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 22, 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
  • Excellent food, marginal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our Valentine's dinner was very special. Cream of squash soup was very flavorful. Roasted mussel small plate was equally good. My wife and I shared everything. The grilled salmon was perfectly cooked and very tasty. We shared the aromatic whites wine flight, which is a 2 oz taste of each of four very nice wines, from Napa, France, Italy, and Austria, a wonderful contrast of flavors. The desserts were perhaps the most memorable part of the meal. My chocolate croissant bread pudding with bourbon was spectacular. While the meal was memorable, the service was less than that, with our attendant surprisingly remote with long wait times for each stage of our meal. Perhaps Valentines Day was a stress, but they were still not full.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Don't sit in the "extra" room
    PianoManVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've been to Lulu's before and enjoyed the ambiance of the regular dining room. When we arrived on Valentines day with a reservation, of course, they lead us toward their "extra" room which has NO ambiance. We asked to be seated in the regular dining room and we were, but with some attidude and reluctance. On your reservations ask to be seated in the regular dining room. The Calamari appetizer should have been called stewed tomatoes and peppers as their really wasn't much calamari.. The drink menu was outstanding as were the drinks. Wine flights we feel are a bargain- had the bordeaux but they all came from california - but were very good. Duck Pizza was outstanding. Rosemary Chicken was a bit dissapointing. Bread pudding is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    renodeanVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My first time in there. The food was great and so was the service. Had some co-workers that went there a couple of other nights and they loved it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great option near Moscone
    EJL500
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We had a group of 8 for a business dinner. The food was very, very good! Ideal place near the Moscone center to take customers or guests. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuLu, good food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We received bad service from a waitress with serios attitude problems.
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  • not impresses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    orders were wrong, bus boys rude, food not great, lemon soda way too sweet
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I was searching for places to celebrate my birthday and found Lulu on Yelp. It had good ratings and allowed me to reserve a table for 8. I was not disappointed. Walking in the first thing I noticed was the smell of deliciousness coming from the rotisserie and wood burning stove. I started with oysters, which were delicious, and had the pork and potatos for dinner. OMG it was so yummy! I nearly licked my plate clean. I finished with the chocolate cake, which was a little dry for my preference, and very rich, but still good. The service was good and there appeared to be a wide selection of alcohol from the bar. I would definitely recommend this place and intend to go back myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I remembered.
    Famdine
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Well,...., we went back to Lulu after years of staying away. I had great memories from the wonderful food and service. Unfortunately it was nothing like it was before. We had a total of 7 dishes for our table. I can easily tell you that not even one dish was anything good. Too bad.
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  • Living on past reputation
    buddVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Sad service, pricey for ok food. Staff slings out main meal before salads are finished. No one pays attention to detail. Save your money and try somewhere else. Never again...
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  • Betrayed by a memory!
    Keesa
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Having eaten at Lulu several times years ago, the memory of their delicious and juicy roasted chicken was urging me to walk faster to the restaurant! Though the skin was crunchy and delicious, the chicken itself was disappointingly dry and relatively flavorless so we left most of it. My husband was underwhelmed by the short ribs entree, saying my home-cooked version is tastier, but I enjoyed them. The best dish was the chicken gruyere croquettes appetizer. Now, if we could have just had a big plate of those as an entree instead of three itty, bitty ones, we would have been happy campers!
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  • But the roasted chicken is great...
    SianetaVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Front door staff isn't trained well on how to greet, take coats, seat guests, but valet parking was superb... artisanal cheese plate was blah, but the roasted chicken plate will keep customers coming back... wait staff needed a pep talk, but the bus boys and bartenders were smart, cool and quick.
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  • Very nice
    jdnoVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    It was the first time at this restaurant. Our server was great! Friendly, knowledgable, attentive (but not too much). Really enjoyed the food. Nice wine list. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some good, some,quite bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Seemed tired to me, after all these years. Laughably small expensive "watercress" salad with tiny bit of watercress. One of three appetizers also laughably small: tiny "faro salad." I actually laughed. Noise level pleasant. Not at all "hip,' which was a plus for me. Lots of big parties, but not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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  • Delicious Food/Great Ambience
    Inkhorn
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We loved the elegant yet casual feel of LuLu - like dining in a cozy wine cellar. Our waitress was attentive, explained the specials, told us that all the food was served family style and served our drinks quickly. My Moscow mule, served in a brass cup, was delicious. We ordered the trio appetizer and chose the faro/cous cows salad, pate and gruyere tart. All were tasty but the tart's flaky crust was outstanding. We shared the swordfish special, served on a bed of greens. The fish was moist and seasoned with just the right amount of cumin. The portion was fine for two, which left enough room for lemon cream brulee topped with berries — refreshing. My only complaint was the choice of music — too loud rock music, which seemed out-of-place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good after all these years
    flyingcornwoman
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Hadn't been to Lulu in a very long time. Went back with my college aged kids and it was 8 thumbs up. We liked everything we ordered - squash gnocchi and creamy polenta, truffle fries and pork were all delicious. It was very reliable comfort food. Our waiter was super friendly too. The atmosphere was really pleasant - not too crowded or noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great family dinner
    javierfinnegan1
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    there are five of us, including kids 7-16 with a vegetarian. there is something for everyone here and on a holiday week evening lots of locals and kids. oysters to pizza, all were satisfied and want to retun. our server was slow.....maybe it was the kids.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Seated immediately, with opentable
    ninerfan
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Seated immediately, with opentable reservation. Waiter came by after 5 mins and asked for drink order/waters. 10 mins later, hostess came by and took our food order. after another 15, snagged the water/bread guy to get some bread, no one ever asked us. Another 30 to get our food. Didn't see waiter until food was nearly gone. Food was good, bit pricey for what it was. Felt like we didn't have a waiter or anyone that cared we were there. Not going back.
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  • LuLu Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I had lunch at LuLu on Friday and it was just OK. It has been a few years since I've been there and I was disappointed. It was nothing special. The food was just OK. The service was fine and it was quiet but largely because there were so few diners. LuLu's needs to shake-up it's menu!
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  • I love LuLu
    PFunkSFVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Never a bad meal have I eaten at LuLu and I have tasted from every section listed. They have a special of the day (go on suckling pig day if you're into pork). The wood fire oven produces amazing flavors and smells. Raw bar is great. The bar menu is awesome with knowledgeable staff and great wine selections. . There is a back room for larger parties. Family owned, they are also wonderful supporters of the neighborhood. Service is always spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful New Years Eve dinner!
    DiningQueen
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a great dinner at lulu! Service was fast and friendly and the food was really good! We especially appreciated that they had their regular menu as well as specials for the Eve! Didn't have to pay some outrageous price to have dinner out on NYE. I had the braided short ribs and mustard mashed potatoes and my friend had the flank steak, both yummy! My wine, a French Pinot Noir was fab, my friend had a Malbec that she thought was just ok. Waiter was fun and attentive. I would recommend for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent dinner spot!
    prafulgupta
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We were a group of 6 friends and had our NYE dinner at the restaurant. It was a great experience! Everybody loved the food which was a mix of steak, veggie. lamb etc. The ambience was very nice! The hostess was very pleasant. We even asked to change our table because it was we could feel the heat from the pizza oven and she gladly changed our table while seating us. Highly recommend the place for a data night or just special occasion with family or friends.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible experience
    Kalexmcc
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Excellent food, great ambience and some of the best service I have received anywhere. We took my mother-in-law for her birthday. Our waiter made everything special for her, including the birthday dessert. Our server was also very in tune with our young kids' needs and it made the whole night relaxing and easy. Everyone's food was perfectly done and delicious. Just love Lulu. It never disappoints.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Especially good Winter Place
    alamoVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Warm, comfortable, great place for family and friends. Family style dining encourages good conversation. Food is very good, especially the daily spit roasted special dish.
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  • Food was meh, service was good
    Soundster
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Ordered Rotisserie chicken, Salmon and Mushroom Pizza as entree. Truffle Fries and Mac n' Cheese as sides. Nothing really outstanding, but service was prompt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Fun at Lulu's
    Willy
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We had a memorable 21st Anniversary dinner here- the handicap accommodations were excellent, and the service was warm and timely.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Nice space. Food was just okay.
    NJDiner
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The food was okay but definitely could have been better. The salad with apples and pumpkin seeds was really disappointing. The squash soup was good but the pasta with mushroom bolognese had an overly smoky flavor. Overall, it was just okay and not worth the price.
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  • Wonderful food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Wonderful food and service. We didn't book until the night before so were happy to get in. Had not been there in awhile and really enjoyed it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Stay away
    LostinSF
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Couldn't get valet service (under staffed), kitchen service was super slow and forgot 2 of our entrees that never ended up coming before our Party decided leaving.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Great eats off the oak fire.
    jbone
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Great eats off the oak fire. We had prime rib and a roasted chicken. both excellent. Quite loud, but we'd go back
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same as it ever was...
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    LuLu has become a mainstay in the SF restaurant scene. Just a darn good place that rarely disappoints.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Solid performance at Lulu
    OT123VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This is a restaurant with great feel and very good food. I love the room and the overall feel of the restaurant. As for the food, the wood fired oven is great and we partook of both the chicken and pork dishes. Excellent. There is enough food that you might even think of splitting the entree. Antipasti was also outstanding. Service was very spotty and the waiter felt like he was pretty new. I would comment on dessert but, alas, the waiter failed to deliver it....
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family dinner
    Jenjen
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We were able to make a reservation the same day for 6 on a Friday night. Spacious and great for group conversation. We ordered a couple tasty pizzas and a rotisserie chicken plus a few small plates. We were doing an "early Christmas dinner" and were so happy we went to LuLu. Good food, warm atmosphere, nice service.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place in SF SOMA
    SFDiner
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Lulu is definitely one of the best restaurants in SF. The food is phenomenal, the service is top shelf; add to that the family style menu from small plate to entree…..and a great evening is sure to be had.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Footballernie
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Smoky Suckling Pig, juicy Flank Steak, and a full bodied Napa Valley Red wine. Who could ask for more???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like finding an old friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We hadn't been to LuLu in several years, so we decided to take the family before a holiday ballet. It was very pleasant! Friendly service, tasty food (particularly the Friday special, the roast suckling pig!). And as always, a warm, comfortable dining room. It was nice to be back, and we will look for reasons to return sooner this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    All restaurants we went to for dinner in San Francisco were noisy and pricey. This one was no exception. The service was good but the food was nothing special. Chicken was good but not outstanding. Salmon was an especially small serving for the price. We don't live in the area but visit SF once a year. Some of the restaurants we tried this time we will keep on our list to return to next year. This is not one of them.
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  • Bread pudding a must
    SweetZella
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I travel to SF every December and always make it a point to dine at Lulu's at least once. Food is terrific. Service is great. Best bread pudding EVER.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original
    oldschool
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Lulu has been around for 21 years, that is crazy in restaurant years. The food was delicious. The squash gnocchi was especially good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Long View
    MaxxNYC
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Started going to Lulu while in SF once/year in the late 1990s. Always a VG/EX experience all-round. Had not been since ~2002. Went 2x last week for lunch - for the first time in over a decade. Was not disappointed. Still VG/EX a decade later. This is VG/EX by NYC standards. Quality food, service & ambiance yet refreshingly free of attitude, desperation and other distractions. Only Suggestion: Wait staff clearly stretched too thin for the volume & pace of lunch clientele. To their credit, the principals did not hesitate to help the staff serve when things get too busy. Speaks volumes about the motivation & function of the restaurant as a whole. Well Done Lulu.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, most food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We were at a table in a corner, where it was quieter, but it was still pretty noisy. The grilled chicken and salad was great and plentiful, but the flank steak was very small. The ravioli was bland. The wild mushroom pizza was good. It is very close to the Moscone Center and our group of 7 came here to dine and talk. But it was hard to hear from one end if the table to the other.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.