, waiter advised on specials. But we found it difficult to get his attention to order drinks. Once dinner was served, we didn't see him for longer than expected. However, he was otherwise quite professional, knowledgeable, and friwndly.A
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before theater dining
    Daisy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We chose Kuletos because of its location close to ACT. The service was fine and we had no trouble making curtain. I had linguini with clams and my friend had the risotto. Both were adequate but nothing special. At $25.00 each they were pricey and I won't be racing back to dine there again. Maybe that is just "big city" pricing but I expected something a bit more special in preparation and taste for that price.
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  • Horrible service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I went here with 3 friends, one of them her last night as a bachelorette, and we were treated horribly. Our waiter never even made eye contact and when we would try to ask questions he would cut us off without letting us finish. The food was mediocre and there wasn't much of an option. I would never recommend this place to anyone. Most of the reviews on here are inaccurate in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good downtown venue.
    Sabreman
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The ambiance, the food and the service were all very good. The location is central to the theater district and downtown stores. The noise level increased significantly as the restaurant filled up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Union Square Dining
    noodlesVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Lovely restaurant in a Union Square Hotel. Front seating is casual and great for lunch. Seating in the rear is more formal and quieter. Carpachio is wonderful with 2 large prawns on top. All the salads are delicious as well as seafood entrees. Always a favorite stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MoeDee
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was the only low point of the evening. Our server was quite arrogant and if the food was not fabulous I would not give four stars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    ACTlover
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Even though the Oracle convention was in town, and the restaurant was full, service was excellent, as always. Food was up to usual fine standard. Even though fresh crab is out of season, and my favorite salad wasn't available, I had a delicious roasted chickenb salad. Each lady in our pre-ACT party of 4 was delighted with her lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before theater find!
    Judie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It was busy because they try and take care of as many people as possible before the theater matinee. Good job! Great to see so many people working together as a team to get the food out and serve quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not this time
    MaryFVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I have eaten at Kuleto's many times and everything was wonderful. Unfortunately last night was not the case. We were promptly seated and served water and breads. Our waiter was fantastic! He took our order for cocktails and an appetizer and let us know about the specials. Cocktails, appetizer & first course came out just as expected and were quite tasty. The food to this point was really good. Then we waited over 30 minutes for our dinners to arrive. When the main courses finally arrived, they were cold. My husband ordered the duck breast and the gravy had started to congeal. We spoke with our waiter and he returned the dishes to the kitchen. Ended up with just dessert & coffee. Maybe next time....
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependably wonderful
    Sandi
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Kuleto's is my "go to" place in the city. I recommend it to others who are visiting the Union Square area. The food is always delicious. I have a very hard time choosing something other then the pasta with duck ragu, but I routinely try new first appetizers and desserts. Have never had a disappointing meal here. Our server was particularly charming this time. This visit was with a friend and we always save room for dessert. The kitchen staff is always happy to split our courses so we aren't too full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was the second time in a week that I was at Kuleto's. My business associate was impressed and the service was slow, but good. This time, with my wife we were treated by our waiter Alex like we were a bother, an interruption to his evening. When we asked about the special he stated he didn't know, but made no effort to find out. Then, when we use our dining privliges afforded us by Passport International he lost his mind, slamming the Passport card back in the table he mutter something about us being 'a passport table' like it was a disease. There are hundreds of great places to spend you food dollars in San Francisco, I would recommend another one.
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  • Duck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I live in Brazil and when I came to San Francisco always I have to go to Kuleto's to eat a Duck with pasta. It's terrific.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic. Great food. Great Service
    Foxy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    5 star fine dining. Truly. The customer service was very attentive. The food was -- divine. Beutiful interior and ambiance. A very romantic dining place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Wonderful Birthday Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was delicious. Presentation delightful and the service was off the charts. All this made it a memorable birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time!
    LoveSanFrandining
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Gorgeous restaurant...lots of fun...good food and I'd love to go back to belly up to the kitchen bar...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was excited but disappointed
    Kelsey
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I came here to celebrate my 18 bday! When we got there we were early for our reservation and they were very accommodating and sat us early. Once we were seated, though, we were not approached by a server for 5 to 10 min. He was very unfriendly and unwelcoming. He made it clear in his body language and lack of attention that he was not happy to have a table of four young girls. I was so disappointed that I tipped poorly, which I rarely do. Working at a 5 star restaurant myself I expected much better service. In my opinion if you are working in a high quality restaurant you should be giving the best service to all of your tables, even ones who are young and don't look like big spenders. This was my first and will be my last visit to Kuletos.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor waiter!!!!
    dkb58VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was very good but our experience was tarnished by a very pretentious and non-attentive waiter. Worst waiter ever at a nice restaurant!!! Did not pay any attention to us. We were a party of 6 and we were not even offered grated cheese or pepper like everyone around us. Of course a manager never came to our table.
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  • Pre theater dining
    janjee
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Kuleto's is very close to the ACT Geary theater, has good food, good service, but was very noisy the night I was there. I would go again, and would hope for a less rushed time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My "go-to "
    BillNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I travel to SF frequently and some times am dining alone. I love Kuleto's since the service is amazing and the food is very, very good. I enjoy my meals here every time --highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.