LuLu
LuLu

LuLu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantlulu.com/
  • Phone: 4154955775x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - close, Light Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: John Hennigan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site, full service catering is available. Call the 415-495-5775 ext. 203 for more information or email catering@restaurantlulu.com.
  • Special Events: Contact LuLu to plan for your next special event or private dining at 415-495-5775 ext.203 or email party@restaurantlulu.com.
    Finders Keepers promo-50% off select wines daily.
    Happy Hour Promo-50% off spirits, beer & wines by glass at bar 3-7pm daily.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th & 5th Sts.
  • Public Transit: Powell St. BART; MUNI, SamTrans at 4th & King
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is temporary unavailable.
A word from LuLu
Lulu offers a seasonal Provencal menu featuring wood fired oven, rotisserie and grilled specialties. The 'family-style' cuisine is served in an impressive warehouse dining space. LuLu features an award-winning wine list and a wine bar offering over 40 wines-by-the-glass. Located in the SOMA district, just one block from the Moscone Convention Center, Lulu is the ideal spot for lunch, cocktails or a festive dinner.
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LuLu reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (52)fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (24)special occasion (22)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (11)romantic (7)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Good not Great; Pricey
    pH123VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good food: Excellent vegetarian cassoulet which managed great flavor without the duck! Signature dish - iron skillet mussels, was blah. Service was very good, but our dinner was before many diners were there. Very good cocktails; try basil gimlet. Dishes are expensive - prices are c 2000.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS A HIT
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Lulu has long been one of my standby restaurants for San Francisco. The food is wholesome and straightforward - sure to please any diner or group. I had the Saturday evening duck special, and really enjoyed it. Everyone at our table was pleased with the quality of their food and the nice portions. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinesf
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great casual dining with ambience, high end wine list and wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time for a refresh
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I don't agree with a lot of Michael Bauer's reviews, but his most recent of Lulu is spot-on. Lulu was great once, and it could be again. But right now, it's almost depressing to walk in when the place it half empty which was the case when I went in recently on a Thursday night. I'm sure they keep a good business going because of their proximity to Moscone. But it would do wonders if they'd refresh the menu and spruce up the decor. Oh, and the beer list is too short.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hbeachmomVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We often eat at Lulu's. The food is consistently delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Terrific service
    SusanEm
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was fabulous and our waiter was extremely skilled - he know the menu very well and made recommendations for us that were helpful. The selections of both entrees and small plates is really nice. They also have an extremely nice wine-by-the-glass selection which is rare. Truly a great meal and a great evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss at LuLu
    MenumavVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The two of us decided to share everything "family style" as suggested. We started with the appetizer plate, choosing the melon/feta salad, the goat cheese/bacon tart and the pistachio nut pate. Good portion sizes. The tart was excellent, the pate good, but the salad was less than fresh--melon was watery and tasteless. For our entree we shared the evening special of roasted quartered duck with potatoes and loquats. It was pretty good, though very hard to eat/get off the bone. Could have been more tender and flavorful. Dessert was the plum cake/ice cream sandwich combo. Would have preferred a traditional plum cake with the creme fraiche ice cream (delicious) on the side. The icecream sandwich was hard to eat and silly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good local lunch spot
    katreezy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The sweet potato fries were awesome, and the servers were fantastic. I will most likely be coming back, especially to check out their happy hour.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great space and dessert
    PianoManVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been to Lulu's many times. Superb happy hour drink prices and friendly bar service that not many people are aware of. Beautiful restaurant space. High ceilings, visible kitchen, very pretty and calm. Service was very attentive and excellent. We weren't that hungry so split corn chowder and a meatball pizza and brussel sprouts. Sprouts were outstanding. Meatball pizza was outstanding. Corn chowder could have been more tasty and thicker. House Chianti was tasty. Save some room for Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bread Pudding for sure - superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork was dry, Salmon was tiny
    NateVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Hadn't been to LuLu in a while, I think they have gone through quite a few head chef's in the last 12 years. But was disappointed in the food a few nights ago. I brought clients to the restaurant which made it worse. My clients pork was dry as a bone, even joking if he could get some A1 sauce. My Salmon was probably less than 4 oz and was one of the most expensive items on the menu.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it used to be
    ManuelHVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went back to Lulu after not being there for years. Definitely not the place it used to be. I had better foods at University cafes! Out of three diners, only one finished its meal. The other two hardly touched it, and the clueless waiter, upon cleaning them did not even ask if the meals were not pleasing... last time I dine here, unless it is a corporate event i can't miss...
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rafaelo
    rafaelo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was good in parts, but overall just average. Prime rib was tough and tasteless. Quality of service went from great before a large party came in. then we were forgotten. Won't be going back
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eclectic dinner and wines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We return to Restaurant LuLu for a variety of tastes. The inventive small plates that we can share, this week, the heirloom tomato and mozzarella cheese with fresh figs was a nice variation on the classic insalata Caprese. The molton chocolate cake is awsome. The wine flights allow us to experienc diffenert wines with each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    GorgarVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I needed a venue near Moscone Center to entertain a group attending a large national meeting in San Francisco. Based on the reviews I read and the great location, LuLu seemed like a perfect fit. However, I have to say that we were very disappointed with the food. My mussels were uninspired, and a few of them were bad (as in spoiled, to me, unacceptable in an upscale restaurant). The wines we selected were good, but overall the wine list is populated largely with very expensive wines I had the chicken and my wife had the short ribs, and both were uninspired. If my food was seasoned, it did not show. And while it was supposedly cooked in a wood oven, but there was no characteristic in the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs a Make Over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lulu has been around a long time and the food is still very good however it is looking very tired and in much need of an update. Service was friendly but not could have been a bit more attentive.
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    good for groups
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  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Casual and comfortable atmosphere with very good food. Service is friendly and efficient. Always enjoy this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun times
    sarahd
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I like this place. Lovely team of servers and the food is good, (especially the chicken). Recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, but...
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I really enjoyed the food, especially the pizzas. However, our service was slow. We had to remind our waitress a few times about drinks we ordered and didn't receive. Also, we ordered one shot for a person in our group of eight and the waitress brought out eight and billed us for all eight. I would give it another chance because the food was so good, though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Meal at Lulu's
    dinnerout
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Large seating capacity so we were able to get a reservation for two people on the same day. Appreciated the ability to modify to suit our tastes, we asked to have the peaches left off of the salad of greens, bleu cheese and walnuts. Portions were generous, pork loin entree is enough for two people. Lots of great choices on the wine list, including by the glass options of 3 oz, 6 oz, and 9oz. Service was fantastic, and valet service was friendly and helpful too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Dinu
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The atmosphere and food were great - as usual! Unfortunately, our waitress was strangely unfriendly and unhelpful. A real bitter pill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had not been to Lulu's for many years - like 10+. Loved it just as much as before. Lady bartender was wonderful. Our server was very helpful with the menu items. Everything was delicious. Definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    msquareVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have eaten here many times and never been disappointed with meal or service. The wine flights are especially great and a good value for the options provided. The wine list by the glass can be ordered in 2oz, 4oz or 6oz pours. Pizza and pasta is good but If you like mussels, they have the best in SF. Have recommended this restaurant many times. Beautiful large open dining room and very well stocked bar are pluses!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a place for dinner
    Virginia
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Always a must for me when I am in San Francisco. Love their nightly specials....fun ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Dinner
    SFDiner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food was bland. I had the roasted chicken (which I had 2 send back at first as it was red inside & under cooked) and they had 2 different variations of steak. The staff was really good about getting my plate back out to me in a timely manner. We sampled each other's plates. The memorable part was the dessert. I may go there just for that. They very delish! Not one crumb left on the plates! I had a tart with apricots & delish melon sorbet. They had some kind of chocolate chip cake dessert.
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  • R123
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We tried the duck rotisserie special, and it was disappointing. The flavor was good, but there was too little duck meat to be satisfying. The tomato basil soup was excellent.
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  • Perfect choice!
    bellashella
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We hadn't been to Lulu in years, as we'd moved to the peninsula and loved (and will miss) Zibibo, the sister restaurant. Friends and their teen-aged kids came to SF to visit and we met there, with our kids, younger, for dinner--it was perfect! There was something for everyone, kids and my friend's Vegan wife alike! Plus, it was delicious!! I had the halibut and it was outstanding! The service was super too and the waitress pointed out that the polenta had marscapone in it, saving vegan friend! Glad to rediscover!!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasurable Dining experience
    operamom
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a large party of 12 people and our waitress Alisha (sp?) was excellent at accommodating our group. the food was great, duck was awesome and the deserts were heavenly. It was a great experience for our party.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Dining Experience
    Joeroots
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent Food and the family style serving is the way to go to try a number of things. All good dishes, some were exceptional. Plus we had a lot of fun with our waiter, Ray. Knowledgeable, fun & attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful smell from wood oven
    FoggyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to Lulu's several times over the years. It is always good. This year we were at a conference at the Moscone Center, so we had lunch at Lulu's. When we arrived the restaurant seemed almost empty, but that changed about halfway through our meal. This is the type of place that needs to be filled to be at its best. Our food was very good. We both had salads that were fine. My husband had the salmon entree which he really enjoyed. I had the fried fish sandwich - very good, just too much bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An oldie but still a great meal
    SpideySensesTingling
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I think I've been coming here since it opened in the mid 90s. Can't go wrong with so many of their dishes but my fav is still the roasted mussels. If you don't have reservations, call ahead to make sure they are open as they often now seem to only book private events, especially midweek. I've walked up and been turned away enough to say it wasn't just a one time thing. Food serving sizes are large compared to most other spots, great for sharing even the sides. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We walked from union square area
    Jewell22
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great device, wine, and place to eat. Menu has a variety of delicious choices. I think it's fun for a group because you can order more and share. Everything is very good and very healthy. We'll go back. Very close to our union square area hotel. Enjoyed the walk there and back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1469 reviews are from the LuLu reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    mommi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was mediocre (still expensive), however deserts were great.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed
    JaxRon
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    As before, the food and drink were great. Not a large menu but what they do, they do exceedingly well. Service is impeccible tool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great experience
    EastBayRoVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The wood fire grill options are the highlight of their menu, although they have a notable shellfish listing as well. Great wine list and now offering wine flights for those that like to sample. The flavors and seasonal offerings are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuLu's
    MacsReviews
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food choices were good but what really impressed was the service. Our server was excellent, he was attentive, made excellent recommendations...I would definitely go again..........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The iron skillet roasted mussels were hands-down the best dish of the night. They were actually a revelation.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Lulu's!
    feedmyface
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was fantastic. Service was exceptional. Price was a little high. We all wanted our own dinner plates, and they did that for us, even though it was a family style dinner. We asked for a table away from the wood burning oven (it can get a little smokey) and they gave us a nice table.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again!
    FlaneurVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We continue to rely on LuLu as a terrific place to bring guests - and we enjoy it ourselves. The service is always superb and friendly and the food is a delight. We discovered LuLu twenty years ago on a visit to San Francisco; now that we're living here we rediscovered this SoMa gem and marvel that it has aged so much better than we have!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic
    David
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We returned to Lulu's that had been an old favorite. I was concerned after reading other reviews that suggested this restaurant had faded. We found this not to be so. It was fantastic. The service was excellent; the food was interesting and skillfully done. The wine selection is excellent. A wonderful night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would avoid this place
    SFfoodmanVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The restaurant is super loud and a large open space, so prepare to yell the entire meal. We ordered the Tuesday special (each day has a set special that repeats weekly), and they came back to tell us they were out of it. So then we ordered their chicken rotisserie which they're famous for. About 10 minutes later, they came back to our table to say they were out of that too. Okay, what gives? They didn't seem too apologetic about it. Like it's no big deal that they're out of everything on the menu. So finally, I ordered the salmon. A small piece of overcooked fish came out. The food and experience was not too satisfying. I wouldn't return.
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